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Content posted in December 2009
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5 Mobility Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Five predictions for what SMBs can expect on the mobility front in the coming year -- from Trust Digital.
My Last Essay
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
This is my last essay for InformationWeek, as we're putting things on hiatus so I can focus on writing my next book in 2010. There are a few things I want to say before I go...
The Lighter Side of Consulting
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
The other day I ran into an old Consulting mentor of mine. Smooth, superior and self-assured, the man was Consulting Personified. But now gone were the suit and smirk, replace by sneakers, stubble and a sullen look. Could it be The Curse of the Consultant?
Apple Tablet Success Riding On Touch-Panel Patents
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
In my recent story on the Apple iSlate speculation, I pointed to Windows tablets to make the point that Steve Jobs and company don't invent things, they perfect them. But when I wrote that Apple doesn't have any tablet patents, a reader noted that what Apple does have is multi-touch interface patents. And those will be the key to the Apple tablet.
7 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Seven Predictions on what SMBs can expect from the world of cloud computing in the coming year -- from Appirio.
Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
The Myth Of Reliability
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Two outages for BlackBerry users around Christmas prompted many complaints and threats from angry users via online forums, blog posts, and tweets. I'm not sure if there's really an issue here.
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
Eleven BI/Analytics Topics for 2010
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
This time of year, we pundit types like to post our summations of the past year's developments, our Best Of lists recapping our own work, and our industry predictions for next year, for 2010. Not me, not this year. I will, however, post on the year ahead... for me, on BI and analytics topics that I plan to cover in the next few months...
Windows 7 Year In Review
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
The operating-system buzz in 2009 may have been split 60/40 between Windows 7 and Google Chrome OS, but only the former is here today. As to whether a Web-centric OS like Chrome can ultimately edge out the most polished traditional desktop version ever, that's yet to be determined. During 2010, though, I expect that Windows 7 will increase its footprint, as enterprises initially wary of adoption begin to fold Win7 boxes into heterogeneous environments.
The Pros And Cons Of Virtualization For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Does virtualization really make sense for small businesses? Some experts doubt it, but I'm reluctant to offer any simple answers to this question.
AT&T Resumes Online iPhone Sales
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
AT&T has resumed sales if the iPhone in New York city via their website. I tested a few zip codes in the area and both the 3G and 3GS models are available, as well as refurbished phones. For whatever reason AT&T pulled them over the weekend from the website, they have apparently reversed course.
Remote Desktop: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Is it possible to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection technology with Windows 7? As always, that depends upon which version of Windows 7 you're talking about.
Salesforce.com's Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Much has been recorded about the rise of Salesforce.com and how Marc Benioff's clever marketing brought the company to the forefront. Today, with its stock reaching new highs, I wanted to pay tribute to a giant of cloud computing, Parker Harris, the technology magician behind the marketing who made Benioff's story possible.
Firefox Prepares To Make Its Smartphone Debut
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
According to the BBC, the first mobile phone version of Firefox is only "days away" from release. In reality, however, most mobile users at small and midsize companies will be in for a much longer wait.
Oracle Lifts Cloud Over MySQL Storage Engine Vendors
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Earlier this month, Oracle put out a press release promising to play nicely with MySQL if its Sun takeover is approved... Point #2 is the biggie, lifting a major cloud from the MySQL storage engine business.
2010 And Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
In 2010 cloud storage will continue to grow in use but like my other 2010 entries, next year won't be the "year" of cloud storage. As we discussed in our article "What is Cloud Storage", people and organization
New SSDs Hit The Sweet Spot For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
We all know that quality solid state disks (SSDs) are just too expensive for small businesses to afford, right? Not so fast.
Intel Recap: Atom, Nehalem Were 2009 Highlights
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
For processor-architecture voyeurs of the Intel variety, 2009 was most interesting for the emergence of the low end as market segment with legs enough to compete with traditional laptops. (Read: Atom and netbooks.) At the same time, servers got a big kicker with release of the Nehalem line in April.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
With the proliferation of enterprise content management (ECM) vendors at many organizations, a new challenge is developing around managing federated ECM systems. Can the content management applications within an organization be integrated to help users find the information they need?
AT&T Halts Online iPhone Sales In NYC
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
AT&T has halted online sales of the iPhone in New York City. You can verify this by going to AT&T's online site and entering a NYC zip code. Sure enough, I entered a Brooklyn zip code and the iPhone was missing. When I changed it to my southern California zip, the iPhone 3GS and 3G showed up in the list. What is going on?
Reviewing The Year's Storage News Highlights
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Over the past couple of weeks, I slogged through the usual endless series of storage-related "best of" and prediction articles. Finally, here's one that is actually worth sharing.
Working With The Win7 Problem Steps Recorder
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Windows 7 includes a new remote support tool that is potentially very useful -- if you know about it.
Five Tech Startup Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
It's that time of the year again when everyone provides their predictions for the upcoming year. I'd like to take a look at five predictions for 2010 related to tech startups.
Wolfe's Den: Apple iSlate Chatter Obscures Device Significance
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Apple's expected release of a humongous-screened iPod will legitimize the platform for business users. It could, in turn, revive Windows-based tablets and make Webpads the big alt.platform story of 2010.
The Decade Of Windows 7
Commentary  |  12/25/2009  | 
As 2010 approaches, Windows 7 seems to be experiencing a successful launch and warm reception from both businesses and consumers. I've just switched over to Windows 7 for my day-to-day desktop, and definitely think it's an improvement over both XP and Vista. That's fortunate, because I suspect we'll all be using Windows 7 for most of the next decade.
Santa Claus, Technology Propagandist
Commentary  |  12/25/2009  | 
A good number of kids will go to bed tonight thinking at least two things about the traditions of Christmas: first, they'll consciously be thankful and thrilled about their presents and, unconsciously, they'll have been further indoctrinated into the miracles of technology.
The Perfect Office Mac?
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
German tinkerer Klaus Diebel will modify your old iMac so that it makes coffee but still functions as a Macintosh.
Eight Apps For The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
Traveling during the holidays? Droid owners might find their holiday adventures somewhat eased by loading up their device with some helpful apps for the season. Here are eight apps that range from shopping assistants to package tracking and keeping tabs on flight info.
iPhone Vs. Droid - 3G Shootout
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
We've all seen the knock-down-drag-out advertising battle between Verizon and AT&T in the last few weeks with Verizon claiming a far superior 3G coverage map while AT&T fired back with a faster 3G network. Investment banking firm Piper Jaffray decided to put the speed claims to the test. Armed with an iPhone and the Verizon Droid, they set off in New York to see who was the speed king.
Google Nexus One Android Phone Fully Revealed
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Leave it to the guys over at Gizmodo to score some one-on-one action with the most talked-about device of December 2009 -- the Google Nexus One. They spent some serious time with it and come away impressed. Oh, and the spec list leaked, too.
Truthing Up
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
I've been reminded recently that a few of the leading technology brands have added expert counsel -- lawyering and PR-ing up -- to deal with emerging public policy issues. I wonder why they don't just tell the truth.
Android Apps Arcade Now Open In Facebook
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
If there's one thing to be said about 2009, perhaps it should be called the "Year of the Apps Store." It seems like every entity out there launched a mobile apps store. Helping aid in the discovery process, Mplayit has platform specific stores that can be browsed from within Facebook.
iPhone 2010 May Have 5MP Camera
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The current supplier of camera chips for Apple's iPhone, OmniVision Technologies, says it got a whopper of an order from Apple for 2010. Not only will it supply Apple with 40 to 45 million imaging sensors, they will rate 5 megapixels.
Coming Soon from SAP BusinessObjects
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The tricky thing about events like the recent SAP Influencer Summit in Boston is that some attendees want broad, high-level insight, and others, like me (and readers like you) want much more detail... The company did share some of the most noteworthy improvements due in future releases of SAP Business Objects software.
i4i Lawsuit Means Nothing To Most Office Users
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Web is buzzing over Microsoft's defeat in a major patent lawsuit involving its Office software. How will this affect your business? With very few exceptions, it won't.
Acer Launching Up To 10 Smartphones In 2010
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Acer has plans to launch between eight and ten smartphones in 2010. They will be a mix of Android and Windows Mobile phones, with Android being the heavier part of the mix.
Intel's vPro Reshapes Remote Desktop Support
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Chances are good that you have never heard of Intel's vPro technology. If your company relies upon remote support technology, it's time to get acquainted with it.
Apple Fixes iMac Flicker -- Or Not
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Apple has released a firmware update for the new 27-inch iMacs which is supposed to address the kind of screen flickering and image corruption users have been complaining about. It's not clear if the update solves everybody's problem, though.
Sprint, LG, Microsoft To Intro WinMo WiMax Phone?
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Sprint has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, January 6 -- the day before the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off. LG and Microsoft factor large in the presentation, and Brooke Shields is involved, too. What could they possibly be announcing?
iPhone 2009's Top Phone
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
According to Nielsen's data, the iPhone was the top-selling phone in 2009. Three BlackBerries, four LGs, and one Motorola and Samsung also made the list. But which Motorola? The Droid?
Google's Wave Tells The Story Of 2009
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Google Wave hasn't quite caught on yet, at least, not with anyone I know. I've played with it a bit and have found it to be an interesting concept, but not full of much real value so far. That hasn't stopped a number of people from putting it to interesting use. This video is one of them.
Google and the Meaning of Half Open
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
Google is half open: the conclusion I draw after reading product management SVP Jonathan Rosenberg's "The Meaning of Open." For all the pride and confidence and even wisdom conveyed in the essay, Google's core, its strategic direction -- Rosenberg's own product management brief -- is rightly closed rather than community-driven.
iPhone To Verizon Rumors Back
Commentary  |  12/22/2009  | 
It looks like the iPhone may yet head to Verizon despite some differences of opinion between the nation's largest carrier and Apple. Verizon has been beefing up their network to handle iPhone traffic in the event the Apple-AT&T exclusivity agreement ends.
LaCie Unveils Its Latest USB 3.0 Storage Appliance
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
The USB 3.0 storage market continues to expand, with LaCie introducing a new RAID storage device the incorporates the new high-speed standard.
Verizon's Bright Idea: Shaft Users, Make Money
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Can Verizon infuriate its Blackberry users by shoving a "preferred" search provider down their throats? Yeah, there's an app for that.
Hail And Farewell, Part Two
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
For my last blog on open source, I've peered ahead -- inasmuch as anyone in this business can look ahead -- and made a few careful guesses as to what awaits us in both the open source and proprietary worlds.

Leaks Cough Up Details On Two Motorola Androids
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Earlier this year, Motorola indicated that it plans to release up to 20 handsets in 2010 running Google's Android platform. Considering the sheer volume of Android-related leaks coming from the Motorola camp, it wasn't kidding.
Netbooks Gain More Graphic Features
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Netbooks have emerged as a popular option for executives who need simple access to Internet applications. However, one limitation with these systems has been their graphic capabilities. Aware of that shortcoming, Intel has developed a graphically enhanced netbook microprocessor, and devices relying on it may start to arrive in a few months.
Kundra's Management Challenges
Commentary  |  12/21/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's job is different from others whom we've named as InformationWeek's Chief of the Year in the past in a few big ways that make it especially challenging.
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