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Content posted in July 2008
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Hands-Free Laws Don't Solve The Real Issue
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
In case you've been under a rock, California and Washington now have laws that make it illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving unless you use a hands-free device. Obviously, the sentiment behind the laws is good -- I mean, everyone but me is a crazy driver -- but it seems like yet another toothless, unnecessary law.
No Excuse For Mailbox Quotas
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
According to a new survey, almost two thirds of business users have to manage their own e-mail inboxes to stay under corporate capacity limits. And for almost a third, those limits are a paltry 100MB or less.
Google Drops the Ball on Data Portability
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Google is all for data portability, unless it threatens the company's dominance of online advertising.
Risk Assessments In Information Security
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
When I read a book like Against The Gods: The Remarkable Story Of Risk, my wife sees it as proof of just how hopelessly boring I am. But it's actually a lively book, exploring how the understanding and quantifying of risk became a foundation for decision making in business and other disciplines. Which makes it's a good read for anyone responsible for information security strategy or implementation.
Google Makes Tweaks To Blogger
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
I have to admit that it has been about a month since I've updated my own personal blog, which I publish using Google's Blogger. Since the last time I checked, Google has added a number of nifty updates to its set of blogging tools, including the ability to add lists of other blogs into your own.
Tech Careers Looking Shiny In The World Of Money
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
The beleaguered financial services industry can be a bleak place to work these days. But not to Denis Stypulkoski, the new CIO of start-up firm Tygris Commerical Finance Group, where he says optimism and opportunity abound.
Study: GPS Could Save Trucking Industry $53 Billion
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
GPS technology undoubtedly is an effective tool for providing real-time mapping and location-based services. Aside from helping businesses move their assets from point A to point B without getting lost, they also can help save gas money, to the tune of $53 billion for the trucking industry alone.
Gates On Windows: What He Actually Said
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Having been called "a lowlife piece of garbage," among other things, for my post yesterday about a Seattle radio jock's reading of a 2003 e-mail from Bill Gates, I figured some amplification is in order.
Skyhook Seeds Location-Based Services With Hybrid GPS
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Location-based services aren't just GPS-based anymore. Take Skyhook Wireless, which has launched version 2.0 of its XPS Hybrid Positioning. The system is "hybrid" in that it uses signals from Wi-Fi access points, GPS satellites, and cell towers to collectively find the quickest, most precise, and most consistent overall location data to send to users' handsets.
AMD's Quad Opteron Firing On All Cores
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Reports from the field indicate that AMD's quad-core Opteron processor has rebounded big time from problems surrounding its launch late last year. Several resellers tell me that customers have been snapping up significant numbers of quad-core Opteron systems, including high-end, four-socket servers with 16 cores In all. Meanwhile, AMD has rounded out its Opteron lineup with a host of new parts.
$10K For Microsoft's Club Dues
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
After Microsoft went public with its patent licensing specs the other day, I took a closer look at the agreements you have to sign -- and the cash you have to fork over. To license patents from any one Microso
Why Tech Companies Really Hire H-1B Workers
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
The H-1B program puts American workers at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis the visa holders, but low-ball salaries aren't the reason. Or, at least, not the biggest reason.
A Bleak Vision For Orwell's Internet
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
The new book by Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain, a technology thinker and provocateur, lays out a stark, Orwellian vision for the next phase of online development.
AT&T Tells Us How Much We're Going To Spend On The 3G iPhone
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Today AT&T finally provided specific details on who will be eligible for the 3G iPhone, and how much they're going to have to pony up to pay for it and its associated services. The bad news is, existing iPhone users are going to see their prices go up. But AT&T will offer contract-free iPhones at some point for $600 and $700, respectively, for the 8-GB and 16-GB models.
Bad Economy Triggers Belt Tightening Or Record Spending
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Right now, the economic outlook is bleak -- gas prices are up, the stock market is down, and on it goes. But how are smaller businesses responding in the face of discouraging forecasts and tightening resources? On the one hand, cost cutting is the mantra, telecommuting is up, travel is down, but then again, IT spending is at record levels.
Didn't Red Hat Used To Love Xen?
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
KVM, Kernel Virtual Machine, got wrapped into the Linux kernel 2.6.20 back in October, 2006. Now Red Hat is promoting KVM in Fedora. Should you care?
Open Source BI: Spawned by Commoditization or Complexity?
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
I was at last week's Open Source BI Summit sponsored by Sun and it was interesting to see a presentation by Mark Madsen asserting that Open Source is taking hold due to the commoditization of software in the market... Let me take a contrarian position... I believe that the complexities of BI are driving new markets like open source...
Stop Reading Your Kids' Text Messages
Commentary  |  7/1/2008  | 
Privacy has been on my mind the last couple of days. The other day, I talked to a woman who told me she reads her kids' text messages. She eyeballs every line of text they receive.
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