Participate In Our Current Survey On The Effects Of A Down Economy

In the wake of a year's worth of weakened financial indicators and federal government bail outs in the US, Forrester has forecasted an imminent economic slowdown and eventual recession. Recent inquiries highlight the many questions on clients' minds about IT prioritization and the future of tech spending in the face of a down economy. Inevitably companies are looking to cut expenses and rethink investments.

Our business process & applications' analysts want to hear how your organization is coping with these decisions across technology projects and process improvement initiatives. Participate in the BP&A team's current survey to give your insight into the challenges your organization is facing and to receive complimentary analyst insight on this topic.

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New Dawn Fading?

Why is Amazon promoting a special edition Joy Division Zune for $350 to me? It came out in June in the old 80GB form factor (new 120GB models only cost $250; even in Gears of War 2 special edition livery, they're $280.)

Does Amazon know me that well?

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It may indeed be a collectible; I can't find one on eBay, where the Halo 3 edition 30GB model is $127. Where will it end?

Day Of The Lords [2007 Re-mastered Album Version]

I Sure Hope This Isn't the Future Biz Model of Newspapers

Future of newspapers: 75-cent collectibles for historic events. Memo from your newspaper to you, courtesy Romenesko:

And then a few years ago you rewarded my loyalty by straying. You went elsewhere. You sought the company of others who, you thought, gave you something that I could not. Fickle and faithless, you went looking for something faster, newer and younger.

Oh, You.

I wondered, incessantly, had I failed you? Was it me?

And then one day this week, You wanted me again. Hungrily. Desperately. You searched everywhere for me. You lined up outside my door, stood in the rain and cold, on the chance that I would be available to You again.

And I wasn't there. How ironic!

More Girls Really Should Marry Vampires

File this under "Now That's a Franchise." The movie adaptation of teen scream "Twilight," skedded to open in two weeks, is already selling out. It's no Potter, but still...

Reactions from Dreamforce 2008

What was the big takeaway this year at Dreamforce?

The Platform and Salesforce Ideas took center stage. What’s the Platform and Salesforce Ideas? Well, here’s the skinny:

Platform. The Platform, or Force.com as it’s also known, is a set of development tools that enables users to leverage the Salesforce CRM software application and build their own custom business app using the foundation of the Salesforce CRM app.

Salesforce Ideas. Salesforce Ideas is a social collaboration and communication tool. It facilitates, fosters, and aids in idea sharing electronically amongst a group of users.

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AT&T Makes Wi-Fi Play with Wayport Purchase

AT&T announced the purchase of Wayport today for $275 million in cash. See release.

First, Congratulations to the Wayport team! There were many in the industry who said that there was no money to be made in unlicensed spectrum or more specifically in public Wi-Fi. Wayport has built a large network and created an innovative business model.

What I like most about this deal is that it makes a lot of sense for consumers. Consumers simply want access to the Internet. They don't care how so much. When it was just a few people with laptops traveling a few days a month, day use fees tied to a single device made sense. Now, however, expectations have changed. Consumers have more devices that they want to use in more places to access the Internet.

Fewer network owners will simplify this process for consumers. Already more than one quarter of online users use public Wi-Fi. As a home AT&T DSL customer, I've already had access to AT&T-owned hotspots for a while. I look forward to the larger footprint as I drink more coke than coffee.

The timing is good as well given the number of iPhones in the market. I look forward to the day that my iPhone doesn't asked me six times each day if I want to connect to such and such Wi-Fi network as there are layers and layers of them here in San Francisco.

The recent announcement of free Wi-Fi on AT&T networks for iPhone customers made sense. It made more sense - at least for consumers - than simply having free access to iTunes at Starbucks. What will make more sense for consumers is using any application on any device as long as they are AT&T customers. Sure, exclusive content on a specific network and specific device is good for the business partners and benefits consumers, but those aren't the most consumer-centric deals.

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AT & T Makes Wi-Fi Play with Wayport Purchase

AT&T announced the purchase of Wayport today for $275 million in cash. See release.

First, Congratulations to the Wayport team! There were many in the industry who said that there was no money to be made in unlicensed spectrum or more specifically in public Wi-Fi. Wayport has built a large network and created an innovative business model.

What I like most about this deal is that it makes a lot of sense for consumers. Consumers simply want access to the Internet. They don't care how so much. When it was just a few people with laptops traveling a few days a month, day use fees tied to a single device made sense. Now, however, expectations have changed. Consumers have more devices that they want to use in more places to access the Internet.

Fewer network owners will simplify this process for consumers. Already more than one quarter of online users use public Wi-Fi. As a home AT&T DSL customer, I've already had access to AT&T-owned hotspots for a while. I look forward to the larger footprint as I drink more coke than coffee.

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Blogging done right

Like millions of Americans, I followed the presidential elections in my favorite blogs, but one source deserves special recognition.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com published a running summary and projection of the myriad of national and state polls that was astonishing for its breadth and depth, but his projections based on the polls and their trends turned out to be uncannily correct.

Silver first emerged when he called both the direction and degree of the Indiana and North Carolina Democratic primaries -- a narrow win for Clinton in Indiana and a whupping in North Carolina.

When everyone else, including the mainstream media, were touting the latest numbers from whoever in whatever state, Nate Silver's site was one of the few places you could get a clear, concise consensus forecast that didn't vary wildly from one day to the next.

Silver's not exactly an amateur. He's a professional baseball forecaster. But he delivered intelligent and prescient forecasts of surpassing quality for free on his blog.

Now that's mainstream media we can believe in, my friends.

You betcha.

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Flashback

Is this what it was like for my parents when JFK won? He looks good in skinny ties suits. Cue "This Is the New Frontier." (very hard to find a good version on the interweb.)

Paperless at LGA

The TSA and Continental Airlines launched paperless boarding pass capabilities at LaGuardia Airport this week, bringing the number of airports to host the service to ten. Alaska Airlines, Delta and Northwest are also trialing mobile boarding pass technology.

There are a host of technical considerations behind the scenes for bar-code boarding passes, including the global encryption standards that were adopted last year by IATA — the International Air Transport Association. IATA expects all airlines to be bar-code-boarding-pass capable by the end of the year and the TSA has stated it sees tremendous potential for paperless boarding passes.

In a survey we conducted at JupiterResearch earlier this year, we found that 18% of online travelers are interested in being able to check in for a flight using their mobile device. This number increases to 27 percent among business travelers.

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