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Mozilla pushes for fast move to Firefox 3.6

Posted by Oyya-Info on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, In : TechNews 

Mozilla hopes to classify the upcoming Firefox 3.6 as a minor update, a move that may sound inconsequential but that in fact might have significant repercussions with Firefox users and the speed the open-source browser is developed.

Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director of Firefox, in a mailing list discussion that he'd like to call the new version a minor release "to quickly migrate our user base to Firefox 3.6." Minor releases in the past typically have been steps from, for example, 3.5.3 to ...


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Want to analyze big data? Check your log files

Posted by Oyya-Info on Thursday, September 17, 2009, In : TechNews 

More than a few technology sectors seem to be turning up the volume on "big data" and the enormous challenges and opportunities that enterprises face in managing and analyzing their data and system resources.

There are a number of hip technologies and frameworks like Apache Hadoop, which is used to store, process, and analyze massive data sets, enabling applications to work with thousands of nodes and petabytes of data.

One area that provides never-ending data analysis fodder are log files...


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IBM is its own open-source lab for social software

Posted by Oyya-Info on Saturday, September 5, 2009, In : TechNews 

Most vendors must guess what customers want to buy, and how they'll use it. For IBM, however, with about 400,000 employees, it has the potential to be its own best laboratory, one that becomes even more potent when mixed with active participation in open-source communities.

That potential, as I discovered in an interview on Friday with Jeff Schick, IBM's vice president of social software, isn't a "gimme," but is powerful if you can enable the right sort of corporate culture and processes.

F...


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Yahoo launching front page open to others' content

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, In : TechNews 

A significant redesign is finally coming to the Yahoo.com home page, one of the most well-traveled destinations on the Internet, and the company's search page will follow suit starting next month.

Yahoo plans to let people in the United States start selecting a new, more personalized version of the home page beginning Tuesday afternoon. The revamp lets people select basic applications to use not just Yahoo sites, but also others' such as eBay, Facebook, and Twitter, said Tapan Bhat, Yahoo's ...


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Wikipedia's controversial video player coming soon

Posted by Oyya-Info on Saturday, July 18, 2009, In : TechNews 

Wikipedia users will be getting new tools for uploading, editing, and viewing video very soon. According to a Beet.TV interview with Erik Moller, who is the deputy director of the Wikimedia Foundation, we'll see all of these things shortly. However, what's more interesting is the Web encyclopedia's choice of video formats and how it fits into a fracas in the browser world.

Wikipedia has been working on video support for years, and is putting considerable effort into making it easier for users...


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Will Apple sue Microsoft over Laptop Hunter ads?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, July 17, 2009, In : TechNews 

Back in May, my crystal ball twitched with wonderment at the idea that Microsoft might be feeling a frisson of excitement that Apple had decided to make an ad in response to Redmond's "Laptop Hunters" campaign.

I suggested that Microsoft executives would be dancing with fair glee and abandon.

It seems that, for once, my crystal ball may not have been full of Bay Area fog.

The revelation that Apple's lawyers allegedly called Microsoft to complain about the Laptop Hunters ads has brought much ...


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GE: Smart grid yields net-zero energy home

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, In : TechNews 
General Electric unveiled a project at its research labs that will let homeowners cut annual energy consumption to zero by 2015.

These "net-zero energy homes" will combine on-site power generation through solar panels or wind turbines with energy-efficient appliances and on-site storage. Consumers will get detailed energy data and potentially control appliances with Home Energy Manager, a device that is expected to cost between $200 and $250, according to GE executives at a smart grid media ...


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IE market share plummeting! (Or is it?)

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, July 6, 2009, In : TechNews 
Microsoft's Internet Explorer's market share is absolutely falling. The question is, by how much?

I've reported before that Internet Explorer (IE) drops 5 percent market share points each year, while Mozilla Firefox gains 5 percentage points per year. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that IE's market share may be dropping more precipitously than previously reported, falling to 60 percent share in June 2009 instead of the 68 percent share expected.

Or is it?

The answer may depend on t...


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Mozilla's Weave: (Too far) Ahead of its time

Posted by Oyya-Info on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, In : TechNews 
Mozilla just released Weave Sync 0.4.0, but the reality is that it will take a long time before we need a 1.0 of Weave. Weave Sync coordinates your Firefox bookmarks, browser history, saved passwords, and tabs across your various Firefox installations: desktop, laptop, Netbook, and mobile.

The problem with this vision is that today it's largely unnecessary. For a variety of reasons (some very good, some not so good), Mozilla's mobile Firefox--codenamed "Fennec"--runs on Windows Mobile (versio...


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Why Oracle will continue to win?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 29, 2009, In : TechNews 

I was somewhat shocked by the stellar results Oracle recently reported, considering the sorry state of the economy. I even called an analyst friend to find out if maybe there was some house of cards ala Computer Associated that explained the consistent rise in revenue and margin. But I was reminded of two simple facts explaining why Oracle remains dominant:

  1. Applications drive database sales
  2. Oracle owns pretty much everything

Oracle's acquisition streak has given the company an enormous bre...


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Should Oracle's Linux strategy be...Ubuntu?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Friday, June 26, 2009, In : TechNews 
Oracle has gone on a buying spree in the past few years, consolidating an impressive portfolio of market-leading technology. But there's one thing it still lacks, despite awkward efforts to fill the void: an operating system. Though Oracle has unsuccessfully courted Red Hat as an acquisition target for years, its affections might be better placed on Ubuntu.

Yes, by acquiring Sun, Oracle is gaining Solaris, but as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst indicated in the Red Hat earnings call on Wednesday, t...


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Is RAID storage living on borrowed time?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : TechNews 

The basic idea of RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) storage is combining multiple small, cheap disk drives into an array of disk drives (appearing to the computer as a single logical storage unit) that yields performance exceeding that of a SLED (Single Large Expensive Drive).

RAID offers many advantages over the use of single hard disks, including higher data security, fault tolerance, improved availability, and integrated capacity.

That said, RAID was invented more than 30 ...


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Does HP need a dose of anarchy?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : TechNews 

It all seems obvious when viewed through hindsight's pristine lens: Hewlett-Packard didn't need a reinvention. It just needed some fierce fiscal discipline to transform itself from a bumbling, lost soul into a well-oiled profit machine.

At its core, HP's turnaround works against the natural order of things in Silicon Valley, where people talk about technology first and finances a distant second. The frenetic hunt for the next big thing has helped a select few endure decades of busts and boo...


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Gmail now knows who you want to e-mail

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : TechNews 

Google's Gmail Labshas just rolled out a useful, but mildly creepy feature that gives you suggestions on who you should e-mail based on previous conversations. So, if you've had threads going with a group of people, it will recommend some of those folks once you've added at least two addresses in the recipients field. Best part is, they don't even have to be in a group of contacts you've created in Gmail's contacts manager.

I got this to work to an almost uncanny level. It handles things li...


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Algorithms everywhere: Can IBM automate decisions?

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : TechNews 

IBM is outlining a vision--and of course a new services unit to go with it--that takes a little time to grok.

Big Blue speaks about the "information journey," about fact-based enterprises, and about nudging out gut calls in everyday management for decisions based on hard, cold facts. When you boil it all down, Big Blue is talking about providing a bag of algorithms that will automate many of your business decisions.

Sitting through IBM's series of presentations on Tuesday about how we'll...


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Yahoo shares up on news of Microsoft ad deal talks

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : TechNews 

Yahoo shares rose in intraday trading Monday on reports that the company is in preliminary talks for an advertising partnership with Microsoft.

Yahoo's stock was up as much as 7.6 percent to $14.49 in early morning trading, a level it hasn't seen since early October. Yahoo's gains also went against the tide of the broader markets, which were down in morning trading.

The bump in Yahoo's share price follows reports on Friday that the Internet search pioneer has had discussions with Micro...


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Twitter cleans up after weekend worm attacks

Posted by Oyya-Info on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : TechNews 
Twitter security engineers were cleaning up on Monday following a series of worm attacks over the weekend, including at least two credited to a bored 17-year-old.

In the first attack, which began early on Saturday, four new accounts began spreading a worm, compromising about 90 accounts, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote in a posting on the Twitter blog.

The worms appeared to do no damage other than spread to infected users' followers and modify profile pages. You can get infected just by clic...

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