Virgin Mobile USA In Talks To Buy Troubled Helio
Speculation about Helio's future has been all over the place the last month or so, with reports surfacing that it was a potential acquisition target. Turns out that speculation wasn't far off. Sources indicate that Virgin Mobile USA, another troubled MVNO, may be buying out SK Telecom's stake in Helio. Can pairing two troubled MVNOs make for one stronger one?
Battery Life Issues Delaying Launch Of BlackBerry Bold
Last month Research In Motion announced the new Bold smartphone with much fanfare. The device was supposed to be available on AT&T's network starting in July. It looks like that ain't gonna happen. AT&T has yet to certify the device, which is suffering from battery life problems, as well as overheating. Um, oops.
Intalio Powers BPM in the Cloud
The most interesting keynote at last week's Intalio User Conference was by Greg Olson, founder of Coghead, a BPM-in-the-cloud service that uses Intalio as the process engine under the covers... You can define data, forms, and perform the usual set of database operations, so it's really easy to build a database app in the cloud...
Archiving Market Constricting as Size Gains Importance
Messages, tracking them, collecting them, monitoring them, and archiving them may be the biggest challenge many IT managers face. Recently, a raft of products emerged to take on those different functions and now they are being rolled into integrated solutions.
Bitmapped to Hell
Oracle bitmap indexes are generally used to index columns that have very sparse domains such as Y/N, gender, or any other list of member values that is small in number. You get the advantage of indexing without creating in imbalanced btree if a conventional index is used. There is lots of info on bitmap indexes. They are also very common in read-mostly applications like data warehousing.
Targeting Specific Java Versions (and using javap)
I recently worked on a project where it became necessary to determine the version of the compiler that individual class files were compiled with. More specifically, I needed to determine the target version of Java the code was compiled to run on. You need to be specific about that since even the Java SE 6 compiler can be made to compile classes specifically for other versions of Java.
CIO: The Buck Doesn't Stop Here
How involved are CIOs in corporate decisions? Fewer report being involved at the front end of important decisions, more being brought in only afterward. That's not a good sign.
More Pics Of BlackBerry's KickStart
If you were just glancing through, it may seem that the only cell phone news today was Nokia buying Symbian. But BlackBerry lovers may be interested in seeing some new photos of Research In Motion's flip phone.
Fear of New Technology Is an Old Problem
Here's a clever video from Norway (by way of AIIM's Information Zen site) that reminds us that fear of new technology dates back to the transition from scrolls to books. In fact, there's little doubt that earlier collaborators resisted the move from tablets to scrolls. But who knew there were help desks way back when? Enjoy...
Business Process Optimization on the Cheap
Homeowners know that installing energy-efficient windows help save money in the long run, yet are reluctant to make the investment in these challenging times. Businesses are no different, but even in this difficult economy, companies looking to optimize business processes have a very useful yet inexpensive tool at hand. It's called the Hawthorne Effect...
Looking Into The Work-Trend Crystal Ball
A new report forecasting the top 10 workplace trends of the future says video and Web conferencing will make business travel extinct while social networking sites and other Web 2.0 technologies emerge as the primary tools for job recruiting. Is your organization ready to support these and other workplace trends? Or maybe you're already making these shifts.
3G iPhone Parts Cost Apple $173, $53 Less Than The Original
According to Silicon Valley research firm iSuppli, Apple was able to leverage its buying power to keep the hardware costs of the 3G iPhone to just $173 (for the 8-GB model). That's $53 less than it paid for the original iPhone's components. For the moment, analysts are suggesting that the unsubsidized cost of the device will be near $600. Pretty healthy margins, if you ask me.
Nokia Takes Initiative With Symbian Open Source Move
Nokia's acquisition of Symbian and intent to make the popular operating system open source code changes alignments in the mobile device market. Nokia has now got a lever with which to extend Symbian's reach and make life more difficult for competitors.
Symbian: As Open As They Wanna Be (But How Much Is That?)
What with Google's Android currently stuck in the state of a work-in-progress, it was only a matter of time before someone else ponied up their own open source competition for the smartphone/handset market. But it isn't some newly-minted firm flush with a round of startup funding -- it's Nokia's own Symbian, to be merged with the S60, UIQ, and MOAP(S) platforms into one great big happy
How To Recycle Spent CFLs
Those corkscrew-shaped CFL bulbs use about a third of the power needed to light incandescent bulbs, so their cost-saving appeal to homes and businesses is obvious. But what happens when potentially toxic CFLs need to be replaced?
Home is Where Your Employees Should Be
It's 11 AM on a weekday morning, gas prices are soaring, and there are lots of affordable collaboration tools on the market. Do you know where your employees are? Better yet, do you know where your employees should be? Working from home.
Gigabit Ethernet Switching for $40 a Port
The move to commoditization occurs incessantly in high tech. Consequently, small and medium businesses now find themselves able to purchase managed Gigabit Ethernet links for the price of a good meal.
New Open Source Tool For Data Quality Control
Talend has come out with an open source tool for assessing data quality. If you're like most companies, your customer database is junked up with duplicate names with outdated titles and inconsistent information. Talend's Data Profiler brings order to this mess.
ASUS's Linux Eee PC Gets Price Parity With XP Down Under Once Again
A while back I noted that the pricing for ASUS's new Linux-powered Eee PC was at a premium over their XP version of the same machine, a move which defied most brands of logic I could apply to the situation. Fortunately, after a bit over a month of this decision getting flamed roundly in public, they're backing down and quoting the same price for both machines: $649.
Nokia, Others Deal Major Blow To Android
Perhaps Android's greatest strength is not the operating system itself, rather the Open Handset Alliance that's backing it up. Without support, Android won't go far. Well, now Android and the OHA have a serious threat to worry about. Nokia and other mobile industry heavy hitters have teamed up to create an open source Symbian operating system with
E-Discovery, Compliance, Auditing, and Investigation
E-discovery and auditing are flip sides of a single coin, the one concerned with retention of records and their production in litigation, the other with studying records to verify the correct of execution of corporate business processes and accounting procedures. Compliance is the coin standing on edge: operational rules and monitoring designed to ensure that businesses stay out of legal and accounting trouble.
Citect Doesn't Get 'IT' When It Comes To Application Security
Citect, the Sydney, Australia-based maker of Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) software, CitectSCADA, doesn't seem to understand IT security, or why applications that run things like pharmaceutical plants, water treatment facilities, and natural gas pipelines should be inherently secure.
Data Domain Adds Retention Enforcement - Deduplication, It's Not Just For Backup Anymore
In a further attempt to position its deduplicating NAS appliances as general purpose data repositories, Data Domain has added date retention enforcement as an optional feature. This follows naturally from the redesign of the file system last year to support a large number of small files as well as the small number of large files typical of a backup target.
An ISP Should Carry Bits--And Nothing More
Companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, plus the "Web 2.0" sites, get all the attention when it comes to the excitement of Internet opportunity. That's made Internet service providers jealous, and they've been looking for ways to tap into the financial bonanza flowing through their wires. Unfortunately, many of those ways invade user's privacy and break essential rules of the Internet.
Agent-Based Data Movers
In last week's entry I discussed Global Name Spaces as a data mover for moving data to and from a disk-based archive. In addition to a Global Name Space there are other tools to move data to and archive. I find that the other solutions typically fall into one of two camps; Agent-based data movers or crawl-based data movers. There's also another category of monitoring tools that don't actually move the da
The Aggressive IT Department
Is it important for IT departments to be perceived as aggressive? Because they aren't. In our recent "Tomorrow's CIO" research survey of 720 corporate managers and CIOs and VP-of-IT level executives, only 6% of those on the corporate side describe their IT departments as more aggressive than the rest of the company. Is that bad, or business as usual?
HP Joins Data Deduplication Club With Agressive Pricing
HP officially joined the data deduplicators club today after several alert storage news sites including our own Byte and Switch broke the news from a premature update of HP's Turkish website. As expected they're adding Sepaton's DeltaStor, which they're calling Accelerated DeDuplication, to the VLS VTLs they've been OEMing from Sepaton for the past few years. More interesting are the new D2D2500 and D2D4000 appliances HP is targeting at what if you're HP or EMC is the SMB market but to those o
Study: Small Businesses Making More Use Of Smartphones
According to the latest data from AMI, 31% of small businesses in the United States are using smartphones to access e-mail, contact, and calendaring information regularly. Trends indicate that SBs already are looking into location-based services and other functions such as CRM, field force automation, and sales force automation to power their businesses.
Archiving and the Limitations of E-Discovery
Last week we read about yet another major financial scandal allegedly exposed through the discovery of an e-mail message from a fund principal that apparently stated that their fund was going to be "toast." First, this was (if true) a fantastically stupid communication to put in an e-mail exchange. Second, I wonder why it took so long to find this e-mail message...
Red Hat In Boston, Part 2.3: openSUSE And Openness, Period
Last Friday afternoon I sat down for an hour with Joe Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE, to talk with him about SUSE 11 and the open source world in general. It was a bit rambly, but that was part of the fun: We stumbled across a whole slew of key truths about open source along the way.