AMD Bitten By Barcelona Quad-Core Bug
What AMD has here is a failure to communicate. That's the only judgment one can make, in light of the scrappy semiconductor maker's about-face Thursday regarding shipments of its Barcelona quad-core processor, launched on Sept. 10. For the past three months, AMD has downplayed reports of tight supplies and delays in ramping up manufacturing of the cutting-edge chip. Now, the company seems to be simultane
What Do You Want For Christmas?
According to a new survey, the most-wanted high-tech toys for technology professionals this holiday season are HDTVs and video game players. But what's at the top of CIOs' wish lists?
Another Network Management Startup Challenges The Status Quo
PacketTrap becomes the latest startup to take on CA, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard in network management with the beta release of its pt360 management dashboard. Rather than being deterred by deep-rooted competitors, brash newcomers are taking them on.
Top-Ten Secrets of Successful BI Revealed
My first Christmas present arrived the other day: a copy of "Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App." Author Cindi Howson sent it to me in part as thanks for this site's help in getting more than 500 BI professionals to complete a 30-question survey that provided insight into the best practices detailed in the book. True to its name, it's a guidebook that will steer beginners and veterans alike toward success.
Top 6 Lamest iPhone Lawsuits
Apple always has been a target for lawsuits. With close to $15 billion in cash gathering dust in its bank accounts, it's no wonder that disgruntled or disillusioned customers and competitors might seek a payday. Here are six of the most onerous cases.
Get (And Give) The Gift of Open Source
This Christmas I decided to give a few gifts to people in the open source community. I'm making donations to the maintainers of some of my favorite and most widely used software projects. They've earned some payback!
Never Apologize, Never Explain
When it comes to a privacy breach, what's the best policy -- contrite or circumspect? Two incidents showcase different approaches.
Google Adds AIM To Gmail :-) For Some :-/ For Me
At first, I was excited by this announcement since I use Gmail, but I can see some definite disadvantages here for fans of AOL, iChat, and Trillian ... or if you like downtime, since you might not get any.
For Carriers, An Open-And-Shut Case On Wireless
The spectacle of the U.S. wireless carriers falling over themselves to look like proponents of "openness" has intensified with the launch of an AT&T campaign declaring itself "the most open wireless company in the industry." Pardon me if I don't break out the champagne.
Is The H-1B Visa Cap Capping U.S. Innovation?
Restrictions on visas for foreign IT pros to work in the United States will drive more tech jobs and creativity offshore, says a new study released today. While that argument isn't new, the report has a collection of government and other stats to help back it up.
For Those In Need, A Friend Indeed
A new service will let cell phone users find public restrooms from their handsets. The service is called...wait for it...MizPee. When you're done laughing and can pick yourself up off the floor, please continue reading...
More On Vista's New Social Copy Protection
After the flood of comments on my original post about Microsoft's radical changes to Windows Vista's copy protection, I thought I'd clarify my points. Let's get one thing out of the way first: I'm not advocating that anyone run Vista without buying a license key. No, not even if you have it in for Microsoft.
ECM and Enterprise 2.0: Zealotry of the Apostate?
At the Gilbane Conference keynote today, execs from ECM vendors Alfresco, Oracle, IBM, and Adobe focussed on - perhaps inevitably - Enterprise 2.0. The overall gist was: enterprises should focus on sharing information rather than just controlling it... but while the ECM vendor talking heads get excited about their new religion, their companies are actually praying to different gods...
Digg Jumps The Shark
Has success gone to Digg's head? The popular community destination, which drives lots of traffic to needy news sites and blogs (like yours truly's) has decided to update its story-input interface. It's a mistake; a big mistake.
Sun Or Microsoft? Decisions, Decisions
Sun Microsystems is extending its discount program for startups to Israel and the United Kingdom. It's a reminder that even a small business in Manchester faces a question mulled by corporate CIOs: Do we build on Microsoft or Sun?
Why Integrate Business Processes and Rules?
Michael zur Muehlen of the Stevens Institute of Technology spoke about business processes and rules at the recent IIR/Shared Insights BPM conference. He started out with the bottom line on why you want to integrate process and rules: 1. simpler processes 2. higher agility 3. better risk management. Who wouldn't want this? Well, it turns out users don't like processes...
Google Ruins Its iPhone Home Page
Google redesigned the Google home page presented to iPhone users and now it is totally useless. Before, it was the general mobile version of the site, which showed my headlines, weather, Gmail and other content all in a quick glance. Now it is a simple search box and I have to actively choose to view my content. Why did Google make it more difficult to use?
Drudge Report Goes Mobile
Another sign that the mobile Web is really going mainstream: The Drudge Report now has a mobile Web site. What's next?
What Kind Of Tech Talent Do You Need?
If you're looking to hire IT staff next year, what kind of talent are you hunting for? On the flip side, if you're searching for a new tech job, what skills do you offer prospective employers?
Silicon Valley's First Phone Company?
Ribbit, a 2-year-old company whose software integrates cell phone calls with Web applications, is about to unveil plans to become, by its description, "Silicon Valley's first phone company."
Performance Management or Measurement Tyranny?
In "Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations," Dorset House Publishing, 1996, Robert Austin made a very clear case that performance measurement often leads, paradoxically, to distortion and dysfunction instead of improvement. According to Austin... measuring an indicator of a performance raises the risk of making things worse. How can that be?
Is LiveJournal Deal Part Of Putin's Putsch?
The same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin posted a controversial electoral win, a Moscow firm backed by a Kremlin insider bought up a blogging service widely used by dissidents in the country. Coincidence?
When Bad Things Happen With Good Software
If you create a piece of open source software and discover that it has been put to use in a way you find personally distasteful or immoral, what would you do about it?
ParAccel Lowers the Cost of High-Performance BI
ParAccel announced top TPC-H benchmark numbers with Sun at the end of October, beating out the former leaders in both the price and price-performance. Not by a little, but by four times in performance with a big drop in cost. The fact that a little startup like ParAccel can enter the market with a database to support BI that beats the TPC-H results of all the major vendors should wake people up.
Business Intelligence in 2008
Facebook is good for something (beyond wasting time)! It brought me to a BI 3.0 discussion thread started by Darren Cunningham, prompted by his LucidEra colleague Ken Rudin's blog entry, "What's in Store for Business Intelligence in 2008." LucidEra does interesting enough work, but that blog entry of Ken Rudin's is mighty solipsistic. My own BI 3.0 hot/heating-up list additionally includes, in rough order of 2008 significance...
Managing Your Employees By Age
Kids today, they hate everything. Or at least, they hate the companies they work for, probably including yours. But here's news: savvy managers can solve the problem: FREE!