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Content posted in July 2005
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Opinion: Is Coveting Thy Neighbor's Wi-Fi Such A Sin?
Commentary  |  7/19/2005  | 
After the recent arrest of a Florida man for 'borrowing' somebody's Wi-Fi connection, a wireless expert ponders whether this one of those laws that shouldn't be stringently enforced.
Antivirus Tools: Clam AV Is The Best -- But Where Are The Rest?
Commentary  |  7/19/2005  | 
A major app service provider discovers that a well-known, open-source anti-virus tool beats the pants off its commmercial competition. And while it proves just good open-source development can get, it also raises some disquieting questions about the state of the security software market.
Opinion: Fixing Firefox -- Getting Ahead By Looking Back
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
The Mozilla Foundation's success with Firefox doesn't mean that open-souce code is immune to the mistakes proprietary projects make -- especially backward compatibility, which proved once again this week just how elusive it can be.
U.S. Needs India For More Than Just Outsourcing
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
Today's meeting between President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Washington provides an opportunity for a big picture look at India's growing importance to America. What's quickly apparent is that efforts to limit the outsourcing of IT work to that country would be damaging to U.S. interests.
Beta-Testing the Marketing?
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
The first official beta-test version of Microsoft's Longhorn, the next version of Windows, will omit several of the sexier features the company has been honking its horn about for the last six months -- and that throws the spotlight on what is going to be in the beta -- IT features such as user account protection services, simplified corporate image deployment, secure startup for protecting laptops and a Windows System Assessment
Opinion: Sex Isn't The Problem With Grand Theft Auto
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
Everyone is up in arms about the "Hot Coffee" modification for the game "Grand Theft Auto." The mod adds a sex scene. But does that make the game--where the main character is an urban criminal sociopath running through town, stealing cars, killing cops, beating up innocent bystanders and engaging in gang warfare--suddenly "innappropriate" for children?
Survey: M&A Activity Good For SOA Marketplace
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
We have the results of two recent polls from SOA Pipeline for you this week. The first was prompted by Sun's snapping up of SeeBeyond to strengthen its SOA hand; we asked if mergers and acquisitions are good or bad for the industry, and you overwhelming said that they were good. A full 70 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that "Mergers and acquisitions are good for the SOA market, they strengthen the resources behind critical technologies." Only 30 percent agreed with the statemen
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
CRM's Fast-Changing Landscape
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
One of the hallmarks of software markets is that they change quickly, but the CRM sector seems to be in overdrive.
BPM, Top To Bottom
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
We cover business process management (BPM) here at Business Intelligence Pipeline because, just like other types of BI, it involves analysis, measurement and reporting of business information. BPM is just a more specific form of BI, if you will -- it involves analyzing process-related data. This week we bring you two great stories about BPM from our sister publication Network Computing. The first is an in-depth overview of BPM
BPM, Top To Bottom
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
BPM is just one slice of BI, but it's a critical one with roots that stretch back into the centuries.
Sender ID Is Used By Spammers -- Duhhhhh!
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
MX Logix says that spammers will be the primary users of e-mail sender authentication schemes, such as SPF and Sender ID. Well, Duhhhhhh! Who ever thought it would be any different? Certainly not I (see Weapons Of Spam Destruction and Depending On Sender ID Is Whistling I
Business Technology: HP Makes A Strategic Move By Hiring Mott
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
In the six years Randy Mott was CIO at Wal-Mart, its sales tripled. In the five years he was CIO at Dell, its sales increased more than 60% and it rose to global prominence. Now Mott is at HP--can he do it a third time?
Make Mine Hardcover, Please
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
Never a fan of science fiction in my voracious book-inhaling youth, I have nonetheless developed a love of sci-fi movies and TV series. I loved The Jetsons as a kid, and more recently, have been an enthusiastic viewer of the entire family of Star Trek spin-offs (TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise),
Should Cell Phones Be Banned In The Car?
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
I've always been concerned about the safety issues of using a cell phone in the car. Is there anyone who hasn't been shocked at someone driving badly, only to discover that person had a cell phone glued to his or her ear? I was therefore happy
Spyware, A Thorn In My Side
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
Spyware is an onoxious form of marketing, if nothing else. So what are the big guys going to do about it? And just what is Microsoft's role with Claria?
SmartAdvice: ERP Systems Move To Professional Services
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Match ERP tools with your business strategy and chose an industry-tailored system, The Advisory Council says. Also, align network-support staffing levels first with network-management processes and network-planning and -architecture processes, then with technical specialties.
Opinion: Overregulation Isn't The Answer To Security Breaches
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Suffocating businesses in new layers of bureaucracy and regulation isn't the answer to solving lax data security. Instead, the harsh glare of publicity can force companies to tighten privacy protections.
The Wedding's Off
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
The Web is buzzing this morning with rumors that Microsoft's rumored acquisition of Claria, the Adware Behemoth Formerly Known As Gator, has been deep-sixed by somebody at Microsoft -- probably the first adult who heard about the idea. I liked Ed Bott's take on it best. He quotes the very apropos Stupid Mantra. The big question, of course, is what will happen to the classification of Claria in Microsoft's Anti-Spyware app --
H-1B Visa Exemption Not Ready For Prime Time
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Perhaps America no longer is the land of opportunity for many highly skilled foreigner workers.
Who Podcasts, And Why?
Commentary  |  7/12/2005  | 
Podcasting is a way to make iPods (even more) commonplace. That's because it opens another demographic up to the iPod: Talk show listeners.
Readers Vote On Open Source BI
Commentary  |  7/12/2005  | 
Our most recent poll shows that most readers appear interested in open-source business intelligence to one degree or another, but none of the current vendor entries garners clear favor.
Readers Vote On Open Source BI
Commentary  |  7/12/2005  | 
A recent Biz Intelligence Pipeline poll shows that most readers are curious about open-source BI to one degree or another, but none of the current vendors stand out in this young, fast-growing market niche.
It Takes More Than Ethical People To Make An Ethical Company
Commentary  |  7/12/2005  | 
OK, let's get serious, no quips about corporate ethics being an oxymoron. We all know that a lot of the recent regulatory fervor was the result of an unethical few engaging in downright illegal activities. And now we're all wearing this compliance monkey on our backs.
Offshore Outsourcing Can Help Win War on Terror
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Last week's bombing of London's transportation system shows that the war on terror continues and that ultimate victory requires long term commitment and a long term plan. In addition to military tactics, the strategy needs to include political and economic weapons--like offshore outsourcing.
Forgive me--I, too, have stolen Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
With word that someone is being prosecuted for stealing Wi-Fi access, I just can't keep it in any longer. Yes, I feel a confession coming on. Do you have a tale of stolen Wi-Fi you need to get off your chest? Read mine, then share your own tale of misbegotten Wi-Fi access. We'll get through this together.
What Wasn't Said, And What Was
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Is Microsoft fiddling its Anti-Spyware product to give a free pass to adware from a company it intends to buy? Microsoft's "clarification" leaves two key points absolutely unclear, but we can draw some conclusions -- one because of what the company didn't say, and one because of what it did say. The "Response to questions about Claria software" posted on the Microsoft Web site on Friday and addressed to "
Small Biz Blogging Joins The Marketing Mix
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
More than 40,000 new blogs a day join the millions that are already online, and a small but growing number of these are small businesses looking for new ways to reach potential customers.
Feds Accuse Respected Corporate CEO Of Downloading Kiddie Porn
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Bowne & Co. can serve as an example of what companies should do when their CEO, or some other high-powered exec, is charged with using corporate resources to download kiddie porn. Unfortunately, it's a bad example. Bowne is a financial printing firm with 18th century roots. According to our story by John Foley, Bowne's former CEO, Robert Johnson, was charged with downloading child pornography. The
Trendspotting: Managing The Human Factors That Affect Technology ROI
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Consider -- and accommodate -- worker attitudes in implementing a new technology push to make it successful, Rebecca Wettemann says.
Business Technology: Open Source: It's Everybody's Business
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
'Licensing is the one gotcha in all of this,' Visa's Garrison says.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
SmartAdvice: How To Leverage Business-Intelligence Tools
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
Companies want to leverage their investments as much as possible, The Advisory Council says, so consider, what are your pain points? Also, how to structure an outsourcing deal so you can cut your losses early if it's not working out.
Is The PC World Passing 'Wintel' By?
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
With Linux here to stay and the Mac on its way, a name that defined the PC market no longer carries cachet like it did in the past.
Ness Technologies Targets Global Growth
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
The leading IT-services company in Israel looks worldwide for growth opportunities.
Fighting Terrorism: IT, Not Bombs
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
In this space ordinarily reserved for analysis and commentary on IT topics, every now and again, there comes a news event that has such an impact, that it seems inappropriate not to make mention of it regardless of any link or lack thereof to IT. That's because in these cases, what links us as readers and editors to the story is our humanity.
Filtering Out Smut
Commentary  |  7/7/2005  | 
The Government Accountability Office, in a recent report entitled File Sharing Programs: The Use of Peer-to-Peer Networks to Access Pornography, said Google and Yahoo search engines failed to effectively block pornographic and erotic images. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted its tests in February, as we reported last wee
Calling All Web Analysts
Commentary  |  7/7/2005  | 
Check out our one-stop, comprehensive report card on an entire stable of Web analytics products.
WTO Gets It Right on Offshore Outsourcing
Commentary  |  7/6/2005  | 
In its annual trade report, issued last week, the World Trade Organization concluded what many advocates of offshore outsourcing have been saying for some time: that offshoring is good for both buyers and sellers of IT and business-process services--and the countries in which they operate.
For Future Software Innovation, The Bet's On Google
Commentary  |  7/6/2005  | 
In a poll, more respondents say Google has an advantage over Microsoft when it comes to software innovation.
The iPod Is The New Desktop
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
As editor of the Desktop Pipeline, I think a lot about -- naturally -- the desktop. And what do I think? That the desktop is splintering. That's not exactly a deep insight. The so-called "desktop PC" is just as likely to be a laptop these days. The Palm, the Pocket PC, and the Blackberry have all grabbed a piece of the action that used to happen exclusively on the desktop. And now, of course, there's the iPod,
Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
The United States government took two wrong turns this week in its stewardship of the Internet. Both will have long-term negative impact on the Internet's value here in the United States and around the world, and both could easily have been avoided. The first was the Supreme Court's regrettable decision in MGM vs. Grokster. The second, and arguably more serious, misstep was the Bush administration's announcement that it had changed i
CIO Rolled Over By Passenger Train
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
Transportation CIO Dan Matthews and his aides could be job hunting if the Senate agrees with the House of Representatives.
Feds And The Internet: If It's Not Broken, They'll Break It
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
If there's one thing you can count on the federal government getting wrong, it's how to handle the Internet. Last week's announcement that the feds will retain control of the domain system -- at the same time it was holding hearings into IP v6 problems -- prove that in spades.
The Open-Source Open Mic: Reader Email
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
I always appreciate hearing from Linux Pipeline readers and newsletter subscribers -- if I don't have to call the bomb squad or soak it in water until it stops ticking, then I figure it's worth taking as constructive criticism. And it's certainly worth sharing.
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