Check out this quote:
"The critical issue for Google is to segment commercial Gmail traffic from consumer traffic. Google must prove that consumer and commercial services are largely independent of each other, and that the commercial services will sustain at least a 99.9 percent uptime, which is the standard for most commercial e-mail SaaS (software-as-a-service) services."
Matthew Cain, Gartner, InfoWorld, "Update: Gmail Suffers Widespread Outage," September 01, 2009
For those who havent seen the news on this outage:
"Google Inc's efforts to persuade businesses to buy its email services
suffered a setback this week after a highly publicized outage shut down
accounts of millions of corporate customers for almost two hours."
Social Business transformation
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I read this interesting article on how Science can and should create millions of new jobs:
"We need 6.7 million just to replace losses from the current recession, then an additional 10 million to keep up with population growth and to spark demand over the next decade. In the 1990s the U.S. economy created a net 22 million jobs, or 2.2 million a year. But from 2000 to the end of 2007, the rate plunged to 900,000 a year. The pipeline is dry because the U.S. business model is broken."
We really need them Now. So what is the best way to spend stimulus funds to transform R&D? Ask NIH - with $8.2B extramural funding, apparently they received more than 20,000 applications for the latest recovery act call for proposals.
Could researchers work smarter by collaborating more effectively across geographies and research organizations? Can clinicians connect with researchers as well as patient candidates more effectively to cut through the inefficiencies? We have the technology, We know how to address the cultural differences. Yes we can. Attend one of these events: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/events/smarter-collaboration/live/
Governments and research institutions are thinking out of the box to establish joint ventures --- public-private partnerships.
Would outsourced R&D be the right investment? Could get more researchers for sure.. Maybe pair commercial ventures here with outsourced R&D? How about funding retraining schools, like finishing schools?
Maybe organizations such as IEEE and ACM should champion such efforts in IT? Similar organizations in other domains...
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Check out this IBM patent for a special TV remote control that allows you to automatically blog and twitter about the TV show you are going to watch:
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Two more integrators have started shipping Netbooks on Ubuntu in USA...
California based ZaReason: http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/ZaReason-Terra-A20/
Denver based System76: http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/System76-Starling/
Yes. Dell said that one third of Netbooks are shipping on Linux.
Also, contrary to Microsoft COO's claims that Linux netbook returns were 4 to 5 time higher than Windows, Dell confirmed that the returns are the same as Windows!!
and here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/12/dell_reality_linux_windows_netbooks/
You can drive a bus through some of Windows 7 holes, says Andrew Gracia - the eWeek Signalling IT blogger
"Honestly, it's hard to take Microsoft seriously about the security of its products when you can drive a bus through some of their holes"
Check out this article in Computerworld regarding recent Microsoft SEC filing:
1. Canonical (Ubuntu) and RedHat added to the Windows Client competitor list.
2. "Netbooks opened Microsoft to the possibility that some other OS could get its grip on the desktop, however briefly," said Rob Helm, director of research for Directions on Microsoft. "Now it's alert to that possibility going forward."
3. Concerned about OEM partners, HP and Intel supporting Linux on their PCs..
New CIO study points to Cost Reduction, aligning business-IT strategy, employee productivity as top focus
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More thoughts on smarter villages... went well in my recent trip in India, Kerala...
This is my top TCO calculator....
Check out this CIO forum, participate....
Good BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8127334.stm
"Head offices and individual desks are likely to disappear in favour of hot desks, collaborative spaces and decor that adapts to a worker's mood" ...
"By 2030," she said, "all these pieces of kit will be embedded throughout the environment and become completely transparent."... "A fully integrated set of technologies will follow users wherever they are," said Dr Puybaraud.
"The whole focus is on user empowerment. Walls could become screens showing diaries, documents or video conferences. Homes and cars would measure mood and tune surroundings to, for instance, soothe a worker if they were feeling stressed"
A tiny smart mobile, with a folding screen and a powerful pico-projector could be the gadget that co-ordinates the way information is passed on, speculated the Johnson control report...