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Tune into: Hybrid While American Idol finalist Adam Lambert’s “My heart is a Ghost Town” is slowly moving down the international hit rankings, enterprises see something else slowly but surely turning into a ghost town. Namely their data centers. For many IT managers, this is still a bit of a shock. Sure, most companies stopped a long time ago featuring their data center on a raised floor behind glass, right next to their reception area, but for many IT professionals a trip to the company data center still feels a little bit like coming home. I can still remember the disappointment of the IT operations manager of a financial institution located right in the heart of Amsterdam, when his brand new mainframe was delivered. That the new system only occupied barely half of the available floor space, was not what got him. It was the fact that the new million dollar plus ... (more)

The Emerging Mobile Search Market

With wireless carriers like Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cingular now vying for each other's business in a highly competitive market, while consumers play wireless carriers off one another to get the best rate plans and features, survival in the wireless world requires wireless carriers to continually improve the quality and service of their voice offerings, while looking at mobile data services to differentiate their brand, win new customers, retain existing ones, and drive new revenue. Many carriers have succeeded in recognizing new revenue by selling mobile data subscription services and mobile products, such as ring tones, images and games. A typical subscription service may contain news, weather and sports along with the above commerce items. This is a great situation for content providers - they'll increase their revenue with every wireless carrier... (more)

National Lampoon Goes Open Source

JamboWorks has launched JamboZine, the revolutionary hosted platform for the twice Webby-nominated NationalLampoon.com. Designed for companies who want non-technical writers and editorial staff to be given access to an easy-to-use graphical interface, the JamboZine interface allows for exacting control over the look and feel of not only the publication but of individual content items; and also provides facilities for quickly implementing additional functionality. The new National Lampoon Humor Network is a gateway to 27 comedy sites under the National Lampoon umbrella so with current updates quickly and easily posted the visitor experience will be more satisfying and more frequent. JamboWorks developed the back end of the website, based on the cutting edge, customized Joomla! content management system (CMS). The CMS allows users to navigate throughout NL.com in a mu... (more)

i-Technology Predictions for 2007: Where's It All Headed?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2007.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy rem... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

At the end of each year, when SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors, our question is always the same: where's the industry going next year? Every time, the answers are surprisingly different from the year before, and of course throw light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, within what kind of time-scale - all that good stuff. Enjoy! Ruby on Rails . JRuby . AJAX . Rules-Based Programming JASON BELL Enterprise Developer, Editorial Board Member, Java Developer's Journal My predictions for 2006.... 1.  Incremental mainstream adoption of Ruby on Rails It's going to happen, isn't it? Keep an eye out for Sun's offering of JRuby. Whether this is the death of other open source scripting languages like Groovy ... (more)

Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey: The End of an Era?

This 4th of July marked my sixth consecutive visit to the Divan Palmira Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. My visit this year prompted me to write this review. The Divan Palmira Hotel is located in the Golturkbuku region of Bodrum. Two recent cover stories published last year in The New York Times Travel Section called this Aegien Sea summer destination The St. Tropez of Turkey. For those readers who would like to know more about Bodrum, especially the village of Golturkbuku, there is plenty of well written reading material (including these two 2006 New York Times travel write-ups). In this review, I will try to stay focused specifically on my most recent trip, the hotel, the changes which took place at this hotel this year and the highlights of my trip. The New York Times - Jan / 2006 The New York Times - Aug / 2006 Our Arrival on Saturday, June 30, 2007 When I emailed the hotel... (more)

Lycos Announces HBO 'Weeds' Star Mary Louise Parker Sparks Online Interest, Making First-Ever Appearance on Search List; Golf Continues to Score Hole in One with Web Users

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Lycos, Inc.(http://www.lycos.com/), a leading community destination for video and entertainment content, today announced the following information from The Lycos 50(TM), the 50 most popular Internet search results for the week ending Aug. 18, 2007. For a complete list of The Lycos 50 and for in-depth text of The Lycos 50 Daily Report, go to http://50.lycos.com/ . Readers of The Lycos 50 can also share their thoughts on Internet trends and pop culture on The Lycos 50 Blog located at http://lycos50.tripod.com/blog/. Biggest Movers and Shakers for Week Ending Aug. 18, 2007: 1. Mary Louise Parker 267% 2. Katie Holmes 162% 3. Chyna 153% 4. Halloween 135% 5. American Idol 131% 6. High School Musical 93% 7. Zac Efron 81% 8. Christina Aguilera 75% 9. Jenna Jameson 50% 10. Angelina Jolie 45% Notes of Interest: For the second consecutiv... (more)

ALONG Mobile Technologies Debuts in Hunan Market Through Cooperation with EE-Media

XI'AN, China, Sept. 10 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ALONG Mobile Technologies Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: AGMB) ("ALONG," "the Company"), a leading mobile value-added services ("MVAS") provider in China, announced today that it has installed four Mobile Information & Entertainment Service Platform ("MIESP") downloading terminals in Super Family Music World Concept Stores, extending its presence in Hunan Province's MVAS market. An agreement between ALONG and Hunan EE-Media Company Ltd., owners of the Super Family Music World Concept Stores located in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province, allows ALONG to set up four MIESP downloading terminals free of charge. ALONG expects the new terminals to help expand its customer base and brand recognition in this promising new market. Hunan is the seventh largest province in China in terms of population, with over 6.4 milli... (more)

TechWave Revisited

Once again I thought this was one of the best TechWaves in years. Better than last year's, which was good. Having my laptop crash on me when I'm scheduled to do four sessions wasn't pleasant and took the edge off of it for me. Otherwise, it might have been a real blast. Location - I'm still not a big fan of Las Vegas, but the Mandalay Bay was a great place to hold the event. I can't believe I've stayed there twice and still haven't been in the wave pool. All the same, I'm looking forward to next year's East Coast location. However, I'd still really like to see the date and location of the next TechWave announced sometime during the current one (perhaps toward the end of the event). It would get people excited about next year's event while they're still excited about this year. Sybase should open the call for papers at the end of this year's TechWave as well. Technic... (more)

Ellen Degeneres Should Go Open Source

By the way, if Ellen Degeneres wants to respond in a reasonable and constructive way to the lawsuits over her use of song snippets to dance to, she could always start using Creative Commons-licensed music, with a nice plug for the open-hearted musicians making our lives more tuney. ... (more)

New Nickelodeon Series Premieres With A BIG TIME RUSH of Comedy and Music On Monday, Jan. 18, at 8:30 P.M. (ET/PT)

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Four fun-loving best friends from Minnesota are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they get a chance to be part of the glamorous L.A. pop music scene in Big Time Rush, Nickelodeon's new live-action comedy series premiering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The new series - produced in partnership with Sony Music - is from producer Scott Fellows, creator of the top-rated Nickelodeon comedy Ned's DeClassified School Survival Guide. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100105/NY32395) "Big Time Rush is about what happens the day after you win American Idol," said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon. "This series will chronicle the wild and hilarious journey that follows after these guys get that life-changing, first ... (more)