Commentary
Content posted in February 2008
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Why You Should Love Information Mess
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
David Weinberger, author of "Everything is Miscellaneous," believes we need to unlearn what we think that we know about the best ways to organize information... He looks at how many projects require a much greater degree of control as they increase in size, but contrasts that with the Web, which has growth only because of the lack of control. Control doesn't scale; we just thought that it did...
Windows Small Business Server 2008: Cougar Sires Server Family
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft unveils the new version of Windows Small Business Server as linchpin of a new solution family with integrated products for business with up to 50 or 250 users.
Hey Smaller Businesses, Why Not Try Some Free Love?
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Everyone, it seems, is getting into the "free" act. Apparently, it's a real trend -- and not just among the big guys. Smaller businesses can get a piece of the "free" action, too.
Talk To Me, Openly
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
It's a cliche to say that open source breaks down barriers, but every day I learn about a new way that's happening. Here's one barrier that open source can help to bring down, incrementally: the language barrier.

Apple To Host iPhone SDK Launch March 6
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This morning Apple started sending out invitations to an event to be held Thursday, March 6. The topic? The long-awaited iPhone SDK. The invitation read: "Please join us to learn about the iPhone software road map, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features."
Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Perfectly Timed For A Recession
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Although I still have a lot of doubt that Microsoft and Yahoo will ever consummate a marriage, Microsoft continues to pursue the deal with a lot of enthusiasm. I don't know how loudly I can say this, but Microsoft: It's a trap! There's a reason why some major Yahoo shareholders are suing to make this deal go through, pronto. They think you're crazy and they want to get the money before you sober up.
Google Offers Provisioning Toolkit For Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
So you're taking the leap and deploying Google Apps across your enterprise. Rather than add users one by one, Google is giving IT admins a new way to create user accounts: the Apache 2.0 licensed Open Source Google Apps Provisioning Toolkit.
Vignette Gears Up For A Better Web Experience
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
I caught up with Vignette as details were emerging about its updated Web content management tools. This week, we learned a little more about the Web Experience Platform, the company's new and improved approach at managing your content.
Media Advice For Entrepreneurs And Others
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
How to get your company noticed -- advice from a journalist, a professor, an analyst, and a flack.
Google Lends Its Voice To Opera, Yahoo Sings The Blues
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The mobile search wars continue, and Google just won an important tactical victory over rival Yahoo. Opera, maker of mobile Web browsers, has switched its default search from Yahoo to Google.
Chronicle Of A Startup: The Kernel Of An Idea
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
I have an idea for a new venture that seems promising to me. Is it? I'm on my way to Silicon Valley to find out.
SharePoint Licensing Costs 'Highest in Class'
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The CMS Watch Web CMS Report, calls out MOSS 2007 as having "perhaps the highest fee structure in its class," - by which we mean among mid-market and departmental solutions - particularly when used as a Web CMS for a public site. Seems others agree...
Starbucks Takes Coffee Break, Makes Customer Satisfaction Gaffe
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Starbucks can send me an e-mail when they reload my card -- yeah, I know I'm a sap for giving them an interest-free loan, but it's convenient -- and they can pepper me with communications when they've got a sale to promote. So how come they can't bother to clue me in when they're planning to shut their doors for three hours? Not very Web 1.0 of them, huh?
Microsoft loves Java
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's recent acquisition activity brings to it a lot of Java-based software, expertise, as well as a large Java-focused customer base.

Open ESB Update
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 

Recently, I spoke with Kevin Schmidt of Sun Microsystems regarding Open ESB, a community-driven open-source ESB used by Sun and other companies. Sun contributed Open ESB to the community under the CDDL license years ago, and uses it as the basis fo

Google Buys Into Undersea Cable
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Ask Not What Google Can Do For You ...
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Google Desktop Search Reviewed
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Black Hat Conference: GSM Hacked
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Technology And The Big Foot Problem
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Michael Specter's article "Big Foot," in the current issue of The New Yorker, examines some common assumptions about carbon emissions and how technology is going to have to step on the gas to tackle the climate change problem. It's worth a close read.
Newsflash: Reflex Is Not Dead
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
A death notice was posted to one of my blogs last week. I'm guessing it was someone with a personal grudge. Turns out Reflex Security is alive and well.
Adobe Aims for the Next Generation of Apps
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Some day we will stop talking about "RIAs" (Rich Internet Applications) and Web 2.0 apps and Web apps; they will all just be apps. The same goes for "desktop applications." They will just be apps too. In fact, I wish we had a simple name for all these flavors of apps right now. Thankfully, I can see the horizon of that "some day."...
iPhone 1.1.4 Firmware Available
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This afternoon, Apple made the 1.1.4 firmware update for the iPhone available for download. The update is a 162-MB file. So far, no known new features have been spotted with the upgrade, but it is believed to support the as-yet-to-be-released SDK. Stay tuned for more details.
If We're Headed Into A Recession, What Will Happen To IT?
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
IT budgets and tech staffs were clobbered during the recession of the early 2000s. But how would they survive this time around? Hasn't most of the "fat" already been slashed, or has much of it returned?
Hockey Fans Turn To Web To Follow NHL Trade Deadline
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Hockey fans might be getting less work done today than usual, thanks to a combination of Tuesday's NHL trade deadline and the Web.
The New Economy of Free (What It Will Cost You)
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
We all know -- or had at least one grandparent tell us -- you don't get something for nothing. But technological advances and new distribution models mean that you can get some stuff for not that much. Oh, and you might want to think about how you can apply that concept to generating revenue for your smaller business.
Tech Turf Gives Windows Mobile Users Quick Access To Google Services
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This new application from The Tech Turf provides Windows Mobile smartphones with an iPhone-like dashboard that can quickly access a wide range of Google services. The app is called Google2Go! (not to be confused with Yahoo's Go for Mobile) and speeds up Web searches, as well as provides visual
Will Linux Breathe Adobe's AIR?
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
You've probably heard by now about Adobe's AIR, a way to create "rich Internet applications" on the desktop.  It's only for Windows and Mac at this point, but Adobe's plan is to eventually release it for Linux as well.

Fading Hope for Wikis
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
If you ever spend time as an administrator or even an editor on Wikipedia, you find that your initial enthusiasm for the concept wanes pretty quickly. I thought Wikipedia was a forum for interested people to present their knowledge in an open and influence-free environment, to be vetted by like-minded, optimistic people. As it turns out, it became a dumping ground for every crackpot, agenda, vendetta and misinformation-broker on the planet...
Gmail Chat Goes Invisible. :-D
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Instant messengers, rejoice! Google has updated Gmail Chat and Talk with the ability to go invisible. This was a much-needed feature of the IM client built into Gmail. Google stepped up and delivered.
Facebook for Kids?
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
ROBOTC: A Programming Environment for Robotics
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Does robotics need or require a special-purpose development environment? Apparently the folks at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Academy think so. Which is why they developed ROBOTC, a programming environment optimized for educational robots.

Social Networking To Drive Small Business Into Global Markets
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Forget the weak dollar. Social networking designed to overcome language and other "soft" export barriers is helping to give smaller companies new advantages in international markets.
The Politics Of IT
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
How heavy-handed can a new CIO be? Just because an IT organization is in need of change, that doesn't mean those changes can happen easily -- or at all.
Virgin Atlantic's Biofueled Flight Plan Is Coco-Nuts
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
A Virgin Atlantic 747 topped off its fuel tank with the oil of 150,000 coconuts and flew from Heathrow to Amsterdam Sunday. The odor of pina coladas hanging over the economy cabin should have been a giveaway -- this idea is a stinker.
Open Source Guide: Take A Bite Out Of Microsoft's Cash Cow
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Is there life after Microsoft Office? Today, for the first time in many years, the answer is yes, thanks to OpenOffice.org. Here's a good first step to determine whether this outstanding open-source software suite can help your small business put Microsoft's favorite cash cow out to pasture, once and for all.
EMC Updates RecoverPoint SAN CDP/Replication Engine
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
The new 3.0 version of its RecoverPoint CDP/Replication appliance extends the technology EMC acquired with Kashya in 2006. The version provides both local replication to a CDP volume and journal on the same Fibre Channel SAN as the primary storage and remote asynchronous replication via IP to another array at the same time. Unlike array-based replication options, the source and destination arrays need not be the same type, or even from the same vendor.
Google Outlines The Secret To Its Success
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Apparently, there's some level of mystery involved in Google's success. So much so that Google's chief economist Hal Varian put together a bunch of ideas on why Google continually succeeds. Varian has one answer. I have another.
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