Google Porn Search On Cell Phones
Google gave two computer scientists access to more than a
million of its mobile search records in research aimed at
understanding the unique needs of wireless Web surfers. Judging by
the results, what users really need is a porn portal, as more searches
were for smut than anything else.
Think Globally, Analyze Locally
All this talk about "operational BI" and "pushing intelligence to decison-makers" is mostly just theory, right? No, it isn't. And nothing illustrates better than example.
Apple, Security, And Disturbing Questions
Troubling questions are being raised by one of the few meaningful security issues to impact Apple. As InformationWeek's Larry Greenemeier points out in a blog entry, "Some say the security research community is more dangerous than the hackers they warn against" because Mac exploits are being placed directly o
American IT Jobs Give Bush Valuable Bargaining Chip In Talks With India
George Bush's visit to India this week provides the perfect high-profile opportunity for the President to urge Congress to eliminate all numerical caps on H-1B foreign worker visas. Such a move would help the United States in a number of ways, while holding very little downside for the American economy.
CA Takes An Indirect Route To Sales Success
Part of enterprise management vendor CA's revamped corporate strategy is to work more closely with channel partners to sell solutions and support customers. The company has never been known for having particularly warm relations with resellers but there have been recent indications of a thaw in that area. And now the real test begins with CA's announced plan to reduce the number of named accounts it handles directly, and rely
For Apple, There's No Business Like Show Business
Apple plans to announce something tomorrow, and the rumor mill is working overtime trying to guess what that announcement might be. Over the weekend, one possibility -- a big-screen video iPod -- was knocked out of contention after a hoaxter posted a step-by-step video about how he created the fake prototype photo everyone was buzzing about.
Finding Humor In IT
Humor is in short supply in the business world. And that's a shame because there are some subjects that benefit from a liberal dose of levity.
Osterman Research's report, "Email Troubleshooting: The Cost and Impact to the Enterprise," represents just such a topic. Though no doubt a subject near and dear to the heart of Zenprise, the E-mail management software maker that sponsored the study, it's not the sort of reading m
It's Not Wise To Neglect Certain SOX Requirements
If you're still harboring doubts about meeting your SOX deadlines, you might want to check out a webinar tomorrow (Feb. 28) that features Michael Horowitz, commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC).
The event, titled, "Upward Mobility: Leveraging Your Sarbanes-Oxley Investment for Broader Risk Management," will take place 1 p.m. EST. Co-hosted by compliance vendor Axentis and Business Finance Magazine, speakers will also include
A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.
Is There Life After Search Engines?
We should all be thinking the unthinkable about search engines: they may be put out of business by legal challenges. Search engines are under attack from several directions, and of course, it's all about the money.
Companies that own "intellectual property" (something that's always sounded to me like a contradiction in terms) are gunning for search engine's revenues, claiming that Google and Yahoo and the like are profiting unfairly from the use of their copyrighted content. Everybody from
Rightsizing IT Management
Small and medium businesses are no longer being left out in the cold my IT management vendors focused solely on the biggeste enterprises. IBM Tivoli is the latest vendor to get smart about delivering IT management solutions designed specifically to meet the cost and complexity requirements of small and medium sized businesses. With its Tivoli Express Portfolio, Big Blue is delivering a suite of products that provide levels
E-mail Admins Play "Which Would You Rather"
To illustrate the challenges of managing e-mail, Osterman Research took a humorous route in its survey of more than 100 IT pros, sponsored by Zenprise, with a series of "which would you rather" questions.
I guess this group of administrators has it pretty tough. The survey focused on a single support ill; they were asked to rate the level of difficulty in determining the underlying cause of e-mail problems. The Survey revealed that:
A Settlement Would End RIM's Legal Battle; Even The Judge Agrees
In the latest chapter of the Research In Motion-NTP saga, U.S. District Judge James Spencer didn't issue an immediate injunction to shut down the BlackBerry service, as many have expected. He said he would make a final decision as soon as possible, although stating loud and clear that RIM had been found to violate NTP's patents. It looks like he's trying to buy more time and drive the two companies to settle outside of court.
Ten Sites I Check Daily
We journalists tend to read a bunch of news. I guess it comes with the job description. I've rounded up some of the top blogs I read to help gather and make sense of the news I'm seeing out there. Check these out, and add your favorites in the comments section.
Hip And Cool Means Growth, And More Security Concerns
A little while back I blogged about how messaging technologies have become "cool" and are enjoying "hip" status among those that define "hip" standards for our society, the youth and young adult markets. Well, I'm thinking the vendor and service provider communities are finding this all pretty cool, as well. The Radicati Group Inc., in a series of recent reports, projects some pretty heady growth for messaging-related products and it's not all coming from me
Outsourcing To Vietnam: Is Your Job Going To Hanoi?
For many Americans, the mention of Vietnam still conjures memories of a war in which U.S. troops suffered more than 50,000 casualties. Images of bloodied soldiers being frantically medevaced into waiting Huey helicopters and napalm igniting the jungles across Southeast Asia have become part of the national consciousness.
Fast-forward 30 years, and what has Vietnam become to America?
Are Your Kids Safe Online?
You know the old saying: Timing is everything. The best time to start a new diet, for example, is not the same week Girl Scout cookies are delivered. I learned that lesson last week, and I'm not turning back until the last Thin Mint has been consumed! So when is the right time to find ways to keep your kids safe online? In a word: Now. But ask 10 people about their strategies, and you'll get 10 different answers--filters, computers in a visible family area, talking to their kids about good and b
Friday Is Judgment Day For RIM, But The Views Are Mixed About The Outcome
Research In Motion's patent battle with NTP is infamous for generating mixed views about the future of the BlackBerry service in the United States. While the majority of the analyst community believes that an injunction is unlikely, the legal community is almost convinced that the case will end with one.
Utility Computing And The MEGO Factor
Fundamentally, though, the "MEGO" (my eyes glaze over) factor is huge here--and by "here" I mean utility computing, autonomic systems, and pretty much next-generation anything. After decades of hearing about how technology is going to make their lives better, their infrastructures more manageable and/or less expensive, their smiles brighter (or just pick your benefit), I think IT professionals are casting an extremely wary eye on just about everything right now.
The Patent Mess: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
It's a hopeful sign that once again the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected one of five patents at the heart of the NTP-RIM suit. But don't get your hopes up. At the same instant we get more signs that the patent nightmare is far from over the USPTO has granted a patent that its gleeful owner and his equally gleeful phalanx of lawyers declare
We're No. 1
If you still haven't gotten the respect you deserve from your CIO, that might change.
New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
We've been making some changes to the InformationWeek.com Web site designed to make it more useful. This isn't a big remodel like we did two months ago, where we gutted the whole house and redid everything. This is more like new windows and doors, new coats of paint, and replacing the loose floorboards.
What's new? A mobile edition, search tools, RSS feed upgrades, and favicons. Our Digital Edition isn't completely new, but how about we take a minute to tell you about it anyway, as long as we h
Is The CIO 'Field Of Dreams' A Greenfield Data Center Deployment?
Do CIOs and IT managers dream of the opportunity to build a data center infrastructure from the ground up, with no regard for legacy requirements of existing equipment and software? Or is the bigger challenge in finding ways to improve existing infrastructures with incremental changes and additions?
Google Gets Brilliant
In keeping with its efforts to hire top scientists, Google today revealed that it has appointed Dr. Larry Brilliant to serve as executive director of Google.org, the company's philanthropic arm.
Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.
A GNew Version of GNOME
I confess I'm writing this item just so I could use that headline. Well, no, I'm not either, because the new version of GNOME, the open-source Linux graphical desktop, is news all on its own. The second beta of what will be GNOME 2.14 slipped out last week, and release is scheduled for March 15.
Presence Meets Collaboration On The Conferencing Front
The integration of collaboration and presence technologies continues to fascinate me for two reasons. First, because it all makes so darn much sense. I mean you can work with a virtual room full of people from your PC in Timbuktu or down the hall. Presence capabilities take the remoteness out of remote collaboration.
And the other reason it's fascinating is because the enabling technology is all available, but it requires vendors and service providers to work together to integrate and provision
When Tech Hurts
The ways in which technology has enhanced all of our lives are too numerous to count. But on Tuesday, I was struck by two stories that I interpret as signs that technology may be driving too deep and becoming too pervasive in our lives.
The Year Of The Web Browser
Although the so-called "Browser Wars" ended around 1998, 2006 is shaping up to be an intriguing sequel. To get fully up to speed on all the many browser comings and goings, check out my Targeting Technology podcast on the changing face of Web browsers, as well as our recent "browser wars" blockbuster review Microsoft IE7, F
Beyond The Relational Database
"Information management" goes way beyond the relational database -- if for no other reason, than simply because relational databases can't handle the entire job.
Offshoring: Cheaper Doesn't Mean Better
Technology has done much to diminish the barriers geography imposes on business. Wireless is proving to be a productivity-boosting tool for workers in sales and other highly mobile areas. Mature, secure wide area networking technologies give companies a mechanism to improve the effectiveness of employees in branch offices by connecting them to the same corporate resources staff members have in headquarters. Both hardware and software also gives enterprises the means to improve their own cost
American citizens are confused about the whole E-health thing, and it's time to get them some help to understand the choices they will need to make.