The Pastebin, Evolved
Pastebins are a simple tool for sharing code snippets for public viewing. They've existed seemingly forever and are incredibly popular in IRC (you do still use IRC, right?) where they're used to paste larger amounts of code for discussion, analysis, and debugging. In return for your text, you're given a nicely formatted syntax highlighted page whose URL you can paste into the channel. Typical examples include pastebin.com,
Office Open XML Converter for Mac Office 2004: Better Than Nothing
Microsoft Office 2004 users can now finally read and write Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents in the new Office Open XML file format. The new XML-based file format was introduced with Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows, and Office 2004 users were out of luck reading documents in that format.
Mobile Set To Revitalize Local Newspaper Business?
It's no secret the local newspaper industry is failing, with readers dropping print versions for a more digital means of staying up to date with local news. Among efforts to revive the dying industry is an initiative on behalf of Verve Wireless to pump local news through mobile devices to provide a new medium for local outlets to boost their readership and subsequent ad revenue.
Google Index Reaches 1 Trillion URLs
Three years after Google declared that its index was three times larger than any other search engine and then declined to cite a specific number to support that claim, it was widely believed that Google had tired of index one-upmanship and that it would no longer be measuring its index.
AT&T Paranoid About Xohm/Clearwire Merger, Cries To FCC
It may have been out of the headlines the last few weeks, but out of sight does not mean out of mind for AT&T when it comes to the merger between Sprint's Xohm WiMax service and Clearwire. It recently filed a petition with the FCC trying to block the merger in what would be a serious competitive threat to its own 3G network.
The View From Google Knol
Google's answer to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, Google Knol (short for Knowledge), launched earlier this week to some fanfare, at least from cash-strapped authors and other subject-matter experts.
Windows Memory Has Physical, Design, and Marketing Limitations
Mark Russinovich is one of Microsoft's best technical people, and he shows that every time he makes a blog post. This week he has a great post about the maximum supported memory in different versions of Windows. I thought I knew this story pretty well by now, but learned several new things about the limits--and the interesting reasons behind them.
OSCON, Pt. 4.2: openSUSE's Eleventh Hour (And Twelfth, And Thirteenth...)
Aside from having one of the niftier names in the industry, Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier has a pretty nifty job, too: He's the openSUSE Community Manager at Novell, where he oversees the folks that help make what will ultimately turn into the next version of SUSE Linux Enterprise. I grabbed a few minutes of his time to follow up on things I'd talked to him about back at the Red Hat Summit.
Memo To Forrester: Vista Is Not The Problem
Everyone's atwitter (not that Twitter) about the new "enterprise trends" report from Forrester Research, which stuck the shiv in Microsoft's virtual back by comparing Vista to "new Coke." Wrong; Vista is actually like Sprite -- it's a decent alternative to Windows XP, though not to everyone's taste.
Customer Service, the Web 2.0 Way
Are you still not convinced that using Web 2.0 tools to get in touch with your customers is incredibly effective? Check out Comcast's "digital care manager" whose sole job is to troll the Web responding to negative comments about the company. Yes, Comcast is a large enterprise but what this guy is doing is something your smaller business could do on a smaller scale.
Gmail Adds Easy Email Encryption
E-mail can be a major security headache. That's why corporations take pains to ensure that their sensitive e-mails are protected. Sometimes that means using encryption. Gmail users always get encryption protection when signing in, but now it's easier to encrypt messages and everything else, too.
Vibrations Part II
In my last entry we opened up a can of worms around drive vibration, discussing what it is and how it occurs. Vibration exists, but why should you, the IT professional, care? This stuff is all on RAID 5, right? Why do you care if a drive fails?
DNS Woes: How Worried Should You Be? Pretty Dang Worried!
Yesterday's news that the first DNS attack strategies are circulating was no surprise: once a vulnerability -- large, small or in-between -- is discovered, the exploit code follows like rats nipping at the heels of the Pied Piper. The question is, how worried should you be about this particular vulnerability? Pretty worried, is my take.
If you sit through enough unified communications marketing presentations, sooner rather than later, you'll hear someone confidently assert that "UC is more than just click to call." But what if click to call is really enough for you?
Two Years to Integrate DatAllegro? I Doubt It
Talking to Fausto Ybarra, Microsoft's director of SQL Server product management, I certainly didn't get the idea that the integration of DatAllegro's software for shared-nothing, massively parallel processing (MPP) with Microsoft SQL Server will take an eternity... Stuart Frost and independent Curt Monash also say it's a "straigtforward" proposition, and I believe them.
Two More Views of the Microsoft-DATAllegro Deal
I learned of the Microsoft-DATAllegro deal from DATAllegro e-mail sent at 12:57 pm EDT on July 24. Ten hours later, I thought I'd see what others had to say. The search for views was more illuminating than any additional analyses I found. Take a look... if you don't mind snarky blog articles —
Content Migrations: Not For The Faint Of Heart
A number of bloggers in the content management community have been buzzing about why Oracle recently migrated its internal and external blogs to Movable Type instead of one of its own tools. It's a fair question, but the migration is understandable, as Movable Type is a solid platform, and well-suited to the type of work they are doing. But I'm interested in a more pragmatic question: How did Oracle manage to migrate all of that content?
Disclosure Isn't Working
After a decade of writing about IT security, I don't know how anyone would think this current system of disclose and patch is working. It's not.
Beyond Server Farms In The Sky
In a previous entry, I wrote about how weeks of outages had forced Twitter, the popular microblogging site, to scale back on service features in an effort to keep its servers from going down.
You Think You Have Problems?
Despite cuts to both capital and operating budgets, the CIO of Oakland County, Mich., is bullish on the prospects of keeping his IT group efficient and serving his customers effectively.
The "Consumerization" Of Business Intelligence
You might think that business intelligence is the last software category to be affected by the trend toward consumer technology eclipsing its business equivalents. But according to the CEO of BI vendor QlikTech, it's already happening.
OSCON Pt. 3.2: OpenOffice.Org's 'Meaningless' Community Manager
Right after my chat with Zack of MySQL, I sat down with Louis Suarez-Potts, the community manager for OpenOffice.org -- a project that's probably every bit as important to Sun as MySQL, if not more so. Our conversation rambled a bit (he's a Philip K. Dick fan, same as me), but I was able to touch on the most important things on my mind -- and the first thing I learned was that Louis's job description is, in his words, "m
DATAllegro? Is Microsoft Buying the Wrong Company?
My first thought on learning of Microsoft's plan to acquire DW appliance vendor DATAllegro is that MS is buying the wrong company. Yes, DATAllegro's parallelized database technology will fill a big gap in Microsoft's DW product line, namely that SQL Server doesn't scale to the top end, but the technology isn't compatible. It's Dataupia that would, without disruption, close the gap. No, this deal is about gutting DATAllegro. Look at the details —
Will In-Flight Web Access Save The Airline Industry?
This will almost certainly go down as the worst year in the history of the U.S. airline industry. Buffeted by high fuel costs, the airlines are canceling flights -- and losing money -- in record numbers. But there's a glimmer of hope in providing in-flight Web access to passengers.
Verizon Wireless Kills Off The Palm Treo 755p
Well, that was a short-lived affair. Verizon Wireless has announced it is phasing out the Palm Treo 755p. Verizon only began selling the 755p several months ago, and apparently now favors the younger, hipper Centro to serve as its sole offering running the Palm platform. I can just barely make out "Taps" in the distance.
What the Microsoft-DatAllegro Deal Means for Customers, Vendors and BI
By acquiring DatAllegro, Microsoft is filling a performance and scalability gap that has kept them from consideration in larger data warehouse deals... Regardless of any roadmap, the acquisition won't affect SQLServer users for at least two years... It will be hard to compete with Microsoft's deep pockets and a 100 percent SQLServer-compatible database...
Mobile Social Networking A Big Fat Failure So Far?
Despite the online popularity of Web sites such as MySpace and Facebook, a recent study shows that 93% of mobile users fail to access their social networking sites from their mobile phones. I fall into the small percentage of people who use their mobile phones for social networking pretty much every day. Why is such a small minority networking from their phones?
OSCON, Pt. 3.1: MySQL's Day In The Sun
On Wednesday I sat down at OSCON with a slew of people from Sun Microsystems to talk about key parts of their empire, both new and old. First up was Zack Urlocker of MySQL (whom I'd observed at the Monday Participate 08 panel), one of the newest additions to the Sun galaxy, and an acquisition that's caused a great deal of worry amongst existing MySQL users.
Google Hosts More Malware Than Anyone Else
Security firm Sophos has been poking around the Internet on the hunt for malware and found out that Google's Blogger service is the world's No. 1 repository for the evil code. Some 2% of all malware can be found on Google's servers. Google, time to clean house.
DNS Flaw Attacks Coming: Patch Now!!!
The first attackware strategies based on the widespread DNS flaw announced earlier this month have been spotted. If you haven't patched yet, do it now, before it's too late. (Some say it's already too late.)
Failed Startup Recounts Its Mistakes
Angel investor Roger Ehrenberg has provided a frank assessment of what went wrong at Monitor110, a Web-based information service for hedge fund traders that closed down a few days ago. Many startups fail, but few are this candid about their mistakes.