Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere
Look around your IT department. Doesn't it seem that every other person is a manager? That feeling isn't too far-fetched. The number of IT managers in recent years is way up. In mid-2006, the government classified 390,000 IT professionals in the United States as managers, up 119,000, or 44%, from mid-2001.
SAS Move Into Indirect Sales Is An Indication Of Accelerating Change In The BI Industry
This week's SAS Institute announcement that it will begin selling business intelligence software through value-added resellers is a sure sign that commoditization within the BI technology industry is accelerating and another round of consolidation may be imminent.
SAS, which until now has almost exclusively sold its business intelligence and data analysis software directly to customers, will develop a VAR channel to reach small and midsized businesses--defined as those with sales of less than $
Windows Vista: The last Of Microsoft's Supersized Operating Systems?
With Bill Gates on the way out, Microsoft's new chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, has big shoes to fill and an even bigger operating system to manage. Windows XP is in the neighborhood of 50 million lines of programming code, and Windows Vista will push that number higher by millions. The time is coming for Microsoft to reverse direction and pare back its mother lode of code.
How Google Might Fail
Google's success has a downside--a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions.
Could Google really fail?
Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
Are companies like IBM and Intel "cheating" in using multichip module (MCM) packages to create the latest advancements in multicore processors? Or is insisting that those next-generation devices be manufactured using a single monolithic design such as those by Advanced Micro Devices just gamesmanship?
Eaten By The E-Mail Monster
E-mail has gotten to be downright impossible. It causes so many problems--lost productivity, infrastructure costs, legal liability--that we should just get rid of it. It's a waste of time and resources, and it's just likely to get us all sued.
And yet we can't afford to get rid of it. It's what we use to stay in touch. If we didn't have e-mail, we'd be isolated from business communications.
Like the old barroom saying goes: Can't live with it. Can't live without it.
Quick Tip For Firefox Users: Deleting Incorrect Auto-Complete Entries
One of the nicest things about modern browsers is that they can "remember" the text strings you type into certain kinds of Web-based forms. On the downside, they also remember your mistakes and typos, and sometimes this results in incorrect values being reused. My mission over the weekend: Find a way to get rid of the old values, without nuking the whole cache.
AmberPoint Upgrades SOA Software
AmberPoint says it has introduced service scorecards and better policy enforcement in the latest version of its management software for service-oriented architectures.
Readers Chime In On The Greatest Software Ever
Our article on the Greatest Software Ever stirred many reader responses, from a variety of sources, including one from a writer who has a picture of himself next to a running Colossus machine--the machine that cracked the Nazi codes--at Bletchley Park, England.
Many of the comments add depth and understanding to my selections. Several writers made good arguments contesting some choices, particularly
What's Your Favorite Software Ever?
The blog Lifehacker has a neat take on our Greatest Software article. They ask their readers to describe their favorite software ever. Not necessarily the best--just their favorites.
The nominees are an interesting bunch, ranging from 25-year-old software th
Oracle partners with IDS Sheer; IBM makes third SOA acquisition; HP buys Mercury Interactive.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Your Computer
Perhaps it will be a stroke of genius to link voice recognition into established IT apps, or perhaps it will be one more piece of bloatware that IT doesn't really want to have to deal with.
Steve Jobs Lives!
In the days following Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, a number of online publications expressed concern that Steve Jobs was sick.
This isn't simply wild speculation brought on by lack of a world-shaking product announcement: Two years ago, Jobs
5 That Almost Made The List Of Greatest Software Ever
It was no easy task researching and writing our cover story this week describing the 12 best pieces of software written. After the agony of whittling that list down to a top dozen, you'd think I'd be finished. But no, here are the top five other programs that didn't make the list--even though they were very, very strong candidates.
Change Agent: Don't Bank on Reusing Services
Some service-oriented architecture evangelists make reuse out to be some sort of Holy Grail. Yet other practitioners on both the SOA and BPM sides believe that reuse is a 'phantom,' something not really there after all. So is reuse real?
Staying a Step Ahead of Fraud
The perpetrators of fraud change tactics faster than conventional methods of detection can track. Predictive analytics, authentication and rules engines will help detect and fight crime before the losses mount.
Intel Preparing Students For Multicore Future
The technology evolution that may well most significantly change the course of computing over the remainder of the decade and beyond is multicore processing. Dual-core processors have rapidly moved into the mainstream, but the advent of quad-core devices by year-end and even greater core densities in the years ahead will add increasing complexity to both hardware and software design. Intel hopes to ease the transition to multicore processing with new programs at major universities that target th
In Tools, IBM Leads But Microsoft No Longer Trails Far Behind
IBM is boasting that its Rational IDE won the highest marks in a recent Evans Data survey. But Microsoft's Visual Studio.Net was No. 2. As a matter of fact, Visual Studio was nipping at the heels of Rational, and it's got a lot more users than Rational does.
In Child Porn Case, An IP Address Points To Jail Time
Robert Johnson, the former CEO of Bowne & Co. who was busted last year for possession of child pornography, last week admitted his guilt and now faces up to 30 years in prison. Johnson downloaded child porn images and movies onto his workplace PC from the comfort of his executive office in Bowne's New York City headquarters. An IP address, however, proved to be Johnson's undoing.
Ad-Blocking Using Apple's Web Clip
Among the many intriguing features of Mac OS X Leopard that Apple previewed on Monday, Web Clip is the most subversive. Web Clip allows anyone to create an Apple Dashboard widget--essentially a small application--that displays a portion of any Web page.
As demonstrated, a user can select a specific area of any given Web page, such as a video feed from a Web cam, without showing any other part of the originating Web
All The News That's Fit To Goog . . . Er, Search For
The last seven days were hopping for Google watchers. Indeed, judging from the company's frenetic pace, it won't be long before Stanford has an endowed chair of Googleology--which has as much chance of being located in the law school or sociology department as in the computer science building.
Web Services Interfaces To CTI May Change Telephony Forever
Computer telephony integration, or CTI, tools have been around for about three decades now, but have never really been a particularly "hot" area. A small number of applications have long had telephony hooks (particularly in the area of contact management), but the vast majority of applications have never had any kind of telephony hooks whatsoever. This may be about to change, however, as more and more IP-specific PBX vendors look to new opportunities for their products.
Summertime DRM Blues
Last week I got around to perusing across my local library's newsletter and read that they would be offering "downloadable eAudiobooks." I was thrilled at the new prospect for doing some summer "reading," or what passes for such in my busy household. At least I was thrilled, until I read the fine print.
Oracle Adds BPM Tools to Fusion Middleware
With its announcement yesterday that it's reselling IDS Scheer's ARIS
Platform as the Oracle Business Process Analysis Suite, Oracle is gaining four
useful BPM components.
At Microsoft, The Doctor (Surprisingly) Is In
When Dr. Craig Feied shows up at Microsoft on his first day of work, he'll have some explaining to do. Feied, an emergency room physician turned IT entrepreneur, is one of about 40 doctors and technologists who will become Microsoft employees under a recently announced deal with MedStar Health. Feied's job will be to develop software that Microsoft can market to hospitals across the country. But that's