Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
When blame is assigned for the current shortage of U.S. graduates with degrees in engineering or computer science, universities always seem to get away without even a harsh word. But not anymore -- a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution thrashes university presidents for their lack of leadership in this area of vital strategic national interest. Bob Evans wonders if it might be time for the ivory towers to get a taste of some free-market discipline.
Now, By Golly, PHP Has Got Marc Andreessen
PHP used to be little known outside a small circle of open source developers. No large company advertised it or gave it top billing at computer shows. It had only the little tool-making firm that originated it, Zend Technologies Inc., as a booster.
Now it's got Marc Andreessen.
I Feel Lucky
An evening with Google's Marissa Mayer
Alan Williamson attended a presentation from Marissa Mayer, a product manager at Google, and blogged it. Highlights:
1. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only
Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
Even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices, according to a survey of attendees at a trade show this week.
Google Pursues Legal Fight Against Microsoft In Federal Court
It appears that Google doesn't much care for Microsoft's offer to settle its lawsuit to enforce former researcher Kai-Fu Lee's employment agreement. The search company on Friday filed additional documents in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., arguing against Microsoft's motion to dismiss Google's federal countersuit.
Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac
Why I Might Switch Back
Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.
Google Goes Las Vegas
"Google Goes Las Vegas: An AdWords Experiment Shows Why at Google, the House Always Wins"
Interesting article where Robert X. Cringely hypothesizes that Google is punishing merchants for reducing spending on adwords.
When Writers Attack
I understand why the Authors Guild is so concerned about Google's book-copying initiative: This is unexplored legal territory, and many of the details remain open to debate. Yet instead of accepting what most legal experts already know -- Google's approach is reasonable, even if it is flawed -- the Guild is pursuing a lawsuit that only a fiction writer could love.
Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
A little over a month ago, I set out to find out just how popular open-source software has become within big business. These are companies that have the money to spend on the biggest, most complex packages that IBM, Oracle, and other enterprise software makers have to offer. They're also companies with armies of IT professionals highly proficient in writing and maintaining their own applications. Why in the world would they use open source? Actually, the question has become: why in the world
Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"?
If so there may be a job waiting for you at Google, particularly if you're a computer science PhD.
Google, it seems, is searching for someone to "provide leadership o
VoIP Over Wi-Fi Poised To Spread Quickly
VoIP over WiFi networks, like the one now being implemented in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, could soon spread like wildfire to other municipalities, attendees at the VON Fall 2005 conference in Boston were told.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
Cognos last week announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, what the company calls a "single product, single architecture." But does this claim ring true?
2005 Readers' Choice Awards
Are Microsoft tools popular simply because users haven't been exposed to anything else? New questions qualify the results of our annual survey on preferred suppliers. Adobe, Business Objects, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAS, SAP and, of course, Microsoft are among the winners in 39 categories.
Watson 2.0; Savvion Process Asset Manager; webMethods for Compliance; Oracle Application Server Standard Edition One; ContactNet 4.0
TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
TNT Logistics is using RFID to improve service to a big-three auto manufacturer without incurring ongoing tag costs.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
Due in November, Cognos 8 consolidates formerly separate products, including PowerPlay, Visualizer, Metrics Manager and NoticeCast, into the services-oriented architecture underlying ReportNet, the Web-based reporting environment Cognos introduced two years ago.
Google has begun beta testing software called Google Secure Access that, as its name suggests, provides secure access to wireless networks. The software connects to Google's VPN server.
Microsoft Partners With Qwest On VoIP
The resulting service package will combine Internet phoning and hosted versions of server products including Microsoft Exchange server 2003, among others--all geared to small and medium-sized businesses.
More Katrina Relief Info
Freddie Manint, a CIO with Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, has put out an ongoing request for IT professionals who can provide products or technical expertise to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. Manint recently managed a $10 million upgrade to the district's database systems, using Red Hat Linux servers; his office is likely to be a good place for folks with Linux expertise to connect with organizations in the region that need help:
Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
In less than 60 days and for less than $1 million, the U.S. Department of Justice has built a Web site giving access to sex-offender information from 28 states. It's a model of collaboration and cooperation, Bob Evans says, that gives access to information that, while deeply disturbing, is also extremely important.