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A first take on enterprise IT technology news and events.

Twittering Hurricane Ike

September 12, 2008 6:09 PM
CNN's Rick Sanchez is using Twitter as a tool to report the news. It flips the Me-to-Many Twitter model I had imagined. Twitter's real power is Many-to-Me.

The Planet Prepares Data Center 'Bunkers' for Hurricane Ike

September 12, 2008 1:09 PM
Catastrophic events such as storms, wars, financial meltdowns and disasters offer a unique opportunity for captivating observation (blow by blow news coverage) during the event and, later, exhausting review (post-event analysis). Hurricane Ike is no exception and for anyone interested in data center operations, backup and recovery, redundancy and

Large Hadron Collider Smashes Particles and Crunches Numbers on a Massive Scale

September 10, 2008 10:09 AM
It's been called the search for the God Particle, the very origins of the universe and the beginning of time. The effort is massive, akin to early days of the space program that put men on the moon in less than two decades. It involves extreme equipment - the Large

New Life for Old Tennis Stats

September 06, 2008 7:09 PM
The U.S. Tennis Association and IBM are using video mashups to give scores and statistics a longer shelf life. Any business swimming in data points should consider it a lesson in business intelligence and visibility.

VMworld Timing Makes Latest VMware Resignation Sting

September 02, 2008 1:09 PM
Richard Sarwal, VMware's executive vice president of research and development, resigned his VMware post Sept. 2 and announced he is headed back to Oracle, from whence he came just nine months ago. VMware said Stephen Herrod, the company's CTO and senior vice president of R&D, will "assume day-to-day responsibilities for

Palo Alto, Calif., Meet Flint, Mich.

August 29, 2008 3:08 PM
Silicon Valley could be the next Flint, Mich. Imagine it, once-manicured corporate campuses overgrown; corporate cafeterias where gourmet meals were once served to throngs of the well paid now serving as soup kitchens to the khaki-clad masses; grocery stores forced to sell inorganic brand names; Niman Ranch beef and $16

McCain VP: Smart Money, and Crowd Sourcing, Is on Tim Pawlenty

August 28, 2008 10:08 PM
UPDATE 2: Sarah Palin's reps were full of it. Palin, the 44-year-old, first-term governor of the Kodiak state is and presumably always was McCain's VP pick after all. I'll blog on this later to see when Palin's prospects first popped on InTrade and how it progressed. UPDATE:So much for Crowd

FAA Networks, Like Bridges, Collapse Far Too Often

August 27, 2008 7:08 PM
The fumble that fouled the FAA Aug. 26 was merely the most recent and most visible for an infrastructure that was installed during the Reagan Administration and purchased by a company that went out of business 20 years ago.

Microsoft Photosynth 3-D Photo Service Hits the Web

August 21, 2008 1:08 PM
Microsoft Photosynth, the company's three-dimensional photo reconstruction software, went public Aug. 20, letting users render in 3-D photos from Yahoo's Flickr, Facebook or Google Picasso. Microsoft Photosynth works by linking photos to other photos on the Web where they overlap. It lets users combine an array of photos of

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