PortableApps Adds Non-Open Source Apps, Sort Of
In a startling move, a favorite platform of mine for delivering no-install open source applications on Windows has thrown open the doors to adding freeware -- non-open source apps -- to their collection. Did the planets fall out of alignment when I wasn't looking?
Who Needs Analytics PhDs? Grow Your Own
Analytics, whatever that means, has emerged as the hot topic all over our industry... According to the conventional wisdom, very special experts, quants we'll call them, are needed because mere mortals can't handle this stuff... But I don't buy this.
Adobe, Salesforce Put Flash In Cloud
Salesforce.com and Adobe Systems are teaming up to put interactive, rich user interface applications in the cloud ahead of Microsoft's Azure launch.
Mac Clonemaker Releases Do-It-Yourself Hackintosh Kit
Psystar, the Mac cloning company that's been locked in legal battle with Apple for more than a year, is now selling software that anyone can use to install OS X on stock Intel-based PC hardware. A review of the instructions and FAQs show why doing so would be a bad business decision.
Why Was The Open Source Guy At The Windows 7 Party?
It does sound like a setup for a joke, doesn't it? What was I, the Open Source Guy, doing at Microsoft's gala Windows 7 launch party in New York City yesterday? A colleague of mine pointed this out, and I joshed back that I felt like the only guy in a corduroy suit at a black-tie ball. Actually, my first jolt of perspective came before I even stood on line for my badge.
A Few Of Fedora 12's Coming Features
Fedora 12's public beta is now out -- what timing, right? -- and while a cursory glance at the feature list as a whole doesn't sport anything revolutionary, there's more than a few goodies worth singling out.
VMware 3Q Revenues Slow
Overall revenue growth was only 4%, but software maintenance and service revenues were up 33%.
Commercial and Community Open Source and Pentaho BI
Last week, I offered the opinion that BI software publisher Pentaho has moved beyond a commercial open source business model. While what counts most is great, affordable software, an understanding of market trends helps everyone concerned make strategic choices. In this spirit, I'll present perspectives that complement mine, from Pentaho and from the Pentaho community...
IBM Rolls Out New Dynamic Infrastructure Offerings For Midsize Companies
IBM Rational AppScan OnDemand, Tivoli Foundations Application Manager, Tivoli Foundations Service Manager, IBM Software Services-Enhanced Technical Support Gateway, and IBM System Storage DS3950 Express are designed to "help midsize businesses reduce cost, improve service and manage risk."
Oracle Patches 36 Bugs
Three of the fixes with the highest vulnerability rating are for the core Oracle Database Server itself.
BMC To Acquire Tideway
Systems management supplier BMC Software is buying the data center infrastructure mapping software supplier. Terms were not disclosed.
Avoid Trap Of Proprietary Cloud Tooling: Use Simple API
What's the first thing you should do if you're thinking of developing software for cloud computing? At ZendCon, Zend Technologies user group yesterday, three members of a five member panel answered the same way: adopt Simple Cloud API, the open source cloud services interface.
RIM Eyes WebKit Browser
The BlackBerry maker is seeking WebKit developers to create a browser on par with iPhone, Android, and webOS handsets.
Lenovo Debuts New ThinkPad Laptops For SMBs
As the launch of Windows 7 augers in a deluge of new PCs from just about every vendor around the world, Lenovo joins a much smaller group aiming new machines at small and midsize businesses.
5 Ways to Cut Costs with Predictive Analytics
I was already in Washington DC for this week's Teradata event, so I figured I'd stop in at Predictive Analytics World in nearby Arlington, Virginia. Tuesday morning's keynote by event chairman and founder Eric Siegel offered a nice primer on "Five Ways to Lower Costs with Predictive Analytics." Here's the list...
Health IT Metrics Taking Shape
The U.S. will release a preliminary definition of "meaningful use"-- a key criterion for healthcare IT providers seeking federal stimulus funding -- in December.
More on Teradata's SSD Speedster and (Cautious) Public-Cloud Offering
Coming into this week's Teradata Partners user group conference in Washington D.C., I wanted to know more about the Teradata Extreme Performance Appliance 4555. This speedster is worth crowing about... but the announcement had all the power of a dim bulb compared to the bright spotlights cast in recent weeks by Oracle and IBM...
IBM's Ubuntu, Ubuntu's IBM
Most of the comments about IBM's release of a Linux desktop package have been about timing it to compete with Windows 7's release. Let's look at a slightly broader picture.
Apple Upgrades iMacs
This morning Apple announced new iMacs with larger screens and faster processors and a slightly rejuggled pricing structure. The company also introduced a multitouch mouse and tweaked the low-end MacBook.
SCO Terminates CEO Darl McBride
Under a restructuring plan, the company will continue to pursue intellectual property litigation against, among others, IBM and Novell.
This Week at the Teradata Partners User Conference
Here are some highlights of what's going on, although names, dates, and details will have to await conversations and press releases this week... Teradata hopes to leapfrog Greenplum in its "Enterprise Data Cloud" strategy. This is only fair, in that Greenplum lifted the idea from Teradata and eBay in the first place...
SCO Ousts Darl ... But The Saga Continues
Just when you think the saga of SCO can't get any weirder, it does. The SCO Group announced in the last few days it was firing Darl McBride, but also "restructuring" and also "looking to raise additional funding and sell non-core assets to bolster working capital." To which I can only add: What non-core assets?