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AT&T Nabs Curve 8900
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
There's good news if you're on AT&T and are looking for an update to your BlackBerry Curve, as the carrier said it would have the Curve 8900 available this summer. This is the slimmest full-keyboard BlackBerry yet, and it's quite a fine device with only a few negatives.
The 1% Solution
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Word's been flying around all weekend about Linux finally breaking 1% consumer market share, up from 0.8% as of June last year. Red herring or milestone?

Rethinking the Internet Architecture
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Is Microsoft Headed For A Netbook Train Wreck?
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Want to see a company snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Just watch Microsoft execute its netbook game plan against Linux.
Text Analytics Survey and Summit
Commentary  |  5/4/2009  | 
Serious IT-market research should look at the demand side, at customer and prospect perspectives. I try to maintain balance myself in studying the text-analytics market, software and services designed to help enterprises find business value in "unstructured" text. You can help. Please participate in a survey I'm running and consider attending the up-coming Text Analytics Summit...
Will Your Computer Run "XP Mode" In Windows 7?
Commentary  |  5/3/2009  | 
With a release candidate of Windows 7 poised at the threshold, Microsoft revealed a last-minute surprise last week: Business versions of Windows 7 will have a downloadable add-on that offers a high-performance virtualized copy of Windows XP. If compatibility issues with Windows 7 (or Vista) are holding back upgraders, many analysts and bloggers reason that this feature should eliminate one more barrier to upgrading. If only it were that simple!
Why We Tweet
Commentary  |  5/3/2009  | 
I found myself explaining Twitter to my best friend, an architect in New York City, who despite being worldly, erudite and smart, was completely at a loss as to why he should even care about Twitter, much less incorporate it into his crazily busy life.
Two Options To Find An Open Desk For Rent
Commentary  |  5/2/2009  | 
Back in November I wrote about coworking and wondered if the economic downturn would help to push coworking further or if the trend would slow. Let's take a look at two services that help match renters with available space.
A Little Windows Change Makes A Big Difference
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
This week, a Microsoft blog post revealed that Windows 7 will disable AutoRun on all removable media except for optical drives such as CD and DVD. The motivation for this change is the growing category of malware that can spread via AutoRun, including the notorious Conficker virus.
How Many Virtual Machines Is Too Many? Yesterday's Gains Will Be Trumped
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Greg Scherer, CTO of the I/O device maker Neterion, explains a weakness buried in virtualization's hypervisor. When it comes to virtual machine I/O, the hypervisor has to deal with it through a software switch, and lots of I/O means frequent interruption of the hypervisor's main job, processing guest application needs.
Data Center Infrastructure - What Would You Ask?
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
So let's say you could get senior representatives from Cisco, Brocade, Juniper and Riverbed in a room, and could ask them anything you want to. What would you ask?
Check Out The BlackBerry Gemini
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Buckle your seatbelts, BlackBerry fans, as some photos have leaked of a brand new smartphone from Research In Motion. Naturally, the good folks at CrackBerry got their hands on it, and this stylish new handset may solve a major problem that's plaguing BlackBerrys.
IRS Recognized For Innovation In Public Service
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
The Internal Revenue Service will receive an award for its free online service.
Google, OHA Members Sued Over Android Trademark
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Google first announced the Android mobile operating system in 2007. Too bad for Google and the Open Handset Alliance that the name had already been trademarked. Now, comes the lawsuit.
KPMG Asks If You'll Be Ready When IT Auditors Knock
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
How often do you review your IT systems in preparation for internal audits - quarterly? Twice a year? Once a year? If you're not doing it at least quarterly, you might find yourself and your team at risk when the internal auditors do come calling, particularly in these times of increasing regulatory requirements, a new KPMG report says.
Palm Eos Coming To Sprint?
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Palm fans were in a tizzy yesterday, as news leaked out that the Eos would be the follow-up to the Pre. The device had a very slim design, nice specs, and would reportedly be available for AT&T. Now, reports are coming out that Sprint fans will be able to get an Eos later this year.
Workday, Oracle Move Forward With SaaS
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
In two positive signs for SaaS this week, Workday got another round of venture funding for an impressive $75 million, and Oracle is reportedly planning seven SaaS products. I have a hunch we might hear something on the latter during President Charles Phillips' keynote at the Oracle user conference next week.
Best Buy Boosts Vinyl LPs
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Here's a story that'll warm the hearts of aging audiophiles (me) and anyone nostalgic for the heyday of electromechanical storage: Best Buy is considering dedicating space to selling vinyl records, after a sales test proved there's life in the old platters yet. Can vacuum tubes be far behind?
Google's Got Goats!
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
When not organizing all the world's information and making it universally accessible, Google can often be found not doing evil, in keeping with its unofficial motto.
Saving OpenOffice From Itself (And Oracle)
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
For my last shot at what's going wrong with Oracle and Sun, I've singled out one of Sun's most important projects -- and also one of its most contentious: OpenOffice.

Obsolete Regulations Block Government Adoption Of Social Media
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
The U.S. government's CIO told Congress this week that obsolete regulations are blocking agencies from serving the people by participating in top Web sites and social media. Regulations governing the use of cookies and -- ironically -- disclosure laws are keeping government stuck in the 20th Century.
Next iPhone Going To Be Video Powerhouse?
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
In an opinion piece, BusinessWeek conjures images of a video recording and editing powerhouse in the next version of the iPhone. We're talking much more than shooting 30-second snippets here, we're talking about on-device video editing. Will it happen?
Are Careless Linux Users Giving Ext4 A Bad Rap?
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
There is a new Linux file system in town, and some people see it as a menace. But the real problem may have more to do with users who ignore simple, common-sense IT practices.
Security's Cost Of Living Adjustment
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Let me sum up the state of information security for you, save you a little time: the problems are more complex, the threats more ominous, the vulnerabilities more numerous, the attacks are more sophisticated, the intruders nearly invisible.
You're Pre-Approved For (Some) Health Care
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Financial services companies have discovered a new angle, which is that it's up to us to straighten out the economic crisis they created.
eBay's Enormous Data Warehouses Detailed
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit eBay and meet with executive Oliver Ratzesberger and his team... Now I'm finally writing about the core of what we discussed, which is two of the very largest data warehouses in the world.
Latest Gmail Lab: Perform Google Searches Without Leaving Gmail
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
Gmail has a search bar built right into its user interface. When using Gmail, type what you want in the search field at the top, hit "search the Web," and a new tab or window will open with the results. That's simultaneously great and annoying. Gmail Labs has improved this. Now, results appear within Gmail. No extra tab, no extra window.
Death By Architecture: Eight Steps For Surviving Instead
Commentary  |  5/1/2009  | 
"Perhaps nothing is more drawn out and aggravating for an IT organization that what I call 'death by architecture.' " Sound familiar? Getting visions of standing on a very narrow ledge very high above the ground? Fear not - here's an 8-step plan for surviving the ordeal from Cutter Consortium.
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