Commentary
Content posted in August 2007
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What's in a Name?
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
New iMacs, .Mac Upgrade Rumored For Tuesday
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
What's Apple got up its sleeve for its Tuesday announcement? Apple blogs say the company plans to unveil sleeker iMacs and possibly an upgrade to the .Mac service, and that Apple plans a new flash-based video iPod next month.

Is It Possible To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
One intrepid iPhone fan has posted a guide to unlocking the iPhone. Engadget claims to have spotted a process that, frankly, looks really long and more than a little scary. Does it actually work?
Is Your Home PC Better Than Your Work PC?
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
If so, you are likely a big headache to your IT department. But you're also not alone. According to Yankee Group, 50% of employees think their home technology outpaces their work technology and aren't afraid to bend rules. What's an enterprise to do?
Forget RFID. GPS Is The New Tech Bogeyman
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
So you're thinking of using GPS-enabled technology in some way, from optimizing sales calls to offering directions to route drivers. It's getting easier, with GPS built into more smartphones. But execs would be wise to remember the lessons of RFID, and the depths of tech paranoia it revealed.
Real 'Fake Steve Jobs' Tried To Out Anonymous Linux Blogger
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
Talk about irony. Now that we know "Fake Steve Jobs" is Forbes reporter Dan Lyons, we also know that FSJ--as Lyons--once tried to out the tech industry's other, equally infamous sub-rosa blogger--Groklaw's Pamela Jones.
Nokia Jumps From Apple's Bed To Microsoft's Bed
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
Just last week, Nokia released a new media transfer beta program for Mac computers. Today, it announced a new PlayReady DRM licensing agreement with Microsoft. Looks like Nokia is playing both sides of the fence ahead of its music-themed launch in London later this month.
Business Users Don't Feel The Love From Wireless Carriers
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
According to a new study from In-Stat, business users change wireless carriers more often than regular consumers. Why? It's simple. They don't get enough attention from their carriers.
Ensure Best-Possible Performance From SaaS
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
Those who leverage enterprise applications have two major complaints. First, the apps are too complex and too difficult to use. Second, they perform poorly, which is what I'm focusing on here... Most SaaS-vendors rely on the traditional HTTP/HTML pump-and-pull architecture. Thus, we're really using well-designed, well-delivered Web sites when using SaaS applications, not true, dynamic native interfaces. So, what's a SaaS advocate to do? Here are a few tips:
Measuring the Value of Collaboration
Commentary  |  8/6/2007  | 
Where To Find A Quad-Core Bargain (And Which Intel Processor Is Selling For More Than List)
Commentary  |  8/5/2007  | 
Here's a strange, but understandable, example of free-market capitalism at work in the market for hot chips. Intel instituted deep price cuts on many of its processors on July 22, the better to stoke demand and squeeze AMD. However, Intel's top-of-the-line Core 2 Extreme QX6850 is now so popular that it's actually selling for a price well above the company's list. At the same time, one big quad-core bargain
3 Tips For Getting More From Your Mac
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
Learn how to fix the mouse problem you didn't even know you had, find out which applications are hogging your processor cycles, and replace the Finder with an ultra-powerful alternative.

Illegal Online Drug Network Broken Up
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
Down To Business: The Sky Isn't Falling When It Comes To U.S. Broadband
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
We have a way to go still, and much to prove, especially in wireless, but the free market is producing considerable advances.
Microsoft Delays Upgraded Office For The Mac, Shoots Itself In The Foot
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
Earlier this week, I sent a very authoritative e-mail to my editors, explaining that Microsoft would likely update the Mac version of Office in the first couple of weeks of August. A day later, Microsoft announced that the update will be delayed until January. Do you ever have weeks like that?

The Contributor
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
There's arguably no greater CIO contributor to his company's product development, and ultimately its growth opportunities, than Hewlett-Packard's Randy Mott.
CIOs Uncensored: Whither The Role Of The CIO?
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
As the traditional data center model withers away, what happens to the tech-oriented CIO?
Why AdMob Rocks The Mobile Ad Market And Google Doesn't
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
As I completed my daily roundup of the mobile blogosphere, I noticed a post on Russell Beattie's Weblog about AdMob. Beattie sent out mad props to AdMob for hitting a new record: over five billion mobile ad impressions served. How on earth did AdMob do it?
Mobile Phones As Artistic Tools?
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
Has the mobile phone come far enough to be its own artistic tool or medium? The Betty K Mix Studio thinks so, and recently conducted an artistic experiment with 25 painters to create a collective piece of artwork with mobile phones.
When Is A CIO Not A CIO?
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
In which I learn the real meaning of CIO in the financial community, and that there are limits to a PR person's patience.
Mobile TV: A Huge Failure?
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
The sound of white noise coming from England is deafening. Several months ago, Over the Air reported that mobile TV services were not taking off as expected in the U.K. A new article in the Guardian practically sounds the de
Search Will Assimilate You
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
Give up your free will now. In the future, Google and other search engines will search you and dictate to you, not the other way around. Maybe.
Measuring Microsoft SharePoint Growth
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
Microsoft SharePoint continues to grow apace. In a presentation to financial analysts earlier this week, Microsoft stated that in the past year it has seen 35-percent year-over-year growth and revenues of a staggering $800 Million. The company claims is has shipped 85 million seat licenses to 17,000 customers since the beginning of SharePoint time (in 2001). If there was ever any lingering doubt that SharePoint was having an impact on the market, these numbers put that argument to rest.
Brains Trump Money For Startups
Commentary  |  8/3/2007  | 
The balance of power is shifting from investors to hackers when it comes to starting a software company.
Eggs And IT
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
How much interesting shoptalk can you get up to over coffee and waffles? A lot -- and all of it relevant and penetrating.
Sun's Niagara 2 Processor Is Multicore Computing On Steroids
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Think you've heard the latest word on multicore computing via the new crop of quad-core processors from Intel and AMD? That stuff is nice, but if you want the heaviest-duty multicore going, you gotta call Sun Microsystems, which is on the verge of unveiling its eight-core, 64-thread Niagara 2 processor.
The ROI Of Innovation
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Most executives view innovation as one of their top three priorities, but they're increasingly frustrated with their returns on such investments. That's the big takeaway from a new Boston Consulting Group survey of nearly 2,500 execs worldwide.
DoS Attack Feared
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Rant: Brilliant Journalists Prove That If You Leave Your iPod Lying Around, It'll Get Stolen
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Demonstrating that the spirit of investigative journalism is not dead, Dateline did an expose about how, if you leave your iPod lying around unattended in public, it'll get stolen. I'm sure there's a Pulitzer Prize in this for Dateline. Because we could never have figured that out on our own.

Solaris, Virtualization Combo Floats All Boats?
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Bundled virtualization features in Solaris 10 are bolstering the IT industry's server business and may even have a positive impact on the storage sector, if CEO Jonathan Schwartz is to be believed.
Who Needs A Free Version Of Works?
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
One of the informal rules of computing, as recognized by most of my friends and colleagues (at least, those who know anything about the subject), is: Thou Shalt Avoid Microsoft Works. The suite, which is presumably directed toward consumers, hasn't been really useful for anything but the most elementary tasks for years now. It's a suite with training wheels.
How Many People Really Use Linux -- And Stick With It?
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
I am growing infernally curious about what the end-of-the-year sales figures for Dell's Ubuntu machines will be. Not just how many bought those machines or in what proportion to Windows users, but how their long-term experiences shape up against others (as well as whether or not they elected to buy support). What if Linux has its big day in the sun, and simply doesn't achieve more than a small percentage of the market?
In-Stat: Handset Biz Headed For Major Shake Up
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Like it or not, technology is an important part of our everyday lives. As we come to rely on it more and more for the little things (like remembering to attend meetings or pick up the kids from soccer practice), how we interact with it becomes increasingly vital. And that is set to change.
When all you can think about is IT
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
So, you think you don't need no stinkin' full-time IT department?
Make Your BI Vendor Partnership a Priority
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
When you're buying BI as a point solution or departmental purchase, the idea of a customer-vendor partnership may not matter. When you're buying for the enterprise, it should. While BI software has become enterprise class, BI account management - for the most part - has not. A number of vendors recognize this and have efforts underway to improve the situation... but what can you as the customer do? Here's how to make partnering with the vendor a priority...
Nokia Sells 101M Mobile Phones In 2Q07, Including 1.5M N95s
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
In case you forgot, the N95 "multimedia computer" sells for $750. In addition to its brisk N95 sales, Nokia also sold 2 million E series devices, which are its business-class smartphones, and another 7.5 m
Yes, Virginia, Google Is Building A Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  8/2/2007  | 
Yesterday I pointed out that the Google Phone has returned to the rumor mill. This morning The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is working on a cell phone but has declined to comment on the project. Looks like this dog will hunt.
Is The Google Phone Dead Or Alive?
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
Unstrung editor Dan Jones today pointed out that Google is hiring for lots of wireless and mobile positions. One of those job ads is for a candidate with "a thorough understanding of the mobile vertical - both from a carrier and a handset OEM perspective." Why does Google need to hire someone with knowledge of handset manufacturers?
3 Free Tools For Getting Things Done Faster On The Mac
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
These three utilities will make you more productive on the Mac. And the price is right - they're free. Namely is a simple application launcher that works from the keyboard, Document Palette makes it easer to create documents, and Visor puts the terminal window a hotkey away.

CIO: From Here To... Where?
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
There was a time, not that many years ago, when the acronym CIO was interpreted to mean Career Is Over. It was meant to imply, in a bitter, sarcastic sense, that the CIO job was what you might call a "terminal position"-nowhere to go from there but out the door.
Lessons In Starting A Startup
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
Having sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard recently for $1.65 billion, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen has advice on how others can duplicate his successes. Andreessen's recently launched Pmarca Weblog includes a "Guide To Startups" series that's worth reading.
Learn Web Site Analytics From Capt. Kirk And The Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
What can Capt. Kirk and the original Star Trek TV series teach us about Web analytics? Quite a bit, actually.
Can Execs Disconnect From The Office While On Vacation?
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
Um. Nope. According to a recent study by The Ladders, nearly 80% of all executives plan to take a vacation this summer. While fully one-third said they'd refrain from checking in at all, just over half said they'd touch base with the office periodically when on vacation.
Linux Vs. Mac: Which Should You Choose?
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
In our ongoing series of head-to-head platform comparisons, we take a look at the Mac vs. Linux, asking which is the better option for people looking to switch from Windows.

KISS Me, I'm Connected
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
I keep hearing Cisco marketing jabber about "the connected life". What is this connected life of which they speak? Does anyone really know? Is it an electrical outlet in every room? Cocktail parties in the Hamptons? A reference to people with webbed toes?
Facebook for Fun and Profit
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
Apple Issues iPhone Security Update
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
After hackers recently pointed out some vulnerabilities in the iPhone's browser, Apple must have set right to work to get them patched. Today, it made the first security update for the iPhone available.
Business Objects' Web 2.0 Features Nice, but Inadequate
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
You can't solve BI infoglut with mashups. If you're going to spend time threshing through unstructured data, you should build a useful semantic model to use it. Instead of building features for developers to use to rearrange data in preparation of analysis, why not just make the data smarter so it can rearrange itself? And finally, if you accept the idea that BI 1.0 is inadequate (though still useful), why build 2.0 capabilities on top of an aging 1.0 model?
DRM Scorecard: Hackers Batting 1000, Industry Zero
Commentary  |  8/1/2007  | 
Forget the moral questions: Whether the millions of kids who load up their iPods from LimeWire are thieves, or whether there's something incongruous about Sheryl Crow, a millionaire many times over, railing against piracy. When you look at the technology, there's no getting around the fact that DRM is an abject failure. I put together a scorecard, which shows that every single significant attempt at consumer-music DRM has been cracked. Here it is:
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