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Content posted in December 2008
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Amazon Debuts Public Data Cloud
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | 
Amazon.com has introduced a new service in which it hosts large data sets -- economic, demographic, scientific, and medical data, for example -- that are open for anyone to access. It's an interesting proposal, but one that casts Amazon in the potentially difficult role of having to be an information gatekeeper.
Actuate's Open Source Survey Says...
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | 
It's hard not to see open source usage surveys in the same light as any other assay of this kind: you can make the numbers say anything you like if you're careful (or not careful). I cracked open Actuate's Annual Open Source Survey for 2008 with this in mind, and while it has its limits it's still an interesting read.

Leveraging External Talent To Energize Internal Processes
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | 
Companies today must constantly search for new ways to co-create experiences with individual customers. A recent Wall Street Journal article about Google and Procter & Gamble swapping workers to gain fresh perspectives brings out the essence of how the companies' "invisible dominant logic" can hinder such innovative efforts.
Recycle This Blog
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | 
In what appears to be a truly holistic recycling effort, news put forth by the University of Michigan on its green computing efforts last June has been finding new life on news feeds in early December. Not one to shirk my recycling duties, I offer now a roundup of other relevant nonbreaking news. And for what it's worth, not only are they are all related to the U-M story, but I probably would have missed them if not for the Detroit Free Press
Financial Crisis Survival Kit: Is Christmas Cancelled?
Commentary  |  12/4/2008  | 
Sure, there's plenty of bad news about the economy swirling around this week, but some folks are still trying to convince us that this suddenly one-year-old recession is actually an opportunity.
With Pownce Gone - Who's Next To Be Acquired?
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Earlier this week we learned that short messaging service Pownce was closing shop. I shared some of the reasons I believe it closed. For a long time, Pownce was considered the second most popular short messaging service behind Twitter. With the Pownce closure, I started to wonder...who's next to be acquired?
It's Not the Mac Monitor We've Been Waiting For
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Modern iMac desktop computers and MacBook/MacBook Pro notebooks have clever built-in video cameras that can be used for video conferencing. What if you're using a Mac Mini, Mac Pro or a notebook with an external monitor? Until recently, you've been out of luck  no video camera. That's finally changed, thanks to an external Cinema Display with built-in camera. The bad news is, most of us are still out of luck.
Fonolo - Phone 2.0
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Why Isn't 'Used' The 'New' New?
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
eBay is the uber-auction site that should be connecting today's penny-punching consumers, only its traffic is down significantly. What's wrong?
Ubuntu Linux Tips: Make Great Security Even Better
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Ubuntu Linux has a great reputation as a secure operating system. But there are ways -- most of them quick and easy -- to make Ubuntu even more secure.
The Lighter Side Of Bad News
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
With the economy now officially almost 12 months into a nasty recession, even The rANT can get depressed. So it warms our tubular heart to remember that it's always possible to find humor amidst economic ruin.
iPhone Roundup: Apps Store's Top Tens, Easy Wi-Fi App, Amazon App
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
A number of interesting iPhone-related tidbits have surfaced in the last 24 hours. First, Apple gave us a list of the most downloaded apps in the Apps Store. Second, a company made an app that lets iPhone users bypass the clunky AT&T Wi-Fi service sign-in. Last, Amazon rolled out an application that lets you take a picture of any product and be taken to that product's Web site.
5 Things GM's Bailout Package Must Have
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Last month, I argued in favor of the GM bailout package, because I believe Americans should make things -- servers, cars -- that are more technologically complex than cheeseburgers. Now, with Congress apparently poised to move on some kind of financial rescue plan, it's time to decide how to rapidly reshape Detroit's Big 3 to make hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell vehicles. Here's my five-point plan.
A Peek At Open Source In 10 Years
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
The folks at the Open World Forum are looking ahead to the year 2020 to see what the world of FLOSS (free, "libre" and open source software) holds. The future they see is rosy, but requires hard work to reach.

Google Follows Smaller Businesses In Belt Tightening
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
The last month of 2008 began with the announcement that the U.S. economy is "officially" in recession. Then there's the news that job losses in small business reached a 7 year peak. But broad economic statistics only tell part of the story. Google, the poster child for unstoppable growth, is cutting back. Say it ain't so!
French RIAA Vs. SourceForge, Take Two
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Last month the French RIAA, the SPPF, declared that it was bringing suit against SourceForge for aiding and abetting peer-to-peer piracy. It sounded ludicrous, and now there's better evidence to show it is indeed every bit as stupid as it sounded.
Can HP Neoview Survive and Thrive?
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
HP has for many years capitalized on the data warehouse industry through its server and storage technologies, but in recent years has launched the HP Neoview data warehouse to play in the software and appliance aspect of the industry. While HP was out of the gate in 2007 with Neoview and appeared to have a rosy future, much has changed in the last year...
Politicker.com Impeaches Amazon Web Services
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Political Web site Politicker.com has ditched Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service in favor of Voxel dot Net's managed Web hosting service. In an unusually frank assessment, Politicker says scalability, clustering, stability, and cost issues drove it away from EC2.
Report: Google Taking Economic Climate Seriously, Cutting Back On Perks
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
Google has long been known to spare no expense when it comes to perks for employees. Looks like the slowdown in ad revenue is having an impact on Google, and the company is looking for ways to trim costs. In addition to staff reductions, Google also is cutting back on Googlers' 20% time on pet projects and has reduced the availability of its free cafeterias.
T-Mobile's G1 Can't Turn Off Data Roaming, Should Be Left In The U.S.
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
A user of the HTC G1 Android phone was unhappy to receive a cell phone bill that included $102.85 in data roaming fees -- even though he had turned data roaming off. In the G1's case, off doesn't really mean off.
Cell Phone Service Improving
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
One of the nations poorest service providers, wireless carriers, has been making progress, so the bulk of their customers are now satisfied with their services. The main reasons for the improvement appear to be that the carriers have enhanced their network performance, so there are fewer dropped calls and less static, items that previously made customers very grumpy.
After the Software Wars
Commentary  |  12/3/2008  | 
DotNetNuke Announces New Funding, Readies Version 5.0
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
The DotNetNuke team has a few things to celebrate. It recently closed on a round of financing, won a pair of awards in Packt Publishing's Open Source CMS Awards, and is getting ready for the release of DotNetNuke 5.0.
Rwanda's Internet Revolution (Video)
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Past an incomprehensible genocide and a still-agrarian economy lies a country that's pinning its last gasp of hope on the Internet to lift itself out of poverty, prevent future violence, and become the economic hub of sub-Saharan Africa. Some of TechWeb's TV crew traveled into the heart of Rwanda, crouched in the jungle amid a sea of silverback gorillas, danced on the border of the notoriously dangerous Democratic Republic of Congo, and came back with a remarkable, mesmerizing story of hope.
Microsoft Cashback, Blackest Friday Edition
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Black Friday is supposed to get its name from the profit-friendly color it brings to merchant balance sheets. Microsoft's Live Search Cashback program came up with an embarrassingly different definition for the term. When a shopping search engine is unavailable for several hours on the biggest shopping day of the year, that's a Black Friday indeed.
Zoho Uses SQL To Access Cloud Apps
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Zoho today rolled out CloudSQL, new middleware software that lets developers use standard SQL queries to access data in Zoho's cloud-based applications. It could blaze a path to easier integration of cloud applications.
Crisis Survival Kit: 7 Tech Tips To Beat This Recession
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
It's official -- we're in a recession. But that doesn't mean your company has to suffer. By taking advantage of technology, you can still attract business -- often easily and inexpensively.
Don't Hold The Phone, And Other Recycling Incentives
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
My BlackBerry went for a swim the other day. I'm too embarrassed to tell you where, save to say that I find myself multitasking these days in the oddest places. I will say that when it sank beneath the surface, its lights flickered like those of the doomed Titanic. That meant, aside from having an intense desire to boil my hand, I had to get a new BlackBerry and, yes, recycle the old one.
Video: Hands On With The Nokia N97
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
InformationWeek had the chance to spend some time with the new Nokia N97. Here's a complete rundown of the hardware and user interface of Nokia's darling little multimedia computer.
IBM Patents System For Splitting The Check
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
The waiter deposits a $200 check and an uncomfortable silence envelops the table. Glances are exchanged and eyebrows are raised. Who ordered the expensive wine? Who only had a soda and sandwich? Who pays for what? Enter IBM.
IBM's Cloud Conflict of Interest
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
I have no issue with IBM driving into the world of cloud computing - I figured it would. But just think about the larger hardware and software players - such as IBM and Microsoft, who are now moving toward the cloud - and the potential conflicts that could occur. In essence, your cable TV provider is offering to show you how to move to Satellite TV.
Google Gives Windows Users A Gmail Gadget For The Desktop
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
If you're a user of the Google Desktop product on the Windows platform, Google has good news for you. It's finally added a Gmail gadget for the Desktop sidebar. Now you can see incoming e-mail without opening up Gmail in your browser.
Guy Kawasaki On 'The Art Of Laying People Off'
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
In which the outspoken venture capitalist and author, as always, speaks bluntly: "Take responsibility. ... Cut deep and cut once. ... Don't ask for pity." Here's Kawasaki on sharing the pain: "Take a smaller office. Turn in the company car. ... Give your 30-inch flat-panel display to a programmer who could use it to debug faster." His 12 tips don't make for much happy talk but for business leaders in these troubled
Linux's New Digs: The iPhone
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
So now the latest iteration of the iPhone hasn't just been "jailbroken," it's snagged a visa to another country entirely. A project named OpeniBoot lets you boot Linux on the iPhone -- admittedly with little more than a command line, but for Linux that's more than enough to begin with.

Solar Powered Cell Phones on Tap?
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Deep in the research and development labs at many of the nations leading technology firms, engineers are working feverishly to try and make your IT systems more efficient. Solar powered cell phones and voice activated Web sites are a couple of the items that one research group thinks could move from its labs to your company in a few years.
A Google Cloud In Your Data Center
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Google's App Engine lets you build, deploy, and run Web applications on Google's infrastructure. But what if you wanted to create a Google App Engine experience in your own data center? Work is under way to make that possible.
Nokia Unveils The N97, Its Real iPhone Competitor
Commentary  |  12/2/2008  | 
Today in Barcelona, Nokia announced its flagship multimedia phone for 2009, the N97. The N97 sports a 3.5-inch touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging. Other specs include 3G, Wi-Fi, 5-megapixel camera, GPS, and a whole lot more.
ADTRAN Goes 3G With New Netvanta 3G NIM
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
It's easy to think about 3G wireless technology solely as a way for laptop users to stay connected away from Wi-Fi hotspots. But that's thinking small. ADTRAN is thinking bigger with its new Netvanta 3G Module, designed to backup or even replace wired broadband connections in many applications for small and midsize companies.
Cloud Operating System For Netbooks Is Announced
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
Following on the heels of Microsoft's announcement just over a month ago of its Cloud OS, a smaller company, Good OS, says it is wheeling out its own Cloud operating system for 2009.
With Leasing, SMB Servers Remain Affordable Despite "Challenging" Economy
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
Dell touts new leasing programs and lower prices, and other vendors offer leasing as well.
Common Linux Admin Mistakes -- And How To Avoid Them
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
If you're new to Linux, what is the best way to avoid having to learn from your own mistakes? Learning from others' mistakes, of course.
Can You Track The 'Revenue Of IT'?
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
Does your company capture the full value of what IT delivers, or are the conversations only about how much IT costs? (Which then usually comes down to "too much.")
CIO Memo To Staff: Should Customers Really Rank Last?
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
In ugly times like these, what message does a CIO send to the business technology team about 2009? The National Bureau of Economic Research just declared that the United States entered a recession a year ago, consumer spending has tanked, the auto industry is floundering, and the financial industry is still trying to find its bottom (so to speak). If you're looking
'The Simpsons' Takes On Apple
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
When I came in this morning, Twitter was buzzing over an Apple parody that ran on The Simpsons last night. Homer, Marge, and the kids visit the Mapple Store at the mall and admire the MyPods and MyPhones. The segment includes a parody-in-a-parody of the famous 1984 Apple "Big Brother" commercial, featuring Comic Book Guy instead of an athletic woman with Eurythmics hair. Watch the embedded video below, until Yo
Obama's Innovation Panel Creates Opportunity, Pride For Tech Industry
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
President-elect Barack Obama has added an advisory group for technology and innovation to his transition team. The newly formed Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group will draft an "innovation agenda."
Free-As-In-Beer Tools For Chrome And Firefox
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
"Free as in beer", meaning, of course, free to use, but not open source. In this case, it's a couple of tools which are handy as adjuncts to both Firefox and Chrome.

Cyber Monday: Today Is Make Or Break For Online Retail
Commentary  |  12/1/2008  | 
With consumer spending accounting for more than two-thirds of the U.S. economy, the results of Black Friday and Cyber Monday matter to all of us, not just retailers. So send your employees shopping.
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