A Year of IntelligentEnterprise.com
It has been a year since Intelligent Enterprise magazine went on-line
only. The last print issue, dated January 2007, came out last December. I thought I would miss the paper edition but now I see that, from a writer's point of view, the overhead of a print run, particularly for an IT publication, is a greater liability than may be justified by the extra value delivered.
Better Living Through Open Source: The Directory
A common question I hear when people want to make the jump to open source software as a standard -- either to step away from Microsoft or from proprietary software as a whole -- is this: "OK, what do I use now?" Sites like Open Source Living were built to answer that question.
Microsoft Opens Up On Security Research
Microsoft's Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog provides in-depth technical information and ways security professionals can protect an organization from vulnerabilities.
VectorLinux: Save A PC From The Dumpster
From time to time I've mentioned Linux distributions specifically designed for low-end systems -- some of which I've used to save machines from the dumpster. This week I've got a new release of one such Linux distro: VectorLinux version 5.9.
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
5 Things Open Source Needs In 2008
More hardware support and better communication from Microsoft are just two of the things the open-source community must get in 2008 to continue its momentum.
NetSuite Raises $185.4 Million In IPO
Based on its IPO price, NetSuite's market capitalization is about $1.5 billion. Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison remains the majority stockholder.
Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007
It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide. Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.
U.S., Japan Extend Patent Cooperation
When one country rules that an applicant has a patentable claim, the applicant can request fast-track examination through both countries and obtain patents faster.
Campaign Visualizations: The Bad and the Ugly
I wrote last week about a set of New York Times campaign visualizations that caught my eye. They met my "good" criteria: data-appropriate, designed to communicate rather than (merely) show off. The good is often contrasted with the bad and the ugly. Let's check out examples and then look at a TIBCO-Spotfire demonstration site.
Miracle on Westgate Drive
I have a home office, so when someone pulled up in a Budget rental truck, my first thought was, "Wrong house. We're not moving."
Much to my surprise, it was the FedEx delivery person. How brilliant is that?
The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Micros
Red Hat CEO Stepping Down
Jim Whitehurst, former chief operating officer of Delta Air Lines, has been named by the board to replace Matthew Szulik as president and CEO.
Getting Up Close And Personal With The OSVDB
After my blog post about the revamp of the OSVDB, I was contacted directly by Jake Kouns, one of the OSVDB's project leaders. He wanted to clarify some of the project's goals and respond to some of the criticisms sent his way, and it turned into a deeply involving discussion.
5 Tips for Green Data Storage
Everyone wants to be green these days, and so does your data. Apparently, though, tape-based backup just doesn't cut it, environmentally speaking.