Commentary
Content posted in June 2007
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Open Notebook, Open Sources: How The GPL Grew
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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.
Rebutting The iPhone Critics
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Daring Fireball has been doing some deliciously vicious rebutting of negative reporting on the iPhone. Here, he goes after an article in the New York Times.

AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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"
Novelist Michael Chabon, Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize, Credits Mac Software
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Michael Chabon concludes his latest novel, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, by naming his Mac writing software, DevonThink Pro and Nisus Writer Express. I can't recall ever seeing another a novelist credit their writing software in the afterword to a novel.

Book A Meeting, Get A Free iPhone
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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.
Alaskans Out In The Cold On iPhone
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Alaskans won't be able to get the iPhone because of Apple's contractual obligations with carrier AT&T, reports the Alaska Daily News. The paper goes on to suggest ... well .. lying is such an ugly word, isn't it?

Handheld Devices Need Handholding
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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?
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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).
E-Mail Feud Between The Video Rental Store And Lawyer Takes A Sad Turn
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Travis J. I. Corcoran, who's been posting e-mails in a feud with attorney Robert Tourtelot, says he's going to stop now, after being informed that Tourtelot, who's advancing in years, may not be in possession of all his faculties:

The iPhone Is Not A Smartphone, And Nokia Knows IT
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
On the heels of last week's news that Nokia is selling its E and N series devices through Dell's Web site, today Nokia made its enterprise phones much more widely available. Nokia is partnering with a number of distribution channels to push its Wi-Fi-enabled E61i and E65 to business users. But this tactic won't affect iPhone sales come Friday.
802.11n Products Officially Being Tested By The Wi-Fi Alliance
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
It looks like 802.11n Draft 2.0 products are yet another step closer to being officially recognized by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The WFA has begun the certification process to test 802.11n products, and expects to slap its nifty new logo on Draft 2.0 equipment in time for it hit store shelves later this summer.
How Scary Is the Future?
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
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.
Free VoIP For Your Windows Mobile Smartphone
Commentary  |  6/23/2007  | 
Fring, the free mobile VoIP service that works just like Skype, is now available for Windows Mobile 5
Hilarious E-Mail Feud Between Video Rental Store And Lawyer
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
A spelling-impaired attorney sends bullying e-mails to a DVD-rental outfit. and the target of the e-mails posts the exchange for our reading pleasure.

Simplifying Web Searching From The Mac
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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.

Will Widgets Make The Mobile Web Better?
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
The iPhone holds two big promises for the mobile Web. The first is that users will begin to rely on it as much as they currently do the desktop Web. And the second is that widgets will be the answer where previous attempts to i
How Do IT Workers Know How To Act?
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
Figuring out what IT workers should look at, shouldn?t look at, and what liability lies in between is not as easy as it, uh, looks.
IT Confidential: A Checklist For Protecting Personal Data
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
The incidents involving the loss of sensitive personal data are getting laughable; here's a list of dos and don'ts that your organization needs to keep in mind.
Behind The Curtain At Intel Research
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
Brits Choose Their Mobile Phones Over 1 Million Pounds
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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.
Google's Solar-Power Initiatives
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
Apple Offers Web Video Tour Of The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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.
Down To Business: 2.0 Mania: The Line Between Pragmatist And Naysayer
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
Just because a new technology doesn't have a hermitically sealed ROI, bulletproof security, and buttoned-down governance doesn't mean it should be dismissed as trivial.
What's All The BREW-Ha-Ha?
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
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.
Virtual Goods Are A Coming Big Business
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
A VC principal writes that merchants are making big money in virtual worlds -- over $1.5 billion annually and growing. Virtual goods helps buyers express themselves, and increase satisfaction with whatever game, service or virtual world they're using.

GPS Apps Lead The Way At BREW
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
One thing there is no shortage of at the BREW conference in San Diego is GPS and LBS offerings. Meet six companies who want to make sure you never have to rely on a gas station attendant fo
Do Software Makers Have to Protect Rivals?
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
In "Microsoft Search Compromise Could Hinder Innovation," Boston University law professor Keith Hylton raised the issue of how the government's case against Microsoft appears to have expanded antitrust law to include an obligation on the part of software companies to protect rivals. This is not an endorsement of Microsoft's behavior or criticism of Google's complaint about how Vista handles search. Rather, it's
How To Set Up A Multi-Monitor Display On The Mac (With A Useful Tip For Windows And Linux Users)
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
I'm coming to you now from a desktop with three displays: A 24" iMac display, 19" LCD external monitor, and 12" internal PowerBook display. It's ridiculous -- my desk looks like it belongs to the Biggest Nerd In The Universe.

What Secret Does Your Laptop Hold?
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
What do you have on your laptop that you might not want anyone else to see?
Qualcomm Wants To Foster Better Relationships Between Hardware OEMs And Developers
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
While Qualcomm is not exactly trying to be a matchmaker like your Aunt Tilly, it hopes the new BREW Client 4-Series developer tools will help hardware manufacturers and developers work together better. The end goal? Cooler stuff for mobile phones that is easier to make and costs less.
Beware Of Sticky Fingers When BlackBerrys Handle State Secrets
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
We're not at war with France, at least not the last time I checked, but that doesn't mean that the French want their state secrets coursing through the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure, courtesy of French government officials addicted to les BlackBerrys. Sure, BlackBerrys come with built-in encryption, but is that enough when you really, really don't want anyone to get their hands on the
The Most Hated Words On The Internet
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
"Blog," "netiquette," "cookie," and "wiki" are among the most hated words on the Internet, according to a British poll.

Whatever You Call It, Web 2.0 Is Driving Enterprise Software
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
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?
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
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
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
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).
iPhone Will Not Offer The Full Web
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
Forget all the hype we've heard. It seems that the iPhone will not offer the full Web, after all. At least not according to Apple's developer specifications.
Qualcomm Wants Marketers To Take Mobile Content Off-Deck
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
Qualcomm has embraced off-deck mobile content and entered the mobile marketing game. Today Qualcomm announced a new service, called BREW BrandXtend Signature Solution, designed to let major brands take their mobile content directly to their customers. As marketers embrace the third screen, many now want to bypass the carriers and
Barack Obama Campaign Goes Mobile For Election 2008
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
The campaign of Democrtaic presidential candidate Barack Obama has embraced the third screen as a way to rally support and organize volunteers. Looks like Election 2008 is going mobile.
AT&T Launches Video Sharing Service, But Not For The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson yesterday at the NXTcomm conference showed off AT&T's new video sharing service. The "first-ever service" in the U.S. allows users to share live video over their cell phones while talking. While this is cool, guess what, it won't work on the iPhone. And this video service is way too expensiv
WiMax To Replace Wi-Fi And 3G For The Enterprise?
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
The study about mobile WiMax, which was conducted by Motorola, found that 49% of respondents said they would use it to surf the Internet or read email. On top of that, 45% of enterprise users would use it for work-related purposes. But just how important is the ubiquity of wireless coverage?
Qualcomm Offers Companies The Chance To Market, Sell Services Off-Deck
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
In the first of what is sure to be a flurry of news from the BREW conference in San Diego this week, Qualcomm has announced its BREW BrandXtend Signature Solution. The offering is aimed at brands looking to make their products available to mobile users both on- and off-deck. Will companies take a sip of this new brew?
BI in Rome
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
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?
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