Tech Sanity Check

TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner applies a sanity check to new technologies, new products, and new developments in the IT industry in order to help IT leaders sort through the latest hype and

  • Jason Hiner // July 7, 2009, 1:56 AM PST

    Much of Google Android's 2009 mojo is riding on Motorola

    Most of the companies building smartphones based on Google Android are just dipping their toes in the water. Motorola is the one company that's making a big bet on Android. That's why a lot of Android's 2009 success or failure will be tied to Motorola's mobile comeback.


  • Jason Hiner // July 7, 2009, 7:15 AM PST

    Poll: Does your IT department ever sell old equipment to employees?

    In TechRepublic's User Support blog William Jones recently discussed the pitfalls of selling old PCs and devices to employees. Does your company ever sell or give away its old technology? Take our poll.


  • Jason Hiner // July 8, 2009, 12:00 AM PST

    Video: How to navigate Palm Pre's new UI

    Palm did a total reboot of its mobile platform with the webOS and of course the Palm Pre is the first smartphone to implement it. Get a look at the Pre's flashy new UI in this four-minute video clip from CNET executive editor Molly Wood.


  • Jason Hiner // July 12, 2009, 5:00 PM PST

    Google Chrome OS: 3 reasons it matters, and 4 reasons it's irrelevant

    Google has finally announced its long-expected operating system, the Chrome OS. Here's what we know about it, plus my take on both why it matters and why it could turn out to be irrelevant.


  • Jason Hiner // July 9, 2009, 12:01 AM PST

    Generator Research: iPhone will overtake Nokia in 2012

    Generator Research has released a new report predicting that the Apple iPhone's current growth trajectory will enable it to catch and surpass Nokia for the top spot in the global smartphone market within three years. Here's my quick analysis of the report.


  • Jason Hiner // July 13, 2009, 3:32 PM PST

    Leo Laporte voted 'President of the Internet' in mock election

    TechRepublic's mock election for "President of the Internet" has concluded and the winner with over 40% of the vote is veteran technology commentator Leo Laporte. See the full election results.


  • Jason Hiner // July 15, 2009, 3:30 AM PST

    Video: Five beliefs that can take down an IT leader

    There have been many IT departments that could have been tremendously successful if it weren't for the faulty beliefs of their leaders. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives puts the spotlight on five ways of thinking that can cripple your IT operation and damage your career.


  • Jason Hiner // July 15, 2009, 12:56 PM PST

    Photos from TR10, TechRepublic's 10th anniversary event

    On June 26-27, TechRepublic celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a gathering of its community members in Louisville, Kentucky. We have posted a full photo gallery of the event with a combination of submitted photos from various TechRepublic staffers and community members.


  • Jason Hiner // July 17, 2009, 6:10 AM PST

    IT budgets: How to waste money and get fired

    Most IT departments still waste money in lots of common and avoidable ways. TechRepublic has put together a special report to help IT leaders identify the most common ways that IT departments throw money away.


  • Jason Hiner // July 19, 2009, 7:15 PM PST

    Has Microsoft switched from defense back to offense?

    Microsoft has been back on its heels playing defense for a decade, since its antitrust trial with the U.S. Department of Justice. However, recent events point to a Microsoft that's ready to start playing offense again. But does the company still have any touchdown passes left?


  • Jason Hiner // July 17, 2009, 1:28 AM PST

    Video: Is the Tour now the best BlackBerry on the market?

    I've been testing the new BlackBerry Tour this week and did a quick video clip to share my first thoughts on the pros and cons of the Tour from a business perspective and where the new device fits in the smartphone market.


  • Jason Hiner // July 21, 2009, 6:32 AM PST

    IT blocks users from social networking in 71% of organizations

    The American Management Association has estimated that about half of all U.S. employers have policies restricting workers from visiting social networking sites. A new TechRepublic poll conducted during the first half of July indicates that the number is even higher.


  • Jason Hiner // July 22, 2009, 1:04 AM PST

    Video: Four ways to recession-proof your IT group

    In a difficult economy, IT becomes invaluable for driving efficiency and cost savings. However, to become perpetually relevant, IT needs to be perceived as a value-generating, strategically active department. Here are four ways that IT can prove its worth and generate tangible business value.


  • Jason Hiner // July 23, 2009, 1:34 PM PST

    CIO Jury split 50/50 on deploying Windows 7 in 2010

    IT departments have largely ignored Windows Vista and stuck with Windows XP as the corporate standard. However, Windows 7 has received a warmer response from IT professionals than Vista did, and TechRepublic's CIO Jury is split down the middle on whether to deploy Windows 7.


  • Jason Hiner // July 28, 2009, 10:00 PM PST

    Video: Five smart ways to handle workforce reductions

    If workforce reductions are not handled right, they can make an already difficult situation even worse. Here are tips to minimize the impact of layoffs on IT operations.