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posted in May 2008
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Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
Mozilla's Add-On Army (Finally!) Makes Its Move
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
As Firefox 3 takes its final steps towards a final release, some users are wondering whether their favorite extensions will fall by the wayside. As it turns out, most of them won't have to wonder -- or worry -- much longer.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Last year everyone was talking about Web 2.0; this year it's all about the Mobile Web. Let's take a look at what this means for mobile analytics... The bottom line: Mobile analytics are relatively new; beyond infancy, but certainly not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenges are...
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser?  What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really.  It's Flock, which serves as great proof of how open
Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.
Ultra Low-Cost Laptops: A Viable Option For SMBs?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
No one likes to spend more than they have to on a computer. And no one likes to carry around more weight than they have to. You'd think that would make a killer combination for ultra-low-cost ultra-portables like the Asus eeePC, OLPC XO, and HP 2133 Mini-Note. And now a new teeny tiny machine is on the way from Dell. But don't throw away your traditional notebook just yet.
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
IBM Adds Social Networking To Rational Team Development
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Rational Team Concert is aimed at letting all participants in the development process--not just developers--collaborate.
Security, the Cloud and the Data Warehouse
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
"Doesn't DW-in-the-cloud suffer from the same fundamental problem as DW-as-a-Service in that you have to pump all of your proprietary, strategic, highly sensitive data outside of the firewall onto someone else's hardware?" James Dixon posted this question in response to my last post, and it points to a fundamental criticism that has been around since the first ASP started years ago...
Google's Marissa Mayer Sides With Simplicity
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Behind The CIA's Intellipedia
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To improve information sharing among intelligence agencies, the CIA turned to technologies emanating from Web 2.0, such as blogs, Wikipedia -- and Facebook.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Sony Gets Wiki With It
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Bashing SAP, Oracle and Other 'Stackers'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Lombardi's Jim Rudden posts an admittedly "cranky" piece about software giants like SAP crashing the business process management (BPM) party. His beef with those companies, which he calls "Stackers," is that they pursue the promise of BPM half-heartedly... I think he paints the Stackers with too broad and too black a brush. So let me offer a more nuanced view.
Open Source And Open APIs, Facebook-Style
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The more I read Facebook's statement about opening its platform to third-party developers, the more it seems like you could interpret what they say as a promise to open just their APIs, or both their APIs and their underlying platform code.  Which one's more likely?  Better to ask: which one makes the most sense for Facebook, or any other Web compan
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
VMware To Acquire B-hive Virtual Application Performance Monitoring
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
B-hive's flagship product, B-hive Conductor, monitors an application from the network, measuring the response time between a user action and an application response.
Startup Of The Week: SnapLogic Specializes In Data Integration At 'The Edge'
Features  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its open source framework pulls documents and Web content into mashups and rich Internet applications.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers 'Virtually Silent' Machines
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The systems integrator continues to defy Apple's no-cloning rule, upgrading its Leopard-based knockoffs and ramping up production capabilities.
Debian Linux Suffers From 'Major Security Flaw,' Gartner Warns
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The open source operating system is said to be vulnerable to hacks that could leave users' personal data exposed to identity thieves.
Why Not Data Warehouse Appliances?
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
In my book, it's time to stop thinking of data warehouse appliances (including those powered by column-store databases) as experimental devices for pioneers and performance nuts... Will these devices start replacing conventional enterprise data warehouses (EDWs)? I haven't heard many solid arguments against the appliance approach.
Via's OpenBook Is Share Alike, If Only On The Outside
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Open hardware specs seem to be catching on.  After the OpenMoko released CAD design files for all of its handsets, Via's gone and done the same thing with its new OpenBook.  It's only the
Microsoft Unveils Multi-Touch Technology For Windows 7
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Multi-touch capabilities are expected to be part of the next Windows operating system when it is released in late 2009 or early 2010.
Semantics and SOA: Don't Give Up
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
Although I don't remember when I first heard the term Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), I remember researching Web services around 2000. Back then... the sky seemed the limit... Platform independence, long-running transactions, and asynchronous processes - it would be like world peace. Unfortunately, it hasn't really panned out yet.
MokaFive Offers New Approach For Virtual Desktops
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
MokaFive's virtual desktops run on a desktop or laptop regardless of whether that unit remains connected to a central server.
Facebook Says It Will 'Open-Source' Its Platform
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
Paying The "Linux Tax"
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
Most of us know about the "Windows Tax" -- the extra cash you shell out to pay for the cost of a Windows license when you buy a new PC.  But what about a (so-called) "Linux Tax," the cost incurred by an ordinary user switching to Linux from Windows?

'In the Cloud' is the New 'as a Service'
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
I've come to the conclusion that "as a service" is getting played out as a marketing term. The new and exciting term now being borrowed from the Web world is "in the cloud." While there is a difference between the two, many companies never figured out if they were SaaS or a managed hosting environment... I expect to see more confusing messages as vendors rush to the next buzzword.
Misunderstanding Open Source
Commentary  |  5/26/2008  | 
Richard Stallman announced the GNU Project in September 1983. Eric S. Raymond published the first version of The Cathedral and the Bazaar in 2000. IDC estimated a year ago that worldwide revenue from standalone open source software reached $1.8 billion in 2006, projecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% from 2006 to 2011. That's revenue, not the presumably much higher avoided cost of closed source alternatives. So why are open-source fundamentals still so widely misunderstood, inc
Stretch Your Budget With Acrobat Alternatives
Commentary  |  5/23/2008  | 
If you're looking for a free, functional alternative to Adobe Acrobat, then I have bad news and good news. Here's the bad news: No single application can do everything that Acrobat does. Here's the good news: No single application tries to do everything that Acrobat does.
N.Y.'s CIO Urges Interoperable, Vendor-Neutral Document Format
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
The state report also advocates the creation of a cross-government Electronic Records Committee to address long-term concerns.
Q&A With Gartner's Don Feinberg on Database as a Service and Cloud DBs
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Sun are now fueling the growing fire around the database-as-a-service and cloud database markets, but what's the difference between these offerings and what's the appeal? Database guru Don Feinberg defines terms and raises important questions about reliability and security.
Microsoft Demos Touch-Sensitive Technology
Commentary  |  5/23/2008  | 
No word on when LaserTouch will make it to market. PC Pro, Computerworld
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