Content posted in March 2009
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Skittles Social Networking: Strategy or Stunt?
Commentary  |  3/3/2009  | 
Skittles -- a brand in the Mars candy conglomerate -- set off a small tornado in social media land yesterday by nearly completely turning over its Web site to Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Judging by early tweets, the Twitterati love it.
Adobe And Time Warner: Another Big Step
Commentary  |  3/3/2009  | 
Adobe announced what it calls an alliance with Time Warner, today, saying that Time Warner will fully embrace Adobe's Flash and video tools for Turner Broadcasting, Warner Bros., and HBO. As announcements go, I'm not all that partial to those touting new alliances, but this one adds snugly to the list of entertainment companies evolving their business models as advertisers
China Follows Moon-Crash With Exhale Ban, River-Paving
Commentary  |  3/3/2009  | 
Following its deliberate crash of a lunar probe into the moon to gain experience with lunar landings, China is reportedly planning to ban humans from exhaling in order to gain experience with lower carbon dioxide levels. And it has been learned that as a third phase in its novel string of experiments, China is reportedly planning to fill its primary rivers with concrete to gain experience in driving trucks on water. Can these two followups really be true?
Google's Outage Produces Microsoft Outrage
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
The much-reported Great Gmail Outage of 2009 would be a boon for Microsoft, if only it knew how to take advantage it. But instead of an alternative, it offers invective.
White House Web Site Stops Using YouTube-Embedded Video
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
The White House stopped embedding YouTube videos on its Web site. Videos featuring U.S. President Barack Obama initially used long-term cookies to track blog visitors, whether or not they watched the video.
Doing More Than Messaging With SMS
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Just about everyone knows that you can send and receive text messages with their phones using SMS (Short Messaging Service). Texting, as it is sometimes called, is just the beginning, though, of what you can do with this service.
With VMware, A Private Cloud In Every Data Center
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
VMware last week continued its push into the cloud computing market with updates to its vCloud initiative and API, Virtual Data Center Operating System (VDC-OS), and more. So, how many of its customers does VMware expect to deploy internal "private" clouds? Answer: all of them.
Toyota Prius 2010: Better Mileage, Bottoming Sales?
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Ask Toyota Prius owners what their average miles per gallon is and the answer you're likely to get is "50." Rounding is commonplace. The math can be fuzzy. But the 2010 model Prius makes the figure official.
'Niagara' BlackBerry Falling Toward Summer Release On Verizon?
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
The rumor mill has churned out reports of a new BlackBerry headed to Verizon Wireless later this year. The Niagara, as it is called, would be another world phone for Verizon, able to work on its network in the United States as well as networks in Europe and Asia.
Ambitious Startup Wants To Manage All Your Unstructured Data
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Digital Reef swings for the data management fences by indexing and classifying all unstructured data in the enterprise. Top applications include e-discovery and storage management.
2 More Tax Solutions For Smaller Businesses
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
With April 15 just over six weeks away, businesses are scrambling to get organized for their trip to the tax preparer. But there is a handy device to help organize your paperwork as well as a free resource to answer your questions about tax season.
A Smartphone is Probably in Your Future
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
They are expensive, costing a few hundred to several hundred dollars, each. Their screens can be small, and sometimes, their input options are difficult to maneuver. Yet, smartphones continue to gain popularity and account for a growing portion of the cell phone market, so your business needs to be ready to manage them.
Fear Of Obama IT Protectionism Policy Spreads In India
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
In the handful of days since President Obama vowed to punish U.S. "corporations that ship our jobs overseas," the backlash in India against such a disastrous move has spread to officials from government, IT industry associations, and leading Indian IT services companies such as Infosys and Wipro. And while they say they want to wait for more details, they are also clearly deeply concerned about the huge
Don't Be Half-Safe -- Be All Unsafe!
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
There's little that's more frustrating than someone who only seems to get half the picture. Consider this article at TechRadar, "Open source doesn't make software safer." The underlying premise is one I've hammered on myself, but the way this article talks about it amount
10+ Business Uses For Twitter
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Think Twitter's just the latest electronic navel-gazing fad? Think again. The business (and personal) uses are myriad with no limit in sight -- get started with these.
Satyam Woes Threaten SanDisk
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Gadget maker SanDisk is warning investors that the trouble at scandal-plagued outsourcer Satyam has put its business operations at risk.
Vote For Your Favorite Startup
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
This April, InformationWeek will unveil the Startup 50, the top tech companies shaking up IT. You can help decide which startups make the cut by voting for the most innovative, disruptive companies.
Wolfe's Den: Windows 7 Deep Dive
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Fresh from a Microsoft briefing, we delve into the key enterprise features of Windows 7, reveal some technical Powerpoint slides from Redmond, and wrap everything up with an opinionated video.
The IT Opportunity In Sinking Consumer Demand
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Predicting consumer demand has become a nightmare for CEOs. That makes this exactly the right time for CIOs to help their companies get a better grip on real-time sales.
Bill Gates Has Banned The iPhone From His House
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
According to a recent interview given by Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft pioneer Bill Gates, Apple's iPhone and iPod are two devices that are not permitted in the Gates household.
Interview: Intel Talks Multicore Processor Trends, Chip Tech
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Get ready for a new battle in the multicore wars. AMD is planning to ramp up production of its next-gen 32-nm processor in mid-2010. This follows on the heels of Intel's revelation that it'll be first to ship 32-nm parts with its Westmere chips late this year. What jumps out at me most here isn't that this is great news for consumers -- it is -- but that there's a big element of saber-ratt
Amazon Keeps It Simple With Kindle 2
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
My 67-year-old mother-in-law, who baby-sits my preschooler on Mondays, came bustling into our house this morning flush with excitement. She opened her bag and pulled out her new prize possession, the Kindle 2. She spent the weekend reading books on it, and concluded, "I love it."
Smartphones Set To Double Market Share
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
According to In-Stat, smartphones are going to double their share of the mobile handset market in the next four years. Considering the success of devices such as the iPhone, the G1, and others, this isn't so hard to believe. But which platform will dominate?
NetGear Rolls Out ReadyNAS Vault: Cloud-Based Backup And Recovery Add-On
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
NetGear, best known for its wireless LAN products, continues its expansion into new markets with the release of ReadyNAS Vault -- cloud-based backup and disaster recovery integrated into the company's ReadyNAS storage products. But if online backup is so great, why do you need the in-house device at all?
Should CIOs Play To Win, Or Play Not To Lose?
Commentary  |  3/2/2009  | 
Is it better for CIOs to have high-level positions reporting to top executives, or to have mid-level roles where their ability to make great contributions is stifled by bureaucracy and politics but the job security is better? That's a question posed in a recent column on the public-sector Governing Web site. At first I thought it was a joke, but then I read the headline that delivered the punchline: "All CIOs Great And Small."
Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic Off To A Rough Start, Sales Stopped
Commentary  |  3/1/2009  | 
Nokia's first touch-screen phone went on sale in the United States last week. Unfortunately, it wasn't for sale very long. Users immediately complained about poor 3G performance, and Nokia stopped selling the phone mere hours after it went on sale.
Sometimes, A Squad Of Geeks Isn't Enough
Commentary  |  3/1/2009  | 
My PC stays busy 24 hours a day, with various chores like backup happening during the middle of the night. That makes an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) a must-have accessory. When I experienced three short power outages in a single windy day, my old UPS didn't carry the load at all despite a recent battery change. Facing the prospect of more unexpected afternoon de-lights, I ran out to Best Buy during lunch to get a replacement.
Prediction Market Forecasts Are Not A Sure Thing
Commentary  |  3/1/2009  | 
The February 26 Economist looks at the state of prediction markets, a tool for turning collective human insights into forecasts. The title and subhead capture the reporter's take: "An Uncertain Future," "A novel way of generating forecasts has yet to take off." The short Economist article cites experiences at three user organizations. Those experiences are telling...
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