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Content posted in June 2005
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Business Technology: Everyone's A Publisher; Should You Care?
Commentary  |  6/30/2005  | 
With the explosion of personal technology and mobile communication and the dissolution of old models, we find that in today's Experience Economy, everybody's a publisher, Bob Evans says. Why should you care?
Open Eyes, Open Source
Commentary  |  6/30/2005  | 
Over the past year, I wrote several pieces about the open-source software boom in China. During that time, I was mostly silent about a related topic: the Chinese government.
SmartAdvice: Evaluate The Range Of Infrastructure-Monitoring Options
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
Best-of-breed systems are a good choice for large companies, but don't overlook open-source tools, The Advisory Council says. Also, demand for IT skills is driven by a number of factors, including new technologies, government regulation, and merger-and-acquisition activity.
Is THIS The New iPod Phone?
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
The Apple sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups actually created by Apple fans with Photoshop. Sometimes, however, even the most unlikely rumors -- such as, for example, that Apple would use Intel chips -- turn out to be true. This image, posted on the Apple Insider site, may or may not be from Motorola a
Is THIS The New iPod Phone?
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
The Apple "news" sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups that in fact turn out to be created by Apple fans with Photoshop. But is THIS picture the real iPod phone?
Anchors Aweigh
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
A grueling, around-the-world boat race illustrates how business intelligence technology is finding use beyond the world of business.
How The Other Half Lives
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
Occasionally, I run Microsoft-related news and reviews on Linux Pipeline. These generally fall into three categories: stories dealing with Internet Explorer; those concerning Microsoft's operating systems, especially Longhorn; and security-related issues. I should admit, however, that Microsoft-related news sometimes makes the cut simply because I it strikes me as interesting, or appalling, or both. This happened earlier in the summer, when I assumed Microsoft's
Net Users Split Over Grokster Ruling
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
Though the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Grokster and other file-sharing programs, the community of Internet users is split over whether file sharing of copyrighted materials such as music and movies should be illegal.
Microsoft Throws RSS Coming-Out Party
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
After existing in relative obscurity since 1997, then dancing in the footlights before the Internet cognoscenti for a couple of years, RSS was finally blessed by Microsoft today.
Living The Future
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
Through the miracles of modern technology I am posting this using a Wi-Fi connection on a bus rolling down the Massachusetts Turnpike, headed for New York and the C3 Expo. (It's the mobile connectivity that's the future. Going to a tradeshow seems seriously retro.) 8:24 a.m., Leaving Boston I'm in seat 9B on the LimoLiner's 8 a.m. run from Boston's Back Bay Hilton to the New York Hilton on 6th Avenue. It's a bus fitted out like an airline shuttle -- leather seats, a restroom and gal
Opinion: Supremes' Rulings Leave Geeks Singing The Blues
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
A pair of Supreme Court rulings this week -- one condemning file-sharing technology, the other killing cable Internet competition -- deliver a vicious one-two punch to innovation and intelectual freedom.
Stop Identity Theft; Send Your Data Offshore
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
Opponents of offshore outsourcing are quick to seize on events that show the practice in a risky light. Their most recent exhibit A: a British tabloid reporter arranged to illegally purchase sensitive customer data from an Indian business-process-outsourcing worker for about $5.00 per name. Yet here in the United States, we don't need to go to such lengths to obtain the raw material for identity theft--we can just wait for it to
Welcome To SOA Pipeline
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
Welcome to SOA Pipeline! On Friday we officially renamed and relaunched the site in order to better serve you, our readers. The main reason for the name change is that we feel we can make SOA Pipeline encompass a much broader strategic focus. Service-oriented architectures are where most enterprises are heading right now; Web services provide a way to get there (but not the only way). We feel that the pipeline would be able to focus on the overall strategic roadmap to an SOA, which can include
Sender ID: It Could Get Ugly
Commentary  |  6/26/2005  | 
It could get a little ugly out there in the anti-spam world and, as is so often the case, the uglifier of record is Microsoft which on Thursday announced that it would start "enforcing" the use of its Sender ID sender authentication protocol for senders of e-mail messages to Hotmail and MSN Mail systems. In a less avaricious world, that might be a good thing, but last year Microsoft made its desire to co-opt sender authentication by enforcing a patent it has on a part of the way DNS records have
RSS Feeds Beef Up Longhorn
Commentary  |  6/26/2005  | 
It's a great idea. RSS processing may actually be something that belongs in the operating system. (As opposed to Web browsers and media players, which I'm still mad at Microsoft about.) If you use an RSS reader to you know how handy it can be to effortlessly collect information from blogs and Web sites. Microsoft says it's going to build an RSS reader into Longhorn, and add a special database and API
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Business Technology: A Trip To The Cafeteria--With The CFO!
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Some stuffed shirts try to ram a knee-jerk reaction to customer-data threats down your throat but you're not having any of it but the conversation's not going so well until all of a sudden the CFO steps up and supports you and as a team you unstuff the shirts and put them back on their hangers and get the company back on track and then head to the cafeteria for lunch where you of course will pick up the tab and life is good for at least a couple more hours right?
Google's Legacy: It's Not What You Think
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Google's legacy won't be its innovative search engine optimization or even its online advertising model, but its ingenious approach to IT infrastructure.
64-Bit BI
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
64-bit computing will have a revolutionary impact on business intelligence, in terms of data processing capabilities, reporting complexity and data integration speed.
SmartAdvice: Smart Backup Storage Tips
Commentary  |  6/22/2005  | 
Electronic vaulting promises an end to shipping backup tapes, The Advisory Council says. Also, vendor software generally improves over time, but homegrown software needs to beware those "one-at-a-time" changes.
Microsoft Does Sybari Deal, Dumps Sybari For Linux, Unix
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
Microsoft completes its buyout of Sybari, discontinues sales of Antigen for Linux and Unix. It will continue selling Antigen for Domino--on Windows NT--that is.
Telecoms' Answer To Free Wi-Fi: Whine, Lie, And Lobby
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
Big telecom is willing to do whatever it takes to beat back municipal Wi-Fi network efforts -- as long as "whatever" doesn't involve the rigors of an open market and real competition.
In On XBRL's Ground Level
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) continues to gain steam as the data-formatting standard for information on publicly traded companies. Now BI vendors are getting on board -- or at least one is. Business Objects, integration software firm Ipedo and financial information source Edgar Online have combined elements of their technology to produce a joint XBRL-enhanced BI tool. The goal: Make it possible to cull business
In On XBRL's Ground Level
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
One BI vendor is wasting no time ensuring it'll be able to serve up XBRL-formatted business information -- as soon as the user community decides it wants it.
Mr. Enderle Goes To Redmond
Commentary  |  6/20/2005  | 
Rob Enderle has a four-step plan to give Microsoft an edge against Linux. None of the steps have much to do with technology -- that's exactly the point.
Presence Will Be Very Present Here
Commentary  |  6/19/2005  | 
Presence information is important to the future of messaging technology and how we use it, so important that I've devoted a lot of space to its emergence as a technology this year at Messaging Pipeline. Only a few products outside of traditional and enterprise instant messaging systems integrate presence information or otherwise take advantage of presence technology, but you can be that more will during the next 18 months, and there's a reason: Presence information makes digital and analog messa
Business Technology: Asinine Florida Law Undermines Efforts
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Perhaps it's time for us to initiate some public advocacy concerning outdated and asinine laws that run counter to our own anti-cybercrime efforts, Bob Evans says.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
IT Confidential: Identifying Foreigners, Human And Not
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Animals with pet passports avoid six-month quarantines.
Longhorn vs. OS X?
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
The results of the Longhorn poll don't give me the feeling that a lot of you are eagerly awaiting the release of Microsoft's next version of Windows. In fact, it sounds like at least some of you are looking for -- or have already found -- alternatives. Staying with existing Windows versions was mentioned, along with Linux, and Apple's OS X:
  • " I run XP Pro at work, on a 2003 Citrix box frequently, and a lean install of Fedora Core 3 at home. Guess which is easiest to keep clean and
Privacy Compliance Enforcement, Part I: Weak Application Security Equals Noncompliance
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
To comply with privacy requirements, a company that processes consumer data must do more than install a firewall and use Secure Sockets Layer encryption, Dave Stampley says. The security side of privacy extends to application code and implementation.
Carlson CEO Sets Example for Execs Who Send IT Work Offshore
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Eliminating jobs through outsourcing and offshoring can be a difficult decision for any business executive, so the temptation to downplay such moves is understandable. Who wants to end up on Lou Dobbs as an "Exporter of America?" But the fact is, outsourcing is taking a bum rap in part because executives won't talk about it--not even its upsides.
SmartAdvice: Match Project Tools With Business Objectives And Company Culture
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Project-management tools can offer real help for delivering projects on spec, on time, and on budget, The Advisory Council says. Also, RFID can help your bottom line if you use feedback promptly.
Secret CIO: Listen To The People On Your Front Line
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Employees do just what you pay them to do -- and that's the problem.
Contests, BI And CRM
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
Our Great Tech Call-'Em-Like-You-See-'Em Contest draws your attention to hardware as we draw your attention to BI's roles in IT services and CRM.
Is Firefox In Business?
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
Firefox, in spite of its gains over the past seven months, still gets the cold shoulder from most business users. Yet if a recent technology survey is correct, companies might soon beat a path to Mozilla's front door -- not because they want to, but because Microsoft left them without a choice.
Reporter's Notebook: TechEd In Review
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
Key takeaways from last week's Microsoft confab included future directions for Groove's Virtual Office, upcoming BlackBerry-like functionality, and the scrubbing of "N-scub."
MSN's Gag Order
Commentary  |  6/15/2005  | 
Fresh off its controversial flip-flopping on support for a gay-rights bill in Washington state comes a news report that Microsoft is cooperating with the Chinese government to censor users of the MSN Spaces section of its MSN China Web portal.
Langa Letter: How To Build Better Passwords
Commentary  |  6/15/2005  | 
Stronger passwords don't have to be hard to create or use, Fred Langa says. Here are tools and tips that can help.
How Clever Is Too Clever?
Commentary  |  6/14/2005  | 
You begin to get a feeling for how complex Longhorn is going to be when it takes one Microsoft engineer to explain what another Microsoft engineer really meant when he tried to explain a new feature. The feature wasn't even in Longhorn, but in the future version 7 of Internet Explorer. Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president of Microsoft's security group, at the MS Tech Ed conference last week in Orlando, revealed some details of a "low
Effective BPO Deals Require Partnering
Commentary  |  6/13/2005  | 
Business process outsourcing is about more than just saving money. Sure, a good services agreement from a reputable provider should yield cost savings around billing, HR administration, accounting or whichever process your company has handed off to a third party. But most buyers of BPO services are getting much more than that, a new survey shows.
See 'Em. Call 'Em.
Commentary  |  6/13/2005  | 
We invite you to enter a contest, and to learn a little about open-source BI.
Web Gives Instant Access To Quake Information
Commentary  |  6/13/2005  | 
It's been some time since we've felt a sizable earthquake on the Southern California coastline that made the neighbor's wind chimes ring loud and clear, and the 20-foot palm trees sway without wind.

Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  6/10/2005  | 
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