Articles By Neil McAllister

Adobe Edge free preview makes Web animations simple

The Flash-versus-HTML war is mostly hype. HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript can't accomplish everything Flash can do today, and at their current rate of development, they'll take a long time to catch up (while

Published on: August 18th, 2011 Neil McAllister

Samsung Chromebook not suited for business use

Google thinks you should do all of your computing on the Web. To prove its point, the company has been working to replace traditional desktop software with Web-based alternatives, such as Gmail and

Published on: July 14th, 2011 Neil McAllister

Office 365 beta shows promise but lacks polish

The more Google's Web-based services encroach on Microsoft's traditional markets, the more Microsoft seems determined to bring the fight to Google's home turf by offering online services of its own. Redmond's first stab

Published on: November 25th, 2010 Neil McAllister

Businesses must remember developers are people too

Everyone knows the software programmer stereotype: Developers are lone hackers working late into the night, the room illuminated only by their computer monitors. They subsist on delivery pizza and Mountain Dew. They rarely

Published on: August 3rd, 2010 Neil McAllister

10 reasons why the PC’s going nowhere — and Steve Jobs is dead wrong

The PC as you know it is obsolete. So sayeth Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who took the stage at the Wall Street Journal's D8 conference in June to talk about what he sees

Published on: July 7th, 2010 Neil McAllister

Why HTML still isn’t the perfect Web language

Last week I applauded the decline of Flash and other proprietary RIA (rich Internet application) platforms, particularly with HTML5 promising improved support for interactivity and multimedia. Not everyone agreed with me. And like

Published on: May 18th, 2010 Neil McAllister

How Twitter plans to turn its data store into a cash cow

The unthinkable has happened: Twitter has decided to make money. Longtime users of the microblogging service, which for years has operated without a viable business model, are anguished at the prospect of paid

Published on: April 27th, 2010 Neil McAllister

Web Office Suite showdown: Microsoft vs. Google vs. Zoho

A spreadsheet in your browser ? A word processor on the Web? These days, SaaS (software as a service) is all the rage, and the success of Web-based upstarts like Salesforce.com has sent

Published on: October 8th, 2009 Neil McAllister

Five weaknesses of Web-based applications

For most of us, especially given these tough economic times, for the Web to have become the platform of choice for enterprise application development seems like a no-brainer. But to paraphrase The Return

Published on: February 2nd, 2009 Neil McAllister

A complete beginner’s guide to Ubuntu Linux

Getting started with Linux can be an intimidating task, particularly for people who have never tried any operating system besides Windows. In truth, however, very little about Linux is actually difficult to use.

Published on: January 27th, 2009 Neil McAllister

Will Google and Microsoft Own the Web?

The deal gives Google top placement in Firefox's search engine bar. But now that Google is also shipping Chrome, its own branded browser, some critics are asking whether the search engine giant's deep

Published on: January 18th, 2009 Neil McAllister

Cloud Computing Isn’t All Azure Skies

Details about the offering remain scant at this point -- the SDKs and developer programs are "by invitation only" -- but what I've heard so far sounds promising. I'm particularly interested in Live

Published on: December 23rd, 2008 Neil McAllister

How to keep your IT staff effective in these tough times

It's official! Late last week, the economists at the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research convened to examine financial trends over the last 12 months. Their conclusion? The decline in economic activity since

Published on: December 10th, 2008 Neil McAllister

When ‘IT’ stands for Incredible Terror – 20 mistakes you need to avoid

Back in 2004, InfoWorld's then-CTO Chad Dickerson polled the best and brightest to reveal 20 IT mistakes that were surefire recipes for cost overruns, missed deadlines, and in some cases, lost jobs. A

Published on: October 10th, 2008 Neil McAllister

15 Turning Points in Tech History

Or if Steve Jobs had never taken his fateful tour of Xerox PARC? Had he not seen PARC's GUI in action he might never have created the Macintosh. And then where would Windows

Published on: August 4th, 2008 Neil McAllister