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Content posted in December 2005
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On the Road
Commentary  |  12/31/2005  | 
2005 was the year of the weird and wonderful trade show
What Women Want
Commentary  |  12/31/2005  | 
Hitachi resurrects 1960s marketing for a new millenium
Death Took a Holiday in '05
Commentary  |  12/31/2005  | 
For the most part, storage startups had happy endings this year
2005 Top Ten: '06 Storage Predictions
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Far from dark, the storage crystal foretells an active year ahead
The Year in Insecurity
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
In motion or at rest, data was just plain vulnerable in 2005
IPTV: Another Fun Way To Waste Time At Work
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
At the risk of being cast as paranoid productivity cops, business managers may find it difficult to stop TV and video viewing from joining personal E-mail, instant messaging, and blogs
Thirty Russian Cities Sign Up For WiMAX Networks
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
GlobeTel says its wireless subsidiary has been contracted to install WiMAX communications networks in 30 cities throughout the Russian Federation.
Economic Signs Mostly Positive For IT Spending
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
The small- and midsize business sector should particularly fuel growth in 2006, with managed services, OS upgrades and migrations, blade servers and remote access among the key drivers.
Way Cleared For Large U.S. Spectrum Auction
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
It will cost far less than previously thought to move U.S. government agencies off of valuable portions of wireless spectrum, freeing that spectrum up for use by cellular carriers.
Priorities Out Of Order
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for businesses to assess their objectives and define which projects should take precedence in the coming 12 months. Unfortunately, all too often, IT professionals complain that corporate technology priorities are out of order. In the Systems Management Pipeline poll conducted over several weeks in December, only 18 percent of the respondents said their companies ha
We Have a New Winner
Commentary  |  12/30/2005  | 
The former StorageTek supremo is gone but not forgotten
2005 Top Ten: On the Hot Seat
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Winter's here, but the heat's turned up a bit higher in some boardrooms
Users Set to Flash Storage Cash
News  |  12/30/2005  | 
Analysts predict moderate but healthy spending growth in 2006
Judge Confirms Arbitration Ruling Against Nokia
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
A New York federal judge has confirmed an arbitration ruling that could lead to Nokia Corp. paying InterDigital Communications Corp. as much as $252 million in royalties, the latter company
How To Beat Back The New Zero-Day Windows Bug
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
With a patch for the worsening zero-day Windows vulnerability perhaps weeks away, security companies and Microsoft recommended workarounds and other ad hoc defenses.
New Year's Day Delayed By One Second
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Just before the stroke of midnight scientists will delay the start of 2006 by adding a "leap second" to accommodate for changes in the Earth's rotation.
Guard Those Walls
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
In the midst of a normally slow holiday week, I've been pondering some predictions for next year, which I'll roll out next week. But I'll toss one out now: Just a hunch, but the onslaught of malware next year is...
Microsoft Promises To Patch Worsening Zero-Day Flaw
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
As bleaker details emerge about the threat posed by a zero-day vulnerability in Windows, Microsoft scrambles to produce a patch for the flaw but has thus far declined to put
Google To Supply Search For Opera's Mobile Browsers
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Google will supply the default search function for Opera Software's mobile browsers, the company said Thursday. Opera supplies two separate browsers for mobile and wireless devices.
At Long Last, Browser Inventor Has His Own Blog
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the browser, has picked up some blog tools and started his own blog.
Mplat Technology's Flashphone F2K
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Who says you can't take it with you? The $40 Flashphone F2K from Mplat Technology lets you plug into random PCs and make and recieve free Skype VoIP calls.
Samsung SPP-2040 Digital Photo Printer
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
This Bento Box-sized dye sublimation printer that costs about $160 -- but it's not just another cheap-looking clunky plastic box.
AT&T Wireless Customers Got Short End Of Stick: Report
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
A Consumer Reports survey of 50,000 cell phone subscribers found a continuing high level of dissatisfaction, particularly among former AT&T Wireless subscribers.
A Return To Confidence
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
We are at the point we reach every December where everyone who isn't already too busy compiling New Year's resolutions they will never keep is trying to make sense of the year that is rapidly coming to an end. And what a year 2005 turned out to be - complex, challenging, and at times frustrating but also always interesting. Some would call it the year of the merger and acquisition -- though every year might qualify as that -- with Oracle and SAP leading the spending sprees. Just last week S
My (Hot) Cup Runneth Over
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
What do you buy the man who has everything? Ask ADIC.
I Hear You Knockin', But You Can't Come In
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
Who gets in? Who's kept out? Those are the twin questions that frame network security. In this podcast I talk with Brett Helsell of Lockdown Networks about network access control--not the program put forward by Cisco (though we touch on...
Welcome to the Data Theft Bowl
Commentary  |  12/29/2005  | 
This game will not be televised
2005 Top Ten: M&A
News  |  12/29/2005  | 
Sun-StorageTek heads the long list of 2005 storage M&A actviity
Wanted: Trustworthy Test Data
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
The best source for product performance data may be other users.
Microsoft, Softbank BB, Japan Telecom Team on VoIP
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Microsoft is making another move in VoIP, this time in Japan in a partnership with Softbank BB and Japan Telecom.
Attackers Exploit New Zero-Day Windows Bug
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
A new unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Windows and an in-the-wild exploit appears; Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 machines can be compromised even if fully patched up to now.
2005 Top Ten: Executive Payouts
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Storage companies paid handsomely last year for the execs in charge
Cell Phone Users Dissatisfied With Online Help: Report
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Web access is extremely important according to 83% of cell phone users, yet only 29% are currently satisfied with using online help to resolve wireless data problems, according to a
Data Danger
Commentary  |  12/28/2005  | 
Once again, a large enterprise has had to fess up to its customers that it has lost a backup tape containing their private information. Even in a year where some of the largest- and ostentiably best run - companies reported similar mishaps, the latest incident involving Marriott's timesharing division 'misplacing' customer data is still surprising, if not exactly shocking. After the negative attention f
For iSCSI, Next Year Is Now
Commentary  |  12/28/2005  | 
'Next year's technology' is running out of time to make its mark
New SANs Heal UPMC Constraints
News  |  12/28/2005  | 
Migration to IBM SANs just the beginning of eight-year, $402M contract
Worldwide DSL Subscribers Will Reach 140 Million By Year's End: Report
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
Nearly 40 million people subscribed to DSL service for the first time in the past year, according to a new analysis by Point Topic.
Report: Gigabit Ethernet Test Gear Sales Up
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
The global Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology test equipment market will grow from $233 million in 2004 to $627 million in about five years, according to a Frost
'Leaked' Windows Live Messenger Really A Trojan
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
A 'leaked' version of Microsoft's Live Messenger instant messaging (IM) client plants a malicious bot worm, a security company warned Tuesday.
Nortel Acquires Tasman For $99.5 Million
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
Nortel Networks Corp. said that it has acquired Tasman Networks Inc., a networking company that provides a portfolio of enterprise routers.
Fixing A Fatal Flaw
Commentary  |  12/27/2005  | 
In recent months, antivirus vendors have come under increasing fire for vulnerabilities in the very products that are supposed to protect against malicious software. Critics are questioning the reactive install-and-update model anti-virus vendors use currently. So naturally, there is considerable speculation that what is needed
Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 R2
News  |  12/27/2005  | 
There's plenty to like in this update, such as its Storage Management tools and File Screens feature, but some kinks still must be worked out.
Disaster Warning
Commentary  |  12/24/2005  | 
Here's a wave I'd like storage vendors to catch
2005: The B&S Report Card
News  |  12/24/2005  | 
Tripping down memory lane, we see how many of our predictions came true
Mid-Tiers: The Case For Consolidation
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
Midrange companies generally have enough of a server base to benefit substantially from consolidation onto fewer servers -- and now the technology is there to make it worthwhile.
San Francisco Issues RFP For Its Citywide Wi-Fi Network
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
San Francisco???s city government has issued an RFP to build a Wi-Fi network that will provide free wireless Internet access to its citizens.
Kicking And Screaming
Commentary  |  12/23/2005  | 
Microsoft is peeved with the European Commission's move to impose daily fines for, among other things, not moving fast enough to make server source code available to other companies so that their apps can work within Windows Server. To which...
Google's Defense Of AOL Deal Misses The Point
Commentary  |  12/23/2005  | 
Google has posted a response to critics of the AOL deal on its official blog, but that response conveniently ignores most of the criticism levelled at the company. It's only a partial attempt to come clean....
"Cheapskate" Online Shoppers Rule The Holidays: Survey
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
More than 75% of online shoppers have received recycled gifts for the holidays, according to a new survey by Bizrate.
California Agency Proposes Telecom User Bill Of Rights
News  |  12/23/2005  | 
Two commissioners of California's Public Utility Commission have proposed a bill of rights for wireless and wireline phone subscribers, but the trade organization for cellular operators has reservations about it.
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