Content tagged with Software
posted in August 2008
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FIJI Fun - Still Crazy After All These Years
Commentary  |  8/31/2008  | 
In 2001 I posted the last public changes of my ForthIsh Java Interpreter to SourceForge. There was a lot of interest in Java interpreters at that time. FIJI was a pretty good cut but the arcaneness of addressing Java classes in RPN insured a manageably small user community, so to speak.

Jump ahead to this week when
Google Launches Google Video For Business
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The company is using its Google Apps business to provide the infrastructure necessary to search videos, restrict access to them, rate them, comment on them, and download them.
Google Shows Off Android App Winners
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
All of the 10 teams that won the Android Developer Challenge top prize of $275,000 utilize GPS in some manner.
Open Source Culture Needs To Be Security Culture, Too
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
How to react to the news that an earlier flaw in Debian's random-number generator has been used to fuel an honest-to-Linus exploit, especially after yesterday's post? Welcome to the tip of the iceberg.

Psystar: Apple Illegally 'Destroys' Competition, Bricks Mac Clones
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The upstart Mac cloner claims in an antitrust suit that Steve Jobs and company employ a mix of hype, dubious licensing schemes and technology to dominate the Mac computing environment.
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Smaller Businesses Drive SaaS Growth In China
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Worldwide, the market for SaaS is projected to grow 25% annually and reach $19.3 billion by 2011. Much of the fuel for the growth comes from China, where the annual growth rate is pegged 33% and almost 20% of the total market ($3.8 billion). And in China, the SMBs are the growth engine -- 42 million of them contributed 60 % of GDP and by 2012 there will be 50 million.
Zi Renews Nokia Contract
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The multiyear contract to provide its text products to Nokia calls for a 100% increase in first year revenue over the existing contract, the company says.
Learning about Text Analytics
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
I spend a lot of time on teaching materials on text analytics: articles, presentations, and courses. I've gotten positive feedback about my introductory materials, which I designed for practitioners (like myself) rather than for academics or researchers. There are great resources out there — technical papers and white papers, case studies, software, etc. — but you have to get the basics down first...
Leaked Documents, Unintended Access: That's Also Life In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Running a business in the cloud, or even part of a business, is great for so many reasons: It's cheap (sometimes free), incredibly convenient, and simple. But life on your private little cloud can get unintentionally, and unknowingly, crowded with extra eyes if you're not very careful.
MapReduce: And You Were There
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
There's been a lot of buzz lately about Google's MapReduce framework for speeding up the processing of large datasets. It makes you wonder, did Google just dream this up in last couple years while all of the database vendors were sleeping? Or, paraphrasing Isaac Newton, were they standing on the shoulders of giants? The answer is, both.
IBM Expands Its Information On Demand Strategy
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The updated software tools help position the company as a provider of all of a business' data management needs, including content management, data cleansing, and data integration.
Google Unveils Android's App Store
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A competitor to Apple's App Store, the Android Market will allow users to browse, purchase, install, and rate applications on Android handsets.
A New Model: Open Source Software After It's Acquired
Features  |  8/28/2008  | 
From MySQL to XenSource, open source companies are in increasingly high demand. For users of the software, it presents a new set of questions.
Oracle Ties Middleware To Eclipse Workbench
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Developers can create Java applications using Fusion's WebLogic application server and other middleware services with Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse.
User Group Hosting Discussions On SAP Price Hikes
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
SAP is holding firm on its plan to raise maintenance fees to 22% over the next four years, despite some customers' opposition to the plan.
Open Source Code Auditing By Design, Not Happenstance
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
If there's any one thing you hear said consistently about open source, it's the security benefits. My take: given how much we depend on software, we need to stop assuming open source = secure, and take steps to make sure that happens. Here's one idea how.

Multivendor Xen Paints A New Model
Features  |  8/28/2008  | 
It's catching up to proprietary rivals, as many vendors build around it.
Cisco To Buy PostPath For $215 Million
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Privately-held PostPath, which develops and provides e-mail and calendaring software, will enhance Cisco's WebEx product line, the company said.
Why MapReduce Matters to SQL Data Warehousing
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Greenplum and Aster Data have both just announced the integration of MapReduce into their SQL MPP data warehouse products. So why do I think this could be a big deal? The short answer is "Because MapReduce offers dramatic performance gains in analytic application areas that still need great performance speed-up." The long answer goes something like this...
Outage At Microsoft's Office Live: That's Life In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Users of Microsoft's Office Live Small Business recently experienced a brief e-mail outage. I'm guessing they have a lot to talk about with users of Apple's MobileMe and Google's Gmail.
SugarCRM Upgrades To 5.1 With Reporting, Analytics, Tracking
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The new Tracker feature tells an employer which salespeople are making use of SugarCRM's capabilities, which features are most frequently used, and which are being ignored.
Demand For Spring Skills Dominates Java Programming
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Job listings for Java projects that require the open source Spring framework now outnumber those that want Enterprise Java Bean-building skills, the hallmark of traditional Enterprise Java programming.
Rolling Review: Hyper-V Aces VM Basics
Features  |  8/27/2008  | 
But Microsoft's hypervisor lags behind VMware in rapid provisioning and disaster recovery--for now.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Dell, IBM Revenue Growth Double Overall Server Market
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The overall market recorded its ninth consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth, increasing sales by 6.4% over the same period a year ago to $13.9 billion.
Internet Explorer 8 Release Approaches As Microsoft Offers Second Beta
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The beta includes a number of new security features, including protection against cross-site scripting attacks and a phishing and malware filter.
Dell Looks To Tap Emerging Markets With Latest Business PCs
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The Vostro notebooks and desktops are tailored for companies and institutions in countries where low-cost, basic computers are strong sellers.
Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit: Get It Together
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
The Linux Foundation sees no reason to sit still. This October in New York City, right on my doorstep practically, they're hosting the End User Collaboration Summit, a way to "give end users the opportunity to learn about upcoming developments in Linux and ensure they are maximizing their investment." Count me in.

Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Plans Antitrust Suit Against Apple
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Psystar claims Apple's restrictions on third-party hardware makers violate U.S. antitrust laws.
TDWI Roundup: BI Bake Off on the Beach?
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Back from sunny San Diego, place of TDWI's annual world conference. I kicked off my week with a birds-of-a-feather networking event. The most popular table? The business-IT partnership, which also happens to be one of the top barriers/enablers to BI success. The different perspectives - and just how polar opposites they could be - bordered on amusing.
Mozilla's 'Ubiquity,' A Command Line For Web 2.0
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The goal is to make it easier to combine data in the Web browser and allow users to define their own commands, like macros than span applications.
Adobe Upgrades Photoshop Elements, Expands
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Adobe press release via MarketWatch
QuickBooks Comes To iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The application will enable customers to get an up-to-date view of their finances from a smartphone.
Internet Explorer 8 To Include 'Stealth' Privacy Mode
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
Microsoft's forthcoming Web browser will feature four tools that let users surf the Web anonymously.
Radio New Zealand Goes Open With Ogg
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Over at, there's an interview with Richard Hulse of Radio New Zealand, talking about his decision to begin offering some of that station's Internet-based audio in the nonproprietary Ogg Vorbis format. It's a veritable case study in both the etiquette and ethics of adopting open standards.

National Tech Medal Winners Include eBay, OS Creator, And Net Engineer
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the nation's highest honor for technological achievement.
Nedstat Bows 'Live Segmentation'
Commentary  |  8/26/2008  | 
Last week, European Web analytics vendor Nedstat announced a new feature called "Live Segmentation," which enables you to develop customized behavioral analysis across unaggregated Web data. This missing capability was a downside for an offering that competes in Europe with the likes of Omniture, and WebTrends - two vendors already providing a data-warehouse-like features that enable deeper and more customizable analysis.
Yahoo Plans "A New Generation of Search"
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo Research, says that Yahoo "will be launching a new generation of search in two to three months... Search is going to move in a completely new direction." The initiative, per a Financial Express interview, will build on Yahoo's BOSS (build your own search software) platform, which implements a "self-service Web services model for developers and start-ups."
How Not To Violate The GPL: An Easy Guide
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
It's never nice to know that you've been violating the GPL in some form. Far better, instead, to know how to not violate the GPL in the first place -- which is the premise behind the Software Freedom Law Center's new guide to same, "A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance".

David Raab Offers Kudos for QlikView
Commentary  |  8/25/2008  | 
David Raab is a great fan and former reseller of QlikTech's QlikView. His recent lengthy post about the product is positive enough to have been recommended by the company itself. But of course, no technology is perfect... In particular, the idea that QlikView automagically gives you access to all your information, without any prior work, is refuted...
Seven Steps to Successful BI Competency Centers
News  |  8/24/2008  | 
From setting a strategic vision and gaining C-level support to promoting successes and responding to emergencies, follow these seven suggestions for developing BICCs that boost business performance.
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