Renaming the Internet
Back in our October 13th, 2005 edition of the Last Mile, we asked those twisted and disturbed individuals we affectionately call our readers (also known as "you") to offer up their most creative ideas for a new name for the...
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go, Episode 04 - Rotor Routers. We all have moments of insight, where an idea or concept becomes clear and settles into the frontal lobes of our minds. Squeaky breaks and pitted rotors caused my...
Google Goes After Classifieds, Big-Time
Newspapers and online classified ad sites should start trembling, because Google has made it clear it's painted a bull's eye on the classified market. A new Google job posting for a director of classified ads has made it clear that...
'Google Murder' Trial Nearing Conclusion
Prosecutors have found more computer evidence in the trial of a computer consultant accused of killing his wife and dumping her body into a lake; the case could go before
Out Of Alignment?
Getting IT and business managers on the same page is a frequent topic of conversation these days. Most IT managers I speak to bring up that desire to work closely with their business counterparts, unprompted. But efforts to achieve that alignment don't always result in the business benefits both executives and IT professionals seek to achieve. Optimize magazine's most recent survey of CIOs of Fortune 3000 companies found
Objects in Store
Object-oriented databases can save space, if you don't mind the tradeoffs
Big Easy Gets Free Wi-Fi Network
New Orleans is unveiling a free Wi-Fi network, which is going live Tuesday in the French Quarter and in the central business quarter.
Necessity Is The Mother
If you've spent any length of time supporting users, you know that there is no end to the imaginative workarounds they can come up with when a system goes down and they have work that still needs to happen. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, or some other kind of mother, but when it comes to e-mail workarounds, the inventiveness of users can cause problems.
And it's hard to quibble with their intent. Businesses can no longer build slack into their schedules as a just-in-case measure wh
Nintendo Beats Google To Free Nationwide Wi-Fi
Strange as it may seem, Nintendo is deploying a free, nationwide Wi-Fi network, well before Google. For now, it's a game service. But there's no reason why in the future it couldn't be used for the Web, email, and data...
Too Much Time
Cell service has improved enough that enterprises are now comfortable relying on the technology to conduct business. But improved service quality has not come with corresponding advances in the cost-effectiveness of contracts. Consider your own personal cell phone contract: Are you satisfied with it or are you paying for minutes you will never use? If you have too much of a good thing, then you aren't alone.
Cyber Monday: A Big Yawn
You probably haven't noticed it, but today has been designated by marketing mavens as "Cyber Monday," which is supposed to be the online shopping equivalent of the "Black Friday" shopping extravaganza the day after Thanksgiving. Do they actually pay marketing...
Waiting For Proof
CA is making a big play to revamp its image -- and rescue its future -- with a new name, 26 new products, a new strategy but the jury is still out on what the vendor's prospects are. In last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll, most of the respondents say they are still at least somewhat skeptical about CA's software and the company's future. Seventy-two percent said that CA's past mistakes are causing them t
Going With The Flow
Flow-based network monitoring provides managers with more useful information, such as application performance, server balancing, and bandwidth usage.
It's not like we don't have enough acronyms floating around our industry--acronyms for standards, technologies, product designations, and professional certifications. Add to that list the group of acronyms and names for product certifications administered by various groups and the alphabet...
Google Testing Click-To-Call Service
Google Inc. is testing a click-to-call service that lets users speak over the phone to an advertiser found on the search engine's results page.
3Q Server Sales Reach $12.5B
IDC and Gartner may be rivals in the analyst community, but on Wednesday they did agree on who the top five server vendors were in the third quarter of 2005.
Whoops, my mistake--that should be "Servers and turkeys." The server market is doing fine, according to a new report out from IDC: Windows and Linux are still up against each other for seemingly every customer out there on the planet...
Report: Windows Is Pacing The Server Market
The worldwide server market grew at an 8.1 percent year-over-year rate in the third quarter paced by Microsoft Windows and Linux servers, which continue to battle each other for customers,
Outsourcing: IT Threat Or Opportunity?
Just in time for the holidays come dire predictions likely to send a chill through the hearts of most U.S. IT professionals. An upcoming Congressional report is forecasting difficult times ahead for domestic IT workers, thanks in large part to the way that technology itself has helped erase geographic boundaries and make it possible for less expensive offshore workers to compete and win jobs from U.S. employees.
Help Me Fix My Wi-Fi Router
Two days ago, my Linksys BEFW11S4 Wi-Fi router went on strike: It refuses to use DHCP to hand out IP addresses, and so I've had to assign static IP addresses to all my PCs. Incompetent Linksys technicians have been no...