Content tagged with Software
posted in March 2008
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Open Source Databases Widely Used, Seldom Paid For
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Open source systems have replaced only a few commercial products in the enterprise.
Your Next Blog Aggregation Tool?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At Startup Camp in London, I met Nick Halstead, the erstwhile founder behind, a new blog aggregation site that's been widely discussed in the, um, blogosphere (there's a dog chasing its tail somewhere in that statement).
Customize Windows Vista Installations With vLite
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Create custom Windows Vista installations by adding or removing system components and automating setup options with vLite. It's unsupported by Microsoft, but vLite is free and will delight Vista enthusiasts.
HP Unveils Products with Muscle for Midsize Businesses
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Today, HP announced several products targeted for smaller businesses. Regardless of how these products play with the so called SMB market, the announcement indicates just how serious HP is about competing for midsize business IT dollars.
Microsoft Awaits Vote Results On Open XML Standardization
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
If the file format does not become a standard, some governments could shy away from using Open XML -- and therefore, potentially, Microsoft Office.
Apple's Security Patch Process Gets Worse While Microsoft's Gets Better
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Swiss researchers suggest that the revived popularity of Apple's products may have left the company unable to keep up with security risks.
Google Docs 'Geared' Up To Work Offline
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Copying online Google Docs files to a local device and synchronizing local copies with remote versions could take some time if the files in question are large or numerous.
HP Introduces Three Consumer PCs, Backup Device
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The Pavilion machines include one optimized for entertainment, another for energy efficiency, and a third for consumers looking for a low-priced computer.
Linux Wins The Security Showdown! Now What?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
So now that Ubuntu Linux was "last man standing" in the PWN to OWN contest at CanSecWest, does this mean open source has it all over the competition when it comes to security?  It can, and it ought to -- but it's not a guarantee.  And we need to not think it is.

Adobe Teams With Linux
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
PC World, Techtree
Gartner BI Summit 2008: The Next Generation of Innovation
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Decision making as core competency, emerging technologies as BI enablers and changes in the BI market itself are core topics at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago. Analyst Kurt Schlegel explains the trends and business drivers.
Adobe Cozies Up To Open Source World
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The company is joining the Linux Foundation and released an early test version of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (Air) for rich Internet applications.
Arch Rock Builds Internet Protocol Links Into Wireless Sensors
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
By combining nodes with Internet Protocol capabilities, wireless sensor nets get the same addressing, naming, and management as the rest of the enterprise network.
Security Showdown: OS X Caves First, Vista Buckles (Due To Flash), Ubuntu Wins
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At the 2008 edition of the PWN to OWN security showdown at CanSecWest (Canada Security West) in Vancouver, an Ubuntu distribution of GNU Linux took top honors after Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows Vista eventually caved under hacker pressure. All OSes were up-to-date with the latest patches.
WatZatSong: You Tell Me
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
When we held Startup Camp in London, WatZatSong was one of the more intriguing new ventures. Raphael Arbuz' project lets the community help you figure out songs that you know some lyrics to, or a tune stuck in your head.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
News  |  3/30/2008  | 
In a preview of his keynote presentation at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, former analyst Howard Dresner talks about his new book, the convergence of BI and process management, and what it takes to get to the next level of performance management.
Sun's MySQL Will Continue Oracle Relationship
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Despite a new owner and the potential for more competition in the future, MySQL and Oracle will continue to work together.
Consumers Push IT Execs To Use Video, Web 2.0, Survey Finds
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Other factors in the Cisco poll included a desire to grow their businesses, reach new customers, and increase collaboration among employees.
HP's 'Fossology' Offers Help In Open Source Governance
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
The company's licensing-assessment service is similar to code-analysis products from Palamida, Black Duck, and Coverity.
CTIA Wireless: An Industry In Transformation Gathers In Vegas
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Look for a wave of new devices and services when the wireless industry gathers for a major industry conference.
Another Good Reason To Quit Feeding Microsoft's Favorite Cash Cow
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
If you put just one open-source software package to work in your small or medium-sized business, I can tell you exactly where to begin. And as much as I like Linux, I actually have something else in mind for you.
Windows Search 4.0 Preview Available For Download
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Windows Search 4.0 is designed to let users quickly find documents, e-mails, photos, and other files archived on their hard drives.
Oldest Voice Recording, A French Folksong
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
A 10-second version of "Au Clair De La Lune," now archived online, is said to predate Thomas Edison's Manhattan railroad sounds.
MacBook Air Hacked In Two Minutes
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Security researchers from Independent Security Evaluators managed to hack a MacBook Air using a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Safari 3.1 Web browser.
Natural Language Query: Old Answer for 'New' BI Opportunity
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
As combinations of business intelligence and search technology are emerging, Progress Software is reviving a simpler approach: turning natural language queries into SQL code.
Transcard Adds Apps For Mobile Banking
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Transcard Mobile was built for payroll card members with text-enabled cell phones and gives them full bank account access using their mobiles.
Friday Open Source Round-Up
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
So what's new in the world of open source apps you can really use?  Among other things, we have a new edition of OpenOffice, a Linux-based system-rescue utility, and a portable edition of an open source financial management application.  Read on ...

The 'Weekly Watch' On Content Management
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
With all the activity in the content management market, I thought it would be a good idea to start a weekly ritual of quick blurbs and sound bites from vendors, users, and anyone else who'd like to throw their message in the mix.
British Airways Cancels Heathrow Flights Amid Computer Chaos
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
British Airways said it planned to operate 80% of scheduled flights, including all long-haul routes, from Terminal 5 on Friday, after canceling dozens of flights Thursday.
Technology Is Not the Driver of BI Adoption
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
I'm having trouble with the supposition that "Emerging Technologies Will Help Drive Mainstream BI Adoption"... There are only two pieces of enterprise analytical software (broadly speaking) that ever gained currency in organizations in the past two decades - Excel and Google. Wouldn't it be a good idea to understand why?
GoldenGate Upgrades Data-Quality Software
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Veridata 2.0 improves on the first release, which made it easy to compare source and target data in relational tables, but had limited database support and functionality.
GroundWork Upgrades Open Source Systems Management
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
GroundWork Monitor 5.2 has added auto-discovery and mapping of data center servers and network devices.
All That Got Stolen Was Microsoft's Thunder
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
It's bad enough that Microsoft with its big war chest might sue you for producing open source software. But what's really hard to take is the suggestion that you stooped to stealing Microsoft code for your project. At the Open Source Business Conference this week in San Francisco, one show organizer got his revenge.
Apple Releases iPhone SDK Beta 2
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The update includes an interface builder, the Xcode IDE, the iPhone simulator, frameworks and samples, compilers, and the Shark analysis tool.
New Web 2.0-Oriented BI Tools Offer A Path Around IT
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
A new generation of vendor is creating tools that let businesspeople create their own BI applications.
Xbox Live Cheaters Hit With Penalties
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
Microsoft reset cheaters' "gamerscore" accounts to zero and eliminated all past achievements. There is no appeal.
Marathon Offers Virtualized Fault Tolerance On Citrix XenServer
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The company's everRun VM could shift the nature of the workloads that virtualized servers are able to carry from secondary to mission-critical applications.
Adobe Launches Online Photoshop Beta
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The well-known company's entrance into online photo editing and sharing is likely to be felt by competing services like Picnik, Phixr, and Splashup.
Microsoft Patent Claims Force Avistar To Cut 1/4 Of Staff
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The videoconferencing company had been discussing the possibility of Microsoft licensing its intellectual property before the patent challenges were filed.
SAP Software A 'Complete Failure,' Lawsuit Claims
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
Waste Management claims SAP showed it "fake, mock-up simulations" of software in order to snag a contract to rehaul its revenue management system.
Safari 3.1 For Windows Vulnerable To Hackers
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
Security firm Secunia says it has found two "highly critical" vulnerabilities in Apple's Safari 3.1 For Windows browser.
'It's Not Just A License'
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Every now and then you run across something that just makes complete sense.  That happened to me earlier in the week when I was reading posts in Movable Type developer Tim Appnel's blog, and I came across an entry entitled "Open Source Is Not Just A License."  It sums up, in a remarkably succinct fashion, two of the major benefits of taking a close
Adobe Offers Free Photoshop
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
AMD Goes Triple Core
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
PC Pro
Five Nominees for Process Hall of Fame
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Is there a business process management Hall of Fame? I don't think so, but there should be, to recognize the true pioneers and innovators in the field... My list emphasizes technology, recognizing those who first recognized that improving business processes demanded fundamentally new technology...
Sun Swallows MySQL, But Management Remains Intact
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
MySQL executives are urging their staffs to continue doing what they were doing before the acquisition and not to try and adopt Sun's practices.
Rise And Fall Of Version Targeting In Internet Explorer 8
Features  |  3/26/2008  | 
Microsoft backs away from a controversial meta tag plan.
HTML5 Jumps Off The Drawing Board
Features  |  3/26/2008  | 
Hope is finally at hand for developers weary of hypertext headaches.
Startup Of The Week: LogRhythm Makes Logs And Events Dance For IT
Features  |  3/26/2008  | 
Log and event management are critical to security and network operations, and a must for compliance.
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