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  • Opinion: Photo Cropping, Camera Resolution, Depth of Field, and More Q&A

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can’t promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus.

  • Opinion: Why Steve Jobs Is Right about Android

    Over the weekend I wrote an article titled "What If Steve Jobs Is Right?" As the title implies, the post was a hypothetical look at the possibility that Steve Jobs' assertion that Android is a "stolen product" is true.

  • News: 2011 Top Green-IT Vendors

    Technology vendors and data center suppliers were also invited to participate in Computerworld's search for the Top Green-IT Organizations. These companies completed the same survey as the end user organizations and were judged on the same criteria -- most notably, on their IT departments' efforts to reduce energy consumption in their IT equipment, and to use technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions. Here are the top 12, in ranked order:

  • Opinion: Five years of iPod

    Since its first release five years ago on October 23, 2001, the iPod has become one of the most recognizable products in the world. It has transformed Apple’s business and its public image, and is probably responsible for a “halo effect” that has improved the Mac’s image and fortunes as well. Whether you’re a rabid iPod lover or someone who just doesn’t see why the iPod’s such a big deal, it’s hard to dispute the gigantic impact the iPod has had on our technological world.

  • News: Career Watch: Combatting doublespeak

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  • News: Methodology: How we picked the 2011 Top Green-IT Organizations

    For the fourth year in a row, Computerworld set out to identify organizations that are implementing smart, efficient strategies to achieve "green IT."

  • News: JM Family: Works to eliminate more than 1,400 physical servers

    The IT shop at JM Family Enterprises has taken the typical steps to make its data centers eco-friendly: It has consolidated systems, virtualized servers and set up hot and cold aisles to drive down energy consumption.

  • News: SAP users open up more to the cloud

    Cloud acceptance among SAP users has seen a significant increase this year, a new survey of UK & Ireland SAP User Group members has revealed.

  • Opinion: The Fast Way to Launch Programs in Windows 7

    People who migrate to Windows 7 from Windows XP often overlook one of the former's best features: the keyboard-friendly Start menu. Specifically, you can run any installed program with just a few keystrokes, no third-party launcher required. (Sorry, Launchy--you were one of my favorites, but you're no longer needed.)

  • News: New Security Flaws ID'd in BlackBerry 6 OS, Enterprise IM Apps

    BlackBerry-maker RIM has identified a number of significant security flaws that affect the Webkit browser in its BlackBerry 6 handheld OS and enterprise IM applications from Microsoft.

  • News: Kindle Fire, Others to get HTML5, CSS3 in 'Kindle Format 8' Update

    Amazon is refreshing its staid, black-and-white take on the e-book with a new format that supports HTML5 and CSS3. Kindle Format 8 (KF8) will give Kindle users something a little more colorful to read on the new tablet/e-reader hybrid, the Kindle Fire, which is set to hit stores in time for the holiday season.

  • News: Apple quietly updates MacBook Pro laptop line

    Apple today quietly refreshed its workhorse MacBook Pro line of laptops, boosting the speed of the machines' processors and in some cases the size of their hard disk drives.

  • News: NBC Universal: Retired or recycled 47 tons of hardware

    NBC Universal had no room to expand its West Coast data center, located on the Universal City lot in Los Angeles. So Dan Johnson, senior vice president of platform technology, and his team recycled it. The data center refurbishing project, which CIO Christopher Furst refers to as "converting a brownfield," virtualized 60% of the physical servers and shut down 2,000 physical machines.

  • News: Kaiser Permanente: Slashes data center power by 7.2 million kilowatt-hours

    A tag-team effort by Kaiser Permanente's data center IT and facilities groups delivered a one-two punch to energy consumption in the company's three data centers this year, cutting an eye-popping 7.2 million kilowatt-hours of power from overall data center operations -- and over $770,000 from power budgets. "We are one of the few companies that have the data center facilities team as part of IT," says Steve Press, executive director of data center facilities services, who credits collaboration for the results.

  • News: Allstate: Reduces nearly 3,000 servers or devices in 18 months

    Allstate Insurance has been pursuing energy-saving initiatives for several years, and it has seen a cumulative energy reduction of about 40% through more efficient data center operations and the use of virtualization, according to Anthony Abbattista, senior vice president of technology solutions.

  • News: Prudential Financial: 1,000 servers moved into a virtual environment

    When Mary O'Malley became Prudential's environmental task force chairperson in 2007, she found that the company's IT department was already focused on being green.

  • News: State Street: Compression technology helped cut storage use by 50%

    The IT department at State Street has spent the past decade making its operations more energy efficient as part of an overall commitment to environmental stewardship at the financial services firm. But Madge Meyer, executive vice president, chief innovation officer and technology fellow, says the task is never truly finished. "We have a very mature program, so a part of our mission is to continue to drive down energy use," she says.

  • News: Baker Hughes: Wake-on-LAN technology has resulted in 40% energy savings

    Baker Hughes, a provider of oil and gas services, has made energy consumption a major factor in its decision-making processes.

  • News: Citigroup: Desktop standardization cuts energy costs by $6 million per year

    New York-based financial services firm Citigroup began a strategic data center transformation in 2005, with the goal of reducing its data centers from 68 to 24 by the end of 2010. Citi not only met that goal, but exceeded it by cutting down to 22 data centers.

  • News: KPMG: Aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 25% through environmental stewardship

    In the past 18 months, the IT group at KPMG has helped update and create new processes and workflows for the company's paper-, energy- and carbon-intensive systems.

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