Content posted in September 2008
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Socialtext Takes On Twitter, Talks About Social Networking For Your Business
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Socialtext this morning announced Socialtext 3.0, which adds Socialtext People user profiles and directories and a Socialtext Dashboard homepage, as well as interface and other upgrades to its Socialtext Workspace business wiki. Most notably, though, it adds Socialtext Signals, a Twitter-style microblogging application for business. In connection with the new products, I got the chance to talk with Socialtext chairman and president Ross Mayfield about how social networking and microblogging fit
I'm One Of Sprint's First WiMax Customers
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
I became one the first customers in the United States to have real WiMax service today. So far (after a few easy-to-fix bumps), so good.
Apple Mac Pro Computers Toxic?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Jason O'Grady, writing for ZDNet, has me worried. He says that, according to a French newspaper, "Mac Pro owners run the risk of getting diseases as dangerous as leukemia (blood cancer) simply by using their computer."
Nokia Abandons Business Market -- What Does It Mean For Your Company?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Nokia this week announced that it will stop marketing and developing its own software services for business customers. What does that mean for companies using Nokia solutions?
Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.

Crisis Survival Kit: 10 Cash Flow Tips You Need Now
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
For fighting back against the credit crunch, SMBs have some of the best options out there, according to consultant and financial software developer Rusty Luhring.
LG, Samsung Going To Be Late To The Android Party
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
A report coming out of Korea suggests that handset manufacturers LG and Samsung won't have Android handsets in the market until the second half of 2009. Will that be too late?
10 Tips For SMBs To Survive The Cash Flow Crisis
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
If you own a small business, it could feel like the whole world is closing in around you. And yet, SMBs have some of the best options out there, according to consultant and financial software developer Rusty Luhring.
Windows Mobile Internet Explorer 6 To Pack In Full HTML Browsing To Compete
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Pretty much the first thing I do when I review a phone running the Windows Mobile platform is to download Opera Mobile. Why? Because the mobile version of Internet Explorer is sadly lacking, especially when it comes to that whole HTML thing. In order to remain relevant in the increasingly crowded mobile browser market, Microsoft is making sure the next version of mobile IE includes HTML capabilities.
Owners Of Smaller Businesses Face Tightening Credit
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
During the dot com boom, option grants and stock prices dominated water cooler conversation. Then after that blew up, financial small talk shifted to how far underwater those (worthless) options were, but even that dismay was leavened by the relentless increases in real estate values. Now the talk is about what bank will fail next, will the credit markets seize up entirely, and when your essential business equipment will be liquidated.
The Economy And Jobs: More Than You Can Handle?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Feel that? It's the economy quaking. With the House rejecting the $700 billion bailout bill, stocks seesawing, and loads of uncertainty looming, it's possible you'll have more candidates than you ever imagined applying for jobs at your company. Are you ready to handle that?
Data Leakage Is A People Problem
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Cisco commissioned a global survey of IT administrators and computer users about their perceptions on data leakage. Not surprisingly, the study found employees use their work computers for personal use and IT knows it.
Waiting for Answers From Oracle
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I wrote last week, the information available on the HP Oracle Database Machine and HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server is incomplete. Pertinent questions are on the table, but I've been unsuccessful, thus far, in getting any answers from Oracle... I have, however, talked to HP about the fit between this new device and its own Neoview appliance.
SaaS Vendor Offers Free E-Mail Continuity For Exchange
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
LiveOffice launches a free e-mail continuity offering as a loss-leader for its archiving service.
Zoho Goes To Market With Application Marketplace
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Zoho has opened for business an online app store whose virtual shelves are stocked with software from its developers.
50 First Blogs (Or, What Writers Want)
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I "pen" my 51st blog for Intelligent Enterprise, I'd like to take a different slant on the usual blog: What I, as a writer, expect from you, our reader. The continuing, unprecedented economic turbulence that is roiling us all provides a relevant backdrop to this note... How do we help our customers and employers stay afloat in these sinking economic sands?
RIM's BlackBerry Storm For Dummies: Fake Storms Appear In Verizon Stores
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
You know a product launch is nearing when the dummies show up at retail locations. No, I'm not talking about your fifth cousin. A CrackBerry Forum user recently visited a Verizon Wireless retail store and was pleased to discover mock-ups (a.k.a, "dummies") of the BlackBerry Storm to play with. Verdict? It's heavy.
Acquia Launches Commercial Drupal Distribution, Support Network
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Acquia today accomplished their goal of releasing a commercially supported version of the open source content management system Drupal. At the same time, they've launched the Acquia Network, a service that offers site management tools and various subscription-base levels of support for anyone running Drupal 6.
Nokia Releases the Tube
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Accidental Accomplishment in ObjectRexx
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
My work on the PigIron open source project is focussed on a Java interface to z/VM SMAPI so that eventually GUI or Web administrative and user applications can be coded in open source so you can run your little ol' mainframe from your desktop or browser.

But imagine testing such code!

What Does Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant Mean To You?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Content management reports and analysis always are interesting fodder for discussion, and now that Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant report on enterprise content management is complete, it's certain to have an equal number of vendors crowing about their inclusion, as well as those who question Gartner's findings.
SOA Applications In Virtual Machines? Experience Matters
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Not everybody remembers a little outfit called Wily Technology. It was a Silicon Valley startup that caught my eye because it did something that made eminent common sense: it watched a running Java application the way an end user would experience it on the Internet. In January 2006, CA acquired the eight-year-old company for $390 million.
BlackBerry Bold Finally Coming?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
It appears that the Boy Genius was able to get its hands on an internal Best Buy image indicating that the oft-delayed BlackBerry Bold will be available at the retailer Oct. 26. But I have to wonder if all these setbacks
CIOs In The Financial Storm
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
I've attended three CIO events in the past month and been greatly surprised at each of them to feel the same mood: calm.
The Macintosh Is Unix: Unlock the Power!
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Geeks all know it, of course, but the technological underpinnings of Mac OS X is Unix. Specifically, it's "Leopard is an Open Brand UNIX 03 Registered Product, conforming to the SUSv3 and POSIX 1003.1 specifications for the C API, Shell Utilities, and Threads."
Enterprise Search: In Search Of Relevance
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
If an IT team decided to block Web search engines for a day, it would be mere minutes before the howling began. But unplug the enterprise search function at most companies and -- hey, was that a yawn I saw?
bMighty Against Bernanke - UPDATE
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Now that the bailout has sunk under the weight of anger and outrage from the left, the right, and even the middle, we're about to find out if the dire warnings of widescale economic collapse are true or not.
HTC G1 Android Phone Temporarily 'Sold Out' Online
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
How something can sell out when it's not even shipping yet is a concept I can't quite wrap my head around. Be that as it may, T-Mobile subscribers attempting to preorder the GPhone over the weekend were told that it was no longer available.
WiMax Makes Its Long Awaited Debut
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
WiMax has resembled the networking industrys next budding princess. While a great deal of talk has centered on when the technology would debut, much of it has been shrouded in secrecy and duplicity. Well, for some lucky few businesses, the wait is finally over.
Another Open Source Feather In Microsoft's Cap
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
My colleague Dave Methvin jumped on the news about Microsoft's use of the jQuery library before I did, but it has to be said: it's something that says as much about the state of open source as it does about Microsoft. Most of it positive, actually.

iPhone Round Up: 3G Available Unlocked, App Reviews Require Ownership, Apple Lowers Output
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A whole lot has been happening in iPhone-land lately. The 3G iPhone is now available China. If you want to write a nasty note about an iPhone Application, you're going to have to pay for it first. Lastly, Apple has lowered the number of iPhones it will manufacture this year, but has raised the number it thinks it will sell.
Is Business Activity Monitoring a BI Application?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A question I posed to a LinkedIn group — Is Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) a BI Application? — sparked interesting discussion. There have been 9 responses to date, including two from Howard Dresner, who has done as much as anyone to shape current-day BI. The responses speak to growing interest in operational BI, and they hint at the impact that complex event processing (CEP) will have on enterprise analytics.
Obnoxious Hipster Startups Must Die
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Dear Lord, please tell me not all startups are as smug, self-satisfied, and alcohol-centric as this one.
Sparxent: IBM Global For The Midmarket?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Staples isn't the only one out with new services aimed at helping SMBs thrive by minding their IT. A Salt Lake City-based startup named Sparxent is going after what it calls an "underserved" midmarket with software, hardware, and IT consulting services of its own.
USB Thumb Drives For Multitaskers
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Serdar Yegulalp's story "12 Tricks To Teach Your USB Drive" got me thinking about some of the more accomplished thumb drives I've seen recently.
Running A Business In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Everybody is talking about cloud computing these days, but a few intrepid companies are actually walking the walk. To find out what it's like, goes out and meets this growing, vocal contingent of cloud computing "completists" who are more than happy to surrender their IT concerns to the cloud.
Key Management? Don't Hold Your Breath
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Ben Tomhave posted a lengthy set of observations from the IEEE Key Management Summit 2008. He did walk away confident that key management standards will be forthcoming. That's too bad. One of the best ways to protect data at rest is to encrypt it. However, enterprise encryption requires enterprise key management, not a bunch
Can Android Save Motorola?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
According to an insider, Motorola is looking to increase the size of its Android development team sevenfold. Could deploying an Android handset be the key to righting Motorola's listing ship?
Can Roles and Agility Coexist in Oracle Fusion Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
I listened carefully for the better part of two-and-a-half hours last week to Thomas Kurian, Sr. VP of Oracle, present the entire product set and positioning of Oracle's Fusion Middleware. I liked almost everything I heard... but down at the bottom of this stack, he raised the issue of "unified UI for Enterprise Applications controlled by roles." This is where he lost me...
UCLA Wins Mersenne Lottery
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Computational feats are not normally the kind of thing mentioned in the mainstream press, but the discovery of the 43rd Mersenne prime was big enough for even the LA Times to cover.

Of course, this feat comes with a $100,000 prize from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which makes the story a
Microsoft Adopts jQuery JavaScript Library
Commentary  |  9/28/2008  | 
Blog entries by Microsoft's Scott Guthrie and Scott Hanselman today have announced that Microsoft will be supporting the jQuery JavaScript library as part of its official development platform. A jQuery blog entry by John
First Impressions Of The InformationWeek Virtual Trade Show
Commentary  |  9/28/2008  | 
I was impressed with my first-ever visit to a Web-based trade show, the InformationWeek 500 Virtual Event, last week. It was powerful and involving. But it also demonstrated how we're still in the very early days of live virtual events, with a long road ahead.
Nothrow Functions
Commentary  |  9/28/2008  | 
Another WCF Gotcha: Calling Another Service/Resource Within a Call
Commentary  |  9/27/2008  | 
I wrote in the past how WCF defaults limit scalability but this thing (which had cost me two days of head scratching) is even worse. Consider the following scenario:
 You have a WCF service/resource. when you get a message/request your codes needs to send another message to another service.

Mollom Comment Spam Solution Emerges From Beta
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
With a comment spam-blocking success rate of 99.79% and nearly 10 million spam messages caught, Mollom has made a big impression on the content management community since its introduction in early 2008.
Living With NAC In An EDU World - Part Two
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
My last blog entry on our NAC experience at Purchase College resulted in the expected emails and phone calls from NAC vendors convinced that we would be ready to junk StillSecure's SafeAccess and adopt their products just because I used the line "while it's not going as well as we hoped, it is going better than we feared." Well folks while we do have a few bones to pick with StillSecure, which I'm not getting into today, most of our headaches are more about how NAC is harder in the EDU space th
Check Out Samsung's 8-MP Touch-Screen Phone
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
Well, it appears that Samsung will be taking the touch-screen goodness of the Omnia and combining it with the camera powers of the Innov8. The company appears to be readying an 8-megapixel touch-screen phone, and details have leaked out.
Is An Apps Store For BlackBerrys In The Works?
Commentary  |  9/26/2008  | 
The answer to that question would be a big, fat yes. But the store isn't coming from Research In Motion, nor RIM's carrier partners. Instead, it is coming from a third-party vendor and, of all things, an enthusiast Web site.
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