Blogger Smackdown At AlwaysOn
Last night's final panel at the AlwaysOn conference in NYC, "Panel: Can Brands Get Away with 'Buzz Marketing' in the Blogosphere?", was the best session so far at this show. It was chock-full of emotion, idealism, and all the kinds of ideas you hope to see on stage at a conference.
The session was moderated by CKS Partners founder Bill Cleary and included super-bloggers Jeff Jarvis and
Mobility At AlwaysOn: If You Personalize It Will They Come?
Mobility took the stage this morning at the AlwaysOn Media conference in New York City. Panelists tried to tackle the question of the third screen: Will consumers respond to mobile ads? How can marketers capitalize on such a small space? Are cell phones too personal a space to hit with marketing messages?
The panelists agreed that a couple of factors will contibute to the success of mobile marketing. The first is the personal connection consumers have w
PTT By the Minute?!?
Correct me if I am wrong here, but wasn't the major premise of push-to-talk technology (PTT) that it would help save people (enterprises) money by allowing them to avoid using their monthly minute allotment because they were using the walkie-talkie instead? If so, AT&T's new plan to allow customers to use PTT on a per-minute basis negates the entire appeal.
Sorry, but if I have to pay by the minute to use the PTT s
JasperSoft Adds ETL Tool To BI Suite
JasperSoft, a maker of open-source business intelligence tools, unveils software for extracting data from multiple sources and loading it into a BI data warehouse
Surviving Media Disruption At AlwaysOn: Will There Be A Calm After The Storm?
Yesterday, I was at the opening session of the AlwaysOn NYC Media Event. Many of the media industry's top congenscenti were on hand to discuss, debate, spin, and relentlessly pitch the future of all online media. All of the bloggers present (like yours truly) were sectioned off into a tiny space in the middle of the floor called the "Blogger Bullpe
Microsoft's Sound And Fury
You would think that, for the launch of its much-anticipated Vista operating system, Microsoft could transcend the typical hype session that companies seem to think are the best way to introduce their products. But Microsoft's vaunted Vista launch event was a bigger version of the kind of production that you usually see at trade shows such as CES or the late, lamented Comdex -- a lot of noise, a lot of lights, and a lot of sound and fury, signifying ... well, you know the quote.
And Away We SVGo!
Yesterday in NYC the Mobile Monday organization hosted a half-day seminar on scalable vector graphics (SVG). According to the fine collection of speakers the little group huddled at the Samsung Experience had the pleasure of listening to, this tiny little computer language is promising to revolutionize the mobile web experience. Some day.
The take-away message for the afternoon was: SVG is grrrrrrate!
Hello, Vista. Good-bye Tablet OS?
In case you didn't know, Microsoft's Vista operating system launches today. Though there are 80 gazillion different versions of Vista, I didn't see any of them labeled "Tablet OS". What gives, Ballmer?
In scrolling the headlines today, I noticed a small blurb from HP about a new TouchScreen PC they are working on. You can read about it here. As I was perusing the article, I thought to myself, "Hmm, is there a Tab
IM, Therefore I Think
I ranted about AOL's extreme makeover of AIM Express last week and was gratified by the comments and e-mails from people who were quick to fill in my memory lapses with the names of instant messaging alternatives. Trillian and Gaim both have numerous supporters.
Strange Anti-Microsoft Bedfellows
What do Brussels and Des Moines have in common? An apparent determination to keep Microsoft's competitive instincts under control that goes far beyond what Washington had the belly for.
Major Vista Facts? Please!
There's an article floating around the Internet today called "Facts About Windows Vista." In it, you'll find 4 genuine pieces of information (which are not all that exciting, by the way) about the world's most expensive operating system, following by some inane statistics on how many dopes will use it.
C'mon, Reuters. You call this news? The entirety of their article tells us this: new look, easier search, g
Is Palm Losing Its Grip on Business Customers?
With tight integration to back-end systems becoming more and more necessary, is Palm OS on the verge of extinction? As nifty as the Palm OS is to use, it seems fewer and fewer businesses take it seriously, opting instead for Microsoft-based platforms.
There was a time when I was addicted to my Treo 650. It was my first qwerty keyboard device, but more than that, it was my first smartphone. I loaded it chock full of contacts, synced it with my calendar, stuck some tunes and applications on there
My Dinner With Google
I drove from San Francisco down to Mountain View last night to attend a dinner with members of the Google Apps and Google Enterprise teams.
I rented a Zip Car for the occasion, since my car wasn't available and public transport wasn't an option. The car was a Cooper Mini. It's a fun little car. It had XM Radio and I have to say I was impressed with the sound quality. But I digress.
Mobile Spam Finally Arrives
It's the day many of us wireless industry insiders have been waiting for, the day mobile marketing spam finally hits North American shores. And it appears mobile spam may be here to stay.
Nokia Mobile Enterprise Still Losing Money
Nokia's enterprise group, Nokia Enterprise Solutions, is still in the red. Why can Nokia make so much money off its core business of cell phones, but not from business mobility? Is it that mobile enterprise is still the little engine that could? Or is the company's focus off?
To be fair, Nokia said that it expects its mobile enterprise business to
"Cough! Cough!" Yes, That Was Your Smartphone Wheezing At You
Believe it or not, the first mobile viruses began appearing back in mid-June 2004. The Cabir worm and Mosquito Trojan both targeted smartphones that run the Symbian Series 60 operating system, which is the most widely used smartphone platform across the world. Others targeting Windows Mobile appeared later. Should the enterprise be concerned? Hell, yeah!
HP, Alas, Why Did Ye Stray?
That the weight of the spying scandal continues to cause small implosions and aftershocks over at HP isn't terribly surprising. What does surprise me is the lack of a battle cry from other journalists and the complete silence from HP's press team.
Is Microsoft's Impact On The Economy Bigger Than Google's?
Donna Bogatin asks a thought-provoking question: Who has more impact on the economy, Microsoft or Google?
During his annual predictions for 2007, futurist Mark Anderson said that Google and Microsoft represent two very different types of money. Microsoft is plumbing money, Anderson said, while Google is
Adobe Does VoIP And P2P
Om Malik over at GigaOM analyzes Adobe's acquisition of P2P firm amicima and Adobe's subsequent move into the VoIP and peer-to-peer online spaces.
Is The Linux Community Breaking Apart?
A lot of talk is going around these days about social networking on the Web and how people are forming new types of communities via sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and LiveJournal. But as far as I'm concerned, the real online communities are those groups of people who gather online wherever they can because of shared interests, shared concerns, or shared values. And one of the most fervent, opinionated, interesting, and influential groups is the open source community.
Simulation Part III: Activity Based Costing
Activity Based Costing is not just determining the cost of each process activity from its active labor costs, or even its total direct costs. ABC is about allocating the indirect costs, both labor -- management/supervisory, plus ancillary functions -- and fixed overhead, like plant and equipment. You can't get that from the simulation model!
Or can you?
Will 2007 Finally Be the Year of Mobility?
IDC seems to think so. Sure, there are some hurdles that remain to be cleared, but a reasonable amount of interoperability already exists. Mobile devices themselves are finally powerful enough to handle just about anything business app we can throw at them. The real question is, when will enterprises realize this and adopt the technology that's going boost their business into the next realm?
Meet Your New Spouse: The PC
Just in time for Valentine's Day hype, a new survey claims that 65% of US consumers over the age of 18 spend more time with their computers than with their spouses or significant others. Talk about tech love.
Hey, Are You Reading this Blog While You're At Work?
A new study shows that the majority of office workers use their company's technology for personal reasons, including checking personal email and taking personal calls on their office telephone, despite express policies forbidding it. Tsk, tsk!
Cause We're All Phonies
Sprint has our number. They know we use our mobile phones as excuses to get out of awkward social situations (bad dates, family funerals, meetings), and are launching a hysterical new service to help us all be better liars.
AOL's AIM Today Beta: When Good Web Apps Go Bad
Are you an AIM user? Have you been sucked into AOL's AIM Today beta? How much do you hate it? Yeah, me too. AOL has apparently forgotten that instant messaging is supposed to be about communication. It's thrown out the buddy list and chat window, and now pushes you into a schlock celebrity-scandals-and-ads portal page that is some marketing guy's twisted take on the social Web. I don't want Naomi Watts or a thousand new best friends. I want
Hello Windows Vista, Goodbye PC
Microsoft's New York City bash on Jan. 29 to mark the official, it's really, really here, introduction of the consumer version of Windows Vista will be the last "operating system as event" the PC world will ever witness.
Interview With Science-Fiction Writer Charles Stross About Virtual Worlds
This research into virtual worlds and online gaming is taking me to some weird places. So to speak. Today, I'm totally jazzed because I got to interview one of my favorite writers, Charles Stross, a science-fiction author, former tech journalist, programmer, and veteran of two dot-coms. I talked to Charlie about his upcoming novel, Halting State, set 12 years in the future, in a world where virtual worlds have become mainstream.
A Peek At The Future Of Computing
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the best things about the IBM Lotusphere conference is always the glimpses it gives you of the future of computing. The various IBM Research labs send representatives who staff a room filled with demo pedestals -- two dozen this year -- where creators show off their projects. This year, as usual, several projects look like good prospects to become future products, and IBM Lotus has even put one up on the Web so you can get a look at it even though you're not at the confer
GPS = Gosh, People are Stupid!
Is anyone else as astounded as I am with the outright idiocy of crooks, thugs and thieves? Some Babylon, NY, scofflaws found out the hard way that stealing cell phones often leads the police right to your front door.
The eye-triple-e recently took another baby step toward ratifying the 802.11n standard, which is said to be finalized by this summer. I say, "So what?"
Good Riddance To IBM Workplace
ORLANDO, Fla. DisneyWorld is such an appropriate setting for Lotusphere, IBM Lotus' annual lovefest for its customers, developers, and business partners. There's been a strong element of fantasy in Lotus' product direct direction for the last half a dozen years. But this morning there was a change, as general manager Mike Rhodin announced two new social-computing products, Quickr and Lotus Connects, that could be real-world successes. Even more important, he killed an old one, the poorly
Mobile Messaging Madness
A new report from Aberdeen says the best companies use varied means of mobile messaging to stay in touch with their employees and their customers. Do you?
Simulation Part II: Better Resource Utilization
Continuing my recent post re simulation analysis and BPMN… In Use Case 2, the problem is process "bottlenecks." Usually static analysis gives you a rough idea of staffing requirement even without simulation. For example, if you create 100 instances an hour, and Task A takes 1 hour, you need around 100 people to perform Task A to keep up. But what if instead of creating 100 instances an hour, you are getting 800 instances overnight and your resource for Task A also is responsible for Task B
Will 'Craplets' Put Windows Vista At Risk?
After a week of anticipation, I finally got Microsoft on the phone to discuss these so-called "craplets," crappy applets that an unidentified Microsoft official told a reporter at last week's Consumer Electronics Show would interfere with Vista if they were loaded by PC makers and system builders onto computers running
Casting Pearls Before The Swine
Do people really care what color their cell phone is? Blinged out teeny-bopper Paris Hilton models aside, did we really need the new, white Pearl, from RIM?
Free Wireless, A Good Idea?
Yet another municipality is announcing free Wi-Fi wireless access for its denizens. Is 802.11 becoming commoditized?
Dell Gets Tough
Mainstream PC maker Dell has not been known for its overly durable products. With competitors offering "ruggedized" hardware that's more durable, however, Dell decided to get its rough-and-tumble game on.
SNL Mocks Steve Jobs And The iPhone
Just in case you had any doubts that the iPhone has trescended mere techdom to become the cultural trend du jour for January, perennial TV sketch show Saturday Night Live mocked both Steve Jobs and the iPhone in a recent episode.