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Content posted in December 2006
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VMware's Rosenblum: Virtualization Means Changes
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Mendel Rosenblum, Stanford University operating system researcher and chief scientist at VMware, is an approachable, brainy uncle kind of figure. For example, he pauses to think about a question instead of just automatically answering it.
What Does 2007 Promise?
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Earlier this week, futurist and technology guru Mark Anderson hosted his annual SNS New York dinner, a high-level gathering of VCs, investment bankers, journalists, technology entrepreneurs, and others, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Down To Business: Technology Isn't Always The Solution
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
It's ludicrous to suggest that any vertical industry or horizontal process can be transformed with technology alone. Mining data to prevent terrorism may be a case in point.
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Elbowing Through The Holiday Crowds At Online Stores
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Shopping for holiday gifts online sure seemed the perfect panacea. No crowds, no squinting down cluttered aisles, no jerk who just took that parking space I had my eye on. But even online, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas shopping in the bricks-and-mortar world. In other words, lost time, difficulty finding what you want, questionable customer service, and just general annoyance.
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
IT Confidential: A Holiday Gift List For A Deserving Industry
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Who's been naughty, who's been nice, in the computer industry?
Fun Facts from the 2007 Census Report
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
The latest U.S. Census report came out today, giving data analysts and market analysts plenty of government-generated statistics and predictions about how Americans will behave in 2007 (the report is actually based on 2005 data, but how much could we have changed in the past year?). Generally speaking, we're continuing to watch a lot of TV, use the Web for many things and get fat. And millions of Americans are blogging.
Ready Or Not, Time To Upgrade Windows
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
One of the more baffling objections to open source is the fear that the user won't be able to find support. Users fear they'll find themselves abandoned, with no vendor to turn to when they run into problems. Users see proprietary software as a safer alternative. But, in fact, proprietary software vendors abandon their users all the time. It's a standard business practice -- if you're a proprietary software vendor, and you want to force your users to buy into your product upgrade, jus
Apple iPhone Due Monday?
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Gizmodo says Apple's iPhone will be announced Monday: "I guarantee it. It isn't what I expected at all. And I've already said too much." Gadgetell has some more rumors.

AMD Updates Opteron, Turion Road Maps
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Wal-Mart Can Laugh Off KO By Elmo T.M.X.
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
Lots of people like to take their shots at Wal-Mart. Few knock it out like Elmo did Wednesday, when a crush of shoppers pursuing the giggling toy knocked walmart.com out briefly. But count on Wal-Mart to get the last laugh this holiday season.
Reckoning On Robots
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
Robots have always fascinated me: From Robby the Robot (who starred in the classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet), to the inhuman but highly effective mechanisms that build our automobiles, to the current crop of scientific toys that are available for hobbyists and experimenters. In fact, I actually wrote a book about robots back in 1982 titled Robots: Reel to R
Craigslist Flummoxes Financial Analysts
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
The Internet is on fire with controversy There's been some interesting discussion around Craigslist's appearance at a financial analyst conference, wherein Craigslist flummoxed the assembled pundits by saying that they don't have any plans to charge for listings (beyond the limited charges they already make).

They don't plan to accept advertising support a la Google AdSense.

They don't have any plans to maximize revenues.

They just plan to keep
Three Ways BI and BPM Will Work Together
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
You've heard about operational business intelligence. The idea is to liberate BI from the gurus in the ivory tower and share it with business users so everyone can make smart decisions. Well, you can't get more operational than core business processes, so there has been a lot of talk about the combination of BI and business process management (BPM). Will these two systems become one, or are they merely complementary? I'd say the latter. Here are three ways BI and BPM will work together.
How To (Partially) Get Around Windows Activation
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
The Tomorrow Times has a tip on how to continue using your computer even after the Windows activation period has expired.. You won't be able to do everything, but you can get access to your files, browse the Web, and use some programs. It's actually easy: When starting up the system, start up the Narrator functionality for the visually disabled, and use that to start the browser, which will, in turn,
Attack The Root Of The Health Care Mess: Readers Reply
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
Readers weigh in on Rob Preston's observations on reining in health care costs.
SAP Cuts Fees For Bankrupt Delta
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
Wither the Enterprise Wiki?
Commentary  |  12/14/2006  | 
Not Everybody's Sold on WiMax
Commentary  |  12/13/2006  | 
Nortel, Intel and SprintNextel are betting the house on WiMax, but not everyone is a convert. Cisco, for one, seems wary.
Great Firewall Could Doom China's Outsourcing Prospects
Commentary  |  12/13/2006  | 
China's Xinhua reports that the country plans investments to help it become a bigger player in the global outsourcing market. Good luck: any nation that has an "official news agency" and blocks access to Wikipedia isn't going to thrive in a flat world fueled by information.
The InformationWeek Weblog Community Sounds Off
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
The InformationWeek Weblog community discusses the IT job outlook, ultra-light notebooks and notebook replacements, and Linux vs. Microsoft Vista.

Ban The Analysts! Or Not?
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
It looks like the sometimes raging debate over whether journalists should quote industry analysts - be they technology or financial specialists - has flared up again, this time in an interesting story on a U.K.-based IT publication. Check it out - they are talking about whether to quote the same analysts that U.S. publications talk to. The article notes the New York Times has banned quoting analysts, and then violated
Entrepreneur Discusses The Choice Of Firefox Vs. Internet Explorer
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
With resources limited, Alex Iskold had to choose between his startup developing its tool for smarter Web browsing, BlueOrganizer, for the Firefox browser or for Internet Explorer. Iskold considers picking Firefox the right move for his business-and his beliefs.
Unboxing Videos: The Latest Internet Trend That I'm Behind On
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
James Kendrick, of the mobile computing blog jkOnTheRun just asked me if we were interested in an article on "unboxing videos." I'm happy to say I immediately responded with my usual alertness: "Huh? Whutza 'unboxing video'?"

The Future Of The Internet May Be Decided Before Christmas
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
The merger of BellSouth and AT&T requires the approval of the Federal Communications Commission. Up until Election Day this looked like a mere formality. But an unexpected attack of honesty on the part of a commissioner and the Democratic Congressional victories could actually torpedo the deal. Look for the FCC to do everything it can to force a decision that advances AT&T Chairman and CEO Edward E. Whitacre Jr.'s campaign to take ownership of the Internet before Congress changes hands.
Have Blogs Peaked?
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
Micro Persuasion has some interesting stats to indicate that blogging has peaked. The numbers of new blogs being created, rate that people are writing new posts, and searches on the word "blog" are flattening. However, he hastens to add, these numbers are preliminary, and don't necessarily reflect diminishment in the influence of blogs. (Thanks,
Death Of Digg Predicted
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
Jason Calacanis says that Digg's top contributors are taking payola:: "A PR/marketing firm confirmed with me that they had a number of the top 50 users on digg now on the payroll--and this wasn't a totally insignificant firm."

Allchin: When I Said I'd Rather Use A Mac, What I Really MEANT To Say Was....
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
Jim Allchin's got some 'splainin' to do: The co-president of Microsoft's platforms and services division is attempting to explain away a quote in a 2004 e-mail that recently came to light, wherein Allchin says if he didn't work for Microsoft, he'd use a Mac.

Allchin says he made the comment "for effect" and says, "Taken out of context, this comment could be confusing."

Hmmm... let's take a look and
Protecting Against Insider Threats
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
Repositioning CTC
Commentary  |  12/12/2006  | 
Intalio Boosts Open Source Modeling, BPM
Commentary  |  12/11/2006  | 
Business process management system vendor Intalio late last month announced the donation of a BPMN modeling tool and a "BPEL4People-based" workflow framework to the open source community. The BPMN modeler is now available under the Eclipse Public License, while the Tempo framework is available under the Apache Software License. Both of these donations are important, but in different ways. Here's why.
Washington Watch: IT On The Docket
Commentary  |  12/11/2006  | 
This winter, you will want to be on the look out for a number of IT-oriented issues going bump in the dark corridors of Washington and, separately, in discussions with in industry consortiums. Several groups are agitating for changes that will affect IT - some for the better, and some for worse, but one way or another, all will require action on your part.
Torture Video Puts Pressure On Egyptian Police
Commentary  |  12/11/2006  | 
Privacy goes two ways. While the Internet and other information technology enable unprecedented levels of surveillance of private citizens, tech also permits the people to shine a light on government. For example, in Egypt, an Internet video, is causing citizens to question the prevalence of torture by police.

They're Giving Away The Product, But Making It Up In Volume
Commentary  |  12/11/2006  | 
If you're selling information on the Internet, it doesn't matter how much people get for free -- the only thing that matters is how much you sell. The recording, movie, and commercial software industries don't understand that, but Jimmy Wales does. Wales co-founded both the not-for-profit Wikipedia and for-profit Wikia, which announced a bold new strategy to
Market Locally, Advertise Globally
Commentary  |  12/11/2006  | 
Global marketers are getting help from private individuals, who photograph and videotape publicity stunts in New York's busy Times Square, then share the results with the world on sites like blogs, Flickr and YouTube., the New York Times reports.

Business Continuity: What's Your Plan?
Commentary  |  12/11/2006  | 
Why The Wait For Electronic Medical Records
Commentary  |  12/9/2006  | 
I spoke this week to the articulate and knowledgeable Dr. Lynn Harold Vogel, CIO of the University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center, about all the reasons why Americans don't have electronic medical records today, what the best e-health record initiatives out there today are, and how his hospital is building its own electronic records system and working to improve the way it treats cancer.
IT Confidential: Microsoft Is Mired In Vista, Report Says
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
Recommendations include more education for support personnel, a greater level of cooperation among disparate camps, more help from allies, and more emphasis on security and smooth operation
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
Traveling Light
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
Recently, a Metafacts study stated that most mobile PCs are used at two locations rather than all around town. The reason? Lack of Internet connections and, according to principal analyst Dan Ness, "the weight and hassle of carrying around a notebook." You said it, Dan.
Make Extra Money With CPU Cycles You Have Lying Around The House
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
This could be as big as the invention of eBay: Italian Linux developer Andrea Arcangeli is working on CPUShare, a project to let you rent out spare cycles of your PC for supercomputing projects..

Down To Business: Attack The Root Of The Health Care Mess
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
We need to rein in costs, not try to hide them. Part of the solution involves getting more advanced IT tools into the hands of health care providers and better information into the hands of patients.
Strike Before Mandates Level XBRL Playing Field
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
If all companies published and analyzed financial reports in extensible business reporting language (XBRL), the emerging standard wouldn't offer the competitive advantage that it presents today. According to a report issued this week, early adopters who integrate XBRL data with performance management applications can expect to more easily: • Leverage
CIOs Uncensored: Help Wanted, But IT Passion And Business Acumen Required
Commentary  |  12/8/2006  | 
What with retirements and new jobs, there will be IT jobs aplenty to fill by 2014, close to 1.3 million by some estimates, Stephanie Stahl says. Successful job seekers will have business sense along with IT knowledge.
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