Microsoft Security Flaws Create A New Market
It's happened again: Someone other than Microsoft has ridden in on their white horse and delivered a patch designed to protect Microsoft customers while Redmond readies its next regularly scheduled download of fixes. Russian programmer Ilfak Guilfanov, senior developer with Belgian software maker DataRescue, opened the barn doors in January when he issued an unauthorized piece of workaround code to help companies
Justice Department Spreads Subpoenas
Search engines aren't the only companies being sent subpoenas. As part of its campaign to demonstrate the futility of Internet filtering, the U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed at least 34 Internet companies and software makers. The story is now posted on InformationWeek.com.
I discovered this thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request I filed with the Department of Justice. The DOJ complied, though r
Maybe It's Just That Nobody Gives A Cr-- Uh, Darn
Nonprofits and political organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are campaigning against America Online's plan to give preferential treatment to some E-mail newsletters and other bulk mail, provided that the senders are willing to pay a fee.
Bennet Haselton, of the political group Peacefire.org, posted an explanation on Slashdot. It's thoughtful--but demonstrates why Peacefire and the EFF are missing the
Oracle's Wookey Talks Up Fusion, Open Source
Most customers won't make the jump to Oracle Corp.'s Fusion applications for years, but the software maker says it has begun working with companies to make the transition.
Along with the transition, Oracle's focus has been on delivering industry-specific features, similar to tools from Microsoft Business Solutions and SAP AG.
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Three No-Cost Ways To Get Started With BPM
Several business process management vendors now offer free, downloadable tools that let you model processes, analyze expected performance improvement and create most, if not all, of an actual executable design.
Problems Pile Up For Upcoming Vista, Office Upgrades
Problems continue to pile up for Microsoft as it tries to push out the latest versions of its major products: Windows and Office.
Microsoft said earlier this week that it won't ship Windows Vista in time for the winter holiday season.
Meanwhile, Office has its own problems. For years, users have complained that Office is too bloated; Microsoft is reacting to those complaints by piling on new features that
March Madness Means Internet Madness
So who's watching March Madness basketball on their computers? Apparently millions. CBS SportsLine, which is offering games on-demand for free, said some 4 million visitors hit the site in the first four days. That resulted in more than 14 million live video streams being served up. It believes that's more than any live event in Internet history.
Field Report: Meineke Car Care Centers
Meineke Car Care Centers has more than 900 locations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America. Finding the best locations to attract customers is a challenge when there is intense competition for prime real estate, especially when your stores require good road access and visibility from major intersections.
Will Rich Internet Apps Catch the Bus?
Rich Internet applications (RIA) have been the buzz in the applications development community as organizations look for ways to break out of primitive modes of Web services and applications and make better use of the power resident on the client side of most architectural implementations.
Bill Gates On Blogging, Enterprise Data Search, And Why Client-Server Apps Still Matter
It's decision time again for people who buy, manage, and use Microsoft's Office applications suite. Three years after introducing Office 2003, Microsoft is readying an upgrade in the form of Office 2007, a collection of about 15 desktop applications, five server applications, and middleware called Windows SharePoint Services that runs in the Windows Server operating system and ties those applications together with added functionality. I grabbed the chance last week to sit down with Microsoft cha
Service-oriented architecture holds great promise for reducing the cost and complexity of integrating business systems. But without an enterprise service bus, SOAs may not stretch to meet scalability requirements and could hamper IT with the kind of coding and confusion that plagued early point-to-point Web services implementations. ESB also is critical to how SOAs support business process management and the whole chain of strategic objectives that endeavor to make business change less difficult
There's More To Social Networking Than Hype
I must confess to some skepticism about social networking. Like many caught up in the hype, I joined a social networking service last year. I then proceeded to not use it.
I'm probably not the ideal candidate for social networking. I'm not in sales. I don't research companies to invest in. And I'm not currently looking for a job. What's more, as a journalist, it's usually fairly easy to get access to people. I'm not about to start paying to
Cisco Enters The Ring On Net Neutrality
Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers has joined the carrier echo on network neutrality. Blocking and impairing is bad, freedom to manage crowded networks and create quality-of-service agreements with content providers is good (and different from the first). Don't legislate against hypotheticals.
Location, Location, Location
The three principles of real estate success also apply to data. Geospatial tools combined with databases and BI software deliver "location intelligence" so you can better position branch sites and distribution centers, as well as improved logistics and planning for transportation and service delivery.
Four ESBs That Won't Cramp Your Style
An enterprise service bus should require minimal tech expertise and coding, yet in our lab test of eight ESBs, four products has us tied up in knots. The leaders on our shortlist excelled at mediation, transformation and orchestration.
The Stripper And Bill Gates
Reading over the recent blog entry by InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston, I found myself thinking of a certain ex-stripper from Texas, and wondering who's got more business sense--the stripper or Bill Gates?
Origami, Or Microsoft Bob 2006
The most interesting thing about Origami is
how Microsoft manipulated bloggers and journalists into hyping it.
Far from the Transformer gadget hinted at (Eight toys in one! Changes
from iPod to camcorder to computer and back!), the device is just a
small Tablet PC. And Microsoft's only actual new product is a
software suite intended to further dumb down Windows XP's user
ICANN's (Not So) Evil Twin?
Good things come to those who wait -- or who just take months to stumble across a "good thing." Case in point: This interview with Stanford University Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, posted last November on the Foreign Policy Web site.
Google's Slip-pery Slope
Google in many ways has positioned itself as the industry's anti-Microsoft. Since its inception, it hasn't been given to preannouncing products or features years in advance, then watching as the starstruck masses hung on every move related to those (oft-delayed) products. Its corporate credo of "Don't Be Evil" comes off as the antithesis to the evil empire in Redmond (though recent events in China raise questions
Ch-Ch-Changes At CA
This week's cover story on CA portrays the company formerly known as Computer Associates as a work in progress, transitioning from brute force to a kinder, more innovative machine. Yet it also shows customer opinion often lags behind major shifts in the way vendors do business.
SAP Calls Nucleus Report 'Junk Science'
Since we got our hands on a Nucleus Research report that claims SAP customers are 20% less profitable than their peers, we've had a chance to talk to SAP about it. "Their research is like comparing apples to rotten oranges," says SAP spokesperson Bill Wohl. "They [analyzed] 1/25th of a percent of SAP customers--81 out of 30K, and from that small slice they've concluded that SAP customers are less profitable."
BlackBerry Case: Not Good Sign For Patent Challengers
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's decision to settle with NTP for $615 million in an infringement case involving wireless E-mail patents is good news for the likes of Tom Woolston, Dick Snyder, and Neil Balthaser. All three hold patents on IT that others contend they don't deserve.
Google, MySpace Come Crashing Back To Earth
Google has some maturing to do. It needs to prove to corporate America that it understands the needs of large companies and is committed to making whatever software it provides a success in the enterprise environment. That includes helping make the software secure and not shifting the total burden onto the customer.
Microsoft's Losing European Battle
Microsoft is escalating its 2-year-old war with Europe's trustbusters, charging in a 16-page complaint that the European Commission schemed with the software giant's rivals in trying to discredit Microsoft's compliance with the EC's 2004 antitrust decision.
Itanium And Integrity--Who Are Intel And HP Trying To Convince?
Itanium and Integrity won't go down from a lack of effort or commitment from its two creators and largest proponents, Intel and Hewlett-Packard. After Thursday's Webcast conference, one lingering impression was that the two companies may be trying as hard to convince themselves as the public that they haven't wasted billions of dollars in what has now become a decades-long effort to establish a new processor architecture.
What If Microsoft Repackaged The iPod?
With so much speculation about Microsoft's mysterious Origami Project possibly being an iPod killer (unlike this origami project), I'd be remiss if I didn't point readers to this hilarious video where someone took the time to answer the question I pose in the
Microsoft Will Stumble On Windows Vista And Office 2007
The thing about the story of the boy who cried wolf is that the wolf eventually showed up.
Every time Microsoft updates Windows and Office, pessimists say customers won't adopt the new version. This trend goes back more than a decade. It happened with Windows 95, with Windows 98, with Windows ME, and with Windows XP. And the pessimists have been wrong every time.
But this time around, it's looking like the pessimistic view is the right one. Neither Vista nor the upcoming Office 2007 offers co