On the Road
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IPTV: Another Fun Way To Waste Time At Work
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
Economic Signs Mostly Positive For IT Spending
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
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
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
Judge Confirms Arbitration Ruling Against Nokia
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
New Year's Day Delayed By One Second
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
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...
Mplat Technology's Flashphone F2K
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.
A Return To Confidence
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
I Hear You Knockin', But You Can't Come In
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...
Attackers Exploit New Zero-Day Windows Bug
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.
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
Report: Gigabit Ethernet Test Gear Sales Up
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
Fixing A Fatal Flaw
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
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.
Mid-Tiers: The Case For Consolidation
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.
Kicking And Screaming
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
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....