|Perhaps it’s just what happens when a bored nation finds itself in the icy grip of winter. Whatever the reason, industry speculation over release dates for current and future versions of Microsoft Windows has reached an intensity normally associated with coverage of Britney Spears’ day-to-day trials and tribulations.
Kevin McLaughlin, Microsoft Swats At Pesky Windows Rumors
|In China, the open-source movement is having a harder time gaining traction because of widespread software piracy. With pirated copies of Windows XP or Vista selling on the street for less than $2, there is little economic incentive for Chinese Internet users to download Firefox.
Bill Xu, founder of the ZEUUX Free Software Community, a Beijing group that promotes open source, points out that for Firefox to succeed in China, it shouldn’t compete on cost but by stressing its security features.
Chi-Chu Tschang, Mozilla Takes on Microsoft in China
|Performance management is the new battleground. And we’ve been saying that for six years, at least. There’s sort of a category collapse going on where CPM and BI, reporting, and analytics are kind of starting to merge. The lines are getting very grey and I think customers are broadly viewing all this stuff now as performance management.
Rob Ashe, Working Under the IBM Umbrella
So…IBM buys Cognos, Oracle buys Hyperion and SAP buys Business Objects. Hmmm.
|Going with “SaaS”, as it’s called, is a major switch if you’re a hardware company, since it entails hosting your proprietary applications and/or your customers’ data on your own machines, providing access via the broadband Web, and charging for a subscription to the service, rather than for big iron.
Wade Roush, EMC Gets Serious About Software-as-a-Service
The company announced today that it has created a new business unit, EMC Software as a Service, with “MozyEnterprise” as the first product offering.
MozyEnterprise is a version of the existing Mozy Pro service that’s been hardened for major organizations based on Mozy’s experience working with 10,000 existing business customers—including General Electric, which turned to Mozy to back up all 350,000 of its desktops and laptops.
The new software installs itself on company-owned desktops, laptops, and remote Windows servers, then copies encrypted versions of each machine’s files to servers at EMC data centers over broadband connections. IT managers can oversee the backup process using a Web-based administrative console.
|Either HP sells thin clients, or someone else does. Sometimes, you have to eat your own children.
IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell as quoted in HP Thinks Thin
I’m hereby declaring 2008 as the Year of the Thin Client. In 2008, laptop vendors will begin lining up ducks as we all get ready to move to the cloud.
Andy Greenberg does a really great job explaining why the time for the thin client is now.
PC manufacturers pay their bills by selling new machines year after year with ever more impressive loads of storage and memory. But as the U.S. economy sputters and companies transfer their IT needs from the desktop to virtualized data centers and to the Web, one computer giant is moving its enterprise products in a new direction: slimmer and cheaper.
The only thing I think he got wrong is when he said “one computer giant is moving its enterprise products in a new direction.” I think they all are. I also predict they’ll come up with a new name to replace “thin client.” It’s too 90’s.
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Engadget has a really good in-depth review of the MacBook Air with lots of photos.
On a related note, HP is also tossing its hat in the thin client ring. Bob O’Donnell refers to it as “eating their own children.” The man has a way with words.
|Paul Wineguy has graciously given permission for me to reprint some of his altered art. Enjoy!|
Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red
Piet Mondrian, 1921
oil on canvas
The Creation of Adam
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Hieronymus Bosch, 1503-04
Oil on wood
Auguste Rodin, 1609-10
Bronze and marble sculpture
Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition
Cristiano Banti, 1857
Oil on canvas
Signboard for a Schoolmaster
Edvard Munch, 1893
oil, tempera and pastel on cardboard
|A recurrent group of Moroccan fraudsters calling themselves Mr-Brain has launched a website dedicated to offering easy-to-use phishing site code, email templates and other hacking tools.Mr-Brain’s intentions are to encourage as many people as possible to use their phishing kits, for all is not what it seems at first glance.
Careful inspection of the configuration script reveals deceptive code that hides the true set of electronic mail addresses that are contacted by the kit – every fraudster who uses these kits will unwittingly send a copy of each victim’s details back to the Mr-Brain group.
Paul Mutton, Mr-Brain: Stealing Phish from Fraudsters
|The NASDAQ display is notable because it’s the largest continuous sign in Times Square. It has close to 9,000 square feet of display space — about a quarter of an acre.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a sign like this? It looks relatively sleek and simple, but there’s actually a massive amount of technology involved.
Marshall Brain, How the NASDAQ Times Square Display Works
On any large LED sign like this, it’s normal to use clusters of LEDs to make one pixel. For example, a sign might use two red LEDS, two blue LEDs and three green LEDs to make a single pixel. By changing the amount of power going to the LEDs of each color, it’s possible to mix the three primary colors together to create any color of the rainbow. Turn all the LEDs on and you get white light; turn them all off and you get black.