Getting Ready To Eat My Words About 2007 Office And Windows Vista
I'm not prepared to eat my words just yet. But I'm setting the table in case I have to chow down.
A couple of months ago, I predicted Microsoft would have big trouble getting users to upgrade to Vista and the next version of Office.
Well, Microsoft dropped Beta 2 of 2007 Office, and it's looking pretty ta
VoIP Difficulties Don't Seem To Improve
Back in October 1998, I co-wrote a cover story for Network Computing on VoIP in the enterprise, introducing the technology to our readers and describing some of the deployment challenges that admins should watch for. What's interesting is that every time I've gone back and reread that article, I've expected to find it completely outdated, with most of the early problems resolved and newer challenges in place. But instead I keep
Is Wikipedia Dead, Or Just Pining For The Fjords?
Nick Carr says it's dead, as the community encyclopedia has put in place a tightening series of controls on who can contribute content.
He notes that one of the kinds of restrictions is named "in good Orwellian fashion, 'semi-protection,'" which blocks unregistered editors and editors with very new accounts from editing a page.
"The end came last Friday," Carr writes. "That's when Wikipedia's founder, J
Do You Want To Be Part Of Microsoft's Revolution?
There's been a lot of hoopla about the simultaneous announcements of Microsoft Vista Beta 2, 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 2, and Longhorn Vista Server Beta 2. In fact, there's been so much coverage from all the various online and print media that I've been tempted to find myself a beta blocker. (Sorry--a little health care humor there.)
Apple Wants iPods To Keep Pace With Listeners
A patent application published today suggests that Apple is planning iPod software that plays songs to suit the pace of listeners' activities.
"[T]he invention pertains to a computing device that is capable of controlling the speed of the music so as to affect the mood and behavior of
People Use Word Because They Use Word
I've been puzzled as to why people would choose to write in Microsoft Word--or any word processor--if the text they're producing has little or no formatting. Well, I got my answer, and I fear that, alas, it's less interesting than I had hoped:
People use what they're used to using.
Now you're thinking: Well, duh.
Office 2007 'Shiny,' Says Scalzi
Scalzi has been playing with the Office 2007 beta and loves it. He writes:
I can say at this point that a) I really like the new organizational structure of the features up at the top (the tabs mean you don't have to drill down through several hundred menus to find functionality), and b) I sure hope MS improves its"Publish to Blog" feature, because right now it stinks; I can't get it to play with the Whatever, which
Feature: The Personal Workspace Evolves
In a sign of progress for data hunter-gatherers, Microsoft, SAP, IBM and Google are taking steps toward higher order personal productivity environments that will let you interact with enterprise data.
Open-Source Java: What's It To You?
The real winner with any Java open-source scenario will be Sun, which has been scrambling to lower the prices of its products and services to compete with the likes of Linux and the Wintel crowd.
QlikTech QlikView, OutlookSoft 5, and more.
Enterprise Content Management: Hide What's Inside
Content management works best when its behind the scenes -- and not treated it as an application unto itself. Consider integrating with e-mail and business apps or explore emerging options for infrastructure- or service-based management.
TiVo's Magazine Team-Up Shows Old-Media Arrogance: They're Just Too Fuller Themselves
TiVo's announcement Monday that it's teaming up with old-line magazines like Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, and several other major print brands to create a so-called Guru Guide service for viewers shows that the company and its heavily recycled CEO, Tom Rogers, fundamentally don't get what's driving the new, networked, Internet 2.0 economy. So if I were a TiVo shareholder, which I'm not, here's why I'd be dumping that stock faster than Paris Hilton ditches Greek millionaires
How To Succeed In Business
It's the year of social networking. Oh no, wait, that was 2003.
Because by mid-2004, pundits were already predicting the death of what was being called just a passing fad. But social networking couldn't have been quite moribund because people, with great fanfare, pronounced it dead again almost a
Microsoft's Not The Only Game In Town
If you're like me, you use several Microsoft products every day: Windows, for starters. Word. Excel. PowerPoint. Windows Media Player. Huge numbers of you use Outlook for E-mail, contacts, and calendaring. Even if you've switched to Firefox or Opera, you probably use Internet Explorer for certain sites, such as corporate tools, that won't support other browsers.
Microsoft software is everywhere on both corporate and home desktops. We use it all the time without even thinking about it. We may e
Hardware Monitoring On Windows
In the last post, I wrote about the hardware-level monitoring tools that are available for Linux, and in this post I'll look at the same kinds of tools that are available for Windows.
Surprisingly, hardware monitoring on Windows is much more complicated than it is on Linux. For one thing, there's no single extensible sensor engine like lm_sensors on Linux
Sun Answers The World's Most Boring Question
Before announcing yesterday that it would release Java under an open-source license, Sun's executives might have considered the matter very carefully. They might have debated the pros and cons of open-source Java; invited outside experts to weigh in on the matter; and then settled on a carefully-timed plan for getting the job done.
But they didn't. Rich Green, Sun's prodigal software boss, said yesterday about Sun
Sun's Schwartz Welcomes Bad-Boy Fleury To JavaOne Stage
Marc Fleury, CEO of JBoss Inc., took the stage at the opening keynote of JavaOne wearing a red beret. Well, he's French, which explains the beret, and JBoss is being acquired by Red Hat, which explains the color. But that's not what's surprising about Fleury being on stage during Sun President Jonathan Schwartz' address.
Google In Your iBook
Charity, it seems, is catching, not to mention competitive. The Maine Department of Education recently struck a deal with Apple Computer to provide iBooks for 36,000 students for $289 apiece as part of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.
The iBooks come with plenty of nifty software. But nothing from Google. So Google, ever committed to organizing the world's in
Treo 700p: It Can't Wash Your Car (Yet), But It Comes Close
Hey, all of you traveling businesspeople out there! Put down your BlackBerrys and give the new Treo 700p smart phone a try. It may not come standard with "push" E-mail, but it combines the best of both worlds--professional and personal--into one neat package.
Yahoo's New Home Page: Nice But Not Enough
Yahoo today unveiled a redesign of its home page. The new design has a lot to recommend it. It's a big improvement over the old one. The use of Ajax technology to expand links, tabs, and menus is great--it vastly expands the amount of space on the page. And the integration of Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Local, and other services is quite elegant.
"You'll see better content bei
Not Such A Scenic Vista For Microsoft
Today's top story, "20 Questions About Windows Vista," only reinforces my gut feeling that we won't see any rush to upgrade to Vista. The software just doesn't offer any compelling reason for the vast majority of business users and consumers to run out and upgrade immediately.
Reality, Promise, And Web Services
If it's like most technology, there are problems and implementation headaches and things you wish you'd known about Web services before you began. But you're probably slogging through anyway because the alternatives are even worse.
What Does Microsoft Have That Google And Yahoo Lack?
There are dozens of valid answers to this question. Some are probably quite funny. The one that interests me at the moment: a chief privacy officer.
Microsoft has one, Peter Cullen. Google and Yahoo don't.
Google said yesterday it wanted to be more transparent. It would also do well to be more a
Preaching To The Unconverted: Warner To Use Peer-To-Peer To Distribute Movies
From the "can't beat 'em, join 'em" department: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Tuesday said it will use BitTorrent's peer-to-peer publishing platform to distribute flicks such as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Matrix, Dog Day Afternoon, and Natural Born Killers, as well as TV shows such as Babylon 5 and Dukes of Hazzard.