Hifn Puts Hashing For Deduplication On A Card
Like BASF in their TV commercials, Hifn is one of those companies that doesn't make the storage and computing products you buy, they make the parts and ingredients that make them better. Amongst those that know it at all, Hifn is best known as patent holder for the LZS compression algorithm used in everything from Cisco routers to just about every tape drive you own. Hifn's main product nowadays are compression and encryption chips that speed up everything from VPN gateways to most of the major
Dipity Do Social Timelines
The AppNite demo presentation that drew the biggest collective "ah's" and head nods at O'Reilly's ETech was Underlying's Dipity, described as a Wikipedia for timelines -- a way to organize the Web using time. Many companies are experimenting with timeline concepts, including Google, because it's a new way to give information more context. In the case of Dipity, timelines become a way to bring communities together.
Spring Is In The Air, And So Are H-1B Visas
Get your engines running! It's almost time for the H-1B visa race to begin! The U.S. government starts accepting petitions on April 1 for the 85,000 visas allotted annually, and if history repeats itself, those visas will run out in a flash. So make sure all your T's are crossed and I's are dotted on those forms now.
Learning To Get Things Done By Avoiding Meaningless Arguments
Consensus-building is key to getting things done in any organization. You can't get your way unless you get other people to agree with you. Sunday and Monday, I had encounters with two people who separately told me great stories that illustrate how to avoid organizational deadlock by skipping meaningless arguments. They told me about dinner-tabling and bikeshedding.
ETech's AppNite: Time Well Wasted
O'Reilly's ETech (Emerging Technology) Conference features a smaller conference called Graphing Social Patterns (GSP) which dives deeply into the social networking phenomenon. GSP runs straight through to AppNite, a demo contest for developers. AppNite featured both educational and silly games, but a few gems emerged, both on the purely personal side and the business side.
Things I Didn't Know About Printing
HP introduces a bunch of new printers for small and midsize businesses, and I learn a bunch of new things about inkjets, LaserJets, and how businesses really use printers.
October In London?
So you liked trekking to Cannes for VMworld? Pony up for autumn in the U.K. to attend the vendor-independent "Virtualization Congress."
Google's Iowa Data Center Emerges
On the site of a former drive-in movie theater in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a new Google data center is approaching the midpoint of a two-year construction project. The data center will eventually house thousands of servers, in effect becoming Google's Midwest nerve center.
OpenText's Enterprise 2.0 Strategy Unfolds
A good way of perfecting your trend-watching in the high-tech sector is by paying close attention to how and when vendors release their so-called strategic road maps. It's essentially their way of legitimizing themselves in an increasingly competitive and noisy marketplace.
When SaaS Means 'Services as a Service'
In the next era of SaaS, we have the opportunity to leverage discrete services for use within both SaaS-delivered and enterprise applications. These are typically Web services that provide a specific and narrow set of behaviors and data that are meant to become part of a larger application or composite. For instance, address-validation services, tax-rate-calculation services, stock-transaction services... This is the destination for the new Internet, and the next frontier for existing SaaS playe
Getting the most of Mac's new Time Machine backup system
Time Machine, the backup software included with Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard," is one of the highlights of the operating system. I've been using Time Machine for a while, and here are some of my usage tips. Share these with your support staff and employees.
Time to Reap What IP Telephony has Sown
IP telephony made its way into the small and medium business mainstream a few years ago, yet only during the past 12 months have companies started to use this communications foundation to improve productivity.
Codeweavers, Google Brew Some Fine Wine For Desktop Linux Users
Over the past few years, Linux-based desktop virtualization has improved by leaps and bounds. In some cases, however, it is already possible to run Windows software on Linux, while cutting Windows itself completely out of the picture -- and thanks to Google, some very high-profile Windows software is now bridging the Linux gap.
Good News: Federal Agency IT Security Improving
Usually the government releases news it wants to bury over the weekend. This Saturday, however, the Office of Management and Budget released a report stating that, overall, federal IT security is improving.
A Bracketed Discussion
You know, the kind where you want to decide where to go for dinner, and suddenly your significant other/spouse/soulmate is off and running on the past, present, and future of the relationship and why you never ... well, you get the point.
This is actually good practice for when you try to talk to a vendor or reseller about storage capacity planning. Why? Because this very specific function you want help with snowballs quickly into a referendum on the future and sanctity of your enterprise's da
25 Third-Party iPhone Apps We'd Like To See
In a case of great minds thinking alike, even as I was putting the polish on a wishlist of third-party iPhone apps, Macworld was doing the same. They had a few ideas I missed, including a finger-painting app, voice recorder, and app for listening to Internet radio.
CIO Turnover At The Feds
A new survey says there's been considerable turnover among federal CIOs and that more of them are reporting to CFOs than did just a year ago -- a lot more. Sound familiar? It should, because the same thing appears to be happening with CIOs in the private sector. What goes around comes around, I guess. But what, exactly, is going around?
Last Week's Florida Blackout Reveals Fragile Grid
Once again last week the utility industry's version of Jimmy McNulty (see HBO's The Wire) disabled two separate protection devices while diagnosing a bad switch at a south Florida substation causing a fault that propagated through the grid. In the process it cut out power to a nuclear power plant causing it to shut down (And why is it nuclear power plant's can't run on the power they generate?) along with power for 3 million people from Miami to Tampa. While most users got their power back in
Open-E Extends Free Storage Software Offer
I reported in a previous post Its_Hard_To_Beat_Free that German storage vendor Open-E was giving away its open source-based DSS Lite software that turns a typical PC server into a NAS/iSCSI initiator and target/Fibre Channel initiator and target till Jan. 31. Apparently enough people downloaded the Lite version with its 1 TB storage limit and then decided to buy Open-E's bigger versions to make it worth
Intel's Atom Processor Won't Solve UMPC Confusion
Call it Silverthorne, call it Atom, but whatever Intel calls it, the company hasn't erased the confusion caused by its desire to popularize a new category of handheld portables variously called Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) or Ultramobile PCs (UMPCs). The real question is, do consumers want these things? The answer: Mostly, only the early adopters.
Google, Why Did You Take Away My Favorite Button From 'Docs'?
One thing I've had a hard time getting used to with Google Docs and other Google services is that functionality comes and goes. The latest victim? In Google Docs, the "Save" and "Save & Close" buttons are no longer there in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Google, please, pretty please put those buttons back.
What We Have Is A Failure To Interoperate. Let's Change The Rules
E-mail and group calendaring are 1990's technologies. Yet, for some idiotic reason, they still only work well when everyone is on the same vendor's system. Interop's general manager Lenny Heymann, who uses Lotus Notes, can invite me to a meeting that ties in a Cisco MeetingPlace-based teleconference, and thankfully, I can accept that invitation in Gmail. But what if that meeting moves to a different time (as meetings so often do)? That's where the interoperability ends. If Lenny changes the tele
A Dozen Thumb Drives With Security Features
Thumb drives are convenient, cheap -- and all too easily lost, stolen, left behind or otherwise compromised... with potentially catastrophic consequences. Informationweek recently took a look at twelve drives that include security features.
What The Heck Happened To i-Mate?
Reports started filtering over the Web this past weekend that i-Mate, maker of the Ultimate series of Windows Mobile smartphones, has laid off most of its U.S. staff. Reports were later confirmed with ex-employees, who said the engineering, quality assurance, and tech writing departments were all sacked. I guess having the Ultimate product doesn't assure you success in the mobile enterprise industry. U
Developers, Get To Work: Third-Party Apps We Need For The iPhone
The iPhone is a terrific smartphone, but it's got some glaring gaps in what it can do. Many of these gaps are baffling because they're not particularly glamorous -- capabilities that have been available for more than a decade on other PDAs and smartphones are unavailable on the iPhone today. I'm excited about the imminent availability of sanctioned third-party apps on the iPhone in part because I'm looking forward to the iPhone getting some basic capabilities that, frankly, should have been th
Marc Andreessen On Barack Obama
On his Pmarca blog today, Marc Andreessen comes out in support of Barack Obama in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Andreessen bases his endorsement on a private 90-minute meeting last year in which, he says, Obama "grilled him" on the impact social networking would have on politics.
Windows Vista Price Cuts Are Historic, But Not Significant
Last week, Microsoft announced that it was cutting retail prices for Vista. In one way, this is pretty historic. I've been watching Microsoft for two decades, and I can't remember a time when it's actually cut the price of Windows. It doesn't say much for the retail demand that should be fueled by upgraders, but that's to be expected given Vista's high hardware demands. In the end, though, you can't read much about
Report: People Not Using Advanced Mobile Services
Even though three-quarters of those polled by AppTrigger believe that mobile services and offerings have improved, fully 57% have not taken advantage of any of them. That means 43% of users are driving all the adoption of new technology. The data shows that most people use their phones just as phones and not much else. What happened to convergence?
Greenplum 3, Open Source (Bizgres) 0.9
Greenplum recently released a new version of its BI optimized DBMS, Greenplum 3 (G3). The software is based on the PostgreSQL open-source database system; proprietary extensions add support for parallel loading and query and other scalability and reliabilty features. But with G3, Greenplum appears to be moving ever farther from the company's open-source roots. Specifically, Greenplum sponsors Bizgres, an open source, BI-optimized but non-MPP DBMS, downloadable as as an April 2006 0.9 vers
How Much Will a Security Breach Cost Your Company?
Many smaller businesses have lax security policies, leaving their customers' confidential data vulnerable to identity thieves. These slipshod procedures could end up costing a business much more than the steps needed to protect sensitive information
Join Us Tuesday For InformationWeek Live: Report From India
Join us Tuesday at 3 p.m. Eastern for a conversation with InformationWeek's Chris Murphy describing the insights he gained on a two-week tour of the IT industry in India. Chris looked at startups, IT in a small village, and of course the thriving outsourcing industry.
Personal Disaster Recovery on a stick
What started out as a simple knowledge management life-hacking exercise has now blossomed into a full-blown personal disaster recovery solution. Aside from the traditional paper filing system, a redundant electronic version of my life’s inventory was nonexistent. I lacked a personal electronic data management policy. A data management policy where the documents that represent my life are secure and stored on my person at all times. With the help of a scanner and a custom JDBC application
Microsoft SQL Server Data Services
SSDS Promises scalable, on-demand data storage and query processing web services that are pay as you go. No restrictions on the amount of data storage. Supports REST and SOAP interfaces, and there is no surprise that it utilizes LINQ as a query language.SSDS is still in private Beta, but public Beta is coming.