Open Notebook, Open Sources: How The GPL Grew
I'd like to open my notebook to some revelations, comments, and maybe just plain trivia discovered in the pursuit of news on open source. For example, EnterpriseDB, which has billed itself as a replacement for Oracle databases, just replaced an Oracle system at FTD, the floral delivery service. And I thought "replacing Oracle" was just a clever marketing line from Andy Astor.
AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut
Now comes renewed word that AMD's quad-core Phenom desktop processor line is poised to hit the market in November. The news, circulating in stories out of Taipei this weekend, isn't actually anything new--AMD publicly copped to a planned 2H 2007 introduction back in May. But it is stoking industry interest in what looms as a new round in the architectural wars, between AMD's impressive "10h" design and Intel's equally strong "Core"
Book A Meeting, Get A Free iPhone
It's easy. Grab 10 or more of your closest friends and reserve some time at a little place on the waterfront outside of Los Angeles airport.
Good Gets A Little Web 2.0 With Latest Upgrade
Mobile e-mail solution maker Good Technology today announced the latest version of its mobile business solution, Good Messaging 5. I was able to get a sneak peek of Good 5 a few weeks ago, and it looks like Good is ready for Web 2.0. Or at least moving in that direction.
Handheld Devices Need Handholding
My commentary last week referred to data-related issues in identifying Iraqi insurgents for allied soldiers on the move. An obvious solution would be for the soldiers to carry mobile devices (e.g. laptops, PDAs) to verify identity on-the-spot. The trouble is, application and data synchronization for widely distributed mobile devices is still an imperfect science. It all boils down to the question: What's your poison?
Taking A Break This Summer? Or Taking The Laptop?
Sunglasses, check. Bathing suit, check. Camera, check. Laptop-that's a double negative.
Yes, I'm doing that increasingly rare thing: having an untethered, nontech vacation. No electronic leash for me for the next two weeks. I'm even leaving my cell phone at home (what the heck, it wouldn't work where we're going anyway).
How Scary Is the Future?
We're told that China has more honor students than the US has students, has the largest English-speaking population in the world, that Nintendo spends more money on basic research each year than the US spends on research into education and that a college freshman studying a technical topic will be learning things that are obsolete before he/she graduates...
What We Think Of Bill Gates
He's analytical, driven, calculating, irritable, confident, inquisitive, opportunistic, boyish, wealthy, generous, smart, and competitive. Microsoft's cofounder and chairman has been called many things, some flattering, others unprintable.
Simplifying Web Searching From The Mac
The delightful Merlin Mann posts a one-minute video tutorial on using Sogudi to simplify searches from Safari using keywords. Keyword searches are great little time-savers, available from just about any browser and operating system.
Brits Choose Their Mobile Phones Over 1 Million Pounds
OK, it's official. You can tell mobile phones have become embedded in the very fabric of our existence when not even the jingle jangle of cold, hard cash will pry them from our hands. Carphone Warehouse's Mobile Life survey confirms this and a few other interesting tidbits about the importance of mobile phones.
Apple Offers Web Video Tour Of The iPhone
It's just one week until the launch of the iPhone and to mark the final seven days of waiting, Apple has released a Web-based "guided tour" designed to further whet the appetites of Macheads around the world.
What's All The BREW-Ha-Ha?
Last minute happenings at BREW include Javaground's announcement that its application allows developers to port Java into BREW and the ITC's spoil-sport ruling that it will not stay the ban it levied against Qualcomm.
Video: Stephen Colbert On E-Mail Etiquette
The late-night mock shock jock interviews Will Schwalbe, co-author of Send: The Essential Guide To E-Mail For Office And Home. "I spend most of my time e-mailing drunk. ... Could that come back and bite me in the *** one day?"
SAP Isn't About Easy; It's About Regimentation
Kimberly-Clark's experience with its three-year, $100 million SAP rollout -- plus $17 million for user training -- is hardly big news. But it underscores something I've thought for a long time: the decision to move to SAP has little or nothing to do with making it easier for employees to perform better in the real world.
On the contrary, it has everything to do with B-school egghead theories
Ingres Meets ECM to Boost Salesforce.com
The story begins with CA (Computer Associates), which spun off its Ingres line into a separate, open source project. Ingres is now teaming up with open source ECM provider Alfresco. The Ingres "Icebreaker" product (linux + database stack) will offer an ECM option provided via Alfresco.
Whatever You Call It, Web 2.0 Is Driving Enterprise Software
Web 2.0 is driving the way companies are doing business. For proof, look no further than the fact that VC money has virtually dried up for enterprise software. The only true innovation going on now is at the edge of the Consumer Web... Web 2.0 is only partly about blogs and collaboration... There's also the Long Tail - the economics of narrow niches.
Ventrilo Harassment Exposed
What happens when your MMORPG is hijacked by a player with a headset, chat software, and a whole lot of attitude? Duke Nukem, for starters.
What Can Real-World Businesses Do To Succeed In Second Life?
I'm wrapping up an article I've been struggling with for months, about how real-life businesses succeed in Second Life. It's a tough article to do because I think the overwhelming majority of real-life businesses that move into Second Life are failures.
iPhone Backlash Misses the Point
Fake Steve Jobs is not someone to suffer indignity lightly. And lately he's had plenty to wax indignant about. We refer, natch, to the media backlash that has risen to a veritable tide of negativity in advance of the iPhone launch a mere 9 days away (and no, I am not blogging from a sleeping bag in front of my local AT&T Wireless store).
BI in Rome
Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in Technology Transfer's annual data warehouse and BI summit in Rome, Italy.
It's been about 11 years since I've been to Italy and this was my first work-related trip there. So I was a little nervous. Does the Italian market care about the same issues as the U.S. market? Do they face the same challenges?