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Content posted in December 2004
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2004 Top Ten: CEO Payouts
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
At least five storage CEOs are taking home seven-figure bonuses. Can you name them?
The Season For Corporate Giving
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
High-tech companies have donated to various charities in 2004. Here are those stories, plus how you can help the Tsunami victims.
Strix Rides Mesh Network Wave
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
With the growing popularity of citywide Wi-Fi networks, wireless mesh networking is starting to take off.
Sun Says 2004 Was Banner Year For Channel Sales
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
This past year ended up being Sun Microsystems' year of the channel, which accounted for more than half of the vendor's overall revenue.
3Com Gears Up To Leverage TippingPoint Security Appliances
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
3Com plans to use technology from its pending acquisition of TippingPoint Technologies to boost security features across its networking portfolio.
Microsoft, Citrix Extend Tech Alliance
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Microsoft and Citrix Systems have inked a five-year extension to their longstanding technology-sharing pact for terminal services.
Calif. PUC Files Appeal To FCC's Vonage Decision -- Maybe
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Setting itself up for a potential regulatory flip-flop, the California Public Utilities Commission has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging
Storage Firms Join Relief Effort
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Brocade, Cisco, CA, EMC, StorageTek, and Veritas are among those pitching in to help in South Asia
Tsunami Relief Efforts Get Record Online Donations
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Major relief organizations have received a record amount of money from online donors, helping the nonprofits in getting emergency supplies to victims of the South Asia tsunami disaster.
Report: Apple To Launch $499 Mac
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Apple enthusiasts say that in January Apple will unveil a sub-$500 Mac designed to entice Windows users who own iPods to make the computer switch.
Experts: Gateway Is Ideal Takeover Target
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Gateway Inc. has the look of prey in the consolidating personal computer industry. Industry experts think the three most likely bidders are Taiwan's Acer Inc., Lenovo and South Korea's Samsung
Microsoft's Feature-Cutting Strategy For R2, Longhorn Raises Concern
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Even as Microsoft works to avoid product delays for its Software Assurance customers in 2005, more planned features in future products may end up on cutting floor, some worry.
2005 Top Ten: Trends to Watch
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Our look at the storage topics you can count on for 2005
SEA-EAT Blog Mobilizes Fast For Tsunami Relief
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Three bloggers in Bombay set up tsunamihelp.blogspot.com soon after the tsunami hit on Sunday, to form a clearinghouse for disaster relief. Three days later, the blog has 50 contributors and
Phone Worm Source Code Out, Expect More Threats
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
The source code for the most prevalent worm targeting mobile phones has been made public, a dangerous disclosure that may lead to more effective attacks.
Appeals Court Rules VoIP Can't Be Regulated
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
An appeals court agreed with a lower court decision that ruled VoIP is a data service and, as such, can't be regulated by states.
Lenovo Group Moving HQ To Armonk
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
China's Lenovo Group, which recently bought a majority stake in IBM's PC operation, is moving its headquarters to Big Blue's hometown of Armonk, N.Y.
Airspan Buys VoIP Equipment Developer
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Broadband wireless equipment developer Airspan Networks has purchased Israel-based ArelNet for $8.7 million, a move that will allow the WiMAX equipment developer to increase its support for voice-over-IP (VoIP) services.
World's Tallest Building Gets Wireless Coverage
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
When the world's tallest building is inaugurated in Taipei at the end of the month, it will boast mobile-phone coverage reaching throughout the 106-story building, including its elevators.
2004 Top Ten: On the Hot Seat
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Execs at these companies won't get too comfortable during 2005
HP-Intel Itanium Design Team Is Breaking Up
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard is easing out of its partnership with Intel in the design of the Itanium processor and details of the breakup are scheduled to be spelled out soon.
NT's Retirement Opens Windows For Linux
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Friday's demise of general support for Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0 may give alternate operating systems, such as Linux, a temporary opportunity.
Fast-Acting Hackers Put Out Trojan Attacking IE
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
It took hackers less than a week to produce a working exploit that attacks a new, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
New Roads to Reliability
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
New Roads to Reliability There is some hope for more reliable ATA drives in storage networks
Tarantella Ships Updated Terminal Software
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
Tarantella ships an updated edition of its terminal software that boasts better security and broader platform support.
CEO Says T-Mobile Could Shift To Business Users
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
The CEO of T-Mobile USA's German parent company rules out acquisitions to keep up with its larger U.S. rivals, but says there may be an increased focus in the future
What's Most Important In 2005?
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
As you look out onto 2005, what are your biggest challenges? Do you need to beef up security, deploy a converged voice and data network, incorporate WLANs into your enterprise,
What's Hot in 2005
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
What technologies are going to be most important for you to survive 2005? We pull out our looking glass and tell you what's hot.
2004 Top Ten: Memorable Quotes
News  |  12/28/2004  | 
On a slow news day, we give you the darndest things said by storage folks this year
ACME 2005
Commentary  |  12/28/2004  | 
With the Survivor's Guide to 2005 NWC issue hot off the presses I wanted to pass on details as to what we are focusing on at ACME in the IT shop for 2005. We have some big multi-year projects still...
A Ghost Story Of Windows
News  |  12/27/2004  | 
Though Marley was dead, one can not say the same thing about Internet Explorer, for it is alive, and alive and full of incomplete programmatic code.
FCC Report: CLEC Carrier Lines Grew 7 Percent
News  |  12/27/2004  | 
The Federal Communication Commission reported that CLECs increased their connections to incumbent lines "- mostly Baby Bells "- by 7 percent in the first six months of 2004.
New Windows Bugs "Critical," Lack Patches
News  |  12/27/2004  | 
A trio of new and unpatched vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows were made public on security mailing lists over the weekend.
Ringing In The New Year With VoIP
News  |  12/27/2004  | 
Solution providers said they expect to ring up increased IP telephony sales as they bring in the New Year.
Expect The Unexpected In 2005
News  |  12/27/2004  | 
Thought IT developments in 2004 were surprising? Just wait till next year.
2004 Top Ten: Mergers & Acquisitions
News  |  12/24/2004  | 
A quiet year for storage-networking acquisitions built to a whopping crescendo
EMC 'Paying Too Much' for Smarts
News  |  12/24/2004  | 
Analyst says $260 million in cash is almost twice what EMC should have paid for the OSS firm
Top Ten Security Stories of 2004
News  |  12/24/2004  | 
From missing disks to $13.5 billion mergers, 2004 has been a busy year in security
Cisco NAS Options Mulled
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Analysts are divided on Cisco's potential partnership for NAS products
Netilla & AEP: Hands Across the Ocean
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Security specialists AEP Systems and Netilla Networks are the latest to join forces
Honeypot Project Finds Unpatched Linux PCs Stay Secure Online For Months
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Study says the average unpatched Linux system survives for months on the Internet before being hacked. Another report sasy Windows PCs last just minutes.
Broadband Use Rises In U.S.; DSL Outpaces Cable
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
The number of digital subscriber lines provided by telephone companies for Internet access increased faster than cable in the first half of the year, as the total number of high-speed
VMware's Workstation 5 Moves Into Beta
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
VMware rolls out a public beta of its Workstation 5, the newest edition of its desktop virtualization software.
Survey Scopes SAN Service Plans
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Large ILECs are the carriers with SAN services in their plans, says a Heavy Reading survey
Abrevity
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Tiny firm claims to solve big ILM problem
3PAR Takes a Census
News  |  12/23/2004  | 
Takes over a US Census installation, that is, right out from under Sun
Packeteer Makes Mentat Purchase
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
Packeteer picks up satellite specialist for $16.5M in cash, plus $3.5M in retention bonuses for Mentat's staff
Japanese Wireless Operator Invests In U.S. Linux Vendor
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
NTT DoCoMo, which recently announced that three of its phones will be based on Linux, invests in U.S. vendor MontaVista Software.
Opera Releases Preview Of Windows Mobile Browser
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
Windows Mobile version of the Opera browser joins versions for the Symbmian OS, Linux and Windows.
Microsoft To Ship Stripped-Down Windows In Europe
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
A European court ruled Wednesday that Microsoft must release a new version of Windows without Media Player and new server protocols, even though the company's formal appeal has yet to
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