Commentary
Content posted in March 2005
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The Apple Bloggers 3: Heirs To Revolutionary Pamphleteers
Commentary  |  3/8/2005  | 
AppleInsider, PowerPage, and ThinkSecret are the 21st century descendents of Common Sense, Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet defending colonial independence from England.
Open-Source Quality: Job One, Or Job None?
Commentary  |  3/8/2005  | 
When software quality control is everyone's responsibility, it's more likely to become no one's responsibility, says Rob Enderle.
Smart Advice: Database Server Consolidation Helps Reduce Cost Of Oracle Licenses
Commentary  |  3/8/2005  | 
Look at business needs and calculate CPU processing capacity before consolidating databases, The Advisory Council says. Also, as companies are being swamped with unmanageable amounts of information, information life-cycle management holds promise for helping deal with the problem.
Lab Rat: Flexible Screen For Phones Just Two Years Away
Commentary  |  3/8/2005  | 
A little mouse told me that Philips Polymer Vision scientists have made dramatic progress on a flexible, 5-inch display for cell phones the company plans to "roll out" in two years.
Lab Rat: Here Comes An RFID-Scanner Phone
Commentary  |  3/7/2005  | 
Japan's KDDI Corp. is secretly working to build RFID readers into mobile phones -- and have already developed two prototypes, according to unnamed rodents inside KDDI Labs.
The Real Mac Daddy: Jef Raskin, 1943-2005
Commentary  |  3/7/2005  | 
Jef Raskin, the creator of the first Macintosh computer, died Feb. 26, not long after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I'm a bit disappointed and surprised that it took me--a hard-core news junkie--more than a week to discover that Raskin had checked out
Customer?s Gripe Blamed On Symantec's Success
Commentary  |  3/7/2005  | 
Ever had a problem with a product, couldn't get help from the vendor, and wished you could let the company's CEO know of your frustration? Chuck Smith got his chance as he came face-to-face with Symantec CEO John Thompson.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  3/4/2005  | 
SmartAdvice: Unified Management Is Next For Security
Commentary  |  3/4/2005  | 
Managing threats, not avoiding them, is what unified threat management lets companies do, The Advisory Council says. Also, pick the best elements of project management, but don't be a slave to the process.
Microsoft And The Martha Stewart Touch
Commentary  |  3/4/2005  | 
Bill Gates knows all about software, and Martha Stewart knows all about housewares. What would happen if they combined forces?
Business Technology: Getting Perspective On The Global Market
Commentary  |  3/4/2005  | 
The United States accounts for about 40% of worldwide investments in IT, and most major IT companies are located here, so if anyone believes the United States should be the focal point of the global IT economy, perhaps they can be forgiven. But, Bob Evans and Brian Gillooly say, we risk being victims of our own provincialism.
National Security Agency Opens Up
Commentary  |  3/3/2005  | 
Right about now, the National Security Agency is feeling pretty good about its decision to use open source as the medium through which the agency is evangelizing improved security technology. NSA's SELinux technology is gaining traction and the agency, like many other areas of the government, is realizing that it needs to team with industry to meet tomorrow's technology challenges.
NYT May Kill 'Circuits' - Here's Why
Commentary  |  3/3/2005  | 
The New York Post published a rumor today that quasi-rival, The New York Times, is planning to kill its popular Thursday 'Circuits' section and -- horror! -- replace it with a fashion and shopping section. The question is: If true, what's a blogger to make of it?
Does The Press Make Too Much Of Security Warnings?
Commentary  |  3/3/2005  | 
By publishing a blizzard of security bulletins and patches, are we providing useful information for users, or are just being pawns in a public-relations war between Microsoft and its competitors?
Symantec & Veritas
Commentary  |  3/2/2005  | 
Four of us from InformationWeek met with Symantec CEO John Thompson and Veritas CEO Gary Bloom this morning. What surprised me was how bullish both were about Linux.
Trust: You Should Bank On It
Commentary  |  3/1/2005  | 
Ruth David thinks a lot about information sharing; she just doesn't like to use the term.
Getting FUD Up? Get The Facts
Commentary  |  3/1/2005  | 
For every geek who thinks open-source is the cat's pajamas, there are probably five corporate bureaucrats who eat Microsoft FUD for breakfast. Those are tough odds, especially when these people are often armed with the same fraudulent facts and sock-puppet research Microsoft promulgates in its "Get the Facts" campaign.
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