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Content posted in August 2008
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Don't Tell Quantum Tape Is Dead
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Because it has just shipped the 20,000th unit of its midrange Scalar i500 tape library. Even with disk-based solutions, including Quantum's own DXi line, taking most of the mindshare for backup destinations, the fact that Quantum could sell 20,000 Scalar i500s in two and a half years is proof there's still some life in old-fashioned tape.
Google Adds Suggestions To Search Queries
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Google has been busy cooking up some new stuff in its labs of late. It is currently rolling out a new suggestion feature that will automatically suggest search queries as you begin to type in the search box.
Keep IT In Touch With The Company Culture
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
It takes about 30 to 60 days to drill a new natural gas well. That helps explain why CIO Cathy Tompkins avoids pitching 18-month IT projects to her fellow business leaders at Chesapeake Energy, a fast-growing, fast-paced producer of natural gas. And it's an example of how IT needs to be tuned into and share the same culture as the company it's part of.
Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit: Get It Together
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
The Linux Foundation sees no reason to sit still. This October in New York City, right on my doorstep practically, they're hosting the End User Collaboration Summit, a way to "give end users the opportunity to learn about upcoming developments in Linux and ensure they are maximizing their investment." Count me in.

Thoughts On The Palm Treo Pro
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
While the Palm Treo name used to put large smiles on a mobile professional's face, it has fallen off a steep cliff in the recent history. But the company is hoping to reverse that trend with the stylish and powerful Treo Pro. I've spent about a week with the handset, and share my thoughts in this post.
AT&T Rolls Out New International iPhone Data Plans
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
AT&T has added two new iPhone data plans that should make using Apple's smartphone outside the U.S. cheaper.
Cisco Ups The Ante
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
European Network Operator Admits To Slowing 3G Speeds
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Wired recently reported that the 3G iPhone's poor speeds are the fault of the network operators, not the device itself. In France, at least, this is very true. French wireless network operator Orange has admitted that it is slowing down the surfing speeds of mobile phones on its 3G network.
Obama Texts His VP Choice: Even When He Loses, He Wins
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Okay, so the Obama campaign's idea to text message everyone who provided the campaign with their cellphone number his choice of Joe Biden as his running mate didn't work out too well from the breaking news angle. The news was leaked out well before many people were woken up in the middle of the night to their cellphones vibrating with misplaced excitement. But in other ways  namely branding and information gathering  the move was a stroke of genius.
Cost Of An Official Unlocked 3G iPhone: $1,649
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
If you want to buy an officially unlocked 3G iPhone, be prepared to dig deep. Really deep. Wireless Imports, a wireless retail Web site that specializes in selling unlocked phones, is charging up to a whopping $1,649 for the 3G iPhone.
TDWI Roundup: BI Bake Off on the Beach?
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Back from sunny San Diego, place of TDWI's annual world conference. I kicked off my week with a birds-of-a-feather networking event. The most popular table? The business-IT partnership, which also happens to be one of the top barriers/enablers to BI success. The different perspectives - and just how polar opposites they could be - bordered on amusing.
Online Video And Growing Businesses: A Formula For Success
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Does your growing business need more proof that online video is an effective, easy, and cheap marketing tool? How about more anecdotes from a smaller business that posted online videos and got really good results? No problem.
Configuration Tools Become Key Management Driver
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Whats attached to your network? With user requirements constantly changing and an increased emphasis on mobility, the answer to that question is often elusive at small and medium enterprises. Consequently, these firms have been paying more attention to configuration management software.
Beware of the Overload
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Office 2.0 Conference Next Week
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Yahoo Shareholders Lose All Hope
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
At the end of January, Yahoo stock closed at $19.18 a share. Then came Microsoft's amorously generous $31 offer, later upped to something around $33, that still wasn't enough for Yahoo. Here we are seven months later, and Yahoo has dropped below its price before Microsoft made its proposal.
Finding Out If SharePoint Is Right For Your Organization
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
With a quickly growing market share and a broad set of functionality, SharePoint has become one of Microsoft's most recent success stories. For almost any organization considering an investment in an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform, SharePoint is probably somewhere on the short list. But like anything else, one size does not fit all, and SharePoint isn't a silver bullet to meet every organization's needs. So how do you find out if it will meet yours?
Apple Censors Digital Comic
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Apple has banned a digital comic called Murderdrome, from Infurious Comics, from its iTunes Store, to the consternation of the comic's creator and fans.
REST Vs. SOAP, Round 2
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Damien Katz, who created the innovative document-oriented database CouchDB, recently stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy among RESTful software enthusiasts with his post entitled "REST, I just don't get it."
Adobe Upgrades Photoshop Elements, Expands Photoshop.com
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Adobe press release via MarketWatch
American Airlines Aircell Reaction
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Any Extra Change Jingling In Your Pocket Lately?
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Tech salaries inched up recently after slumping earlier this year, according to a new wage report from an IT services and staffing firm. Could this the beginning of an upward trend or just a blip?
Document Imaging: Retrieve First, Scan Last
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
The paperless office. Now there's a mirage. Businesses of all sizes struggle to manage the flow of paper and scanning documents for digital archiving and management puts companies in control of the information. But scanning is just the start -- what do you do with all those scanned documents?
Radio New Zealand Goes Open With Ogg
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Over at Groklaw.net, there's an interview with Richard Hulse of Radio New Zealand, talking about his decision to begin offering some of that station's Internet-based audio in the nonproprietary Ogg Vorbis format. It's a veritable case study in both the etiquette and ethics of adopting open standards.

'Mad Men' Characters Get Twitter Accounts
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Characters on the prime-time soap opera Mad Men are getting accounts at Twitter, where they post in-character comments about the goings-on at the hard-drinking, hard-smoking, sexed-up Sterling Cooper ad agency. However, the characters are at war with Twitter management, who are suspending accounts for copyright violations.
Engineering Drawings, TV Spot Of The G1 Android Phone Surface
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
The Android Guys have dug up some juicy gems about the Google G1 Android phone. First, they find some engineering drawings of the device, and then they stumble upon a TV advertisement for it. This is some good stuff.
What To Expect From Airline Internet Services
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
As in-flight Internet services start to take off, air travelers have lots of questions about them. For example, when the bandwidth hog in 19C starts to download gargantuan files, how will that affect service quality for everyone else on the plane? Aircell CEO Jack Blumenstein, whose Gogo service already is on some American Airlines flights, tackled this question and others in an hour-long discussion yesterday.
Nokia Knocks Out Two More N Series Multimedia Phones
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Nokia is finally making good on its promise to deliver some exciting handsets to the North American market. The newly announced N85, N79, and N96 NAM are focused on users on this side of the pond, and deliver powerful multimedia and connectivity features.
Google Explains Why It Nixed Bluetooth And GChat From Android SDK
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Last week, Google offered up a new version of the Android SDK. The new version added a lot of great stuff, but also subtracted support for a few elements. Those elements were Bluetooth and GChat. Google felt the need to explain itself. Here's what it had to say.
Nedstat Bows 'Live Segmentation'
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Last week, European Web analytics vendor Nedstat announced a new feature called "Live Segmentation," which enables you to develop customized behavioral analysis across unaggregated Web data. This missing capability was a downside for an offering that competes in Europe with the likes of Omniture, and WebTrends - two vendors already providing a data-warehouse-like features that enable deeper and more customizable analysis.
Feeding the Beast
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Zoho Share Simplifies Document Sharing
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Zoho, a provider of hosted productivity applications, last week introduced Zoho Share. Zoho Share addresses a long-standing user community pet peeve by bringing the documents and files created across Zoho's online applications into one interface which can be shared with other users, and, longer-term, within an organization.
Making iPhone 3G Games Better
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Since the launch of the iPhone 3G and Apple's App Store, it's clear that video games are going to be a big part of its appeal. With a touch screen, strong graphics, accelerometers, and a quick and easy distribution channel, the handset is sure to battle with Nintendo and Sony for portable gamers, right? Not quite. But, an upcoming accessory may give it a fighting chance.
Google And YouTube Need More Transparent Takedown Procedures
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
The removal of content from the Internet needs more safeguards. Right now, it's just too easy to make unsubstantiated claims that lead online services providers to block lawful content.
Getting A Perspective On Man In Middle Attacks
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have proposed a system whereby you can ensure that when you attach to a server that uses SSH or a self-signed digital certificate and you haven't verified the authenticity of the host identity beforehand, you aren't subject to a man in the middle attack.
Newark Airport Gets Free Samsung Mobile Phone Charging Stations
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
You know you've been there. Killing time before a flight, you realize your phone has no juice left. Not only do you have to get through a flight, but you may have to make calls when you land. Finding unoccupied power outlets in airports is a tricky business that requires luck and cunning. Samsung believes in making its own luck, and has installed 50 phone charging stations in New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport.
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Intuit press release
Elfiq Networks A Good Option For SMEs Needing WAN Link Management
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Ever heard of Elfiq Networks? If you're in the market for a WAN load-balancing device, you might want to add the LB line of products to your shortlist. The LB line is moving big-ticket capabilities down to fit into the budgets of many SMEs.
Yahoo Plans "A New Generation of Search"
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo Research, says that Yahoo "will be launching a new generation of search in two to three months... Search is going to move in a completely new direction." The initiative, per a Financial Express interview, will build on Yahoo's BOSS (build your own search software) platform, which implements a "self-service Web services model for developers and start-ups."
Server Sales Defy Recession
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Servers have proven to be must-have items even in hard timeswhile buyers may be keeping their wallets closed in other parts of the economy, they are wide open in the server market, according to a recent report from Gartner Inc.
Get Ready For Mac OS X 10.5.5 "Leopard" Update
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Apple has been sending developers "seeds," or test versions, of the next iteration of Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" for a while now. The seeds are coming faster and faster, which is usually a sign that Apple's nearly ready for public release.
How Not To Violate The GPL: An Easy Guide
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
It's never nice to know that you've been violating the GPL in some form. Far better, instead, to know how to not violate the GPL in the first place -- which is the premise behind the Software Freedom Law Center's new guide to same, "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance".

Verizon Wireless Decides Visual Voicemail Is Worth $3 Per Month
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
The iPhone from Apple and AT&T was the first to really offer visual voice mail to the masses. iPhone users can use this more modern voice mail system at no extra cost. Verizon Wireless announced a new version of its LG Voyager device today. If you want to add visual voice mail service to it, you're going to have to pay an additional $3 per month.
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