As goes Google, so goes the rest of the universe -- or at least that's the fear this week after the start up-turned-giant-turned-common verb reported disappointing earnings that sent the Silicon Valley stock over a digital cliff after-hours Thursday. [ATTACH=right]15859[/ATTACH]The company pulled in 1.84 billion dollars for the quarter or $5.71 per share, less than analysts' average projection of $6.52 per share. Taking the blame for the disappointing figures are Europe's lackluster economic situation -- Google does a significant chunk of its business in the Euro zone -- and a recent ramp-up in hiring that bumped up total expenses. But …

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I know that Apple has been expending a lot of hot air telling anyone who will listen that the new iTunes pricing regime is a good thing for consumers. I know that it reckons that for every song which is ramped up to the new 99p (here in the UK) price it will drop another 10 songs down to the 59p bottom dollar pricing. Trouble is, I also know that music download market runner-up Amazon has taken advantage of consumer confusion surrounding the price changes by jumping in with 100+ songs going for just 29p a pop. Importantly, Amazon has …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16601[/ATTACH]According to a report released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) yesterday (August 10), the video game industry put $4.9 billion dollars in the U.S. economy’s back pocket in 2009, laughing in the face of its financial ruin. The statistics, featured in [I]Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2010 Report[/I], show the gaming industry growing at a rate of 10% from 2005 to 2009, which was more than seven times the entire U.S. economy combined. Total sales were at $7 billion in 2005, raising to an industry high of $11.7 billion in 2008, before declining back down to $10.5 …

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The economic news has been so bad of late, it's actually difficult to imagine that some businesses are profitable. It's easy to get sucked into the abyss of huge layoffs, high unemployment figures and generally negative fall-out from the economic meltdown, but in spite of all this, there are technology companies that are making boat loads of cash and doing just fine. One caveat here: Earnings can be interpreted in a number of ways. It seems either you made money or you didn't, but there are a number of factors that go into this. With that in mind, I give …

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Thanks to the US dollar getting stronger against the Euro as the European debt crisis takes hold, and shows no signs of weakening for the remainder of the year, so the outlook for IT spending growth looks dim. So dim, in fact, that Gartner analysts have cut back the worldwide IT spending growth forecast for 2010 from 5.3 percent to just 3.9 percent. According to Gartner, worldwide IT spending is now forecast to total $3.350 trillion through 2010, which equates to an increase of 3.9 percent over the 2009 spending total of $3.225 trillion. In the first quarter of this …

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[ATTACH=right]14831[/ATTACH]Two days ago, the Dow Jones Industrialized Average [URL="http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/probing+point+dive/3001581/story.html"]plunged almost 1000 points in a half hour[/URL]. That's almost 10 percent of the entire value of the market in 30 minutes. That's insane! What happened? Well, it turns out, it was a fairly simple technological trigger that caused the problem. Seems a trader entered a buy order for $16 billion when he meant to enter $16 [I]million[/I], and the race was on. In the words of the late, great [URL="http://www.hulu.com/watch/1510/saturday-night-live-weekend-update-with-emily-latella-editorial"]Emily Latella[/URL] on Saturday Night Live, "That's very different." [B]Panic on the Street[/B] The mistaken trade caused a panic as automatic trading …

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According to Gartner you, as in everyone, will start spending more on IT this year. Richard Gordon, a research vice president with the information technology analyst outfit, says that strong fourth quarter sales along with "an unseasonably robust hardware supply chain in the first quarter of 2010" plus a little bit of global economical recovery thrown in "sets up 2010 for solid IT spending growth". Indeed, Gartner predicts that worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.4 trillion in 2010. That's a 5.3 percent increase from the IT spending of $3.2 trillion during 2009, the industry should show continued and …

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There has been [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/01/13/no-crisis-in-it-security-budgets/"]much speculation[/URL] regarding job losses at Microsoft of late, and now the truth is out. Thankfully the scale of the damage is not as great as at first feared, and nowhere near the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3757.html"]15,000 job losses[/URL] talked about recently. It would seem that 1400 jobs are to be axed with immediate effect, impacting most every part of the Microsoft operation from R&D to marketing, finance and sales. A further 3600 jobs will go during the coming 18 months, making a total of 5000 staff feeling the chop. As a result, Microsoft hopes to save in the region …

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While companies worldwide look for ways to reduce costs, shed dead weight from their labor resources and streamline their businesses, it makes me wonder if Linux will survive the global economic meltdown. Oh, I know it will survive in terms of us geeks who use it and tout its goodness. It will survive in ISP data centers, some cloud-based businesses and as the de facto platform for virtualization. But will businesses such as hospitals, law firms, trucking companies and retail stores adopt it for their productive operating system of choice? The answer isn't easy. The reason is that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] isn't …

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Just wondering what everyone else is thinking. Due to the ongoing economic situation and the fact that the stimulus has been a bust (unless of course you are working for the government!), I think more people will look to pay cash rather than use credit. Even with paypal and the use of debit cards online, I think it will be a 50-50 split.

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Ok I have been looking for this for a while it is the ultimate list of repositories for the Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake distro. It will give you so many program choices you wont know what to do. simply goto your terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list (I chose gedit for this because im assuming it is the easiest for people try kate for kde, also nano,vi, and emacs should work) and then add this to the file # Treviño’s Ubuntu Dapper Sources list # http://italy.copybase.ch/blog/?page_id=13 # # Based on source-o-matic (http://www.ubuntulinux.nl/source-o-matic) list # Added extra repository # # If …

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Windows 7 is coming next month. That's hardly news to any of you, I'm sure, but have you considered that this major OS release could be the catalyst to end the recession? I'm guessing not many of you have come to that conclusion, but consider this: Many, many companies steered clear of Vista, but companies still using XP will be looking to upgrade in the next 18 months. And it could be very much like the book, "[URL="http://www.amazon.com/You-Give-Moose-Muffin-Give/dp/0060244054"]If You Give a Moose a Muffin[/URL]:" If you give a company a new OS, chances are they are going to need some …

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Apple released its [URL="http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/07/21results.html"]third quarter numbers[/URL] yesterday and by any benchmark they were impressive. Consider these numbers as [URL="http://www.macworld.com/article/141829/2009/07/appleq309.html?lsrc=top_1"]reported by Macworld[/URL]: * $8.34 billion in sales and a net profit of $1.23 billion * 5.2 million iPhones * 10. 2 million iPods * 2.6 million Macs (of which1.75 million were laptops) It's impressive by any standards, but according to [URL="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/07/21/apple_profits_rise_15_on_sales_of_2_6m_macs_5_2m_iphones.html"]AppleInsider[/URL] it represents the best non-holiday quarter ever. Think about that, then consider we are still in the midst of a massive recession, it's even more astounding. [B]So Much for Laptop Hunters[/B] [URL="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/16/microsoft-execs-ask-apple_n_235680.html"]A story came out the other day[/URL] that Microsoft …

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I received a newsletter from [URL="http://www.rpath.com"]rPath[/URL] concerning Lean IT and it occurred to me that Linux is the keystone in each one of the elements listed in it: Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Cost reduction mandates. As more businesses work toward saving money, they'll look for ways to save on IT infrastructure (Hardware), labor and external services. All of those cost-cutting changes point suspiciously to Linux. [B]Virtualization[/B] - With the exception of [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s Hyper-V, all virtualization solutions are Linux or Unix-based: [URL="http://www.linux-kvm.org"]KVM[/URL], [URL="http://www.citrix.com"]Xen[/URL], [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL], [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Solaris Zones[/URL], [URL="http://www.openvz.org"]OpenVZ[/URL] and [URL="http://www.qemu.org"]QEMU[/URL]. It's obvious from this list that Linux is the preferred technology for …

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Apple came out with its earnings report yesterday, and while all wasn't rosy for the Cupertino technology company, bottom line is they made money as earnings increased an impressive an impressive 8.7 percent in year over year earnings with net profits up 15 percent (as reported in [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/apr/22/apple-quarter-results"]the Guardian[/URL]). All this in the middle of what the IMF recently called, [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090422/ap_on_bi_ge/us_world_economy"]the worst economic climate since the Great Depression[/URL]. [B]Computer Sales Down[/B] As has been widely reported Mac sales have been off. People are buying fewer Apple computers and in fact Mac shipments were off significantly last quarter according to this …

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I read a [URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/infoworld/20090403/tc_infoworld/131038"]news story[/URL] by Paul Krill about how Linux OS Server shipments have and will continue to slip by double-digit margins in 2009. Windows Server shipments are hit hard as well but almost 5% less so than those of Linux. The original report came from IDC. The IDC is self-described as follows: [COLOR="Green"][INDENT]IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1000 IDC analysts …

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Microsoft has been active lately, showing some signs of spunk. I reported last week that Steve Ballmer was going straight after Apple at the McGraw Hill Summit (as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4155.html"]Ballmer Wastes No Words Going After Apple[/URL]). This week we see the release of an [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2009/03/new-microsoft-ad-goes-after-high-price-of-apple.html"]ad campaign comparing Apple prices with PC prices[/URL], and it actually appears that there is some cohesiveness in the Microsoft message. Ballmer says Apple's too expensive, followed by the ad campaign that reinforces that message. I know, Marketing 101, but it's a change from what we have seen from Microsoft (and a stark departure …

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Crikey! And there I was thinking we were slap bang in the middle of a global recession. Things can't be that bad, I guess, if a retailer can find $5.1 million to pay for a new domain name. Yet that is exactly what Toys R Us has paid out in order purchase the toys.com domain, making it the biggest earner in the online name market so far this year. Of course, it is not a record breaker as such. If you want to be involved in the real domain gold rush then you need a generic name associated with the …

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Two pieces of dispiriting information on the economy hit the big wire services today: The Associated Press -- The economy contracted at a staggering 6.2 percent pace at the end of 2008, the worst showing in a quarter-century, as consumers and businesses ratcheted back spending, plunging the country deeper into recession. The Commerce Department report released Friday showed the economy sinking much faster than the 3.8 percent annualized drop for the October-December quarter first estimated last month. It also was considerably weaker than the 5.4 percent annualized decline economists expected. Reuters -- U.S. consumer confidence fell to a three-month low …

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You have to give Microsoft credit. They keep trying, even if what they are trying is copying Apple. This time they have announced they are going to open retail stores. Sound familiar? It should because it's what Apple has done so successfully with its Apple Store strategy. The problem Microsoft faces with this approach is that they lack a portfolio of good consumer products to sell and it will take gobs of money to set up these stores. [B]Step Right Up for a Microsoft Genius[/B] Seems they want to set up something akin to Genius Bars at Apple Stores. Not …

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Remember last month when DaniWeb [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3847.html"]reported[/URL] how some 1400 jobs were to be lost at Microsoft? These losses forming the first part of a plan to trim costs which would see a total of 5000 Microsofties facing the axe. Well now, in the most bizarre of twists, it seems that the axe is not good enough and some of those laid off workers are feeling the twist of the Microsoft knife as well. According to letters sent to employees and now [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/21/oops-microsoft-asks-some-laid-off-workers-to-send-back-part-of-their-severance/"]published online[/URL] Microsoft is asking for its money back. Well, some of its money back at any rate. At …

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Last week Apple and Microsoft released their fourth quarter MP3 player sales figures, which Apple chooses to call its first quarter for some odd reason, and the numbers were a startling contrast. On one hand you had Microsoft with a 54 percent drop off in sales from the fourth quarter last year. On the other, you had Apple, selling a record number of iPods (again). Somewhere Steve Ballmer must be banging his head against a wall wondering if his company will ever catch a break, while Steve Jobs convalesces contentedly knowing his company continues to grow in spite of economic …

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For the last 10 years Google has been on an upward trajectory making gobs of money and astounding us all with there seemingly endless fount of innovation. For a time, there seemed to be a new product announcement every week. Google has always been very savvy about exploiting the news cycle, and keeping the brand in the public eye, but no company can grow forever and a couple of recent news stories suggest that Google's era of non-stop growth is finally over. [B]Cutting Employees [/B] On January 14th, Google reported in the [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/changes-to-recruiting.html"]company blog[/URL] that it was cutting 100 full …

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Security experts [URL="http://www.mcafee.com"]McAfee[/URL] confirm what we already know: when the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3023.html"]economy starts to hurt[/URL], the purveyors of malware jump in to increase the pain. With the revelation of it's 2009 threat predictions, McAfee looks ahead to a dismal year of continuing cyberthreats. Like I say, with no hint of surprise at all, the top trend to emerge is the exploitation of economic suffering, adding to the financial woes we face. People are being hit with fake financial transactions services, fake investment firms, and fake legal services. “Computer users face a dangerous one-two punch today” says Jeff Green, senior vice president …

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I write a great deal about Google mostly because it is always trying new things and putting them out there for free for the world to try. The tools are easy to access and use from wherever you are--any device with a browser and an internet connection--and you can't beat the single-sign on across the tool kit, but for all it has going for it, Google has a major trust issue. Every time I write about Google the comments always include people who won't trust Google with their content ever. Just last Fall, in fact, Richard Stallman suggested that cloud …

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[I]Instant karma's gonna get you Gonna knock you right on the head ~John Lennon. [/I] It's 2009 and I'm sure the powers that be at Microsoft are hoping it's going to be a good one without any tears, but even as the old year closed, the news kept getting worse for the software giant. Just yesterday the web surged with news that[URL="http://www.betanews.com/article/Y2K9_bug_hits_30_GB_Zunes/1230751818"] 30 GB Zunes were freezing up[/URL], apparently the victim of a Y2K-type clock bug where the Zunes rebooted and froze as of January 1, 2009 Pacific Time. And this morning, [URL="http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2009/01/01/rumor-microsoft-to-lay-off-17-of-staff-on-january-15-2009?utm_source=microblogging&utm_medium=pingfm&utm_term=main_ars_account&utm_campaign=microblogging"]Ars Technica reports[/URL] that rumors are flying about …

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This is the time of year for wish lists, so why not make a list of products I would like to see Apple make in 2009. I'm not under any illusions that Apple will actually listen to me, but this is a fun exercise and some of these would be really easy to do. [B]1. iPhone External Keyboard[/B] I like tap typing and I've gotten quite proficient at it, but if I want to use my iPhone as a portable computer and do some writing, I could use a real external keyboard with a cradle for my iPhone. I would …

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No matter which political camp in which you choose to pitch your tent, it's hard to deny that technology is at the heart of President-Elect Barack Obama new plans for the United States. As we learn more about what ideas he has in mind to strengthen the economy and gird the country's existing infrastructure, it's plain to see that new jobs in the tech sector will be created along the way. In a discussion of his [URL="http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/no_20081126_2820.php"]economic agenda[/URL] over the weekend, Obama pledged to put computers in classrooms, make broadband access more readily available, and also make electronic medical records …

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I like to follow news about Apple and its products as much as anyone. It's interesting and fun and watching the speculation is a kind of voyeurism, a way to get inside a company that keeps a tight lid on information, but much like baseball trade rumors, which I also love to follow, most of them turn out to be dead wrong. Yet we continue to insist on speculating and this week was no different as rumors flew about the health of the company and new lower-end devices. [B]What Ever Happened to the $800 Mac Book?[/B] Regular readers of this …

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Yesterday Adobe announced it would be laying off 600 employees worldwide, which represents, according to published accounts, 8 percent of the workforce. Reports suggested that Adobe was a victim of the overall economic slow down and the lower than expected earnings were due to selling fewer copies of the new Creative Suite 4 (CS4). Could Adobe, a large company with a loyal customer base and full control of the creative and web development software market, be technology's version of a canary in coal mine? It's hard to say with any certainty, but it doesn't bode well for the first half …

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The End.