Wanna Be A Certifiable Linux Geek?
This just flew over my transom: At LinuxWorld in San Francisco next month, the Linux Professional Institute will offer free or really cheap Linux certification testing to all takers:
The First Open-Source Keyboard
I enjoyed Bill O'Brien's piece on new and interesting input devices over at Personal Tech Pipeline. But he missed what may be coolest thing to happen to a keyboard since, well, since there have been keyboards: Artemy Lebedev's Optimus.
When I first laid eyes on this thing about a month ago, I knew I had to have one. Why? If you have to ask, then I can't explain.
InterBase: What Was The Chance...
My last column raised as many new questions as I had when I researched it. This one concerns the back-door login that had been compiled into Borland's InterBase code. If anyone knows the answer, or knows someone who might, give me a shout.
Embrace, Extend, Annoy
Years ago, I spent enough time dealing with both Quark and its customers to get the gist of that company's end-user support philosophy: sit down, shut up, and do as you're told -- please.
Google-ize Your Logo
Just for the fun of it: Logogle takes whatever text you input and makes it look like the Google home page. Like "InformationWeek," for instance. (Via Boing Boing and elsewhere.)
The Internet Worm
Earlier this afternon, I got an interesting email from Bill Whiting, a Linux Pipeline newsletter subscriber. After reading my editor's note -- also availble on the site as today's column, "Analyze This!" -- Bill wrote to suggest that Borland and Cisco might, in fact, have some prominent open-source company: Sendmail, courtesy of a once-infamouse worm that came simply to be known as "The Internet Bug."
In Focus: What's Hot and Not-So-Hot in ECM
The quarterly sport of watching vendor financial results isn't just for industry insiders. These reports are a window into not only what fellow technology users are buying but also the vision and management acumen of current and prospective technology suppliers.
Technology: Can't Leave Home Without It
As my wife, Laura, and I head north to Quebec for a vacation in a few weeks, we'll have a traveling companion: a laptop PC. We aren't alone. Lots of people bring their laptops on vacation.
Snowball, Welcome To Hell
I knew we wouldn't hear much about the usual suspects -- Symantec, McAfee, etc. -- when I set up this week's poll. But it's still interesting to see just how little these products matter to you : Out of about 100 votes so far, just one person says they use proprietary anti-virus sotware on their open-souce desktop system.
Google Shoots The Moon
Google engineer Larry Schwimmer today announced the arrival of Google Moon, a lunar version of the map technology seen on Google Earth.
This is one small step for Google, one giant leap for lunar location-based marketing.
Wi-Fi On The Road Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
Despite its unpredictable, frustrating nature, wireless Internet access has become more than just a nice perk available at some savvy hotels. It has become downright necessary to compete for corporate travel business. But based on my experiences with wireless while traveling, there really isn't any reason to rush just yet.
In Focus: Inching Toward the Paperless Office
Today, more than a decade after the mainstreaming of the Internet and two decades since the dawn of the personal computing era, the quest for the paper-free office marches onward.
BPM, Top To Bottom
BPM is just one slice of BI, but it's a critical one with roots that stretch back into the centuries.
Filtering Out Smut
The Government Accountability Office, in a recent report entitled File Sharing Programs: The Use of Peer-to-Peer Networks to Access Pornography, said Google and Yahoo search engines failed to effectively block pornographic and erotic images. The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, conducted its tests in February, as we reported last wee
IT Detours On the Road to BPM
Want deeper business metrics and closed-loop process optimization? Even the best BPM suites still require customization and IT hand holding.
Business Process Management is Under Construction
BPM systems have mastered process integration and automation, so advanced products promise embedded process monitors and feedback mechanisms. With so many vendors checking every feature and function box, we teamed up with sister publication Network Computing for a hands-on comparison of nine BPM suites. We looked at modeling, reporting, business activity monitoring and simulation features and discovered that, for the most part, the road to the future of BPM has yet to be completed.
XML From Office? Microsoft's Open Promise
When Microsoft announced in June that the default file formats in the next-generation Office suite would be based on XML, there was reason to both hope and question whether open computing was headed for a major victory.
M&A Ain't the Only Way
As vendors get busy with mergers and acquisitions, they're usually skimping on product innovation.
The Best Way To Find Out About Open Source: Roll Up Your Sleeves
There are no shortcuts when it comes to making a decision about whether to use open-source software. The good news is that IT managers don't have to endure cringe-worthy sales pitches or marketing materials when weighing their open-source options. Instead, open source allows IT professionals to go straight to the source to help them judge the merits of a particular application. Making a smart choice about open source depends upon your knowledge of the open-source community and how well you know