Commentary
Content posted in May 2005
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Blank Keyboard Fad Will Fade
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
Generic keyboards are being made into geek status symbols by the removal of letter on the keys? Gimme a break!
The 'Standard' Marketing Ploy
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
One BI platform for the whole business? Don't count on getting there any time soon.
Google This, Microsoft: Cheap, Innovative Applications
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company plans to put more of Google's Web-site capabilities into appliance devices that can be deployed in business environments. Schmidt seems less interested in the margins of hardware appliances than in the windfall to be made delivering ads to the world's most sophisticated computer users "- all those professionals glued to their PCs during the work day. And that's a philosophy Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer know well enough.
More IT Jobs May Leave Europe In Wake of France's 'Non' Vote
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
For a country where unemployment is north of 10%, France seems unduly anxious to ensure that well paying, white collar jobs forsake its shores for foreign soil.
IBM, Borland, Microsoft Connect Programmers With Production
Commentary  |  5/31/2005  | 
Operations people, take heart. The neglected production side of the house is beginning to fall into line of sight of application developers.
Business Technology: Pertinent Questions -- Are Your Answers OK?
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
Bob Evans has some questions for you to consider on such subjects as business-process optimization, supply-chain strategy, patch management, Barry Bonds, customer-data privacy, and publicly funded outsourcing, plus a thought for the people we remember on Memorial Day.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
SmartAdvice: A Checklist To Consider When Deciding On Remote-Access Applications
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
In addition to Citrix and Microsoft, there's a range of applications by price and service level, The Advisory Council says. Also, ask questions to get an idea of RFID's return for your company.
Unlocking The Secrets Of Open-Source Success
Commentary  |  5/27/2005  | 
The story of open-source software has largely been one of success to date. Open source has grown exponentially in popularity among Web users, and it's making headway in corporate application-development environments, even influencing the ways in which proprietary app vendors create and distribute their own products. Still, open source won't be a tale of unmitigated growth. The answer to open source's challenges is, in a word, services.
Are Kids Today New And Improved Communicators, Or Just A New Breed Of Stenographers?
Commentary  |  5/26/2005  | 
After spending a couple of days this week surrounded by dozens of teens and tweens at a WiredKids summit in D.C., it became pretty clear to me that many of our young devote an awful lot of time to writing.
Sizing Up The Database Players
Commentary  |  5/26/2005  | 
Increasingly, databases that lack built-in BI strengths are at a disadvantage to their competitors.
Communication Breakdown
Commentary  |  5/26/2005  | 
Ben Goodger's blog post last week ripping Netscape 8 as "unsafe" really wasn't a big deal, as such things go. Yet it did make me wonder about the impact clear communication will have on both Mozilla's and Netscape's ability to deal with security threats involving shared Mozilla code.
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
Besides the obvious technical intrigue ignited by the potential for creating a whole new generation of 'Intel Inside' Macintosh hardware, recent reports of chip talks between Intel and Apple are a sign that maybe Apple hasn't taken its eye off the ball after all. I was beginning to wonder. The paranoid bunker mentality that sometimes envelopes Apple's leadership seemed to have intensified since January, evidenced in part by a string of p
How To Move Files Off An iPod
Commentary  |  5/25/2005  | 
A Winamp plugin enables iPod users to bypass iTunes and manage music files just as they might with any other player. Is this the end of Apple's grip on your music files?
Sounding Off On BPM
Commentary  |  5/24/2005  | 
Readers express a wide breadth of opinion about whether their performance management tools are up to snuff.
Will You Wear an RFID Tag?
Commentary  |  5/24/2005  | 
The government planned to make citizens carry radio transmitters that would broadcast their personal information.
The True Value Of Intellectual Property
Commentary  |  5/24/2005  | 
If GM can rip apart a Toyota engine, why shouldn't IBM take a look at the design of Windows?
The Dream Of x86 Capable Macs Remains Elusive
Commentary  |  5/24/2005  | 
Earlier this week, the buzz surrounded another potential agreement that would put Intel microprocessors inside Apple computers. Obviously, uniting the two most durable PC platforms in history is a lot easier said than done.
Teen Blogs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Commentary  |  5/24/2005  | 
In the seventh grade, my friends and I produced a weekly "mini-magazine" featuring articles on cosmetics and hairstyles, our lists of likes and dislikes, horoscopes, all of the typical teen stuff. It was nothing fancy -- handwritten text, ditto paper, our crude illustrations of Dorothy Hamill and Farrah Fawcett hairstyles.
Outsourcing Deals Need Prenups
Commentary  |  5/23/2005  | 
Regardless of who is right or wrong in Sears' courtroom battle with Computer Sciences Corp., the case shows why a solid prenuptial agreement is necessary when crafting an outsourcing deal.
Battle Against Terrorists Found In U.S., European IT Collaboration, Chertoff Says
Commentary  |  5/23/2005  | 
IT will be at the top of his agenda as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff travels this week to Europe.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  5/20/2005  | 
Secret CIO: Four Steps To Make Big Projects Work
Commentary  |  5/20/2005  | 
With systems, if you can't explain it easily, don't implement it.
Business Technology: Coming Soon: Transformation Upheavals
Commentary  |  5/20/2005  | 
Hollywood represents the world of fables and make-believe, but the shift from analog to digital is causing some very real pain and upheaval. And, Bob Evans says, you can be sure that a similar Radical Overhaul is coming to a supply chain near you. Soon.
Big BI, Little BI
Commentary  |  5/19/2005  | 
Large and small firms bear striking similarities when it comes to what they hope for from their business intelligence deployments. That's where the similarities end.
Web Site Maps Murders, Mayhem
Commentary  |  5/18/2005  | 
The murder of Duane Polk, a 26-year-old gunned down May 5 about a block from his Southside Chicago home, warranted only 148 words in the next day's Chicago Tribune. But a new Web site that combines crime statistics from the Chicago Police Department and Google maps lets anyone with Web access pinpoint the block where an assailant shot Polk or where any other
The Widget Wars
Commentary  |  5/18/2005  | 
With its release of the new "Tiger" version of its OS, Apple brought major attention to Microsoft's user interface idea of running a colony of small, data-driven applications on your desktop. But a company called Pixoria made it real for Windows users.
Langa Letter: Laptop Setup Secrets
Commentary  |  5/18/2005  | 
You can gain space, security, and performance with these time-tested tricks for setting up a portable PC, Fred Langa says.
IBMers To Protest Cuts With 'Moment Of Silence'
Commentary  |  5/18/2005  | 
If you need to reach tech support at IBM this coming Monday, you might not get through if you call between 1 and 1:10 p.m. Eastern. That's when an employee group, upset over IBM's plan to lay off up to 13,000 workers, is asking colleagues to observe a companywide "moment of silence."
Maureen O'Gara's Big Sin: She Didn't Get The Goods
Commentary  |  5/16/2005  | 
Sure, Maureen O'Gara's "expose" of Groklaw author Pamela Jones was sleazy and mean. But when Maureen utterly failed to deliver the goods on PJ, she committed the only sin that matters.
Analyzing The Competition
Commentary  |  5/16/2005  | 
If you're part of the group of companies that's ignorant about XBRL, do yourself a favor and find some new peers.
Job One for IT: Figuring Out What Job One Is
Commentary  |  5/16/2005  | 
Why does it surprise us that just when we think we're beginning to get a handle on what needs to be done, it changes?
Offshoring's Ebb Tide
Commentary  |  5/16/2005  | 
The authors of a new book argue that IT outsourcing will come full circle and that U.S. workers will ultimately benefit from the practice. Douglas Brown and Scott Wilson, in The Black Book of Outsourcing, note that rising costs in countries like India and China, combined with the management headaches presented by offshoring, will combine to limit the number of U.S. jobs that ultimately end up offshore.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  5/13/2005  | 
Business Technology: What's The Curve On Your Time To Change?
Commentary  |  5/13/2005  | 
IT was first focused on time to financial transparency, then on time to product. Today, Bob Evans says, a SAP executive says it's all about time to change.
The Big Picture: IT Marriages Made In Customer Heaven
Commentary  |  5/13/2005  | 
It's amazing that users aren't asked more about pending mergers.
What's Strategic About Outsourcing?
Commentary  |  5/13/2005  | 
The answer to that question could be: maybe not enough. Many companies remain fixed on focusing on the cost question, and perhaps not enough on the opportunity's value.
The End of Ad-Free RSS?
Commentary  |  5/13/2005  | 
One of the things people like about RSS is the absence of advertising. But all that may soon come to an end.
Voila Maestro
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
Microsoft is sharing more information about its real-time reporting server.
What's A Blog? Many Web Users Don't Know
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
If you're reading this blog, you're part of a minority among Internet users. Despite the hype, most people don't read blogs. In fact, some surveys suggest a majority of Internet users haven't even heard of blogs. Hard to imagine, right?
End Of An Era Or End Of The Line For Java?
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
Oracle is making an announcement May 16 that it will incorporate use of PHP into developing Oracle database applications. I don't know the details. But I do know that spells the end of an era for 10-year-old Java.

Anti-Spyware Tips And Tricks
Commentary  |  5/12/2005  | 
Get the straight dope from IT managers and security consultants about the best anti-spyware products, links to favorite anti-spyware information and software, how to tell if your system is infected, and what to do about it if it is.
European IT: What Angst?
Commentary  |  5/11/2005  | 
One wonders what is going on Over There. On the one hand, Europe has long been ahead of the United States in technology areas as diverse as mobile computing, open systems, and standards in general. One research firm is suggesting that mobile-phone usage is going to surpass 100% in Europe very soon.
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