Mishandling Information Overload A Security and Legal Risk
Small and midsize businesses generate digital information a furious rate -- same as bigger business (and individuals, for that matter.) What to save and what to toss -- and the consequences of either -- looms large among security, business, compliance and fiduciary concerns. A new slideshow offers some interesting and provocative takes on taking out (and keeping in) the digital trash.
How to Loosen E-Mail's Grip: One Man's Odyssey
E-mail has become one of the greatest time-sucking tools of nearly everyone's workday. Do you dare calculate how much time you spend every morning reading and responding to the myriad of messages that have flooded your inbox? Not to mention the incessant messages that pop up throughout the day. One man decided to fight back.
Why Tech Companies Really Hire H-1B Workers
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
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
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.
What's Video Good For?
Videoconferencing is a hot technology, one that's seeing 30%+ annual growth in both revenue and units shipped, according to Wainhouse Research. The assumption is that this growth is being driven, at least in part, by companies' desire to avoid employee travel as fuel prices rise. But people who look at this market closely say travel avoidance is only a small part of video's appeal.
Bad Economy Triggers Belt Tightening Or Record Spending
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?
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?
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
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.