Biden's Record Is Inconsistent On Cyber-Rights Issues
Joe Biden has a mixed record on privacy and Internet civil liberties issues. He often votes with the FBI and media companies against consumers and citizens. He sponsored legislation designed to make it illegal to circumvent copy-protection -- even on content and devices you legally own. He also sought to weaken encryption, and introduce a bill like the controversial PATRIOT Act long before 9/11. But in other areas he's defended privacy and cyber-rights.
Web Application Hacks: Upping The Arms Race
It doesn't seem that long ago since Web applications attacks supplanted network and worm attacks. But they have, and now the attackers are finding ways to obfuscate these attacks. It's an ever-evolving arms race. And we have an updated Top 10 Web site vulnerabilities list.
Micosoft's SQL Strategy For Massive Data Sets
Cloud computing service providers like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo are all hard at work on a new generation of parallel data processing tools that will make it easier for each company to store and analyze enormous data sets such as search logs and click streams.
Using A Wiki In Your Enterprise
Although it seems that they've have gained more traction and attention over the past few years, growing a successful wiki in most organizations is still often a grassroots effort, driven by dedicated technologists and content providers.
Don't Tell Quantum Tape Is Dead
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
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
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.
Thoughts On The Palm Treo Pro
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.
Obama Texts His VP Choice: Even When He Loses, He Wins
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 ï¿¼ namely branding and information gathering ï¿¼ the move was a stroke of genius.
Cloud Storage Migrations
Finishing up the migration series, let's talk about how you would migrate out of a storage cloud. With public storage clouds in particular, this can be a critical issue. These services are all in their infancy. What if you pick the wrong one, how can you get your data back?
TDWI Roundup: BI Bake Off on the Beach?
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.
Configuration Tools Become Key Management Driver
Whatï¿¼s 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.
Security Breach: More Laws Needed. Let's Add Health Care
Earlier this week, colleague Thomas Claburn covered the unfortunate trend that the tally of data breaches this year already has surpassed all breaches recorded for the entire year in 2007. This isn't entirely bad news, as I'll explain.
Yahoo Shareholders Lose All Hope
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
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
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
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."
Any Extra Change Jingling In Your Pocket Lately?
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
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?
'Mad Men' Characters Get Twitter Accounts
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.
What To Expect From Airline Internet Services
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.
More LAN Switch Choices Emerge
Like Goldilocks, small and medium businesses often have difficultly finding network equipment that is just right for them. Sometimes, the devices lack sufficient horsepower and functionality to meet their networking needs. In other cases, these systems come with a lot of functionality but it often beyond their price range. Customers desire products that intersect somewhere between those two points.
Nedstat Bows 'Live Segmentation'
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.
Zoho Share Simplifies Document Sharing
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.