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Content posted in May 2010
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Silent Security Fixes Are A Calculated Risk
Commentary  |  5/31/2010  | 
Recently, the folks at Core Security noticed that Microsoft has been delivering more fixes during patch day than they have documented in their security bulletins. It's great that Microsoft is fixing more security issues, but when they're not documented the IT department's job could become even more challenging.
Apple Sells 2 Million iPads In 59 Days
Commentary  |  5/31/2010  | 
Today is the 59th day since the iPad went on sale April 3. The device launched internationally on May 28. This morning, Apple announced that it has sold two million of them. That's a lotta iPads.
Government Is Out-Clouding the Private Sector
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Are government agencies outpacing their corporate counterparts in cloud computing? That might seem to be the case, given the recent exposure around government cloud initiatives. However, it may be that governments and corporations have different agendas when it comes to the cloud.
Busting The SSD Reliability Myth
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
One of the most persistent myths surrounding solid state disk (SSD) is that it just isn't reliable. Like most myths, this one started with a grain of truth -- but didn't end that way.
Businesses Have Bought 40% Of iPhones In 2010
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
AT&T's Ron Spears recently revealed that 40% of the iPhones sold to-date during 2010 have been to business customers. RIM's BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms are the default enterprise mobile computing choice. Or, rather, were. Should RIM be scared?
Skype Promises To Bring Video Calling To Android
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Right now, the only Skype client available to Android handsets is solely through Verizon Wireless. That's about to change, as Skype recently promised to make Skype available to all Android handsets. What's more, Skype said it intends to "set the bar" for mobile-to-mobile video calls.
Printing Less Requires Extra Steps For SMBs
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Many SMBs are using less paper, indicates a recent survey, and the first step can be as simple as getting larger monitors. But that cant be the only step.
Memorial Day: Marcus Lutrell And His Navy SEAL Brothers
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
On this Memorial Day weekend, we have a special chance to hear stories of the unimaginable courage, honor, and sacrifice of the U.S. military. Here's a haunting excerpt from Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, one of those books offering a brief glimpse into the secret lives of these extraordinary warriors who eagerly put themselves in harm's way to protect the rest of us.
Verizon And Motorola Teaming On Two More Droids
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently informed investors that the company plans to release two more Droid-branded handsets with Verizon in July. He also said that Verizon will be backing them up with big marketing campaigns. Can lightning strike twice for Motorola and Verizon?
Panasonic Simplifies Notebook WWAN Provisioning, Switching With Gobi2000
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Qualcomm Gobi2000 3G cards means you can now buy notebooks with embedded mobile broadband without having to select a provider in advance, and easily change providers for international travel or other reasons.
[Updated] 30 Million Windows Phone 7 Units In 2011
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Microsoft certainly isn't planning to slowly gain market share when it launches Windows Phone 7 this fall. At a ReMIX conference in France yesterday a slide was presented that claimed 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices would be sold in 2011 worldwide. That is no small feat.
Aria Partners With PayPal For Subscription Management
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Billing and subscription solution provider Aria has extended its service to PayPal, enabling businesses that accept PayPal to set up recurring payments or subscription plans.
Google's 'Screw Up' Looks Expensive
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google's Street View snafu may end up being one of the more costly copy-and-paste mistakes in recent memory. In the past ten days, there have been six lawsuits filed against Google in the U.S. for alleged illegal data interception.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, & Cisco Face Looming Identity Crises
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Many leading IT companies are best-known for their legacies instead of their present potential—and that's going to become a big problem.
Private Clouds: Unassigned Territory
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
The public cloud is a given. Software-as-a-service now rings true with most IT managers and infrastructure-as-a-service is at least a familiar concept, owing to its similarity to data-center co-location and outsourcing. Private clouds, on the other hand, are much less familiar, and much more intimidating, to judge from recent feedback.
Google's Buzz Gains More Smartphone Platform Support
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Anyone remember Buzz? Google's social location and sharing service got a bit of an upgrade today in the form of a new XHTML web address that works with BlackBerry OS, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile. Now more people can buzz about Buzz from their phones.
HP Leads Resurgent SMB Server Market
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
SMB buyers at the low end appear to be in control as the market shows the first overall growth in nearly two years.
HyperOffice Mobilizes Collaboration For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
New upgrade to cloud-based collaborative suite adds AJAX-based UI, free support for smartphones, and other features
Palm webOS Vet Defects To Google's Android Team
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google was able to woo Palm's chief webOS user interface architect away and place him in charge of Android's user experience team. That's bad news for HP. Is it good news for Android?
Steve Ballmer: Planetary King Of Info Tech Profit
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
I like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's dismissal in the Wall Street Journal of all the frothy media churn over Apple surpassing Microsoft in market cap: "I will make more profits and certainly there is no technology company in the planet which is as profitable as we are." Next question, please?
Tiered Pricing Confirmed For Verizon's LTE Network
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
The "unlimited" party is officially over. Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it won't be offering unlimited data plans for its upcoming Long Term Evolution services. Instead, customers will pay for buckets of data by the megabyte. The good news? LTE devices will be intro'd at CES in January 2011.
Will Android Overtake iPhone In Enterprise?
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
With all the chatter about Apple surpassing Microsoft in market-cap, a related detail might deserve more attention: Q1 sales of Android smartphones topped sales of iPhones by 25%, according to a consumer research firm. With consumer engagement driving enterprise adoption, can we expect to see the Google mobile OS starting to crimp the iPhone's style in the business world?
Does Cloud ROI Matter? You Bet!
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Is cloud computing so interesting and innovative that business sense is beside the point? No way! The advantage to the business is why we do cloud computing. The core issue is how you calculate ROI. Follow me here...
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Embraces Cloud Computing's 'Idiocy'
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
After Ellison's colorful rants about the cloud's absurdity, idiocy, and nonsense, Oracle's expanding its cloud technology, advocacy, and marketing.
The Tech Industry's Dirty Secret
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
While the US has a tremendous amount of intellectual capital housed in companies like Dell, Apple, Microsoft and Cisco, few of their hardware products are made here. The vast majority are made in Asia, usually China or Taiwan. Work conditions aren't close to what many in the west are used to and right now, a rash of suicides are plaguing the Foxconn plant where Apples iPhone, iPod and iPad are made.
Google Gives Amazon S3 A Run For Its Money
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
If you're a midsized firm looking for low-cost cloud storage, this has been an interesting couple of weeks.
Look, Ma, No Hardware!
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Cloud computing spells the end of the glass house, according to some radical prognostications, representing an industry imperative summed up in a paraphrase of President Ronald Reagan: "Mr. CIO, tear down this data center." Then again, some forecasters see a boom in hardware sales, and a reinvigoration of the IT discipline, connected to an embrace of the cloud. The truth, as is usually the case, is likely somewhere in the middle.
Do Brag About Going Green
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
According to a little-known SEC rule modification, your firm's relation to climate change can be material, meaning that you are supposed to report it. But that can be a good thing.
U.S. Gov: Pre-Paid Phones Are For Terrorists
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Pre-paid cell phones -- you know, the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy for $20 -- often don't require buyers to provide any sort of identification. The U.S. government says bollocks to that. Today several senators introduced new legislation that would mandate pre-paid cell users to identify themselves.
Ten Reasons Governance Is Like Sex
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
I don't claim to be an expert on IT governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I'll boil down my thoughts on the topic to one simile: Governance is like sex because...
Mathias On Mobility: Paving The Real Information Superhighway
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
The FCC's mobile-broadband auction process is little more than the path to yet more hidden taxation.
The Software Salesperson and Buyer: Part 1
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
It's all too easy to take ourselves and our enterprise software world too seriously. Every so often it's good to pop the bubble and just have a laugh... check out this little video I put together last week.
iPhone Due In June, Sky Is Still Blue
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
According to AT&T employees, the company has informed them that the new iPhone from Apple is due at some point in June. As if we didn't already know this. When in June? Well, not too late, as it turns out. Will Verizon sell it?
IBM Adds Heft To Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
I confess that I still think of IBM as stodgy, so my head has been turned around by the leadership I'm seeing out of Big Blue on Enterprise 2.0. Two new Pearson/IBM Press books written by IBMers provide a sound intro for managers looking to get pointed in the right direction so they can help their organizations get beyond the hype and extract some real value from E2.0 technologies.
Can Microsoft Save Windows Mobile?
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Buzz, it is what every vendor craves. Microsofts present Stephen Ballmer recently realized that Windows Mobile has no buzz, so Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) division responsible for the device, now has no job.
Microsoft Is Hiring In Boston
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
The Cambridge consolidation of NERDs is underway: Microsoft is relocating two of its suburban-Boston development groups into a new office space in Cambridge that will almost double the size of its facilities there. And about that NERD thing: that's Microsoft's own name for its New England Research & Development center.
Nexus One Already Hitting Retail Store Shelves
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Well, that was fast. Barely a week after Google announced plans to eventually shutter its online retail store for the Nexus One Android phone, the device has appeared for sale elsewhere. Looks like the first place it is available for sale is via i wireless for the hefty sum of $300 with a new T-Mobile contract.
Management Shake Up At Microsoft Mobile Division
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
It is pretty clear that things still aren't going particularly well within Microsoft's entertainment and devices group. This group contains the X-Box, Zune and Windows Phone product groups. While X-Box itself is doing well, retaining a respectable second place in the gaming console wars, Windows Mobile hasn't fared so well and Zune continues to be an afterthought in the portable music player world.
Shakeup Bodes Ill For Windows Phone 7
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Hoo boy. For every step forward lately, Microsoft is taking two steps back. Windows 7 has been a great success to the company's bottom line and reputation, but the implosion at the Entertainment and Devices Division (E&DD) is bringing the company back into negative-karma territory.
Financial Services Like The Cloud, Provided It's Private
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
The panel was on "Financial Services in a Cloud Connected World." Its members were representatives of New York's big banks, a Wall Street consultancy and an industry advisory group, all assembled for the first event the morning after the CA World 2010 party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It was time to get serious about cloud computing.
Global CIO: The Innovation Revolution And IT's Indispensable Role
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson has a new theory on how leading companies are leveraging IT to unlock unprecedented waves of innovation -- and are reinventing R&D.
Droid Shadow Materializes, Droid Incredible Vanishes
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
It's not quite the same story as getting drunk and leaving it in a bar, but a Motorola Droid Shadow was lost (and then found) in Verizon corporate gym. At the same time, the Droid Incredible has mysteriously vanished from Verizon Wireless' web site.
Global CIO: How Manpower CIO Makes The Cloud Real
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Denis Edwards and his IT team have a strategy for where cloud computing works best. For those types of applications and tasks, the question becomes, 'Why wouldn't we?'
Cloud 2.0: Are We There Yet?
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Cloud computing is still partly hype, part reality. Broken down into its constituent parts (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) it is a pragmatic strategy with a history of success. But the concept of "the cloud" still has some executives scratching their heads over what's real, what's exactly new about it, and how it fits into their IT plans. Is it time to move to Cloud 2.0?
Colorado's Big Brother E-Commerce Law
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Forcing online retailers to reveal their customers and their customers' purchases will be challenged as unconstitutional.
Gov 2.0: Quit The Social Media Whining, Bureaucrats
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Even at the Gov 2.0 Expo, a government IT event where the geeks seem to outnumber the bureaucrats, I hear the same old refrain about social media and open data from some questioners and attendees: we can't do this, management won't accept it, government regulations make it too hard.
New PDF Tools For Windows, iPad
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Nitro PDF Software's new, free Reader application is a full-featured program for reading, annotating, and manipulating PDF files, while the new version of iAnnotate for the iPad adds e-mail integration.
Microsoft Says China Piracy Killing Thousands Of U.S. Jobs
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
Insisting that software piracy in China has become so pervasive that "there is no software market to speak of" in the fast-growing country, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said yesterday that enhanced enforcement in China of intellectual-property rules could save U.S. firms tens of thousands of jobs, Bloomberg reports.
What Exactly Is '4G'?
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
The term "4G" is being tossed around a lot in the tech industry right now, and in some instances is being misapplied. InformationWeek takes a few moments to to help sort out this alphabet soup and explain what's really going on here.
Latest Uptime Awards Show Green Trends
Commentary  |  5/25/2010  | 
This year's Green Enterprise IT Awards from the Uptime Institute shows that a data center can be both cool and green, (especially in cold climates.)
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