Apple Plugs Growing List Of Security Holes
If you're an OS X user, and have yet to download today's 59-MB set of security patches, right now would be a good time to run Software Update. The vendor has patched 25 vulnerabilities, and some are fairly nasty at that.
Apple Releases Yet Another Mac OS X "Leopard" Upgrade
It's only been a month since Mac OS X 10.5.3 came out, and today we have Mac OS X 10.5.4. As far as I can tell, Apple has never released operating system patches so close together. That's a clear sign that something wasn't quite right with 10.5.3 ï¿¼ as indeed, there has been with Leopard in general. Let's see what Apple gave us today.
IT Budgets: Still Guardedly Optimistic?
InformationWeek last week held its annual Editorial Advisory Board meeting. The Editorial Advisory Board is made up of several leading CIOs (and former CIOs) and technology-oriented executives and investors. The most incendiary topic: the economy.
Part One -- SMB Lessons
As I've been following the devastating floods in the Midwest and specifically Iowa, I can't help but say something from a disaster recovery viewpoint. Clearly my heart goes out to the personal losses being suffered by thousands of people in the area, but part of my nature is always to look for ways that companies survive. I have seen a number of stories with company's stock price being affected by not being able to maintain business operations. In some cases, this makes sense, especially in agri
Overland Buys Snap, Adaptec Gets Out of NAS Biz
Today Adaptec dumped their money loosing Snap Appliance division, once as much a mindshare leader in NAS as NetApp, to Overland Storage for $3.6 million after buying it just 4 years ago for $100 million. Overland gets a quality line of NAS appliances to add to its mix of tape libraries, REO VTL/disk backup appliances and Ultamus Fibre Channel RAID arrays along with a sublet of Snap's plant and around 50 employees. Adaptec will keep the top of the line 700 series iSCSI arrays and get to concentr
Time For Congress To Enforce 'Prevailing Wage' H-1B
A great idea hit me after reading George Will's column last Friday, lamenting our "shortage" of qualified high-tech workers. Sadly, Will sidestepped the controversial issue of whether foreign nationals undercut U.S. engineers by working for less under the H-1B visa program. So why not enforce domestic pay levels for these folks, and lift the current annual cap of 140,000 H-1B green cards? Under my
Gates On Windows: 'What A Mess'
In a now semi-famous e-mail rant in 2003, outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lamented the colossal user-unfriendliness of his company's primary product, Windows. Now that message has been given voice by a Seattle radio host.
Voters In Both Parties Favor Same VP Candidate
No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.
California Says Hands-Free Law Will Save 300 Lives Per Year
Beginning tomorrow, July 1, drivers in California will be required to use hands-free devices when behind the wheel of their car. A study conducted last month believes the law will save 300 lives annually. Does this type of legislation make a difference, and how will it be enforced?
Mitel Retools Line Post Inter-Tel Acquisition
Mitel, who has been quite successful in the small and medium sector, bolstered its IP PBX line. To ward off formidable competitors, the company added messaging, audio and web conferencing, and mobility applications and revamped its IP phones.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.
Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
Catalyst Conference 2008: The State Of Federated Identity Management
At last week's Catalyst conference in San Diego, I had a chance to sit down with identity management executives from IBM and CA to discuss the state of federated identity management. It appears while the federation of identities hasn't taken off as expected, there is still life in the technology.
How's This For A Concept?: E-Mail Less, Talk More
It occurred to me, after reading Luis Suarez's piece in the New York Times today, that I need to free myself from e-mail in much the same way that Neo was freed from the Matrix by Morpheus. E-mail is not only destroying my productivity, it's hampering my career development.
Top Ten Reasons You Don't Need a Requirements Document
As I said in Requirements Are Required Reading, the real reason I'm a stickler for requirements documents is that a little extra effort upfront means I have to talk to fewer people later on -- and recall, I'm basically anti-social, which means I don't like to talk to people even in the best of situations. Luckily, David De Witt was there to set me straight, with his Top 10 reasons why you don't
Ballmer's Right About Privacy, Wrong About Toolbars
It's pretty hard to move around the Internet today without leaving behind a trail of information. Any time that information can make someone money, you can bet that they will figure out a way to collect it. Although privacy is always a concern, users often don't realize the value of the information they're giving out for free, even when it's anonymous.
The iPhone 1.0 Should Be Cheap Now. Right?
When Steve Jobs said the iPhone 3G was going to start at $199, I immediately figured I could cop a cheap first-generation one on Craigslist or eBay. It's only logical to think Apple addicts would ditch their handsets for the latest and greatest, and that would lead to great online bargains.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Cloud Storage 101 - Part One
It seems like the hype-o-meter on cloud computing and cloud storage has been turned up a few notches lately. How real is this emerging market and how will the players begin to settle in? At its most simplistic, cloud storage is disk at the end of a wire that resides outside of your data center. It creates a "storage as a service" model that is delivered over the Internet. Many are positioning this as storage for your older digital assets, essentially an archive.
Apple To Developers: We Want Your Apps
The iPhone Apps Store is open...to developers. This week, Apple sent out an e-mail to developers to let them know that they may begin uploading their applications into the store. With only two weeks to go before launch, is Apple cutting things too close?
Livelink ECM Targets The Life Sciences Industry
Managing quality is obviously a critical issue for companies of all sorts, but few have the strict guidelines and need for process of those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Broadly including pharma companies, biotech firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others, life sciences companies have to balance both internal process with regulatory requirements. Managing all aspects of this can be a challenge.
No One Gets Fired For Registering A Dot-Com
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), recommended opening the gTLDs to organizations that can afford the registration process and can prove they have the wherewithal to manage a gTLD. Many are predicting Wild West expansion of names and the death of the .com. I predict it will be risky business for domain name owners.
Lessons Learned From Bill Gates
Today is Bill Gates' last day as a full time employee of Microsoft, the company he built into a software giant. It's hard to even imagine that Microsoft was ever a small business but it had the same humble beginnings as nearly all companies. It also had an extraordinary leader in Gates and it is there that smaller businesses could learn a lot.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
Bill Gates' Legacy For IT
When Bill Gates steps out of his office today for the last time as a full time Microsoft employee, he'll leave behind a company in flux, but one that's been central to much of the business technology revolution in the last 30 years.
Bill Gates And Windows XP: Good Night And Good Luck
Microsoft will mark the end of an era this weekend as Bill Gates and Windows XP -- two icons of the company at its zenith -- head for the sunset. Can Redmond survive this transitional moment, or will June 30 be the day Microsoft died?
Google Retools BlackBerry Browser Support
Starting today in the U.S., users of BlackBerry smartphones should begin noticing a number of improvements to their Google search results. Google has tailored its software to better accommodate the BlackBerry Web browser.
Linux On The Move Once More
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.
Picture Messaging Could Be Coming To The iPhone
One of the many features currently not supported by the iPhone is picture messaging, or MMS. Considering the device's other capabilities, this is a glaring omission (and one that happens to vex me grievously). According to a spied internal AT&T memo, the 3G iPhone may support MMS after all.
Google Hears Your Complaints, Revamps Mobile Services Web Site
Setting up services for your mobile phone often requires you to perform some configurations via the Web. This is true for a number of Google services, and apparently people didn't think it was easy enough. Google listened to all the feedback and launched a new mobile site today to help make it easier to set your phone up with Google services.