In Praise of Web-Based Apps
For anyone whose work is tied to their laptop, they know that that moment when you sit down at your desk, cup of coffee in hand, and press that little power button only to hear a scary series of beats and be greeted with a black screen, is a heart-stopping moment indeed. But if you use Web-based apps and have access to another machine, you could avert disaster.
Adobe: Fake Flash Player Downloads Could Have Malicious Payload
A heads up to all IT people (and users) regarding the downloading of Adobe's Flash Player (or, what users think might be Adobe's Flash Player). Adobe has issued a warning regarding comments being posted to social networking sites that contain hyperlinks to imposter updates for the company's popular Flash Player plug-in.
iPhone App Store Proves The Smartphone Is The Computer
Paging Scott McNealy: Here's an update to your famous aphorism. It's not about the network anymore. (Well, OK, it is, but don't let facts get in the way of a good blog post.) The new, Web 2.0 truth is this: The smartphone is the computer. Apple put its foot in the door with its iPhone App Store, and now Verizon and all the cell phone operating system makers are joining in the mad rush to make a converged device (formerly called a smartphone) which will soon edge out the laptop.
Back in September of 1997, Dr. Dobb's Journal published this overview of Emacspeak. The article was written by the interface's principal developer T. V. Raman, a renowned speech-interface pioneer and a veteran programmer for Adobe Systems and IBM Research (and currently at Google Research). Incidentally, two years after the publication of this article, the Smithsonian Institution inducted Emacspeak into its permanent research collection on information technology at the Nation
Google Admits To Blogger Snafu, Restores Blogs Marked As Spam
Late last week, a system bug marked numerous blogs -- even legitimate ones -- as spam. Blogger's servers then sent the publishers of those blogs nasty-grams telling them to stop spamming and suspended the activity on those blogs. Google quickly issued a mea culpa and worked over the weekend to get it fixed.
Confusion Dogs Microsoft Search
The SharePoint IT Pro Documentation Team recently published a blog post on the various Microsoft "enterprise" search technologies. The post did a nice job of clarifying the role of each of Microsoft's various search tools, save FAST (but more on that in a bit). Even the post's author, Kathy Narvaez, admits she has trouble distinguishing the various " ...flavors of Microsoft enterprise search."
Why Google And Microsoft Are Building Data Centers In Iowa
In deciding to locate new data centers in Iowa, Google and Microsoft are benefiting from incentives offered for years to manufacturing companies like John Deere, which has 10 manufacturing plants in the state. It turns out that, in addition to plentiful land and affordable electricity, the Hawkeye state gives hefty tax breaks.
It's rare that I read something in a press release that I agree with, let alone find frightening, but this release from Lumeta scared the heebe geebees out of me.
Want Caller ID With Super Powers? Try Privus Mobile
If you screen your calls -- and never answer an unknown number -- then this product is for you. Privus Mobile gives certain smartphones X-ray vision when it comes to caller ID and tells you exactly who's calling, even if the number isn't stored in your phone's contact list.
When Is A Data Center Success Story Not A Success Story?
When a state auditor's report blasts the project, and politicians start playing football. Oregon's data center consolidation project is a cautionary tale about either a lack of careful project management or carefully managing expectations -- probably both.
Consolidation Among UC Vendors
Last week's deal for Siemens Enterprise (SEN) solved the vendor's immediate problem of reassuring its customer base that the brand and products would go on, be supported, and form the basis of future strategic activities. That was really Job 1 for SEN last week; now we have to see where it invests and what approach it takes to the North American market. Meanwhile, there remains the question of the enviro
It's Instant Vista?! I Thought it Was Another Brewed OS
Microsoft's latest attempt to rehabilitate its much maligned operating system, Vista, comes in the form of a "blind taste test" in which viewers are shocked that the operating system they think is the wonderful "Mojave" is actually the (now wonderful) Vista. The problem is the test is "blind" in too many ways.
An iPhone Nano Before Christmas?
Looks like the hot rumor going around the Web is that Steve Jobs and company are planning a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone before the holiday season. Of course, this isn't the first time this idea has come up, but a report from the Daily Mail said this time it's real.
Video: Kaspersky, Number 3 With A Bullet, Launches Internet Security 2009
You could call Kaspersky Lab the biggest PC security vendor you're not quite sure you've heard of. I took my video camera along for a sit-down with Kaspersky; the folks there told me about the new flagship products launching Monday -- Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Anti-Virus 2009 -- as well as how they rose to No. 3 in the market, after Symantec and Trend Micro.
Microsoft's Word To Investors About Open Source
Microsoft's annual 10-K filing with the SEC has a few lines in it about open source as a competitor that has raised more than a few eyebrows. I'm scarcely surprised, especially since it highlights Microsoft's schizoid behavior over open source.
3G iPhone Burns User
Talk about a hot product. One 3G iPhone user fell asleep with his 3G iPhone in his pocket. He awoke with his leg in extreme pain. It appears that the phone became so hot in his pocket that it burned his leg. Ouch.
Hyperic Adds Xen Support
After two years of collaboration with the XenSource/Citrix team, the latest version of Hyperic's HQ management suite enters Xen space.
Homeland Security: All Your Laptops Are Belong To Us
The gropers at the Department of Homeland Security, not content with patting you down and rummaging through your underwear, now say that they can confiscate electronics brought into the United States for any reason, anytime, and share the devices and their contents with anybody.
FileVault Is Flawed; And Apple's Not Talk'n
A security researcher hoping to discuss an undisclosed Apple flaw at next week's annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas pulls his talk. Then, Apple suddenly jumps ship on a planned security panel to be conducted by its engineers. These incidents expose Apple's being a laggard in its approach to IT security.
Sepaton Puts Money Where Its Deduping Mouth Is
When I describe data deduplication to users for the first time, the first two questions they ask always are, "Is this for real?," sometimes rephrased as "You're kidding me, right?," followed quickly with "What kind of deduplication ratios can I expect?"
AT&T Extends iPhone Exclusivity?
If you were waiting for the iPhone to be available on a carrier besides AT&T -- officially, that is -- be prepared to wait a bit longer. According to a report in USA Today, Apple's exclusive agreement has been extended a year.
Disk-Based Archive - Ready For Prime Time
The drumbeat is being heard. A recent survey commissioned by Permabit Technology generated some interesting results. While almost every answer creates interesting blog material, the stats that jumped out at me were that almost 25% of those surveyed are managing more than 100 TB of primary storage and that 43% of those surveyed were paying $25 to $40-plus per gigabyte for that primary storage. These stats make it quite clear -- you can't afford not to archiv
Apple Patch Misses Some DNS Problems
Apple's release of a raft of patches included an overdue one for the DNS hole that's gotten so much attention over the past few weeks. Unfortunately the patch leaves some DNS problems still in the hole.
Who Has The Better Gig: CIO Or IT Architect?
John Soat has blogged a few times here about whether the next CIO should come from inside or outside the company . But what if no insider wants the job? Seriously. It seems like the hottest role these days is IT architect -- nice paycheck, the thrill of strategy-level tech work, and not nearly so many arrows in the back.
Linux Standards Base 4: Herding Cats?
Is any attempt to standardize Linux akin to herding cats, especially given the proliferation of distributions and packages? Jim Zemlin doesn't think so, and has been trying to do something about it via the Linux Standards Base.
Alfresco Offers SharePoint Alternative
Microsoft SharePoint goes open source? Shock, horror! Ok, well not quite, but an open source alternative to SharePoint is now an option with the release of Alfresco's Lab 3 Beta product. Alfresco's new module allows you to hook Office into Alfresco, giving you the option to use Alfresco as opposed to SharePoint as your collaboration platform.