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Content posted in March 2009
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Mobile Round Up: Verizon Netbook, Sling Player For BlackBerry, Free BlackBerry Bold
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Here's a bunch of stories hitting the Interwebs today that are worth sharing. It looks like Verizon Wireless may hop on the netbook bandwagon, while Sling Media is now offering a 1.0 release of its Sling Player for BlackBerries, and AT&T customers can get the BlackBerry Bold for free.
Inside HP's Ink Jet Cartridge Recycling Process
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Paper recycling gets a lot of ink, if you'll pardon the expression. But while many offices and public places have bins for separating waste paper from trash, getting gunked up, empty ink jet cartridges back to the manufacturer is another story.
Obama Data Transparency Faces Many Hurdles
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
While the Obama Administration might talk a lot about transparency, government agencies face any number of challenges to turn that buzzword into reality, especially in terms of getting usable data online.
Satyam Hopes Clients Can Convince Bidders To Buy
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Efforts by Satyam's suitors to determine the true value of the company have been hampered by several years' worth of fraudulent financial reports along with some recently filed class-action lawsuits. So Satyam is hoping those bidders can get a glimpse of the real company by speaking with clients involved in ongoing major projects.
Red Hat Stands Alone, For The Better
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
After Red Hat's last round of positive numbers, Citigroup issued a report that the flagship open source company is a "tempting acquisition target". To which I can only reply: Here we go again.

First Mobile Wimax Device From Samsung Will Be An Internet Tablet
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Samsung accidentally provided some information about its first handheld Wimax device for the U.S. market. The SWD-M100 Mondi resembles the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet and OQO model 2+. It has a touch screen, which slides up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Many questions remain, though.
Five Things to Love About BPMN 2.0
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Most of the effort put into BPMN 2.0 has focused on making the diagrams executable on a process engine. That will be huge for customers of Oracle, IBM, SAP, and other vendors. But for process modelers, who use BPMN as a diagramming tool... version 2.0 offers a lot to love. Here's my pick of the top-five improvements:
Comcast's "Dream Big" Campaign Is A Nightmare
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
Digital conglomerate Comcast has pulled a page out of the branding textbook, and hopes to humanize itself by running its first "brand advertising" campaign. I think the spots are spooky...and pointless.
Can Ubuntu's 'Jackalope' Build A Better Netbook?
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
As one Ubuntu Linux release bows out, another is on its way. And this time around, Canonical is clearly taking aim at the netbook market.
FCC Grants Approval To An Android Phone With T-Mobile 3G
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
HTC announced its second Android phone, the Magic, at the Mobile World Congress conference in February. The device announced at the show was for Vodafone's network in Europe. It was widely expected that a variant of the Magic would come to the U.S., and the FCC has pretty much confirmed that T-Mobile will sell the HTC Magic/G2, to
Steelers Investor: IT CEO, Hall of Famer, 4 Super Bowls
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
The Pittsburgh Steelers have welcomed new investor John Stallworth, best known as a Hall of Fame wide receiver who helped the team win four Super Bowls during his 14-year career. Less well known is that Stallworth, near the end of his NFL career, started an IT services company that he sold in 2006 for $69 million.
Meeting The Needs Of An Enterprise Phone
Commentary  |  3/27/2009  | 
NetWorkWorld has an article on what makes a phone optimal as a mobile enterprise device. The better IT managers are realizing that end users want devices with cool features and recognize that the carriers are more interested in catering to users and not IT departments. In the US, it is too expensive to consider buying unlocked devices of your choice for dozens or hundreds of users, so you have to be satisf
Matt Asay • Alfresco
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Windows Home Server: A Viable Alternative For Small Businesses?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Microsoft has added Windows Home Server to the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN), and ChannelWeb expects the move to spur developers to come up with small business applications for the software.
Luis Suarez • IBM
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Microsoft Vs. The Cloud Manifesto
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Major tech vendors are a few days away from unveiling an agreement to pursue cloud computing interoperability, and already there's a problem. Microsoft torpedoed the effort before it was even announced. It's an inauspicious start to an important industry effort.
Obama's Crafty Web 2.0 Experiment
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
It wasn't exactly the Nixon-Kennedy debates, but the White House Online TownHall meeting today will go down in history, though not for the reasons you might think.
Satyam Founder Could Face Lie-Detector, Narco Tests
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Satyam's founder could face lie-detector tests and "narco tests" that use barbituates to lower a subject's inhibitions in answering questions. Investigators believe founder B Ramalinga Raju and his brother are withholding vital information about the $1.5B accounting fraud they have admitted to perpetrating at Satyam over the past several years.
Opera Mobile 9.7 Announced, Now With More Turbo
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Today Opera Software announced the latest build of its mobile browser. Opera Mobile 9.7's biggest improvements include compatibility with Opera's Turbo servers as well as Flash Lite and Google Gears.
InformationWeek Releases Storage-As-A-Service RFI
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
The storage-as-a-service market continues to grow and change, with new players introducing products and services that give businesses an alternative to do-it-yourself, on-premises data storage. In preparation for a full-blown analysis of the market, InformationWeek is releasing a Request for Information aimed at storage-as-a-service vendors.
The Desktop Linux Question, Re-Re(-Re)visited
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
My colleague Jonathan Salem Baskin clearly isn't one to shy away from a good controversy. How, he asks, can Linux realize its full potential without a robust desktop edition as part of its diversity?

Why Aren't Local Governments Using Twitter And Facebook?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Local governments deal with people one at a time. The face of local government is the face of your neighborhood cop, your kids' schoolteacher, and the firefighter who comes when you smell smoke. Social media like Twitter and Facebook are great for helping organizations deal with people one-on-one. So why aren't more local governments on Facebook and Twitter?
Does Twitter Mean Business?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Twitter is apparently on the cusp of providing meaningful services that businesses will be willing to pay for. According to Reuters, the company will roll out commercial accounts later this year for an enhanced version of Twitter.
Practical Analysis: Why There's A Blade Server In Your Future
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Intel's latest chip architecture addresses some major impediments to building high-performing, multi-CPU systems.
E-Mail Marketing: Make $57 For Every Dollar You Spend
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
That insanely boastful ROI figure comes courtesy of the Direct Marketing Association. The organization estimates that e-mail marketing can generate $57 for every dollar invested. But even if that figure doubles reality it doesn't explain reports that 60% of smaller businesses haven't even tried e-mail marketing. What are you waiting for?
Is RIM Prepping Video Download Service?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
According to informed sources, Research In Motion is set to announced a new, full-episode television download service for its BlackBerry devices. Is RIM ramping up efforts to compete on the mobile content front?
Google Brings Digital Doodling To Docs
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Today Google announced a new feature in Google Docs: The ability to create and insert drawings into Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets. Now your inner artist can get your Gaudi, van Gogh or Gauguin on in digital form thanks to Google.
Microsoft To Charge Developers To Correct Typos?
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Earlier this month Microsoft released information on how its application store for Windows Mobile would work for developers. There is an annual $99 fee to keep your app in the store, and that includes five new apps per year. After that, it is $99 per app. It seems though that any update to an app will cost the developer $99 as well, or will count against the five in the initial payment.
Synology "Disk Stations" Bridge Business, Consumer Markets
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Just as consumer technology is trickling up to small and midsize businesses, business technology is also trickling down to so-called "prosumers." Case in point is Synology's new line of Network Attached Storage (NAS) units.
Seagate Surfaces With New Linux NAS Offerings
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
Small businesses looking for cheap, reliable storage solutions now have another interesting option to ponder, courtesy of Seagate.
Google Launches iGoogle Game Themes
Commentary  |  3/26/2009  | 
After 10pm PST on Wednesday or thereabout, iGoogle users will have access to new game-oriented themes to decorate their personal pages.
IBM RFID Helps Track Norwegian Beer, German Cars
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
RFID supply-chain solutions are helping Norway's largest brewer increase profits, improve customer service, and get fresher beer to thirsty Norwegians. And Volkswagen's group CIO said his RFID project could lead to a paperless production and logistics chain throughout the entire corporation.
Dell Rolls Out New Servers, Storage, Services In Drive For "Efficiency"
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
"Companies spend way too much on IT infrastructure. It consumes way too much time, resources and money." Those aren't our words, they're Dell's -- uttered at the roll out of a new series of Nehalem-based 11th Generation PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic PS6000 series storage arrays, and consulting services all intended to offer more performance and lower total cost of ownership.
Disperse The Cloud
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
The problem with online applications is that they put user data under someone else's control.
Windows Server For Private Clouds
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Though Microsoft says Windows Azure won't be used to power private clouds, there's no question that Microsoft will someday in the next year or two start playing in that market.
Facebook, Zuckerberg Cave To Cavedwellers
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Chalk one up for the Luddites. The Neanderthals banging their clubs on the cave walls were just too scary, so Mark Zuckerberg backed away from his plans to bring Facebook up to date.
Global CIO: Will Your Talent Pool Fix You Or Ruin You When Growth Returns?
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Plan now for staffing needs when the economy ramps up. Look to retraining, mentoring, and career development to keep valuable staff engaged and skill sets polished.
The Android Market Is One-Tenth The Size Of The iPhone Apps Store
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
T-Mobile recently shared some statistics from the Android Market. Right now, there are about 2,300 applications available, which is under one-tenth the size of the iPhone Apps Store's whopping 25,000+.
IBM's Half-Baked Cloud Strategy
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Some observers argue that IBM, in looking to acquire Sun Microsystems, wants and needs Sun's cloud computing platform and services. The reason is that IBM's own cloud computing portfolio, while impressive in some respects, also has gaping holes.
Malware Controlling Hardware Is Not A Necessity
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
The last two weeks have brought us two different attack vectors affecting servers and PC's alike. First Invisible Things Lab's Joanna Rutkowska and Rafal Wojtczuk presented the details of an attack on Intel's System Management Module which lets the malware do whatever it wants and effectively hides from everything else. Meanwhile, An
Yahoo Challenges Yelp With Customer Reviews
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Y! Local has replaced the Yahoo Directory. It bears a strong resemblance to Yelp with its star rating system, profiles, and reviews. But will Y! Local find itself immersed in controversy like Yelp?
The Web Still Requires The Internet
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Google Brings Voice Search To BlackBerry
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Google made good on its promise to bring better search functionality to mobile devices today by offering up a new mobile application for BlackBerries. The new app will let BlackBerry smartphones perform voice-based searches and deliver local results, to boot.
'Fewer Measures, Better Results' and Other Advice for the Times
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
If your enterprise is focusing on more than, say, a dozen key performance measures, you are probably not seeing the forest for the trees. This is just one bit of advice delivered in one of nearly a score of articles we've published on the theme of adjusting your information management plans and BI approaches to combat the economic downturn. Next week we roll the best of that advice into a one-hour Webinar...
A Little Heresy Now And Then ...
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
" ... is relished by even the wisest men." (I'm paraphrasing.) Meaning it helps from time to time to dissent, albeit thoughtfully and with eyes wide open, from the status quo. In today's example, it's Eric S. Raymond -- one of the key figures in the open source / free software world -- talking about why the GPL might have outlived its usefulness. You heard right.

Dell Ready Getting Ready to Deliver a Smartphone?
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Smartphones have become all the rage among vendors as well as small and medium business executives. With Apple and Google garnering headlines from their devices, other suppliers have decided that they too would like to enter that arena. Dell is the latest vendor reportedly building a smartphone. Although the initial reports about its system have been mixed, its entry may have an impact on your business.
Does Linux Need A Desktop To Realize Its Potential?
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Word from an open source conference this week is that some key Linux proponents don't see the need for a desktop product. I'm not certain how it realizes its full potential without one.
A Modest Proposal On How Microsoft Can Clobber Apple
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
I've been watching the tech news and shocked by how Mac market share is receding due to the recession. Apple executives are putting on a not-worried public face -- in the company's last quarterly earnings call, CEO Steve Jobs said that Mac users are loyal. They'll postpone buying, but they
SMBs Will Increase IT Investment This Year; 86% Will Use SaaS
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
According to the findings of a new study from Microsoft, more than half of small and midsize business will spend the same or more on IT in the coming year with priorities on virtualization, IT consolidation, business intelligence, SaaS, and supporting remote workers.
Can You Measure The ROI of Enterprise Social Networking?
Commentary  |  3/25/2009  | 
Probably not. But ROI is only one way to measure value. Here's an informal business case from EMC on the benefits.
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