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One of the 2006 Soccer World Cup highlights must surely be the Trinidad and Tobago versus Sweden game. The underdogs Trinidad and Tobago managed to push off the onslaught from the Swedish team. The game ended 0-0, which was for the people of Trinidad and Tobago a divine experience - their teams very first World Cup point! So, you are, of course, asking yourself: What are these guys talking about? The question you should ask yourself is: Is Trinidad and Tobago going to be a success in the Java EE world as well? With the addition of project Trinidad to the Apache MyFaces community, the MyFaces project can now offer a rich and powerful component solution Trinidad and Tobago (and not to forget the original Tomahawk library). Project Tobago is a donation from Atanion GmbH ( and, as a project, it recently graduated from the Apache Incubator. Project Trin... (more)

Escola de Linux and Linux na escola

Brazil. Samba, Soccer, Carnaval, Caipirinhas and Churrasco. And, of course, Open Source. The Latin American nation of 180 million is among the world's leaders in both government-backed and grass-roots adoption of Free and Open Software (FOSS), with growing deployment in the public sector, in the banking and retail industries, and by educational institutions, both for infrastructure and curriculum use. Moreover, Brazil is home to dozens of FOSS projects and to some illustrious proponents of Linux, including kernel maintainer Marcelo Tosatti and pop star minister of culture, Gilberto Gil. This article focuses on how federal and local government agencies and schools, from the streets of São Paulo to the sertão of Ceará, are leveraging Linux in both the classroom and the data center, and as matters of public policy and of personal choice. Lei de informática - Brazil's G... (more)

Wireless Wealth from the Soccer Field?

One fascinating aspect of the unwired world is that it is no respecter of history or geography. And I don't just mean in the sense of "the end of the distance"; I mean in the sense that emerging economics are latching on to wireless technologies and leveraging them to get a jump on the rest of the world. Take South Korea, not necessarily the first capital city to spring to mind when contemplating 21st-century capitalism - and yet, its capital Seoul is in the very forefront of the race to wireless. Aided and abetted by the Korean industrial giant, Samsung, Seoul's DCMA2000 1x commercial wireless network is poised to secure Seoul as prominent a place in the wireless world as San Francisco has in the wired one. Or take Finland, a nation famous - until recently - for vodka, lakes, and the Olympic middle-distance runner Lasse Viren...yet now known from Chicago to Shangh... (more)

China's Internet Companies Roar Back to Life - Thanks to Mobile Phones

After years of losses, China's three biggest Internet portals are making a sharp turnaround, posting their first profits and turning into a rare bright spot on the slumping NASDAQ stock market. Investors can thank China's love affair with the mobile phone. The services still have to contend with China's low incomes and slow adoption of online commerce. But the turning point came when China Mobile, the country's largest mobile-phone company, introduced a system last year called micropayment, which lets portals share in revenues for wireless Internet access. Now Inc., Inc., and Inc. can charge users who visit their Web sites via SMS. The portals get about 20¢ (1.5 Yuan) each time a mobile user downloads information or games. "These guys are getting fat off the crumbs off China Mobile's table," says Steven Schwankert, an industry expert in... (more)

How to Spend $15 Billion on Mobile Telephony Worldwide…and Regret It

DoCoMo, which started the world's first W-CDMA service in October, has pursued a strategy of taking minority investments in overseas carriers to build a family of mobile phone companies throughout the world using the same 3G mobile phone technology. So far, it has not been a resounding financial success. Japan's largest mobile phone company, NTT DoCoMo, will post an extraordinary loss of about $2.5 billion in the first half of this year to reflect a revaluation of its investment in KPN Mobile, the Dutch mobile phone operator. The write-down, which was widely expected, comes just over a year after DoCoMo agreed to take a 15% stake in KPN Mobile, and amounts to about 37% of DoCoMo's forecast full-year pretax profits. The admission that DoCoMo overpaid for KPN Mobile was welcomed by investors concerned about the gap between the price DoCoMo has paid for its various o... (more)

Nokia Deploys Java Client Technology in Mobile Campaign

Nokia has joined European companies 12snap AG and Ferrero to provide the mobile marketing component for  a multi-channel marketing strategy that reaches German soccer fans. A code on the back of pictures found in selected products can be sent via SMS to order the digital Collector's Album and additional DFB football pictures. Initially the digital Collector's Album is installed on the mobile phone through a WAP push link (an SMS sent back to the requester's mobile phone with a link that when clicked upon, will download the album and pictures ordered onto that particular phone). "This Collector's Album demonstrates the abilities of our innovative Java client technology and it shows what, creatively speaking, can be done with a mobile phone," said a Ferraro representative. The campaign comes in the wake of the recently completed World Cup, which was held throughout Germ... (more)

Gregs StorageIO Out and About Update

With the 2010 summer solstice having occurred in the northern hemisphere that means it is time for a quick out and about update. It has been a busy winter and spring in the office, on the road as well as at home. Some results of this recent activity have appeared in blog, on my web site as well as via other sites and venues. For example, activity or content ranges from Industry Trends and Perspectives white papers, reports, blogs, newsletter commentary, interviews, Internet TV, videos, web cast, pod casts (including several appearances on StorageMonkeys Infosmack as well as Rich Brambleys Virtumania), ask the expert (ATE) questions, twitter tweets, tips and columns. Then there were the many in person presentations, key note and seminar events, conferences, briefing sessions along with virtual conferencing and advisory consulting sessions (read and see more here). ... (more)

InfoComm 2009 Exhibitor Profiles

InfoComm 2009 takes place June 17 - 19, 2009 at the Orange County Convention Center. Business Wire is the official news wire for InfoComm 2009. Breaking news releases, advisories, photos, and multimedia are available at, Business Wire's trade show, conference, and event news resource. Listed below are InfoComm 2009 exhibitor profiles. Company:   .advancedMethod Booth: 2179 Media Contact: Jennifer Jantzen Phone: (206)973-2931 E-mail: [email protected] Web:   .advancedMethod’s express is designed to dramatically simplify the deployment of digital signage, whether that means to a single sign or a gigantic network. express includes the basic player and software necessary to create your own content right out of the box, plus industry-related templates, even “live” news feeds.     Comp... (more)

Barca: Beating Real on the Pitch Is Only Stage One...

These are good times for F.C. Barcelona. The world’s favourite team* has just won Spain’s La Liga title, and an incredible six pieces of silverware from the last two seasons alone. Fans and critics alike are lauding Pep Guardiola’s team as the best ever, with its breathtaking blend of sexy football, individual and team brilliance, and a hunger that is second to none. But it’s not just on the pitch where Guardiola’s men are triumphant. Off the pitch, the Messi’s and Ineista’s of the corporate box are weaving their own quick-footed blend of business artistry: taking on the likes of Man United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – and winning all over again. MeetTheBoss.TV has secured a rare interview with Lander Unzueta, Chief Marketing Officer, F.C. Barcelona: the man charged with making reality of Barça’s strapline, ‘més que un club’ (more than a club). Lander has p... (more)

Olympic Failure: Was it NBC, Charter, Samsung or YouTube?

I don’t know what you thought about the opening ceremony of the “Games Of The 30th Olympiad Of The Modern Era,” but I watched it from seat 5D on JetBlue Flt 676 from LAX to JFK and, for me, it lacked some of the grandeur I was expecting. Not to worry. Once they passed torch, lit the cauldron and sealed it with Sir Paul’s awesome version of Hey Jude, I was psyched to immerse myself in the hundreds of hours of cross-platform coverage offered by the Networks of NBC. (By the way, can you name the networks of NBC? Scroll down to the bottom of the article for the answer.) On the first official day of the Olympics, MSNBC, NBC, NBC Sports, Bravo and Telemundo all carried fully produced, linear feeds. CNBC had a some coverage, then a combination of unrelated regular and paid programming. There was fencing, swimming, handball, archery, badminton, tennis and soccer. It was m... (more)

Musings on a hot summer Friday

Th summer heat is here finally, temperature likely to hit 100 in south bay today, July 16th, a Friday. The stock market behaves as erratically as ever, going south at every little hint of a economic slowdown. Steve Jobs finally owns up the antenna issue for iPhone4. I got mine on the first day after standing in line for hours (pre-ordered). Someone suggested that I get the case to protect the glass from touching any surface, as the new phone is flat compared to the 2G or 3G with a curved backside. So I did put on the side covers and guess what! I had no problems of dropped calls, my fingers never touched the left side antenna spot. But I am going to get that refund for the cover I paid for. Google had their earnings yesterday and the search business saw reduced growth. Google has always been a “one trick pony” and all their attempts at diversification has failed so ... (more)