Resolving What Not To Do In 2009
The New Year is upon us. This annual switch of the calendar signals the official shift from looking back on 2008 to looking forward to 2009. Looking forward usually takes two forms: predictions and resolutions.
Microsoft's Year-End Zune Fail
Users of the 30-GB Zune all over the world awoke this morning to find that it was the day the music died. Although it's still a bit of a mystery why the Zunes failed, the only fix that gets the Zune working right now is an extreme reset that requires disassembling the case to disconnect both the battery and hard drive.
The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King
A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.
Quality Issues (Still) Plague Spoke.com People Search
"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.
AIIM Adds Resources For Content Management Neophytes
AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management, has long been a useful resource for established content management industry professionals as well as organizations just getting started with piecing together a content strategy.
China Approves 3G Licenses
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Why OpenOffice Is Mired In Sun's Swamp
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.
Beating Swords Into Data Centers
Since my previous post about Canadian startup Bastionhost's hosting plan for an underground bunker in Nova Scotia, I've been investigating a number of former nuclear fallout shelters that have been converted into data centers.
Yes, Trust In The PKI Is Broken
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
Crisis Survival Kit: 3 Things Every Business Owner Need To Thrive
Among the axioms flying around in these bleak financial times is that a recession is a great time to start a business. It's also a time to seize opportunities as competitors retreat and retrench. But whether you're hatching a new business or scrambling to keep the one you already have afloat, bringing 3 things to your business will put you on the path to success.
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
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.
Microsoft's Obvious-Patent Insanity
On Christmas, Microsoft filed for yet another one of those crazy patents that seems so obvious you have to wonder why they bother to apply. Aren't patents supposed to be for nonobvious inven
The Future Of The Netbook?
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?
NMAP Network Scanning: A Must-Have Addition To Your Library
NMAP, the open source network mapping tool, should be in any network or security administrator's toolbox. It's a feature-rich network scanner that goes far beyond port scanning such as service and OS detection, stealth and evasion modes, and sports an internal scripting engine. NMAP Network Scanning, a reference guide written by Gordon Lyon, a.k.a. Fyodor, is a must-have book to get the most out of NMAP.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Blog Posts of 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...
Microsoft Layoffs Coming?
Despite hiring at a rapid clip for the last few years, even Microsoft may not be immune to the rounds of layoffs hitting the technology industry recently.
Microsoft Keeps Netbooks Small And Weak
Although this doesn't seem to have been a great holiday season for technology in general, I suspect that netbooks will be a bright spot for computer makers. Tiny notebook PCs like the Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, and
Let's Stop This Patent Trolling
It seems like every few months, some obscure company is awarded a patent for some relatively mundane idea, then turns around and sues the companies that have been using it. This time, the incredible and seemingly patentable innovation is icons that update based on document or window content.
Living With Parallels On Desktop, Server And iPhone
I spend 80% of my work life in a 100% Mac shop. I've used VM solutions from Sun, VMware, and Parallels on Apple hardware for InformationWeek. We've been a Parallels shop at my day job 'cause, frankly, it was first out with desktop and server solutions. We're much happier with the latest rev of Desktop.
Who Loves the Incumbent Vendor?
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.
Some Business Stories Are Filled With Cheer
It's all too common lately to check out the news and end up depressed. Which is why it's refreshing to read some good news, like the story of a recently shuttered bakery -- that resulted in 300 layoffs -- being opened back up by another company just in time for the holidays.
It's Time To Install Mac OS X 10.5.6
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 ï¿¼ including improvements to MobileMe's "push" synchronization for contacts, calendars and bookmarks.
Fighting Click Fraud And Bots From The Heart Of Texas
It's been a big year for Click Forensics, a company that helps advertisers, agencies, and ad networks recognize and reduce low-quality Web traffic. In addition to naming a new CEO and securing second-round funding, the fraud-fighting startup struck a deal with Google.
Looking Into The Content Management Crystal Ball
I've never been one to make grand predictions about the future of technology, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy hearing what others have to say. As 2008 comes to a close, a handful of prognosticators are stepping forward to offer up their vision for the future of content management. Here are some of the more interesting lists ...
Cloud Maturity Models Don't Make Sense
An issue that's been roiling the cloud computing blogosphere the past few months is the notion of a maturity model for cloud computing, which I oppose. Multiple maturity models (say that three times fast!) already have been defined for a variety of IT subjects, including business processes and at least five or six different ones for SOA, alone.
EA Offers DRM-Free Option For Spore
In response to heavy criticism, Electronic Arts is allowing "Spore" fans to play the title on an unlimited number of PCs through the online Steam service.
BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered
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.