Commentary
Content posted in June 2006
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Singin' The Beta Blues
Commentary  |  6/8/2006  | 
Once upon a time, having the word "beta" attached to the end of a product name meant the product wasn't ready for prime time. In fact, back when I was reviews editor for a print publication, I used to spend a lot of time on the phone making absolutely sure that the software sent by company reps was final code and not beta. Why? Because if reviewers found something wrong with the program, I didn't want the rep to call me back complaining that we had trashed an unfinished application. Now all that
Is That A Projectorphone In Your Pocket?
Commentary  |  6/8/2006  | 
There are two big problems with computing devices small enough to put into your pocket: input and output. Solutions to the input problem include things like Palm's Graffiti and the BlackBerry's thumb keypad. Solutions to the output problem include . . . uh, well, I guess there aren't really any solutions, just a lot of tiny, tiny screens. But a company called Microvision this week showed off something promising: a video projector small enough to be built into a cellphone.
Is Dell In Serious Trouble?
Commentary  |  6/8/2006  | 
Will this first week of June 2006 serve as a tipping point in the future history of Dell, one of the great American success stories that has found itself uncharacteristically battling uncertainty for the past several quarters as it has announced unspectacular earnings reports? Can Dell use the announcements of a new line of servers it made this week--and even more dramatic changes to its portfolio that are waiting in the wings--to reignite its engines? Or are the current difficulties simply the
A Data Bill Of Rights
Commentary  |  6/8/2006  | 
PCs Are The New Lunchbox
Commentary  |  6/7/2006  | 
When I was a lad, most of the kids who brought lunch to school carried a pop-culture themed metal lunchbox -- usually comic or TV characters. Well, we all grew up, got jobs and now sit there with our PCs all day. Why not choose a PC that looks like an oversized lunchbox?
A Data Bill Of Rights
Commentary  |  6/6/2006  | 
One of the biggest obstacles to fighting cybercrime is the corporations themselves. Never mind that many still don't heed the advice of their IT departments and make the appropriate investments in security. Once a crime occurs--be it hacking, identity theft, stolen equipment, or logic bombs--these same companies notoriously tend to bury their heads--and the news--in the sand. Many don't tell the cops, they don't t
Apple And Blackberry -- Not What You Think
Commentary  |  6/6/2006  | 
Everybody's talking today about Canaccord Capital analyst Peter Misek's prediction that Apple and Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the popular BlackBerry handhelds, will join forces to develop what is already being called the AppleBerry. But this fruity partnership -- if it happens at all -- won't result in an iPod with PIM functionality.
How 6 Billion IBM Dollars Helped Chase Apple Out Of India
Commentary  |  6/6/2006  | 
In just the past two days, Apple Computer said it's cutting and running from a fledgling tech services operation in India, while IBM announced plans to invest a further $6 billion in the country over the next three years. These can't both be smart business decisions, can they?
Reverse The (Outsourcing) Curse?
Commentary  |  6/6/2006  | 
Gift Ideas To Keep Dad Fit--Or At Least Pretend He Is
Commentary  |  6/6/2006  | 
Forget the same old gifts for Father's Day! How many ties, tools, and golf balls does he really need? Watch my Technocreep video blog for a few ideas that will help the Dad in your life get slim and buff--or at least pretend like he is. Check out the
Microsoft And Adobe: A Fight To The Last Brick?
Commentary  |  6/5/2006  | 
The news late last week that Adobe threatened to take legal action against Microsoft unless it stripped PDF support from Office 2007 was the second time in as many weeks that a prominent Microsoft partner rose up against Redmond. (The previous week it was Symantec, which, unlike Adobe, filed an actual lawsuit.)
Everyone's Waking Up To The Importance Of India To IBM
Commentary  |  6/5/2006  | 
The NY Times has an article today highlighting India's importance to IBM, saying IBM now employs 43,000 people there, or about 13% of its total workforce. BusinessWeek recently ran its own take on this move. InformationWeek
The Federal Information Tax
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
The most shocking thing about AT&T's surrender of its customer call data to the National Security Agency is that AT&T sold its shareholders short--it gave away all that valuable data for nothing, except perhaps the goodwill of government regulators. Data brokers know better. Knowledge is both power and payday. "Today, information is everything," ChoicePoint proclaims on its
IT Confidential: 'Eventually, Everyone's Data Will Be Compromised'
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
There are a lot of people out there angry about personal data theft, and they're not going to take it much longer.
Down To Business: Trust Is Earned, Every Single Day
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Customers will forgive the occasional screwup, but don't make a habit of crossing them.
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Best Bits: What's a '2-Hour' DVD Disc?
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Does a blank 4.7GB DVD hold two hours of video? No. Yes. It depends.
The Toys Of Summer
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
What's Hot In IT Jobs
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Apple Against The Rest Of Us
Commentary  |  6/2/2006  | 
Steve Ballmer Answers Wall Street...Sort Of
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
Steve Ballmer has heard an earful from Wall Street lately about explaining rampant spending and buying back more stock. But Microsoft's CEO gave little ground at an investors' conference in New York this week.
BI Starts With Data
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
The best business intelligence tools in the market are nothing but lines of code without good data. But how does an organization know whether the information it has sitting in multiple data stores spread across its operations is the real bottleneck to rapid access to comprehensive, consistent data?
About That Schwartz Blog, 'Nobody's Created More Jobs Than You'
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
The message wasn't surprising, but the deliverer was. New Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz faced the music and announced that 4,000 to 5,000 employees will be dismissed at Sun over the next six months. What does this Schwartz have in common with the one who, upon being appointed a month ago, said he wasn't there "to take a whack to head count"?
The Toys Of Summer
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
Summer doesn't really start until June 21, but most of us count Memorial Day as the unofficial start of the season. And you'll be dancing in the streets after you read "The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide." We gave technology writer George Jones the enviable task of hunting down this summer's gotta-have-it gadgets. He found everything from a
AMD Keeps The Innovation Heat On Intel
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
Three years ago Advanced Micro Devices was an afterthought to most within the technology field. The company was a persistent gnat that was always buzzing around microprocessor giant Intel, but provided minimal disruption. By the time AMD held its annual Technology Day conference on Thursday, it had transformed into a truly disruptive force in the industry, and it continues to put the technology innovation heat on its larger rival.
Microsoft Maintains Focus
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
"Focus" is a word that gets used a lot in the business press. Companies that want to be successful should maintain focus, the gurus preach -- they should emphasize what they do well and build on their competitive advantages rather than chasing off after every market segment and product line out there. If you're looking for examples of companies that lack focus you couldn't do better than Microsoft. And it's at it again, with moves into the markets for handheld games and music players. But wait,
Pick up the Phone
Commentary  |  6/1/2006  | 
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