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Dell's announcement this week of new laptop designs marks the state of the art in a long and arduous road toward building the ideal portable computer.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

This week's announcement by Dell that it's introducing a new line of Latitude and Precision laptop and mobile workstation computers that extend battery life, increase durability with Flash RAM drives, and sport backlit keyboards (so we all can take notes in the movie theater and write reviews like Roger Ebert) likely will be this year's entry into laptop history.  

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The two hallmarks of the 2008 Olympics are that all TV broadcasts will be in high definition and that all events will be streamed live to our computers.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games begin in Beijing today, and the event marks several technology milestones, not the least of which is that it will be the largest television event in the history of the medium.

 

For the next 17 days, NBC Universal will provide around-the-clock high-definition TV coverage through its affiliates and cable networks. Of interest to technophiles, it also will be streaming thousands of hours of live broadband coverage over the Internet to computer users in the United States using Microsoft's new Silverlight technology. (Adobe has contracted with CCTV.com for Olympics Web coverage of the Games for distribution in China using Flash technology).

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While users may have gasped when they read that System i server revenues plummeted during the second quarter, it's all business as usual, according to the group's GM.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

IBM Power Systems had a "great quarter," according to Ross Mauri, general manager of IBM Power Systems, who recently returned from a five-week trip around the world, speaking with more than 10,000 customers in 20 countries. The trip, during which Mauri and staff also gave IBM Business Partners a few pointers on how to enhance the value of IBM products and services, sounded like part victory tour, part sales trip, and, undoubtedly, part fact-finding mission that probably exceeded the miles flown by most world leaders trying to generate support for a major foreign policy initiative.

 

When he came home, Mauri was pleased with the numbers being reported in the second quarter company financials....

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The worlds may be virtual, but their future is real.

ron_exler.gifBy Ron Exler (Ptolemy Jacobus in Second Life)

IBM and Linden Lab, creator of the virtual world Second Life (SL), recently announced that they demonstrated virtual world interoperability by teleporting avatars between the Second Life Preview Grid and an OpenSim virtual world server. The companies said that the joint development project "represents an industry first of a quantifiable milestone for virtual world interconnectivity." In related news, Google introduced its virtual world, Lively, at the beginning of July.

 

But do virtual worlds matter to businesses? Should they?

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After a tepid response a few years ago, mobile BI products now appear ready for prime time as larger companies look forward to benefiting from their implementation.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

In the march toward smaller, lighter, and more portable mobile devices, are we taking more with us or leaving more behind?

 

The answer could be, "a little bit of both" as the mobile hardware manufacturers lurch ahead of the software providers, who scramble to catch up. Meanwhile, both experiment with new products while the majority of us wait for the build-out of faster wireless cellular networks capable of handling video.

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Businesses are more seriously considering open source for all layers of the software stack.

ron_exler.gifBy Ron Exler

Open source is assessed for more than half of businesses software acquisitions, according to Saugatuck Technology, a research and consulting firm. A CIO.com survey conducted in April showed that 53 percent of respondents were already using open-source applications in their enterprises and that 44 percent considered open-source applications equally during acquisition processes with proprietary applications. While this may surprise some, most businesses no longer carry the negative perceptions once associated with open-source solutions. The software is in use in some of the world's largest corporations and governments, in some of the most intensive application environments.

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The 15th annual conference drew more than 200 people for a day of educational sessions and IBM presentations.

chris_smith.jpgBy Chris Smith

The OCEAN User Group held its 15th annual Technical Conference last week and hosted in excess of 200 people who attended more than 30 educational sessions on the IBM i platform and related technologies.

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Many entities are offering consumers a way to store their healthcare information, but are these pie-in-the-sky offerings anathemas to privacy?

maria_degiglio.gifBy Maria DeGiglio 

Many entities--from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to many insurance companies, to WebMD, Microsoft, and now Google Health--offer healthcare consumers (note: we are no longer patients; now we are consumers) the ability to store their personal health information online. This information, known as a personal health record (PHR), is maintained for individuals on secure Web sites and permits owners to organize their medical information and indicate who may access their information and how--whether read-only or the ability to add, modify, or delete information.

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