Commentary
Content posted in July 2008
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Alfresco Releases An Open Source SharePoint Compatible Alternative
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Alfresco, whose open source enterprise content management (ECM) software has earned it a significant following, is making more waves with the release this week of Alfresco Labs 3, an open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.
VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Leopard Server now supported plus better HW utilization and Windows-to-Mac data sharing.
The iPhone's Push App Service Appears
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
While iPhone owners may never get true background applications, the seeds are in place for the next best thing. Select developers are saying the 2.1 version of the firmware has an API for Apple's Push Notification Service.
A Word To The Wise: Working With Firefox Spell-Checking Tools
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
When you work online, words are like clothes: Use them carelessly, and you might as well show up for a business meeting in dirty flip-flops and an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt.
rBuilder: DIY Open Source Appliances
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
I blogged earlier about the growth of open source virtual appliances, which now includes outfits like Jumpbox who create value-added appliances for popular open source packages. Now comes rBuilder, for those with a bit more do-it-yourself spirit.

Beyond Vista: Microsoft's Plans For Windows 7, 8, And 'Midori'
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft's OS developers need to be more sure-handed than ever these days, given the number of balls they've got in the air.
Alfresco Debuts Beta Of SharePoint Competitor
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Today Alfresco takes aim at Microsoft SharePoint, the collaboration juggernaut, with the release of Alfresco Labs 3. Currently available in beta, Alfresco Labs 3 lets companies use SharePoint in an open-source environment.
Sybase, DBMS Clusters, MPP, and DATAllegro
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
Dell's New Entertainment Service: Will It B-Sharp Or B-Flat?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Athletes recovering from a serious injury should take it slow and not overexert themselves. That's a lesson that's apparently being ignored by Dell, which is looking to compete with Apple's champion iTunes while struggling with a lousy rep for customer service.
Should Microsoft Play To Its Corporate Strengths?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
With Apple recently experiencing explosive growth and Microsoft stock in the doldrums for most of the decade, it's time for some action in Redmond. Last time I proposed a "show them how it's done" model, where Microsoft builds complete solutions that include its software. This time it's the "focus on what you do best" approach; for Microsoft that means servers and business infrastructure.
Windows Mobile: We Have 18,000 Mobile Applications. Beat That, iPhone
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
This morning I received an email from the Windows Mobile press relations team. According to what I read, the number of Windows Mobile phones out in the world has doubled in the last year, and Microsoft expects its WinMo phones to outsell the iPhone, like, forever.
Nokia Drops Phone Prices, Puts The Squeeze On Competitors
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Nokia has an empowering, vice-like grip on 40% of the world market for mobile phones. Even with its market-leading position, it is stepping up the pressure on its rivals, and recently cut the cost of many of its phones by about 10%. Is this the first sign of a price war?
New Research Highlights Need For Server Security
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
A recent report indicates that trusted sites are actually a major source of Web infectionsmeaning that in too many cases server security has taken a back seat to expediency.
Google Says Privacy Doesn't Exist, Get Used To Everyone Knowing Everything About You
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
The headline practically says it all. Google is being sued by a Pittsburgh couple for posting images of its house on the Internet in Google's Street Views pages. Google responded, in court no less, that complete privacy simply doesn't exist in today's world and the couple should stop crying about it.
Is Oracle Really Ready for BI and EPM?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Instead of just making a broad set of statements on the recent Oracle announcements made on July 16th, this is a little more depth and perspective that might be useful for you as you think about Oracle and their BI and performance management approach to the market... The devil is in the details of these announcements and the impact on your review or use of these products needs to be clear and precise.
What is Invariant Good For?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Nielsen Norman Group Evaluates Intranet Portal Usability
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, a Web usability-centric column published every two weeks, focused recently on enterprise intranet portals. It's been three years since the Nielsen Norman Group last took a detailed look at the enterprise portal industry, and in its latest report, it notes that while many things have changed, certain key principals -- such as usability, governance and effectively measuri
Geeks 1, Rapist 0
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
It's not often that the geeks get to help put a bad guy in the slammer but as eWeek reports, the geeks at Seagate Recovery Services managed to recover the video of a rapist's confession that was badly burned in the transfer from the original camcorder tape. The poor DA didn't have the original tape and couldn't read the CD. Defense council claims the DVD has exculpatory evidence so
Google Acquires Omniso
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Google, via the YouTube blog, on Wednesday said that it has purchased Omniso, a California-based social video startup.
The Instinct Gets A Software Update
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Apple's iPhone 3G isn't the only touch-screen device that's selling like hot cakes, as Samsung's Instinct also has been flying off the shelves. While the Instinct was successful, many have reported data-related issues with the phone. Those problems should be fixed with the latest firmware update.
Arrggghhh ... More UC Confusion
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Google Maps Adds Mass Transit Support For S60 And Windows Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Not too long ago, Google added transit directions to is Maps for Mobile product. Initially, it supported just BlackBerry smartphones. Today, Google added support for Nokia's S60 platform and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, as well. I gave the new mapping software a spin.
Do Most Restores Really Fail?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Every once in a while I see some analyst, usually talking about some backup to disk product, say "X% of all attempts to restore from tape fail" where X is some ridiculous number like 62.7. While I've been involved in my share of restore disasters from OnStream tapes and no OnStream drive to "We found tapes 1-3 and 5-8 do we really need tape 4 of that set" 95% were due to stupidity of some sort. So tell me folks what percentage of your restores fail? Good restore war stories also welcome.
Fighting Siloing In Open Source
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Another major theme recurring through the notes I took at OSCON, something echoed by many people there, is "siloing" -- or, rather, how to recognize it and do something about it.

T-Mobile Takes Customization To A Whole New Level With Latest Sidekick
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Last night in New York City, T-Mobile announced its new Sidekick 2008 with a bang. The update to T-Mobile's messaging device for the masses now lets users interchange the exterior shell of the device, making it more personal. It also is slightly more svelte than previous models and includes some other noteworthy tech updates.
Apple: We Fixed MobileMe
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
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The CIO Was Right: Web 2.0 Is Dangerous
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
CIOs have gotten a reputation -- rightly or wrongly -- for dragging their feet when it comes to Web 2.0 initiatives like social networks and application mash-ups. The reason: security. Now it appears they may have been justified.
Looking For Anyone In Particular?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
In the current economic climate, hiring new people is something that's put on the back burner at many organizations -- especially if there's any threat that a "reduction in headcount" might be in the cards. But, that doesn't mean no one is hiring IT people. In fact, certain talent is still hard to find and highly sought after at some organizations.
LG To Add Dolby Mobile Sound To Its High-End Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
As a certified audiophile, I am always looking for improvements in the quality of music playback in mobile phones. To date, very few have impressed me. Looks like LG could be changing that sad song to a happy one, though, as it announced it will begin putting Dolby Mobile sound into its premier phones later this year.
Tame The Web With A Powerful Pair Of Firefox Extensions
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Do you use Firefox? If so, allow me to introduce two other members of the Mozilla menagerie that can help you to get things done when you're working online.
Online Marketing Just For Smaller Businesses
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
For many smaller companies, online marketing is  or should be -- a crucial component of their business. But online marketing, which involves SEO, e-mail marketing, and pay per click ads, takes time, some money, and increasingly, some expertise. Products designed for small and midsize businesses are finally entering the market.
Behind the Business Objects-Oco SaaS Deal
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Earlier this month I saw a press release with the headline "Oco and Business Objects Sign Deal... " What does Business Objects, an SAP Company, the world's largest BI vendor and a software-as-a-service (SaaS) force in its own right, have to gain from Oco, an upstart SaaS vendor that's a fraction of Business Object's size? Business Objects executive Mani Gill filled me in on the details.
Do Your Batteries Look Like Bombs? Do You Even Know What A Bomb Looks Like?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
With the exception of a pipe bomb I once saw on the news, I don't think I've ever seen what a regular bomb looks like. Have you? It's an important question because the TSA is apparently willing to confiscate something (in this case, batteries) that it knows isn't a bomb, but that it still considers a threat because it looks like a bomb to other people (other people that don't know what a bomb looks like). Writes Bruce
Motorola Moves Squarely into WLAN Market
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
The old has become new again at Motorola. The company, which has experienced rough times recently, seems poised to dump its consumer products and focus once again on corporate networking gear.
Mobility Modder: The Best Insurance Against Bad Drivers
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
If you own a Windows laptop with ATI graphics hardware, updating the display driver is often much harder than it needs to be. The solution to this problem is quick, easy, and free -- and now, it works on laptops running Windows Vista.
Mainframe Programming vs. Woonix Programming
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
The differences between the Woonix (Windows and/or Unix) world and the world of classic IBM mainframe operating systems exist not because the mainframing world is clueless. Rather, it exists because the two different worlds often accomplish different missions in different ways.

Despite the differences at which some Woonix programmers bristle, mainframe programming is still computer programming, and it is deucedly interesting.

I've compiled a li
Bamboo Solution's Bundles Extend SharePoint Functionality
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Bamboo Solutions is probably a familiar name to the IT staffs at enterprises running SharePoint. The company made headlines in couple of months ago when it released information on how to run SharePoint on a Vista box, but it's also one of the best known and most successful vendors of plug-in modul
Google Should Take Privacy Lessons From Cuil
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Google can rest easy, at least for the time being. Cuil, the search startup that debuted on Monday, is no Google-killer. Judging by the dismissive comments left by those reading InformationWeek's coverage, Cuil was more of a danger to itself than any other company, thanks to downtime and poor performance on both a tec
Is eBay Getting Into Cloud Computing?
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
Another of the Web giants, eBay, may be joining the growing and nebulous (pun intended) field of cloud computing, if a new job listing is any indication.
Clouds Are Only In The Sky
Commentary  |  7/29/2008  | 
There's a lot of blogosphere chatter these days about "private cloud" computing. Unfortunately, there's no such thing.
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