Commentary
Content posted in June 2010
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AT&T Data Caps Spell Doom
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
AT&T on Wednesday ended the all-you-can-eat data buffet for iPhone users by announcing new wireless data plans with monthly data limits. Web companies will suffer as a result.
Pano Logic Unveils 50 User Desktop Virtualization Kit
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Pano Logic's new Pano Express software/hardware bundle, including endpoints, Windows, and the server, lets SMBs get going with virtualized desktops for fifty users more easily and affordably than ever before.
Practical Analysis: The Case For VDI
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Virtual desktop infrastructures have been slow to catch on, our survey finds, but consider them for these two sets of applications.
Imaginatik Takes Idea Management Mobile
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Idea Central Mobile lets BlackBerry and iPhone users access their collaboration site from their smartphones and other mobile devices.
Book Review: Nicholas Carr's 'The Shallows'
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
The 'IT Doesn't Matter' author is at it again -- this time arguing that the Internet is making us shallow.
Google Now Showing Apps In Mobile Search Results
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Google believes that information about mobile applications is so important, it is now prioritizing results about them on the iPhone and Android handsets.
A New Hybrid Storage Option Just Doesn't Make Sense
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Faster, smaller, and cheaper is the PC industry's favorite mantra. And when you're talking about laptops, the ability to pack more stuff into less space is an especially big deal.
Secret CIO: A Simple Scoring System For Complex Times
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Our IT group scores its accomplishments (or lack thereof) according to three simple numbers: -1, 0, and +1. That's it. Here's how it works.
Android Gains Better Media Player Via DoubleTwist
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
One of Android's biggest weaknesses is its wimpy media player and lack of native media syncing software. One company is trying to remedy that by offering both a player and syncing software for the Android platform.
T-Mobile Brings Back S60 With Nokia E73 'Mode'
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Nokia and S60 fans have reason to be happy with today's news. T-Mobile is launching the new E73 Mode smartphone on June 16 for just $70. It comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a five megapixel camera. Nokia pitches it as a business-worthy device. Is it?
Oracle 'Compelling Valuation' As Enterprise IT Spend Rises
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Fortified by not only stronger enterprise IT spending but also other critical factors, Oracle represents a "compelling valuation" and should hit the upper half of its guidance range, UBS analyst Brent Thill states in a research note.
Global CIO: Is Steve Jobs Blowing Smoke About Apple TV?
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
An astute Apple observer dissects Jobs' public comments about Apple TV and offers this conclusion: "Steve Jobs Gets It Wrong."
Global CIO: Google Derangement Syndrome Erupts Worldwide
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
The new and widespread antipathy toward successful and disruptive companies like Google and Apple is cowardly and counterproductive.
A Simple Way To Protect Your Online Privacy
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
The Facebook CEO took to the stage yesterday to discuss how the current health of the company and to answer questions about how Facebook handles privacy. Here's one way to easily handle privacy related to sharing content online.
Smartphones And The Apps Users Install
Commentary  |  6/3/2010  | 
Once a niche market of geeks, apps for mobile devices has turned into a major business, thanks mostly to Apple's masterful creation of a solid device locked into a single application market. Before that, while some application stores existed, there was no one stop shopping and few offered pleasant on-device shopping experiences. Geeks and techies could side-load apps from their PC's, but most people didn't bother. Now that has all changed.
Google Blames Windows For Its Own Mistakes
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
This week's word is that Google is in the process of dumping Microsoft Windows. Employees have the choice of Linux or Mac; any new use of Windows has to be approved at the CIO level. The policy was apparently triggered by Google's Chinese hacker attack revealed in January. That's a lame excuse.
Speed Up Your Website To Keep Visitors Happy
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Research shows that consumers are getting more and more impatient when it comes to waiting for Web pages to load. These six tips can help SMB unclog their websites and keep their customers "in the store."
SAP, Oracle and 'Real' Real-Time Apps
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
SAP and Oracle are now saying their customers can expect next-generation applications and systems that will combine better embedded business intelligence with access to real-time transactional information. Where the two companies part ways is in the grandeur of their visions.
Cloud Computing Is a Disruptive Business Process
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Make no mistake, the cloud is a disruptive force in IT. Like the PC, which introduced the consumerization of IT, and the Internet, which networked the global village, the cloud represents a radical restructuring of how IT services are created and deployed. And with anything truly radical, there is a certain amount of pain that comes with the gain.
Unlimited Cell Phone Usage Plans About to Go Bye-Bye?
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Service providers have unsuccessfully been trying to move customers away from All You Can Eat network access plans. Instead, they want power users to pay a bit more than those who only occasionally download data. AT&T is the latest vendor trying to prod its customers in that direction.
ActiveBatch Automates Job Scheduling On Multiple Machines
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Advanced Systems Concepts' ActiveBatch reduces IT admin time and improves workflow processing through distributed job scheduling and task management for Windows, Unix, Linux, OpenVMS, VMware, and business applications.
Steve Jobs' iPhone And iPad Musings From D8
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher recently interviewed Apple CEO Steve Jobs live at the D8 conference in California. Jobs dished on a number of topics, including the iPhone and iPad.
HP Enhances SMB Portfolio
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Wide is an apt adjective to describe the breadth of IT products that small and medium businesses now require. One reason why HP has been successful in this market is its large product suite, and the company enhanced a number of devices in order to try and maintain its momentum.
Tools To Get Better Insight Into Workforce Issues
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
While the push is on for clinicians to trade in their paper charts for digitized medical records, some health-related organizations are also trading in their old Excel spreadsheet-based methods of talent management with new web-based tools.
RIM Touts BlackBerry Efficiency As Benefit For AT&T
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Following AT&T's revised smartphone data plans, Research In Motion made an announcement of its own. RIM claims that because BlackBerries are "significantly more efficient than other mobile platforms," most BlackBerry users should be able to take advantage of AT&T's lowest data plan. Of course, RIM has missed the point entirely.
Steve Ballmer: Can't Explain Cloud But It's Next Big Thing
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
How tricky is it to explain cloud computing? Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declined to even try last week, telling his C-level audience that "I'm not sure my goal for today is going to be to actually explain it to you, but I do want to make sure that people understand that I think everybody in our industry accepts it's the next major transition point in terms of how IT gets done."
Chrome 5 Continues The Rise Of The Google Browser
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Though it is still the youngest of the major web browsers (at less than two years old), Google Chrome continues to impress and in many ways outshine the older and more mature browsers.
AT&T Kills Off Unlimited Data Before iPhone Launch
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
AT&T today introduced completely overhauled pricing for wireless data plans. The bad news is, no more unlimited data for smartphones and the iPad. The good news is that iPhone users will finally be able to tether to their laptops.
Global CIO: In Praise of Mark Hurd's 9,000 Layoffs At Hewlett-Packard
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
HP and all of its employees face an ugly future unless its CEO continues to transform the company to meet the needs and demands of tomorrow.
FTC And FCC Complaints On The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/2/2010  | 
Any popular item is bound to have its detractors and the iPhone is no exception. Most of the complaints we hear about don't involve the device but either the carrier, AT&T, or Apple itself in some of its decisions about the platform, especially how it arbitrarily decides what apps will and will not be in the App Store. What issues are serious enough though for a consumer to lodge a complaint with the FCC or FTC?
Google Poses Ominous Threat to Microsoft
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Shaken up by a Chinese hacking incident on its servers, Google is abandoning the use of Microsoft Windows, and moving to using Apple and Linux operating systems...
Google Drives Linux Adoption in Mobile Space
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
The smartphone operating system space has been marked by fragmentation. While a few different attempts have been made to establish a de facto standard, they have fallen short. However, it appears that Linux may eventually emerge as the markets primary OS.
Security Firm Warns Of New Mac Malware
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Some software available from popular Mac download sites installs a Mac version of a long-known piece of Windows spyware, according to Mac security vendor Intego.
Could Hybrid SSDs Shake Up The Storage Market?
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
What do you get when you cross traditional hard disk and solid-state disk technology? One of the most interesting desktop storage innovations in a long time.
SUTUS Offers Business In A Box
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Canadian firm offers one box that replaces the eight that most offices need to get up and running: e-mail, file, and web server, wireless access point, firewall, router, switch, and IP PBX.
Google Offers More Thoughts On Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
One of Android's biggest drawbacks -- according to users -- is the fragmentation issue. Some devices "get stuck" on one version of Android and are left behind while other devices -- and their apps -- can update and enjoy new features. Google says it is working hard to rectify the "compatibility" problem.
Five Fundamentals of Cloud Engagement
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
There are five fundamental factors that potential users should make sure they explore when considering a cloud computing engagement. Here's the checklist, and the most important issues connected with each one.
Microsoft's Ray Ozzie Says PC Is Razor, Services Are Blades
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Insisting that PCs will continue to play a "growing part" in people's daily lives in spite of aggressive incursions from smaller and hipper devices, Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie sees huge potential for PCs as tools that will allow people to consume an ever-increasing spectrum of services, reports LATimes.com.
How To Build A Government Cloud
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Federal IT managers are under pressure to move beyond the evaluation of cloud computing and into actual implementation. Two early adopters in government next week will share their insights on how to do that.
The Importance of Agile Business Intelligence
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Don't be misled by the title. This isn't about Agile business intelligence -- it's about agile business intelligence, which is not necessarily the same thing. Just in case you don't see the difference...
Kingston Offering 64GB SDXC Card For $500
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Need a lot of storage wrapped in a small package? Kingston's got your back with a new 64GB SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) card. It's small, fast, and stores gobs of data. Too bad it costs a hefty $500.
Panasonic Updates Fully-rugged Convertible Tablet PC
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Panasonic's new Toughbook 19, which can weather six-foot drops, rain, and sand, now has an Intel Core i5, Windows 7 Professional, and a Qualcomm GOBI2000 mobile broadband module.
Radical IBM: 200,000 Home-Office Workers
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
An IBM employee works out of his home in the Canary Islands while his boss is based in Madrid and his team is sprinkled in home offices across North America. A blogger on a site sponsored by Microsoft, no less explains how that all works, and also offers this head-spinner: 200,000 IBM employees work remotely.
iPhone Gains Free 3G Skype Calling Until 2011
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Skype has introduced Skype for iPhone 2.0. The biggest new feature being offered by the application is VoIP-based calling over AT&T's 3G network. There's one big catch, however. Skype-to-Skype calls, which have historically been free, will incur fees beginning in 2011.
Global CIO: What Is Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's #1 Competitive Statistic?
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Microsoft spends more on R&D and earns more profit than any other tech company--but Ballmer's favorite stat is something else altogether.
Microsoft Seeds The Windows Phone Games Market
Commentary  |  6/1/2010  | 
Windows Phone needs a shot in the arm to spur consumer interest. Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't exactly a media darling and WP7 hasn't launched yet. To help Microsoft has commissioned a company to write at least twenty casual entertainment games, so things like puzzles and brain teasers seem to be the main focus. Will it make any difference?
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