Report says agency's computer systems failed to track supplies during last year's hurricane season.
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.
No Such Thing As A Stupid Question
What's that term they use to describe a question that's put forward clearly and simply? Oh yes, I just remembered: "in plain English." Wouldn't it be cool to make database queries in plain English? Well, it looks like you may be able to.
Take The 'Web' Out Of 'Web Services'?
There's been a lot of blogging lately about the notion that the word "Web" should be dropped from "Web services" leaving only "services" to describe the technology. Jeremy Geelan, of Sys-Con, first raised the issue, quoting a plethora of sources from 19th century philosophy John Stuart Mill to Sun's Jonathan Schwartz and Bill Gates. Among other conclusions he comes to is this one:
Microsoft wants to chain "Web services" to the realm of th
TRW To Consolidate On Dell And Linux
The supplier of automotive safety systems will purchase 24,000 Dell desktop computers, laptops, and workstations, hundreds of servers, and dozens of storage systems.
The Open-Source Majority
So if you're a BI practitioner who doesn't trust open-source software applications for your intelligence work, here's something you should know: You're in the minority.
Coming Next Year: The First 'Trusted' Linux Operating System
Red Hat, with help from IBM and Trusted Computing Solutions, plans to put its operating system through the paces of the National Information Assurance Partnership's Common Criteria evaluation program to create the first "trusted" Linux operating system.
New Tool To Monitor HIPAA Compliance
Ecora's Enterprise Auditor has built-in HIPAA reports that map directly to the act's security rules, making it easier to quickly generate compliance reports.
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
OpenDoc Goes Commercial With StarOffice Release
The OpenDocument format that sparked a high-profile dispute between Microsoft and the state of Massachusetts will make its debut in a commercial office suite this week, as part of Sun Microsystems’ StarOffice 8 release.
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.
To Build A Survey
Research scripting technology helps an addictions institute take some of the sting out of building up survey data.
Facing product missteps, internal dissent, talent raids, and the retirement of a key exec, Microsoft regroups into three new divisions.
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