Google This, Microsoft: Cheap, Innovative Applications
Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the company plans to put more of Google's Web-site capabilities into appliance devices that can be deployed in business environments. Schmidt seems less interested in the margins of hardware appliances than in the windfall to be made delivering ads to the world's most sophisticated computer users "- all those professionals glued to their PCs during the work day. And that's a philosophy Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer know well enough.
Business Technology: Pertinent Questions -- Are Your Answers OK?
Bob Evans has some questions for you to consider on such subjects as business-process optimization, supply-chain strategy, patch management, Barry Bonds, customer-data privacy, and publicly funded outsourcing, plus a thought for the people we remember on Memorial Day.
Unlocking The Secrets Of Open-Source Success
The story of open-source software has largely been one of success to date. Open source has grown exponentially in popularity among Web users, and it's making headway in corporate application-development environments, even influencing the ways in which proprietary app vendors create and distribute their own products.
Still, open source won't be a tale of unmitigated growth. The answer to open source's challenges is, in a word, services.
Ben Goodger's blog post last week ripping Netscape 8 as "unsafe" really wasn't a big deal, as such things go. Yet it did make me wonder about the impact clear communication will have on both Mozilla's and Netscape's ability to deal with security threats involving shared Mozilla code.
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Besides the obvious technical intrigue ignited by the potential for creating a whole new generation of 'Intel Inside' Macintosh hardware, recent reports of chip talks between Intel and Apple are a sign that maybe Apple hasn't taken its eye off the ball after all.
I was beginning to wonder. The paranoid bunker mentality that sometimes envelopes Apple's leadership seemed to have intensified since January, evidenced in part by a string of p
How To Move Files Off An iPod
A Winamp plugin enables iPod users to bypass iTunes and manage music files just as they might with any other player. Is this the end of Apple's grip on your music files?
Sounding Off On BPM
Readers express a wide breadth of opinion about whether their performance management tools are up to snuff.
Will You Wear an RFID Tag?
The government planned to make citizens carry radio transmitters that would broadcast their personal information.
The Dream Of x86 Capable Macs Remains Elusive
Earlier this week, the buzz surrounded another potential agreement that would put Intel microprocessors inside Apple computers. Obviously, uniting the two most durable PC platforms in history is a lot easier said than done.
Teen Blogs: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
In the seventh grade, my friends and I produced a weekly "mini-magazine" featuring articles on cosmetics and hairstyles, our lists of likes and dislikes, horoscopes, all of the typical teen stuff. It was nothing fancy -- handwritten text, ditto paper, our crude illustrations of Dorothy Hamill and Farrah Fawcett hairstyles.
Outsourcing Deals Need Prenups
Regardless of who is right or wrong in Sears' courtroom battle with Computer Sciences Corp., the case shows why a solid prenuptial agreement is necessary when crafting an outsourcing deal.
Business Technology: Coming Soon: Transformation Upheavals
Hollywood represents the world of fables and make-believe, but the shift from analog to digital is causing some very real pain and upheaval. And, Bob Evans says, you can be sure that a similar Radical Overhaul is coming to a supply chain near you. Soon.
Big BI, Little BI
Large and small firms bear striking similarities when it comes to what they hope for from their business intelligence deployments. That's where the similarities end.
Web Site Maps Murders, Mayhem
The murder of Duane Polk, a 26-year-old gunned down May 5 about a block from his Southside Chicago home, warranted only 148 words in the next day's Chicago Tribune. But a new Web site that combines crime statistics from the Chicago Police Department and Google maps lets anyone with Web access pinpoint the block where an assailant shot Polk or where any other
The Widget Wars
With its release of the new "Tiger" version of its OS, Apple brought major attention to Microsoft's user interface idea of running a colony of small, data-driven applications on your desktop. But a company called Pixoria made it real for Windows users.
IBMers To Protest Cuts With 'Moment Of Silence'
If you need to reach tech support at IBM this coming Monday, you might not get through if you call between 1 and 1:10 p.m. Eastern. That's when an employee group, upset over IBM's plan to lay off up to 13,000 workers, is asking colleagues to observe a companywide "moment of silence."
Analyzing The Competition
If you're part of the group of companies that's ignorant about XBRL, do yourself a favor and find some new peers.
Offshoring's Ebb Tide
The authors of a new book argue that IT outsourcing will come full circle and that U.S. workers will ultimately benefit from the practice. Douglas Brown and Scott Wilson, in The Black Book of Outsourcing, note that rising costs in countries like India and China, combined with the management headaches presented by offshoring, will combine to limit the number of U.S. jobs that ultimately end up offshore.
What's Strategic About Outsourcing?
The answer to that question could be: maybe not enough. Many companies remain fixed on focusing on the cost question, and perhaps not enough on the opportunity's value.
The End of Ad-Free RSS?
One of the things people like about RSS is the absence of advertising. But all that may soon come to an end.
Microsoft is sharing more information about its real-time reporting server.
What's A Blog? Many Web Users Don't Know
If you're reading this blog, you're part of a minority among Internet users. Despite the hype, most people don't read blogs. In fact, some surveys suggest a majority of Internet users haven't even heard of blogs. Hard to imagine, right?
End Of An Era Or End Of The Line For Java?
Oracle is making an announcement May 16 that it will incorporate use of PHP into developing Oracle database applications. I don't know the details. But I do know that spells the end of an era for 10-year-old Java.
Anti-Spyware Tips And Tricks
Get the straight dope from IT managers and security consultants about the best anti-spyware products, links to favorite anti-spyware information and software, how to tell if your system is infected, and what to do about it if it is.
European IT: What Angst?
One wonders what is going on Over There. On the one hand, Europe has long been ahead of the United States in technology areas as diverse as mobile computing, open systems, and standards in general.
One research firm is suggesting that mobile-phone usage is going to surpass 100% in Europe very soon.