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Content posted in July 2006
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Why Skype Founders Paid Millions In Kazaa Suit
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
The Skype co-founders last week personally paid millions of dollars in the over $100 million plus settlement against Kazaa, which they also co-founded. Why did they fork over such big bucks, when they had sold the company long ago and...
Free Calling for Mobile Phones
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
A Swedish startup lets mobile users place and receive free international phone calls, albeit with a few headaches.
Protects Your Brain...But Not Your Milk Money
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Cell phone radiation: Maybe it's bad for us...maybe it's not so bad. But until we know for sure, the nice folks at Handy-fashions.com don't want you taking any chances....
Linux Leader Takes Aim At Free Software Movement
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
There seems to be another rift among the Linux faithful, with Linus Torvalds tweaking the Free Software Foundation and its latest GPL draft.
SOTAs: The Telephony Code
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Service orientation simplifies the building of telephony-enabled applications, but pitfalls still abound. Here's what vendors are up to and what you should look out for.
F5 Debuts Web App Acceleration Technology
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
F5 Networks Monday unveiled new application traffic management products, spoils from its acquisition of Swan Labs last fall.
New Bot-Powered eBay Scam Uncovered
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
In the latest, crooks are using bots to create bogus eBay accounts that boast trustworthy profiles in a new scheme to rip off buyers.
Linksys Releases Wireless-N For Small Businesses
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
The local area network product line uses the 802.11n wireless draft specification, designed to better handle bandwidth-hungry apps like video and VoIP. Still, there's no assurance they'll work with other
Review: Sonos ZP80
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Hear and manage your music collection anywhere in your home.
New Cisco Suite Takes On Complicated Regulatory Issues
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
One product in the Cisco PACE suite, Network Compliance Manager, provides reports on compliance and changes and allows administrators to make bulk configuration and password changes.
Microsoft To Charge For Office Beta Download
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Microsoft will soon charge $1.50 to users who download Office 2007 Beta 2.
eEye To Give Away Blink Security Software
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
eEye Digital Security says it will release a free version of its Blink intrusion prevention product to consumers in the next few weeks.
AMD's Opteron Gains Ground Against Intel
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Advanced Micro Devices keeps momentum going for its Opteron processor, growing its share of the x86 server processor market in 2Q.
Price War Makes Intel, AMD Chip Industry's Biggest Losers
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
While most chip suppliers grew revenue in the second quarter, the fierce competitors saw declines.
EqualLogic Firms Up Virtualization
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Adds more sophisticated management to attract users and shed its IP SAN-only status
Seven Reasons You Need Web Conferencing
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
It's cheap, it's easy and it saves money. Web conferencing may have had a bad name in the past, but it no longer does. Top experts tell why you need
Get your domain name today!
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Ok, some days the craziest press releases cross my email. They usually get deleted based on the headline, but this one caught my eye because the FUD factor just jumps out right from the title....
India Begins Trial IPTV Services
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
India's state-owned communications services provider, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) will reportedly offer Internet Protocol TV services (IPTV) under the Tri-Band name, with trial services to soon start pilot runs
Software Vendors Try New Pricing Schemes For A Virtualized World
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
As data centers become multicore and virtualized, software vendors are looking for new ways to charge for their products. Our suggestion? Keep your hands on your wallets.
The Upgraded Dragon Speech Recognition Software: Almost Perfect
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Nuance Communications promises its Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 will transform the PC-user experience. A test of the software indicates that while that's a fragile promise, it does hold some truth.
Analysis: Is The World Ready For Open Source Networking?
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Vyatta, Sourcefire, Groundwork, and the Asterisk IP PBX represent the open source push for networks. They're gaining traction, but it could take years to make significant headway.
As Gates Travels The World, His Protege Ozzie Mulls The Web
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
At Microsoft's analyst meeting, Ozzie talked about Web-based versus packaged software
Thin Phones Aren't Enough; Motorola Pursues Mobile App Market
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
A slew of new announcements demonstrates Motorola's efforts to position itself as the go-to vendor for businesses deploying wireless applications and services.
Web Brings War Home
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Though it's not easy to upload large files to the Internet from Iraq, many soldiers are posting still and video images once they return home. The practice is gaining the
5 Ways To Get Vista's Security Now
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Windows Vista is months away, and so is the additional security it's promising. Or is it? Why wait when you can give Windows XP a taste of Vista's User Account
NWC Interview: Arthur W. Coviello, Jr., CEO, RSA Security Inc.
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Listen as RSA Security's Chief Executive Officer Art Coviello talks with NWC contributor Robert Hertzberg about Internet crime, privacy protection, terrorism???and storage behemoth EMC's impending $2.1 billion acquisition of RSA. | Listen Now...
Will Microsoft's iPod Killer Include A VoIP Phone?
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
If Microsoft is going to make an inroads at all with its Zunes iPod rival, it's going to have to make the device perform a lot of tricks the iPod can' dot. Here's a start: Make it a Wi-Fi phone....
Multiple services hit with log-in problems
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Multiple proprietary Web-based services experienced simultaneous log-in problems, raising the possibility that a distributed denial-of-service attack was underway.
F5 Hits Accelerator
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Upgrades its WebAccelerator with templates and centralized management
Skype Releases New Toolbars For Office, Outlook Express, Thunderbird
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Skype has released three new toolbars for Web, email, and desktop applications, which allow people to make VoIP calls from directly within from popular applications including Microsoft Outlook Express and
Happy Sysadmin Day!
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Today, July 28, has been designated as the 7th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day and marks the launch of Sys Admin of the Year ??? a contest co-sponsored by Splunk, digg.com, Bawls (soda), LOPSA (League of Professional System Administrators, NaSPA...
Linksys Rolls Out Two VPN Routers
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Linksys adds two new virtual private network (VPN) routers to its Small Business Series of small office-home office networking products.
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
That's right - freebies for your Friday. You know you missed them. Today's freebies are all about anti-spyware and online storage......
Thank You...Thank You Very Much
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Here's a computer that the King would have stepped on a dozen blue suede shoes to get to. Computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson created a casemod in the shape of a classic Shure 55 Unidyne microphone, also known by many...
Managed Security Service Providers
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
With the threat of Web site defacement, worms and DoS attacks intensifying, we evaluated five managed security service providers on their ability to defend our fictional company, NWC Inc. Our
Opsware Now a Data Center Triple-Threat?
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Does Opsware's recent purchase of storage management vendor CreekPath Systems make it the biggest, baddest data-center automation dog around? Possibly.
Let's Make a WiMAX Deal
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
What do you get when you combine a mega capitalist, a much-hyped technology such as WiMAX and established corporations looking to protect and expand their turf? Hint: It's worth $900
BuzzBites: Brokeback Biometrics
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Tracking cattle with retina scanning technology. And could technology keep the best and brightest students engaged in science?
The Falloff in Tech IPOs (And What It Tells Us)
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
The absence of blockbuster IPOs isn't necessarily a bad thing. Innovation is still happening--it's just happening at big companies.
Video Surveillance
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
It's not a matter of "if" enterprise IT managers will be responsible for integrating digital video surveillance into their network and storage architectures, but "when." IT pros who understand
You SURE You Want Your YouTube?
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Online video services like Google Video, YouTube, AOL Uncut and vMix present IT managers and execs with unforeseen liability and bandwidth challenges.
The Replacements
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
In our final print edition, we laugh at the Top 11 replacements for the Last Mile; a Nigerian e-mail scam gone wrong (for the scammer); and a salute to Last
Understanding SOA Governance
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Your service-oriented architecture must be flexible enough to support changing business strategies and disciplined enough to enforce polices as well as maximize re-use of services. We examine the SOA governance
Archivers Prepare for Upgrades
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Users trying to tame growing data bases, while balancing performance and compliance
Symantec Signals More M&A
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
After strong quarterly results, CEO John Thompson looks to add to company portfolio
IT-Business Alignment Prompting Tech Role Changes
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Ever since the dot.com bubble burst the chorus has been to align IT with business goals. But alignment means change, especially when it comes to IT staff. To avoid being
With Gates Away, Ballmer Takes The Stage
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
During annual meeting with financial analysts, Microsoft's CEO talks of building on Vista while growing the company's Internet advertising and entertainment businesses.
Oracle Ships New Warehouse Builder Tool
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Oracle this week shipped release two of its Oracle Warehouse Builder 10g database tool, which solution providers can use to cleanse data and build analytics applications.
Mozilla Patches 13 Firefox Flaws
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
Mozilla rolls out a Firefox security update that patches 13 vulnerabilities, 8 of them judged "critical." The overall update has been tagged as "highly critical."
Microsoft Hedges On Vista Deadline
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
A Microsoft honcho at the company's annual conference for financial analysts sends mixed signals about Windows Vista's ship date.
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