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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps
posted in August 2008
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More Mainframe Fun
Commentary  |  8/31/2008
I recently "released" (he says in quotes because it's still sub-alpha, albeit functional) PigIron 0.3 Java Class Library for IBM VM SMAPI. I blogged previously about PigIron. Working on PigIron has made me refresh my view of mainframe programming resources.
Envycasts Advanced ActiveRecord Review
Commentary  |  8/31/2008
DCT readers of my posts know how interested I am in the power of vidcasts, especially ones that fully engage the viewer. I recently received an invitation from Gregg Pollack of Envycasts, to check out their new Advanced ActiveRecord vidcast.  And the verdict is...
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
Embrace Your Constraints: Code Contests
Commentary  |  8/30/2008
Regardless of our background, programming language of choice, or political persuasion, most developers have at least one thing in common: we enjoy building things. As full-on members of the creative class, however, we're also likely to have a million ideas for useful gadgets, web services, and applications, but comparatively little time to execute on them. Sigh.Fortunately, given modern web savvy tool sets, it's easier than ever to launch a website or application. In fact, yo
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.
Majority Favors Global Internet Bill of Rights
News  |  8/29/2008
Key rights granted under the global Internet Bill of Rights would be freedom of information, freedom of expression, and the right of people to have affordable access.
Obama's VP Text Missed By Half Who Signed Up
News  |  8/29/2008
Keynote Systems' independent tests showed inconsistent performance of Obama's SMS service with extremely poor availability compared to the industry standard.
Comcast Sets Bandwidth Threshold For Residential Customers
News  |  8/29/2008
Residential customers will receive phone calls and requests to curb use if their bandwidth use exceeds a new gigabyte limit.
AT&T-iPhone Problems May Signal Difficulties For Android
News  |  8/29/2008
Verizon and T-Mobile may do well to sidestep network glitches if Google wants its phone to outsell Apple's, a wireless spectrum expert suggests.
Kindle Upgrade Unlikely Before Next Year
News  |  8/29/2008
A version of Amazon's e-reader aimed at students would need to incorporate technology that lets them highlight key text passages.
BlackBerry Wins Versus Windows Mobile For Google Apps Mail
Commentary  |  8/29/2008
After a flawed experience with one of the first Windows Mobile-based Motorola Q's, Microsoft outfitted me with a Samsung SCH-i760 smartphone which, from an industrial design perspective, is one of the best designs for a smartphone I've ever experienced (more on that in a second). Unfortunately, integrating WinMobile 6.0's version of Outlook with Google Apps-based Gmail was so problematic that I gave up in favor of a company-furnished BlackBerry. Bla
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.
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.
Microsoft To Acquire Ciao Shopping Portals For $486 Million
News  |  8/29/2008
Ciao operates in seven European languages and countries, and recently launched a beta site aimed at the U.S. market.
Smartphone Apps For The Rest Of Us
News  |  8/29/2008
Even if you use Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon -- or don't have an iPhone for your AT&T connection -- you can still get games, music, location-based services, and other mobile content on your phone. Here's how.
Comcast Orders Extra-Large Customer Caps
Commentary  |  8/28/2008
Yesterday, DSL Reports broke the news that Comcast is planning to implement a 250-GB monthly bandwidth limit, starting in October. All I can say is that it's about time.
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.
SaaS Doubts Boost Remote Infrastructure Services
News  |  8/28/2008
Chiquita Brands, a SaaS believer, taps remote management services provider for e-mail chores.
FBI Arrests Blogger Over Online Music Sharing
News  |  8/28/2008
Los Angeles music blogger Kevin Cogill is accused of posting Guns N' Roses songs online before their commercial release.
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.
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.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
Orange Caps iPhone 3G Speeds At 384 Kbps
News  |  8/28/2008
Users have complained that the French wireless provider's capping of network speeds violates the company's service agreement.
Breaking News: Google Announces Android Market, Tackles Apple
Commentary  |  8/28/2008
Today Google announced its competitor to the iPhone Apps Store, the Android Market. The market will be a place where content developers can publish applications for Android phones, and Android users can go to discover and download them to their devices. Booyah!
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.
European Court Won't Save McKinnon From U.S. Trial
News  |  8/28/2008
The hacker, who deleted data from U.S. military and NASA computer systems, claimed he would be subjected to inhumane treatment in the U.S. justice system.
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.
Google Toying With The Idea Of Letting Users Mess With Search Results
Commentary  |  8/28/2008
This one is sort of a head-scratcher. According to a report, Google is working on a new function that would allow users to change the ranking of search results, comment on them, and possibly even delete them. Couldn't that negate their usefulness? Not if you believe Google.
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.
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.
Nortel Demo Puts 4G Wireless One Step Closer
News  |  8/27/2008
The company demonstrates the first live Long Term Evolution handoff between cell sites, but data speeds were lower than what's been promised.
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.
Google Adds Suggestions To Search Queries
Commentary  |  8/27/2008
Google has been busy cooking up some new stuff in its labs of late. It is currently rolling out a new suggestion feature that will automatically suggest search queries as you begin to type in the search box.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
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.
hi5 Offers Mobile Social Networking In 26 Languages
News  |  8/27/2008
The social networking site's hi5 Mobile service is aimed at smartphone and PDA users worldwide.
Retailers Use Social Media To Spur Back-To-School Sales
News  |  8/27/2008
Researchers see growth in Web 2.0-style campaigns as fall shopping season kicks off.
Yahoo Shareholders Lose All Hope
Commentary  |  8/26/2008
At the end of January, Yahoo stock closed at $19.18 a share. Then came Microsoft's amorously generous $31 offer, later upped to something around $33, that still wasn't enough for Yahoo. Here we are seven months later, and Yahoo has dropped below its price before Microsoft made its proposal.
Amazon Buys Social Network For Book Lovers
News  |  8/26/2008
Shelfari is a nearly 2-year-old social networking Web site in which users build virtual bookshelves of the book titles they've owned or read.
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.
Blame iPhone 3G Reception Problems On Carriers, Not Handset
News  |  8/26/2008
A global survey of owners found their iPhones operated with very slow speeds, especially in metro areas like San Francisco.
Obama's VP Text Reached 2.9 Million
News  |  8/26/2008
With the success of the announcement, advertisers may take a closer look at SMS as a marketing tool, Nielsen Mobile said.
Acer Drops Mini-Notebook Prices
News  |  8/26/2008
The Windows or Linux-based PCs include 1.6 GHz Atom processors, built-in Webcams and Wi-Fi support, and a three-cell rechargeable battery.
Nations Respond To Google Earth Threat
News  |  8/26/2008
From banning Google Earth to simply ignoring the mapping service, countries are working to deal with potential security violations arising from the images Google makes available online.
Aircell Signs Up Fourth Airline For Wi-Fi Service
News  |  8/26/2008
CEO Jack Blumenstein expects there will be some 2,000 commercial airplanes offering Aircell's in-flight Gogo Internet service by the end of next year.
Adobe Launches Photoshop Elements 7, Storage
News  |  8/26/2008
New features in Elements 7 include a tool that lets users brush away unwanted images, such as passers-by in a photo's background.
Disney Exec Wins Award Named For 'Last Lecture' Author Pausch
News  |  8/26/2008
Ed Catmull is the first winner of the award, which will be given annually by Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.
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.
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