Commentary
Content posted in February 2008
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What "Microhoo" means for Smaller Companies
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Should small and midsize companies fear a Microsoft takeover of Yahoo? Or welcome it? That depends on how you feel about Google. And how the deal plays out.
Apple vs. PC Battle Rages On Several Fronts
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
The Intel chip that powers the MacBook Air will soon be available on Windows notebooks, while Apple launhces a new site to help folks switch from PCs.
Wireless Technologies Of The Future: RFID And Navigation?
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Yesterday I got the chance to attend an event in New York City, hosted by ABI Research. The firm put together a few panels on important trends in mobile and wireless, and I found RFID and navigation to be particularly interesting.
The Burden Of Expectations
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Gartner's latest survey of CIOs and their priorities has good news and bad news, and they're both the same news: Expectations for IT as a business innovator are up. It reminds me of that old adage: Be careful what you wish for.
Microsoft, Motorola Weigh Desperate Measures
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Two massive deals that have been talked about for some time got a bit closer to reality today, as Microsoft went public with its $44 billion bid for Yahoo and Motorola said it may spin off its handset division.
If Microsoft And Yahoo Unite, What Will Become Of Windows Mobile?
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
On the surface, Microsoft and Yahoo have divergent mobile businesses. Microsoft develops and licenses Windows Mobile and associated software to OEMs, which use it to create smartphones. Yahoo has Web services and content optimized for consumption on mobile phones. Is pairing Microsoft with Yahoo (MicroHoo, anyone?) the best way for both companies to create the best mobile platform and services available?
Microsoft/Yahoo Combo Is Bad News for Web 2.0, Open Source
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Microsoft's bid for Yahoo is certain to shake up the online advertising, Web 2.0 and open-source markets... Yahoo has released tons of code via their developer programs and pushed some really innovative services aimed at Web developers... I'd expect less open source support out of them for a start... Here are some specific quotes from Microsoft's offer worth highlighting.
State Of The (Green) Union, Part 1
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
In his final State of the Union speech Monday, President Bush outlined his goals for building a future of energy security. It's predicated on a move toward cleaner coal and building up our capacity to generate nuclear power. Here's what we're aiming at.
Google Execs Made 20-Year Commitment To Each Other
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Ah, the heady pre-IPO heydays of summer 2004. In July of that year, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, together with CEO Eric Schmidt, must have been feeling pretty bullish on Google's long-term future. The three agreed to work together for the next 20 years, to have and to hold, in sickness and health, good times and bad, for better or worse. Will this business marriage last?
Join Us Monday And Tuesday For The Brand-New InformationWeek Live
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Join us Monday and Tuesday when we're launching a new series of events: InformationWeek Live, a real-time podcast featuring InformationWeek editors and top guests. You'll be able to listen in to a Q&A as it happens on the most important technology issues, discuss the conversation in text chat, and ask your own questions.
Microsoft Can Buy Yahoo, But They Can't Afford Yahoo
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Microsoft has decided that it's time to get serious about this Internet stuff, so their bold move is to -- buy Yahoo? I don't get it. If I were a Yahoo stockholder I might play hard to get for a while, but nearly all of them will want this deal to happen because it's probably the most profitable end for them. For Microsoft, not so much.
Ericsson Said It Will Consider Purchasing Motorola Assets
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg said that the company would seriously think about scooping up Motorola's handset division if indeed Motorola puts it up for sale. He noted, though, that Ericsson would be "very cautious" about approaching any deal.
Why Microsoft's Yahoo Bid Helps Google, IBM, And Apple
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
A combined Microsoft and Yahoo would be a company truly capable of challenging Google in search and online advertising. At least that's what Microsoft believes. Not so fast.
To Sink Or Swim In Linux's Waters?
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
I've been running Ubuntu Linux on my notebook, a Sony VAIO TX model, for some time now.  I'm impressed with how stable it's been and how a whole raft of features like action-key support (for things like dimming the display) are available directly out of the box, without having to install additional stuff that I needed to download from Sony's site.  But because getting used to Linux itself can be jarring for Windows folks, I decided not to just dive in and hope I'm able to swim. 
My Life On A Stick
Commentary  |  2/1/2008  | 
Ok, so I have come to the realization that my memory isn’t quite what it used to be. My wife came to this realization a decade ago, but that is a topic for another day and another blog for that matter. I used to have an uncanny knack for storage and retrieval of both professional and personal data using just my brain.
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