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  • Microsoft lays out SQL Server road map

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 12:17 pm

    Microsoft Monday laid out its road map for SQL Server and a complement of add-ons it hopes will eventually redefine business intelligence and data warehousing.
  • Software Process Improvement Essentials: The Right Mix

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 6:19 am

    Learn the essentials for identifying, developing, and executing a successful process improvement plan. Gain valuable insight into how fostering buy-in at all levels can help to uncover the significant business value in operational improvement and therefore increase profitability.

  • Microsoft discontinues mobile browser project

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 4:02 pm

    Microsoft this week stopped supporting Deepfish, its mobile browser research project that was an example of the company's software plus services strategy.
  • Why one virus engine is not enough

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 8:15 am

    Multiple virus engines are needed to reduce time lag between virus outbreak and signature update - by GFI Software

  • How to keep spam off your network

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 7:03 am

    The growth and cost of spam - GFI Software

    The Radicati Group, a US research firm, estimates that 52% of current global email traffic is spam mail and predicts this will reach 70% by 2007. Similarly, the European Union estimates that 50% of all email messages are spam.
  • How to keep spam off your network

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 7:02 am

    The growth and cost of spam - GFI Software

    The Radicati Group, a US research firm, estimates that 52% of current global email traffic is spam mail and predicts this will reach 70% by 2007. Similarly, the European Union estimates that 50% of all email messages are spam.
  • Is Zone Alarm Forcefield Just Another Big Brother?

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 5:43 pm

    After reviewing all of hype on the ZoneLabs website, I couldn’t wait for Tuesday to arrive so I could get my copy with a license key for a free year of use! This was going to be great; Secure Browsing has finally arrived!! (I could hardly sleep that night!)
  • Review

    Small Business Server 2008 gets 'small' right

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 3:23 pm

    A small business is not necessarily a simple business. That rather basic lesson has taken much of the computer industry far too many years to learn. Successful SaaS vendors have realized that small businesses need the same sort of functions and support that large enterprises get -- just in smaller quantities. Clearly Microsoft has come to the same realization with the release of Small Business Server 2008.
  • What is Enterprise 2.0?

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 2:14 pm

    You know something is Enterprise 2.0 when you see it. Blogs and wikis, yes; Email, no ... Social networking, yes; Rolodexes, no ... Open-source, yes; Closed-source, no ... AJAX/RIA, yes; HTML forms/Static websites, no. So why is it still such an elusive concept?
  • VoIP Still Not Ready For Carrier-Grade Networks

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 1:22 pm

    After a quick tour of some Really Talented Groups dedicated to fuzzing research, I noticed three things: 1) Most teams are focused on fuzzing VoIP 2) Most if not all VoIP devices still break with fuzzing 3) Most VoIP vendors still do not get it. The tour continues...
  • Review

    Silverlight: Is It the Ultimate Web Site “Stickiness” Solution?

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 8:32 am

    If there’s one thing that’s getting Web developers and designers excited these days, it’s Microsoft's Silverlight, touted to make Web sites "sticky."

  • For Microsoft shops, Silverlight 2.0 trumps Flash

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 3:13 pm

    With the imminent release of Silverlight 2.0, developers and Web designers, particularly those already working in Microsoft IT environments, will have the first viable alternative technology to Adobe Flash for building rich Internet applications, analysts and developers said.
  • Apple should reset all App Store reviews

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 1:07 pm

    I'm both disappointed and surprised that it took Apple two months to implement a system that actually connects comments with valid customer accounts--and imparts, on some level, a responsibility for conscientious reviews to the App Store users. But that doesn't change that as it stands today, the App Store is littered with the graffiti of pretenders, complainers and miscreants alike.
  • Visualize your data in whole new ways

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 11:30 am

    I spend an inordinate amount of time working in huge Excel spreadsheets that represent data about the worldwide PC monitor market. Excel's pivot tables and charts are useful, but sometimes I still struggle to find the trends buried in all those numbers. So I did what any geek would do: I looked for an app that could help me. I found Tableau Software.
  • Microsoft's Select Plus licensing begins Wednesday

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 9:10 pm

    Starting on Wednesday, enterprises have the option to sign up for Microsoft's new Select Plus licensing program, a plan that one analyst said seems to be designed more to help the software giant than its customers.
  • Knowing Java is not knowing much

    Posted September 27, 2008 - 12:03 pm

    Knowing Java is not knowing much. Knowing C is not knowing much. Same for Javascript ECMA 262. The same is true for many other languages. Not all of them, but many of them.
  • Determining Your Organization’s Capability Maturity

    Posted September 26, 2008 - 8:05 am

    To know where you want to be, you must first determine what level of process maturity your organization is at now.
  • Ellison pitches high-speed data warehouse server

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 9:36 am

    Oracle saved the biggest news for last at its OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. CEO Larry Ellison took the stage Wednesday afternoon to announce two hardware products developed with HP that are designed to provide very high performance for data warehousing applications.
  • Free software: It's about the money

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    Open-source software developers are seeing a lot of interest in their products in Europe -- but it's North American companies that are opening their checkbooks, said speakers at Paris Capitale du Libre, a conference organized by the Federation of Open Source Software Industry.
  • End Office and Windows annoyances

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:34 pm

    What do Outlook, Office, and Windows have in common--other than they're from Microsoft? They can sure be annoying. This week I've got a handful of tips for dealing with some of the hassle--like weird attachments, messy e-mail quotes, confounding file formats, and lost Windows passwords.
  • Oracle pushing new application grid

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:31 pm

    Oracle introduced a new application grid that employs technology acquired through its purchase of BEA Systems.
  • Preview: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Emphasizes Workflow, Web

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:26 am

    Adobe Systems today announced the next generation of Adobe Creative Suite products in its biggest software release to date. Among the highlights of Adobe Creative Suite 4 are a simplified workflow system, new tools for integrating Flash animations into projects, and expanded support for community features.
  • Oracle mum on 11g Release 2, 11g Express Edition

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:23 am

    Oracle has filled the schedule of its OpenWorld conference with sessions hyping the various features in its 11g database, which was launched in July 2007. But the company doesn't plan to deliver new details of the anticipated 11g Release 2 (R2), or a ship date for 11g Express Edition (XE), the free version popular among developers.
  • 50 tools to speed up your PC

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 5:21 pm

    Fifty downloads that will make your PC run more quickly and smoothly, help you use the Internet more effectively, and push Windows to work at optimum speed with the interface you want, not what Microsoft gave you.
  • Oracle launches new customer support portal

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 3:49 pm

    Oracle said Monday it is now giving customers more personalized support through a new system that combines the previous MetaLink portal with Oracle Software Configuration Manager.
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