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Content posted in July 2007
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RIM Gets Clearance To Sell BlackBerrys In China
Commentary  |  7/5/2007  | 
The road from Waterloo to Beijing has been a long, eight-year journey for Research in Motion that has finally come to an end. The maker of BlackBerry smartphones recently received permission to sell the devices to corporate customers in China. The move
iPhone Sells Out Across U.S.
Commentary  |  7/5/2007  | 
Despite a serious number of iPhone haters out there (and man are you guys a vocal bunch), it looks like the number of iPhone fans (iPhans?) has spoken loud and clear. The Apple web site is reporting that only two retail stores (one in Oregon, one is Pennsylvania) have any stock left of the device.
How Do I Know What Needs Attention?
Commentary  |  7/5/2007  | 
We may have access to terabytes of information and tools to help sift through it, but where do you start? There is a great deal of material in the industry about BI facilitating better decision-making, but very little about the actual process. The economist Herbert Simon, who wrote on this extensively, divided decision making into steps, starting with problem solving:
Top 8 iPhone Videos Reveal Apple's Inside Secrets, More
Commentary  |  7/4/2007  | 
Maybe you can't get ahold of an iPhone, because 700,000 customers got in line ahead of you. Or perhaps you don't want one, put off by the hefty price tag and lack of a hard keyboard. Still, you're curious, right? So join me in viewing the following collection of videos, which reveal not only the detailed innards of the iPhone, but also--yes, it's a Conan O'Brien parody--how the iPhone can double-duty as an electric shaver with a Web interface.
July Fourth Is Time To Hail America's Tech Heroes
Commentary  |  7/4/2007  | 
Independence Day typically revolves around fireworks, beaches, and picnics, with a little patriotism thrown in for good measure. It strikes me that nothing affirms the truth about the freedoms we enjoy more than the realization that the vast majority of technological innovations we enjoy--from radio and television to computers and the Internet--came to us by way of talented Americans, people who weren't always recognized in their own time for the heroes they were. So let's honor them this July F
We Still Need Net Neutrality Legislation
Commentary  |  7/4/2007  | 
We haven't heard much about net neutrality legislation lately. That could be because the current Congress might actually be able to pass it, and opponents like AT&T and Verizon are laying low, spreading lobbying money, and trying to wait out that shocking possibility. That makes the Federal Trade Commission's anti-net neutrality announcement last week even more puzzling. Was it intended as a warning from the Bush administration to Congress to back off, or was it yet another shake of the money tr
Google Gets Green(er)
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
Google's been busy with a lot of environmental initiatives lately: The company just completed its 1.6 megawatt photovoltaic system, enabling it to power 1/3 of its corporate headquarters using solar energy.
The iPhone Makes Watching Video More Like Reading A Book
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
The novelist John Irving made that observation years ago about the VCR, and each generation of video technology brings watching and reading closer together, making video more private and more under the user's control.

SAP Admits Reaching Inside Oracle Jar
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
About two months ago, I wrote a commentary on Oracle's lawsuit accusing SAP of extensive illegal downloads confidential material from Oracle Support. Today, SAP CEO Henning Kagermann admitted to "inappropriate downloads." Unfortunately, the candor is probably a little late in coming, and this is likely to be the beginning rather than the end for SAP's troubles.
The iPhone Is Actually Pretty Inexpensive
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
Most of the press about the iPhone talks about its high price. Even my iPhone review describes it as pricey. But if you actually think about all the things it can do, it's a bargain.

Cognitive Dissonance: Gartner and Open Source
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
Gartner has announced an Open Source Summit for this coming fall. The summit will bring together, on the one hand, an analyst firm known for authoritative pronouncements on all things IT, and on the other, a disruptive model for software development that is, at its core, anti-authoritarian. How will the Gartner summit bridge two conflicting world views?
Research: 65 Million Users To Adopt UMA By 2012
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
According to a new report from ABI Research, at least seven handset makers have Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)-enabled handsets on the market and network operators are itching to deploy the technology. Just last week T-Mobile launched its UMA-powered T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service. With the number of UMA
The Real Impact of Apple's iPhone
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
Nokia To Make Touch Screen Devices?
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
There was some confusion a couple of weeks ago about the future of Nokia and touch screen technology. In the end, Nokia CTO Tero Ojanpera made a public statement that, "Optical sensors and touch will be the next big things." Backing up that claim is news that Nokia has licensed Immersion Corporation's VibeTonz tactile feedback technology.
SaaS-Only Enterprises Are On the Horizon
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
The notion that an enterprise can run entirely on SaaS sends many traditional software folks running for their Red Book IBM manuals, and rocking back and forth muttering "Say it's not so. Say it's not so." However, there are some small businesses out there that are approaching the state of SaaS-only operation, and many companies are sure to follow.
Google's Desktop Search For Linux Is A Boon For Data Packrats
Commentary  |  7/3/2007  | 
You know what the worst thing is about having incredibly cheap storage technology? You find endless excuses to be a digital packrat. I didn't need to have an excuse before; I've just saved everything anyway, compulsively. What I've always needed is some way to plow through it all -- a magnet for the needles in my haystack -- and now Google has once again come to the rescue with a version of their Desktop Search product for Linux.
Universal iTunes Dispute Spotlights Better Ways To Sell Online Music
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
It's shaping up as a good news, bad news kind of week for Steve Jobs. On the plus side, he's launched the most popular modestly featured smartphone ever. (I can't say I was surprised that the iPhone we were ogling at my office today feels heavier than my trusty BlackBerry.) In contrast, it couldn't have come as good news that the world's biggest record company, which has been selling its songs through the only online music store that matters, finally told Jobs to take the metaphorical gun away f
Is Google's Spam Fight a Sham?
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Google may say it fights spam but I'm beginning to have my doubts. A recent post on Google's Webmaster Central blog offers advice on how to build "startpages." What is a "startpage"? "Basically, it's a Web page with a lot of links about a specific topic," explain Selina & Jos, two members of Google's Search Quality Team in Dublin. So here's the question: How is a "startpage" different from a
It's An All iPhone Weekend
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
iPhone Is Not For IT
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Palm Pushes OS II To 2008
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Just two months ago, Palm spoke of its forthcoming operating system that will be a marriage of Linux and parts of the Garnet OS. Palm CEO Ed Colligan went as far as saying products with the new OS would be available later this year. Looks like Colligan spoke too soon. He was recently quoted saying that the OS is not going to be available until 2008.
Nine Alternatives To Apple's iPhone
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
I Bought An iPhone… Now What?
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
You're probably sick of hearing about the iPhone already. How can you not be? It's on the Internet, on TV, on the radio-basically taking over mainstream news. But I'm guilty of giving into all the hype. I bought an iPhone on Friday. My excuse to others is that I needed a new phone and I've always wanted an iPod, so the iPhone made sense for me. In reality, it's a really cool gadget that I just had to have.
Microsoft Fan Names Daughter 'Vista'
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Where are all the Microsoft fanatics? Oh, they're around, and one of them has just named his daughter "Vista." If she had been a boy, she was going to have the initials DOS. No kidding.
Report: Google Announcing GrandCentral Acquisition Today Or Tomorrow
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
TechCrunch is reporting that Google will announce it's acquired Internet telephony company GrandCentral, which offers users one phone number for work, home, and cell. Google will pay $50 million or more, TechCrunch says.

My iPhone Odyssey
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Of course, I've wanted an iPhone since it was first announced back in January, but I hadn't made up my mind to actually go out and buy one ... until 5 p.m. Friday. Here's what happened.
iPhone: Now The Work Begins
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Okay, the iPhone?s here. Now what?
Data Governance v0.9?
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
I spent a couple days at the Data Governance conference in San Francisco last week, not as a speaker, but strictly as a listener. What I really wanted to get out of the three days was a deeper understanding of this concept of governance, what it means and how it works. I admit, I cringe at the word "governance," because it reeks of IT control and restrictions, something we've clearly had enough of for the past few decades...
Flip Your Text Upside Down
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
(¡buıoq buıoq 'sʞuɐɥʇ) .uʍop ǝpısdn ʇxǝʇ ɹnoʎ sdı1ɟ ǝʇıs qǝʍ sıɥʇ -- ʎɐpı1oɥ ɹǝɯɯns ɐ ǝɹoɟǝq ʎɐpuoɯ ɐ uo ǝɯıʇ ǝ1ʇʇı1 ɐ 
IBM Releases 'Viper 2' Beta for DB2 9
Commentary  |  7/2/2007  | 
Customer and partner testing of the next release of the DB2 9 database began last week as IBM unveiled the beta version of what's code named "Viper 2." The update is said to offer enhanced security and workload management features including automated fail over for high availability, greater flexibility and granularity in security, auditing and access control, and simplified memory management.
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