Commentary
Content posted in December 2009
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IDC Predicts Big Year For iPhone, iTablet
Commentary  |  12/4/2009  | 
Getting a jump on the holiday prediction season, technology analysts IDC have released their "Predictions 2010: Recovery and Transformation" report. If they're right, Apple's in the catbird seat with the iPhone and long-rumored iTablet.
Why Did Microsoft Give Up On WinMo 6.5?
Commentary  |  12/4/2009  | 
Windows Mobile 6.1 had been getting a bit long in the tooth. Not much had changed from the user's view since 2005 when WinMo 5 launched. WinMo 7 is what people are waiting for, but in the mean time, Microsoft released an update to the platform that had the most radical changes since WinMo 5 was released without the desktop style menu system. Microsoft appeared to give up on 6.5 even before it launched.
VirtualBox Allows Admins To Get Their VMs To Go
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
There's a good reason why Sun's VirtualBox has been downloaded more than 20 million times over the past couple of years: High quality at an unbeatable price. And the latest version takes yet another big step forward.
Online Service Protects Against Cloud-Killer Outages
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
Worried about your cloud-based data going up in smoke? If you're the paranoid type, a new online service aims to deliver some peace of mind.
Verizon Says Droid Fix Coming In A Few Weeks
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
This evening I received an email from Verizon Wireless. It contained some welcome news for owners of the Motorola Droid. You see, Google has pushed out new SDKs for Android 2.0.1 and Android 1.6. This means the folks over at Motorola and Verizon can dig their hands into the code to fix the Droid's camera issue. Oh, and I have some info on the Droid BOGO event happening this weekend.
Comcast-NBC Deal Highlights Net Neutrality Issue
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
What does it mean when the nation's largest Internet Service Provider, like Comcast, buys one of the biggest content creators in the world, like NBC? For one thing, it means the already contentious issue of Net Neutrality is about to get even more heated. Hopefully, it will galvanize the FCC to create and implement Net Neutrality rules that protect the interests of small and midsize businesses.
IDC Predictions Fail To Surprise
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
Business advisory service IDC issued a series of predictions for 2010 on Thursday and managed to say nothing at all that's surprising.
BillShrink: Check TCO Before Buying Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
The average selling price of smartphones may be dropping these days, but that doesn't mean that contract plan prices have dropped, too. BillShrink put together a list of devices and what their total cost of ownership is. Check it out.
YouTube Becomes Light As A 'Feather'
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
Not all Web connections are created equal. It's with that in mind that Google offered up YouTube Lite today, called "Feather." Its promise is to get those videos playing faster, even if you have a flaky Web connection.
Practical Analysis: Pundits, Facts, And Competing Goals
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
There's no silver bullet when it comes to building a technically competent enterprise content management strategy.
New iPhone App For Car Care Underscores Mobile's Potential
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
Your business is kinda gritty so it's not really possible for you to offer a fancy-schmancy iPhone app, right? Wrong!! A new iPhone app from the AAMCO car-care chain "lets our customers take that peace of mind with them wherever they go by putting our expert technicians right on their phones."
Stop Blaming IT!
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
"IT is the problem." I heard this epithet issued by a cloud computing guru at last month's Interop conference. But you could replace "cloud computing" with nearly any emerging technology and hear the same thing. Enterprise IT just doesn't adopt new technologies as fast as many consultants and analysts would wish.
GroundWork Open Source Announces a New Linux Appliance
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
The open source movement has been able to provide small and medium businesses with functional products at reasonable prices. GroundWork Open Source, whose business is based on delivering open source systems and network management tools, has decided to make its product available as a Linux based appliance, a change that could make it easier for small and medium businesses to deploy its management system.
iPhone Headed For T-Mobile?
Commentary  |  12/3/2009  | 
For the US, it is generally assumed that the ultimate marriage between device and carrier would be the iPhone on Verizon. The iPhone is unquestionably the most popular single phone out there for consumers and Verizon is the largest network in the US with impressive coverage and a great 3G network. The iPhone though may be headed to T-Mobile first.
Windows Mobile Phones Get A Better Bing
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
Using a Windows Mobile device? Like performing lots of searches when on the go? Need better performance all around? Get ready for a better Bing. It's free, and it's here today.
VDI & Netbooks: Questions & DR Testimonial
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
My post discussing a VDI pilot project in conjunction with netbooks produced a variety of responses. These readers chose not to post their comments to the public site, so I thought it would be a good idea to highlight two of the most interesting ones.
Oracle/HP Offer Package For Midsize Manufacturers
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
The recession hit manufacturing companies hard, but if there are any midmarket industrial manufacturers still growing, they can now buy a pre-packaged bundle of HP hardware, Oracle Acclerate software, Oracle Consulting services to help manage their businesses.
Podcast: Panda Security CEO Juan Santana
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
I sat down recently to chat with Juan Santana, chief executive of the largest security vendor you might not be familiar with. Yet Panda Security, founded in Spain in 1990, is huge in Europe and no slouch either in the United States, where it competes against the likes of Symantec, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, and McAfee. I talked with Santana amid the launch of Panda Cloud Protection Service, which moves threat analysis to the cloud and installs with a very small footprint on the client.
Accenture Stock Target Soars As CEO Sees IT Recovery
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
A Credit Suisse analyst has boosted his target price for Accenture shares from $42 to $55 on the expectation that enterprise IT spending is beginning to loosen up and that Accenture will be a prime beneficiary of CIOs' more-expansive spending habits and their increasing acceptance of outsourcing.
Latest Motorola Android Phone To Feature HDMI Out?
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
Images have appeared of what purport to be a new Android device from Motorola. One quick glance is all it takes to discern that this device is a non-keyboard version of the Droid. Closer inspection, however, reveals a truly unique feature: an HDMI out port.
Mayor Gavin Newsom on Digital San Francisco (Part 2)
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
In the second part of our three-part video interview series with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, we talked about the role technology can play in the transformation of a city, including addressing the growing digital divide, the progress on STEM in San Francisco, and the role the Bay area will play, as a hub of technology innovation, in helping lead the way to economic recovery.
Texas Hospital District Fires 16 For HIPAA Violations
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
The Harris County Hospital District of Houston, Texas, fired 16 employees, accusing them of violating patient privacy laws by inappropriately accessing the records of a medical resident who'd been admitted to the hospital after she was shot in a grocery store parking lot.
India Outsources Jobs To U.S. In Video-Effects Field
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
Based in Bangalore, India, a Tata subsidiary that specializes in video effects and animation will open a high-tech delivery center in Los Angeles next week to cater to Hollywood's appetite for video wizardry. Since this is clearly a case of outsourcing, I must ask the question: will the professional positions created at the new lab be "our jobs"?
Taking Another Look At TweetDeck
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
What Twitter client do you use? TweetDeck is a favorite of many people who use Twitter for professional purposes. I've been an enthusiastic user of Tweetie for the Mac since it came out more than seven months ago, because I love its powerful, simple, and easy-to-use interface. However, TweetDeck now supports Twitter features that Tweetie doesn't, so I figured I'd give TweetDeck another try. And I'm liking it.
Open Source: An 'Advertisement On Steroids'
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
That's one of the many analogies and observations drawn by Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell in a blog post about the economics of open source. The open source business model is tremendously effective, in his eyes -- it's just that its effects are not always measured in dollar values, and that can drive the money
The FBI's New Tech Team
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
The FBI's newly appointed CTO, Jeffrey Johnson, brings an outside-the-beltway background to the job--he worked for Lehman Brothers, a hard-charging technology innovator, until last year. FBI CIO Chad Fulgham also worked at Lehman Bros., as well as at IBM and JPMorgan Chase. Look for their private sector experience to be reflected in the intelligence agency's IT strategy and execution.
An Eyewitness To Ousted CEO's Impact At GM
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
We were in a meeting yesterday at General Motor's headquarters with Kirk Gutmann, chief technology and strategy officer, when a woman walked in and handed Gutmann a note. I could see type highlighted in bright yellow. She said, "You need to be in a 4 p.m. board meeting that just got called." I saw a flash of concern pass over Gutmann's face. We shook hands, and our meeting was quickly adjourned. Less than an hour later, I learned CEO Fritz Henderson had resigned.
Can You Support Remote Workers In Case Of Flu Outbreak?
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
With the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention this week reporting widespread H1N1 flu outbreaks in 32 states, many companies are dealing with or anticipating the need for staff to work remotely in the months ahead. This can present a challenge for IT organizations that haven't in the past dealt with large numbers of remote workers.
Google Gives Up On Gears
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
Google has admitted that it is no longer developing its Gears browser plug-in. Instead, it will focus efforts on HTML5, which it says will accomplish much of the same functionality that Gears made possible.
Get Your CEO A NetBook For Christmas
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
Or else. It's no surprise that organizations are now looking at adding netbooks into their device mix. A recent InformationWeek Analytics survey found that 72% of enterprises surveyed planned to expand their use of the devices over the next 48 months.
Carriers Selling Info About You To Government
Commentary  |  12/2/2009  | 
The companies you use to access the internet, both household broadband as well as wireless, have an incredible amount of information on your online habits. They know where and when you to go to sites and in the case of wireless carriers, they usually know where you are in the real world. To supplement their revenue, they are apparently selling this information to the government.
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom on Open Govt (Part 1)
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
In a wide-ranging interview with InformationWeek, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom talked about DataSF.Org, the role of social networking in politics and running his diverse city, and the role of San Francisco in the digital world. In the first of three in this video series, Newsom discusses how his city has embraced the "open and transparent government" concept.
IBM To Furnish Cloud Computing To Ho Chi Minh City
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
IBM has already established cloud computing centers in the Chinese cities of Dongying and Wuxi. In the former, the cloud will serve as a "smarter city" platform for development of services. In Wuxi, it will serve as a collective platform for software development. Now it's on to Ho Chi Minh City.
Twitter Founder Wants To Pay With iPhone
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of that little thing called Twitter, is showing off his latest project, and Square is trying to turn iPhones into a mobile payment hub for merchants. It's a very interesting idea, but, like Twitter, I'm wondering how it's going to make real money.
Motorola's CLIQ Improves With New Software Update
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Some good news for users of the Motorola CLIQ. Motorola is offering a system update for the device that makes some major improvements in battery life, screen accuracy and accelerometer accuracy. Too bad the CLIQ is stuck on Android 1.5, though.
IT Is 'Pillar' Of White House Healthcare Strategy
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Healthcare IT adoption is one of four pillars on which the Obama administration is basing its healthcare strategy, and is key to containing costs, administration healthcare officials said. Healthcare IT should be combined with a budget-neutral healthcare reform bill, establishing a Medicare Commission to improve quality, and an excise tax on expensive private healthcare plans, all of which are included in the Senate healthcare reform bill.
Clearwire Network Reaches 30 Million Users
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Clearwire has been the lone wireless carrier driving the WiMAX deployment. After a few snafus, the carrier seems to be gaining some traction and is expanding its services reach in Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington.
Turn Content Challenges Into Opportunities
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
There are many parallels between business intelligence and enterprise content management... But there is one key difference that has kept BI in the limelight while content management has often languished on IT to-do lists.
Video Calling Now Possible With iPhone
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Video calling is one of those features that has the "neat-o" effect on people. It's fairly common in some European markets, but has yet to make much of an impact in the U.S. Perhaps the newest version of fring for the iPhone will change that, as it allows one-way video sharing from the iPhone to another device running either fring or Skype.
Got An App? Make It A PortableApp
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Readers of this blog know I'm a fan of the PortableApps.com suite of open source programs. Now, its curators have made it that much easier to take your app -- freeware or open source -- and make it a PortableApp.

Motorola Might Sell 1M Droids By Year's End
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Neither Verizon Wireless nor Motorola have reported official sales figures for the Droid smartphone, but estimates place current sales between 700,000 and 800,000. That makes reaching the one million units sold milestone (pun intended) within Motorola's grasp.
Sun Trying To Snatch HP Customers
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Looking to show that turnabout is very fair play, Sun has launched a campaign to snatch customers from HP with a "no-risk migration assessment" aimed at HP enterprise users who "are facing higher support costs, performance and availability issues, and loss of ISV support for critical business applications."
Black Friday Boosted By Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  12/1/2009  | 
Black Friday in the US was boosted by mobile phones, but perhaps not in the way you think. Yes, there were definitely some good deals on mobile phones, but I'm talking about people using mobile phones to hone in on good deals and even complete some purchases.
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