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AIR to the desktop throne

Just as we are getting our heads round the idea of online applications, the wheel, we are told, is turning a full circle and the focus is moving back to the desktop. A number of browser plug ins are bringing applications out of the browser and creating hybrid apps that have been dubbed the new webtops. These include Microsoft’s Silverlight, Google’s Gears and Adobe’s AIR. Crucially though, Adobe takes things a step further with AIR, which can operate entirely independently of the browser.

Widget Woes

Widgets and gadgets of the desktop variety are becoming a headache. When they are not swallowing up memory they are proving to be the tiny crack through which virus nasties are slipping.

A quick glance to the right of my screen reveals a pot of virtual tulips that needs a virtual watering, a smiley face tracking my CPU usage, rolling news feeds, a weather forecast for London (not my location, but it's a long story), a notepad and the to do list I couldn’t do without. OK I am the kind of widget addict that support teams running out of thumbs to plug the virus dam could do without

Backup Basics and Better Backups

This is a follow-on from Friday’s post about Backups

Database Backups – The Basics

Serio, like many systems, stores most (but not all) of it’s data in a relational (ie, table based) database which can be either Oracle or SQL Server. I’m going to talk about SQL Server, but most of this applies to Oracle as well. So when you log an Incident, it’s stored in a the database, when you compose an email, it's stored in the database, and on - pretty much all of the content you create is stored there.

A call for open standards in digital rights management

Are you comfortable with the idea you can play the music you’ve paid for on iTunes only on your iPod? Surely it’s time to put consumers first argues Mark James.

Digital rights management (DRM) is a big issue right now. Content creators have a natural desire to protect their intellectual property and consumers want easy access to music, video, and other online content.

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