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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sprint, Clearwire Sued Over WiMax Patents
A wireless software and service provider claims the companies are infringing on six patents, and a lawsuit could eventually halt the nationwide WiMax network rollout.
Crisis Survival Kit: 8 Ways To Strengthen Your Exit Plan Now
Right now, maintaining cash flow and solvency dominates many business owners concerns. Yet amid juggling credit, tight budgets, and market uncertainty, business owners can't afford to ignore planning their exit strategy, whether that's through a sale, merger, liquidation, or succession plan.
Add Value Or Get Out Of The Way
Through Ed Bott's blog, I learned that Nvidia has finally released drivers for its notebook-based video chipsets. To be more specific, they are releasing drivers that can be downloaded directly from the Nvidia site, rather than making users find a driver at the web site of the notebook PC maker.
RIAA Taps ISPs To Fight Illegal Downloads
In return for ISP cooperation, the RIAA would no longer file lawsuits to force the service providers to turn over identifying information of suspected illegal file sharers.
Free Wireless Broadband Still Available?
Two congressmen have found a technicality in the morass of FCC rules and regulations that pertain to the auctioning of the AWS-3 spectrum, which resides in the 2,155- to 2,180-MHz band.
YouTube Gets More HD Video
In a move likely to pique the interest of video news organizations, YouTube also added three new video landing pages.