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posted in February 2007

The Importance Of Presence: Taming The Wild And Woolly IM

"Presence" is one of the hottest ideas in software these days. Being able to see who's online and how they're connected is a necessary piece of functionality for enterprise networks as "real-time collaboration" (what we used to call "instant messaging" before it went corporate) has become the way to be productive. And for big companies, providing presence has been a security and compliance headache. The latest company to offer help is Sybase iAnywhere. Today it announced mobile instant messaging

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Fakeyourspace.com: The Web Gets More Like Real Life

Fakeyourspace.com is a Web service with a truly brilliant business plan: for 99 cents each per month you can buy all the friends you can afford to leave comments on your MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook page - really hot-looking friends, too, judging from the examples on the sites home page. It's just another example of how a disruptive Web technology can affect economics

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Older Is Better, But Is It Legal?

For reasons that are far too complex to go into here (and that make me look far too stupid) I needed a copy of Paint Shop Pro 8 today. I know I've got my install CD around here somewhere, but it's hiding. So naturally I went hunting in Google, and somehow (I'm not exactly sure how, exactly) ran across the trail of www.oldversion.com. It had it and I downloaded it. I was ecstatic. But I also was suspicious.

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If The Stork Brings Babies, What Brings Digital Cameras? A Trade Show

Judging from the volume of press releases, more digital cameras than babies have been born in the month of February. They're popping out all over -- even General Electric is introducing a line of silicon snapshooters. The reason is the Photo Marketing Association International's upcoming annual trade show in Las Vegas March 8 to 11. And the cream of this year's crop may have been introduced yesterday -- a 10-megapixel Nikon, the new Coolpix P5000.

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With Open XML, Microsoft Is Riding A Gift Horse

If you listened just to Microsoft, you'd get the strong impression that IBM was practically guilty of war crimes for its opposition to Microsoft's sweet, innocent Open XML document standard before international standards bodies. The truth is, as usual, something different. I have no doubt that IBM's support for the Open Document Format and objections to OpenXML bear some taint of competitive free enterprise. But, let's call a spade a spade, Microsoft's indignant protestations bear some taint of

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Microsoft Shoots Self In Foot (Again, *Yawn*) Over Tool That Migrates Apps To Vista

Explain this one if you can: (a) Microsoft desperately wants to get users to abandon Windows 2000 and spend some new money updating to Windows Vista; (b) Microsoft creates a tool, Easy Transfer, that can migrate data and settings from Windows XP and Win2K PCs to Vista PCs; (c) Microsoft creates a second tool, Easy Transfer Companion, that does even better by migrating installed applications from old PCs to new PCs running Vista -- but (d) it only works if the old PC is running XP. Exactly how do

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Google Goes One For Two This Week, But We May Be The Big Losers

Google is clearly a big winner as the result of a trial judge's decision to dismiss a suit brought to prohibit its use of trademarked words as search terms. But it also looks like a big loser as the result of a Belgian judge's ruling earlier this week that the search-engine company violated the law by publishing copyrighted content without permission on Google News. And because of the way search engines and the Internet work, each decision could make us users of the Web a loser in a different w

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IBM Finally Has A Desktop Suite For This Century

IBM has tried repeatedly to weaken the market dominance of Microsoft's Office Suite. A decade ago it was the Lotus SmartSuite, and more recently the ill-conceived IBM Workplace. It recently killed off Workplace, which just may save the life of Lotus Notes/Domino. But now it's trying again with something called the Post a Comment

Tests Predict Your Old PC's Future: Vista Or Vanished?

In "Which PC Is A Vista PC?" I write about the pitfalls of picking PC hardware that will run all the features of Vista you expect. For new-out-of-the-box PCs that shouldn't be as hard as it seems to be, as that article points out. But what about old PCs you might want to upgrade? Actually, that might be a little easier, because there are some tests you can run to help you decide whether an

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Which PC Is A Windows Vista PC?

It appears that PC vendors are nearly as confused as consumers when it comes to determining what is a Vista PC. Here is the lowdown on what's out there, and what you really need when looking for hardware.

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An iPhone By Any Other Name? Surely Not

Thursday's New York Times Business section included a full-page ad for the iPhone -- but not the iPhone you're thinking of. This page showed three Cisco/Linksys VoIP phones, and it looked suspiciously like Cisco marking its territory in the battle with Apple for the right to use the name "iPhone."

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