Friday, May 29, 2009

What is Google planning to do with Wave?

When the Wave announcement came out yesterday, I was trying to figure out what the end game was going to be. My first thought was some kind of Facebook/Twitter on steroids. This thought about it challenging SharePoint is interesting, but Google has struggled crossing that corporate threshold with products.

'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/google/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=217700686

Demo @ I/O

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UyVmITiYQ

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Keeping the USA in control of DNS

A very important issue, and one that better not be "resolved" with a feel-good gesture by the current administration.



Who Controls the Internet?
The United States, for now, and a good thing, too.
by Ariel Rabkin
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/515zoozk.asp

Friday, May 22, 2009

The next phase in the Geo mapping wars has begun

Google has released an API which allows developers to store their GEO based data on Google servers. The cost? Google gets to integrate your data into search. More free content for them.



Google Grabs More Geo-Data
By letting developers store data on its servers, Google hopes to make the geo-Web more searchable.
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22687/?nlid=2049

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Make love, not war?

I am generally not much in favor of that hippy nonsense, but MIT's Arnaldo Hax has a different take on the whole Sun Tzu thing. In short, your strategy should be about your customer (not your competitors) so it should be based on love and knowledge of that customer.

Strategy as love, not war
http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=93382457504&h=tMsRz&u=jRbzP&ref=nf

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Have we hit bottom?

This would seem to indicate we have. We shall see.


CIOs Have Stopped Gutting IT Budgets For 2009, WSJ Says
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2009/05/cios_have_stopp.html;jsessionid=S2SRQV4II5DGSQSNDLPSKH0CJUNN2JVN

Not all Flash Drives are created equally

I've always wondered if there was any real differences in the Flash drives available today from a performance standpoint.

Well, someone has gone ahead and done the leg work on that very question.

Small wonders: the 2009 Ars USB flash drive roundup
http://arstechnica.com/hardware/news/2009/05/usb-flash-drive-roundup.ars/5

First steps in measuring online "buzz"

People are Talking
Anticipate product performance through online discussions
http://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/index.php/Kellogg/article/people_are_talking

Monday, May 11, 2009

57th Information Aggressor Squadron

An interesting read on where "warfare" is heading. I think they are going to need more than one elective course to keep up though....

Cyberwar
Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/technology/11cybergames.html?_r=1

Microsoft Does A Bond Offering?

Why does a company with more cash on hand than it knows what to do with, go out and do a bond offering in this market?

Acquisitions? Microsoft has not had a good track record in this area. Forget Yahoo... How about SAS or Teradata? Though just my wild imagination at work, that would turn the industry on it's ear.

http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20090511/microsoft-mr-acquisitive/

Microsoft Introduces Axum

A new development language is out from Microsoft in an "incubation" period. Axum is for the development of highly parallel applications.

Microsoft DevLabs AXUM Site
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/devlabs/dd795202.aspx

$19 Billion for Electronic Medical Records?

This is one of those topics as a small business owner (and a taxpayer) that leaves me intially conflicted. Having the government poor money into IT has some short term positive impacts for my business, but I weigh that against the taxes my children will be paying for generations and the fact that government money has yet to fix anything and that takes care of any warm feelings I may have for these programs.

Obama's Healthcare Plan Shot In The Arm for IT Sector
http://www.cnbc.com/id/30521355

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Data Movement in a Cloud Environment

Basic ETL comes to the world of Cloud Computing.

Moving Data around the Clouds