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Second Life Growth Slows Slightly In March, But Still Exploding
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
Second Life saw a 2% decline in the rate of growth for premium accounts. Those are accounts where users pay $9.95 per month, as opposed to the much more common free accounts. The rate of growth was 13% in March, as opposed to 15% in February, according to analysis by Second Life Insider.

AT&T Delivers The Fruits Of Its BellSouth Merger
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
If you're a business, AT&T has good news for you: It's rolling out the first set of integrated wireline and wireless services. The products are a result of AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth last year. The carrier says it's responding to customer demand for wireless technology, which accounted for about 30% of total telecom budgets last year, according to
Infrastructure: A Wake-Up Call for India, China
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
If China and India aspire to recognition and respect for their increasing prowess in technology, they must do better. The World Economic Forum recently released its annual Global Information Technology Report for 2006-2007. The reports Networked Readiness Index ranked India 44th and China 59th, down four places and nine places, respectively, from last year's standings.
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The Year 2000 As Predicted In 1900: Did They Anticipate Wireless Phones And TV?
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
It's always interesting to see what people in the past thought "the future" would be like. Predictions usually say more about the people in the age they were made than they do about the future. But sometimes, a few of these predictions really hit home.
Wait, Now The iPhone Is Having OS Issues Again...
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
Yes. More rumors to tempt you, tease you, and taunt you with. Ars Technica is reporting in its blog that a solid inside source at Hon Hai/Foxconn says there are still a number of software/OS bugs to be worked out with the iPhone. They conclude that at best only a "trickle" of iPhones will be available at launch. The iPhone roller coaster continues its twisted, torturous ride.
Seven Rules Of Web 2.0
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
Microsoft Trashes iPhone In Australia, Says iPhone Isn't Ready For Business Users
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
Chris Sorenson, Microsoft's Asia-Pacific head of smartphone strategy, this week dissed the iPhone during remarks to journalists in Australia. And you thought only bloggers were going after the iPhone.
BlackBerry Outage Caused By Untested New Feature
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
Research in Motion is saying that a new storage feature led to the complete breakdown of its wireless email service in the Western Hemisphere earlier this week. RIM also stated that security and scalability issues did not play a role in the ou
Charge Your Mobile Phone With A Solar Powered Bikini
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
It's an itsy bitsy tiny weeny solar powered bikini, and it can recharge your cell phone. Check out this futuristic clothing that's just in time for summer.
Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
A 'Most Likely to Succeed' List from the Web 2.0 Hypefest
Commentary  |  4/20/2007  | 
Tim O'Reilly, who gets credit for coining "Web 2.0," has taken several whacks at defining it, and he took another one this week at his own Web 2.0 Expo this week in San Francisco: "We are talking about persistent computing in which we are becoming part of a great machine." Thanks, but if that's it, I'll pass. If you, gentle reader, on the other hand, want to plug into whatever Web 2.0 means, a ratings company called Hitwise used th
The Complete Rebuttal For Second Life Skeptics
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Second Life expert Wagner James Au provides the final rebuttal to skeptics who think that the virtual world is just a fad, or are baffled why it's getting so much attention.

Scripting And Building In Second Life -- A Brief Video Introduction
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
I asked my colleagues at Dr. Dobb's Journal for some pointers to machinima resources so we can get started making our own machinima, and I was told that DDJ's Scott Swigart knows a lot about it. I found this neat video that provides a six-minute introduction to building and scripting in Second Life.

My Second Life As A Swimsuit Model
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
I already have a job, mortgage, family, and community, so I don't see any need for a Second Life. The first one keeps me plenty busy, thank you. But I can use what I found at LandsEnd.com: An avatar that tries on swimsuits for me.
Get Your Wallet Out: App Upgrades And Music Fees
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Whatever else Windows Vista does for your PC, it's not going to make the numbers on your budgetary spreadsheet any lower. Several software vendors have decided not to upgrade existing versions of their products to be Vista-compatible -- instead, they're going to reshape upcoming versions. So if you buy a Vista PC, you don't get to reinstall your existing application onto your new machine. Instead, prepare to fork out some additional cash to get the next iteration.
Tip: Use Babelfish To Translate Chat, Discussions In Real-Time
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
OK, probably everybody in the world already knows this, but you can use BabelFish (and other online translation services) to translate the discussion of people you encounter in Internet discussion. I generally think of BabelFish as a translation service for Web pages -- and a not-very-effective one at that -- but of course it'll work on any text.

Take the Survey on BI Success
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Long-time Intelligent Enterprise contributor Cindi Howson wants to understand why and how some companies are more successful with business intelligence than others. The results won't be available for a while, but sometimes taking surveys can be as thought-provoking as reading them. What's more, Cindi will send respondents the key findings.
Information Convergence Is a Work in Progress
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
John Schwarz, CEO of Business Objects, yesterday gave a keynote address at AIIM Expo entitled "The Parallel Evolution and Convergence of Enterprise Content Management and Business Intelligence." The title notwithstanding, I didn't hear a lot of concrete examples of convergence in the speech, but there are signs the worlds of data and content are slowly coming together.
Google And Dodgeball: What Went Wrong?
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Mike Masnick at Techdirt is curious why Google's acquisition of Dodgeball has yet to produce anything. I have to agree with him. What happened?
AIIM 'Smackdown' and the Perils of Portals
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Yesterday at the annual AIIM Expo, we held an "Enterprise Portal Smackdown," in which a packed room keenly watched seven-minute demos presented by different consultancies (Ironworks, Molecular, and Liferay) demonstrating, respectively: BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, and Liferay Portal. Here's a one-liner summary of each demo:
Take 5: How To Prepare For Another BlackBerry Crash
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Welcome to this week's edition of Take 5, Over The Air's weekly interview segment where we ask a mobile business insider five (or more) questions about a select topic. This week's guest is mobile and wireless analyst Jack Gold with J.Gold Associates. Our topic is yesterday's system-wide crash of the BlackBerry push e-mail system -- and how you can build a contingency plan for your orginization.
Nokia Posts 1Q Results, "Multimedia Computers" Takes Bigger Share Of Profits
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
In looking at Nokia's 1Q financial results today, I noticed something interesting. Its N Series "multimedia computers" are separated from its regular mobile phone business in terms of performance. While Nokia posted a 5% drop in earnings from its mobile phones, it saw a 28% increase in earnings from the "multimedia computers." Maybe that's in part due to the
AT&T Says The iPhone Will Be On Time. Take That, Bloggers!
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
According to a report from Reuters, AT&T COO Randall Stephenson is looking to quell consumer fears - and maybe silence us bloggers - by issuing a statement about the iPhone. "The iPhone is on target to launch in June," he says. Are his words enough to shut the blogosphere up? Nah.
Shimmin On Software: Seven Rules Of Web 2.0 For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/19/2007  | 
Before you infuse your ERP system with a well-meaning but uncontrollable wiki, consider the following advice--the Seven Rules of Web 2.0 for the Enterprise.
Nokia's N95: 2.5G, Not 3G
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
In my excitement last week about the new $750 Nokia N95, I misspoke when outlining the smartphone's networking capability. Here's what I wrote: "The N95 includes a 5-megapixel camera, a powerful media player, 3G networking over the Cingular/AT&T HSDPA system, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as an innovative dual-slide design." In fact, the N95, while it works over European 3G networks based on WCD
Microsoft To Pop The Top On PhizzPop
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Microsoft may not have been at the forefront of creating social networks, but the Windows company is ready to lift the lid on a conversation with the new architects of Web 2.0.
Machinima: Making Movies Using Computer-Game Software
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
"Machinima" is the art of making computer animation using software from video games, rather than expensive, dedicated computer-animation software. I'm no expert on the subject, but here are some of my favorites.

Wireless Companies Talk Mobile 2.0 At Web 2.0
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
With all of the chatter about Web 2.0 for the desktop, it was great to hear progress is being made so mobile platforms can share in the mashup love.
Will Linden Lab's Open-Sourcing Second Life Hurt Some Of Its Biggest Customers?
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Currently, Linden Lab's major revenue source is "land sales," leasing space on its servers for businesses and dedicated consumers to build property in Second Life. Many businesses derive revenue by turning around and renting property in-world. When Linden Lab open-sources the servers, land will become more plentiful and the value of land will decrease, thus diminishing the value of these "land barons'" investments.

Learn About Second Life For Developers And Business At The Life 2.0 Summit Late This Month
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
If you're a developer or businessperson interested in learning more about the opportunities in Second Life, my colleagues at Dr. Dobb's Journal have the conference for you: the Life 2.0 Summit, running April 28 to May 4, both in Second Life and simulcast to the Web.

How Big is Microsoft's Silverlight Shoe?
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
On April 15, Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight, which formerly was called Windows Presentation Foundation/E. Based on technology developed for Windows Vista, Silverlight is a streaming media delivery module, a piece of code that plugs into a browser, that Microsoft hopes will open the floodgates for media rich applications. Also, it's an Adobe (Macromedia) Flash killer.
Another Sign That Dell Might Be Working On A Smartphone
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Those rumors about Dell making a smartphone just got more support. According to a report from DigiTimes, Quanta Computer is building a Windows Mobile device code-named "fly" that will ship under the Dell brand. So maybe Dell is working on a smartphone after all. But what about the story that Dell might buy Palm?
Finally, A Good Use For Twitter -- It Can Save You From The Zombies
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
I'm discovering there are two kinds of people in the world -- those that get Twitter and those that don't. If you're in the first group, you've got to check out "Zombie Attack" -- the first twittered work of fiction. No, I'm serious. This is great stuff.
8-Year-Olds Know What's Cool, Give Kiddie Phones The Thumbs Down
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Last week both Cingular and Verizon Wireless pulled their bare-bones kid phones, the FireFly and Migo, from their respective retail distribution points. The phones targeted kids with basic calling features that kept Mom and Dad happy, but obviously didn't go far enough to tempt the hip kids on the block.
EV-DO Rev. A Is The Real 3G Deal
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
The other day I blogged that maybe carriers aren't getting a return on their investment with respect to 3G wireless data. While that might be true from a mobile phone perspective, it's an altogether different story when you consider mobile data cards. I am writing this blog from a Borders near my home and skipping the T-Mobile
Sneak Peek at 'Defining the CIO' Research
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Well, Nation, we've just received the results of our fifth annual "Defining the CIO" research, a survey of 575 business and IT professionals about the evolving role of the CIO in business. And I'm happy to report, given some of my recent postings deriding recent third-party reports supposedly chronicling the demise or decline in influence of the CIO, that our research refutes just about every aspect of those other studies and media coverage...
Will Battery Life Delay The iPhone?
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
The iPhone rumors this week are nonstop. As if the ruckus over rebates and subsidies for the iPhone weren't enough, now an online newsletter claims that the iPhone is suffering from poor battery life, echoing an earlier rumor broken by John Dvorak two weeks ago. The poor iPhone just can't catch a break.
BlackBerry Mobile E-Mail Crashes Across The Entire Western Hemisphere
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
BlackBerry users this morning woke up to find that their precious push e-mail service was down. Push e-mail junkies across the entire Western Hemisphere were without their fix. Will this outage be the break BlackBerry's competitors have been looking for?
Fear and SharePoint: Trends Seen at AIIM Expo
Commentary  |  4/18/2007  | 
Compliance mandates and legal risks are a big focus here at the AIIM show in Boston. Also everywhere - the keynote lineup, the press room, the collateral material, etc. - are presentations, announcements and references to Microsoft SharePoint. I'll get to SharePoint and parallels between BI and content management in a moment, but first a few thoughts on fear mongering.
Linden Lab To Open-Source Second Life Servers
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
Linden Lab plans to open up the source code for Second Life's servers, allowing anyone to run their own version of Second Life, a company spokesman said today, confirming the widespread belief among many in the 3D community that open-sourcing the servers was inevitable.

Microsoft On Its Internet Do Or Die
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
I'm out here at Microsoft's massive Redmond campus this week interviewing Microsoft executives about everything from newly-announced Flash competitor Silverlight to what's on tap for Windows Server "Longhorn." And also my lead feature from this week, "Microsoft's Internet Do or Die," which was greeted by a general "eh, harumph" from one of the Microsoft executives I quoted.
FAST pushes SNaaS - Software NOT as a Service
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
Enterprise-search vendor FAST is poised to strike a blow for SNaaS - Software NOT as a Service... The FAST AdMomentum platform is designed to shift control of delivery of contextual advertising from third-party service providers... Web search has always been delivered as a service. Who but propeller-hatted weenies (like me) would even think to pre-label this service with "Software as a"?
Carnival Of The Mobilists #69
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
The Carnival of the Mobilists #69 is up over at mobile marketing & spam. This week's edition features blog posts on a number of topics including mobile user experience, mobile services, driving demand for mobile data, the issues surrounding the business of being a handset OEM, and mobile commerce. Check it out.
Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
The Internet moves quickly, but perhaps you remember this essay from that long-ago time of last week (gosh, we were so much younger then, weren't we?). In it, developer Paul Graham argues that Microsoft is dead, killed by Web applications and buried by the Apple comeback. I do think there is some truth to Graham's essay -- but it's only part of the story. InformationWeek's J. Nicholas Hoover
Google's Deal For DoubleClick Could Be The End Of Yahoo
Commentary  |  4/17/2007  | 
Unless you live in a cave (not that there is anything wrong with that), you probably know by now that late last week Google agreed to buy online ad services company DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Google paid through the nose for DoubleClick -- roughly 10 times revenue. Everyone has been talking about how this deal kept Microsoft from owning the display ad space. While I t
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