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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.
Google Has A Privacy Policy That Doesn't Offer Privacy
Commentary  |  3/31/2008
In an effort to demonstrate its commitment to privacy, Google on Friday announced a revamp of its online Privacy Center, a repository for information about Google's privacy policies and practices. On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Google's enterprise search hardware is finding its way into U.S. intelligenc
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.
Printing Out Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  3/30/2008
I used to have a wonderful printer. It was an HP Laserjet III, and it lasted me through about eight years and three Windows upgrades. Its black-and-white toner produced beautiful, sharp, smudge-free output. Eventually, though, it wore out and went to that great recycle bin in the sky; I had to face the loss and look for a replacement. That's where the trouble started.
Rails: Vendor Everything Just Got Easier
Commentary  |  3/29/2008
Here's a common deployment fiasco: You build something. Something great. You use a number of different third party libraries installed on your system. Then, when you deploy the app to production, things break. You investigate. You realize that one of the libraries you're depending on doesn't exist on the server. You install it. Things still don't work. You realize that another one of the third party libraries is an older version. You update it. Things start to work. But now, on
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.
VeriSign Raises Domain Name Fees Again
News  |  3/28/2008
In justifying the increase, VeriSign pointed to the emergence of consumer-driven services and the soaring number of Web-connected wireless devices.
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.
Google Mashup: Video Ads, Privacy, Online Safety
Commentary  |  3/28/2008
Google, as always, has been busy. Here's a roundup of some recent developments. Video ads are now being served in search results (although I couldn't find any); Google says it is really, really concerned about your privacy; and the company outlines steps for people to protect themselves.
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.
Three Mobile Advances: Search, Recommendation, Web Integration
Commentary  |  3/28/2008
Cell phone manufacturers aren't the only ones pumping new features and functions into mobile devices. Three startups--Kannuu, Aggregate Knowledge, and Ribbit--are getting into the act, too.
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?
Why Did Vista Stink? Developers, Developers …
Commentary  |  3/28/2008
Microsoft wields incredible power in the computer industry. Still, when it comes to the image of its flagship operating systems, it is greatly at the mercy of third-party software developers. When users sit down to use Windows, the code written by Microsoft sometimes doesn't matter as much as the bugs left behind in poorly written applications and drivers. If a crash happens, the average user is more likely to blame "crummy Windows" than to figure out it's a bug with a device driver.
John Jantsch Snowballs To Small Business Success
Commentary  |  3/28/2008
Sometimes when you notice a name or concept that's new to you, it starts popping up everywhere. The last two weeks, the clustering I couldn't avoid was contests for smaller businesses. This week, it's John Jantsch, the Duct Tape Marketing maven himself.
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.
Amazon Flexes Its EC2 Muscle With Elastic IP Addresses
News  |  3/27/2008
The company revamps its Web services to be a more fault tolerant way to manage servers that would be available to developers running their own physical servers in a data center.
Google Restores 'Save & Close' Button To Google Docs
Commentary  |  3/27/2008
This is some short and sweet news. This afternoon I fired up Google Docs to write a post about Picasa Web Albums, and noticed that my favorite button is back. Thanks, Google!
Google Offers APIs To Picasa Developers
Commentary  |  3/27/2008
I use Picasa to share pictures with my friends and family. It has some great features, and even offers plug-ins for Apple's iPhoto software so you can upload directly to Picasa albums from iPhoto. Today, Google introduced a new API for Picasa that should make it easier to transfer pictures around -- once developers get around to actually using it to create Picasa buttons.
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.
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