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Opening Up To Solaris
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
OpenSolaris, Sun's open-source version of its Solaris operating system, gets its official kickoff today at Sun's CommunityOne conference in San Francisco.  And it's not Sun's attempt to knock Linux out of the box -- it's something a little subtler than that.

Ballmer's Yahoo Deal: Mission Accomplished?
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
Perhaps it's inevitable that the most visible executive at Microsoft is the target of all kinds of vitriol and insult, regardless of whether it's deserved or not. As Bill Gates is winding down his involvement with the company, Steve Ballmer is taking his place as Chief Lightning Rod for Microsoft. And boy-oh-boy, this failed Yahoo deal has really brought out the Ballmer-busters.
8 Trends In IT CIOs Can't Ignore
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
Accenture's chief scientist sees several IT trends emerging over the next 36 months that CIOs need to embrace. Hint: One leads to the CIO becoming the Chief Intelligence Officer. If you like the sound of that, read on.
Web 2.0: Videos Can Give Smaller Businesses an Edge
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
On the Internet, nobody knows youre a dog, goes the famous New Yorker cartoon. Nobody has to know youre a smaller business either  and videos are one of the most effective ways to look bigger and impress the search engines, if you do it right.
Deutsche Telekom Mulling Sprint Nextel Buy
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
Reports wafting over the Atlantic Ocean suggest that Deutsche Telekom -- parent company of T-Mobile USA -- is considering Sprint Nextel as a take-over target. And why not? Sprint's share price is below $10, and the euro continues to dominate the dollar. Sprint's spectrum alone is worth it. That would make T-Mobile + Sprint the largest wire
Yang's Words To Yahoo Troops
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang sent out an e-mail to the staff at Yahoo. In it, he says, "Now is the time for us to shine and show what we're made of." Yahoo has to do that, and a whole lot more.
On the Technology Horizon: Ice? Racetracks?
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
It's no mystery why diamonds are often referred to as "ice." Sure, they look like ice, but have you ever touched one and noticed it was cooler than you thought it would be? It really is cooler because the diamond's stiff crystalline structure actually shield the atoms from heat vibrations. So what does this have to do with information technology? A lot.
JavaOne: Opening Keynote Preview
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
JavaOne: Duke's Choice Awards, 2008
Commentary  |  5/5/2008  | 
Reporter's Notebook: On The Eve Of SAP's Sapphire 2008
Commentary  |  5/4/2008  | 
It's Sunday night in Orlando, and I'm getting ready to attend Sapphire 2008, SAP's annual user conference. Tomorrow I meet with co-CEO Henning Kagermann, and am curious to hear more about this cross-pollination idea he mentioned last week between the company's new SaaS offering and its traditional licensed software.
Sun CEO Schwartz: Giving Something To Startups
Commentary  |  5/4/2008  | 
Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz is a geek at heart. Maybe the ponytail gives it away, or maybe it's the jabs he takes at his handlers (the bomb-sniffing dogs roaming Startup Camp were interesting), or that he has one of the Internet's most popular blogs, but now he needs to grind his way through the discomfort of
Startup Camp: Sun CEO Schwartz Hints At Amazon-Related ZFS Announcement
Commentary  |  5/4/2008  | 
Here at Startup Camp in San Francisco today, during his keynote presentation, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz hinted at a major Sun-Amazon announcement that the two companies will be making tomorrow on the eve of the company's annual developer confab: JavaOne. What exactly that announcement will be was unclear, but Schwartz dropped several hints, one of which had to do with...
Yahoo Shares Poised To Drop Monday As Microsoft Walks
Commentary  |  5/4/2008  | 
Yahoo leaders Roy Bostock and Jerry Yang said they're relieved that Microsoft has taken its merger proposal off the table. Will they still feel that way when the markets open Monday and investors' attorneys start calling?
Dynamic Languages on Java
Commentary  |  5/4/2008  | 
CS Grads: You Don't Know Jack
Commentary  |  5/4/2008  | 
This week  Embedded.com has Jack Ganssle trot out what is by now a thoroughly exhausted straw man in his article CS Schooling, where he asks Do CS departments come even close to producing graduates that meet the needs of the firmware community?

5 (More) Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short; Readers Weigh In
Commentary  |  5/3/2008  | 
When I lambasted the iPhone in a recent post for its numerous shortcomings, Wolfe's Den readers responded in droves with comments. As is par for the course, most criticized me for my criticisms of the sainted Apple. (Hey, I own an iPhone now and am trying to get into the iPhone Developer Program, so how anti-Apple can I be?) However, many readers responded with their gripes about still-unaddressed
Is Live Mesh Dead Before Arrival?
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
Microsoft recently announced its latest attempt to be a playa in the Internet, called Windows Live Mesh. As former Microsoftie Joel Spolsky opined, Live Mesh is not the first time Microsoft has tried a master plan for connecting everything via the Internet. It's not clear how this effort will end any better for Microsoft than the last one.
Just Another Earthshaking Revolution
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
Forrester Research analysts Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff call it The Groundswell. Nicholas Carr calls it The Big Switch. Tom Hayes calls it the Jump Point. Whatever it is, it's clearly going to involve major earthshaking.
Want Your Web Site To Get More Traffic? Make A Better Mobile Version Of It
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
New research shows that a good mobile Web site will extend the reach of your standard Web site (and brand) by as much as 13%. Maybe this thing called the "mobile Web" could be useful after all.
Is This A Trade Show Or A Rock Show?
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
So Neil Young is apparently going to perform at JavaOne next week, where he's expected to belt out his Keep on Rockin' in the Free World anthem. Hey, hey. My, my. Will the encore be Needle and the Damage Done?
What Does RIM+SAP Really Mean?
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
We all know that RIM enables mobile access to e-mail and other enterprise applications on its BlackBerry devices. SAP delivers powerful enterprise software that has typically been tethered to the PC. Today, the two companies announced plans to craft mobile versions of SAP's software for BlackBerry devices. For existing SAP customers, this is a good deal. But will it bring in new customers?
Is The Recession Good For SaaS?
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
I heard opposing voices at Interop about whether the bad economy will drive companies to software as a service.
Add Your Own Sense Of Style To Google Docs
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
If you're a total control freak and want things to look exactly so, the newest feature in Google Docs is for you. You can now edit your own custom styles within Google Docs and dress your Docs up however you wish. Even if you have no sense of style.
SCO On The Stand
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
There are times when the jokes just seem to tell themselves.  Yesterday, during testimony for Novell's lawsuit against SCO to determine how much Novell was owed for its ownership of the Unix copyrights, none other than Darl McBride took the stand and said two things that will no doubt become fodder for .SIG files from here to eternity.

Interop: Smaller Businesses Get Some Attention
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
There was lots and lots of focus on larger enterprises at Interop, but, if you looked for it, you could find that many tech companies are thinking more and more about the smaller business.
Too Many Vendors Or Not Enough Innovation?
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
One of our contacts in the PR world sent over some thoughts after reading our continuing discussion about why content management companies fail. His remarks might not be terribly surprising for those of you that live and breathe content management, but they warrant a re-visit.

Cool Stuff Seen at TIBCO's User Conference
Commentary  |  5/2/2008  | 
Regarding TIBCO's first-ever "analyst summit" at this weeek's TUCON 08 user conference... are there really analysts who want to spend half a day hearing about value props and selling tactics? Scary. But, having lowered my expectations, TIBCO's "solution showcase" exhibits - open to the hoi polloi after the analyst event ended - actually blew my socks off...
Can Mozilla Build A Better Web App?
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
A Web application is only as good as its delivery platform. Unfortunately, the two most popular choices, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, aren't very good at delivering Web applications.
Seething Booth Envy at Interop
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
The surreal world of trade show meshes effortlessly with Las Vegas' disposable facades. With more than 500 tech businesses shoehorning their brands into artificially constrained spaces, jealously of all kinds oozes through the partition walls over booth size, location, and entertainment spectacle; size matters, but it all comes to down to the realtor's mantra of location, location, location.
CommVault Offers Tape eDiscovery Service Using Index Engines
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
While heavily regulated and leading-edge organizations use dedicated systems to store their archival data, if you asked most IT managers where their archives were they'd point at a shelf of old backup tapes or the logbook of tapes at Iron Mountain. Similarly, legal hold meant taking a group of tapes out of the rotation and putting them on the shelf. When someone actually wanted all the documents and e-mail messages related to "The Incident," some poor backup boy had to restore all those tapes an
BlueCat Proteus 2.5 IP Address Management
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
We've been covering BlueCat's fantastic management appliances for years, and its Proteus IP Address Management has always fared well in some of our product comparisons. At this year's Interop, BlueCat announced version 2.5.
Zude's Social Mix: The Greater Communicator
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
Zude is a clever company. It has managed to create a platform where you can build a more personalized social network environment whether you're a nontechnical user or a developer (see our video below). But now it is taking the platform further, perhaps even into the dangerous (but fun) waters of data portability.
Down To Business: Let Go Of The Past And Embrace Change
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
It can be unsettling, but those who seek out change will find that it creates more career paths than it cuts off.
Interop Insight: Why Users Hate IT
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
In case you haven't noticed, today's consumer products and applications routinely outperform -- and out "cool" -- their business counterparts. So no wonder users bristle when forced to make do with second-rate business solutions. But IT folks often make the situation worse.
Interop: IronPort's S-Series Blocks Suspicious Content At The Web Page Component Level
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
Here at Interop 2008 in Las Vegas, IronPort (a division of Cisco) is showing off its latest security solutions -- the S650 and the S350 Web Security Appliances. The S-Series was a finalist in this year's Best of Interop competition. In the new security appliance, the company leverages its SenderBase anti-spam reputation management technology to determine what parts of a Web page (if any) to let through
BlackBerry Clamshell, Called The Kickstart, Spotted
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
What the what? A clamshell smartphone from Research In Motion? That's what pictures spied on the Internet lead us to believe. Unlike the BlackBerry Pearl, this one is a bit of a clunker in the looks department. I truly hope this is a prototype design from our friends over the border.
Google Adds Street View To Driving Directions
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
Like the drummer from Green Day, this is Tre(s) Cool. If you use Google Maps to get driving directions from Point A to Point B, you'll now be able to add Street Views to the directions to see a clearer picture of exactly where you're going.
Spotfire Takes Spotlight at TUCON
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
Speaking at this week's "TUCON 08" TIBCO user conference in San Francisco, Christopher Ahlberg, founder of Spotfire and now president of that TIBCO division, discussed disruptive technologies transforming the BI platform - in-memory processes, interactive visualization, participatory architecture, mashups - and the prospect of linking those technologies to the event-driven world of classic TIBCO.
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