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posted in January 2009
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Take The Moblin Alpha For A Spin
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Intel's Moblin project -- its own sponsored edition of Linux for Atom-powered devices -- just hit the public alpha stage. The Moblin site invites people to take it for a test drive, and that's precisely what I did.

Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Gut Versus Analytics: What's the Real Story?
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
A recent article in CIO by Thomas Wailgum entitled "To Hell With Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut" caught my attention. This was driven by some recent (separate) research by Accenture and Forrester to examine how business managers are using analytics, as opposed to... gut reaction, gut feeling, gut instinct and, related but even more evocative, butterflies in the stomach.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
Why BI is in a Funk
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
I wrote recently that BI is in a "funk." Let me now offer a few ideas as to why that is so: 1. At its heart, BI is an application development technology. 2. Very few enterprises want to or can change the way they do business. 3. Large BI vendors aren't sure what business they're in. 4. The communication collaboration opportunity is being botched.
Reflection 2008 Gets Vista-Style Upgrade
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Attachmate's terminal-emulation software takes advantage of Vista features and has been integrated with Microsoft .Net technologies.
The Truth About Open-Source Groupware
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
The conventional wisdom holds that Microsoft Exchange towers above its open-source competitors. Maybe it's time to challenge the conventional wisdom.
Lenovo Targets Small And Midsize Companies With Bargain PCs
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Predicting that small and midsize companies are getting ready to rebound from the recession, Lenovo is poised to battle for their business. And it's releasing a line of low-cost PCs to prove it.
Citrix To Reduce Workforce By 10%
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives some caveats.
Windows 7 Beta Flunks Out Of Georgetown
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
University's IT department nixes downloads of Microsoft's new operating system.
Why Windows Must Go Open Source
Features  |  1/29/2009  | 
To maintain its developer ecosystem and protect its apps business, Microsoft has no choice but to loosen its grip on the Windows source code and drive down costs.
Remaking Microsoft: Break Up The Company
Features  |  1/29/2009  | 
Microsoft needs a makeover from top to bottom.
Discount Hardware, Discount Software - Stock Up Now
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
As vendors look to keep revenue coming in the door, prices on hardware and software are plummeting. For small and midsize businesses who can afford it, now's a great time to buy.
Rolling Review: PBwiki Works Best For Small Projects
Features  |  1/29/2009  | 
The service ably handles tasks such as posting documents and commenting on them, but projects containing 50 or more tasks are unwieldy to manage.
SAP Weathers The Downturn
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Fourth-quarter sales jump 8% on strength of services revenue.
Vendor Stability Matters Too
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Technology is important, and so is vendor stability. You want solutions that perform, and you need to be confident that providers will be there for support and upgrades. I've seen evidence that two software vendors I follow are facing business complications. Here are their stories, a cautionary tale, names withheld as an ethical compromise...
Ubuntu In Your Pocket
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Printed documentation never goes completely out of style. Cases in point: the O'Reilly books, the ... For Dummies series, and MacFreda's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. It's $10 in print -- and free as a PDF.

bMighty Says It's Time To Embrace Linux
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
As the bad economic news continues to accumulate, Linux offers hope to cash-strapped businesses everywhere. That's why bMighty has put together a uniquely useful set of how-to guides that can help you choose which Linux distro is right for your company's needs, show you exactly how to make the move, and even point you to the best places to get free Linux help.
Visual Studio Developers Get PHP IDE Upgrade
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Jcx.Software has released VS.Php 2.6, an integrated development environment for Microsoft Visual Studio developers who want to work in PHP.
Salesforce.com Sets Right Vision In Customer Service, Analyst Says
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Among the most important achievements in the recently launched Service Cloud is the recognition that Google and other search engines may well be "the most prominent customer service channel in existence," Datamonitor says
Oracle Audit Vault Monitors Competing Systems, Including DB2
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The software now supports monitoring of Sybase versions 12.5 and 15 as well as IBM's DB2 version 8.2 or 9.5 running on Linux, Unix, and Windows.
Toshiba Reaches Out To Smaller Businesses With Price Drop
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Toshiba has dropped prices on its notebook computers aimed at the small- and midsize-business market, so you can pick up a new laptop for as low as $529.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Microsoft: Explorer 8 'Complete And Done'
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The software maker says its latest browser is close to final form, but users would like some improvements.
Cloud Computing: The Ultimate Recession Technology
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
The recession is hurting everyone ... or is it? This could be the break out year for cloud computing vendors who are ready and waiting for a flood of businesses to embrace low cost, no investment, no management computing in the cloud.
Intacct Announces SaaS Upgrade, Plans To Take On Oracle
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The small SaaS vendor wants to play in the big leagues. But first it must prove it can be profitable.
Gartner on Emergency IT Cost Cutting
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Gartner held a webinar today on emergency cost cutting in IT, featuring Kurt Potter. Gartner's been talking with a lot of their customers about the impact of the recession. Most are not in dire straits, but they are seeing some who are having to deploy emergency measures. There are lessons to be learned from the squeezing being done...
Startup Supports Lucene Open-Source Search
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
The lack of commercially available support and training have been a bit of a hindrance to acceptance of the open-source Apache Lucene search engine in the enterprise, but that's starting to change. This week, fledgling services company Lucid Imagination officially arrives on the scene to offer commercial-grade support, formal developer training, and certified, tested versions of Lucene.
We Have Met Linux, And It Is ... Us?
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
The Linux Foundation's "We're Linux" video contest is the newest attempt to get Linux a little airtime alongside both Windows and the Mac. A fine idea in theory, but I'd like to submit a few notes about why this sort of thing is a lot tougher than it looks.

Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The issue that needs your fresh thinking: the one-size-fits-all, non-negotiable maintenance fees most software companies charge.
Yahoo Reports Losses Related To Costs, Stock Rises
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Without the one-time costs, the company's 4Q earnings were better than expected, given the state of the economy, its effect on advertising, and public perceptions of Yahoo's position.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
EdgeCast, DT Partner On Content Delivery Network Player
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Streaming video delivery services will be available for premium video, audio, and content publishers as well as for gaming companies, advertisers, and hosting providers.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Improves Security
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Updates include architectural changes that mirror features found in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, and Mozilla's Firefox.
Microsoft Makes Sweeping Changes To BI Software Strategy
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Microsoft will discontinue PerformancePoint Server as an independent product and is exiting the market for standalone corporate performance management software.
CA Integrates Data Modeler With Data Profiling
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The addition of Exeros' technology adds the ability to analyze data in legacy systems, perform column analysis and discover primary-foreign key relationships.
Criticizing The OLPC (And Its Critics)
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
Jon Evans of The Walrus didn't like the OLPC. He thought it was the wrong tool for the job -- badly engineered, improperly envisioned, and more hype than substance. The OLPC folks didn't take that criticism lying down, but their
Penguin In Your Pocket: Running Linux On USB
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
How do you make the ultimate portable PC? With the right Linux distro and a USB memory stick, you already have one.
Apple Shipping iLife '09 Tuesday
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The most innovative feature in the upgrade is in the iPhoto application, to which Apple has added face-recognition technology.
Android App Bumped For Erasing Memory, Contacts
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
The application was pulled from the Android Market after multiple consumers said it was interfering with G1 handsets and spamming contacts.
VMware Strong In Fourth Quarter, Hedges On 2009
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
If IT budgets loosen up with an economic turnaround, company execs expect VMware to be a big beneficiary.
Microsoft Boosts BI, Backs Away from Performance Management
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Dashboarding, scorecarding and analytics are bundled into SharePoint while PerformancePoint and its planning engine reach the end of the line.
Oracle Takes On Salesforce.com With CRM On Demand Upgrade
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Release 16 is expected to include four types of monthly subscriptions and alternatives to multitenancy and set-in-stone maintenance scheduling.
How To Succeed At Twitter
Commentary  |  1/26/2009  | 
As with most things, persistence pays off on Twitter. Just post regularly, a few times a day. Follow people. Engage in discussion. Respond to what other people say. Post whatever interests you if you think it interests other people. Sometimes post what interests you even if you don't think anyone else will find it interesting. Experiment.
Citrix Invests In Desktop Hypervisor Startup
News  |  1/26/2009  | 
Virtual Computer, a startup that has just released in beta its NxTop bare-metal hypervisor for desktops, acquired Citrix as a strategic investor.
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