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Short clip: Tasty Baking automating the factory floor

Brendan O'Malley, CIO at Tasty Baking, describes how the company is automating its manufacturing operations by using a new "voice-picking system" in which employees are directed to each location on the factory floor via headset to ensure that the correct quantities of ingredients are being placed on each pallet.

May 13, 2008 by

Tasty Baking CIO: Brendan O' Malley

Brendan O' Malley, CIO of Tasty Baking talks to CNET News.com's Dan Farber about the IT challenges in making more than 5 million cakes, cookies and other desserts every day for fresh delivery. He also discusses streamlining the company's 90 year old business operations, developing inventory management solutions and how the company is going green inside its new manufacturing plant.

May 13, 2008

Tasty Baking CIO: Brendan O' Malley

Brendan O' Malley, CIO of Tasty Baking talks to CNET News.com's Dan Farber about the IT challenges in making more than 5 million cakes, cookies and other desserts every day for fresh delivery. He also discusses streamlining the company's 90 year old business operations, developing inventory management solutions and how the company is going green inside its new manufacturing plant.

May 13, 2008 by

McAfee isn't "McAfee Secure" or "Hacker Safe"

McAfee isn't "McAfee Secure" or "Hacker Safe"

In my most recent discussion on McAfee, I posted a talkback to Russ McRee stating, tongue in cheek mind you, that it'd be interesting to see an XSS or SQL Injection on McAfee's site, see if they are indeed "McAfee Secure". Well, I guess you get what you ask for...

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Who will set price and quality standards?

Who will set price and quality standards?

If rather than locking positions in stone both parties' health advisors used this time to consult with the other side, it's just possible we could come out with solutions that have a chance to work, not just sell.

May 13, 2008 by

The key to Windows success? It's all about the drivers

The key to Windows success? It's all about the drivers

The great advantage of the Windows ecosystem is that there are so many choices. That's also its biggest problem, as all those choices offer a correspondingly large chance of encountering problems from the unexpected interaction of parts that weren't designed to be used together. Problems in the Windows ecosystem get magnified during periods of transition. And the way the OEM business model works explains why some customers struggle with outdated drivers and performance problems even when a solution has been available for months.

May 13, 2008 by

Satellites seeing clearly despite clouds

Satellites seeing clearly despite clouds

Two researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a mathematical tweak which dramatically improves air pollution detection on cloudy days. They've found a way to reduce cloud-induced glare when satellites measure blue skies on cloudy days, by as much as ten-fold in some cases. 'Because clouds represent one of the largest areas of uncertainty, eventually this could lead to improved climate models.' The method is remarkably simple. Researchers discovered that combining measurements of reflected light at several wavelengths can eliminate the cloud effects, making air pollution measurements much more accurate. These results need to be confirmed, but the method could soon be used to data being collected by NASA's Earth Observing System in skies near clouds. But read more...

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EDS' troubled legacy of failed IT projects

EDS' troubled legacy of failed IT projects

Observing the news that HP is acquiring EDS, perhaps it's time to reflect on EDS' troubled history with IT projects. I've written about a number of failed projects where EDS played a role. Warning, some of these stories are ugly.

May 13, 2008 by

ReactOS no threat to Windows

ReactOS no threat to Windows

ReactOS, with sponsorship, might make it in some home offices and small businesses, but it will never get past that niche, and like Windows it will need support. It won't be free.

May 13, 2008 by

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