"Facebook charging $9.99 tomorrow" -- anatomy of a chain hoax

What's this I head about Facebook charging? Yes, we're told Facebook charges for access, as of tomorrow. Can that be right? Oh, it has to be: it's right there on my Facebook feed. Sheesh. Let's dissect this unbelievable craziness, in...

OK, fire HP CEO Leo, but don't hire Meg Whitman!

Richi's Rant: The rumor runes say Leo Apotheker is to be replaced by Meg Whitman. That's the stupidest idea I've heard in months. Find out why, in The Long View... So, the HP board of directors are minded, we're told, to fire Leo...

Offline Gmail: a Google FAIL

Google has re-introduced its offline functionality for Gmail and Google Apps. And, oh boy, it's a mess. I seem to be saying this a lot recently, but it's as if Google has stopped caring about what its users actually need. Instead,...

Preventing security threats from cleaning staff

Do you know who's in your building at night? Can you positively vouch for all those here-today, gone-tomorrow contract staff who clean and maintain your offices? Physical access is a worryingly simple vector for data-stealing...

iPhone 5 release date, other rumors

It's time to round up the iPhone 5 release date rumors and all the other Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) chatter about this ridiculously-anticipated pomaceous device. Well, Jonny's away, and someone's gotta do it; so I might as well step into...

iPad 2 & 3 tablet rivals: Another one bites the dust, as HP kills TouchPad

Yesterday's shock news of HP's restructuring included the death of its webOS tablet and smartphone lines. Good news for Apple's iPad 2 -- and the forthcoming iPad 3 -- but lousy news for long-time Palm fans. Let's review where HP...

4 crazy MacBook ideas, or "Intel Outside"

There's something distinctly odd going on with the relationship between Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). I have some theories why, and what it means for the future of the MacBook. Let's discuss, in The Long View... ...

HTML5: Strategic Trojan horse for MS Office

It looks more and more like Microsoft is playing a clever game with its support for HTML5 and other Web standards. And when I say "clever," some might say "anti-competitive." We've been here before, and my spidey senses are...

It's Sysadmin Appreciation Day (hurrah) #SysAdminDay

It's the last Friday of July, which can only mean one thing: it's System Administrator Appreciation Day! Started in 2000 by Ted Kekatos, this holiday-free holiday has grown from strength to strength. Let's feel the Friday love, in...

IBM tries offshoring yet more jobs

IBM (NYSE:IBM) has kicked off a huge research program to improve how it manages its customers' IT systems. It aims to bring scientific rigor to outsourcing. But I can't help thinking this is just about moving more jobs overseas....

Could spam sink LinkedIn? Yes!

Richi's Rant: I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore! The situation with LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) spam is getting out of hand. It's seriously damaging the LinkedIn brand and the site's effectiveness. If the company ...

Is there still a market for Exchange alternatives?

Not so very long ago, there was a lot of talk in the market about Exchange alternatives -- software products that worked in a similar way to Microsoft Exchange. I was reminded of this by some news that crossed my desk yesterday....

Get a Google+ invite here: join Plus project circle

Want an invite to this week's hottest social network? I can send a Google+ invitation to your inbox, if you ask nicely. Eschew the morons, idiots, and scammers --- follow Richi's rules. Here are your instructions; observe them...

5 reasons to embrace Microsoft Office 365 (or at least some of it)

Last week, I offered you 5 reasons why you should avoid Office 365 -- the new cloud service from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). This week, I want to offer the flipside of the coin. Let's see the glass half-full in The Long View... ...

5 reasons to avoid Microsoft Office 365

It's Office 365 day, and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) employees are no doubt dancing in the streets of Redmond. They'll be celebrating the launch -- after a long beta gestation -- of the company's latest cloud service for messaging, ...

PARC Meshin's smart search unclutters collaboration

Do you talk to several different people during a typical business day? Do you talk to them via several different media, such as email, phone, SMS, IM, Twitter or Facebook? Of course you do; perhaps Meshin is for you. It's developed...

Microsoft Kinect in the enterprise: Not just for gaming

Today, Microsoft is releasing its Windows SDK for Kinect -- its webcam-style, 3D, motion-sensing input gizmo. Originally sold as an Xbox 360 peripheral, Kinect is now getting people excited by its potential to change the way...

RSA SecurID: Egg meets face

In the case of the SecurID hack three months ago, RSA's strategy -- to deny anything was worrisome -- has come back to bite it. Hard. The company is having to learn some of the oldest lessons in security -- and in PR. Find out more,...

Six days to IPv6 Day; I couldn't care less

It's World IPv6 Day next week: Wednesday, so just six days to go. Is it important to enterprises? Perhaps, but not for the reason most people believe. We're told that addresses are running out fast, but that's not really true. Let's...

Cool your data center with seawater?

Google (GOOG) is busy putting the finishing touches to its Finnish data center. Previous designs have driven up the cooling efficiency to new heights, but this one adds a major new twist: Seawater cooling -- or SWAC (SeaWater Air...

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