Content tagged with Software
posted in December 2008
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Alaska Air Taps Oracle To Build Customer Loyalty
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The airline implements Siebel loyalty-program software designed to shift the focus away from revenue-draining free miles and more toward personalized service.
Quality Issues (Still) Plague Spoke.com People Search
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
"If you want to keep your job, use Spoke," advise the folks behind "the fastest growing and most up-to-date business network in the U.S." Sounds like something to look into; social/people networks are one of the most important BI assets to have emerged in recent years. Grading according to accuracy, completeness, quality, usefulness, and usability, I'd give Spoke a low C. Here's why.
Why OpenOffice Is Mired In Sun's Swamp
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
While I was out getting my fill of Christmas turkey, a brouhaha erupted online about the state of the OpenOffice.org project. One of the developers on the Novell side, Michael Meeks, wrote a widely circulated blog post in which he chastised Sun for its heavy-handed handling of arguably one of the most significant open source projects of our time.

Yes, Trust In The PKI Is Broken
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The trust in digital certificates relies on the fact that the authority issuing the certificate has validated the identity of the person or company making the request and that the digital certificate can't be forged. New research presented at the 25th Chaos Computer Congress shows that forging digital certificates is possible and practical. Trust in the SSL i
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.

Windows 7 Leaked To The Internet
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Microsoft's next operating system is available from torrent sites.
Microsoft Seeks Pay-As-You-Go Computing Patent
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
While such patent applications don't always lead to products, they do give some inkling as to what Microsoft is considering.
The Future Of The Netbook?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
As laptop computers are predicted to outsell desktops in 2009, what role will the smaller, cheaper netbook play? And how can you decide if the netbook is a good fit for your business?
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Blog Posts of 2008
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
What did you, the readers of Intelligent Enterprise, like most on this site in 2008? When it comes to our blogosphere, the three keys to popularity are controversy, controversy, controversy. Before we ring in the new, here's a list of our top-ten blog posts of 2008...
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Stories of 2008.
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
How-to articles trump news and trend pieces yet again.
Who Loves the Incumbent Vendor?
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
Imagine you have been using a particular vendor's technology for the past five or ten years... Now it's time for an upgrade, or even a replacement of that technology. The product did what it was supposed to do at the time, but now technology has moved on and it's time for a refresh... Make sure you consider both sides of the double-edged sword of incumbency.
It's Time To Install Mac OS X 10.5.6
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Last week, Apple introduced the latest update to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard." As with other recent Leopard updates, the 10.5.6 update focused on bug fixes and security patches. However, there are some welcome feature upgrades  including improvements to MobileMe's "push" synchronization for contacts, calendars and bookmarks.
Handango Partners With Mobile Game Publishers
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The mobile application retailer finds that smartphone users are increasingly choosing fun and games over productivity apps.
Windows XP Extensions Reflect Vista's Woes
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Microsoft needs to keep its older operating system on the market in order to appease business customers.
BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
I've now been doing BPMN (business process modeling notation) training for two years, and only recently have I begun to appreciate the true nature of BPMN usage levels. This reconsidered view may help you better understand what is rapidly becoming the one significant standard in business process managment.
Red Hat Revenues, Earnings Survive Economic Buffeting
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Subscription revenue, which provides some guarantee of continued stable income, was up 17% over the same quarter a year ago.
Dell Contracted For XML Networking Server
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
XML and SOA software provider Vordel's partnership with the PC maker's Industrial Solutions Group is the latest way the company is extending its reach.
Multiple Android Phones Expected In 2009
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Handsets with various form factors will hit the market in 2009, and the emergence of Android could be especially bad for Windows Mobile, Palm, and Symbian.
Toshiba Adds OpenSolaris To Its Notebook Lineup
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
OpenSolaris may not be unseating Linux any time soon, but file this one under the "small steps" category: Toshiba's apparently working with Sun to offer OpSol as a preload on '09 laptops.

Palm Gets $100 Million Boost
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
Elevation Partners' equity investment comes as the smartphone and PDA maker is set to unveil its Nova operating system and new handsets.
Apple Failed To Copyright Mac OS X, Psystar Claims
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The charge is the latest in a series of allegations in the ongoing legal spat between the clone maker and Apple.
Microsoft Extends Windows XP Cutoff Date
News  |  12/22/2008  | 
The software maker gives system builders an additional four months to get their hands on XP.
How to Buy an Analytic DBMS
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
I went to London for a couple of days recently, at the behest of Kognitio. The main driver for the trip was a seminar at which I was the featured speaker... I delivered practical advice on the subject of how to buy an analytic DBMS, starting with this seven-part self assessment...
Computer History Museum Tour in Pictures
News  |  12/19/2008  | 
Our favorite event venue of 2008? Hands down it was the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Take the tour in pictures.
200X: Year Of The Linux Argument
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
In no less than two days I've read a flurry of articles pooh-poohing the Linux desktop as a veritable delusion and a fairy story -- something to tell young GTK+ coders before you tuck them in at night. It isn't the year of the Linux desktop; it's the year of the Linux catfight.

Get Your Gmail To Go -- Any Way You Want It!
Commentary  |  12/19/2008  | 
Need convenient offline access to your Gmail account? Mozilla's open-source Thunderbird email client offers the perfect solution.
Oracle Reports Growth In Tough Q2
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
While still having gains, Oracle showed that a slowing economy is having an impact on the acquisition-minded juggernaut.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways IT Can Save Money
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
What are your employees doing online? And what happens to their computers when they leave for the day? Enforcing a few practices can help your company save some much-needed cash.
Apple Sued Over Apple TV
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.
Nokia Messaging Goes Gold For Symbian S60's
News  |  12/18/2008  | 
The application, available on the N97 smartphone, gives S60 users free push e-mail from the likes of Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail.
Chief Of The Year: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels
Features  |  12/18/2008  | 
Amazon's external-facing CTO is helping to devise a cloud computing architecture with customer requirements built-in.
Will IBM Add Analytics to its Toolbelt?
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
The gist of Ambuj Goyal's message in this week's Q&A interview is that predictive and statistical modeling - key offerings for the likes of SAS and SPSS - are overrated... I'm fine with challenging conventional wisdom and seeking simplest-possible solutions... but I won't be surprised if and when IBM acquires an analytics vendor.
OpenOffice.org 3 Goes Portable At Last
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
After an extended period of debugging and testing, OpenOffice.org 3's finally been officially released in a PortableApps edition. For those who always wanted to give OpenOffice.org a spin without actually installing it, this is the way to go.

Lost Windows Password? Look To Linux For Help
Commentary  |  12/18/2008  | 
Many of the best tools for rescuing disabled Windows systems are actually based on Linux. That includes a popular utility that can be very helpful on Windows systems with lost or misplaced passwords.
Sun Updates VirtualBox 2.1 Again
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
Only daily downloads of MySQL and Java exceed those for Sun's VirtualBox 2.1, which boasts improved performance for running Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, or Linux on any PC hardware.
Linux's '09 Outlook: Everywhere, Even On Windows Machines
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
It sounded like a wild hook for a story, to put it mildly: In 2009, it is said, Linux will ship on more PCs than Windows. So I sat down with Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation to explain his reasoning behind such a statement. He did, and I learned about great many other forward-looking insights for Linux in '09, too.

Mozilla Firefox 3.05 Updates User Rights
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
Service Desk Software Is Here To Help -- Really
Features  |  12/17/2008  | 
A raft of useful products can boost your help desk while cutting support costs.
Sprint Gives Developers More Location Information
News  |  12/17/2008  | 
The wireless carrier is opening up its platform so third-party developers can make their applications location-enabled.
Critical Internet Explorer Patch Available
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
In an unusual move, Microsoft has issued a patch for all versions of Internet Explorer from v5.5 onward and for all versions of the Windows operating system. Time to roll out that out-of-band patch before your users get infected. Reports of users being exploited are rising.
The Lighter Side of Being CIO
Commentary  |  12/17/2008  | 
I recently came across an article on succession planning for CIO's... and I thought, are you kidding? The savvy CIO knows much better than to foolishly throw it all away through succession planning or any other such nonsense. Here are a few tips for the savvy CIO to stay indispensable...
Free Money: 10 Top Linux Accounting Apps
Commentary  |  12/16/2008  | 
Many would-be Linux users lament a lack of quality accounting software for the open-source OS. The real problem, perhaps, is that they just aren't looking for them.
Mobile Firefox Coming To Symbian
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Code-named Fennec, the browser will use the same technology as the desktop version, including its HTML rendering engine called Gekko.
Palamida's Open Source Hit Parade
Commentary  |  12/16/2008  | 
Palamida's a firm that sells consultancy services for open source software, so it's not exactly a surprise that it would be listing "25 Hot Open Projects You Should Be Using Now To Save Money" in its recent report on the open source outlook for IT in 2009. It has posted the list at its blog with the headline "In A Time Of Less, Do More With Open Source."

Mac OS X 10.5.6 Users Report Crashes, Blue Screens
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Support forums indicate that Apple's Leopard update is wreaking havoc on users' systems.
Palm Intros App Store Of Its Own
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Not wanting to be left behind by Apple, Google, and RIM, Palm has launched a centralized store where customers can find more than 5,000 apps.
Microsoft Details Open Document Format Support For Office
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
In the next few weeks, Microsoft will release similar notes for its implementation of the pre-cursor to the ISO for Open XML.
Intel Releases Windows 7 Graphics Driver
News  |  12/16/2008  | 
Hardware vendors are getting an early jump on Microsoft's next OS to avoid Vista-style compatibility headaches.
Spock.com Taps Text Analytics
Commentary  |  12/16/2008  | 
Spock is a people-search engine, currently in beta release. The company uses "a combination of search-engine technologies and user edits to aggregate the world's people information and make it searchable." Andrew Borthwick, Principal Scientist at Spock Networks, kindly fielded a number of questions about Spock's use of text analytics and Spock's data-quality efforts.
Free Software Foundation Sues Cisco Over GPL
News  |  12/15/2008  | 
The group's complaint alleges that Cisco is in violation of the General Public License by not making source code to some Linksys products available to customers.
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