How much damage can a ‘smart’ toaster do? Lots, and not just burning your bread.
Stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Winston Churchill once said of Russia, "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Now, I don't deal with international politics. I just write about technology. But when I've looked at HP lately I've been left thinking of its strategy as, well, "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."
Yes, Windows 8's been a failure. It's been worse than Vista. But is the solution really to push out a new operating system in double-quick time?
Fiberlink, an enterprise mobile management company that supports endpoints at companies such as Bank of America, Bayer and Volkswagen, reports that the days when you could support a single mobile platform are history.
According to its numbers, only 28 percent of companies support a single mobile operating system, while 22 percent support three and 33 percent support four or more.
Your new computer has a 64-bit processor, but your software probably is still 32-bit. Why haven't software developers done more about it?
Do two technology trends, the rise of server virtualisation and the advance of cloud computing, go together like peanut-butter and jelly, or more like tuna fish and pistachio nuts?
It depends on who you ask, but in general, virtualisation is seen as complementary to cloud computing but not a necessity.
We know your company uses open-source applications. We also know many of you already have an open-source policy. Sort of. As CIO.com discovered when researching the adoption of open-source in enterprise IT, a quarter of respondents have a formal policy in place to control how such software is chosen, supported and deployed. Another 18 per cent expected to adopt such a policy in the next 12 months. But those who have some kind of policy aren't necessarily thrilled with it; just 45 per cent said their policies are very effective.
Now that Windows XP SP3 is arriving, is there really any good reason for a business to "upgrade" to Windows Vista? Ah ... I can't think of one.
You can never have enough money or a fast-enough wireless connection. We can't help with the money part, but for Wi-Fi users, <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/338914/subject/Institute+of+Electrical+and+Electronics+Engineers">IEEE</a> 802.11n-with its up to 300Mbps (megabits per second) burst speeds-is the answer.
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