Stories for Feb. 20, 2009

Someone I follow on Twitter recently wondered if twittering might be useful at work, as a means of communication between coworkers within a company. It struck me at the time as a very, very bad idea. Many companies are hesitant to use enterprise messaging applications because […] Read more »

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Nearly everyone working on the web uses PDF files from time to time. If you use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view those PDF files, be warned that Adobe yesterday issued a security bulletin about a critical vulnerability affecting its software. A buffer overflow exploit […] Read more »

Radware, a maker of application delivery equipment, wants to buy a business unit of bankrupt gear maker Nortel Networks. The unit in question is known as Alteon; it makes application switching and WAN optimization products for the data center. Nortel bought Alteon for $7 billion back […] Read more »

Well, there will be no live-streaming video of the Oscars this year, but if you’ve got your laptop out while you’re watching the awards show on TV Sunday night, you’ll be able to find kindred souls to chat about who wore what, who was robbed, and […] Read more »

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Stories for Feb. 19, 2009

Behind popular web services such as Facebook, Google and Amazon’s AWS are racks and racks of computers serving up millions of pages or providing raw computing power. The use of thousands of servers to deliver one application or act as a pool of computing resources has […] Read more »

Google shook up the smart meter industry this month by announcing it’s developing a web-based energy data tool called PowerMeter. Energy info should be free, easy to read and owned by you — the consumer — says Google. But let’s face it, Google is new at […] Read more »

The Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) company has bought Kerpoof, a site that lets kids create their own animations and artwork, Techcrunch reported.… Read more »

Cali Budget Clears State Senate: The budget plan approved today in the California legislature (after a three-month impasse) includes a provision that will delay requirements for builders to retrofit heavy diesel equipment to reduce emissions. — LA Times China’s Automakers Step Up: China’s Chery Automobile launched […] Read more »

Graphical and visual search engines are always interesting to me as alternatives to Google. I find that for certain types of searches, especially if I’m say, researching new hardware technology, or scanning headlines that happen to come from unusual sources, the extremely text-heavy way in which […] Read more »

This week I’m listening in as HP talks to some of its customers about cloud computing. Today’s webinar was a pretty good overview of how enterprises should think about using the cloud to deliver IT services — and underneath that, why the cloud really isn’t quite […] Read more »

I started using the Filtrbox online monitoring service after reading Aliza’s great review from last year. Like her, I was intrigued by the promise of more easily managing the sheer volume of information I was wading through. Since then, I have come to rely on the […] Read more »

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