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November 14, 2006  3:28 PM

Sun open-sources Java with GPL License



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Application development, Mobile networking technology, Open-source, Systems and systems management, Wireless networking

Various constituencies have been nagging Sun Microsystems to open-source the Java platform since almost the day it was launched. Former CEO and current chairman Scott McNealy had resisted for a long time, challenging IBM to open-source DB2 when IBM execs chided Sun on the open source issue. Then...

November 13, 2006  6:28 PM

Misplaced optimism: Channel should just move on from Vista



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Channel partner programs, IT buyer market research, Microsoft, Reseller channel business development, Systems and systems management

As the ship date for Microsoft. Corp.’s Windows Vista operating system grows closer, the marketing to both end-users and solution providers gets more intense – and not only from Redmond. 

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November 9, 2006  11:44 AM

Microsoft’s software as a service moves — a slap to the channel?



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Direct reseller channel conflict, Email -- Exchange, Outlook, Microsoft, Reseller channel business development, Software as a service (SaaS), Supplier relationship management

Steve Ballmer, in an interview with the India Economic Times, said that while he still sees a place for traditional software distribution, "I would say we are moving to a world where there is a lot more electronic distribution. It is a new...


October 25, 2006  1:48 PM

Looking ahead: Economic uncertainty and the channel



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Email -- Exchange, Outlook, Reseller channel business development

Forget the scandals, the trash-talking, and the rhetoric of this electoral campaign season. The big issue for the coming year is going to be economic uncertainty--and that uncertainty is distinctly non-partisan. Regardless of who wins, 2007 promises to be dicey for small and medium-sized...


September 12, 2006  4:32 PM

Physical Media (and Blockbuster) Are Dead, and You Can Profit By It



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Data storage management, Networking technology

If you’re one to bet on the success of new technology and the potential ruin of the old (and your presence in the reseller business is evidence enough that you are), put a few bucks on the tubercular demise of Blockbuster and the rest of the walk-in video rental industry. Both


September 6, 2006  10:29 AM

Intel Bloodletting Redux: Does It Matter?



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Intel, Microprocessors, Servers and desktop hardware

Intel will release another 10,500 employees into the wild as it attempts to reinvent itself. But the bloodletting in itself isn't going...


August 30, 2006  3:48 PM

Windows NT: “I’m Not Dead Yet”



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Microsoft, Systems and systems management

Realizing that (a) delays in Vista have dampened revenues, (b) customers probably won't widely adopt Vista for business use until at least Service Pack 1 (or maybe SP 2), and (c) there was increasingly large potential for mass attrition among some trailing-edge customers from the Microsoft brand to...


August 29, 2006  1:12 PM

Microsoft Vista Pricing Revealed…on Amazon, at least



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Microsoft, Systems and systems management

Ed Bott on ZDNet reports that Microsoft accidentally released pricing for Vista on its Canadian website. The pricing is also now visible (at least as I post this) on Amazon.com. Microsoft had been...


August 29, 2006  11:17 AM

Disaster Preparedness for SMBs: Plan B for $150



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Collaboration software, Data center disaster recovery planning, Network and application security, Software as a service (SaaS)

With Eduardo starting to puff its way toward Florida, Orlando-based Vlad Mazek, the CTO of managed infrastructure service provider Own Web Now Inc., has come up with a quick-and-dirty


August 29, 2006  9:59 AM

Symantec Uncovers New Intel Marketing Campaign…er, AMD virus



Posted by: Brein Matturro
Network and application security, Servers and desktop hardware, Systems and systems management

VNU reports that Symantec security researchers claim to have found two variants of a proof-of-concept virus that specifically attacks AMD processors.

Although harmless at this stage, the viruses could be used to create malware that affects computers with disparate operating...


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