A Whatis.com blog
|We’ve worked very hard to build the OpenNMS community over the last seven plus years. We’ve done it by focusing on two things: OpenNMS will always be free, and OpenNMS will never suck.
Tarus Balog, Adventures in Open Source
OpenNMS won SearchNetworking.com’s Product Innovation Award in 2007.
OpenNMS [was] the gold medal winner in our network and IT management platforms category. The open source enterprise-grade network management system was designed as a replacement for more expensive commercial products such as IBM Tivoli and HP OpenView. It periodically checks that services are available, isolates problems, collects performance information, and helps resolve outages. And it’s free.
In our Product Leadership survey, readers praised OpenNMS for being easy to customize, easy to integrate and — of course — free. These attributes are all characteristic of any open source product. Because of its open source nature, OpenNMS has a community of developers contributing to its code. The code is open for anyone to view or adapt to suit individual needs.
|When the big four cellular companies decided to hike the price of sending a text message, they all managed to settle on precisely the same increase.
Scott Woolley, Text Message 15 Cents
Even if the incumbent cell carriers end up buying a big chunk of the spectrum, their freedom to set prices freely will change. That’s thanks to the deft political maneuvering of Google. At Google’s request the FCC decreed that a third of the airwaves at auction (ones between 15 and 15.8 inches in length) must be used in “open” networks. Open networks let the people who use the network, not the people who build it, choose what applications to run or what mobile devices to use. To that end Google recently announced plans for open cell phones, which could run any application, and AT&T and Verizon Wireless have committed to opening their networks.
A La Mobile, based in San Ramon, Calif., a start-up dedicated to Linux-based “open” systems for mobile devices, says [today's] demonstration proves that Android can deliver on its promise of making it easier for consumers to get access to all sorts of applications.
Leslie Cauley, Introducing the first Android prototype
Andy Rubin, Google’s senior director of mobile platforms, says the coalition is on track to roll out an Android-based phone in the second half of this year.
According to Google: “Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. This early look at the Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language.”
|Dennis Gabor (1900-1979) is the inventor of holography. To acknowledge his creativity and scientific insight, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971.|
Yuri Denisyuk is credited with recording the first 3-D holograph back in 1962. Here is a 3-D hologram from the NTT DoCoMo R&D Center in Yokosuka, Japan. Wikipedia and How Stuff Works are good sources to learn more about types of holograms and how they are used in security.
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|The real electrical innovation wasn’t Thomas Edison’s idea of installing individual power plants in factories. It was Edison’s financial clerk, Samuel Insull, who thought of creating a central plant that powers an entire region, turning electricity into a utility and vastly dropping its price.
Nicholas Carr, as quoted in When Google Grows Up
|Here’s a handy glossary for business owners who want to learn how to speak Agile to their PMO.
|The IT guy is someone my heart goes out to, because he’s got an extremely difficult job. People who he reports to see him as a cog in progress and a drain of money; the people he’s supposed to serve see him as a bottleneck.
Shel Israel, as quoted in Naked IT: Shel Israel on social media and IT (includes podcast)
Michael Krigsman writes: The Global Neighborhood interviews [sponsored by SAP] point toward the future, to a time when the enterprise embraces social media as a mechanism to enhance communications. However, that time has not yet arrived, and for the moment, social media remains an interesting curiosity for most large enterprises. On the other hand, forward-thinking organizations are studying how to integrate social media, minimizing disruption wherever possible, to gain its benefits.
I agree with Michael. Until social media translates directly into dollars, we’ll be stuck with the status quo. The legacy systems already in place are just to big, complicated and expensive to mess with — and the IT guy would be the last person on the planet to ask for more on his plate.
BTW, I love the tag line for Michael’s blog IT Project Failures. “Rearranging the deck chairs.”
|But as important as the iPhone has been to the fortunes of Apple and AT&T, its real impact is on the structure of the $11 billion-a-year US mobile phone industry.
Fred Vogelstein The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry
This was a great “big picture” story.
|Results from a year-long study on high-tech electricity meters found smart grid technology performed as intended, saving consumers about 10 percent on their bills while easing strain on the power grid.
Martin LaMonica, GridWise trial finds ‘smart grids’ cut electricity bills
Homeowners in the study were equipped with a gateway device that used an existing broadband Internet connection to receive pricing information from the utility, which was transmitted wirelessly to a smart thermostat and a smart meter. The thermostat had an LED display to indicate when the utility was automatically controlling appliances.
Consumers had the ability to preset certain conditions. They could manually override those settings and go online and see how prices fluctuated in real time.
IBM was the systems integrator in the project to provide the back-end software that communicated information between utilities and consumers.