Commentary
Content posted in March 2008
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CIOs Uncensored: Death Of CIO Greatly Exaggerated
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Readers react to rumors of a fatality at the top of IT.
For Big Tech Companies, Romance Is In The Air
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Maybe it's the end of Lent and the coming of spring, but despite the gloomy economic prospects there's definitely a spirit of reconciliation and conflict-resolution in the air of the U.S. tech industry.
'It's Not Just A License'
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Every now and then you run across something that just makes complete sense.  That happened to me earlier in the week when I was reading posts in Movable Type developer Tim Appnel's blog, and I came across an entry entitled "Open Source Is Not Just A License."  It sums up, in a remarkably succinct fashion, two of the major benefits of taking a close
Adobe Offers Free Photoshop
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Time
Fuze Puts Unified Communications On Steroids
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Fuze uses the power of the browser to push unified communications services to the desktop, laptop, and smartphone. That includes the ability to watch -- and participate in -- a live video conference on your smartphone. I had the opportunity to check this new service out, and I have to say, it's a step toward the future of unified communications.
AMD Goes Triple Core
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
PC Pro
Analyst: Apple Has Ordered 10 Million 3G iPhones
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Rumors and reports about a 3G version of the iPhone appear to be kicking into high gear the last week or so. On top of Kevin Rose's prediction earlier this week that we'll see 3G iPhones with video-calling capability, Gartner has weighed in and says Apple already has placed orders for 10 million 3G-enabled iPhones. Hoo-ahh!
Five Nominees for Process Hall of Fame
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Is there a business process management Hall of Fame? I don't think so, but there should be, to recognize the true pioneers and innovators in the field... My list emphasizes technology, recognizing those who first recognized that improving business processes demanded fundamentally new technology...
802.11n Price Points Drop, Features Rise
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
The inexorable push to higher speed wireless LANs recently took a significant step forward. Wireless access points that support PoE (Power over Ethernet) and cost less than $1,000 are now in the product delivery pipeline.
Beyond Consolidation
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Should we call this stage two of adoption for virtualization? Am I jumping too soon with my '1x1 makes sense' pitch?
Cemaphore MailShadow Google Edition Syncs Exchange
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
I've previously mentioned Cemaphore's MailShadow Exchange server continuity software. Today, Cemaphore's announced a MailShadow Google Edition that bidirectionally syncs data from an Exchange mailbox to Google's Gmail and Calendar. The sync is complete enough to allow cross-platform appointment booking and to keep read/unread state so your Exchange mailbox will reflect that you read Big Jim's message on
Apple's Smallest Wi-Fi Base Station Just Got Faster
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
I have two of the little Apple's Airport Express wireless Ethernet base stations. One of them is hooked up to my living room stereo, so we can play iTunes music from a Mac desktop without running cables. The other one lives in my briefcase, and I use it to set up portable WiFi LANs. This week, Apple launched its first significant update of the nearly four-year-old product, making it as much as five times faster  and with twice the operating range.
bMighty Bolsters Its RSS Feeds
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
bMighty.com has upgraded its RSS page with new and easier ways to subscribe to our feeds.
Helpstream Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Self-service customer support sounds like an oxymoron, but Helpstream insists that it doesn't have to be. The company, which recently secured $8.6 million in series B venture funding, has developed help desk and customer support software that brings together communities of users to assist each other.
MySpace Goes Mobile
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Will Content Management Be Most Affected By Open Source?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Some of open source's biggest proponents were probably gloating this week over some results from North Bridge Venture Partners' annual open source survey (PDF). Most of the findings weren't terribly prophetic, but there were a few that caught my eye.
Squeezing Costs Out Of IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
If your company is looking for ways to squeeze more out of IT these days (and who isn't), server virtualization is one of the moves some organizations are making to find savings. Just ask Kent Kushar, CIO at wine maker E&J Gallo.
Cemaphore Delivers E-Mail To Outlook Via Gmail, No Exchange Server Required
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Let's say you're in love with Microsoft Outlook. You think it's the niftiest e-mail program ever. But the thought of licensing an Exchange server sort of makes you sick to your stomach. Acting like virtual Tums to quell your gastric butterflies, Cemaphore Systems is set to offer a subscription-based service that will deliver your e-mail via Google's Gmail system to your Outlook inbox -- no Exchange necessary.
Video: Intel Ships QX9770 Quad Core, I Build A PC With It
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
After a long wait, Intel's hot new Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor is finally here. Intel has been in something of a stealth mode with this chip, sending out review units -- like the one I used to build the PC shown in the new video included in this post.
Motorola to Spin Off Handset Business
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
CNET News, Associated Press via New York Times
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Wi-Fi Hotspot
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Ever try to tether a laptop to a smartphone via Bluetooth or even a cable? It can be a painful and difficult process. New software from TapRoot Systems, however, will help you avoid the hassle by turning your Wi-Fi-equipped 3G smartphone into a miniature hotspot of its own.
Who's Number One in Web Analytics?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
It's a question people ask a lot in many domains, but especially in software. As such, it regularly pops up within the Web analytics community. You can rank them crudely by how many customers they have - or rather, how many they say they have...
Recession And IT Attitude
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
It's part of a CIO's job to keep things positive in the IT organization. How are your IT colleagues holding up under the pressure of economic uncertainty?
Split Decision: Is Motorola's Break-Up For The Best?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Motorola has finally decided that keeping the company together is no longer best for shareholders. Its mobile device division has long been plagued by weakness and has operated in the red for the better part of a year. But is lopping off the gangrenous limb the best move to save the company?
Olive Branch Or Crown Of Thorns?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Reading about Microsoft counsel Brad Smith's visit to the Open Source Business Conference yesterday was about what you'd expect.  It's a sign that Microsoft's stance about open source has not so much evolved as crystallized -- but that's unfortunately about the limit of what I could see Microsoft doing.  It can only go so far, not just because of who it is but who it has been all a
H-1B Visa Debate Warms Up (Again)
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
This month, Bill Gates urged lawmakers to increase the number of H-1B (guest worker) visas and two bills were introduced in Congress seeking to raise the visa cap... As we approach April 1, the date when the US Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting H-1B applications, the controversy is reigniting yet again.
ExaGrid's Scalable Data Deduping NAS
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Aiming for the SME market, ExaGrid System's built a line of data deduping NAS appliances with 5 models designed to protect from 1 Tb to 5 TB of source data. A year ago a vendor coming out with a deduping NAS would have been noteworthy on its own, but this market moves fast and I'm not that easily impressed any more. What makes the ExaGrid boxes intriguing now is that you can stack up to 5 appliances into a single grid with 34 TB of disk space and a data ingestion rate of over 2 TB per hour.
Driving Design With AutoCAD 2009
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
My neighbor is building an addition to his house. Lots of details. Lots of draft work. His contractor and architect use the time-honored methods. It looks painful. But it doesn't have to be.
A New View on Collaboration
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Web 2.0 Development For The Common Man
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Talk about tilting at windmills. WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene is challenging Microsoft's Visual Studio while simultaneously pointing out the drawbacks of Java development. Keene may be suffering delusions of grandeur--or perhaps he's onto something.
Nokia Predicts It Will Sell 35 Million GPS Phones This Year
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Uh, 35 million phones with GPS from one manufacturer is a lot. That number is just under 10% of all Nokia phones sold during 2007 (~400 million). This prediction is a clear indicator that GPS and navigation/location services will play an increasingly important role moving forward.
Linux By The (Version) Numbers
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
What's in a version number? More than you might think, if the number in question is attached to your favorite desktop Linux distro.
Xerox Calculates Office Sustainability
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
This is the time of year many of us start thinking and talking about losing weight. Again. Vague goals like wanting to "slim down for summer" are tough to achieve,in part because they are imprecise. (And in part because pancakes make superior butter delivery platforms.) The desire to "be more green" is another vague yearning I'm hearing a lot these days.
Yahoo, MySpace Get Social With Google
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Google's OpenSocial effort has two new members, none other than MySpace and rival Yahoo. The three companies said they'll put any differences aside and work together to create the OpenSocial Foundation. The foundation will be focused on sustaining a "neutral, community-governed forum" for developing applications.
Small Business Winner Takes Home $100k In IT
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
The total technology makeover contest anoints a winner amid a full slate of free, online events for smaller businesses.
IT Skills Shortage? Keep the Ones You Got Trained
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
There are fewer computer science graduates than there used to be and, because they cannot afford high turnover rates or IT guys who aren't that into their jobs, smaller businesses need to get the best of that shrinking lot and they need to keep them there. One way to do that is, surprisingly, employee training.
Mobile Browser Field Gets Another Player
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
TeaShark is the latest to offer a Web browser for mobile phones. It has a beta version of the browser ready for general use and it can be downloaded straight to Java-enabled phones. What does it offer? Tabbed browsing, auto-completion, speedy browsing and integrated media capabilities.
Ohloh: Social Networking For Open Source
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Social networks are all the rage right now, so what's one more to add to the fun?  How about a brand-new social networking site devoted to connecting users and creators of open source?  Enter Ohloh.

Experience!Tech: Searching for a Web 2.0 Clue
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Honestly, if I hear one more middle-aged guy talk about how his kids shop/watch TV/live their lives on the Internet (implying, of course, that he still has his executive assistant print out his email for him), I will not be responsible for my actions.
Why Is Windows XP Still So Much Faster Than Vista?
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
I've finally completed my project to build a performance PC with Intel's upcoming, top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX9770 quad-core processor. Since I had all that speed to spare, I decided to do a dual-boot setup, installing both Windows Vista and XP. Boy, was I surprised. I'm a big Vista fan, but it's shocking to be reminded just how much faster Windows XP really is. And, as a Vista fan, this makes me a
Mission-Critical Apps Continue To Descend From The Clouds
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
There's a lot of interesting scenarios these days around the intersection of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and content management. Thanks to companies like Google, Salesforce.com, and Amazon, cloud-based computing is no longer some mythical, business-led, revolutionary approach to accessing technology. Everyday, mission-critical applications are being neatly packaged and delivered to business users regardless of time, place, or device.
Apple Is A Bad Windows Citizen
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Over the past week, Apple has been raked over the coals for its force-feeding of new applications through Apple Software Update. The "update" word there might lead you to believe that Apple would only use the utility to deliver updates to software you previously installed. Yet Apple also uses its "update" program to download software you never requested.
Qwaq Brings Virtual Worlds To Business Collaboration
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
I had a chance to talk with the CEO of Qwaq the other day. Qwaq makes virtual worlds software optimized for corporate meetings. If you've spent time in Second Life, you know the power of avatars and 3-D spaces to enhance conversations and collaboration. It's hard to explain to people who've never tried virtual worlds, but it's real. Qwaq is an attempt to tailor virtual worlds for business collaboration, adding features that businesses need and taking away features that are harmful.
The Recession And IT Hiring
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
Has the (possibility of) recession affected your company's IT hiring plans? Because a lot of organizations say that that will be the first thing to go.
Is Google-Run Wi-Fi The Answer To Wireless For The Masses?
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
Haven't we been here before? Now that Google has lost the spectrum auction, it's petitioned the FCC to open up white spaces spectrum so it can provide Wi-Fi to smartphones (like, it's own, Android smartphone). What's wrong with existing Wi-Fi networks, and how is Google going to do it better?
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