• November 06, 2008 06 Nov'08

    Google Chrome: How secure is your information?

    Google is growing. From Chrome to G1, it’s not just for searching anymore. As the Google giant is creating new breeds of consumers (“cross-consumers,” I call them -- spanning email, news, mobile ...

  • October 31, 2008 31 Oct'08

    Gmail apps: Text your contacts

    Google Gmail users now have the option to send text messages to mobile phones. The experimental app, found in Gmail Labs, was made available to all users Thursday night. The feature is very similar ...

  • October 31, 2008 31 Oct'08

    Tech warriors on the offensive

    Downturn, shmownturn. Your peers at technology companies apparently don't need a global recession to get their juices flowing. A new survey of 151 U.S. technology company executives by Deloitte ...

  • October 30, 2008 30 Oct'08

    Halloween costumes for techies

    In honor of Halloween, Kristen Caretta, associate editor of, and I decided to get a bit silly and dream up our top 10 Halloween costumes for the IT set. Wear these to your ...

  • October 27, 2008 27 Oct'08

    Information technology ‘down but not out’ this time around?

    Forrester Chairman and CEO George Colony has a reassuring blog out this morning on the impact of a global recession on tech. His take? Technology had its Great Depression in 2001-2003, and this ...

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  • October 24, 2008 24 Oct'08

    Sunrise, sunset: Sun Microsystems’ Bechtolsheim decamps to take on Cisco

    Sun Microsystems co-founder, early Google backer and computer engineer extraordinaire Andreas von Bechtolsheim is leaving his job as chief architect at Sun to apply his considerable talents to ...

  • October 17, 2008 17 Oct'08

    Top 10 strategic IT technologies: Boo!

    Virtualization -- the ghost in the machine -- won top place in Gartner's annual list of IT technologies that will likely impact your business in the next three years. Cloud computing came in No. 2. ...

  • October 15, 2008 15 Oct'08

    How Microsoft takes stock of your online experience

    At the Web Experience Forum in Boston yesterday, Mark Hydar, principal group manager for global quality of service (QoS) initiatives for Microsoft, discussed "Microsoft Live: Reinventing the MS ...

  • October 02, 2008 02 Oct'08

    Three men arraigned in alleged IT kickback scheme

    Three Boston-area men have been arraigned in connection with allegedly setting up kickbacks from a vendor in exchange for securing computer software and service contracts for Partners Healthcare. ...

  • September 29, 2008 29 Sep'08

    I’m a PC, and I don’t necessarily like Microsoft

    After the annoyingly strange Jerry Seinfeld/Bill Gates commercials promoting Microsoft, a new batch of adverts surfaced featuring the slogan “I’m a PC.” It goes something like this: Microsoft ...

  • September 25, 2008 25 Sep'08

    Work email: When it just can’t wait until morning

    With the growing popularity of smartphones and business VPNs, it's getting tougher and tougher to let an email just sit in your inbox unread for any period of time - even in what are technically ...

  • September 25, 2008 25 Sep'08

    Are we all too busy?

    Do your users pay attention to dialog box pop-ups? If you’re thinking, “yes, of course,” read on. A recent study by members of the psychology department at North Carolina State University shows ...

  • September 25, 2008 25 Sep'08

    A CIO by way of Jack Welch

    I recently interviewed Carole Cotter, CIO of Lifespan Corp., a health care system affiliated with Brown Medical School in Providence. R.I. Cotter talked about how her IT department balances the ...

  • September 05, 2008 05 Sep'08

    Think like a hacker (and other World of Warcraft-inspired musings)

    Yesterday, I attended Forrester's security forum in Boston. In one of the morning sessions, "Exploiting Online Games," Gary McGraw, chief technology officer at Cigital (and co-author of a book by ...

  • September 05, 2008 05 Sep'08

    Don't ignore internal security (and don't write passwords on Post-it's)

    Last year 8% of the IT budget went towards security. This year? 10%. Khalid Kark, principal analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., presented security statistics at Forrester’s Security Forum 2008. ...

  • August 26, 2008 26 Aug'08

    Joe Biden: RIAA stooge

    Joe Biden, huh? Talk about strike three. 2000: Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Lieberman “loses” election. Flash forward to 2008 and this stuffy jerk – who spent part of his career going ...

  • August 21, 2008 21 Aug'08

    Seinfeld vs. Justin Long? Please, let's get someone with some funny.

      Can we all agree that Jerry Seinfeld was never the funny one? For all his quirks and humorous relationships, Jerry was always the straight man to his consistently hilarious compatriots. Good at ...

  • August 21, 2008 21 Aug'08

    Google Reader has my vote

    You may have noticed the new feature on the Google homepage. It reads: “New! Read what Barack Obama and John McCain are reading with Google Reader.” Yes, now you too can see what Senator John ...

  • August 12, 2008 12 Aug'08

    Press releases as prose

    I don’t doubt that writing a press release that catches the eye is a tough job. But this is just dumb: “Dear Zach, “Will Shakespeare sure didn’t have to wrestle with the issues IT managers’ face ...

  • August 11, 2008 11 Aug'08

    Take this, viruses!

    From the "tools you can use" file, has a video report today on protecting yourself from unsavory e-mail attachments. CNN's computer expert Ken Colburn is a big proponent of the web site ...

  • August 08, 2008 08 Aug'08

    Save the data! How safe is our personal information?

    The search for the missing Registered Traveler laptop is finally over. The laptop, belonging to Verified Identity Pass Inc.(VIP), was reported missing from a locked office in the San Francisco ...

  • August 04, 2008 04 Aug'08

    Forrester: No room for cowboy culture in IT

    Just like Toby Keith, I should have been a cowboy. Alas, I went into journalism and never did get the hang of a lasso. If you’re in IT, a new Forrester report says, you should let those cattle ...

  • July 31, 2008 31 Jul'08

    Driving while surfing?

    As if having a computer at the office and at home - with a BlackBerry to tide you over when you're not at either of those places - weren't enough, now comes the AutoNet Mobile, which transforms ...

  • July 24, 2008 24 Jul'08

    Weekly wrapup

    I think the “things that tick us off” theme of this blog is rubbing off on one of our contributors. Just yesterday, The Real Niel gave us a killer column about how bad your business will look if ...

  • July 24, 2008 24 Jul'08

    Maybe I should just keep my money under a mattress?

    There have been a lot of scary bank-related headlines the past couple of weeks, but I have to say that this one frightened me more than most: "Security flaws in online banking sites found to be ...

  • July 23, 2008 23 Jul'08

    Does it matter who CIOs report to?

    Gather the typical left-brain, articulate, umm-less group of CIOs around a conference lunch table and, guaranteed, the talk will eventually turn to reporting relationships. You answer to whom? ...

  • July 21, 2008 21 Jul'08

    Fighting for a Vista rebate. Because somebody has to.

    Some people suffer the insufferable for piece of mind and for the good of all of us who want to live safe, comfortable lives. The mysterious uncle_benji is one of those people. Ben, as I’ll call ...

  • July 21, 2008 21 Jul'08

    TomorrowNow is so yesterday

    SAP AG sends word today that it's putting subsidiary TomorrowNow, which provides third-party support for Oracle and other applications, out of its misery. The German software maker said it will ...

  • July 21, 2008 21 Jul'08

    Big green HP scheme

    With polar bears balancing on ice cubes in the Arctic Circle and gas prices skyrocketing, we are all looking to be a bit more ‘green’ in our everyday lifestyle choices. Right? Well, we’re trying. ...

  • July 16, 2008 16 Jul'08

    Who wants to be a CIO Millionaire?

    How's this for a headline: "Meet the Millionaire CIOs." In a study of the filings of the 1,000 biggest U.S. companies and their compensation, 47 top technology executives were listed at the top ...

  • July 16, 2008 16 Jul'08

    San Francisco IT hack story looks a bit too much like Chinatown

    What the hell is going on in San Francisco? It’s like a freaking detective novel out there all of a sudden. One of the city’s top IT guys has been accused of locking other administrators out of the ...

  • July 07, 2008 07 Jul'08

    Boston Globe: Cognos contract with state “raises ethical issues”

    News flash: The Boston Globe reports today that a representative of Cognos ULC, the business intelligence software maker, improperly offered a Massachusetts state official a job in 2006 when the ...

  • June 29, 2008 29 Jun'08

    All Ears: Susan Cramm on ITopia

    Earlier, I wrote about Susan Cramm, former CIO of Taco Bell turned "leadership" coach, talking about how IT and the business could -- should! -- function in 2015. Cramm was the keynote speaker at ...

  • June 24, 2008 24 Jun'08

    Playing the numbers

    Enterprise search stinks: Who doesn’t like a survey that corroborates a pet peeve? Data out today from the nonprofit AIIM finds that 50% of business users believe their company’s internal search ...

  • June 24, 2008 24 Jun'08

    Title Town – it’s all in the stats

    I don't look anything like a basketball player, or even the stereotypical fan. I'm 4'11". I prefer high heels and dresses to jerseys and sneakers. Even some of my closest friends said they didn't ...

  • June 12, 2008 12 Jun'08

    Calling FedEx out

    Sometimes you hear something and think: “Hey, that can’t be true.” Take this statement from FedEx Corp. CIO Rob Carter at his Enterprise 2.0 Conference keynote this week. “There's also a cool new ...

  • May 23, 2008 23 May'08

    Sarah Lacy says Facebook doesn't need my best friend. He doesn't seem to care.

    Sarah Lacy, author of Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good: The Rebirth of Silicon Valley and the Rise of Web 2.0, has blogged about me blogging about her book. So I feel compelled to respond. ...

  • May 07, 2008 07 May'08

    Will a Chief Blogging Officer get a Golden Parachute?

     Excellent little news blurb on HealthLeaders Media this morning: “Chief Blogging Officer title catching on with corporations.” Chief Blogging Officer. Ok, one more time: Chief Blogging Officer. ...

  • April 22, 2008 22 Apr'08

    Justifying IT expenditures: Outsourcing isn’t always the answer

    Accountability, budget constraints and cost of provisioning services – these are all issues that CIOs hear about when presenting IT budget numbers. “Why does this cost what it costs?” and “Can’t we ...

  • April 16, 2008 16 Apr'08

    Taking Linux on a fishing trip

    Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass?It was a wall-mounted singing fish that somebody made a fortune off of in the span of about six months. This thing would sing “Take Me To The River” and “Don’t Worry, ...