Is the Internet Broken? Web Veteran Says No
David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT, says he believes the Internet is crumbling under the weight of security problems and it must be rebuilt. Mike Nelson, IBM's director of On Demand Business and former director for technology policy at the FCC, disagrees.
I don't usually cover security-related news here without, of course, an Open Source angle of some sort. But so many fans of open-source software use Winamp -- and so many use it constantly, as part of their daily routines -- that today's zero-day, attack-and-exploit report could be devastating. And now that a patch is available, the best way to prevent the very real possibility that an attacker will turn you
Sour Grapes And Cheap Whine
Last week, I discussed the growing momentum Nicholas Negroponte and the One Laptop Per Child project have built lately, especially given the United Nations' .formal endorsement of the project in Davos last Thursday. This week, the other side of the story is emerging -- and it's possible that we may yet see a Certain Unnamed, Very Large Company try to undermine the project, even though OLPC is progressing to the point where such behavior looks increasingly malicious and petty.
According to John
Favorite Firefox Extensions
Other people play Minesweeper or Soduku or alphabetize their Rolodexes. When I'm looking to procrastinate, I mess around with desktop productivity software. Firefox extensions, in particular, are good for endless hours of work avoidance. Here's some of the best I've found recently:
I've received some great feedback on my Firefox extensions article; judging from the number of people reading it, this is just as popular a topic as it has always been. Some readers have emailed asking whether these are my own favorite extensions, or actually my picks specifically for beginning Firefox users -- as I'll explain, it's more the latter. I have also have received two other questions (so far) that I figure enough people will want to
Oracle's Wedding Gift: Siebel Ends On A High Note
Oh, the irony.
After three quarters of anemic earnings, Siebel Systems pulls a rabbit out of the hat just days before its shareholders are set to vote on Oracle's acquisition of the CRM software maker. Revenue through the roof. Profit up the wazoo. License sales at nearly pre-dot-com-bust levels. Larry Ellison must be feeling pretty good about himself about now.
Sun Scores First 'Defensive' Open-Source Success
By making Solaris open-source code, Sun Microsystems has staged the first successful defensive open-source maneuver. I call it the scorched earth approach to open source. Like a smokejumper in front of a forest fire, Sun set a backfire to consume the fuel before the conflagration could reach it.
Google's Long March
It is very easy to spin Google's decision to censor the search results on its new Chinese Web site as a sellout. If you haven't already heard someone crowing over Google's cold, calculating betrayal of its corporate vow to Do No Evil, don't worry -- you will.
Before you buy into this smugfest, however, consider another angle
Tomorrow, The World
Almost everyone who learns about Nicholas Negroponte's effort to distribute millions of laptop computers to kids in developing nations has an opinion about the plan. Surprisingly, it's often a negative opinion: If Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) ever appeared on the ballot, I would hate to have money riding on the outcome.
Fortunately, that's a non-issue. Negroponte a
Microsoft Takes Baby 'Open' Steps
One way to win back some industry kudos might be to more fully embrace the world of open-source software that Microsoft has long been fighting. Perhaps this is one small step in that direction.
Google, The Sea Monster, And The Big Whirlpool
The headline on today's top story, "Google's Achilles' Heel," references classical mythology. Here's another classical mythology reference that's not mentioned in the story: Scylla and Charybdis.
In Greek mythology, Scylla was a monster who lived on one side of the Strait of Messia. A whirlpool named Charybdis was on the other side of the strait. Ships passing through the channel had to carefully steer a course between the two hazards. If they went too wrong in one direction, the sea monster g
Behind The Times
I know a few professional designers, including some who do user-interface work. As you might expect, they're a pretty tech-savvy bunch -- and they certainly try stay abreast of the latest technology news.
And then, on the other hand, you have the developers and design-firm executives quoted in a recent story about Microsoft's new Expression Graphic Designer tools. I don't know what
Is Unix Dead? I Think I Hear It Laughing...
Is Unix dead? We debated that issue as we worked on this week's cover story, "What's Left Of Unix?" My answer is no, it's not dead. As a matter of fact, I think I hear it laughing on its way to the bank.
Product Meets Process
Product lifecycle management apps can help you gain control over disjointed activities, but globalization and emerging compliance requirements beg for a more process-oriented approach.
Toward the Personal Work Space
Moving beyond conventional portals -- with their chaos of directories and portlets to disparate applications -- organizations are starting to deliver information in the context of user roles and processes. The challenge is selecting technologies that will create a single, cohesive environment that supports both Web-and thick-client interfaces.
See It Coming
Performance dashboards and scorecards can help you spot what's really important, but they must be pointed in the right direction. Aligned with a coherent business strategy and clear interim objectives, these tools can deliver key performance indicators that will guide employees and partners to appropriate actions. Here's how to pick leading, lagging and diagnostic metrics tied to the right goals.
In Focus: Document Scanning and the Enterprise Market
Document imaging was once the exclusive domain of a geeky breed of value-added resellers, imaging-specialized distributors and obscure "integrated document management" vendors. In the past five years, things have changed dramatically.
Google Wants To Own The Video Industry And Software Desktop
Google Video and Google Pack are intriguing hints of possible future strategic directions for Google, even though the products and services themselves are only mildly interesting.
Google is apparently looking to be the decider of what's popular in online video and software, the same way it decides what Web pages are popular and which Web pages languish in obscurity.
That is one hell of an ambition. It means the company will be taking on Microsoft for desktop software, as well as taking on Ho
OFR - Never Mind
Chancellor of the Exchequer abruptly cancels reporting requirements
Disaster Recovery Hot Area In IT Employment
Prepare for the worst. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina reminded corporate chieftains that they must be ready to implement a systems recovery plan when disaster strikes. The latest government payroll stats suggest business leaders are adhering to that advice.
"You Want Fries With That?"
Need some cheering up this Monday morning? Venture capitalist Rick Segal describes how he turned a three-hour flight delay at Orlando airport into an opportunity to catch up on the TV show "Rome," get a good meal at Steak-n-Shake, and a free first-class upgrade. And he did it all using mobile computing technology. The story illustrates the truth of two old adages: 1) Knowledge is power and 2) It's nice to be important, b
Which Mobile Technologies Should You Bet On In 2006?
I don't have a good track record with regard to predictions about mobile computing. This is probably because I am an immobile kind of guy. I work from a home office adjacent to my bedroom, so most days consist of getting up, going into the next room to work, staying there all day, then going to the other side of the house for supper and TV.
Unlike me, Dave Molta, of our sister Network Computing magazine, does know something about mobile technologies, and he has some predictions for
Good Times For Microsoft. Bad Times For RIM?
Everyone saw a Windows Mobile-based Treo coming, and it arrived pretty much on time-just like Microsoft promised back in October. It doesn't come as a surprise to most that it will operate on Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network either. What really makes the news of the Treo intriguing is the fact that it arrives in the midst of RIM's second round of patent re-examinations.
Is 37signals The New Google?
Is 37signals the new Google?
What am I, a psychic? How the heck should I know?
I don't know whether 37signals will grow from the plucky little startup it is today to become a multi-billion-dollar world-shaking powerhouse. But 37signals does have the zesty, refreshing, flavor of a little company called Google, ca. 1998. 37signals demonstrates its spunkiness in its application suite available on the company home page, and further described in this
In Focus: An Update on Convergence
As the New Year dawns, it's apparent that what we're facing is really a tectonic IT convergence that goes well beyond just content and data.
Are Google PC And Operating System On The Near Horizon?
Once again, the Internet is rife with speculation that Google is embarking on a grand new voyage. This week, it's all about the PC (and a Google operating system!). Or something like a PC. Or maybe something PC-esque. Or a networky box that connects with your PC. Oh well, that's the nature of speculation. It's speculative. Regardless, outside of the type of box, there are at least some reported details that make my ears perk up like a curious doggie.