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Vice President, Editorial Director InformationWeek Business Technology Network
News & Commentary Posts: 492
Fritz Nelson is a former senior VP and editorial director of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network.
Articles by Fritz Nelson
posted in February 2008

Full Nelson: Krugle Code Search Not So Evil

2/21/2008
I know. It sounds just like Google. It's search. How does Google allow it? It helps that the last name of one of Krugle's founders is Krugler. But the other founder is Steve Larsen -- couldn't they have named it after him? And was his name really always Ken Krugler, or did he change it just so they could do this? I will answer none of those questions. But I will tell you that I wish I were a developer, because Krugle, a code search engine, is an awesome idea. (Note, Post a Comment

Full Nelson: Redfly Neither Smartphone Nor Ultralight PC

2/21/2008
By show of hands, how many people have attempted a business trip with only a (fill in your favorite term: PDA, Smartphone, whatever)? Keep those hands up . . . how many of this group has been satisfied with that experience? Anyone? We are at an infection point. No, NOT inflection -- please don't use that term (and don't call a stomach a tummy and don't ever let me catch you saying "mani-pedi"). We're becoming infected with the notion that we will not need a laptop. The choices include a.) the sm

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Full Nelson: ClearContext Has a Fuzzy Outlook

2/20/2008
I'm not an Outlook user, but most e-mail clients I have tried -- and even Outlook back when I used it -- seem pretty self-explanatory, so I'm a little unclear about the need for ClearContext. This product aims to make Outlook e-mail more manageable, more efficient, more automated. Maybe this is just one of those things where you don't know you're missing. Since our company is moving to Outlook in the next few months, maybe I'll have to see for myself.

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Full Nelson: SaaS Startup LongJump Reaches For The Clouds

2/19/2008
Stop me if you've heard this story before: software as a service, but not just a product, a platform, with APIs for companies to build on; fully customizable, mostly for SMBs, hovering around CRM. No, this is not another story about Salesforce.com, but a small startup called LongJump based in Sunnyvale, Calif., where the CEO -- Pankaj Malviya -- also is the founder and the CTO and probably shuts out the lights when all the employees go home for the night.

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Full Nelson: Mobile + Search + Taptu

2/13/2008
In the weeks leading up to Mobile World Congress, at least 50% of the approximately 1,000 media meeting requests were from mobile content companies. Indeed, there's an entire hall here dedicated to content (and scantily clad women whose only English skills are Body English). The hall is at the top of a hill, so it takes some hiking in the chill winter air. But once you've gotten beyond WiMax (yes, why?) and LTE (long term evolution -- and by long, we mean looooong), it's nice to see what's suppo

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Full Nelson: Bienvenidos a Barcelona

2/12/2008
That's about the extend of my Spanish. I'm trying to learn: "Where can I buy toothpaste," but people just keep pointing me to La Rambla -- the famous strip of shopping, food, and professional pickpockets. I've always been fascinated by this city, its architecture (the breathtaking Sagrada Familia; the omnipresence of Gaudi), its food (you've never had tapas if you haven't eaten here; if they want to be truly modern they have to find a way to put paella on a stick and sell it on the street corner

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Full Nelson: Coral8ing Paris Hilton

2/7/2008
During a recent flight from Boston to L.A., Paris Hilton was standing next to me as we all made our way to our seats. I saw her -- big glasses, platinum blonde hair, wispy frame -- but didn't make the connection until someone pointed it out later. So it may come as no surprise that I asked Coral8 whether numbers one through seven had been taken. They responded that it was just as it sounds, Coral8, as in "correlate, you idiot." Apt for a company that does complex event processing, the rarified a

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Full Nelson: Agito's FMC On TechWeb TV

2/5/2008
Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) is anything but fixed these days, although several pieces are coming together. Nokia has several dual mode handsets, for example. Carriers like T-Mobile and BT are rolling out new services. Most of the activity has been aimed at the consumer, and while that isn't an unlikely target, FMC promised to be a key component for the truly mobile enterprise worker. Agito Networks hopes to provide some answers on the infrastructure side.

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