Salesforce.com announced its big enterprise customer--Merrill Lynch--and the news was anticlimactic (everyone knew what was going to happen already.
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Jason Busch reports on his unpleasant experience trying to get Vista and Office 2007 to work on a new $2,800 Dell M1210 notebook systems with 2GB of memory that came preloaded with the new operating system and office suite. His issue: The problem -- which is absolutely inexcusable -- is that Office 2007 (Outlook, specifically) crawls, even on this superfast machine.
For 30 years or so technology folks have heard the song and dance about "business alignment," or putting some hard numbers on IT projects. From the looks of things, you'll be hearing about alignment for another 30 years.
Notable headlines: Ed Bott: Vista WGA problems confirmed (below). Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: What does Windows Vista reduced functionality mode look like?
At the Tech Policy Summit in San Jose, the broken patent system was the topic of several panels. First, Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) said that he coordinating with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)and others in Congress to produce a patent reform bill in the next two to three weeks.
ComScore is out with a report that shows Yahoo's Panama search advertising system is off to a swell start. How swell?
Floyd Kvamme kicked off the Tech Policy Summit, which is advertised as a non-partisan conference attended by tech industry insiders, investors, policymakers, non-profit leaders, regulators and legal experts to "examine critical policy issues affecting technology innovation and adoption in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Is Vista's desktop search good enough to supplant Google's Desktop search? Apparently the Vista search bandwagon is filling up.
TD Ameritrade Chief Security Officer Bill Edwards figures that he's going to be pulled onto the service oriented architecture (SOA) bandwagon soon. He might as well use it to enhance security.
Notable headlines: Dan Farber: Reflections on the first decade of blogging.UMBC eBiquity: The I’s of the Blogosphere.