Content posted in September 2009
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How Will Opera 10 Go To 11?
Commentary  |  9/3/2009  | 
"These go to eleven," says Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel as he describes the added capability of his guitar amps to go "one louder" than ten. I was reminded of the quote when I thought about Opera 10, which was released this week.
Happy Birthday, Chrome; Now Get To Work!
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
A year ago, Google surprised the industry with its Chrome browser. Even the announcement was innovative, using a comic book to have the Chrome crew describe the design and goals of the new browser. Some recent news seems to indicate that Google is ready to put Chrome to work in an area that's critical to the company's future.
Global CIO: Citrix CEO Templeton On Killing IT Inertia Before It Kills You
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
As CIOs search for ways to increase business agility and lower IT costs, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton says that "traditional enterprise computing is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity."
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7, Continued: Fighting The Last War
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The operating system battle is a diverting sideshow, but the real battle is going to be over the next hardware platform. SMBs may not have embraced netbooks yet, but how will they feel about the iTablet?
SMB And ERP: No Longer Mutually Exclusive Terms
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
It has been a very good week for open-source ERP developers -- and for small businesses that can benefit in a big way from the solutions they offer.
Latest Mobile OS From Microsoft Cannot Turn the Tide
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Microsoft launched the Pocket PC in 2000 and really turned the tide in the mobile device market, long before there were smartphones. Palm was the leader, but due to advances by Microsoft and Palm resting on their laurels way too long, Microsoft became a dominate player in the PDA market. The PDA market though has all but vanished and smartphones have taken their place. Now Microsoft finds itself the underdog, and its latest release, Windows Mobile 6.5, won't be enough to turn the tide.
Will The Rush To Health IT Create Talent Shortages?
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is funding numerous new technical assistance centers to help doctors and hospitals deploy e-medical records systems. That should fill some support needs. But won't many doctors require more hand-holding and won't most hospitals need tech people working closely with clinicians on-site? Where will all this talent come from?
California Government High On Twitter
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning to Twitter to get ideas on how to help the financially struggling state. He's asking residents to tweet ideas for improving California, which the government is compiling on a Web site,
Sony Ericsson: Xperia X2 To Run WinMo 6.5, Too!
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The wireless industry is officially having a Big Day. Hot on the heels of HTC's Touch2 announcement, comes Sony Ericsson swinging for the fences with a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone of its own. The Xperia X2 seemingly has it all and rocks the most insane spec list ever.
Why I Opted Out Of The Google Books Settlement
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
After long and careful consideration, and with a deadline looming, I chose to opt out of the Google Books settlement. Sorry, Google, this time you were evil.

Gmail Outage Says More About Google Than Clouds
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The hand-wringing over yesterday's Gmail outage was as predictable as it was wrong-headed.
HTC Touch2 To Be World's First WinMo 6.5 Smartphone
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
HTC decided to step on Nokia's toes today by making a fairly weighty announcement of its own. The HTC Touch2, which will be available next month, will be the first smartphone to run Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5.
Nokia World 2009: N97 Mini, X6, X3 Handsets Intro'd
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Today at Nokia World, the largest handset maker kicked things off with a bang by announcing three new multimedia handsets. The N97 Mini takes the N97 down a notch, the X6 kicks things touch-screen style, and the X3 will slide its way into your heart.
Oracle Database R2 Adds In-Memory Query
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The Oracle Database 11g Release 2 announced yesterday includes upgrades to availability, storage management and administrative productivity... On the data warehousing front, a new in-memory parallel query capability supports faster querying whenever tables, partitions or databases can be stored entirely within cache.
New CIO At Univ. Colorado: Big Raise, Big Expectations
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The University of Colorado has just recruited from Harvard a new CIO described by his new boss as "one of the great IT minds in higher education." That's a nice intro-but, if you want to see something really nice, check out the raise he got over the previous CIO, plus his IT budget and staff size.
No End in Sight for Offshore Outsourcing
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
If McKinsey & Co is to be believed, the market for offshore services is set to grow significantly, with India poised to benefit the most. But there's silver lining for the domestic US IT services industry... and a note of caution for India...
Gmail Goes Down  Again
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Google has been aggressively positioning its Gmail mail service as an alternative to Microsofts Exchange line and had a great deal of success in the small and medium business sector. However, the services reliability has been an ongoing concern, and it was knocked offline once this week.
New Contact Manager Edition Designed For VERY Small Businesses
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The new Contact Manager Edition of Salesforce delivers several features for managing business contacts and customers, for $9 per user per month -- but only for 1-2 users!
Global CIO: HP And IBM To Add 4,000 U.S. Jobs In Three Small Towns
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
HP and IBM will open heavily subsidized customer-support centers in three small towns across the U.S. that will eventually employ 4,000 workers. The jobs are wonderful--but was the price for them fair?
Windows And Linux Users Get Another Great VM Option
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Parallels, Inc. is a company best known for its Mac-based virtualization software. This week, however, it finally delivered an updated version of its Windows- and Linux-based products.
Google Wave To Admit Schools And Businesses This Fall
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Google Wave, the strangely compelling mixture of e-mail and instant messaging that was demonstrated at the Google I/O developer conference in May, will admit a limit number of school and business users this fall, with general availability promised next year.
ReviewCam: Sharemethods Cloud-based Document Management
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Document management. Boring, but necessary, right? Just to spice it up, put it in the cloud on's App Exchange platform or Oracle's OnDemand Suite, and what you get is document management that starts to mean something from a customer-centric point of view. What you've got is Sharemethods.
Program Aims To Erase Doubts About Health Data Security
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
A new certification program could make it easier for healthcare organizations to decide whether their IT security products meet their compliance needs.
iPhone Battery Life Still Weak, Mophie Juice Pack Helps
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
A new report compiled by Strategy Analytics says that while most iPhone owners are pleased with their devices, they aren't so happy about battery performance. Though the iPhone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery, there are options out there. Enter the Mophie Juice Pack Air.
30,000 Job Openings For SAP Consultants, SAP Official Says
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
An SAP official said today that 30,000 job openings exist worldwide for SAP consultants to support the needs of the company's 82,000 customers and their 12 million users across the globe.
Maytag Crosses Popular Blogger, Gets Spun Dry
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
It's always been a bad idea for consumer companies to get celebrities angry, because celebrities have millions of fans, and can rally those fans to fight. Now, with the Internet and social media, it's easier for people to achieve celebrity and the power to significantly damage companies. That's a lesson that Maytag is learning the hard way, from blogger Heather Armstrong, who writes Dooce.
Serious Design Failure at
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
The U.S. federal government's Web site is a travesty, almost a parody of a government-transparency site. The site looks fine, but it significantly fails accessibility requirements. Its use of graphics has only gotten worse -- far worse -- since I wrote about execution issues a month ago. Further, it's old-school, a mockery of Gov 2.0 principles of interactivity and responsiveness and community.
Oracle Sees A Threat In Rimini Street
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Apparently the third-party software maintenance firm known as Rimini Street, which Oracle and SAP have claimed is no threat to their businesses, is indeed a threat. Oracle has filed court documents requesting Rimini Street to produce information about its business, which it says could be a "carbon copy" of TomorrowNow, the company at the center of Oracle's lawsuit against SAP.
Android Dev: No Money To Be Made In Android Market
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Larva Labs recently released its sales figures for Google's Android Market. The results are less than encouraging. For the month of August, Larva averaged sales of just $62.39 per day -- and it has four apps for sale. Um, what's going on here?
Sharp Offers Japan-Only Linux Mini-Note
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Linux is always looking for new markets, and now it might have one via the ultra-small notebook space: Japan.

Craig Newmark Discovers No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
What's Craig Newmark's "real sin?" It turns out that his transgression isn't, as the cover of the recent Wired would have it, "refusing to evolve," but rather of pride, an old fashioned desire to do some good.
Wal-Mart Flexes Web Muscle By Adding 900,000 New Items From Outside Retailers
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
On the same day it created 1,500 jobs in deeply depressed Michigan by announcing seven new stores, Wal-Mart also revealed it is expanding the scope and scale of by offering on the site almost 1 million new items offered by other merchants. How about your company: are you innovating or standing pat?
Windows Mobile 6.5 To Street On October 6
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Finally. Today, Microsoft announced that it will fully launch Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Marketplace for Windows Mobile on October 6. Network operators AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are on board, as are phone makers HP, HTC, LG, Samsung and Toshiba.
Aerohive Networks Attacks Wi-Fi Network Overloads
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Wireless communications have become quite popular in small and medium businesses. As companies rely more heavily on these connections, it has become difficult to make sure that there is sufficient bandwidth to support important applications. To address that problem, Aerohive Networks enhanced its network monitoring tools.
Prediction Meets the People Problem
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Are you ready for analytics? Rising ambitions and investment in related software could bring about a renaissance... Or, if it turns out organizations can't muster the talent needed to analyze and predict, we might see a classic Gartner Hype Cycle "trough of disillusionment."
A Worm In The Apple For AT&T?
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
AT&T scored a big win when it became the exclusive supplier of the iPhone in the US. They have had the deal for a little over two years now and it should extend well into 2010. You'd think after selling over ten million devices so far, it would be a huge win for both Apple and AT&T. You'd think. Right?
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