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Content posted in August 2006
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Linux Education Gap?
Commentary  |  8/18/2006  | 
The rules of good panel etiquette get kind of twisted at places like LinuxWorld, where audience members don't so much raise questions as share, ahem, points of view. But actually, that's a good thing.
Catching Up
Commentary  |  8/17/2006  | 
BI And More At LinuxWorld
Commentary  |  8/17/2006  | 
Open source took center stage in the tech world this week as the spotlight turned to the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco. Among the vendors of interest to Business Intelligence Pipeline readers were Adaptive Planning, IBM and JasperSoft.
Readers Chime In On The Greatest Software Ever
Commentary  |  8/17/2006  | 
Our article on the Greatest Software Ever stirred many reader responses, from a variety of sources, including one from a writer who has a picture of himself next to a running Colossus machine--the machine that cracked the Nazi codes--at Bletchley Park, England.

Many of the comments add depth and understanding to my selections. Several writers made good arguments contesting some choices, particularly
What's Your Favorite Software Ever?
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
The blog Lifehacker has a neat take on our Greatest Software article. They ask their readers to describe their favorite software ever. Not necessarily the best--just their favorites.

The nominees are an interesting bunch, ranging from 25-year-old software th
Yo! Reality's Over Here!
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
Collaboration In the Age of Terrorism
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
Are Apple's New Open Source Efforts Enough?
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
During the week of WWDC, Apple announced a handful of initiatives at revitalizing their open source development efforts. In particular, the company stated that Darwin on Intel would be released as open source (something the company had thus far refused to do), and also said that Apple would be putting up a hosting system for Mac open source projects. This follows on the fairly public breakdown between Ap
Pepsi Outsources CEO Job To India
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
Among the more frequent suggestions I hear from American tech workers opposed to outsourcing is this: "Why don't they just outsource the CEO?" Well, one major U.S. multinational just did…sort of.
Dell's Computers Are Hot, But Not The Company
Commentary  |  8/15/2006  | 
Consumers are always looking for the next "hot" technology. But when at least one Dell computer reportedly burst into flames at conference in Japan, and the company on Tuesday recalled more than 4 million laptop batteries used in its systems, it put an undesired spin on the company's image in the market and highlighted a potentially hazardous situation.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Your Computer
Commentary  |  8/15/2006  | 
Software That's Great, And Not So Much
Commentary  |  8/15/2006  | 
Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Your Computer
Commentary  |  8/14/2006  | 
Perhaps it will be a stroke of genius to link voice recognition into established IT apps, or perhaps it will be one more piece of bloatware that IT doesn't really want to have to deal with.
A Glimpse Into The 'Web 3.0'
Commentary  |  8/14/2006  | 
In the very near future, your PC will learn what you want by tracking your online activities and what you do at your computer, then use the Internet and the interests of other people like you to try to fulfill all your wishes. Limited glimpses into that future are possible now. One example that came to my attention today is a new service called Tourb.us ("Tourbus" using the URL http://tourb.us).
Best Bits: Perpendicular Vs. Horizontal Drive Technology
Commentary  |  8/14/2006  | 
The benchmarks say they're fast--but then why don't they speed up your applications?
Steve Jobs Lives!
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
In the days following Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, a number of online publications expressed concern that Steve Jobs was sick. This isn't simply wild speculation brought on by lack of a world-shaking product announcement: Two years ago, Jobs
5 That Almost Made The List Of Greatest Software Ever
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
It was no easy task researching and writing our cover story this week describing the 12 best pieces of software written. After the agony of whittling that list down to a top dozen, you'd think I'd be finished. But no, here are the top five other programs that didn't make the list--even though they were very, very strong candidates.
Down To Business: When It Comes To Cheap PCs, Don't Count On The Bureaucrats
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
If governments have shown they are good at one thing, it's debating and stalling controversial public policy initiatives that don't show immediate returns. Time for countries to plan for the long haul.
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
Why We Fail to Collaborate
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
IT Confidential: Cell Phones As Talismans And Terrorists Tools
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
I'd like to take that cell phone and jam it, but the FCC won't let me
Would You Rather Buy Things With Your Phone Or Your Finger?
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
To me, paying by finger sounds a lot cooler than paying by phone. But there's also an inherent creepiness to biometric identification--this is your flesh that's being measured by that machine, after all.
Intel Preparing Students For Multicore Future
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
The technology evolution that may well most significantly change the course of computing over the remainder of the decade and beyond is multicore processing. Dual-core processors have rapidly moved into the mainstream, but the advent of quad-core devices by year-end and even greater core densities in the years ahead will add increasing complexity to both hardware and software design. Intel hopes to ease the transition to multicore processing with new programs at major universities that target th
Opinion: Open Source Upside Speaks For Itself
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
CRN Editor Heather Clancy says there's more interest in Linux than ever before among solution providers -- and a recent survey vividly illustrates why so many providers are in such a hurry to jump on the Open Source bandwagon.
Tracking Technology's Future
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
Choosing technologies to invest in would be a lot easier with a crystal ball. Peering into the sphere you could see the products destined to fail, and those headed for success. Heck, you might even be tempted to put a few dollars down on the winner of the next Kentucky Derby, retire, and let someone else worry about the future of IT.
Lost! Where did our knowledge go?
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
Bloatosphere
Commentary  |  8/9/2006  | 
A Matter Of Attention & Focus
Commentary  |  8/9/2006  | 
In Tools, IBM Leads But Microsoft No Longer Trails Far Behind
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
IBM is boasting that its Rational IDE won the highest marks in a recent Evans Data survey. But Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net was No. 2. As a matter of fact, Visual Studio was nipping at the heels of Rational, and it's got a lot more users than Rational does.
Bloatosphere
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
The number of blogs has increased 100-fold since 2003 to 50 million. In addition, the total has doubled every six months for about two years, according to a new report quantifying the blogosphere by Technorati. In July alone, there were 1.6 million blog postings daily, or 18.6 per second. Two blogs were created each second of each day.
U.S. Tech Workers In Hot Demand Despite More Outsourcing
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
So much for predictions that outsourcing would turn the United States into a nation of burger flippers. A new survey shows that most tech professionals are too busy working to worry about competition from low-cost labor in India. And here's the most stunning thing about all this.
In Child Porn Case, An IP Address Points To Jail Time
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
Robert Johnson, the former CEO of Bowne & Co. who was busted last year for possession of child pornography, last week admitted his guilt and now faces up to 30 years in prison. Johnson downloaded child porn images and movies onto his workplace PC from the comfort of his executive office in Bowne's New York City headquarters. An IP address, however, proved to be Johnson's undoing.
Sprint Ready To Reveal 4G Plans Today; WSJ Says WiMax
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint will choose WiMax technology for its next-generation wireless network. If so, it's a huge win for the fledgling technology, since Intel can only drive WiMax so far.
Where Are The Jobs? IT Services
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
IT services firms employ 1.27 million people, not even 1% of the nearly 135.4 million nonfarm workers in America. Yet the growth in IT services employment last month represented 10.4% of all new jobs in the United States.
Ad-Blocking Using Apple's Web Clip
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
Among the many intriguing features of Mac OS X Leopard that Apple previewed on Monday, Web Clip is the most subversive. Web Clip allows anyone to create an Apple Dashboard widget--essentially a small application--that displays a portion of any Web page. As demonstrated, a user can select a specific area of any given Web page, such as a video feed from a Web cam, without showing any other part of the originating Web
All The News That's Fit To Goog . . . Er, Search For
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
The last seven days were hopping for Google watchers. Indeed, judging from the company's frenetic pace, it won't be long before Stanford has an endowed chair of Googleology--which has as much chance of being located in the law school or sociology department as in the computer science building.
Net Neutrality Hyperbole Stumbles On
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
A Sweltering Summer Of No Surprises
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
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