Commentary
Content posted in December 2007
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Developers: Android Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Looks like Google doesn't have the Midas touch after all. According to reports, a sizable number of developers who've been working with the SDK for Google's Linux-based Android platform say it is full of bugs and often
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.

Bad News Keeps Coming For Second Life
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The bad news keeps coming for Second Life. Linden Lab, the company that develops and operates the virtual world, released October and November economic stats yesterday, which show that total user hours in-world actually declined in November, for the second-ever time in Second Life history.

IM-History Can Consolidate All Your IMs, But Should It?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
IM-History has announced a beta trial of a new version of its Web application that collects all your instant messaging conversations into one convenient, searchable archive. That could be really great. Or it could be really scary.
Suing Over Open Source
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
After hearing about the developers of BusyBox reaching a settlement with a vendor that violated the GPL, and reading colleague Paul McDougall's post about a possible need for an open source compliance officer in IT departments, I couldn't help but think: Is the open source moment head
Electric Sheep, A Leading Virtual-Worlds Content Company, Shears 25% Of Employees
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
The Electric Sheep Company, a leading content-creation company working in Second Life and other virtual worlds, this week laid off 20 people, or 25% of its staff. Coming on the heels of the departure of AOL from Second Life, and CTO Cory Ondrejka’s departure from Linden Lab, the events invite the question: What’s going on in Second Life? Is something wrong?

2008: Buy, Build, Or Rent Your Software?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
It used to be that when deploying software, the biggest decision to make was commercial or open source. These days, the choices have expanded to include SaaS and ad-supported software.
Isn't 'Commercial Open Source' an Oxymoron?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
"Commercial open-source software" certainly sounds like a contradiction in terms. The phrase "free and open" is part of the definition of open source software, which translated into real terms means that people can download the software and source code at will and for no charge. In most instances, this is how open-source works. Where it may work less well is for the enterprise.
Songbird: An Open Source Music Mashup System
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
"I can't live without my radio," LL Cool J once declaimed. Me, I can't live without my music library: there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have Miles Davis or Brian Eno (or, when I'm feeling more ruminative, Merzbow) on the speakers. To that end I tried out Songbird, a Mozilla-derived open-source music player and web-sharing platform. In time it could be to WMP a
How Dell Is (Far Too Much) Like Starbucks
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
What can a powerhouse PC vendor and a high-priced coffee destination possibly have in common? Both have capitalized on promising beginnings and pushed them to the limit. Then each continued onward into uncharted territory, where additional growth came at the expensive of some of the stuff that made them great in the first place.
Report: People Will Send More Text Messages Next Year Than This Year
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Gartner took quite a leap of faith in predicting that SMS usage in 2008 will top 2007's numbers. In fact, Gartner goes so far as to say that the number of messages will top 2.3 trillion worldwide. That's an average of 767 messages per mobile subscriber over the course of 12 months. I think we can all do better than that.
Campaign visualizations win my vote
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
I do admire a nice visualization, one whose composition suits the nature of the underlying data, one designed to communicate rather than as a means of showing off technology. Given these criteria, the New York Times delivered twice last Sunday with a pair of visualizations that nicely distill presidential-campaign themes and dynamics from what was otherwise a mighty big pile of words: debate transcripts. The Times's visualizations are useful in another way. They exemplify good design, especia
Vista is Bad. Should Smaller Businesses Go For it Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Vista's adoption rate among businesses is much lower than anticipated, largely because of difficulties many businesses have had with its deployment. So why are analysts urging more businesses to get on board? Is there a compelling reason for smaller businesses to abandon XP?
IT's Newest Title: 'Open Source Compliance Officer'
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
To a list that includes CIO and CTO you can now add, thanks to a legal settlement, 'OSCO'. And here's why your company might soon need to hire one.
iPhone Second Only To RIM In U.S. Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Canalys released some interesting stats regarding smartphone sales in the third quarter. The iPhone has jumped to the number two spot, grabbing 27% of the market, handily beating out Windows Mobile, Linux, Symbian, and Palm devices. Will RIM ever lose the to
Finally, an Easier Way to Retrieve Your Voice Mail Messages
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Having trouble hearing your phone messages? Are you ever in a crowded room so listening closely is not an option? Alltel rolled out a new service, so small and medium businesspersons have a new option for retrieving their voice mail messages.
Online Retailing: A Tale Of Two Perspectives
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Don'tcha just love when the same data leads to two diametrically opposed headlines? Well, that's what we've got with the latest figures on the growth of online sales this Holiday season.
Is the iPhone for business? Some say yes, some say no.
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
The Apple iPhone looks like an ideal business tool: Its a smartphone, just like a BlackBerry or Treo. It has a full-featured Web browser. Et cetera. I wrote a posting about recently  The iPhone is turning into a business tool. However, not everyone agrees with me about that.
CIO Must Read: "Breakthrough IT"
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
In his new book, consultant Patrick Gray examines how to take your IT organization from a cost-centric services provider to a valuable business partner. Here's a hint: Do your homework.
Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With The Founder Of Caledon
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Join us for a discussion with Desmond Shang, founder of the popular Caledon group, a Victorian-themed area that's proven to be one of the most popular areas of Second Life. Many residents and businesses struggle to create compelling content in Second Life -- well, Desmond has done it, and so we can all learn from him.

The Openness Of The Open Source Vulnerability Database
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
There are a lot of open source initiatives out there that aren't just software, but ways to get information into people's hands. Today an open source supplier of security vulnerability information, the OSVDB, just went live with a whole new revision to its service. The information it provides is free, albeit with some strings attached that have raised a few hackles.
The Corporate Vista Slow-Down
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Last October, a Gartner survey found that 64% of companies planned to begin moving from Windows XP to Windows Vista by the winter of 2008. One year later, that number stands at a measly 9%. Vista may be down, but don't count it out.
United States of America v. Apple iPhone, Model number MA712
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
It's not every day that the U.S. government files a lawsuit against an Apple iPhone. I noticed the lawsuit over the weekend and started looking into it, thinking at first that the government might be taking action against Apple's decision to offer the iPhone exclusively through AT&T.
Verizon's $399 Price Tag Of The Palm 755p Is Out Of Touch With Reality
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Has Verizon Wireless looked at the competition lately? Almost every smartphone in its own roster of devices is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the newly launched 755p. Sprint sells the same phone for $249. Why on earth does Verizon think people will be dumb enough to pay $399 for a tired device like t
Vista is the Year's Biggest Tech Disappointment? Ouch
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
The end of the year lists are coming fast and furious but who would've thought that the much ballyhooed and much maligned Vista would end up on the top of anybody's list? Well PC World is calling it the biggest tech disappointment of the year. That's gotta hurt.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-20 Blogs of 2007
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
As the year winds down I'm in a reflective frame of mind. Today I posted the list of IE's Top 20 Articles of 2007. It's an interesting indication of reader interest, but being measured in page views, the list doesn't do justice to all the single-page blogs we publish. Thus, here are the Top 20 Intelligent Enterprise Blogs of 2007:
Report: Mobile Phones To Be Primary Means Of Accessing The Internet In 2008
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
M/C Ventures is predicting that 2008 will see more people access the Internet via their mobile phones than via desktops or laptops. That's globally. In the developed world, PCs will still be the primary means of access. But in developing regions, most Internet use will come from mobile phones, helping to bridge the digital divide.
Will Today Be The Busiest Day In FedEx's History?
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Think you're swamped? FedEx is handling a weekend's worth of e-commerce shopping today, leading the company to project that this will be the busiest day in the company's history. Tomorrow, you can join us for a Webinar with the head of e-commerce applications, and hear how things went.
iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2007  | 
Market statistician Net Applications says on its Web site that Apple iPhones currently account for .09% of Web browsing, while all Windows Mobile devices put together account for only .06%. That's pretty astonishing, given the relative numbers of handheld devices running each OS in the marketplace.
Consumer Reports Rating Of iPhone Over Blackberry Is Out Of Sync
Commentary  |  12/16/2007  | 
Both in naming its winner for best cell phone service provider (Verizon) and best smartphone (Apple's iPhone), Consumer Reports' "Best & worst cell phone deals," in its January issue, is stunningly out of sync with the anecdotal evidence on the street. Most glaring is its generally tepid assessment of RIM's BlackBerrys, which should be at the top of the heap because, to apply the Apple mantra, "they just work."
Online Advertising Offers Opportunity To Smaller Companies
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Jumping 25% to $20 billion in 2007, online advertising may sound like big business. And it is. But despite that growth, Web ads still offer creative smaller companies the best way to counter the Super-sized advertising budgets of their enterprise competitors.
A CIO Makes A Case For Common Sense
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Getting IT projects right isn't rocket science, says Dave Bent, CIO of United Stationers. It's a matter of Project Planning 101.
A Hack Turns iPhone's Still Camera Into Camcorder
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Many mobile phones currently on the market come with both a built-in camera and camcorder. I haven't been able to figure out why the iPhone doesn't. But reportedly there's a new hack that allows the iPhone's camera to capture video. Perhaps it's a preview of things to come?
CIOs Uncensored: Is IT Impossible To Get Right?
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Why do so many IT projects fail to live up to expectations?
Apple Officially Lets You Create Your Own iPhone Ringtones For Free
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Finally! Apple has added the capability to allow users to create their own ringtones in GarageBand and export them to the iPhone. You need to have the latest 4.1.1 version of GarageBand 8 running. It takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, and you can even use songs from your
The Year In HDTV
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Flat-panel displays emerged in a big way, while the battle between high-definition DVD formats is just beginning.
One In Seven Have Been Dumped By A Text Message Or E-Mail
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.
Hey, IBM! Set OS/2 Free!
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Talk about a blast from the past! The folks at OS2 World, led by Kim Haverblad, in conjunction with Adrian Gschwend's Netlabs, have petitioned IBM to release its venerable OS/2 operating system as an open source product. But there's more at work here than simple nostalgia.
Canadian Man's Phone Bill Costs More Than A BMW M5
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Some poor Calgary man thought the $10 unlimited mobile browser plan he subscribed to meant he could tether his phone to his laptop and download movies. So he was rather shocked when he received a phone bill for $85,000 in the mail -- more than the price tag of one of Germany's finest sports sedans.
The Reverse Consumer Effect: RFID
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Radio frequency ID technology was supposed to revolutionize the supply chain. Instead, it's moving into the mainstream, in the reverse of one of the most important technology trends of the last several years.
Top Tech Predictions For 2008
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Yesterday I attended the Third Annual SNS New York Dinner, a gathering of tech professionals and investors at the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel hosted by futurist Mark Anderson. As usual, Anderson stirred controversy with a big dose of his high-powered brain candy.
Cisco's Chambers Drones On At Analysts' Conference
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
I've seen John Chambers speak at a half-dozen or so industry events, including this week's C-Scape Global Forum (a fancy name for an analysts' conference) in San Jose, and I'd have to say that Tuesday's appearance was the first time I would call his performance "boring."
What's Coming In 2008? Follow The Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Marc Fleury, Marc Maiffret, and Omar Tawakol are moving to new gigs. The startups they're joining represent some of what's next for the tech industry.
Five Hot-Button Issues For Enterprise Mobility
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
What are the big issues for mobility in your business as you move into 2008? Is it device management, security, line of business applications, or just finding budget to deploy more smartphones?
Resisting Smartphones Is Futile, You Will Be Assimilated
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Mobility is changing everything. Not only will sales of smartphones surpass laptops in a few years, but 1 in 8 U.S. households has cut their wireline telephone services in favor of wireless. Will enterprises ever cut the cord?
Smaller Businesses, Open Source is Going to Get Easier to Use. No More Excuses
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Recent research indicates that one of the main reasons smaller businesses don't use open source applications is interoperability between solutions. If that improves, will more smaller businesses go open source? They should.
Blog Away! Movable Type 4 Goes Open Source
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
As of yesterday, the content-management and blogging solution Movable Type officially went open source -- in other words, free for everyone to use for any purpose, business or personal. SixApart, the maker of MT, calls it "a milestone." I couldn't agree more.
Google Takes Mobile Fight To Microsoft's Doorstep
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Google's latest mobile software offering takes aim at the heart of Microsoft Exchange. Google has made it possible to sync your Gmail, applications, your own domains, and now your Google calendar with your BlackBerry's on-board calendar application. No pricey Exchange servers and licenses required.
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