Commentary
Content posted in August 2005
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U.S. Businesses Need India's Talent And Costs To Compete--With India
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
The nearly inevitable rise of India as a major manufacturer of commercial software throws a new wrinkle into the debate over offshore outsourcing and what, if anything, should be done to protect the jobs of U.S. IT workers threatened by the phenomenon.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  8/5/2005  | 
Next Treo Powered By MS Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  8/5/2005  | 
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.
Business Technology: Redefine Your IT Mind-Set At Fall Conference
Commentary  |  8/5/2005  | 
Want to win an expense-paid trip to InformationWeek's Fall Conference, Sept. 18-21 in beautiful Palm Springs, featuring Wal-Mart CIO Linda Dillman? Just read Bob Evans' column and answer a few questions, and you're in the running!
SmartAdvice: Tracking Open-Source Code In Proprietary Apps
Commentary  |  8/4/2005  | 
Licensing problems can result if open-source code is used and it doesn't meet a company's acceptable-use policies, The Advisory Council says. Also, unhappiness abounds with custom software packages when cost outweighs project satisfaction.
Secret CIO: Shut Off Options At Your Own Risk
Commentary  |  8/4/2005  | 
Pre-empting decisions can cut off valuable discussion at the top.
The Privacy Lawyer: Wireless Freeloaders Are Breaking The Law
Commentary  |  8/4/2005  | 
You can try to justify it, but there's no way around the fact. And if you fear it's your wireless connection that's being stolen, it's time to get proactive about securing that network.
Langa Letter: A Must-Have Repair And Recovery Tool
Commentary  |  8/4/2005  | 
If you ever have to recover files from an unbootable drive or try to bring a dead PC back to life, here's a free, zero-footprint tool you shouldn't be without, Fred Langa says.
NewsGator Goes Corporate With RSS Server
Commentary  |  8/4/2005  | 
NewsGator said Thursday that it will take its flagship RSS aggregation engine to the corporate market in the third quarter with the introduction of NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES).
Linux In Your Lap!
Commentary  |  8/3/2005  | 
Earlier this year, Linux Certified, a company based down in the South Bay, sent me a laptop system for a few weeks of tire-kicking. At the time, I planned to write a full review of the LC2210D but lacked the bandwidth to get it done. That's a shame, because Linux Certified delivered one of the smoothest experiences I've had using any laptop computer -- whether PC or portable, Linux or Windows. Now, they're also quite a bit less expensive, which gives
If You Can't Join 'Em Lick 'Em
Commentary  |  8/3/2005  | 
Apple's admission that computer users have more than one finger and therefore can push more than one mouse button is a major break with the company's "I'd rather be right than popular" attitude. It's also another sign that Steve Jobs really is getting serious about going after a bigger share of the PC market. At least that's what I hope. I'd love to see some real competition between Apple and Microsoft for the de
Fingerbang!
Commentary  |  8/3/2005  | 
Update: I checked into the question of whether FingerGear provides source code for the Linux distro (a Debian variant) on its "Computer On A Stick" device. They do, in fact, provide the source code, upon request, to paying customers -- and as a newsletter reader reminded me, the GPL terms require a developer to supply the source only when it supplies the softw
Mozilla, Inc.
Commentary  |  8/3/2005  | 
Mozilla sells out! Well, not really, and certianly not in a bad way: Today, the Mozilla Foundation announced that it was spinning off a taxable, for-profit corporation to take over the product development, marketing, and distribution activities for Firefox and Thunderbird. In most ways, very little will change: The Foundation "owns" the Corporation and still runs the show. Assuming the Corporation plays its cards right, Mozilla will be in a
Beefed-Up Bellwether
Commentary  |  8/2/2005  | 
Business Objects' most recent earnings indicate the customer side still has a healthy appetite for BI tools.
Beefed-Up Bellwether
Commentary  |  8/2/2005  | 
Business Objects' rivals don't like to hear the software company referred to as a "BI Bellwether." But despite advances made by the likes of Cognos and Hyperion in recent months, a bellwether is exactly what Business Objects continues to be. That said, Business Objects' most recent earnings indicate customers are maintaining a healthy appetite for BI tools.
Printer Prices Tumble, But At A Cost
Commentary  |  8/2/2005  | 
Printer prices are tumbling this summer, but weep not for the vendors. They have other ways of squeezing money from their customers. Buying a cheap printer now can cost more later.
Happy Anniversary SOX
Commentary  |  8/2/2005  | 
It's been three years since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law, and public companies are well into their second year of compliance. So where do we stand?
ESB For SOA Reliability
Commentary  |  8/2/2005  | 
An SOA promises many things -- you can keep using existing applications rather than building them from scratch, they are scalable and robust, and, if designed right, should be capable of "on-demand" response to the needs of the enterprise. But one of the trade-offs of SOA is reliability, especially with
Cisco: Dare To Be Stupid
Commentary  |  8/1/2005  | 
First things first: There is now a legal defense fund accepting contributions on behalf of ex-ISS researcher Mike Lynn, who now faces a possible FBI criminal investigation. You can PayPal donations to abaddon@IO.com. EFF will get any leftover funds.
Successful Outsourcing Is 80% Prep Work
Commentary  |  8/1/2005  | 
Outsourcing isn't just an option for large companies, but it sure can seem that way to smaller businesses that have neither the staff nor budget to navigate what can be very treacherous waters for the unwary or the unwise.
A Ratings System for Open Source Software
Commentary  |  8/1/2005  | 
A rating system for open-source software will be announced at OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention going on this week in Portland, OR, The New York Times reports. The system is the cooperative work of Intel, the O'Reilly CodeZoo, Carnegie Mellon Univerity, and SpikeSource, a start-up company that supports and tests corporate open-source projects.
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