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A lot of buzz is in the air about what Apple is going to release (or not) at WWDC next month. As usual Apple has done a great job of keeping people guessing about what will be announced and when it will be available. Since the release of the Citrix Receiver for iPhone there has also been an increased interest in the iPhone for business use and how it can be utilized to be more productive (and have a little fun). The interest has also increase the desire for more, lots of people want the iPhone to become the " NirvanaPhone " by adding video and Keyboard capability , but there are other requests as well. " This would be awesome if it only did X ... " So let's make some predictions and put some numbers to the features and announcements we want at WWDC. Take the Poll here ... (more)

Build Once, Deliver Anywhere, No Objective C Required

Last week I presented at the iPhone Developer Summit iPhone Developer Summit an alternative option of app development for the iPhone or any mobile device. The basic premise is to use the Tools or Development platforms you already know to modify or build applications that can optimized for viewing on the iPhone yet actually run on XenApp servers within the datacenter. The concept was very well received by non-developer IT Pro's and developers that are experts in other platforms, now trying to get their head around Objective C and other iPhone specific considerations. For the exist... (more)

Top Ten Reasons To Use "Real" Outlook On Your iPhone

iPhone Developer on Ulitzer In reverse order: 10. You won't get fired for leaving your iPhone in a cab revealing company secrets. 9. You won't miss another meeting with your boss because the iPhone calendar app didn't sync right with your Exchange server. 8. Speed read through your email with just a swipe. 7. Open large attachments in seconds without crashing the email app. 6. Edit attachments and view features like Word Track Changes. 5. Click on Intranet / SharePoint site links, and they work ! 4. Easily find; Sent, Deleted, Saved, emails just like Outlook on your PC. 3. You can... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics, Part One

Chris Fleck's Blog The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. Below is a simple comparison of Amazon EC2 vs. purchasing a set of servers for development purposes ( I have added some additional costs and scenarios). This example also assumes the servers fit in existing space and either environment would be managed by exi... (more)

Virtual Missile Hits VMWorld!

Despite the early warnings Citrix has made a direct hit at VMWorld 2009, announcing enterprise-proven XenServer will now be free. The news seems to have been well received by IT shops looking for ways to save in the tough economic climate as well as by virtualization consultants expanding the options they can offer customers. Michael Goldstein, VP at LAN Associates, a VMware, Microsoft and Citrix Reseller that specializes in IT solutions for the legal industry said “ This move by Citrix is going to really shake things up. Unless the client is totally committed to VMware, we can n... (more)