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A dozen free & essential apps for Windows

February 5, 2008 by in CXO

A dozen free & essential apps for Windows

Every time I build a new Windows computer, there are a dozen free and essential applications that I always install for other people. These applications all seem to fill essential functions and they all seem to be well-behaved installers and uninstallers, in other words it won't crash your computer or drag it down with gunk.

Why do people deploy processing virtualization?

February 5, 2008 by in Innovation

Why do people deploy processing virtualization?

Processing virtualization, in the Kusnetzky Group model of virtualization technology, is technology that operates at or below the operating system level that creates a logical or virtual environment that differs from the actual physical environment in some way.There are a number of benefits to working in a logical or virtual environment - if the proper selection of technology is made.

News to know: Microsoft's new language; Yahoo saga; Apple; Vulnerability counts

February 5, 2008 by in Social Enterprise

News to know: Microsoft's new language; Yahoo saga; Apple; Vulnerability counts

Notable headlines:Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft declares its modeling love with a new language, ‘D’Larry Dignan: Yahoo's conundrum: White knights are hard to find Dan Farber: Mitch Kapor: Microsoft+Yahoo, major integration challengeDavid Morgenstern: Will Microsoft support Windows on Macs?CIO Sessions: Discover Financial Services CIO: Diane Offereins Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Vista SP1 highlights in 60 seconds - The reasons why I'll be applying the service pack.

G'day UK: Google Oz wants top techies back home

February 5, 2008 by in Google

G'day UK: Google Oz wants top techies back home

There's nothing wrong with senior Australian engineers, they just lack "world class experience", according to Google Australia's head of engineering, Alan Noble. Now he's heading to the UK to poach senior engineers from Australia's ex-pat community.

50% of companies block some of Web 2.0 services

February 5, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

50% of companies block some of Web 2.0 services

More than 50% of the companies surveyed said they do not allow employees to access typical Web 2.0 services from work –such as social networking sites, Internet video sites (YouTube) or virtual worlds (Second Life) – because they view such services a waste of the employee’s and the company’s time, according to IDC.

Nokia retains the crown in the 4th quarter, but Apple moves into third worldwide

February 5, 2008 by in Windows

Nokia retains the crown in the 4th quarter, but Apple moves into third worldwide

The well-known research firm Canalys released their latest smart mobile device report breaking down results from the 4th quarter of 2007, as well as summary results from the entire year. As expected, Nokia remained the global market leader with 52.9% of the market share in the 4th quarter. RIM finished in second place with 11.4% and Apple came in a surprising third in the world with 6.5% share. HTC was not specifically identified, but their numbers can be found in the 22.7% Others vendor and I personally want to see their numbers split out because I believe they have a significant market share as well with the majority of the Windows Mobile market.In looking at operating systems in the 4th quarter of 2007, Symbian led with 65% share, Microsoft's Windows Mobile was at 12%, RIM was third with 11%, Apple had 7%, and Linux was at 5%. The good news for us mobile fans is that converged device shipments rose 60% in 2007 over 2006.

A thought about Utility Computing

February 5, 2008 by in Hardware

A thought about Utility Computing

The whole idea that some future world would see computing as a public utility originated with an off the cuff comparison between the reliability people expect utilities like the local telco to achieve and what they accept in internal information services.

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