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Running The Numbers On Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
With every month that ticks by before Windows Vista arrives, Microsoft needs to fill the white space with reassurances to companies that an upgrade will be worth their time and money. On Friday, Microsoft released new total-cost-of-ownership figures--the overall price tag of installing, running, and supporting its upcoming operating system--that show the best-managed IT shops could save as much as $340 per PC each year they run Vista, compared with today's Windows XP system. Any payback numbers
Down To Business: What They Didn't Say At The HP Hearings
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
More important than the details of 'pretexting" and other transgressions are what the three-week saga tells us about the composition and priorities of the board, as well as the stuff of its new chairman
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
Businesses Seek Security In Windows Vista
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
With only two months (barring further delays) until Windows Vista is due for business availability, InformationWeek surveyed 672 business technology managers to gauge their plans for the operating system. Microsoft should be happy to know that 39% of the businesses we surveyed plan to upgrade to Vista within the first year of availability. The top reason? Security, what else?
Social Networks vs. Online Communities
Commentary  |  9/29/2006  | 
IT Confidential: Mac Vista: IT Private Eye
Commentary  |  9/28/2006  | 
What goes around comes around in Silicon City, and personal data is the coin of the realm.
An HP Blow-By-Blow
Commentary  |  9/28/2006  | 
As soon as Patricia Dunn walked into Room 2123 of the Rayburn Building here on Capitol Hill, camera shutters went off like machine guns, all directed at the former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman, her curt dark hair, and her beige pantsuit. But the throngs of paparazzi stalking dark- and beige-suited business types alike before (and during, especially at the short lunch break) today's congressional hearings on Hewlett-Packard's probes into boardroom leaks and so-called "
To Boldly Go Where No Mascara-Wearing Captain Has Gone Before
Commentary  |  9/28/2006  | 
We'll forgive you if you want to start Cory Doctorow's latest column with the last paragraph on the second page. That's where Cory starts to talk about how Hollywood is unprepared to deliver video that takes advantage of the new high-definition TV screens. Most existing video looks terrible in high-def, and directors don't know how to use the new medium correctly. I laughed out loud at Cory's
Consumer Tech In IT? Why Not?
Commentary  |  9/27/2006  | 
This notion of consumer-meets-corporate isn't new, of course. An InformationWeek cover story from March talked about how companies can tap into the energy of consumer technologies from MP3 players to cell phones. Mostly this hasn't happened; security concerns and tightened IT budgets, not to mention good-old-fashioned fear of the unknown, have conspired against this. But the wall between the two is sta
Consumers Hanging Up On Indian Tech Support
Commentary  |  9/27/2006  | 
Many U.S. businesses are improving productivity and profitability by outsourcing routine functions to low-cost countries like India and China. But AT&T's plan to bring home some 2,000 customer service positions shows that not all forms of offshoring are created equally.
IDF: Intel Finds Energy Efficiency Religion
Commentary  |  9/27/2006  | 
It may not have been as dramatic as Saul's Road to Damascus conversion, but getting hit upside the head by rival Advanced Micro Devices the past two years must have helped Intel see the light, and now Intel has belatedly become a full convert to the religion of energy efficiency.
Understanding Telepresence
Commentary  |  9/27/2006  | 
Opinion: High-Definition Video--Bad For Consumers, Bad For Hollywood
Commentary  |  9/26/2006  | 
Digital rights management gadgetry has turned high-definition video into a lumbering dinosaur that consumers won't want to buy. And a good thing, too--because Hollywood doesn't know what to do with HD, says Cory Doctorow.
'Greatest Software' Story Triggers An Outpouring Of Recollections
Commentary  |  9/26/2006  | 
When the story "What's The Greatest Software Ever Written?" appeared Aug. 14, it set off an explosion of memories from those involved in the early stages of computing. For example, one responder asked, "Do you recall the big board of the IBM 407 key punch processor into which the red, green, blue and yellow wires--each a different length--were inserted?" Hey, I may have learned to program with IBM punch cards, but I don't go back to wires-through-a-board.
HP Sponsors Privacy Award
Commentary  |  9/25/2006  | 
The International Association of Privacy Professionals and HP are sponsoring the 2006 IAPP Innovation Awards to recognize "three organizations that demonstrate high levels of integration of privacy protection throughout their entire business process." Yes, HP, the company that hired outside security firms to violate the privacy of its bo
The Good, The Bad, And The Implausible: More Predictions About The Impact Of Technology On The Future Of Society
Commentary  |  9/25/2006  | 
A new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project reflects strong disagreement over whether technology is good for humankind. Interestingly, the 742 handpicked "technology thinkers and stakeholders" who responded to the survey were largely in agreement about the ways that technology will evolve. But they contradicted each other about how this evolution will impact society in 2020.
Where Did HP Cross The Line?
Commentary  |  9/25/2006  | 
Down To Business: HP Investigation: Two-Ring Circus
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
With each new allegation of board impropriety, the stakes get greater for the technology company--and for the politicos who aim to extract its full PR value. Get ready for the greatest show on earth.
IT Confidential: The Government Giveth And Taketh Away In Terms Of Privacy
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
The courts are finally overruling Internet access and getting practical about the obscurity of personal data contained in legal documents.
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Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
Broadband On A Budget
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
Where Did HP Cross The Line?
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
It's been another week of revelations about Hewlett-Packard's investigation into media leaks. Another week of unflattering details about illicit spying tactics, phony personas to dupe the press, and even e-mail tampering. With everything that HP reportedly did in its zealous probe to find a media leak, exactly where did company executives cross the line? How big is the gray area of what's legal and what's ethical? And what's just way over the line?
Quad Core Should Be In Intel Developer Forum Spotlight
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
Expect quad-core microprocessors to be heard from early and often at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) next week in San Francisco. Intel could even further accelerate the timeline for the industry's first quad-core x86 microprocessors with a formal introduction in front of press and friends. After getting strong reviews for its recently introduced Core architecture-based processors for both PCs and servers, Intel may see an opportunity to seize momentum from rival Advanced Micro Devices.
Reorganizing for Collaboration
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
Broadband On A Budget
Commentary  |  9/21/2006  | 
High-speed broadband has finally overtaken dial-up Internet access. According to a recent report by JD Power and Associates, 56% of residential ISP customers are now using broadband connections for applications such as Googling for the latest on Cameron Diaz, viewing online videos, and blogging about their pet dogs'
If E-Voting Is A Gamble, Could Web-Based Voting Be In The Cards?
Commentary  |  9/20/2006  | 
This election season, you may be one of the approximately 60 million American voters who will be casting a vote using new computerized systems at your local polling place. However, in the future, you might be casting your vote using your home PC and the Internet. That's what some U.S. election officials predict.
Is Time Warner Finally 'Getting' The Internet?
Commentary  |  9/20/2006  | 
Time Warner seems to be finally putting its six-year-old AOL merger debacle behind it, thanks to recent aggressive moves to promote a new Web strategy.
Speed - Or Lack Of It - Kills
Commentary  |  9/20/2006  | 
Citizendium To Be Professional Wikipedia
Commentary  |  9/20/2006  | 
Larry Sanger, one of the principal founders of the Wikipedia public encyclopedia project, has recently announced the establishment of a project called Citizendium. The latter is expected to be managed by authoritative experts within a field and will rely heavily on formal partnerships, which stands in sharp contrast against the Wikipedia model of being a free-for-all where content can be edited by any and all comers.
Cool Meets Clunky: Motorola's Deal For Bar-Code Reader Symbol
Commentary  |  9/19/2006  | 
Motorola has been pushing for more sales from business, taking solid steps like helping developers include enterprise search functions on wireless handhelds. But for most businesses, Motorola is just a really big company with a supercool cell phone. Motorola's deal to buy Symbol for $3.9 billion in cash marks a leap ahead for its enterprise ambitions.
Has Apple Lost Its Security Shine?
Commentary  |  9/19/2006  | 
Outsourcing No Threat To Tech Jobs, Survey Says
Commentary  |  9/19/2006  | 
Unemployed computer professionals are quick to blame their situation on the so-called offshoring of U.S. tech jobs to low-wage countries like India and China. But a new survey of corporate CIOs shows that spending on foreign tech labor by American businesses is miniscule.
The New Workplace
Commentary  |  9/19/2006  | 
Celebrating The Web
Commentary  |  9/18/2006  | 
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  9/15/2006  | 
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