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  1. Schwartz and Sun going all-in on open source - 2007-04-30 11:02:44-04
    Business Week reports that Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz is preparing to announce that Suns Solaris operating system will soon be available under the GPL. With the decision on GPL Java already made, its clear that, in poker parlance, Schwartz is going "all-in" on the open source concept. Schwartz first hinted at this in January, while announcing an alliance with Intel in the hardware marketBusiness Week paints this as the risky move of a CEO beleaguered by a fallng stock price and poor hardware sales. The implication is that open source, too, is on the line.Its not. Whats killing Sun, if its dieing, is Moores Second Law. As chips get exponentially more complex, they also get exponentially more expensive to design...
  2. Oracle blogs--an attention free zone - 2007-04-30 11:15:22-04
    Guest Post: My fellow Enterprise Irregular, drama critic of the enterprise software industry, advisor to the software developers and marketers and inveterate blogger Dennis Howlett responds to a post by Oracle Technology Networks editor-in-chief complaining that his company doesnt get enough love from the blogosphere crowd. Justin Kestelyn, Oracle Technology Networks editor-in-chief is whining because Oracles not getting the attention he thinks it deserves. In a post aptly titled I Dont Get It, Justin takes an immediate swipe at SAP: Even SAP was mentioned several times at the Web 2.0 conference for its endorsement of social media - which surprises me greatly, because I find SDN to be a rather pale imitation of OTN (but hey, Im biased).Yes Justin, you...
  3. One Office Suite please. Hold the mayo (I brought my own) - 2007-04-30 11:50:56-04
    Last week was a very busy week in the discussion threads at ZDNet with some of the most vibrant debates encircling the issue of bloat in shrink-wrapped software: a debate that was touched off by my coverage of Google CEO Eric Schmidts insinuation that Google Apps doesnt compete with Microsoft Office. Whereas Google Apps (the special, domain-based bundle of Web-based applications that Google offers to organizations) can probably be described in its entirety on a sheet of paper towel (OK, in a very small font), Microsoft Offices feature list would take up an entire roll. In that context, one is not the competitor to the other. Itd be like saying a small Kia (a perfectly good automobile) competes against a...
  4. CIO Sessions: Alcatel-Lucent's Ray Gilbert - 2007-04-30 11:51:00-04
    In a CIO Sessions interview, Ray Gilbert, assistant vice president for IT Enterprise Collaboration at Alcatel Lucent discusses how the telecom services provider is addressing mobility needs and convergence challenges for the next generation of devices. Watch the video More CIO Sessions videos Boeing CTO: Vaho Rebassoo Churchill Downs CIO: Jay Rollins Vanguard CIO: Paul Heller Yili Group CIO: Wang Xiaogang
  5. A wireless power transmission plastic sheet - 2007-04-30 12:00:59-04
    Several companies have started to sell power pads that can charge your cellphone when you put it on the pads surface. But these silicon-based pads are expensive -- and relatively specialized. Now, Japanese researchers have built a plastic sheet which could power all the devices placed close to it. So far, this 4-layer sheet, which uses printed organic transistors and plastic MEMS switches, can deliver up to 40 watts of power -- enough for some laptops. The technology is apparently efficient and inexpensive to produce. But as the devices to recharge will need to incorporate a special receiver, dont expect to see these plastic power sheets on sale before several years. But read more...Before describing the technology, you can see...
  6. Virtualize or translate? - 2007-04-30 12:29:09-04
    If you want to run both Windows and Linux applications you have two options:You can virtualize, creating a virtual machine with a variety of programs (ask Dan Kusnetsky); orYou can translate, using Mainsofts Grasshopper or one of the other fine products we discussed last week. "Virtualization will allow you to consolidate an application and its required operating system onto a single box, but it does not allow you to move between operating systems," Jeff Smith, vice president of open source and Linux middleware at IBM, said after the Race to Linux contest. On the other hand, some software licenses (Microsoft) explicitly reject translation, noted Miguel de Icaza (right), who helped found Gnome and now runs the Mono project at...
  7. At Mix07, is Microsoft's bottom-trolling for developers with weak knees? - 2007-04-30 12:33:51-04
    From the early reports coming out of the Mix07 conference, Microsoft is making revamped offers to Web 2.0 developers that they are not supposed to be able to refuse. It worked in the client/server world, where getting your applications into a mainstream channel made the Microsoft ecosystem hard to resist. The price was you -- and your customers -- had to use Microsoft everywhere.Now, in the Web 2.0 iteration of the same model, were seeing Microsoft come to table with a rich smorgasbord of enticing offerings: tools, integration, mash-up-able services, a big crowd of end users, a way to easily add Web ads into your mix, and even a cheap way to get into full production -- up to 1...
  8. Quick thoughts from the MIX keynote - 2007-04-30 12:44:29-04
    Ive got the main post coming in a few minutes (its up now), but here are my "liveblogging thoughts from the keynote today at MIX. Ray Ozzie is hyping up Win32 applications. Hes describing it "as close to the metal" as you can get and praising the virtues of how rich the experiences can be. He tells us "then came this little thing called the web" and is talking about all the freedom it provides. Hes telling us that as with other platform shifts, the best solution for this one will be one which blends the two worlds. This is exactly what Rich Internet Applications are and Microsoft is answering with Silverlight. He just used the word "Rich Internet Applications",...
  9. Who will buy Twitter? You may be surprised at the answer - 2007-04-30 12:50:56-04
    Before you snicker, I have to tell you that this comes from the same guy who predicted Google as a likely acquirer of YouTube.I think it likely that all-the-rage, super hot and hip mobile messaging platform Twitter will be acquired. This will take place by the end of this year, if not much sooner.In predicting the purchaser, one might reflexively lean toward one of the major players already in the IM space- Yahoo!, MSN, Google. Actually eBay wouldnt be a bad idea- integrate Skype "call me" icons to user names shown in Twitter messages.But considering Skype isnt exactly on many of the handsets used for mobile Twittering, I think we should look elsewhere.Wed want to look for a buyer that...
  10. Google fights against Click Fraud? Yes, BUT No - 2007-04-30 12:59:12-04
    The Google machine is fueled by SPIN, I said earlier in the year: "Google’s secret weapon is a four letter word."BUT, Can Google SPIN conquer everything, even the scourge of click fraud?Google Trust & Safety exec, Shuman Ghosemajumder, continues to try his darndest!I met one-on-one with Ghosemajumder and separately with his Yahoo counterpart, Reggie Davis, Vice President of Marketplace Quality, earlier this month in New York City.By pure scheduling happenstance, my Yahoo meeting transpired before my Google meeting. Consequently, when I met with Ghosemajumder, I had already published a report on my discussion with Davis.Nevertheless, my Yahoo story appeared online but an hour or two before my scheduled meeting with Google. I was a bit surprised then, that the first...
  11. The scoop on Silverlight for developers - 2007-04-30 13:01:06-04
    The speculation is over and today is the day Microsoft takes the developer covers off of Silverlight and the new sd. There are a bunch of announcements today, so Ill break them down one by one, but for those in a hurry, heres the summary. First, Microsoft is announcing that the CLR will be a part of Silverlight. Two, they are also announcing a Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) which is open source and will allow developers to write dynamic languages to be compiled into .NET bytecode. The DLR will be open sourced under the Microsoft Public License. Third, Windows Live will provide Silverlight developers a way to deploy applications on their service by implementing a hosted solution around Windows Live....
  12. North American wireless broadband REALLY needs these two Japanese innovations - 2007-04-30 13:12:02-04
    Ive been browsing through a new Forrester Research report entitled, "How Japanese Companies Guide Their Customers To Mobile Internet Experiences." That link is to the Executive Sumary.In the report, Forrester analysts Jonathan Browne, Ron Rogowski and Steven Geller start out by noting that in any language, mobile search is (often) inaccurate. Check.But then the authors present two fascinating Japanese innovations that get around mobile searchs limitations by making it easier for mobile broadband (cell and Wi-Fi) users to get at the information or transactional mobile Web page they want without having to perform a search or navigate several levels down subject trees.The authors refer to these services as "Using bar codes to link users to contextual support," and "Using...
  13. Ray Ozzie: Silverlight + .NET and 'experience first' software - 2007-04-30 13:18:35-04
    Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie opened the MIX07 conference announcing that .NET technology is being paired up with Silverlight, Microsofts cross-platform multi-browser plug-in for developing media rich interactive Web applications and a competitor to Adobes Flash/Apollo. "AJAX development has limitations and there is a better language than Javascript for building sophisticated rich interactive applications in the language of your choice," Ozzie said. He also announced Silverlight Streaming, which he said takes advantage of Microsofts infrastructure and will allow developers to post Silverlight applications to a Microsoft storage service in the cloud to deliver Web pages and Web sites. Ozzie talked about the choice developers have to make in choosing a platform and made a pitch for choosing Microsoft. "Web...
  14. A new Microsoft software plus service: Silverlight Streaming - 2007-04-30 13:24:43-04
    Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie took the wraps off Microsofts latest example of software plus service (S+S) -- a new video streaming offering called Silverlight Streaming -- during his opening keynote at Microsofts Mix 07 conference on April 30. Silverlight Streaming is in alpha. It is a free hosting service for developers creating rich-media content using Microsoft Expression Studio tools and third-party offerings. To start, Microsoft is offering developers 4 GB of free storage. The company is making available a Silverlight Streaming software development kit (SDK) for download, as well. Silverlight Streaming "will let you post your media to the Microsoft storage service in the cloud," Ozzie told attendees of the Las Vegas conference. On the software side, Silverlight...
  15. New AT&T red BlackBerry Pearl free offer for net $50 back to you - 2007-04-30 13:31:26-04
    DealNews reports today of an offer by AT&T that after all is said and done, will equip you with a red BlackBerry Pearl, as well as $50 spending money.The offer, which is good thru June 2, is at WireFly.com. Heres the math:$49.99 price.$50 (OK, round it off) off if you sign up for a two-year plan with AT&T (a.k.a. Cingular)Yes, I know thats $0.The $50 back to you kicks in with the $50 Visa rebate you see here: Interested?
  16. This Vodafone pricing model could set the tone for North American Skype-over-handset charges - 2007-04-30 13:48:20-04
    Come June 1, Vodafone UK is launching a pricing model that gives users up to 15MB a day from 85p.Thats about $1.70 U.S. "Pay for the first 0.5MB… and we’ll give you the next 14.5MB for free."Then Vodafone says: "There’s no catch. The first 0.5MB (approximately 20 pages) you use on any given day will cost you up to 85p. The next 14.5MB won’t cost you a penny.""No catch,", eh?Yea, right. Scrolling down the page, we read:"The 85p per day charge and monthly data subscription cannot be used for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype or Peer-to-Peer services (such as instant messenger services, text messaging clients or file sharing). These services will not count towards the...
  17. What Yahoo's Right Media purchase is really about - 2007-04-30 14:08:09-04
    Yahoo acquires Right Media and we hear about the democratization of online advertising, a few thinly-veiled Google barbs and some tough talk from the likes of Yahoo CEO Terry Semel and CFO Susan Decker. I dont doubt that Right Media is of strategic importance to Yahoo, which spent $680 million to preempt an upcoming DoubleClick (soon to be Googles) ad network. But theres more to this deal (Techmeme discussion) than this Semel quote: "Were stating clearly that the power of many trumps the power of one," said Semel in a reference to Google. Thats the "were the anti-Google" spin. Heres the reality: Theres growth is in remnant display inventory. Premium inventory is what gets the attention--that big Yahoo home...
  18. Joris Evers leaves News.com, lands at McAfee - 2007-04-30 14:37:33-04
    CNET News.com security reporter Joris Evers is leaving the journalism field to take a job in McAfees PR department.Evers has confirmed he will join the Santa Clara, Calif. security vendor on May 21 as director of public relations. He joins McAfee at a time when the anti-virus powerhouse is looking to rebuild its public image, which has taken a beating from an accounting scandal that has ripped apart its management team. The company has had four CEOs in six years after a stock options backdating scandal forced a restatement of several quarters of past financial results. Evers is expected to help McAfee raise its profile at security conferences like the annual Black Hat confab.At News.com, Evers was a prolific writer,...
  19. FAST battles GOOG and YHOO for media markets, says its search traffic larger than Yahoo! - 2007-04-30 15:11:02-04
    FAST Search and Transfer, the leading European search firm, today introduced a search based business platform for media companies and said that search traffic from its customers has surpassed Yahoo! and will overtake Google in 2 years.The Norwegian based company said its FASTMedia software platform is the first to match content to individual users, in addition to supporting all types of online advertising models. The suite of applications is designed specifically for media companies and enables them to run their own ad networks.FAST said that its top 35 media customers already generate search traffic that exceeds that of Yahoo!.The market research firm IDC estimates that 70 per cent of search queries do not come from search engines.Instead, people are choosing...
  20. Chess is not Checkers - 2007-04-30 15:15:13-04
    The other night I went to sleep thinking about Gödels incompleteness theorem as a kind of juvenile twaddle: a quailing in the face of the infinite more appropriate to Mahler than Bach - and apparently got up somewhat later to celebrate of one of those mid night epiphanies by scribbling "Chess != Checkers !!!" on the phone notes pad. So what was that about? the mnemonic recognizes that any chess position you can put on a board, has a game: i.e. every legal position is reachable through some sequence of moves - but what you cant do is use chess rules to get to a checkers position. In other words, you can create axiomatic systems in which operations look different...

ad:tech is Over. Seriously. No, Really, It Is. Oh Wait...

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  1. ad:tech is Over. Seriously. No, Really, It Is. Oh Wait... - 2007-04-28 22:14:00-04
    OK, then. Enough with all this ad:tech adver-blather, right? Had enough? Us too but we're not promising we'll completely dump the topic because we'll definitely have some after thought and such. Though 24/7 ad:tech coverage is done for now...
  2. Sony Slaughters Goat for Gods of War II - 2007-04-29 15:32:00-04
    Even though this happened last month, it seems to have slipped undetected under our radar though we're not sure how given our unique propensity for all things wacky and wierd. Sony, in a not so twisted effort to illustrate...
  3. Creatives Fall Prey to Power of Subliminal Advertising - 2007-04-29 16:46:00-04
    If any of you still doubt the power of subliminal advertising, you need look no further than this video in which two unsuspecting creatives fall victim to the old naked lady in the ice cube trick. No, this isn't...
  4. iPod Powered OhMiBod Sex Toy Delivers Music-Powered Orgasm - 2007-04-29 19:28:00-04
    Where back in the day The Cars said "Let the good times roll," vibrator maker Soft Paris says let the good times vibrate with the lyrics "you should plug it, let's all plug it" in this iPod-style commercial for...
  5. Consumer-Generated Confessions Come Clean For Mom - 2007-04-29 22:34:00-04
    Damn! Just when we thought this consumer-generated trendlet was dying down, online video network Capessa and Dawn had to go and partner to create Come Clean For Mother's Day...The World's Cleanest Video Contest. Now we have to watch random...
  6. Agency.com's Office Door Continues to Revolve - 2007-04-29 23:23:00-04
    Working at Agency.com's gotta suck. If it's not that Subway video, it's the agency's chronic employee bail out. It's kinda like summer interns. Just as soon as you've tricked them into thinking they'd actually see something in your sad,...
  7. Sync Up Search, Email and Your Site - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Offermatica's president explains how to improve conversions by promoting cross-team collaboration.
  8. Toyota's Online Truck Stop - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Creative Showcase: See how Saatchi & Saatchi LA's Tundra Experience targets a busy, no-fuss demographic with rich, authentic demonstrations of trucking life.
  9. Change, Growth and Business as Usual - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Jumpstart Automotive Media's CEO discusses the impact its recent acquisiton will have on advertisers and the automotive industry at large.
  10. Transparent Messaging, Stealthy Executions - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Cars.com's VP of operations outlines a strategy that lets OEMs market competitive vehicles aggressively without compromising their brand images.
  11. Never Get Junked Again - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Lyris Technologies' strategic account manager explains how to authenticate your email with the help of your IT department and your email service provider.
  12. Create an Active Video Audience for Your Brand - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Break.com's CEO presents tips to transform a passive viewing audience into engaged participants for your video campaign.
  13. Yahoo! Takes Up Mobile Space - 2007-04-30 00:40:00-04
    Find out what's behind Yahoo's recent drive to rule the wireless airwaves.
  14. DoubleClick Closes ad:tech In High Style - 2007-04-30 02:09:00-04
    Sadly, the final evening of ad:tech San Francisco came to a close. A stellar yet bittersweet close, the evening began with a fabulous party put on by DoubleClick at the W Hotel during which Cirque du Soliel-style dancers contorted,...
  15. BabyUniverse to Put Savvy Moms on BabyTV - 2007-04-30 07:09:00-04
    Online baby merch retailer BabyUniverse Inc. has just agreed to broadcast segments of PBS TV's "Real Savvy Moms" on its proprietary network BabyTV.com, reports Internet Retailer. BabyTV will air of...

  1. Microsoft Q1 Ad Revenue Jumps 23 Percent - 2007-04-30 07:15:00-04
    Microsoft logged a 23 percent increase in online advertising revenue on its first quarter earnings statements, reports ClickZ. The increase represents a significant leap ahead of goals set last...

  1. toys Founder Han Starts Shopping Site - 2007-04-30 07:38:00-04
    eToys founder Frank Han is starting a new shopping site and, hopefully, learning from past mistakes, reports The Associated Press. Glimpse.com targets 20-30 year old women looking for a site that...

  1. Ad Mob + Word Press = Blog Revenue - 2007-04-30 07:45:00-04
    AdMob and Web2Txt have teamed up to allow WordPress bloggers to create mobile and ad-supported versions of their sites, reports TMCNet. The WordPress plug-in allows for mobile-friendly versions of...

  1. Kamet Chat Factory Targets Virtual Tweens - 2007-04-30 09:00:00-04
    Pay-as-you-go mobile service provider Kajeet has landed in Whyville, a virtual world geared toward tweens, according to MediaPost. Instead of creating an event or a well-designed but understaffed...

  1. Chubb Can Make Sex Jokes, You Can't - 2007-04-30 10:48:00-04
    Copyranter posted this ad for Chubb that sets our '80's sensibilities aflame. He also points out the less-than-subtle hard-on reference, courtesy of handy ol' Urban Dictionary. Huh. That's mildly violating but perhaps insurance providers don't have to worry much...

Yahoo! Messenger ranked highest among IM services; GoogleTalk among lowest

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  1. Yahoo! Messenger ranked highest among IM services; GoogleTalk among lowest - 2007-04-29 13:22:54-04
    J.D. Powers 2006 Residential Online Service Customer Satisfaction Study contains a ranking of the leading IM service providers.Rankings are by Satisfaction, Security, Performance and Reliability and Features.Although voice components and feature sets are not part of this ranking, Id have to think that voice functionality and quality did play a part in this.Telling that Google Talk ranked so low. Google hasnt decided how zealously they should play this game. And Google Talk didnt even earn enough votes for reliability.
  2. FASTMedia Network takes on Google, Yahoo - 2007-04-29 14:00:32-04
    FAST is known for its industrial strength enterprise search solutions. Now the company is taking on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (GYM) on their own consumer turf with FASTMedia, a new search and ad delivery platform developed in partnership with major media companies. The basic message from FAST is that publishers need to take control of advertising relationships and dont need to share revenue and customers with third-party advertising networks, such as those provided by GYM. According to Neilsen/NetRatings and FAST customer data from October 2006, the FASTMedia Network, which includes the top 35 U.S. media companies, has a 21 percent market share, compared to Googles 43 percent and Yahoos 21 percent. In addition, the FAST Media Network has a projected...
  3. BlackBerry patent would enable "merged images" in BlackBerry browser - 2007-04-29 14:37:00-04
    A newly published BlackBerry Patent application introduces "image-stitching" technology that would enable merging of several images associated with a Web page to display these images within a merged image file.The advantages of this technology would be greater ease of displaying multiple images in one view, as well as quicker image rendering due to the fact that the merged image file would be smaller than if the multiple images were displayed as individual files.Entitled "Image Stitching For Mobile Electronic Devices," the Patent apps Abstract explains the general intent: A device and method for modifying content for use on a mobile electronic device. The content includes (i) a plurality of content image files each including graphics information for generating an associated...
  4. News to know: Yahoo buys Right Media; Mix07; S60 Summit; .ANI flaws - 2007-04-30 05:16:42-04
    Notable headlines:Yahoo buys Right Media. Microsoft opens up on Web strategy at Mix07. Ryan Stewart: MIXing it up at the coming of age party for Rich Internet Applications.Dan Farber: FASTMedia Network takes on Google, Yahoo.Tom Foremski: FAST battles GOOG and YHOO for media markets, says its search traffic larger than Yahoo!Russell Shaw: Yahoo! Messenger ranked highest among IM services; GoogleTalk among lowest.Googling state government documents.Matthew Miller: S60 Summit: Seminar, Expo, and full Summit 07 coverage. Image Gallery: S60 Summit 2007 (right).Ryan Naraine: Microsoft mulling major changes to ward off .ANI-type flaws.Dan Farber: NuConomy preps social Web analytics and incentive platform. Climbing the social Web ladder.Gallery (left): Cracking open a Maxtor hard drive.Jason OGrady: Apple Battery Update 1.2 released.OLPC coverage:Adrian Kingsley-Hughes:...
  5. Yahoo buys rest of Right Media for $680 million - 2007-04-30 05:24:04-04
    Yahoo said Monday it will buy the remainder of Right Media that it doesnt already own. Right Media runs an online advertising exchange and is likely to give Yahoo an exit from working with DoubleClick, which is soon to be GoogleClick. Yahoo will pay $680 million for the 80 percent it doesnt own already (see Techmeme discussion). In October, Yahoo bought a 20 percent stake. Right Media will get cash and stock equally. The idea is that Yahoo will create an online advertising market place. In a statement, CEO Terry Semel said: "The acquisition of Right Media will further Yahoo!s goal to create the industrys most open, accessible and vibrant advertising marketplace, which will help democratize the buying and...
  6. Privacy is for the ignorant - 2007-04-30 05:41:51-04
    Lately, Ive increasingly had trouble understanding why people worry about privacy, particularly online. Several people responded to Teachers + MySpace = Bad Idea? and Google spyware? Fine by me… with concerns about privacy. This includes people who were worried about their personal information floating around Googles servers as well as people who were concerned about invasion of privacy by employers.Privacy really does have many meanings, especially in the Internet Age, but I maintain that it doesnt really even exist. Sure, we can reasonably expect that the credit card we use on Amazon wont find its way into nefarious hands. We can also expect that we wont lose our jobs for what we do off the job (assuming its not illegal...
  7. 2.5 TERABYTE hot-swap storage for $730! - 2007-04-30 06:53:10-04
    I still remember the first hard drive I ever bought. The year was 1992 and I had my friend drive me 70 miles in to the silicon valley for the deal of the month in hard drives. The prize at the end of that grueling drive without air conditioning was a whopping 200 megabyte IDE hard drive for the mere price of $499 for which I had to save for months as a starving college student. Ah those were the "good old days". Fast forward 15 years later and I just bought 2.5 terabytes of hot-swappable SATA-300 storage for just under $730. 2.5 terabytes is 2,500,000 megabytes of storage. If I only count the cost of the 500 GB hard...
  8. Yahoo all in Right Media @ $680 million - 2007-04-30 07:58:50-04
    UPDATE April 30: Terry Semel, Yahoo CEO:We’re announcing the acquisition of Right Media, which I believe has the potential to dramatically enhance Internet advertising. We hope to revolutionize the way ads are bought and sold on the Internet and, in turn, drive more value for advertisers, publishers, and partners.Yahoo bought a 20 percent stake in Right Media last October and is now set to pay approximately $680 million, in equal parts of stock and cash, for the remaining interest in the company.HOW & WHY? READ ON!UPDATE April 4: Who needs Right Media? DoubleClick plans to announce today that it is setting up a Nasdaq-like exchange for the buying and selling of digital advertisements. The new DoubleClick advertising exchange will bring...
  9. Clusters, clusters and more clusters - 2007-04-30 08:17:56-04
    Even though there are several different technologies involved and several different types of requirements, it now appears that any mulit-machine configuration is called a cluster. Heres a quick summary of the different configurations that are now using the same IT jargon term "Cluster". Application layer clusters: configurations based upon advanced application frameworks or application server environments focused upon making applications more scalable, reliable or perform better. Applications that do not use the application framework or server do not see a cluster. They just see individual machines networked together. Processing layer clusters: configurations focused on virtualizing processing, that is at an operating system level rather than at an application level, include configurations for parallel processing/high performance computing, high availability/failover and the...
  10. Southwest Airlines looking at in-flight WiFi - 2007-04-30 08:28:51-04
    According to a story in the Denver Post, Southwesy Airlines is seriously considering a pilot program (sorry, couldnt resist) to test WiFi connectivity on its flights. I fly SWA all the time - I broke the 100 flights in 12 months threshold this year which means my wife can join me for free anytime I fly for the next year. Having WiFi on the plane would be a great win, especially with my WiFi-enabled Nokia devices (N800 and N93) which both work very nicely with a Bluetooth keyboard on the snack tray. H/T to Andy on Working Anywhere for the link.
  11. WGA - The "A" stands for Advertisments - 2007-04-30 08:40:06-04
    Just when you think that WGA cant possibly get any worse, it suddenly does.As you probably already know, Im no fan of WGA, but when Microsoft turns this anti-piracy tool into a marketing stream, somethings gone seriously wrong somewhere.Stephen Wildstrom, a writer for BusinessWeek, documents his experience with WGA.My windows Genuine Advantage experience, which doesnt provide any discernible advantage to anyone but Microsoft, hit a new low today. I fired up a Vista laptop that hadnt been turned on for awhile, and of course it immediately downloaded a batch of updates, including a new version of WGA. When the software ran, it opened a browser window (requires Internet Explorer). A bar across the top of the page congratulated me on...
  12. How to get sued by Microsoft - 2007-04-30 09:03:12-04
    Shopping at SurplusComputers.com is like poking around an especially geeky Goodwill store, Most of the goods are surplus for a reason, but occasionally youll find a particularly useful bit of hardware or software whose market has crested, making it a great bargain. Ive been receiving the companys Deals of the Week e-mails for years, and Ive always been puzzled by one category of offers. Back on February 4, for instance, the weekly e-mail included offers for Microsoft Windows XP Pro x64 Edition (NFR) for a mere $39.99, and Microsoft Office 2003 Pro (NFR) for $99.99. Clicking through to the website where the products themselves were sold led to an assurance that the products themselves were perfectly legal and "guaranteed to...
  13. And people say that Dell is cheap ... - 2007-04-30 09:09:21-04
    When I tell people that I prefer to build my own PC rather than buy from OEMs, people wonder why. They they go on to mumble something about OEM PC makers being cheaper. Theyre not, you know!Heres an example. My ZDNet blogging colleague ED Bott, writing on his personal blog, details why he added a 500GB hard drive to his Dell himself rather than pay Dell to do it:A few months ago, I replaced my Media Center machine with a new Dell E521. It came with a 160GB hard drive (not enough given that this system has two TV tuners and is constantly recording). I briefly considered paying Dell for an upgraded drive. But then I looked at the upgrade...
  14. Stealthy Battery Update addresses swelling - 2007-04-30 10:06:55-04
    Whenever Apple releases a software update you sometimes have read between the lines to get the whole story. Late Friday Apple quietly released the mysterious Battery Update 1.2 with the the brief explanation that it "updates battery firmware and improves battery functionality." Um, sure. According to the BBC there is more to the update than the Cupertino computer maker is letting on. Apple eventually divulged that "some batteries" in its range of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have "performance issues."Apple elaborates further on what, exactly, it meant by "performance issues" in a support note to users. Battery packs which are "visibly deformed" are among the symptoms of battery problems. Other symptoms of battery problems include: The battery is not recognized...
  15. Where have all the (SOA) flowers gone? Gone to bigger companies every one... - 2007-04-30 10:07:19-04
    Well, not quite every one. MomentumSI has actually published a list of the SOA-related companies that have been acquired, and those that are still sitting at home Saturday nights, waiting for suitors. (Thanks to James Hamilton for the pointer.)Last week, I relayed Dave Linthicums concern that a shrinking pool of SOA vendors means less innovation in this part of the market. Dave estimates that up to four dozen SOA-related product vendors have been scooped up into larger vendors over the past couple of years. With help from the MomentumSI list, here are just a few of the specialized SOA vendors that have been consumed in recent times: The Mind Electric by webMethods Infravio by webMethodswebMethods by Software AG Confluent by...
  16. Verizon's FiOS network: Payback time? - 2007-04-30 10:09:55-04
    Verizon reported its first quarter results and they are notable for one key reason--most of the maximum capital spending for its FiOS fiber-optic network is through the pipeline. Simply put, the earnings hit--11 cents a share in the first quarter--that Verizon absorbs from building out its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network will diminish going forward. That means its a subscriber game. If Verizon starts landing Internet and TV subscribers for its fiber optic network the company will differentiate itself from rivals like Comcast and AT&T. If not, FiOS is going to look like a boondoggle. Verizon reported net income of 51 cents a share compared to Thomson Financial estimates of 53 cents a share. Excluding special items, Verizon reported earnings of...
  17. SplashCast aims to take podcasting beyond iTunes - 2007-04-30 11:00:02-04
    SplashCast has added a new use for its mixed media player: podcast syndication. MyPodcastNetwork enables the SplashCast player to support video or audio enclosures in any RSS feed so that users can create their own embeddable podcast channel -- which could be a single show, or a play-list of their favorite podcasts. The idea, the company says, is to take podcast distribution beyond the central model embraced by services like iTunes. Think of it as the YouTube-ization of podcasting where content can be easily distributed anywhere on the web by producers and fans alike. In addition, SplashCast have created their own podcast directory to make it easier for users to find shows that they want to include in their channel....
  18. Japanese schools may convert aging computers to Linux - 2007-04-30 11:00:18-04
    A recent article in OhMyNews.com discusses the results of a conference in Tokyo at which educators recommended converting aging computers running Windows 98 and ME to Linux. About 400,000 such machines exist in Japans public schools and either cant run more up-to-date operating systems or the cost of upgrade is prohibitive.Enthusiasm for the initiative has built after a successful trial of Linux with about 1000 students began in 2004. Under consideration are an education-centered distro of Knoppix, Debian, and TurboLinux, all of which can run with minimal system requirements.The article highlights several similar initiatives internationally:"The move toward open-source software within Japan mirrors similar transformations ongoing within educational institutions in numerous other countries around the world. An article late last month...
  19. Google cuts deals to open up state websites - 2007-04-30 11:00:46-04
    Thanks to an agreement with Google, Virginias 95 agencies will expose their databases to the search engine, making them widely accessible to the public, The Washington Post reports. Google will announce similar deals with California, Arizona and Utah. "These are difficult databases to access," said Aneesh Chopra, the Virginia secretary of technology. "They dont have any of the search features and functionality you might find at Google." Chopra said the top priority of the states strategic plan for information technology, which was adopted last year, is increased access to government information. Google will also be able to connect information available in the different databases, the Post said. For instance, a users searching a Mecicaid site would not only get that...
  20. Push Google off its search advertising throne? Not so FAST! - 2007-04-30 11:01:48-04
    Another day, another company that claims to be the one that will dethrone $150 billion market cap, and “everyone’s favorite garage band,” Google from its search advertising kingdom.Who is the latest to put forth the would-be Google slayer, along with potential killer of perennial runner-up Yahoo and slow out of the gate Microsoft?FAST, an Oslo-based enterprise search company: "Why shouldn’t you be in control of your search and contextual advertising?" The search technology vendor exhorts in touting the “unveiling” of FASTMedia, an end-to-end business platform for media companies:As a media company, you know that search and contextual advertising is the fastest growing online advertising segment. But how can you tap this explosive revenue opportunity when the "big three" dominate search-based...