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Content posted in March 2007
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Copyright: Fair Use Is Your Friend
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Nine out of 10 people would probably tell you copyright is all about big companies maximizing their revenue from the content they own at the expense of the consumer. (The 10th person would tell you copyright is a cornerstone of our American way of life, but he'd turn out to be lawyer for the RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America). In fact, copyright is as much about your right to make fair use of copyrighted content as it is about the "intellectual property" of corporations. For 11
Down To Business: Buy, Sell, Or Hold These Tech Movements?
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Since technology is an investment, let's apply the stock analyst's ratings to the hottest sectors. Let us know where you're bullish and bearish.
IT Confidential: Tell The Truth: Is Technology A Good Thing?
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Lie detectors intimidate me. Does that mean I'm afraid of technology? Or of the truth? It depends on your definition of technology.
Dell Linux Still Won't Kill Windows
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Bruise it slightly, perhaps. But seriously, would you or your company buy a Linux PC from Dell this year? How much would you pay for support?
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Beating A Very Dead Horse
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
More data to support my side of the debate about the relevance of CIOs (Optimize's own research and my conversations with CIOs themselves indicates CIOs are gaining in influence and relevance, not risking losing it). This comes from a recently release study from KPMG and Harvey Nash, as quoted at PhysOrg.com...
AT&T, Verizon Banking On Firethorn
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Software provider Firethorn is providing the engine behind AT&T/Cingular's and Verizon Wireless's recently announced mobile banking programs. Will consumers really use their cell phones to do their banking?
MVNO Helio Steals Thunder From Everyone Else At CTIA
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
How did an MVNO start-up with only 100,000 subscribers pass up the big boys such as Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile at CTIA Wireless? By announcing the only truly innovative product at show, the Helio Ocean. The unofficial "Best of CTIA 2007 Award" definitely goes to Helio.
CTIA 2007 = Biggest Letdown In Years
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Every person I spoke with at CTIA Wireless this week in Orlando, Fla., was disappointed with the show. The reasons varied from person to person, but the overall lack of enthusiasm was felt across the board. Foot traffic seemed slow on the show floor all three days, and there was simply no industry-changing announcements made. Is the pace of innovation slowing?
Ubi, I Be, We Be Screaming For Samsung's UbiCell Femtocell
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
Mobile network operators will soon have one more weapon in the their arsenal to blanket every last square inch of the US with network coverage. First was the general macro network environment. Then, as people realized that the macro network doesn't always penetrate large buildings or reach high into the sky and fill office towers with signal, the picocell evolved. Now, for those who have weak coverage at remote office or home locations, the femtocell is beginning to see some early light in the m
Could The iPhone Destroy Apple's Reputation?
Commentary  |  3/30/2007  | 
MarketWatch columnist John Dvorak argues that Apple should just make the iPhone a reference design and move on. Why, you may ask, would Apple want to walk away from the hottest mobile device in years? Because it isn't equipped to handle the demands of the nonstop mobile phone market, that's why.
Microsoft Describes How Virtual Earth Was Built
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
You want to know what the definition of "cool" is? It's sitting in the front row of a hotel meeting hall, watching a demo of Microsoft Virtual Earth on the 12-foot display in the front of the room, as the camera plunges from the sky to swoop and soar around detailed digital models of the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the streets of Philadelphia. Even cooler: Listening to John Curlander, general manager of Microsoft Virtual Earth, explain how it was built.
If Only Second Life Were Entertaining
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
I am baffled by the popularity of Second Life, particularly the media's fascination with it. Lord knows I've written my share of stories about it. I'm starting to wonder why.
CIO: Starts with 'Innovation'
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Just got off the phone with the CIO of an East Coast-based $750 million retailer who called to follow up on a recent conversation (the other part of the conversation was off the record, so I need to protect his identity here). We got to talking about my first blog posting about the debate over the relevance of the CIO. My take: it's actually on the increase. "I couldn't agree more," he said. "Yes, [as a CIO] I need to focus on cutting costs, but we [CIOs] haven't lost one step on
Oracle and SAP: Fur Flies as Executive Jumps Ship
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
It's been an interesting week for the two giants slugging it out in the business software marketplace. First Oracle filed suit against SAP for intellectual property intrusions into its Internet-based repository of product support information... Also this week came the resignation of Shai Agassi, the president of SAP's product and technology group. It was hardly a surprise.
Yahoo And Microsoft Fight For Mobile Search While Google Pushes For The Entire Third Screen
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
I have finally settled back into New York after a jam-packed visit to this year's CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Fla. One of the big stories in the wider media that, surprisingly, didn't generate much insider buzz at CTIA was the on-going war to capture the emerging mobile search market.
$1 Million Or Bust
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Chris Massey is on a cockamamie quest to make $1 million this year.
Gambling With The Internet
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
When Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which forced online gambling companies to adhere to federal and state gambling laws, it wouldn't have been out of the ordinary to assume that the reason for the crackdown was the attempt to protect compulsive gamblers from descending into a morass of debt via their home computers. But, like many other "sin" regulations, the real story is a lot more complex -- and money has more to do with it than morals.
What Makes a BPM Suite a Winner?
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
I'm updating my BPMS Report series on BPMInstitute.org to the new-and-improved 2007 version. A major change from last year is a beefed-up evaluation scoring. I've discovered that many users go straight to the scorecard at the end of the 25-page report to find out which product "won?" It's probably asking for trouble, but I'm posting my new methodology right here so readers can comment.
Making Sound Waves At CTIA
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
If there was any sort of theme at CTIA this year, it was that music is in. Many of the phones announced at the show are aimed at the mid-tier music lover, rather than the high-end business user. I guess the wireless industry thinks we're not getting enough of our groove on.
Former Presidents Dazzle CTIA Crowd
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Eighty-three years old and looking remarkably hale -- a lifetime of golf, tennis, and fishing in Kennebunkport will do that for you, I guess -- George H.W. Bush wowed the crowd at CTIA Wireless 2007 with a combination of jokes about his unlikely partnership with former president Bill Clinton, anecdotes about his time in office, and stories of how wireless communications technology played roles in the momentous events that occurred during his time in office, including the aftermath of the end of
Is SAP Imploding?
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
Shai Agassi brought something fresh to SAP. Young and dashing, he could engage an audience of customers from a stage with the savvy of a marketing exec, yet he was foremost a very smart technologist.
Elvis Has Entered The Building
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
When I arrived at the Orange County Convention Center at 8:30 this morning, a queue stretched about two miles from the entrance to Hall D, scene of the keynotes for CTIA Wireless 2007, snaking through the endless corridors of the immense building. The show-goers were lined up to see Elvis, a.k.a. former President Bill Clinton, who's addressing the convention this morning. Oh, former President George H.W. Bush is on the agenda this morning, too, but there's no question who the real rock star is.
Microsoft Research Provides Sneak Preview Of 'Boku' Programming Environment For Kids
Commentary  |  3/29/2007  | 
A Microsoft researcher on Wednesday demonstrated Boku, an educational game designed to help children as young as five years old exercise their brains by doing programming. Boku is a cute little cartoon robot head with big, soulful eyes who hovers over a cartoon grassy field.

Jeff Hawkins, Who Invented PalmPilot, Says He's Figured Out How The Brain Works
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
You can't complain that Jeff Hawkins is falsely modest. Hawkins, whose last triumph was inventing the PalmPilot, claims to have solved the greatest problem in 60 years of computer science. He says he's figured out how the human brain works, and has built a model in software, with practical applications imminent. Not only that, he says he's released a lot of the code in open source.

Motorola Makes The Smartphone Rugged With The MC35
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Motorola this week launched its first ruggedized smartphone, the MC35. Wait, don't run! This ruggedsized smartphone is actually not ugly. In fact, as far as ruggedized devices go, it's stylin'.
Viacom Bets On Wireless At CTIA
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman said his company is serious about wireless during his keynote address today at CTIA Wireless. Dauman opened his address with an amusing video intro by Jon Stewart and a camera trick designed to make the audience see how small Dauman would appear on a mobile phone screen.
Welcome to the CIO Nation!
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Welcome to CIO Nation, the motherland for the leaders of the free world (of technology). This is a blog of the CIOs, by the CIOs, and for the CIOs, and in it, dear citizens, you?ll get nothing but inside info on what your colleagues and peers are doing to address the challenges and opportunities affecting your role...
CIO Does Not Stand For 'Career Is Over'
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
…any more than, say, CEO stands for Capability Eludes Opportunity or CFO means Clever Financial Obfuscation - okay, maybe there's something in that last one… On the other hand, neither does CIO stand for Completely Infallible and Omniscient; CIO's need guidance, too. Here's a plethora of educational resources, including a new book on CIO Best Practices.
IBM's Server Piñata: Where's My Stick?
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
IBM's marketing campaigns have come a long way since the '80s. Anyone here get a teary-eyed nostalgic feeling thinking about the old Charlie Chaplin series? No? Me neither.
Zen And The Art Of Kyocera Maintenance
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Yesterday evening at CTIA Wireless, Kyocera invited a select group of tech journalists to a small cocktail reception with the express purpose of showing off its new direction. Based on the short presentations from its marketing and design heads, its evident that Kyocera wants to reinvent itself and start standing toe to toe with the bigger, mor
SaaS at AJAX World… Not!
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
I spoke about Rich Internet Applications (RIA) at Ajax World last week… great attendance, good speakers, good topics but no SaaS. Okay, a little SaaS. I think the SaaS players need to be serious about Ajax and RIA. Ajax is changing the Web. As true dynamic Web interfaces are taking the place of static, pump-and-pull HTML/HTTP, we're seeing a sea change in what users expect from Web sites and SaaS.
Inside Apple's Leopard Server OS
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
LG Shows Off Phones With Google At CTIA, But No Google Phone
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
The world's fifth largest handset maker, LG, today at CTIA announced their plan to pre-install Google applications on future LG handsets released in North America and other markets.
Network Games That Change Their Users Lives, And The World, For The Better
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
Game designer Jane McGonigal has a vision for a new generation of network games that will pull players away from their lonely consoles, and get them out in the world, interacting with each other and changing their own lives, and society, for the better.

CTIA Party Roundup: Can Motorola Make Mobile Business Work? Oh, And The iPhone Too.
Commentary  |  3/28/2007  | 
It's been a busy CTIA show so far. While there has been lots of activity, I haven't seen much in terms of real breaking news or highlights. So far, the appearance of the iPhone -- only the device's second public showing since January -- has been this CTIA's biggest news item. But If you want the real news at CTIA, you have to get off the show floor, walk out of the press room, and head over to some part
Photos Of The $100 One Laptop Per Child Laptop
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
I was able to get my hands on the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop at the O'Reilly ETech conference today. I took pictures, and they came out great -- take a look for yourself below the fold. The OLPC looks like a toy, with its hard plastic enclosure, soft plastic keyboard, bright colors, and handle. But it's a fully functional computer, designed for children in the emerging world.

HTC Hits the US Market with Several New Smart Devices
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
The incredible lack of smartphones at this year's CTIA is beyond disappointing. However, there were a few Windows-powered devices announced for the US market from HTC , which seems to be holding the lone banner of enterprise mobility at CTIA Wireless 2007.
Nokia 'Excited' About US Market
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Nokia has been hard at work behind the scenes to realign its business strategy in the US market to gain some traction with US carriers and consumers. After speaking to a Nokia rep today at CTIA Wireless, it's evident that they do indeed want to succeed here.
RFID Won't Be Texas Tea For Everyone
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the sprawling hotel that's hosting the RFID World conference and the quarter-sized spider camped outside my room's window. Also big are the dreams of a lot of little software and hardware vendors who've come here to Dallas to hawk their wares. My guess is that within a few years, many of these vendors will join with others or, sadly, cease to exist.
AT&T COO Shows Off The iPhone At CTIA
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Just in case you thought the iPhone wasn't hanging out at CTIA, think again. During today's keynote addresses, the iPhone made a rare public appearance. Like a silver screen diva from Hollywood's golden age, the iPhone is a source of public hysteria wherever it goes.
How Do You Tell If A Flash Drive Is ReadyBoost-Ready?
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Although my article on ReadyBoost doesn't dwell on it, the Windows Vista feature that creates a code-page cache on a flash drive or flash memory card does put potential users of the feature in a bind, and reader Rich Farkas called me on it almost as soon as the article appeared. How, he wants to know, are potential Vista users supposed to know whether their PC will benefit from ReadyBoost? And
Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
So much is said about the rivalry between Microsoft and Google that it's easy to forget they share a common interest. Windows Vista and Google's Web-based applications will coexist on millions of computers as more people make the move to Microsoft's new operating system. That software combo had incendiary potential, but so far no alarms are sounding.
Lawsuit Spotlights Loyalty As Well As Ethics
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
The BI industry has long been rife with companies suing one another. Most recently, Hyperion and HyperRoll squabbled about patent infringements, finally agreeing to become partners. Business Objects and MicroStrategy kept counter suing each other over a period of five years, with both parties ultimately declaring victory and neither having to pay one another. Last week, Oracle joined the cacophony by filing claim against SAP.
Beyond Bangalore: India's Next Outsourcing Hot Spots
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
A leading Indian economist cautions that outsourcing-fueled inflation in tech hubs like Bangalore could cause social disruptions in the country. It's also not good news for companies looking to boost profits through offshoring. So here's a look at what some lesser-known Indian cities have to offer.
Shimmin On Software: SOA Gets Real, Virtually
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Enter SOA virtualization. Well, almost. The notion of tricking a server into running various operating systems or databases within separate virtual machines may be old hat, but it's just now beginning make its way up the stack.
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