At its annual user and partner Impact conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM
announced a slew of new products, including new additions to its WebSphere
There are also promises of better integration with software products from its
recent acquisitions and a new piece of integrated hardware to its Pure line
of expert hardware systems.
Today’s IBM mainframe comes inside a 19-inch rack and runs on Intel CPUs.
You can read more about my coverage of IBM’s Impact 2012 conference this
week in Las Vegas in Tom’s ITPro here.
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If you have spent any time online using social networks like LinkedIn or
Facebook, you know they can be difficult to grow your network and add
contacts. But even harder is the ability to extract your contacts once you
have built up a reasonably sized network. None of the social networks makes
it very easy to get this information.
Why would you want to do this? Several reasons. First is the peace of mind
that you have control over your own data. Should you decide to leave the
network, or should the network decided to leave you (either for cause or for
lack of... (more)
With the news last week about Facebook Places (which is not universally
available in all locations, and only on certain phones), it is time to take a
closer look at your privacy settings for Facebook. While you are at it, you
might as well look at the same for your LinkedIn account. Be prepared to
spend a quiet hour or so debating the myriad of choices on both services.
Both of them have a long ways to go to make them simpler, and reek of a user
interface that has awkwardly grown like topsy since they were started. And
there is no guarantee that this guide will be relevant even ne... (more)
I met Peter Griess last night and heard him talk about his career. Even
though he still has plenty of years ahead of him, he has already worked for
NetApp, Yahoo, and now Facebook.
He was part of a nine-person startup that worked on some interesting social
email apps that eventually got acquired by Yahoo. Along his career he has
seen very different kinds of cultures in these various software engineering
departments, and as I was listening to his talk, I thought about the many
software companies that I have covered over the years.
I would break them down into three different kinds ... (more)
While Yahoo has gotten lots of attention in the past week with its latest CEO
switchover, we now turn to another early Internet pioneer AOL. The company
has a new version of their Web-based email software to add to the good news
around its quarterly earnings announcement and stock price, which briefly
reached a yearly high this week.
Ironically, it was because of one of their lowest rates of decline in
revenues that prompted the rally.
AOL had a good year because of selling more than a billion bucks worth of
patents to Microsoft. Had they not made that deal, they would have lost ... (more)