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  • Opinion: Lync Is the Unsung Hero of Microsoft Office 365

    After more than eight months of hype from Microsoft and analysis from PCWorld and our peers, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, Office 365, formally goes live Tuesday with Microsoft launch events from New York and around the world.

  • Opinion: How to Stop Hack Attacks In One Easy Step: Whitelisting

    Anonymous, LulzSec, and others have demonstrated time and time again over the past few months that hacking networks and compromising data is mere child's play. Does that mean there is nothing we can do, and that organizations should just accept inadequate security? No. At least one security expert believes that the answer to defending networks and data against the rise in attacks is simple--whitelisting.

  • Opinion: Invisible tablet war hots up

    It's time for tablet makers to stop telling us about their fabulous devices, and start making them available.

  • Opinion: Why E-Books Are Bad for You

    At first glance, e-readers and e-books seem like a good thing for consumers and business users. After all, they've been found to increase the amount of reading people do, and prices on the readers keep getting lower, putting them within reach of an ever-larger proportion of the world.

  • Opinion: Day 8: Setting Up E-mail in Evolution

    Time to move on. No, I haven't actually resolved all of my issues with getting Ubuntu Linux to display the way I would like it to on my external monitor, but I have wasted enough time toying with that, and frankly it's giving me a migraine. So, in fairness to Linux, I am switching gears.

  • Opinion: Is My Ex Spying on Me?

    A reader's estranged husband told her he's spying on her email. Could this be true?

  • Opinion: Sony Hacked Again: How Not to Do Network Security

    Yes. As unbelievable as it may seem, Sony was hacked again. It is not (entirely) Sony's fault that it is the target du jour for hackers everywhere. But, it is Sony's fault that its networks and servers seem to be trivial to hack and easy to pwn.

  • Opinion: How to get 10-meg broadband, anywhere in the UK

    As we reported earlier, Eutelsat Communications today announced affordable, always-on broadband for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live in relation to the nearest phone exchange.

  • Opinion: Increase the Number of Visible Messages in Gmail

    The other day I told you how to show only unread messages in your Gmail inbox. Part of the reasoning behind that was that older unread mail would often get forced "off the page" by newer messages, thus increasing the chances of it getting overlooked.

  • Opinion: Day 25: Don't Lose Your Google Docs Data

    Now that I have spent the last 24 days prolifically cranking out 30 Days With...Google Docs blog posts and feature articles on various subjects, I have a fair amount of content built up in Google Docs. So, the question I inevitably ask myself is "hey, what happens if Google crashes and my data disappears?"

  • Opinion: Hold the half-baked hardware

    How much should you pay for a laptop? And how much do you want to fork out? The latter is probably a lot less than the figure you mentally answered in response to my first question, but the correlation between the two is important.

  • Opinion: eProductivity Stand-Alone Brings GTD to Lotus Notes

    It's been years since I was last forced to use Lotus Notes as my primary business e-mail system, and I don't miss it. But I still know more than a few professionals who depend on Notes for the bulk of their daily business communications, calendar tracking, and other essential work stuff. If you're a Notes user interested in bringing GTD to your inbox, eProductivity is definitely worth a look.

  • Opinion: Is Open Source Up to Par? Just Ask the DoD

    Last week provided a significant boost to open source software in the form of survey results suggesting that such technologies have now become a norm in the business world. Now, in what's perhaps an even bigger blow to proprietary vendors, none other than the Department of Defense has weighed in with its own support for open technology.

  • Opinion: Free Outlook Add-In PocketKnife Peek Reveals Hidden Info

    Worried that dangers may be lurking in an HTML e-mail you've received in Microsoft Outlook? The free PocketKnife Peek lets you see that e-mail in plain text, without any potential HTML dangers such as malicious scripts. And you can use the program to examine other parts of the e-mail as well.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain Segmentation in Retail

    Supply Chain segmentation is not new, despite recent articles to the contrary, as manufacturing companies have explored ways to manage parts of the supply chain differently for the varied requirements of product lines or categories for decades. What is perhaps new, is the interest on the part of Retail, driven in large part by the growth of private label.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform=Retail+Siebel+ATG

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Oracle Cross-Channel Commerce Platform

    In November 2010, Oracle announced its intention to acquire ecommerce platform provider ATG and its 1,000+ customer base for a sum of $1 billion. The deal closed on January 5, 2011. The acquisition connects the online channel with Oracle's existing retail suite, enabling the vendor to offer a set of products that -- when used in tandem -- have the potential to support a complete omnichannel experience.

  • Opinion: Getting the nation online

    500,000 web newbies have logged on since August last year – giving hope to the national campaign fighting to get everyone online by 2012.

  • Opinion: Open Source Software Is Now a Norm in Businesses

    We've already seen mounting evidence that the numerous benefits of open source software are making a big impression on businesses far and wide, and this week saw the release of yet more data corroborating that fact.



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