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I am Robin Van Auken, founder of The Omnibus, an alliance of writers and editors, digital publishers, historical researchers, public relation specialists, graphic artists and web designers. Organized in 2001, it has kept its mission clear: To help our members and our clients preserve, ...
Lori and I have a larger home network, with several servers, multiple switches, two WAPs, and eight or so clients. Thrown into the middle of all of that is an aging Infrant Technologies (now NetGear) ReadyNAS, 1 Terabyte. The ReadyNAS, from before NetGear purchased Infrant, has had a b...
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public fe...
2009 has proved to be very exciting when it comes to new features and enhancements. Many companies, especially big brands, have taken recession as a pause for self analysis and they have been constantly upgrading their infrastructures for the time when economics crisis will be over. Se...
Although Google Wave is not open for public yet but after a preview at the features just introduced by Google I think Google Wave is much better, interactive, fun and less-hectic than some of today's top social media tools.
João Torres, President of EDP - Distribuição - Energia, S.A., has confirmed attendance as the keynote speaker at the Next Generation Utilities Summit, the most important annual meeting of Utility executives in Europe.
ThePirateBay has links to content hosted elsewhere that's available for download using the BitTorrent protocol. The site also provides a search engine for finding that content, and a page for each torrent with information about the content. It doesn't distinguish between content that's...
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period. Here is the only information available to email administ...
Today I attended a very impressive talk by the Federal CIO, Mr. Vivek Kundra at a Northern Virginia Technology Council Public Policy event. His open and "matter of fact" approach to explaining the coming government IT transformation was focused and direct.
"Casualties? Java and MySQL for sure, and perhaps Sun's hardware business," says CyberTech Rambler; "Oracle can utilize Sun's Solaris and Java platforms....However the future of MySQL has not been mentioned and may not be so rosy," notes Steve Kennedy. The blogosphere is abuzz with new...
Only today I've discovered that Google added support to Java for its App Engine. This is a great news for the Java community. From the Google announcement: This release includes an early look at our Java runtime, integration with Google Web Toolkit, and a Google Plugin for Eclipse, giv...
Server, storage and site migrations have always been the elephant in the room. IT managers know that it is necessary to reduce costs and improve workload management but cringe over the potential impact to production. In the past, migrations have usually required significant planning, d...
Here is Cramer's only option left to save his TV reputation on the controversy which won't go away. Jim Cramer needs to stop talking about his charitable trust stuff, but he needs to put his portfolio online. He needs to buy and sell stocks (doesn't matter, make believe portfolio is ju...
Greg the Architect made quite an impression last year in a series of videos, and in recent months in several cartoon panels. Now, a long neglected interview with NOW Magazine has been re-released to an adoring public.
This is a story about creating a user interface easily, or better yet, about having good user interfaces without working for them.
Chase CEO Dimon said on his talk which is brodacst live on CNBC today that there is no silver bullett to save the housing mess. He says Obama's home loan modification program is appropriate and proper. He says only if everybody works together we can get out of this mess.
In early September of '08, I did realized that something was very wrong with the economy. Back then, we’ve deposited a check from one of our customers, a very large enterprise. A week later, we’ve got the message from the bank - the check bounced. That company went belly up.
Fifteen years ago, when a New York company needed a programmer, it would publish an ad in the classified section of Sunday edition of New York Times. The paper would charge by column/inch. The ads were short and up to the point. Only big guys like IBM, Microsoft or Oracle could afford ...
For quick scan, follow the bold words. Although there is evidence that the two styles will converge in the future, enterprise and consumer Web architecture and technology are quite different today. If one talks to an enterprise application architect, he or she will probably say tha...
ATG brings another comprehensive webinar on expanding ecommerce opportunities for global companies. Topics covered: global and local ecommerce market perspectives, the Philips use case, and internationalization challenges.
As I alluded to in an earlier post, a major cloud computing interoperability event will be held in conjunction with the Object Management Group (OMG) March Technical Meeting on March 23, 2009, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA, USA. An all day workshop entitled "Strategies A...
The last bit of not-so-good news surrounding TechTarget's recent financials was dated February 13, 2009, and posted in the Boston Business Journal, and entitled "TechTarget stock falls amid earnings delay. Online and print media provider TechTarget Inc. said late Thursday that it has d...
Just because the web has been open so far doesn't mean that it will stay that way. Flash and Silverlight, arguably the two market-leading technology toolkits for rich media applications are not open. Make no mistake - Microsoft and Adobe aim to have their proprietary plug-ins, aka pseu...
Last couple of days as I watch the election coverage on CNN I could not help recognizing my five year-old Bogner jacket Senator McCain has been wearing. Well my jacket has been to India and a few long trips, got dry cleaned a dozen times, and a little beat up, but it is the same jacket...
I laughed when I heard Sarah Palin say in last week's debate: “...and I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I'm going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also” (this is straight from Oct. 14, 2008 07:16 AM EDT  Reads: 6,176
Like many other business managers, the current economic downturn has me wondering about how my strategy should change to meet new market realities. Because of this I have been reviewing different business periodicals and articles looking for advice. One of the best sources of manageria...
Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo received stupid advice from their investment bank advisers and blew their chance to close the deal with Microsoft as of this Sunday morning. Neither Yang nor Filo are experts on how to sell a company in a multi-billion dollar deal. They have re...
Apple's taken some heat lately for their decision to push Safari to anybody who runs their Apple Software Update utility. I didn't want Safari, but unless I opt out of it I'll get it. Now Sun and Google are doing the same thing with the Google Toolbar. It isn't enough that they allow y...
I met Jonas Jacobi and John Fallows just after Thanksgiving as they pitched their product for inclusion at DEMO. Having helped launch the first Web server at DEMO more than 10 years ago, I understood immediately the importance of what they are providing in this technology. On the spot,...
The defining characteristic of any RIA is that it has a stateful client that is (or should be) platform and browser independent. Thin-client web applications grew from the need to provide applications with more reach, easy access to server side data, and to alleviate the pain of having...
Microsoft is opening up its ad-supported 'software-plus-services' Office Live Workspace answer to Google Apps to public beta for feedback, it says, starting with those who pre-registered for the thing. The way it works Office users can post Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDFD files to an ...
My seven-year-old daughter thinks that there is a knowledge genie that her teacher 'Googles' for answers. While cute, the anecdote also exemplifies how much Google's obsession with simplicity has helped build brand awareness, making their name literally synonymous with search. I can fo...
To take advantage of the OpenSocial implementation in Orkut sandbox, you have to create a Google Gadget with the OpenSocial feature, post the gadget on the Internet, and then add the URL of the gadget as an application. As I looked into the Google gadget API to build this, I found some...
Less than 24 hours after the launch of OpenSocial, not only was it running live in Plaxo, but there were already several first-class gadgets from top developers like RockYou and Slide. 'This is just the beginning - there's so much more to do to truly open up the social web,' wrote Plax...
One of the Google folks working on OpenSocial sent me a message via Facebook asking what I thought about the technical details of the recent announcements. Since my day job is working on social networking platforms for Web properties at Microsoft and I'm deeply interested in RESTful pr...
There are 50 million Facebook users who don't know what OpenSocial APIs are...and don't care. There are about 5,000 tech bloggers and developers who think it is a revolution that will 'Checkmate' Facebook and leave them with no moves. TechMeme has over 100 stories saying that OpenSocia...
Have you played with Google's Desktop tool? This is basically a strip on the side of your screen that lets you house small applications, called Gadgets. The tool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac so no matter your vice there is a flavour for you. There is a wide variety of Gadget...
You know, despite all the modern Smartphones, and my new Treo 750v, I still always have a hankering to go back to my Palm Treo 650. The ease of use is still just fantastic compared to just about anything I've ever used...the apps are great, really functional. Yes, it has its problem...
What comes after Google? Where will the Web, the Internet, the whole nexus of telecommunications, i-Technology, and the quest for a better world, take us? My strong sense is as follows: if Web 2.0, as the joke goes, is about how we can make money out of Web 1.0, then Web 3.0 is going t...
Like so many of the ideas that tumble out of the Googleplex into the public domain, Google Trends is irresistible. Jeremy Geelan puts the application, newly taken out of beta and now available to all cyberspace from the Google main page, through its paces by taking it out for a giddy s...


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