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Content posted in December 2007
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Facebook as the Internet
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
We Need To Talk: End Users And IT Security
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Another survey points to end users as the weakest of the weak links in the IT security chain. More evidence that security training is a must -- as in mandatory -- for all employees.
Is Your Computer Keyboard Dishwasher Safe?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
My keyboard is pretty nasty. It just accumulates dirt. About a year ago, I made a new rule for myself: No eating at my desk. That helped a little, but my keyboard still looks like a fraternity house after homecoming weekend. So I was excited to see this news on the Internet: Most keyboards are dishwasher safe.

Will Business Use Of GPS And Location Services Go Vertical Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Location and GPS seem to be on everyone's minds these days. Seeing as it's the end of the year, it's time to break out the crystal ball and see what lies ahead. Where will GPS and location services go in 2008? Will the market for these mobile technologies fragment into vertically specific applications or will there be one set of horizontal mobile GPS apps?
Second Life CTO Leaves Amid Reports Of Falling Out With CEO
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Cory Ondrejka, who was employee #4 at Linden Lab, the company that develops Second Life, either quit Tuesday, or was fired.. As with most high-level corporate departures, his going out the door was marked by a terse, vague statement by his -- former -- employers, and a great deal of discussion on blogs. The big question for the Second Life community: Will the change mean faster fixes for the stability and usability problems that plague the grid, or will Ondrejka's departure make things worse?
Nokia Goes Green
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Here's yet another example of how a tech company is "going green": The world's No. 1 phone maker, Nokia, has developed an Eco Sensor Concept that involves a wearable mobile phone and a sensing device that analyzes your health and surrounding environment.
Knowing When To Change Is Half The Battle
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
The world of Web 2.0 can turn on a dime. And the horse you rode into this business may not always be the one you finish the race with. Just ask the pioneers behind Journalspace and Reezle, who had to adapt to the fast and fickle world of social networks or face extinction.
A Look At Google Android Running On Prototype Hardware
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Still anxious to see what Google's Android will actually look like? While we've yet to see any Android-powered phones, Japanese wireless company Willcom has shown a prototype of hardware running Google's mobile OS. Check it out.
It's Not Easy Being Green
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Are "green computing" initiatives on your list of New Year's resolutions? If so, do you think you'll stick with those energy-efficiency efforts longer than your new diet?
Big Memory For The Little Computer
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Asus has decided that upgrading the memory in its tiny Eee won't void the warranty. But the press release fails to mention a couple of key pieces of information. Hackers, who love the machine, have filled in the gaps.
Case Study: Cornell To Blanket Campus With Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Cornell has decided that the 802.11b/g network it's had in place for several years is no longer cutting it. It will replace its existing wireless systems with 802.11n flavored Wi-Fi from Aruba Networks. The goal? Total indoor and outdoor coverage across the entire 745-acre campus. Wanna guess how many APs the deployment is going to take?
The iPhone is turning into a business tool
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
When I think about Apple technology for business, that means the Macintosh product line. iPods and iPhones are consumer electronics, with little relationship to business. Right? Wrong.
Sprint's XOHM WiMax Network Soft Launching This Week
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
The day has finally arrived. Beginning this week, Sprint will roll out a very limited trial of its WiMax network in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. It is a Neil Armstrong moment. One small step for Sprint, one giant leap for WiMax's future.
Led Zeppelin Reunion Posted On Web; Who Should We Sue?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
The litigious environment surrounding alleged copyright violation has spun completely out of control. The latest from the RIAA is that you're a criminal if you rip your own CDs. Porn producers are suing YouTube knockoffs for illegally posting their copyrighted, X-rated content. And now, clips from Le
Would We Need Antivirus For Desktop Linux?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
The recent news about Symantec offering an antivirus suite for Mac OS X Leopard made me wonder: If Linux becomes at least as popular on the desktop as the Mac, would an antivirus solution be marketed for Linux, too?
New Search Engine Gets Another Backer
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Kosmix, the startup behind an "unofficial home page" for every topic on the Web, has secured another $10 million in funding. The company's automated search engine crawls the Web for content on a given topic -- from aardvarks to zen -- then presents it in Web page format. It's an interesting, but imperfect, technology.
Welcome to the New IntelligentEnterprise.com
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
"As you may know, Intelligent Enterprise ceased print publication with the January 2007 issue, but rest assured that the mission lives on and is being reinvigorated here at IntelligentEnterprise.com… " I posted these words nearly a year ago, and I'm happy to report that we've delivered on what we promised - up to a point… What we haven't delivered - that is until today - has been the promised "cleaner, more engaging Web site."
Dell's Aims New Tablet PC At Small And Midsize Companies
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
At the unveiling of Dell's new Latitude XT tablet PC last nite, I was told that the time was finally right for tablets to find a home in general applications in smaller companies. I'm not buying it.
CIO = Chief Incompetence Officer?
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
A new survey says IT projects continue to fail at an alarming rate, and that a significant number of business managers and even corporate board members accept IT failure as a given. If true, that's bad news, for a lot of reasons. But how true is it?
GridTalk On 'Entrepreneur's Guide To Second Life' Rescheduled To Friday
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Join us in Second Life Friday for our rescheduled GridTalk with Daniel Terdiman, author of the new book The Entrepreneur's Guide To Second Life, to learn about the best ways to do business in-world. Daniel's talk was supposed to happen this morning, but Second Life was down for maintenance, so we rescheduled it.

High-Def On Linux: Hurry Up And Wait
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
My new PC arrived over the weekend -- a Dell XPS Studio 420. Sadly, one of the things I bought it for forces me to use Windows: the Blu-ray Disc drive.  Right now, as far as I know, there is no legal way to play a commercially recorded Blu-ray disc -- or for that matter, a commercially recorded HD DVD disc -- in Linux.  I really hope it doesn't stay that way.
Thought For The Day: Superstar CIOs
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
First, CIO turnover will increase. Then stars will emerge. Demonstrating shareholder value, taking responsibility for international business processes, and taking ownership of the ROI of all technology investments across the enterprise are the keys.
Mobile Linux Gets Another Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
There's some good news for the development of mobile Linux lately. Today, Access was tapped to develop a Linux platform for NTT DoCoMo. Yesterday, the Linux Phone Standards Forum agreed to its first specification for mobile Linux. These announcements come just weeks after Google drops word of its
SaaS -- Smaller Businesses Should Proceed With Caution
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
A recent report indicates that software-as-a-service firms could be vulnerable in the next economic slowdown. Small and midsize businesses, who are attracted by SaaS's frequently low, or free, rates and ease of use, should be careful.
AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona Bug Revealed
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Two developments surrounding the bug in the Barcelona quad-core server processor indicate that AMD is headed toward a rapid resolution of the problem, with volume shipments ramping up in 1Q of 2008. First, we have the full technical details on the glitch. Second, AMD is working on a silicon fix, and samples will be available in January.
'Tis The Season For Mudslinging
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Nothing gets that holiday season name calling flowing more fluidly than mentioning H-1B visas.
HTC: The Little Smartphone Maker That Could
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Begin Love Fest. HTC deserves some kudos. This innovative maker of Windows Mobile smartphones from Taiwan saw its best month ever in November thanks, in part, to a smartphone called the Touch. It also is the first OEM to announce it will make Android handsets for Google. HTC is on a roll, folks.
Survey Finds End Users Favor SaaS
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Datamonitor recently conducted a survey of 300 pharmaceutical and biotech firms across Europe and North America and found that the on-demand CRM delivery provided by SaaS was more popular [than conventional CRM] in the five areas of service analyzed... The more SaaS becomes a part of the enterprise application suite, the more the end users seem to like it. Here's why...
Dell Targets Small and Medium Business With Storage System Enhancements
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Tired of your dealing with storage solution provider and on the lookout for a new one? If so, Dell wants you to take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Free Wi-Fi At The Airport = Things To Do In Denver When You're Broke
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Denver International Airport is one of the busiest in United States. And now that DIA has moved to free, ad-supported wireless service, its airwaves may be as bustling as its airspace.
Join Us For GridTalk With The Author Of 'The Entrepreneur's Guide To Second Life'
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Join us in Second Life Tuesday for GridTalk with Daniel Terdiman, author of the new book The Entrepreneur's Guide To Second Life, to learn about the best ways to do business in-world. Daniel will pass along the wisdom of the world's best fashion designers, retailers, and other in-world business people.

IT Spending: Deja Vu All Over Again
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
When it comes to IT budgets, CIOs are preparing to do more with less -- again. Is this a blip, or a return to the bad old days of IT penny pinching?
Has The iPhone Jumped The Shark?
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
While Apple's iPhone this year captured the imagination of the U.S. market and spurred a global dialogue about the future of smartphones, it's not taking Europe by fire in the sales department. In fact, if my colleague Eric Zeman is right, the iPhone could be a flop in Germany. What gives?
Roundtripping Revisited
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
In the early days of BPM, everyone thought BPEL was the BPM standard, at least for runtime execution. Not long after, the importance of business-friendly process modeling came to the fore, and BPMN emerged as the standard for that... Then the BPM Suite included process modeling, executable implementation, and BAM in an integrated toolset that promised the improved business-IT alignment and agility needed to cope with ever-changing business requirements. No problem, said the BPEL vendors...
You dont have to buy Apple monitors for your Macs
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Apple makes gorgeous monitors, and once upon a time, they were the only game in town for connecting to Macintosh computers, thanks to proprietary connectors. However, these days you can use just about any monitor with a Mac.
Microsoft Tight-Lipped On Unix Ownership Question
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
For months, I've been trying to get Microsoft to answer a few questions about the Unix technologies in its intellectual property portfolio. Microsoft agreed to an interview, then backed out. So the question remains: How much Unix code does Microsoft have its hands on?
Should One Laptop Per Child System Run Linux Or Windows?
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Microsoft stirred up controversy last week when it suggested a Linux-based laptop for children in developing nations be redesigned to accommodate Windows. Would that be a good move?
Verizon Vs. The GPL
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
And now Verizon seems to have run afoul of the requirements of the GPL, although I'm betting this won't play out anywhere nearly as smoothly as Asus's kerfuffle with the Eee PC's source code.
Is The iPhone A Dud In Germany?
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Apparently being dubbed Times' invention of the year is not impressing the Germans. Sales of Apple's iPhone in Germany are way below predictions, with T-Mobile moving only 700 of them per day.
Redefining Rugged In Notebooks
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Worldwide notebook PC sales have finally exceeded desktop PC sales with more than 100 million units sold this year. Taking your notebook with you when you travel allows all of your computing resources to go with you from home to work, to use while waiting on a flight at the airport as well as on a flight and in a hotel room. You use Wi-Fi at home, the office, and at a hotspot, and then wide area wireless (
Enterprise Software Isn't Sexy. Should it Be?
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
A seemingly innocent comment over the weekend about enterprise software's lack of "sexiness" evolved into a wild online debate about why and how enterprise software is just no good.
Email Application The Culprit In Palm Centro Battery Life Problems
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Seems Motorola isn't the only hardware manufacturer seeing battery-related snafus of late. Users of the new Palm Centro smartphone have been experiencing horrendous battery life, with it dra
Bug In AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona And Phenom May Be More Serious Than Previously Suspected
Commentary  |  12/9/2007  | 
On Friday, I thought I'd identified the translation-lookaside buffer (TLB) bug which AMD said was responsible for problems it's having with its new Barcelona and Phenom quad-core processors. Now, two readers claim that the bug is more serious than I suggested. The reason is, while there is a BIOS workaround, they claim the fix results in a big performance penalty. (There's also an operating system fix wi
John Lennon, Then And Now
Commentary  |  12/8/2007  | 
How did you get your news 27 years ago, on Dec. 8, 1980, the date John Lennon was gunned down in New York City?
iPhone Flaws Not Stopping Business Users
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
In a telling move, SAP will introduce a new version of its upcoming customer relationship management software for the iPhone before launching versions RIM and Palm.
Murphy's Law Applied To Outsourcing
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
Boeing's aggressive effort to outsource development of its new 787 jetliner has resulted in delays, missed deadlines, and unhappy customers and suppliers, all of which, more than likely, has a very familiar ring to many CIOs. How are all these negative lessons-learned affecting future outsourcing plans -- if at all?
CIOs Uncensored: A CIO Sings 'The 12 Days Of Christmas'
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
It's the season for gift giving, but remember the old adage: Be careful what you wish for.
Online Sales Tax Battle Could Have Big Impact On Smaller Retailers
Commentary  |  12/7/2007  | 
A new bill will let states require online retailers to collect out-of-state sales tax.
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