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I've been writing recently about the dimensions of Big Data in the IoT: urgency, importance, frequency, consequences, remedy, cost. You can find my stories on IoT Journal or at my personal website. The big item missing from this list is, of course, size. How big are individual messa...
It occurred to me, as I'm sure it's occurred to most of you, that driving a car is a classic example of the IoT in action. In this case, my brain is the CPU, and all of my car's gauges are the things. I was making a routine 30-minute drive to raid a local vegetable stand. As I proc...
With Octoblu emerging from stealth mode, it seemed like a good idea to talk to a couple of key people there. We were able to do just that with company co-founders Geir Ramleth and Chris Matthieu. Geir Ramleth serves as CEO. He was named to CIO Magazine's Hall of Fame in 2008, and ser...
The IoT is coming, as inevitably as the earth circles the sun. It's just a matter of how many laps the planet will take before we have an IoT society characterized by smart things, buildings, grids, cities, and nations. One question to ponder is which of those nations are best equip...
Technology in general and the Internet of Things in particular has the potential to drive vast improvements in the lives of people worldwide. In addition to its potential to create a renaissance in manufacturing, its potential to make the globe smarter about energy use could help elimi...
The rather stunning deal between Apple and IBM—described as “exclusive” by both parties—has been hailed as a victory for Apple, a victory for IBM, and a “victory for design.” Actually, it's a victory for Big Data. Apple has cultivated an image as the coolest of companies from the t...
Just by its mere name, virtualization conjures up images of expensive, complicated technologies that for the most part only the largest companies can grasp, when in fact there are many benefits that virtualization can bring to small businesses, two being IT efficiency and cost savings....
Recording and maintaining good evidence of testing is growing more important all the time. The ability to document what actually happened during the development of hardware or software is vital in many industries. Medical equipment is a great example, as any failure could lead to unexp...
A tutorial about Memory Monitoring and Limiting with LXC (Linux Containers) and the importance of building a metrics infrastructure. For a long time we didn't limit the amount of memory that you can use during your build on Codeship. There was the possibility of a bad build eating up ...
Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for the year 2020. Here are some of the major findings from the IDC r...
Today virtualization is creating new demands for another tech disruption. Perhaps the first shots in this revolution were fired last week at an all day working session of networking legends and “Young Turks” at the SRI Infrastructure 2.0 meeting. Time will tell, but the level of inte...
There are at least three straightforward steps that best practices companies are implementing to achieve aggressive costs savings with their server virtualization initiatives. I'll be reviewing these three steps in more detail, along with customer use cases, in a webinar on August 19th...
IT budgets don't simply disappear, but it can be difficult to get what you want during tough economic times. But if you focus on the business value your chances will improve. You’re in a squeeze. How things ultimately shake out is not relevant right now, because you need to act right n...
It amuses me when people start throwing about phrases like “interoperability” and “federation” in a space still hopping in the middle of the hype cycle. You would think that with our long and growing history, we in IT could be realistic about the prospects of any early implementers...
The Secrets of Corporate Blogging. I would like to begin with defining what corporate blogging is. There are actually four types of blogs that can be considered corporate blogs; I will list these definitions later. For now, suffice to say that I am most interested in corporate blogging...
I am always being told off by i-technologists for quoting Picasso as having said that computers are useless. But I still love his reasoning: 'Because they can only give you answers.' Picasso, like AJAXWorld Magazine, liked questions. So we thought we would share with you what some of t...
In order to describe itself as an 'open source' company, need a company merely be 'a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company' - or does it have to be one that lets users feely download, compile, and use the software in question? Where is the dividing l...
We have measured performance information to distinguish the differences between the Windows and Linux platforms. Given comparable hardware we found the performance differences almost trivial.
One of the more frustrating features of a Fedora Core installation is its lack of popular multimedia and driver support as well as alternative applications like Abiword. But, with a few simple steps you can easily access a large collection of such software from your system using YUM.
For C++ programmers all over the world, Boost and the Boost libraries have become indispensable. Weighing in at 60 C++ libraries, Boost is a large collection of peer-reviewed code covering a wide range of domains. But why should you care about that? Well, because Boost can quickly beco...
My aunt and I were having an e-mail discussion about which is the easiest to use: a real photo album with pictures or a computer photo album, as on a CD-ROM. I suggested that we put all the family photos into an album rather than having them strewn all over the place in photo folders. ...
Many of the Internet community organizations that enable the processes for the development and administration of the Internet will host the Internet Pavilion at the `ICT 4 all' exhibition at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, 15-19 November 2005. Organisations...
Whatever happened to the days when a new college grad could be sent to a two-week developer's course and come back proficient enough to develop and deploy small departmental applications? J2EE - That's what happened!
This article discusses the implementation details for the new device management methods udev and HAL, now used on all Fedora Core 3 and 4 systems for all devices. It's time to relearn how devices are managed!
Sometime between the years 1995 and 2004, Linux reached the mainstream of computer users the world over. No longer was it all about Microsoft or the Mac. Now there was a new sheriff in town, and it was a penguin packing some serious heat.
This article provides an update of the Carrier Grade Linux initiative, the CGL specification, distributions, platforms and deployments.
Recently, I spent some time trying out various Linux distributions on my late model Toshiba laptop. Since that article came out, several new releases have come out and I've tried a couple of new distros. So here's a brief update.
As Linux moves in everywhere within enterprise computing - in embedded solutions, on the desktop, in distributed applications, and on mainframe - the LinuxWorld Magazine News Desk brings you all the latest developments.
Linux.SYS-CON.com's senior contributing analyst, Bill Claybrook, spoke with John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun Microsystem's Software Group about his new job, and what he has in store for Sun's Linux strategy.
It seems as if every day a new Linux distribution emerges into the world. True, it can lead to some confusion in the marketplace and fragmentation of the Linux brand name, but open source is all about confusing the end user by having five equally good products that do the same thing, s...
'This decision puts the onus squarely on the board of PeopleSoft to meet with us,' said Oracle chairman Jeff Henley triumphantly as Judge Vaughn Walker ruled against the US Justice Department and 10 states, ending their quest to block Oracle's would-be 'hostile takeover' of rival Peopl...
What is open source? It is a way of developing, distributing, and licensing software. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the roots of open source as we know it today were established.
The implementation of Linux open source code, along with IBM’s prowess, is gaining ground in government sectors at home and abroad.
Spammers are making money exploiting other people's systems and no one is immune. This article examines the implications for organizations and for Linux caused by the spam/virus convergence, and details the level of protection necessary to minimize organizational impact and risk.
OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux working group is hard at work on an open source platform for the telecom industry. This article describes the goals, structure, and working groups of CGL; presents the CGL architecture; and provides an overview of the CGL 2.0 requirements.
'It looks as if Mono is going to get a lot more manpower,' writes Dennis Hayes. 'If this translates into more code, Mono could be entering a whole new era. Novell's acquisition of Ximian has been very good for the project, and Novell seems to be true to their word about keeping open so...
'I did a research degree entitled 'The Linux Operating System: A Socio-Legal Study' at the University of Warwick, UK, from 1999 to 2001,' writes Maureen O'Sullivan. 'The conclusion of this work was that users and developers of free software needed and deserved legislative protection an...
IBM, Sun, HP...today's news round-up favors the IT giants, each one now rushing toward Linux faster than the other. Sun's going to create a Red Hat version of the Java Enterprise System, for example, while HP is taking Turbolinux to Asia and IBM continues its internal rush to Linux.
As Microsoft looks nervously on, Miguel de Icaza and his team of core developers continue to make great strides with their implementation of the CLI, 'Mono' - a free implementation of the .NET Development Framework. While Redmond sees the benefit to them in more implementations of the...
Four years ago, OpenOffice.org didn't exist. Today, it is probably not only the largest free software project in the world, but also the most important. On a personal level, it's also become a major feature of my life - which explains this column.