Content tagged with Software
posted in June 2009
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Red Hat To Certify Linux Apps For Amazon's EC2
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Move will guarantee that Enterprise Linux packaged with third-party apps are ready to run in Amazon's EC2 cloud.
Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If the latest round of statistics are to be believed, the GPL -- the most popular license for open source software -- is undergoing a slow but fundamental shift. But if the same statistics are to be further believed, other licenses are also gaining ground on the GPL.

Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and
Twisting Terms to Make BI Market Share Claims
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When a BI vendor claims they are the market leader of anything, according to IDC, you need to be clear on what exactly gets counted. In other words, study the taxonomy on page three of IDC's latest report...
Microsoft Defends Windows 7 Upgrade Limit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Redmond notes that cap for free upgrades is five times higher than Vista limit.
Sun, RingCube Partner On Virtual Desktops
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Ringcube Technologies' vDesk desktops will run on Sun's Sun Ray thin clients, lowering the hardware costs of virtualized workspaces.
Windows 7: Free Upgrades End With SP1
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Microsoft will charge businesses for XP-to-Win7 upgrades once first service pack is released.
Will New Certification Criteria Fuel Open Source E-Health Records?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Till now, certification requirements for electronic medical records were pretty hefty, addressing hundreds of stringent criteria that comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory systems must meet in order to get a seal of approval from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, or CCHIT, a non-profit federally supported group.
Information Builders Tops Ventana's 'Value Index' For BI Vendors
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Information Builders topped the list of seven vendors that agreed to participate in the study with a value index of 93%, followed by IBM Cognos Software, Infor, Softscape, Arcplan, Actuate, Symphony-Metreo, Microsoft and InetSoft, respectively.
Stallman and Mono: Not As Mono-Lithic As You'd Think
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Free software grand master Richard Stallman weighed in not long ago about Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET. He's not against it in principle, he just doesn't feel it's a good idea to depend on it for anything, especially not the core GNU tools.

Panorama Gets Help From Google In Upgrade Of Web-Enabled BI Apps
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A new Google Apps client includes a Flash-based analysis application that uses Google Docs in presenting an intuitive user interface that allows casual information workers to navigate through large amounts of data to generate business insights.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades
News  |  6/28/2009  | 
Software maker's numerical cap on program is meant to push pricey subscription licenses, analyst claims.
IBM Talks Up Cloud Computing
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
"Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT," says Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM Cloud Labs.
Lenovo Joins HP In Free Windows 7 Upgrade
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Buy a PC running Windows Vista Vista now, get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships in September.
OpenSolaris: No Standing Still On A Moving Train
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Yesterday I sat down on the phone with Larry Wake -- official title: Group Manager, Solaris Strategic Marketing -- to chat about OpenSolaris. I ended up with an answer to an unexpected question: How do you get people who use software measured in lifetimes of years and decades to move to software lifetimes of mere months?

The Desktop Is Dead. So Is The Server!
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Are rumors concerning the death of the desktop PC greatly exaggerated? Or will the server soon be joining it on the Grim Reaper's hardware hit list?
Windows 7 Pre-Sales Strong
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Online shoppers are rushing to take advantage of Microsoft's 50% discount program.
When Business Gets Too Personal
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Visualization guru Stephen Few reminds us that analyst opinions, while offered by recognized experts, are inherently personal, and that on the other side of the table, there are real people behind products, marketing campaigns, and corporate decisions. But I disagree with Steve that analysts should always name names. Some situations become simply too personal...
Cloud Computing Advocates Detail Its Future
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopolous, and Marc Benioff, CEO of speculate on cloud computing's future.
Windows 7 Half-Price Sale Starts Friday
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Microsoft is offering deep discounts on its next operating system in effort to boost sales.
HP Offers Free Windows 7 Upgrades
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Offer comes under Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Option but does not extend to all HP systems.
Life With A Bleeding-Edge Browser
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
Firefox 3.5 went to public release-candidate status earlier this week. But while the whole 3.5 branch was still under wraps, I was sticking my neck out and running the bleeding-edge nightly builds of the browser -- and was surprised at how un-beta it was.

Enterprise 2.0: Making Virtual Collaboration Work
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
A Volvo team's online collaboration experiences demonstrate the importance of finding a human side to virtual teams.
Will OMG Set a Standard for Case Management?
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
The vote to approve BPMN 2.0 is not the only thing on the agenda at this week's Object Management Group (OMG) meeting in Costa Rica. There is also the release of an RFP for a new Case Management standard, authored by Henk de Man of Cordys. The RFP asserts that BPMN is inadequate for case management, and I agree...
Oracle Automates E-Commerce Personalization
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Real-Time Decisions 3.0 upgrade supports offline marketing and adds prebuilt 'decision patterns' for cross selling and customer retention.
Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
Microsoft has disclosed what you'll have to pay to get hold of its next operating system.
Summer Reading: IR, Sentiment Analysis, and Visualization
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
Summer's slower pace allows time to work through material set aside for calmer days. My reading list includes works on Information Retrieval, Sentiment Analysis, and Visualization. The items on my list are technical and accessible, of potential interest to anyone who works with analytics. You might also find them worth at least a quick look.
Does Web-Based Printing (Finally!) Have A Future?
Commentary  |  6/25/2009  | 
HP is aiming its new Web-enabled printer mostly at the home consumer market. But it could easily turn out to be a great fit for small -- or even not-so-small -- companies.
Talend Launches Real-Time Data Integration Platform
News  |  6/25/2009  | 
The Talend Integration Suite RTx enables IT organizations to accelerate the movement of data across computing systems, providing up-to-the-minute data to help in decision-making.
Oracle Owns MySQL, But.... This Is Open Source Code
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
Oracle and MySQL are the favorite databases of developers who use the Eclipse open source programmers workbench. That's no surprise, I thought. Developers like to develop in free MySQL and deploy in Oracle, right? Actually, Oracle and MySQL are their two favorite deployment databases, contrary to what I would have expected.
Google Pitches Faster Web
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The search giant has launched a developer Web site that offers advice on optimizing CSS, gzip compression, and HTTP caching so that Web pages load faster.
Eclipse Updates Apple Mac Cocoa, PHP, Memory Analyzer Support
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The open source, file-sharing developer's environment now includes 24 million lines of code.
Ellison: Oracle Plans To Be No. 1 In On-Demand Software
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
It may take 10 years, the CEO acknowledges, noting that Oracle is currently only "a little bit" involved in cloud computing.
Enterprise 2.0: nGenera Unveils Platform Upgrade, CEM Solutions
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Collaboration Platform 3.0 features a widget-based collaboration architecture. Four new CEM solutions are designed for collaboratively managing the enterprise.
Transition Strategies for Enterprise 2.0 Adoption
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
At this week's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, Lee Bryant of Headshift looked at the adoption challenges for 2.0 technologies in companies that have grown up around a centralized model of IT... He points out that we can't afford the high-friction, high-cost model of deploying technology and processes...
HTC Reveals Android-Powered 'Hero' Smartphone
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
HTC has layered its own UI, called Sense, on top of the Google-backed Android in order to take advantage of gesture controls, widget support, and quick-launch icons.
Enterprise 2.0: Spotlighting SharePoint's Wide Reach
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Social networking applications in the enterprise span industries as diverse as education, the military, and software development.
Pick Your Distro: Cutting-Edge, Bleeding-Edge, Blunting-Edge
Commentary  |  6/24/2009  | 
You might remember Bryan Lunduke from his extremely pointed "Linux Sucks -- Let's Fix It" presentation of a few months back. Now he's aiming fighting words at Fedora over F11, and from that I've gleaned a few larger questions about what is the real role of any given Linux distribution.

Enterprise 2.0: IBM's LotusLive Connections Captures Award
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
The winner of the show's Cloud Computing Technology Buyers' Choice Award combines business social networking with collaboration tools.
Windows 7 Beta Shuts Down Next Week
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Microsoft wants those using the trial version of its next OS to switch to the Release Candidate.
Canonical's Ubuntu Channel Strategy: So Far, So Good
Commentary  |  6/23/2009  | 
One of the biggest complaints about Ubuntu Linux concerns Canonical's lack of high-profile channel partners. I'm not sure if it's a valid complaint even today -- and if it is, I doubt it will be an issue much longer.
DynamicOps VRM Reclaims Inactive Virtual Machines
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Virtual machine management system can provision and decommission VMs created through VMware ESX Server, Citrix Systems XenServer, and Microsoft Hyper-V.
RightScale Offers Hyperic HQ For Cloud Management
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Hyperic HQ monitors an application's performance as it runs in the Amazon EC2 cloud or in Google's App Engine cloud.
Startup's iPhone SDK Steers Clear Of Apple's Objective-C
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
Ansca's Corona takes advantage of the Lua scripting code to compile into an iPhone application that can be sold at Apple's App Store.
Enterprise 2.0: SAP, Jive Combining BI With Wikis
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
IT departments won't have to arrange for separate licenses or subscriptions for business intelligence tools that people want to use in their companies' Jive-based wikis.
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