Expert Analysis
Content posted in November 2002
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News  |  11/30/2002  | 
Supercomputing center gets ready to power up 256 more Brocade ports
News  |  11/28/2002  | 
E-healthcare provider deploys FalconStor software to manage medical records
Happy Thanksgiving!
Commentary  |  11/26/2002  | 
Hey, folks, just a quick update. Lori is already enjoying the holiday with her family, and I will be starting that happy activity later this afternoon. We will be back next Monday. On behalf of Lori, Mike, myself, and the...
November 15th issue now complete
Commentary  |  11/25/2002  | 
Hi folks, despite the coming holiday, we've managed to publish the second and final installment of our November 15th issue. In it you'll find a smashing review of traffic shaping devices by Mike DeMaria and an in-depth review point-to-point wireless...
No Trespassing
Commentary  |  11/25/2002  | 
WEP warns potential intruders your wireless network is private property and they will suffer the consequences if they cross the line.
Office 11 Flappings
News  |  11/25/2002  | 
The loudest rumblings? Version 11 is designed to run only on Windows 2000 SP3 and XP. Tough luck, Win98 and NT users.
Xandros--Mom's New Linux Desktop
News  |  11/25/2002  | 
Corel Linux has been reinvented as Xandros, a user-friendly flavor of the operating system.
Cisco Updates Do-All Switch Line
News  |  11/25/2002  | 
We tested Cisco's 4507R and found it delivers wire-speed performance and redundancy.
Web Infrastructure: Relieve Web Performance Anxiety
News  |  11/25/2002  | 
Here's a guide to benchmarking your Web site's end-to-end performance to ensure optimum reliability.
Warding off WAN Gridlock
News  |  11/25/2002  | 
We tested dedicated traffic shapers and found that Packeteer's keeps traffic flowing smoothly.
Commentary  |  11/25/2002  | 
IT pros must become the business, not some broken appendage that needs to be realigned with it.
News  |  11/25/2002  | 
It doesn't matter if people are kicking in the front door or sneaking in the back--either way they get in.
Check Out Our Pipes
Commentary  |  11/25/2002  | 
When heavy rain or snow kicked up in the Boston area, the microwave link would flake out. Ah, the good ol' days.
Commentary  |  11/23/2002  | 
Aha! Remember that ob_start() and ob_end_flush() are your friends in PHP when trying to set headers from include calls. The first call tells the server to not send HTTP headers until you tell it to, making it possible to include...
Commentary  |  11/21/2002  | 
Well, the dynamic issue is solved, but now the darn servlet doesn't process the query correctly when it's called from the Web server. If you access it directly it works, but not from the Web server. Maybe a reboot is...
Commentary  |  11/20/2002  | 
I think there is a conspiracy to keep me from coding. I spent a couple hours this morning working on getting things like login's and customer registration up and running. Almost there, got some weird issue with an include file...
Honey, I Shrunk the Comdex
Commentary  |  11/19/2002  | 
Over at my old stomping grounds,, Senior Contributing Editor Jerry Pournelle is once again filing his annual fall Comdex reports. And from the sounds of things, this may be the teeny, tinyest Comdex in Vegas ever. I've been to...
Backing up OS X volumes
Commentary  |  11/18/2002  | 
This weekend I upgraded to OS X 10.2. Woo. However before upgrading I wanted to repartition my laptop drive. I found this awesome freeware utility, Carbon Copy Cloner. It lets you copy disks/partitions and maintain the file permissions, invisible files,...
Cheap and Available
News  |  11/18/2002  | 
If you're looking for lightning fast ROI, try point-to-point wireless. It's cheap, secure and reliable.
A Modest Proposal
News  |  11/18/2002  | 
It is frustrating to see Web sites designed to work only with Microsoft Internet Explorer. But a solution rises.
The Point-to-Point of Wireless Bridging
News  |  11/18/2002  | 
We tested six enterprise-class fixed-access systems running at 5 GHz, where bandwidth is plentiful. Proxim's QuickBridge 60 eked out our Editor's Choice.
Dual Band By Design
News  |  11/18/2002  | 
Netgear's PC Card combines 802.11a and 802.11b, letting you use both specs in your WLAN without compromising performance.
Making the Vall on VoIP
News  |  11/18/2002  | 
An unforeseen disaster prompted Lexent to move to VoIP before the scheduled changeover. But the move proved a blessing in disguise.
3Com Embeds Firewall in PC NICs
News  |  11/18/2002  | 
Secure Computing and 3Com have developed a PC Card with an embedded firewall.
new issue online
Commentary  |  11/18/2002  | 
Good day everyone. We've just posted the first installment of our November 15th issue, where you'll find a wireless blowout by our own Dave Molta, focusing on fixed point-to-point wireless solutions. According to Dave, "If you're looking for lightning-quick ROI...
Just when you think all is well...
Commentary  |  11/16/2002  | 
I was coding on our apps and getting things hooked up to the web server when I noticed that all the descriptions for the widgets in our inventory tables in DB2 were truncated at 128 characters. Hmmm... You'd think I...
News  |  11/15/2002  | 
Medical image archive company teams with Sun to help hospitals manage millions of X-rays
From the watch for media stupidity on media
Commentary  |  11/14/2002  | 
"This DVD will self destruct in 8 hours." No really. Get this. "Once the packaging is opened, the disc will work for only eight hours before being made unreadable by a dye sandwiched between the DVD's layers that interacts with...
The things we do after hours...
Commentary  |  11/14/2002  | 
Anyone who knows me, knows that Halloween is my absolute, all-time favorite holiday. I've loved it since my first trick-or-treat many, many (many) years ago; and while I don't ring doorbells anymore begging for goodies, I still have alot of...
Ken Koch, President and CEO, Inrange
News  |  11/12/2002  | 
"Will Cisco execute? Time will tell. We've been delivering what enterprises need for the last 30 years."
New Stuff
Commentary  |  11/12/2002  | 
Yesterday afternoon, we received the first two pieces of our Cisco equipment via FedEx. They are two Cisco 7400ASR Routers. Booya! Hopefully, the Ethernet switches will not be long behind. Mike today reloaded one of our lab machines, a HP...
Quick Takes
News  |  11/12/2002  | 
We look at: Alcatel e-Reflexes and WebSoftphone; Symark Software PowerBroker 3.0; Stalker Software CommuniGate Pro Groupware; SurfControl E-Mail Filter 4.5
3 GHz, Hyperthreading and You
News  |  11/12/2002  | 
IT organizations should make hyperthreading mandatory on all new desktop PC purchases of 3 GHz or above.
Sucessful Test
Commentary  |  11/11/2002  | 
We tested the UPS subsystem with gracefull shutdown for all the PCs in the lab. Works nice. Mike B is working on one of our lab machines this morning, a HP NetServer that has been giving us trouble. While he...
Storage Alchemy: Kicking and Screaming
Commentary  |  11/11/2002  | 
Commodization means truly competing, and not just against peers but against smaller, more nimble companies.
News  |  11/11/2002  | 
"With all the half measures and false promises in today's technology industry, securing computers amounts to locking the door of a straw house."
Slowing Rev Cycles Isn't Only Way To Save Money
News  |  11/11/2002  | 
Companies are cutting costs by upgrading less and stretching existing products' life. Here's some better ways to save money.
New content on
Commentary  |  11/11/2002  | 
Good morning all. We have a new issue of Network Computing on tap this morning, starting off with a great review of telecomm security solutions by By Joe Hernick, Dean Ellerton and Jim Wiggs as well as a useful workshop...
Wiring Closet from Hell
Commentary  |  11/11/2002  | 
Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures of their not-so-organized wiring closets. We are going to publish our favorite in an upcoming issue of Network Computing, but for now, we invite you to enjoy this select sample. From Lorie Zemblowski "Get...
University of Washington
News  |  11/9/2002  | 
Checks into InfiniBand to stream multimedia data from its storage infrastructure
Brocade's Virtual Bet
News  |  11/9/2002  | 
Brocade's Virtual Bet The Rhapsody acquisition is a defensive, risky move - but it's the right one
Everyone must record code
Commentary  |  11/8/2002  | 
I remember mucking around with Rexx in OS/2. It was a truly liberating experience, especially after spending way too much time with Edlin and batch files. It's OO-ness, simplicity and consistency helped me automate a variety of mundane systems admin...
Analog, the next big technological breakthrough
Commentary  |  11/8/2002  | 
In honor of Microsoft's newly released Tablet PC, Bare Bones Software re-posted its seminal press release announcing the only improvement possible to Microsoft's uber device, namely, the PAD. Bedford, MA -- April 1, 2002 -- Bare Bones Software today announced...
Dilbert was right
Commentary  |  11/8/2002  | 
From MSNBC: Researchers in Japan have scientifically documented what dwellers of Dilbertville have known for years: Prolonged daily computer use can make you sore and sap your strength, energy and motivation. I could have told you that......
Simulations Coded
Commentary  |  11/7/2002  | 
After a couple hours of coding, the simulations for the lab are finished. We'll be simulating order entry and inventory management via Java servlets. Of course the next step is to set up a system to run the simulations on...
Pretty Pictures
Commentary  |  11/6/2002  | 
Photographers are in this morning, taking pictures of the NWC Inc infrastructure and lab for the print article coming up on this project. Since we can't get within 10 feet of the racks right now, not much progress is being...
More progress! I've finally gotten
Commentary  |  11/5/2002  | 
More progress! I've finally gotten back to the code crunching and managed to put together a servlet to simulate the manufacturing process. Basically it just increases the inventory of our widgets. WebSphere Studio is great at automating database queries, but...
Commentary  |  11/5/2002  | 
Well, we borrowed a switch from Contributing Editor Joel Conover, and were able to get our new NSS NAS1000 network attached storage devices up and running. Now, we need to get them to talk to the ADS server. I should...
The Rules of Electronic Record-Keeping
News  |  11/4/2002  | 
Strategies for planning and budgeting for data migration and conversion, and guidelines for compliance with data-retention laws and regulations.
Dial 1-800 plug Holes
News  |  11/4/2002  | 
SecureLogix's ETM suite is the only enterprise-level platform for securing PBXs, modems and other dial-in paths to your IP network.
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