Turning 100 needs adaptability

You might have noticed that this year IBM is celebrating its 100th birthday. ZDNet has some interesting turning points in IBM’s corporate history: IBM at 100: 15 inflection points in history | ZDNet. Andrew Nusca comments:

The lesson here? History repeats itself. IBM’s focus on innovation has indeed helped it adapt — proactively, I might add — to a changing market. When it began to rest on its laurels, play the short-term game and ignore its central tenet to offer “global business solutions” — whatever the phrase meant at the time — IBM began to descend into failure.

ZDNet’s Gallery IBM: 100 years of THINKing big is also very nice. And don’t miss the following amazing videos:

What’s behind WordPress.com and iCloud? Try Azure for free

Did you know that WordPress.com and its 350,000 blogs is running on Windows Azure cloud infrastructure? And there are hints that even Apple’s new iCloud solution is using part of it… Get a 30-day Windows Azure Platform Pass and try by yourself the Azure platform.

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No internet connection? Fix the TV antenna!

A consortium of companies like Microsoft, BBC, Sky Broadcasting and BT has started trials of transmitting data in empty spaces of the radio spectrum used by terrestrial TV. If they are successful, they will create “super WiFi” networks in cities and rural areas. The Financial Times have the rest of the story: Microsoft trial to use UK TV signals for WiFi

The needs for bandwidth and coverage have exceeded the available infrastructure (and way of thinking till now) due to the explosion of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets. That’s why in Japan, for example, KDDI, their principal telco provider, is setting up the largest nationwide WiFi network with 100,000 hotspots in less than 12 months. The most important thing is that the user’s device will switch between 3G (or 4G) to WiFi seamlessly without extra charges for the best experience. More on this here: KDDI and Ruckus Wireless Debut the World’s Largest Mobile Data Offload Network -PRNewswire.



Real-Status builds a bird’s eye view of a cloud

I always liked to get information in a graphically visualized way. So, if I could have an overview of the whole IT infrastructure of my company as a 3D graph it would be nice. Real-Status has developed such a solution that also covers virtualized servers (the solution to most of our problems) using expertise from game development.

Read more here: Real-Status builds a bird’s eye view of a cloud — Cloud Computing News.

Video on a Kellogg’s box?

I remember Autonomy from the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. They were trying to sell us a system to filter and index the country’s internet stream for security reasons. Their latest technology, Aurasma, is targeting the consumers with mobile apps that can turn a static object, an ad or a picture, to video through our smartphone screen. It’s simply amazing. Have a look at the video and read more in the article at Infoworld: The coolest technology you’ve never seen | Mobile apps – InfoWorld.

We are living in a pre-PC era

It seems that the post-PC era is closer to the pre-PC era where the ruling company could dictate its own hardware specifications.

For the main 3.5″ SATA hard drive bay in the new 2011 machines, Apple has altered the SATA power connector itself from a standard 4-pin power configuration to a 7-pin configuration. Hard drive temperature control is regulated by a combination of this cable and Apple proprietary firmware on the hard drive itself. From our testing, we’ve found that removing this drive from the system, or even from that bay itself, causes the machine’s hard drive fans to spin at maximum speed and replacing the drive with any non-Apple original drive will result in the iMac failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT).

Read the whole article here: Apple Further Restricts Upgrade Options on New iMacs Other World Computing Blog.

Infinite Loop is the address. Right? I’m back in the 80s… What was that? A Delorean?