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Content posted in May 2007
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Novell Tips Details Of Microsoft Linux Deal, Spotlighting FSF Opposition
Commentary  |  5/28/2007  | 
The Free Software Foundation, that merry band of advocates of the GNU/Linux operating system (don't call it "Linux" -- FSF president Richard Stallman will get mad), is looking to throw a monkey wrench into the peace pact between Novell and Microsoft. Under that deal, signed last November, Novell insulated itself from Linux patent suits from Redmond and got millions of dollars in much-needed cash to boot. Now, Novell financial filings release
My Week In Second Life: A Total Klutz Tries Out Building
Commentary  |  5/26/2007  | 
When I started in Second Life a few months ago, I wrote regular updates of my personal adventures. I got out of the habit of doing them, even though people seemed to enjoy them. But now they're back -- I'll do 'em every Saturday.

A Second Look At Voice In Second Life
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Linden Lab shared some rough target dates this afternoon for deploying voice on the main grid -- it's coming up soon. Also: I've had an opportunity to play with voice some more over the past week, and I continue to be extremely impressed.

Down To Business: Technology Debate On The Campaign Trail
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
When you've got border fences and melting ice caps on which to grandstand, who needs tech policy? The country does--or at least some cogent discussion of the issues.
Google Calendar Now Available For Your Cell Phone
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Google this week released a mobile version of its Calendar tool. Sign up is easy: Just go to calendar.google.com from your mobile phone and the application should work on your phone.
FeedBurner Deal Puts Google Closer To Controlling Online Publishers
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
If Google finally pulls the trigger and closes its proposed deal to buy FeedBurner, it will be one step closer to having all the tools its needs to control online publishers. Do you feel that hand near your throat?
Linden Lab Makes It Official, Lays Out Road Map For Deploying Voice
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
The company plans to start testing voice on the "main grid" -- the main Second Life service -- in "the next few weeks," according to a post on the Official Linden Blog.

Discovery Of A New Species?
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
NetQoS marketing VP Steve Harriman noted at Interop that a customer of his application performance-measurement company has brought together two teams that in many companies today still barely speak to each other: application development and IT infrastructure.
Linux On Your Mind
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
It's always informative to look at our most heavily trafficked stories to see what topics you're most interested in. No, it's not a scientific survey, but it certainly provides pretty powerful anecdotal evidence of what technologists are currently buzzing about. And judging from our numbers, you're rather obsessed with Linux--Ubuntu Linux, to be precise.
Net Neutrality Debate, Part 2
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
I expected my blog on net neutrality to draw plenty of flames, and I was right. In this new post I'll round up the arguments that readers have expressed in favor of net neutrality, respond briefly, and hopefully point the debate in a new direction. I can summarize the objections to my stance - that the price of access to privately owned networks ought to be determined by economics, not idealism - in fou
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
IT Confidential: Database Experts, Or People Good With Lists, Uncle Sam Wants You
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Who says there aren't any jobs in technology? The way the federal government is lining up projects, they're going to have to start drafting for talent.
The Penguin And The Howitzer
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
In a conversation at Interop, Novell VP of product management Alan Murray noted that a recent InformationWeek cover story showing the Linux penguin sweating profusely due to having a gun pointed at its head representing the imminent threat of litigation from Microsoft was missing something.
Are The Browser Wars Flaring Up?
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
It's been awhile since we've talked of browser wars, but a new round could be upon us.
Shazam! Nokia to Develop Lightning-Detecting Cell Phone
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Well, strike me down! In the spirit of saving lives (because dead cell phone users aren't very profitable), Nokia has applied to patent the use of FM and GSM technology that will detect potential lightning strikes and warn users to head for the nearest tree, er, shelter. If Benjamin Franklin could only see this!
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
90% Of Cell Phone Owners Rate iPhone Over Theirs
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
That lovely statistic comes from a recent Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Labs study on the perceptions of technology. I have to find a small amount of fault in their methodology, though. The study participants' reactions were based on a video they watched of the iPhone, and not actually using the iPhone itself. Would the results be the same with hardware on the table?
The 2.0 Agenda: Transparency, Sharing, Access--Are You Ready For Enterprise 2.0?
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Big changes are coming: new rules and technology, and more efficiency and value. Make sure your business is prepared, or it could get left behind.
Interop: Thoughts from Mandalay Bay
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Ten Steps to a Successful Vendor Demo
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
I've been attending a lot of vendor demonstrations on behalf of clients recently. These are in-person demos, typically following a tight script, after a set of vendors has been selected following written proposals. More often than not, the demos don't turn out very well. Sometimes the customer is ill-prepared. But more frequently, the vendor just flubs it. Demos are important for vetting finalists for any proof-of-concept, and customers could really benefit from better ones.
The Consumer Effect Strikes Again
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
LifeSize Communications competes with Cisco in the Web video business, but John Doyle says he's grateful for all the attention Cisco CEO John Chambers is giving to the promising new technology because there's huge opportunities to compete at different price points with varying levels of complexity for installation, deployment, and management.
When Irrestible Forces Meet Immovable Objects
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
What happens when storage demand is growing at close to 80% and apps must be rolled out and available globally while consolidation is taking place across servers and data centers and branch-office infrastructure and virtualization is believed to be the cure for all ills?
Driving Toward Solid-State Drives
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
One of the more interesting conversations I had at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) last week in Los Angeles was with two guys from Samsung. They talked about their company's push into solid-state memory as an enhancement -- and eventually a replacement -- for rotating hard disk storage on computers. Samsung isn't the only manufacturer working to develop plug-compatible flash memory-based storage. In January the five largest drive makers -- Samsung, Seagate, Fujitsu,
Join Us For Our Second Life Kaffeeklatsch -- Let's Talk Sculpties
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Join us in Second Life Friday for our regular kaffeeklatsch to discuss technology and business issues in Second Life and real life. For this session, let's talk about a major new feature introduced to Second Life Wednesday: "sculpties."

RFID: Reasons For Increased Deployment?
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
While various naysayers have tried to argue that RFID's time has come and gone, infrastructure player Reva Systems says the uptake for the technology is coming along quite nicely.
Dell Ubuntu PCs Are Best Friend Linux Ever Had
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Is Linux its own worst enemy when it comes to gaining converts on the desktop? That's what I said in a recent post, in reference to Dell's impending release of systems equipped with Ubuntu Linux. And, boy, did I get an earful of reader comments. This time, I've got another beef: Now that Dell has formally announced the machines, the Dell page offering the Ubuntu boxes for sale (
Linden Lab Needs To Bring In Professional Management
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Linden Lab is a wonderful company that's working miracles every day. But it doesn't have experience managing a booming business, and that shows. It needs to bring in people who know how to take a company from emerging startup to billion-dollar giant.

Wireless Wrap From This Year's Interop
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Wireless and mobility were big topics at this year's Interop. Let's take a look at the wireless news in review.
Does Your VoIP System Play A Greeting Message For Hackers?
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Most big companies have yet to install Internet-based phone systems, but many are considering it. Here's a warning for them: VoIP presents big security risks, a pair of Interop speakers said Thursday.
Microsoft Denies Open Source Attacks
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Windows Mobile Contributed To Surge In PDA/Smartphone Sales
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Defying logic, enterprise users flocked to Windows Mobile 5 in droves during the first quarter of 2007, despite the announcement that Windows Mobile 6 would be available in the second quarter. The PDA market actually grew 40% compared to the year-ago quarter, fueled by strong WinMo5 sales.
Interop Keynote: Cisco's John Chambers
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Report: The End Is Nigh For Mobile Enterprise Vendors
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
According to The 451 Group, tech vendors that sell mobile office and productivity apps will see their market consolidate with few survivors remaining. The research also highlights that the number of premium enterprise-device users will remain limited when compared to the overall mobile market, which will be dominated by consumers. This is not good news for the mobile enterprise.
The Mac Way To Do Windows
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
On the Inxight and ClearForest Text Analytics Deals
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Buying Inxight is a smart move for Business Objects. Folding the capability to extract information from text into their technology stack is a natural next step for the company. This acquisition affirms the text-BI/integrated-analytics strategy being pursued by other vendors, notable Attensity, Clarabridge, Intelligent Results, SAS and SPSS. It also follows the precedent of data-integrator Informatica's late 2006 purchase of text-analytics vendor Itemfield.
IBM Eases Content Classification
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
IBM this week announced self-learning content classification software designed to automatically categorize large volumes of information. The offerings are intended to help organizations find content and understand whether it's important and how it should be handled. The software is particularly aimed at classifying content that is unmanaged so it can be more easily found and retrieved.
The Salesforce.com Effect Comes To Interop
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
In its 22-year history, the Interop trade show has been synonymous with networking, and this year's exhibitors are true to that heritage. But there's a recurring, software-oriented theme from many of the vendors I met with: the impact of Salesforce.com on the networking business.
EMC Bows 'Transactional Content Management'
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Transactional document management (high-volume throughput of relatively static documents) has long been dominated by IBM and FileNet. EMC this week announced that it, too, wants to compete in this lucrative market. Hence as part of its forthcoming Documentum D6 release, they have announced "TCM" (Transactional Content Management). For now, TCM is essentially a user interface module for high-volume scenarios…
I Want My Seamless Mobility
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
I have heard a lot about seamless mobility -- the dream of universal wireless access where users can roam freely between wireless LANs and cellular networks and back again -- this week at Interop. I keep hearing vendors promise dual-mode access, but when I raise the issue of the pink elephant in the room, the vendors just smile at me and change the subject.
Stampede To Optimize Windows Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
It's about time someone stepped up and offered a useable optimization platform for smartphones. Do your smartphone applications run too slow?
How Much Watching Does Big Brother Have To Do?
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
I was wandering around the outer bounds of the Interop show floor this afternoon and stopped by a booth from a company called SpectorSoft, which sells Internet monitoring software for small businesses and home use. Never having tried their software, I can't comment on it; from the short demo that I saw, it looked like it could be quite effective. It was the booth that made me feel a bit uneasy.
Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale Talks About Identity, Anonymity, And Preserving Freedom In Second Life
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
I talked at length with Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of Linden Lab, about anonymity and identity in the virtual world, and what the company would do if China or some other authoritarian nation demanded to know the identity of one of its users.

Where's The Real Shortage: IT Workers Or IT Jobs?
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
At Interop in Vegas, reps from tech services companies were pounding a familiar mantra: Offshore outsourcing is necessary because there aren't enough tech workers in the U.S. to meet demand. Will the Senate listen to them?
Can Dell Figure Out How To Make A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
So, is Dell going to make a cell phone or not? In a recent interview with CRN, Michael Dell spoke about the possibility of his company developing a mobile device, but he didn't seem to know what kind of mobile gadget to make.
Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at DEMO but didn't release a public version until yesterday.
Strong Authentication, Great Value Proposition
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Positive Networks, a provider of hosted VPN services, is using Interop to promote a two-factor, telephone (land-line or cell)-based authentication system for users looking to access corporate applications. The company will look to hook customers with the authentication technology -- it's free -- then sell a series of add-on services.
Better Traffic Management Comes To Windows
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Zeus Technology introduced at Interop a Windows-based version of its Zeus Extensible Traffic Manager (ZXTM) software, which previously ran on Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD.
The Greening Of Interop
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
My assumption has always been that the best way to get enterprises to go "green" -- to institute conservation policies via decreased energy use and technology recycling, for example -- was to hit them directly in the pocketbook (or via regulations, of course). It's the bottom line that counts.
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