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12 Nov 2012
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'Why Ultra-Low Power Computing Will Change Everything' [28407]
ARM TechCom Keynote Address by Dr. Jonathan Koomey

Tori Wieldt reports on Dr. Jonathan Koomey's keynote address to ARM TechCom, where he noted that power consumption by computers has dropped by half every 1.5 years over the last 60 years, and battery life has made roughly a 10x improvement each decade since 1960. The major challenge facing designers at this juncture, according to Koomey, is reducing the power consumption of the computers in mobile devices. Researchers are studying light, heat, motion, blood sugar, and solar energy as power sources for these miniaturized computers. The University of Washington is developing a sensor that scavenges power from radio and TV signals, Wieldt writes.
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05 Nov 2012
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What Do Download Numbers Really Tell You? [28311]
According to Simon Phipps, Not Much About Adoption

Simon Phipps, writing for InfoWorld, disputes the notion that the number of downloads says anything beyond a solution's brand strength and market opportunity. He cites the recent flurry of downloads of Windows 8 (four million in the first three days of GA) as evidence that downloads are easy to measure but reveal nothing concerning customer satisfaction or even implementation. Requests for upgrades and/or support offer a better measure of adoption for open source, Phipps asserts. The metrics provided by Ohloh, which came too late for Sun, deliver much more useful and telling information on the state of the open source software community.
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27 Sep 2012
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Scott McNealy Advises Opting for Open Source [27817]
FOSS Lacks a Major Corporate Sponsor, He Complains

Following his appearance at the TUCON conference Scott McNealy bemoaned the absence of a major corporate player standing behind open source in an interview with Alex Williams that is recorded on an 18-minute video. Too infrequently, he said, IT managers are not reckoning with the long-term costs of proprietary infrastructure before signing on the bottom line. McNealy also discusses his new venture, Wayin, a Denver-based social engagement service.
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11 Sep 2012
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Linux and Solaris Under One Oracle Roof: Interview with Wim Coekearts [27604]
Keeping both Balls in the Air: More Juggling than Blending

Now that Oracle Solaris and Linux co-exist under a single umbrella at Oracle, one has to wonder how much the two teams talk to one another. Sean Kerner learned in a recent interview with Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, that " ... for the most part the two efforts remain two separate endeavors." Still, according to Coekaerts, syncretism is at work. "Now when we're building out new infrastructure we look at which of the two operating systems and two architectures fits the best for a deployment," Coekaerts said.
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06 Sep 2012
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Unscrambling Big Data: A Guide to the Tools and Processes [27518]
"The Big Data Guide": An Easy but Useful Read

The expression "big data" comprises such familiar sources of information as data from e-mails, social media, sensors, and video footage, all familiar to the IT world. What is new about big data is how one goes about analyzing it. "The Big Data Guide" provides an introduction to the tools and processes involved in deriving insight from big data files, covering such topics as acquisition, organization and analysis of big data; discovering hidden relationships among data elements; and using these findings in corporate decision making. Registration and log-in are required for access to the pdf.
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21 Jul 2012
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Oracle Study Finds Organizations Swamped by Data [26940]
Experiencing Difficulty in Turning Data into Profit

In preparing the Oracle report "From Overload to Impact: An Industry Scorecard on Big Data Business Challenges" 333 C-level executives from U.S. and Canadian enterprises spanning 11 industries were surveyed about the difficulties they face in managing the data coming into their organizations and how well they are using that information to drive profit and growth. The volume of data gathered has increased over the past two years by some 86 percent in the experience of more than 90 percent of respondents. Most also report lacking both the infrastructure and management support to translate these data into profit centers.
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