The IT systems integration of US Airways and America West has gone fairly well overall. Until Sunday.
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At Black Hat this week, John Heasman demonstrated a rootkit that flashes itself to the firmware in a system. Reimaging the disk did nothing to remove it. This is just the latest in a long line of threats.
Stephen Shankland is reporting that Oracle has quietly cut database prices on some low-end servers using multicore processors. It's clear that Oracle's move is because Microsoft doesn't charge that way and is making some database inroads.
Om Malik posts on GigaOm that the "Web monster" has been unleashed and is "gobbling up desktop applications, chewing them up and spitting them out as a Web applications," with the exception of the instant messaging. Browser-based IM clients like Meebo are gaining some popularity, but the popular IM clients have become aren't going away, Om concludes.
Microsoft's deal with Novell to resell SUSE Linux may be controversial, but it's looking like a boon for Novell. In fact, it's just about the only bright spot the Novell has right now.
Notable headlines:George Ou: Is AMD being hypocritical about benchmark ethics?Multicore move cuts Oracle database cost.
Andrew Keen has just joined our cadre of ZDNet bloggers, and he is sure to make waves. Andrew is not a fan of the great blogocracy, as I wrote in my reflections on a decade of blogging.
This week on the Dan & David Show, David and I are both in the same place (San Francisco) at the same time for a change. We hook up in the ZDNet broadcast studio in our nice suits, the professional look, for a video version of the show, thanks to our chief cinematographer Charlie Wagner, chief director and editor Kelly Hendricks, chief podcast engineer Jason Howell and the boss, executive producer Marianne Wilman.
Dell CEO Michael Dell noted his company's fourth quarter results were disappointing, "but what matters is our future plan of action." Unfortunately, Dell has chosen to clam up beyond that statement.
Widgets are making further entry into the enterprise. IBM is partnering with Google to allow integration of more than 4,000 Google Gadgets with WebSphere portals.