Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
A Year of IntelligentEnterprise.com
It has been a year since Intelligent Enterprise magazine went on-line
only. The last print issue, dated January 2007, came out last December. I thought I would miss the paper edition but now I see that, from a writer's point of view, the overhead of a print run, particularly for an IT publication, is a greater liability than may be justified by the extra value delivered.
Better Living Through Open Source: The Directory
A common question I hear when people want to make the jump to open source software as a standard -- either to step away from Microsoft or from proprietary software as a whole -- is this: "OK, what do I use now?" Sites like Open Source Living were built to answer that question.
Microsoft Opens Up On Security Research
Microsoft's Security Vulnerability Research and Defense blog provides in-depth technical information and ways security professionals can protect an organization from vulnerabilities.
VectorLinux: Save A PC From The Dumpster
From time to time I've mentioned Linux distributions specifically designed for low-end systems -- some of which I've used to save machines from the dumpster. This week I've got a new release of one such Linux distro: VectorLinux version 5.9.
The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience
Startup Jacked.com is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
NetSuite Raises $185.4 Million In IPO
Based on its IPO price, NetSuite's market capitalization is about $1.5 billion. Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison remains the majority stockholder.
Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007
It's been a landmark year for open source, and in so many different ways that even a casual survey of the year's events will range far and wide. Here's a quick rundown of what to me were the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list, of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become.
U.S., Japan Extend Patent Cooperation
When one country rules that an applicant has a patentable claim, the applicant can request fast-track examination through both countries and obtain patents faster.
Campaign Visualizations: The Bad and the Ugly
I wrote last week about a set of New York Times campaign visualizations that caught my eye. They met my "good" criteria: data-appropriate, designed to communicate rather than (merely) show off. The good is often contrasted with the bad and the ugly. Let's check out examples and then look at a TIBCO-Spotfire demonstration site.
Miracle on Westgate Drive
I have a home office, so when someone pulled up in a Budget rental truck, my first thought was, "Wrong house. We're not moving."
Much to my surprise, it was the FedEx delivery person. How brilliant is that?
The First Chink In Microsoft's Linux Patent Armor
And so Microsoft has finally agreed to give the Samba Team the protocol information it needs to allow systems that use Samba to interoperate as completely as possible with Windows Server machines. Based on the information Groklaw has provided about the agreement, it looks like this might be the first of many solutions to Micros
Red Hat CEO Stepping Down
Jim Whitehurst, former chief operating officer of Delta Air Lines, has been named by the board to replace Matthew Szulik as president and CEO.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?