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posted in November 2007
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Egads! IBM Embraces Solaris For The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If nothing else, the mutual pats on the back represent a considerable thaw in the often-chilly relations between Sun and IBM.
USAID Server Hacked To Serve Pornography
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The compromised server was associated with USAID's Tanzania subdomain, Tanzania.usaid.gov.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
IBM Endorses Sun's OpenSolaris On The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
IBM also put its stamp of approval on Sun's recently introduced virtualization platform called xVM.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Generation 'Y' Loves Google, Telecommuting, Survey Finds
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The interns polled said they also place a high priority on information security and balancing security against usability.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall Update Set For Release
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The changes include new parental controls that let parents set limits on the amount of time their children can spend playing Xbox games during a given period.
Google's Android Could Provide Sustenance For Mobile Linux
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's Open Handset Alliance and its use of Apache V2 public license, could prove as a proof-of-concept for some companies, ABI analysts suggest.
Microsoft Drops Details On Silverlight 2.0
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The Web presentation technology takes better advantage of the .NET development environment and should make it easier for programmers to create rich media applications.
The Incompleteness Theory Of Open Source, Continued
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
After my last post about how "failed" open-source projects aren't really failures at all, a colleague of mine provided me with more perspectives on that situation. The very way open source works, he claimed, is like an amortization of risk against failure in software development.
Software Licenses: Take Your Pick
Features  |  11/30/2007  | 
Alternatives to conventional models of software pricing.
Z4 Sues Microsoft Over Windows Vista, Office
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Fresh off its $142 million court victory, z4 Technologies claims Microsoft still violates patents it holds for technology that blocks attempts to use a single password.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.
End Of The Line For Licensing
Features  |  11/30/2007  | 
Traditional software licensing models are being derailed by virtualization and multicore processors. So how much is this going to cost us?
Worldwide Server Revenues Up Slightly, But Shipment Growth Slows
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If economic worries stay with buyers, then spending on new systems could continue to slow, analysts with IDC lament.
Tibco Makes Its Low-Latency Messaging Software A Bit Faster
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The latest upgrade of Rendezvous targets service-oriented architectures built by financial services companies.
Apple To Kill Boot Camp Beta Dec. 31
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The utility represents a bold move by Apple to lure Windows users who aren't prepared to toss their favorite applications just so they can own a Mac.
Yahoo Updates Widgets For HTML And Flash Developers
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Version 4.5 also brings new features for consumers, including features for users to rate, tag, and share.
Dell Hints At 'Product Lust' As Profit Rises
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The chief executive breaks the company's financial silence with analysts by enticing them with new consumer offerings that are expected to differentiate it from HP and Apple.
Delays In Product Searches, Check-Outs Plague Holiday Shopping Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
While multi-hour Web site meltdowns are now rare, slowdowns in product search, cart loading, and check out still left many shoppers stuck this week.
Mac Office 2008 To Export PowerPoint Slides To iPod, iPhone
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The PowerPoint presentation could be displayed on a large-screen digital TV using an AV cable plugged into one of the Apple mobile devices.
Poor Performance Plagues Mobile Web Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google, Facebook, MapQuest, and other Web sites are struggling to perfect their mobile offerings, says Keynote Competitive Research in a new report.
Focus on Operational BI: Q&A With Information Builders' Gerald Cohen
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Despite industry consolidation, business intelligence is not a commodity utility, insists Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. Among the largest independent BI vendors remaining, the company focuses on operational BI, and as Cohen explains, that means looking beyond data warehousing and conventional reporting and delivery methods.
APM Rolling Review: Foglight Illuminates Data
Features  |  11/29/2007  | 
We find a bright entry in our ongoing quest for holistic application performance management.
Asus Makes Good On Open-Sourcing Eee's Code
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The other day I posted about how Asus had apparently not released all of the source code for its Linux-based Eee PC, and I branded it a goof that would be rectified soon. Looks like that was indeed the case: Asus has fixed its mistake.

AT&T CEO: Expect A 3G iPhone In 2008
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The news somewhat trumps any announcement scheduled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the January Macworld conference.
Microsoft Releases Final Version Of Exchange Server 2007 SP1
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
SP1 features improved support for Windows Server 2008, tighter integration with Office Communications Server 2007, and better mobile device security management.
Bigger Things to BI than Vendor Acquisitions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The BI platform is critical; it's what the business users see, touch, and interact with. Fail to get that right and the data warehouse is data wasteland. So yes, how BI buying will change as a result of industry consolidation is an important matter... But let's spend more time thinking about how to make BI relevant beyond power users.
IBM Warns Of Lotus Notes Vulnerability
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The flaw exists because Lotus Notes displays an icon associated with the attached file's extension rather than its MIME Content-Type header.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Mac Hack Attack Exposed As A PR Stunt
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Defaced versions of AppleMatters.com and iPhoneMatters.com were hoaxes, but real Mac-specific hacks are widely expected as Apple gains market share.
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Judge Says SCO, Novell Trial Can Proceed
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The trial was originally scheduled to begin in September in Utah federal court -- but was postponed pending the outcome of SCO's bankruptcy petition.
Law Center Steps Up GPL Defense, Seeks First U.S. Test Case
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The litigation is intended to prod commercial companies to adhere more closely to the open-source GNU General Public License.
IBM Releases Tools To Boost Data Warehouse Performance
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
IBM also has partnered with Appfluent Technology to distribute the latter company's monitoring and workload analysis software.
Overstock.com Divulges Secret To Its Cyber Monday Success
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
CEO Patrick Byrne credits the success of his new Web site to a move away from offshore outsourcing and the investment in "expensive" Java developers.
The So-Called 'Incompleteness' Theory Of Open Source
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sourceforge.net, the premier repository for open-source software, has more than 160,000 projects registered. Many of them will never reach the 1.0 revision marker. But is that really a bad thing?
TiVo Partners To Enter PC TV Tuner Market
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Nero will develop software for a PC-based DVR that can be connected to a digital TV
California Looks At Google Or Microsoft As Its Hosted Software Supplier
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A move to hosted e-mail and other services would affect a quarter of a million state workers and create a multimillion-dollar revenue windfall for either company.
Adobe And Yahoo Partner To Put Ads In PDFs
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Ads for Adobe PDF Powered by Yahoo allows publishers to generate ad revenue from their digital content.
Verizon Begins Selling XV6800 Smartphone
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The business-oriented phone operates on the third-generation EVDO network, capable of delivering download data rates of up to 2.4 Mbps.
Intel Releases Apple Leopard Toolset Upgrade
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The new compilers contain auto-parallelizing capabilities and new application programming interfaces for building multithreaded applications.
Linux Developer On Trial For Murdering His Wife
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Hans Reiser, the owner of Namesys and the developer of ReiserFS, is on trial for murder charges related to his wife's disappearance last year.
IBM Unveils Tivoli Customer Experience Management Software
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The software will give service providers a clearer picture of network usage patterns and customer behavior.
Oracle Hasn't Wasted Time on ECM Middleware
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
In the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Stellent, enterprise content management (ECM) was firmly on the agenda at Oracle OpenWorld. Or rather, Fusion Middleware was firmly on the agenda, and ECM was discussed as an integral part of it... Stellent the brand is no longer. The acquired functionality has already been repositioned and in some cases rearchitected as a set of services...
PayPal Says Linux Grid Can Replace Mainframes
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
PayPal is currently processing $1,571 worth of transactions per second in 17 different currencies on about 4,000 servers running Red Hat Linux.
(How) Has Open Source Data Warehousing Developed?
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Given the strengths of open source database management systems, open source seems like a natural platform for data warehousing. We've seen a number of success stories over the years — Travelocity, O'Reilly, FTD, and Frontier Airlines — but the roster of case studies is mighty thin... I'd like to hear from actual users and developers for a report I am planning on open source (based) data warehousing.
TiVo Signs NBC Universal For Viewer Research
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Demand for such information is increasing as more people use DVRs that make it possible to skip commercials.
Why Microsoft Rattles The Patent Saber
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
It must be maddening to believe you command developer loyalties and lead legions worldwide, then watch developers flock to the Linux kernel. Maddening, that is, if you're Microsoft. Why does Microsoft say its patents cover Linux, while at the same time reaching out to other open source code projects? It's the Linux kernel development process.
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