When Google screws up this badly …

… then come tell me how local management of email is more reliable than GMail.

An elephant never forgets? George W. Bush’s lost e-mails: Page 1

When the Bush administration took office, it decided to replace the Lotus Notes-based e-mail system used under the Clinton Administration with Microsoft Outlook and Exchange. The transition broke compatibility with the old archiving system, and the White House IT shop did not immediately have a new one to put in its place.

Instead, the White House has instituted a comically primitive system called “journaling,” in which (to quote from a recent Congressional report) “a White House staffer or contractor would collect from a ‘journal’ e-mail folder in the Microsoft Exchange system copies of e-mails sent and received by White House employees.” These would be manually named and saved as “.pst” files on White House servers.

Published in: on April 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Koders Acquired

Koders is a handy search engine of open source code.

Linux.com :: Black Duck acquires Koders.com

Black Duck Software, a company best known for its services and software for the procurement and re-use of open source software, has acquired Koders, and with it the popular Koders.com search engine for free and open source software code (FOSS). Black Duck plans to integrate Koders’ search technology into its own product line, while promising to enhance the Koders search engine while leaving its basic nature unchanged.

Published in: on April 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Live Mesh just arriving

Here we go. Microsoft has unveiled its Live Mesh platform for catching Google. It will be going into public beta “later this year”. The snippet below would be really truely impressive if Hansen could’ve used it to play music on his home XBox at work …

Microsoft Reveals a Web-Based Software System – New York Times

Mr. Hansen, who has been using Live Mesh in a private Microsoft test, said he was able to surprise his wife using the Live Mesh Remote Desktop. From work, he was able to start a song playing on his Xbox at home.

Published in: on April 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sage Feed Reader for FireFox 3 beta 5

Here’s the blog of the extremely nice guy that picked up Sage development for Firefox 3.0. The Scotsman prefers Sage over WizzRSS due to its minimalist, lightweight design which allows you to fly though the news quickly while you get other stuff done. You can pick up the latest patch (which works pretty well) by clicking on links in the posts.

Now if someone would patch up Google Browser Sync ….

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 6:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Microsoft pays half billion for Sidekick.

If you were thinking, like maybe 5 years ago, that a Sidekick was a solution to mobile computing in the enterprise, here’s where you’d be.

Danger for Microsoft – The INQUIRER

With all these managers above them, the pair have to work out how to beat Apple’s Iphone, RIM’s BlackBerry Pearl, and whatever former Danger co-founder and former CEO Andy Rubin is doing with Android at the comparatively flat organisation, Google. µ

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 7:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sun mulls closed MySQL features

This is a pretty even-handed assessment of the situation.

Sun may shut off high-end MySQL features | Reg Developer

It’s emerged Sun may release extra data back-up features in the Enterprise Edition of the next version of MySQL, due in Q4, to paying enterprise subscribers only.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Social Programming

So its all true. This is how it works. So if this site ever takes off, everyone will be better off and the world will be a better place. Its even possible that Vista SP2 will arrive on time.

stackoverflow.com – Joel on Software

Programmers seem to have stopped reading books. The market for books on programming topics is miniscule compared to the number of working programmers.

Instead, they happily program away, using trial-and-error. When they can’t figure something out, they type a question into Google.

And sometimes, the first result looks like it’s going to have the answer to their exact question, and they are excited, until they click on the link, and discover that it’s a pay site, and the answer is cloaked or hidden or behind a pay-wall, and you have to buy a membership.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gartner on Google and the Enterprise

So just how threatened is your traditional IT department by Google’s onslaught? That depends on what they value. Gartner’s Rich Hunter is quoted as saying:

Sanity check: Will the Google revolution engulf IT departments? | Tech Sanity Check | TechRepublic.com

“Google has the potential to be the first-choice provider of many services that are now handled by internal IT organizations, starting with non-competitively-differentiating services such as email (which Google already provides to a number of enterprises), and ultimately including high-value-added functions and services such as business intelligence, mobile sales support, and others. Some IT organizations might consider it a boon to pass these functions on to Google so that the IT department can concentrate on very enterprise-specific competitively differentiating applications. IT organizations that measure their worth in terms of how much of the company’s IT needs they supply themselves will be less happy to see Google move in on their turf-and I do mean specifically that in many cases it will be an argument about turf, not enterprise value.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 5:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

OpenID and Google Accounts

It didn’t take long for someone to use App Engine to start providing OpenIDs for Google accounts.

See here

OpenID for Google Accounts

You can use your Google Account to log into any site that supports OpenID! First, log in to your Google account.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 3:55 pm  Comments (1)  

Vista SP1 – any day now

Yeah, its everywhere. But you have to give Microsoft credit. Its excellent viral marketing. Everybody knows about Service Pack 1 now (people will expect it via their automatic updates). Personally, I plan to stick just a little closer to Leopard as a result.

Microsoft: Still No Vista SP1 Auto Update – Software – IT Channel News by CRN and VARBusiness

“I’m glad they’ve delayed it. If you need it, you can manually update the system. If a VAR needs it, they can get it or build a new system with it. But it’s a several part service pack that shouldn’t be rushed,” Bradley said.

Published in: on April 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm  Leave a Comment