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Podcast Archive: October - December 2010

Governing the Wild, Wild WAN (33:49 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 27, 2010
Cloud computing forces a collapse in the gaps between the former silos of private, public, and personal networking domains. Since the network management and governance tasks have changed and continue to evolve rapidly, so too must the ways in which solutions and technologies address the tangled networks environment we all now live and work in.

Weekly Recap: Yahoo's Unkindest Cuts (14:44 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 17, 2010
In this episode: Yahoo shuts down a handful of its sites and issues a round of layoffs right in the middle of the holiday season; Gawker Media readers are urged to change their passwords following a network intrusion; the OpenBSD community is told that the FBI has built backdoors into the open source OS's encryption system; WikiLeaks expatriots plan "OpenLeaks," their own version of an anonymous information clearinghouse; Microsoft plans to give tablets another push at CES next January; Time names Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Person of the Year.

Blowing Away Complexities With Full-Auto ALM (31:30 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 13, 2010
"The nature of an application today is that it's not a monolith," says HP's Brad Hipps. "It's not owned by a single project team or a program consisting of several teams. More often than not, it's something that has been assembled using a series of subcomponents, reusable services, or borrowed function points from other applications, etc." In some ways, this is sensible, but it also has its challenges.

Weekly Recap: The Winds of WikiLeaks' War (13:58 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 10, 2010
In this episode: Fallout from WikiLeaks' Cablegate release continues as businesses like service providers and credit card companies attempt to distance themselves from the organization and Wikileaks supporters mount DDoS counterattacks; Apple tells developers to limit their Mac App Store offerings to full and complete products only; a Consumer Reports survey savages AT&T customer service; Google shows off the next product in its Nexus smartphone line, reveals a prototype tablet running a future version of Android, and kicks off an unusual beta program for its upcoming Chrome OS.

The Data Explosion and the 'Now' Problem (30:01 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 6, 2010
The Now Problem, as defined by HP's David Shirk: "It's this [demand for] immediate or instant gratification: 'If I can't get what I want in the following way, I'll find the business or government environment where I can.'" While the government piece maybe a bit harder to change, the business piece isn't, and competitive pressure to serve this audience is creating a shift in dynamics.

Weekly Recap: A River of Leaks, a Torrent of Rage (13:40 minutes)
Posted: Dec. 3, 2010
In this episode: Wikileaks once again uncorks a big bottle of secrets, this time relating to the U.S. State Department; the FTC signals its intention to crack down on weak online privacy protections; Netflix streaming provider Level 3 cries foul over Comcast's demands; FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski calls for a vote that could strengthen the rules surrounding Net neutrality; the European Commission puts Google under its antitrust microscope; Google puts the kibosh on a particularly dirty method of search engine optimization.

HTML5's Potential as an SMB Superweapon (36:36 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 27, 2010
The heat surrounding mobile applications need not be limited to large companies with money to spend on vast teams of app developers. With increasingly easy-to-use development tools as well as emerging standards like HTML5, smaller businesses with smaller budgets will find more opportunities to reach customers through their mobile devices.

Architecture Is Destiny (28:29 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 20, 2010
So you say you want a business interaction revolution? Well, you know, you won't get one with conventional database stacks. Rethinking the functions of IT architecture can optimize security, integration and analysis, all of which can be founded on the same data source. The overall goal, of course, is knocking down IT costs, and the difference can either be pocketed or passed to the customer.

Weekly Recap: Abandon Shame, All Ye Who Enter Airports (14:39 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 19, 2010
In this episode: The TSA defends its new security practices, including the use of scanners that can see through travelers' clothes; Facebook unveils its new Messages communication platform; AOL tries to breathe new life into email with its Phoenix service; iTunes finally lands the Beatles' music catalog; Apple relents and puts Google Voice on the App Store's shelves after over a year in Limbo; scientists at CERN cook up a short-lived pot of antimatter atoms.

SMB E-Commerce Gets a Little Help From the Cloud (12:52 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 13, 2010
Sales, marketing and online transactions can all be given a boost by cloud-based e-commerce systems, whether they're harnessed by enterprises or smaller businesses. One small company, MarkMaster, has been able to streamline several aspects of its business using cloud solutions. "It's totally changed our business," said CEO Kevin Govin.

Weekly Recap: Galaxy Tab: iPad's Nemesis Hurtles Into View (13:10 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 12, 2010
In this episode: The Samsung Galaxy Tab arrives, providing a high-profile, Android-based rival to Apple's iPad tablet; Nokia takes Symbian back under its wing after the mobile OS spent a couple of relatively quiet years as an open source project; Gartner statistics reveal that Android claimed second place in the smartphone OS market share race in Q3, and it looks like it could conquer Symbian soon; Facebook and Google slap each other silly over user data portability; Amazon offers periodical publishers a bigger cut for selling materials through Kindle.

Building a High-Speed Expressway to the Cloud (36:10 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 6, 2010
By using a combination of automated processes, proven management reference models and good old IT silo-busting, new low-risk, high-reward pathways to the cloud will be discovered. Once an expressway to the cloud has been paved, the benefits of the technology can be delivered quickly, cheaply and in a way that scales with ease.

Weekly Recap: Facebook Mobilizes Its Army (13:08 minutes)
Posted: Nov. 5, 2010
In this episode: Facebook presents its mobile app's latest front-end and back-end features; T-Mobile insists its HSPA+ network is real 4G; Blekko approaches Web search with a new way to slash through unwanted results; Google scraps with the U.S. Department of the Interior over its rules for contracts; Google settles the Buzz fiasco with an $8.5 million donation; another jury levels a new $1.5 million copyright fine against Jammie Thomas-Rasset for sharing all of 24 songs.

Lighting the Fuse for an Enterprise FOSS Explosion (31:11 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 30, 2010
The role of open source for enterprise and service providers has never been more powerful. Whether it's in terms of virtualization, cloud computing or mobile, the rise in interest and mainstream acceptance of open source is clear. One outfit actively pursuing the growing opportunities in the open source world is FuseSource, a company that recently gained a new degree of independence from owner Progress Software.

Weekly Recap: MySpace Faces the Music (12:47 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 29, 2010
In this episode: MySpace undertakes a redesign to focus on music and entertainment; a court serves LimeWire lemons, issuing an injunction that forbids the company from distributing its file-sharing application; the Wi-Fi Alliance announces a new standard that will let WiFi devices communicate with each other directly; a new Firefox plug-in called "Firesheep" lets users of public WiFi hotspots easily snoop on other users; Oracle's Larry Ellison throws stones at HP's incoming CEO shortly before his first day on the job.

Weekly Recap: For Apple, a Week of Hot Air and Market Share (16:06 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 22, 2010
In this episode: Apple reveals a fresh MacBook Air, a new edition of iLife, upcoming Mac OS X Lion features and an upcoming App Store for the Mac platform; with competitive pressures mounting in the tablet wars, Cupertino pursues iPad market share by linking up with new distribution partners; HP proves Palm is still in the smartphone game with the new Pre 2; another apparent Facebook privacy fumble draws the attention of Congress; Ray Ozzie announces his upcoming departure from Microsoft.

Weekly Recap: Mac Lion: The King of the OS X Jungle? (12:59 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 15, 2010
In this episode: Apple hints at plans for the next big cat in its OS X menagerie as well as new Macs on the horizon; Microsoft shows the world what it'll bring to the table with Windows Phone 7; Hulu reportedly plans to cash out with an IPO in 2011; Facebook develops a system for safer sign-ons through untrusted computers; Microsoft proposes an idea for eradicating zombies from the Net; Google reveals details about its cybernetic chauffeurs.

Weekly Recap: Facebook Groups: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? (12:19 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 8, 2010
In this episode: Facebook puts the spotlight on new features for grouping friends and protecting privacy; Verizon gets moving with its LTE network; Microsoft adds to the smartphone lawsuit frenzy with a jab at Motorola; Google punches back at Oracle over Android and Java; Google launches Google TV with new content partners and a new device from Logitech.

Transcendental Governance (42:38 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 2, 2010
A key factor in the success or failure of cloud services is governance. Too often, though, governance is not able to satisfy the complexities of cloud models. Governance must be a part of and embedded into every stage of the development process, so that it largely disappears and becomes a natural and almost unnoticeable extension of the tool.

Weekly Recap: RIM's Tablet Game Plan (14:27 minutes)
Posted: Oct. 1, 2010
In this episode: RIM breaks out the PlayBook, its new foray into the tablet wars; researchers find that some Android app developers design their wares to surreptitiously send private info like geographic location to ad servers; federal law enforcement agencies team up with the White House to draft legislation that would require online communication services to build a back door for monitoring purposes; Facebook may team up with Skype; AOL buys up the TechCrunch blog empire; a group concludes that laws to curb texting while driving aren't helping.

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