Tech Jobs And The Mentality Of Entitlement
Taking the mentality of entitlement to a new low, a 27-year-old tech graduate of a New York City college is suing her alma mater because it has "not tried hard enough" to help her find a job, according to court papers filed in Bronx Supreme Court.
Promoting Healthcare Reform Through IT
One could say that when it comes to IT and healthcare, President Obama is taking some of his own medicine. Obama isn't only pushing healthcare providers to adopt IT; Obama is skillfully using technology to promote his healthcare reform plans.
Canonical's Closed Landscape
Something interesting is happening with Canonical's software portfolio. They're offering a new system-management server, but it's not an open source offering. If memory serves, it'll be Canonical's first venture into offering a closed-source product with open-source connectivity. Aberration or evolution?
Oracle, Protectionism, And The Myth Of 'Our Jobs'
In the context of the Obama administration's intent to punish companies for sending "our jobs" overseas, we recently noted that 70% of IBM's workforce and 40% of Microsoft's are based outside the U.S. Now, Oracle's latest financial results show that 61.3% of its employees are based outside of "the Americas," which means the percentage outside the U.S. is even higher.
Will 2010 Be The Year Of The Tablet?
Wired.com is predicting that 2010 will be the year of the tablet PC based on news of industry heavyweights jumping in the market. I see a lot of potential for tablet style devices, just not at the sizes people are talking about.
Satyam Founder's Latest Scam: 2,000 Jobs And $75M
It started off with so much promise: a depressed manufacturing region connects with a global IT powerhouse that commits to reinvigorating the stagnant community with a $75 million high-tech operation that will employ 2,000 people. The fly in the ointment, however, is that the promises were made - and, of course, broken -- by disgraced Satyam founder and chief fraudster B. Ramalinga Raju.
Themes Come To Chrome
If you like to play dress-up with your browser, Google's got some good news for you. It recently made 30 themes available for its Chrome browser. There's a good reason to skip the themes, though.
Turn Off Auto-Updates Before Hitting the Road
The convenience of automatic software updates can create major problems if apps are updated via unsecured public Wi-Fi connections. Hotspots make great hijack spots, and as a result, your mobile employees need to make some adjustments in their update settings.
What Were The Top 10 Smartphones For The Second Quarter?
Research firm IDC has offered its take on what the top 10 best-selling smartphones were in the U.S. during the second quarter. There's one major flaw, however, that dramatically changes the results for the top spots. Is one company being treated unfairly?
Can At-Home Patient Monitoring Boost Health, Cut Costs?
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that widespread adoption of e-medical record systems will save the U.S. about $12 billion over 10 years. But other health related IT tools--especially web-enabled devices used to monitor chronically ill patients at home--could eventually boost those cost savings higher.
A Peek Inside SUSE Studio
While I was doing my writeup of SUSE Studio the other day -- Novell's new "Linux vending machine" -- I was in the process of building a couple of different distributions with it, too. The system is still closed to the public -- it's invite-only -- but I thought I'd share some basic impres
Using BPM to Survive, Thrive and Capitalize
Michele Cantara and Janelle Hill hosted a Webinar last week on the timely topic of surviving and thriving with aid of business process management (BPM)... Their premise is that BPM can turn the ax-man into a surgeon: you'll still have cuts, but they're more precise and less likely to damage the core of your organization...
U.K. Public-Sector CIO Has $600K Salary: QuangoGate??
A mild-mannered public-sector CIO in the U.K. has found himself at the center of a national controversy over excessive pay for civil servants because he makes almost twice as much as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and flies back and forth weekly between his office in London and his home in Aberdeen, Scotland, with the taxpayers footing his travel costs and London accommodations. Welcome to QuangoGate!
Marines Ban Social Networking Sites
Citing security concerns, the U.S. Marine Corps banned Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites from its networks, effective immediately, for a year. And other branches of the military are considering doing the same.
Cloud Storage Needs A Hybrid
Cloud storage is ideal for small businesses to perform backups, archive important data and to share files when collaborating on a project. Small businesses are typically built on desktops and laptops making the cloud the ideal connection point. As the business grows and servers are added, applications become more critical and the cloud becomes the bottleneck. At this point to handle the needs of a growing business cloud storage needs a hybrid.
BlackBerry 8520: $130 At T-Mo, $49 At Wal-Mart
The BlackBerry 8520 goes on sale tomorrow via T-Mobile wireless stores and its retail partner Wal-Mart. If you're a budget shopper, I'd plan to buy at Wal-Mart, instead, as it'll save you about $80. Also, first impressions of the 8520.
Glide Engage Is No Twitter
Micro (adj.): very small; involving minute quantities or variations. Sorry, I just had to double check that definition after reading about a new "microblogging" service that wants to take on Twitter.
Windows 7 A Work Of Art
Boticellis, Da Vincis, Rembrandts, and, uh, Windows 7? Yup, among the works at Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art you'll eventually find Microsoft's next operating system. Also on view is Vista-in the dumpster out back.
Cisco Seeks Big China Growth By Partnering With Universities
Cisco's creation of a supply-chain institute in China, in partnership with two universities, underscores its desire to become a major, broad-based player in the massive export-driven Chinese economy. Cisco hopes to leverage its presence with this new effort beyond supply-chain education and into entrepreneurship, funding, and business leadership.
Security Is No Excuse For iPhone Antics
This week, the Federal Communications Commission is asking Apple and AT&T to explain the rhyme-or-reason to the Apple Store approval process, and specifically why the Google Voice application was rejected. I wonder if they can afford to give an honest answer.
I Don't Like Inline Text Ads
The big news last week was regarding the partnership that Yahoo and Microsoft entered into. Paul McDougall noted, "Microsoft's search tools will appear on Yahoo's sites while Yahoo takes on sales role." I've seen some inline text ads that have me a bit worried about the new partnership.
IBM Packages Data Protection Solution
As the first product of a new initiative to provide integrated solutions for midsize companies, IBM has introduced a new data protection package. The package is available at a promotional price of nearly 40% off.
Verizon Slashes Smartphone Prices
Looks like it's dealing days for Verizon Wireless, as the nation's largest carrier has dropped the price of most of their smartphones to a cool $99 with a new contract. This is obviously in response to Apple dropping the iPhone 3G to $99, but it also paves the way for a new portfolio of Verizon smartphones.
Obama's Healthcare Reform Vision And Where IT Fits In
Although President Obama won't get his wish of signing a comprehensive healthcare reform bill before Congress begins its August break later this week, an important part of Obama's reform plan--digitizing patient records--is already in motion.
The iPhone's Extraordinary Impact, And Why It Matters
We all know the iPhone's been a huge success, right? Well, a Kleiner Perkins presentation about its $100,000,000 iFund offers some jaw-dropping statistics that will force you to re-evaluate - upward - all of your perspectives about the iPhone's impact on mobile technology, mobile business, and the interplay between people and the tools they use to experience the world around them.
New SSL Attacks Don't Change Your Web Risk
There's been a a lot of talk about SSL security since last week's Black Hat conference. While these attacks are significant, I don't see them as changing the security posture of the Web.
Teradata 13 Focuses on Advanced Analytic Performance
Teradata 13, which will be used across the various Teradata product lines, has now been announced for general availability... The focus of Teradata 13 is on advanced analytic performance, although there of course are some enhancements in simple query performance and in analytic functionality as well...
Twitter Gets Dragged Into U.K. Government Slap-Fight
Once again, we look to Great Britain for a lesson on the proper use of social media in government. In this case, two city council members in Swansea, Wales, are coming under fire for Twittering during council meetings, when they should have been paying attention to the people's business. The whole thing looks like a big name-calling slap-fight involving accusations of advocating forced sterilization, eugenics, and Nazi philosophy.
Bank Of America Branch Cuts Offset By Mobile, Online Clout
Bank of America, which recently told key investors it was planning to close about 600 branches nationwide, is ideally positioned to kick off such a move among retail banks because it has more than 25 million online customers and about 2 million mobile-banking users, says an industry expert.
Amazon Outpaces Google In Part Of The Cloud
New analysis of infrastructure-as-a-service providers shows that Amazon Web Services is used for Web hosting by 20 times more sites than Google App Engine. AWS usage for site hosting grew 9% in just one month this summer, the equivalent of a 181% annual growth rate.
SUSE's Amazing Software Vending Machine
SUSE Studio may well be the neatest thing in Linux so far this year. It's a web service where you can build a custom Linux distro or "appliance" in minutes. I think of it as a software vending machine, a way to get exactly the product you want the first time.
Secure Certificate Vulnerabilities Revealed
The SSL Certificate that tells visitors a site is certified as trustworthy may be easier to fake than previously thought. And that's one more reminder that the whole system of trust authorization is in need of work.
Google's Eric Schmidt To Leave Apple's Board Of Directors
Today, Apple announced that Google CEO Eric Schmidt will resign from his position on Apple's board of directors. The move should quell the growing discontent among shareholders who believed that Schmidt no longer belonged with both Google and Apple.
JPMorgan Chase CIO Chiarello On Innovation
JPMorgan Chase CIO Guy Chiarello is, simply put, one of the world's top business-IT leaders. When he shares insight into IT strategy, it's time to put down the BlackBerry and listen. His advice on innovating through a downturn: Focus on IT infrastructure.
AmEx Latest To Sell Captive India BPO Unit?
American Express is reportedly looking to sell the travel-related services portion of its India-based BPO unit in a move that could ultimately see AmEx sell off its entire India-based BPO operation. Such moves would be consistent with a trend that began about 18 months ago with similar sales by Aviva, GE, and British Airways.
Is AES On The Way Out?
Cryptographic researchers have uncovered a new attack against the ubiquitous AES encryption algorithm. While there have been a number of complex attack aimed at AES recently, this one, experts warn, may be practical enough for run-of-the-mill attackers to exploit.