Commentary
Content posted in August 2005
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Software (In) Security
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" That ought to be the first thing every user hears upon breaking the seal on a new application or hitting the "download now" button. Given the rate at which new apps and operating system updates are being cracked, hacked, and infested, perhaps the software industry should adopt as its mascot, the zealously protective, but often useless Robot from the mid-'60s sci-fi classic series, "Lost In S
Software (In) Security
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Unwary Users Make Firefox Easy Prey
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
Installing the wrong extension could turn Firefox into a sitting duck. For security experts, version control -- and a watchful eye over whyat's on users' systems -- are just as important here as anyplace else.
Langa Letter: Software Suites Versus Standalone Tools
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
The new version of ZoneAlarm illustrates both sides of the debate, Fred Langa says.
Opinion: Zotob - An Avoidable Worm And The Negligence Factor
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
Computer industry analyst Rob Enderle says the Zotob incident proves that companies have gotten lax with security upgrades and could be heading toward negligence when it comes to network security.
Why Kids Aren't Getting Into IT
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Web Services Insecurity
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Back in 2002, only 5% of businesses had finished Web-services projects, according to IDC. But over the next couple of years, most organizations will have deployed Web services in one form or another, and the overall market should be worth a whopping $21 billion by 2007.
Privacy: Not Just Less, But Different
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
In The Chips
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Weird News For The Wired, Part II
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Innovation In The Eye Of The Beholder?
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Bugs, Crime, And Punishment
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Open Source, Security, And Podcasting
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Discernment Takes Time
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Per-Core Software Pricing For The Desktop?
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Right now it's just a Big IT story, all about more powerful servers and complicated software licensing agreements, but sooner or later -- probably sooner -- it will come down to the desktop and affect the way you pay for software: Multi-core processors will mean you'll pay a per-core price for the applications you run.
Getting Things Done
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Confessions Of An E-Mail Junkie
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Data Breaches Threaten Customer Intelligence
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
Data that can't be gathered, can't be analyzed. And that's why business intelligence pros should start paying attention to the parade of data that's marching out of supposedly secure servers at organizations of every size and stripe. According to findings from personalization software maker ChoiceStream, 63 percent of consumers in a recent survey say they fear for the security of the personal data they provide to Web sites.
Keeping Your Best Employees On The Job
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
What's A Wiki?
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
I'm Sticking With Travelocity Because Of Its Lousy Customer Service
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
The offshoring of IT work to India is now mainstream, and the quality level of completed work is generally good, if not excellent. However, the same can't be said for offshore call centers, where language and cultural barriers often lead to frustrating customer experiences. Yet the practice will continue to grow--and here's one example of why.
The Planning Begins For Windows Vista
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
U.S. Blues
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Ars Technica posted a news item late last week that made me wonder if April 1 somehow came around twice this year. The U.S. Copyright Office wants to build a new Web site that, according to a notice posted August 1, may work only with Internet Explorer.
The Planning Begins For Windows Vista
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Now that Microsoft has released its Windows Vista operating system for beta testing, we decided to ask people when their companies will begin to deploy the finished product. One key finding: Only one in five respondents say they'll begin implementing the operating system within 12 months of general availability.
The Desktop Linux Debate
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
The Microsoft iPod? Give Me a Break
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Microsoft's claim that it invented the iPod would be really funny if it weren't so sad. In fact, it is exactly what is wrong with issuing patents for high-tech ideas: Microsoft, a company that did absolutely zero to put an iPod in your pocket, is getting set to try to grab the profits from the company that actually made the effort, Apple.
BPM Beyond IT
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Everyone defines categories of technology differently -- from vendors and analysts to journalists and users. Here at Business Intelligence Pipeline, we consider business process management (BPM), if not a subset of BI, then at least a very close cousin. The automation of business processes inherently involves data aggregation, analysis and reporting. That's the reason we bring tips and news on BPM along with more traditional analysis, data warehousing and the like. My note to you this week focu
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
Editor's Note: Get Into The Video Mix
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
Business Technology: Phone Service Rings Up Customer Loyalty
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
One of the latest buzzwords is MVNO. Is it another silly acronym or a bold new technology-based opportunity to enhance customer experiences and increase revenue? Plus, Bob Evans asks, how do you feel about men in capri pants?
What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
A few weeks ago, we asked for your input on whether we should change the delivery timing of this newsletter. Over 1,000 of you were good enough to respond (1,043), and as promised - here are the results: Same time as now: 4 a.m. Eastern time-- 66% . Noon Eastern time is OK-- 18%. Don't care-- 16%.
The Great Desktop Linux Controversy
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
There still doesn't seem to be a consensus regarding the validity of Linux as a desktop operating system. The head of IBM's software business used LinuxWorld as an opportunity to promote the promise of desktop Linux. Then again, IBM isn't the biggest fan of Microsoft. Meanwhile, a Gartner study spelled out that desktop Linux adoption is way behind where it should be at this point, or at least behind where Gartner thought it would be at this point. Here's the deal ...
In Case You've Been In Outer Space, LinuxWorld Was This Week
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Another LinuxWorld show has come to pass. It's been a long time since LinuxWorld was dominated by technical folk who used it as a forum for exchanging ideas and an opportunity to attach a face with a screen identity. LinuxWorld is now about how open-source can be "sold" to address the overarching issues facing IT managers today: boosting security and cutting costs. The IT world's biggest vendors were once again out in full force, this time linking arms in a show of unity and trying to convince t
Broadband, Linux, And Web Trends
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Windows Mobile Treo 670 Ships Q1 2006 - Report
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
The Chinese-language Commercial Times reported yesterday that Palm will likely outsource production of its Treo 670 smart phone, which will apparently run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, to Taiwan's High Tech Computer (HTC), and that volume shipments would begin in the first quarter of next year.
Blogging About Work? Play Nice
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Cool Download: iPod Photo Subway Maps
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Nerve.com design director William Bright has created a site where he has posted free subway maps designed to be displayed in iPod Photo players. Nice!
Blogging About Work? Play Nice
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
There's a tsunami building, fed by a combustible mix of incredibly stupid (and apparently mean-spirited) workers, public blogs, and nervous companies. I'm referring to the growing numbers of folks fired or reprimanded in the workplace for either exposing company plans or posting negative comments about co-workers in public blogs. The latest example comes from the Southern California branch of AAA, which last week fired 27 workers over their postings on the MySpace social-networking Web site, a
SmartAdvice: Agile Programming Not For The Risk Averse
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
Once an architectural framework has been set, agile programming can give a quick turnaround on specific modules, The Advisory Council says. Also, built-in code tests or unit tests remain the best way to get quality apps.
The Transmigration Of Your PC's Soul
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
We reported back in July on FingerGear's $149 Computer-On-a-Stick, which is a USB 2.0 flash drive complete with a bootable onboard Linux operating system and open source office suite. While that's shipping now, IBM researchers are working on another solution called the SoulPad designed to do something similar. The Sou
Out-In-The-Open Source
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
The news from LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week makes a very interesting point: Linux and open-source software seem to be making gains in the enterprise. IBM and Novell kicked off the Linux lovefest with major declarations of support for the OS, and the president of Oracle delivered the keynote. Those companies, some of the biggest in the business, wouldn't have done that if Linux weren't working for them. And were it works is serv
Hands-On SOA
Commentary  |  8/9/2005  | 
This week we had a plethora of superb hands-on features on service-oriented architectures (SOAs). The first one was a review of Axis 1.2.1 by our chief SOA reviewer, Shane Turner. Shane points out that as more companies turn to Web services as a viable means of deploying light-weight, distributed application components, the matter of adhering to accepted standards becomes paramount. One such standard that many companies and organiza
Review: A Utility For Cleaning The Windows Registry
Commentary  |  8/9/2005  | 
AMUST Registry Cleaner intelligently deals with your Windows registry, and offers features that encourage you to use it often enough to make it effective.
Add Fast Net Access To The American Dream
Commentary  |  8/9/2005  | 
Most Americans, even those with little wealth, can't live these days without a car, a microwave, and cable TV. Add to that fast Internet access.
Next Treo Powered By MS Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
The next version of the Palm Treo, which reportedly will be called the Treo 670, will apparently run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system instead of the Palm OS that it was designed around. It's hard to believe, since the company that makes the Treo, now called Palm, and the company that makes the Palm OS, used to be one company, and emerged over the years in an environment of competing head-on with Microsoft's Windows CE and Windows Mobile platforms. The gadget blog
Snap 'Em Up
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
Welcome back to the binge. Oracle and IBM both announced acquisitions last week that will have a major impact on their ability to deliver more of the data that business intelligence experts want. Both database giants, it seems, are working hard to provide wider swathes of information. As they should. And as they will continue to do.
Lindex 2005?
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
Let me say right off the bat: I wouldn't wish the ghost of that bloated old dingbat of a trade show on my worst enemy, much less on my meal ticket. It's true that the pre-LinuxWorld PR feeding frenzy of the past few weeks reminded me just a bit of "Bombdex" during its late-90s baroque peak. The similarities, however, end right there: Unlike the exercise in self-parody that until last year vi
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