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Microsoft cold-shoulders Server 2003 and XP users hit with Microsoft Update error 0x80248015

The causes of the problem remain cloudy, but the symptoms are quite clear. Starting on Nov. 18, some Server 2003, Windows Home Server 2003, and Windows XP SP3 machines suddenly refused to connect to Microsoft Update. As best I can tell, Microsoft has not responded to the problem, not documented a workaround, and is basically doing nothing visible to fix it.

By Woody Leonhard | 25 November, 2014 23:34

Tags: forum, Microsoft, software, operating systems

What developers can do to extend smartphone battery life

Battery power consumption remains a lingering problem on smartphones -- and is getting worse with the latest advances in the devices. But developers can take steps to tackle the issue.

By Paul Krill | 24 November, 2014 22:10

Tags: application development, qualcomm, software

How Apple could exploit a forever-free iCloud

While Google and Microsoft are using large amounts of free cloud storage to sell inexpensive consumer notebooks, Apple has stood above the fray.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 November, 2014 12:43

Tags: NPD Group, Apple, Google, Microsoft, storage, internet, cloud storage, Hewlett-Packard, HP

WebRTC close to tipping point as Cisco, Microsoft announce products

It was all the way back in the Spring of 2011 that Google released WebRTC, its nascent real-time, browser-based, HTML5-powered, no-plugin-required video chat project to the public. In the three and a half years since, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the W3C have been working together to try to formalize the standard, prepare the stable 1.0 release, and get it ready for prime time.

By Matt Weinberger | 22 November, 2014 01:07

Tags: WebRTC, Vidyo, applications, browsers, social, cisco, software, collaboration, Firefox, W3C, Google, Microsoft

Contain yourself: The layman's guide to Docker

Welcome to the age of containerization, where an ecosystem led by startup Docker is leading IT organizations to ineffable peaks of efficiency, helping them scale their workloads ever-higher, and probably baking them a nice cake to boot (it's my birthday, I have cake on the brain, sue me). Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services are all tripping over themselves to make sure prospective customers know that their  clouds are the place to be if you want to get the most from Docker.

By Matt Weinberger | 21 November, 2014 22:31

Tags: Amazon Web Services, virtualization, Docker, Google, Microsoft

Gartner's Cloud showdown: Amazon Web Services vs. Microsoft Azure

Gartner IaaS research director, Kyle Hilgendorf, says one of the most common questions he gets from enterprise customers looking to go to the Cloud is: AWS or Azure?

By Brandon Butler | 20 November, 2014 22:05

Tags: Amazon Web Services, amazon, Gartner, Microsoft, internet, cloud computing

Why AT&T and Sprint just announced business conferencing services

Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 November, 2014 07:54

Tags: Uber, enterprise applications, Google, applications, enterprise resource planning, Blue Jeans Network, at&t, software

Evernote's quest to change the world through productivity software

In early October, Evernote CEO Phil Libin debuted new features designed to make the immensely popular note-taking software friendlier to the enterprise: Work Chat, Context and presentation mode.

By Matt Weinberger | 19 November, 2014 04:00

Tags: Evernote, applications, wall street journal, software, collaboration

No, Google Glass isn't dead

Is Google Glass dead?

By Sharon Gaudin | 18 November, 2014 09:49

Tags: popular science, Google, Reuters, emerging technology, computerworld

Privacy is the new killer app

A funny thing is happening in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, the infamous iCloud hack of celebrity nude photos, and the hit parade of customer data breaches at Target, Home Depot and the U.S. Postal Service. If it's not the government looking at your data, it's bored, lonely teenagers from the Internet or credit card fraudsters.

By Matt Weinberger | 15 November, 2014 02:37

Tags: Target, security, data privacy, nsa, Home Depot, U.S. Postal Service, Facebook, privacy

Who wins the net neutrality debate? Google, of course

In the debate over net neutrality, AT&T and Cisco are warning that fiber optic cable rollouts could be delayed -- and revenues lost -- if President Obama's recently proposed rules move ahead.

By Matt Hamblen | 14 November, 2014 23:15

Tags: Technology Law & Regulation, telecommunication, regulation, Kickstarter, internet, netflix, government, legislation, Federal Communications Commission, Carriers, at&t, fcc, ctia

Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup and Christina J. Hogan | 14 November, 2014 05:59

Tags: virtualization, services, Server Virtualization, (no company)

Functional languages rack up best scores for software quality

Language design makes a difference in software quality, and functional languages offer an edge when it comes to building quality software, a study of programming languages and code quality in GitHub reveals.

By Paul Krill | 07 November, 2014 22:11

Tags: application development, GitHub, software

Python-powered StackStorm sets scripts for event-triggered automation

StackStorm, staffed by former members of GitHub, PuppetLabs, SwiftStack, Rackspace, and the Apache Libcloud team, has launched the first public version of its eponymous open source operations automation solution.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 05 November, 2014 05:21

Tags: application development, GitHub, Tumblr, software, rackspace

A CIO fights to keep his tech options open

In today's IT market, vendors tell users that engineered, converged and highly integrated systems deliver the greatest efficiency. But some users believe a heterogeneous environment is the best path to savings.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 04 November, 2014 09:36

Tags: IT management, Oracle

Forecast 2015: IT spending on an upswing

It's IT budgeting time for 2015 -- and Barr Snyderwine is reaching for the stars.

By Stacy Collett | 03 November, 2014 22:36

Tags: Microsoft, IT management

What's new with Java

I'm sick of Java, as you probably are too. That said, there have been a number of changes to Java lately that may have flown under the radar. So, here is what you need to know about where things stand.

By Michael Horowitz | 02 November, 2014 06:25

Tags: application development, Windows PCs, software, Oracle

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held more than a few surprises. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

By Woody Leonhard | 31 October, 2014 22:59

Tags: forum, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Kno

The Charge of the Troll Brigade: What to know about #GamerGate

There are two ways to think about #GamerGate.

By Matt Weinberger | 30 October, 2014 09:03

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, twitter, internet, social media

When it comes to mobile, IT is out of touch

"I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it and what's it seems weird and scary to me. It'll happen to you!" warned Abraham Simpson - of the Springfield Simpsons - way back in 1996.

By Matt Weinberger | 29 October, 2014 02:20

Tags: App Development, IDC, Appcelerator, mobile

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