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November/December 2010


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3 TB External Drive

These days it’s all about security at high speeds, and Seagate’s FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive delivers both. As the world’s first 3 TB external hard drive, this machine offers USB 2.0 plug-and-play connectivity, automatic continuous backup, and powerful encryption software.

To achieve the velocity you need, upgrade your machine to a faster interface. Simply pair the drive with a GoFlex USB 3.0 or FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter (not included) to increase your performance by up to 10 times. The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk External Drive is available in three capacity sizes: 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB (Mac and PC compatible). US$100-$249, depending on size.

What Do You Say?

What was the best part of Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne, and Oracle Develop: Larry Ellison’s Wednesday keynote, the Appreciation Event, the Mason Street Tent, or something else?

Respond at surveymonkey.com/s/Z6TJSC5.

Mob Socializing

Every social network has its own smartphone app, but these four cross boundaries.



When your online and real-world social networks overlap, connect with another person by holding your phones and bumping hands. Free (iPhone and Android).



This mobile-enabled Website supports foursquare, Gowalla, whrrl, and other location-based social loyalty networks. Free (mobile Web).


“Power can make you wealthy and healthy. To get power, you have to know the rules of the game, get out of your own way, and master political skill.”

—Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t (HarperBusiness, 2010).


A single client for multiple chat networks, including AIM, Windows Live, Google Talk, and Facebook. Free (iPhone and Android, plus mobile Web).



Participate in thousands of online forums (forum owner must enable access). US$2.99 or free for read-only (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia).


Plug Into the Cloud

Float on your own personal cloud with Pogoplug Biz from Pogoplug. This device allows you to connect your external USB drives to the internet to share files and other data with colleagues and clients, with no uploading required. Business-oriented features include usage statistics and auditing, interface customization, custom e-mail addresses, cloud/mobile printing, Web-view-only sharing, and remote backup. In addition, files can be shared and viewed from any Web browser, and you can upload and share files and folders directly from your mobile device while on the road. And here’s the kicker: no monthly fees. US$299.


Information Challenges Impact BI

A 2010 survey of 279 Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) members found that a variety of information-related challenges affect business decision-making. The survey has been conducted three times since 2007.

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How frequently is decision-making at your business impacted by “x”? (Graph shows percentages of respondents who answered “almost all” or “most” of the time, 2007 through 2010.)

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Source: 2010 OAUG ResearchLine survey on performance management solutions and methodologies, oaug.com


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