Commentary
Content posted in September 2009
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IBM Make Linux For Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Jagshemash! Today I have news that IBM opened Linux development center in Borat's homeland of Kazakhstan. It hopes to make country open source capital for all of Central Asia-including the ***holes in Uzbekistan.
Web Security In The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Are tight budgets crimping your ability to provide adequate web security to your organization? Can you afford $30/month per user instead? Don't lament if you can't afford a shiny new Bluecoat ProxyAV, you may be able to get the same level of service in a subscription based model.
Has Cloud Computing Finally Arrived?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
If cloud computing is to deliver on its (as yet latent) promise, we need a true heavyweight behind it -- like, say, the US Government. By a curious coincidence, that's exactly what seems to be happening. Are celebrations in order?
Making Linux Binaries Simple: Automate 'Em
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
If Linux doesn't change its attitude about prepackaged binary (read: closed source) software anytime soon, here's a suggestion: a generic software deployment system for Linux binaries.

Apple: 2 Billion Apps Served And Counting
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
Another milestone for Apple and its iPhone Apps Store: Two billion applications have been downloaded from the Apps store by iPhone and iPod Touch users. Oh, and Apple was sure to make us aware that there are now 85,000 applications available.
Can Windows 7 Go Viral?
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
It seems highly likely that most of your organizations will move to Windows 7 in the coming years, unlike your violent indifference to Vista. Along the way, there's a test of Win 7 to watch for: Will it go viral among employees?
Palm Pre Free In The UK With Contract
Commentary  |  9/28/2009  | 
The Palm Pre will hit the European market on October 16 and when it arrives in England, it will be free with a two year contract. This compares to $249.99 in the US, or $149.99 after a $100 mail in rebate. What gives? Why is the entry fee in the UK lower than in the US, or perhaps more importantly, why doesn't the Pre command a bit more respect in the UK?
Microsoft's Courier: It Could Happen
Commentary  |  9/27/2009  | 
There was a lot of buzz last week about a new folding-tablet-style PC that Microsoft is supposedly developing. All of the reports seem to stem from a single Gizmodo rumor that includes a video demonstrating the interface. Whatever "Courier" is, there must be something to it because nobody makes a slick video like that for no reason.
7 Ways To Save Money On Business Purchases
Commentary  |  9/26/2009  | 
I'd like to share seven of my simple business travel and expense tips for startups that I've picked up over the years. It's critical in the current economic climate that we maximize every dollar spent on goods and services.
Develop Once, Then Deploy To Your Cloud Of Choice
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
IBM's CTO of Cloud Computing, Kristof Kloeckner, says IBM has demonstrated software engineering as a cloud process. At the end of the process, a developer deploys his application to the cloud of choice. As of today, that cloud better be running VMware virtual machines. In the future, the choice may be broader.
Unified Communications Still Cloudy
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
I don't know what term was in vogue when, I just know my generation has never stopped hearing about the concepts behind unified communications. Unified messaging. Convergence. VoIP. IP Conferencing. IP Video. Much of it is a reality today, but one thing it's not (yet) is unified. Our video whiteboard tutorial series attempts to get under the surface.
Motorola Taps Nero For Android Syncing
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
The Motorola Cliq is going to be a highly-sought device when it's released later this year, but we haven't heard about how users will manage and sync their multimedia files. Motorola said Friday it has tapped Nero to craft its desktop media software, and, from what I've seen, it looks pretty good.
Virtual Collaboration Tool Gets New Name, New Customers
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Qwaq rebrands itself as Teleplace as it continues to preach the gospel of virtual worlds for business collaboration.
IT Lessons From Foiled Qaeda Terror Plot
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Qaeda-linked terror suspect Najibullah Zazi left a digital trail a mile wide for federal investigators to follow, but stopping seems to have required too much luck and footwork.
How To: Fix High-Capacity Hard Disk Formatting Problems
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Thinking about a storage upgrade using one of the latest monster-sized hard disks? I have a tip to share that might save you a lot of trouble.
iPhones Can Now Send MMS Messages
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
It's official: The iPhone can (finally, at long last, thankfully) perform a task that many other phones have been able to do since 2002. It can now send and receive multi-media messages. Here's a quick look at how it works.
Global CIO: Mergers & Acquisitions Offer Huge Opportunities For CIOs
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Here's how CIOs can help optimize M&A outcomes via skills in business-process optimization, strategy, and leadership, says the Center for CIO Leadership.
GPL Vs. Free Software Foundation
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
After my post about the GPL's day in court in France, a programmer friend noted he no longer used the GPL for anything, now that its instigator, the Free Software Foundation, has (in his view) gone off a cliff. Do other people see the GPL as tainted because of the FSF's rather stentorian views?

2009 ECM Market Overview
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
For those of you interested at what is happening in the world of Enterprise Content Management, here is a SlideShare recording that looks at the latest CMS Watch Cross-Check analysis of ECM vendors as of September, 2009.
Is Palm In Trouble If Verizon Passes On Pre?
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Late yesterday, a rumor suggested that Verizon Wireless had decided not to sell the Palm Pre smartphone. Neither Palm nor Verizon has commented on the story officially. If it's true, though, what future awaits Palm?
Google Looking To Acquire One Company Per Month
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that with the worst of the recession behind us, his company will resume making acquisitions and hopes to complete one deal per month. While Schmidt didn't rule out large acquisitions, he did note, in an equivocation worthy of the Oracle at Delphi (as opposed to the equally acquisitive one at Redwood Shores), that such larger deals are "unpredictable."
Ballmer: We Screwed Up With Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Windows Mobile 7 has been rumored for at least two and a half years and back then, everyone thought it would be ready to go by late 2008 or early 2009. Now it is looking more like mid-late 2010 and no one is happy about that, including Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO.
Perot Systems Is Not A Cool Computer
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
Steve Jobs and Michael Dell both abdicated from the big companies they'd founded, watched the businesses stumble, and then returned to their old jobs. It's at that point that the similarities between the two stories ends.
Google's Dataliberation.org a Public Policy Blow for Freedom
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
I'll admit it, I was raised paranoid. So, part of me is highly suspicious of Google when the IT world seems like a bunch of crazed lemmings leaping to ADOPT GOOGLE'S SEXSAH NEW OFFERINGS RIGHT NOW. But Google, despite the fact that it is a Massive Empire, may well be the real deal when it comes to understanding what smart CIOs need. And frankly, they may be contributing to reversing a terrible public policy trend.
Technology To Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Safer
Commentary  |  9/25/2009  | 
We've all heard of laptop or phone batteries catching fire, or have even seen video of a battery igniting. Dell, Sony, Samsung and others have all issued battery recalls in recent years to take batteries out of circulation that were more prone to catching fire. It is not something you want going on in your pocket where you have your cell phone or on the tray next to you in an airplane. A Taiwanese researcher claims to have a new material t
Launch Pad Round 1 Closes Tomorrow
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Global CIO: Bill Gates Blasts China Over Corporate Software Piracy
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Gates blasted Chinese companies for using software they don't pay for and described how profits from companies that DO pay for software have allowed him to help millions of children around the world.
Down To Business: IT Pros: Don't Count On The Government
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
There are simply no federally orchestrated "solutions" when customers ultimately are dictating the terms of global commerce.
How Much Should Smartphones Cost?
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
While writing about the Sprint Instinct HD today, I was kind of shocked that they were going to charge $250 for it after rebates and a new two-year contract. In the world of a $199 iPhone, and a $149 Palm Pre, I just don't see why anyone would want the less-capable Instinct HD. It points to an interesting pricing trend that is going to be a larger issue in the smartphone world over t
DEMOfall: Crowdsourcing Brings New Life To Mapmaking
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Two of the vendors who flaunted their wares at DEMOfall 09 are looking to use crowdsourcing to extend Internet mapping. Micello is looking to create maps for people getting around by foot, in shopping malls, university or office campuses, and city downtowns. Meanwhile, Waze offers a free turn-by-turn directions app built by outsourcing.
Simple API Is Part Of A Rising And Open Tide To The Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
What's notable about the open source project announced yesterday, Simple API for cloud computing, are the names that are present, IBM, Microsoft and Rackspace, and the names that are not: Amazon, for one, is not a backer, and let's just stop right there.
Mobile Round-Up: Android Edition
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Here's a handful of some smaller Android-related tidbits that broke today. T-Mobile has lowered the price of the new myTouch 3G by a whopping 25%, the Motorola CLIQ is going to ship with a hefty number of pre-installed applications, and Google tweaked Gmail for both Android and the iPhone
Secrecy Is A Stupid Way To Sell Software Security
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
It makes my day when someone out to "expose" the flaws in open-source software ends up doing exactly the opposite.
Document Imaging, 90 Percent Off
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Document Imaging Solutions, Inc., is making 50 copies of its DIS-Imaging Enterprise Edition, which normally sells for $26,000, available for $2,400 -- a discount of more than 90 percent. The offer is limited in time and number of sales, though.
The Rise Of The Digital Superego
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Gordon Bell, often described as "the Frank Lloyd Wright of the Internet," firmly believes we'll all be paperless and recording our lives digitally within a decade.
Practical Analysis: The Industry-Specific Cloud
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Amazon's Vogels reinforced the notion that one size probably won't fit all when it comes to cloud computing.
A GPL Court Victory In France
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Another test of whether open source licensing is enforceable in court has come. A French firm was taken to court for redistributing GPL-ed software minus its licensing and copyright information -- a big no-no.

Samsung Brings High Definition Video Capture To Sprint
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Those hankering for a hunk of high-tech, high-def video equipment need not look any further than the new Instinct HD from Samsung. This new phone packs a 5 megapixel camera, and can capture HD video. It can be yours for just $250.
Bill Gates Calls Out China On Software Piracy In Business
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
In a Q&A session at Carnegie Mellon University this week, Bill Gates said two of the five most-profitable businesses in China don't pay for the software they use. And he said those are only two examples of a massive trend in that country.
Google Adds 'My Location' To Windows Mobile App
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Today Google unveiled a new version of its Google Mobile application for the Windows Mobile platform. It has added several new features, including My Location, which returns locally relevant results to end users.
Motion Activated Headphones For Your Listening Pleasure
Commentary  |  9/24/2009  | 
Sony Ericsson is working on a new headphone that is motion controlled rather than requiring you to fumble around for buttons. When you put both earbuds in, the music plays. Take out one earbud to pause the music or both to stop it. To answer a call, you have to remove both and then put one back in. Ok, this is getting complex, or at a minimum, it isn't very intuitive for some operations.
Protecting Laptop Data: New bMighty How-To Guide
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
The data on your company's laptops may be your firm's most vulnerable asset. But the latest addition to bMighty's IT Management How-To Center can show you how managed laptop data-encryption and backup services can safeguard that data even if the laptop itself goes missing.
Seeing Pink? More Like Seeing Red. Microsoft's Pink Phones Pose For Photos
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Someone leaked some photos of what are supposed to be Microsoft's first foray into smartphone hardware. The "Turtle" and "Pure" will be made by Sharp and will run Windows Mobile software. If you're seeking inspirational design, however, look elsewhere. These two phones are, well, take a look.
You Got Chrome In My Internet Explorer
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Hmmm, this is interesting. Google's had spotty luck trying to push its Chrome browser to users, but now it's come out with Google Chrome Frame to embed Chrome's functionality inside Internet Explorer. What a sweet Peanut Butter Cup of an idea.
Project Management In The Cloud (ReviewCam)
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Project Management, which is, by its nature, a collaborative activity, is perfect for the cloud. To be sure, there are plenty of offerings now. We took a more in depth, hands-on look at TrackerSuite, a pure-play, hardcore project management suite from Automation Center.
Global CIO: IBM Exec Says India Will 'Lead Second Wave Of IT Adoption'
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Indian companies were much less likely to slash IT budgets during the recession than other firms, and an IBM exec says that makes those Indian firms "more forward-looking." Is that the case?
Does Network Neutrality Stifle Innovation Or Boost It?
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
The sky is falling, to hear the incumbent carriers and their industry association shills, because the FCC under new chairman Julius Genachowski is going to enforce network neutrality provisions.
Oracle CEO Ellison Vows To Whip IBM In Hardware
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
In a rare public interview, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to give IBM the same sort of beatdown in the hardware business that Oracle's given IBM in the software business. Short-term, though, he said Sun-his not-so-secret anti-IBM weapon-is losing $100 million a month.
Oracle Mulls Shift To Subscription-Based Pricing
Commentary  |  9/23/2009  | 
Oracle, it seems, is trying to hammer out a strategy to more heavily embrace the most radical faction of the SaaS movement, one that completely upends the traditional software vendor profit model: Subscription-based pricing. If what Oracle said Tuesday in a Web event is true, this could be a huge shift for the software giant.
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