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Content posted in August 2006
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Big Bytes Finalists Named
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Awards will honor innovation and excellence in storage networking
Hackers Renew Windows 'MS06-040' Attacks
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Symantec and the Internet Storm Center have alerted users to increased activity which could indicate a new round of spybot and worm attacks exploiting a Windows Server security vulnerability.
'Browzar' Keeps Web-Surfing History Secret
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
A U.K. startup on has launched a customized browser designed to protect users' privacy by automatically deleting cookies and discarding all traces of a Web session.
Linspire Makes Linux Download Service Free
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Linspire, the innovative Linux house founded by Internet entrepreneur Michael Robertson, has jettisoned the $20 annual subscription fee it was charging for its basic Click 'N Run open-source software download
New Security Threat: 'SMiShing'
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Consumers, corporate end users and security-focused solution providers have another reason to be overwhelmed this week. News of yet another high-profile data breach has hit this week, as did information
Study: Skype Used For Business, Not Home
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
Contrary to what you may believe, Skype is primarily used for business, not home use. So concludes a Cornell University study of Skype use....
Drawing The Curtain
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
The server business is entering a fascinating phase, with processors that feature power through the roof and energy efficiency unrivaled by older chips; extraordinary hardware options available to you whether you're in a large enterprise or a small business; a...
B&S Names Big Byte Finalists
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Light Reading's Byte and Switch named the finalists in its first annual Big Bytes Awards competition
Tandberg Bags Exabyte for $28M
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Exabytes the dust after years of struggle
Sun's Canepa Goes Extreme
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The Gordon Stitt era ends as Mark Canepa is named Extreme Networks' CEO
California Considers Wi-Fi Protection Bill
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering a bill that would require manufacturers of wireless routers to warn buyers against failing to secure their networks.
Yankee Group Study Reveals Attitudes Toward Mobile Data Among Small and Medium Sized Businesses
Commentary  |  8/30/2006  | 
Last week, the Information Technology Solution Provider Alliance (ITSPA) put out a press release about the adoption of mobile data solutions amongst small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). The release cited a study, conducted by the Yankee Group, that surveyed...
Analysis: How Much System Memory Is Really Enough?
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
When it comes to adding memory, we all have to deal with the cost vs. speed equation. So how much memory do you really need? Our tester got some surprising
Google Offers Free Downloads Of Books
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Citing fair use exemptions, Google releases new feature that allows users to download and copy entire books, which is raising the ire of authors and publishers.
Emulex Secures Sierra Logic
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Drops $180M on SATA semiconductor startup to teach its pony a new trick
Microsoft Readies Fix For DRM Hack
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Ignoring pleas for an end to DRM, Microsoft promises patch to prevent a software tool from removing the music and video player's copyright protection technology.
Study: Used Cell Phones, PDAs Contain Confidential Data
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Most used cell phones and PDAs contain personal information that their former owners neglected to adequately delete, Trust Digital, a McLean, Va. security firm reported Wednesday.
Google, Microsoft Online Apps Raise Security Questions
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
While the trend toward Web-based apps could send the traditional desktop computing model packing its bags, IT managers are just beginning to ponder how the security landscape might change.
Wireless Propagator: A Wireless Repeater to Switch Transition? -- Part 4
Commentary  |  8/30/2006  | 
Metro Wi-Fi deployments are expensive. Although coverage over capacity remains a viable goal in this early stage of the market, anything an operator can do to reduce the number of nodes will drive those installation costs down. Cohda, Go Networks and Wavion each offers technologies to address those requirements.
Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 Will Launch Thursday
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Firefox Beta 2 has been delayed several times to give developers more time to quash bugs in the browser.
Most IT Pros Are Looking For A New Job, Says Survey
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Some 73% cited the desire for better pay as the main reason for their search, while 40% are looking for better benefits.
Research: Security Issues Alarming But Fixable
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
A pair of security surveys released this week shows that protecting corporate and consumer data is sometimes easier than people might think, but the broader problem still is confounding far
Rackable Racks Up Terrascale
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Rackable pays $38M cash and gives a sweet deal to tiny Montreal software firm
Cisco's First in Directors, Dell'Oro Says
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Unpublished figures show Cisco edging Brocade by a nose
Targeting NetApp
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Network Appliance is in the crosshairs of a lot of small companies - and maybe a couple of large ones
Top 11: Happy Birthday You Bucket of Bolts!
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
This edition -- the Top 11 Top 11 Weird Ways to Celebrate the PC's 25th Anniversary with your favorite computer.
Amazon Posts Vista Prices, Claims Jan. 30 Delivery
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Upgrade prices for Vista will range from $99.95 for a Home Basic version to $259 for Ultimate. Amazon says it got the prices from Microsoft.
HP To Provide Integration Services For Cisco Systems Wireless Products
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
HP will provide systems integration services for a new range of Cisco Systems wireless products.
Fraudsters Jump On 'Ernesto' Domain Names
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
A security frm thinks possible fraudsters have been busy registering domains with the name "Ernesto," hoping to cash in on another disaster.
Microsoft Doles Out 100,000 Copies Of Vista Pre-RC1
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Microsoft makes the pre-Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of Windows Vista available for public downloading.
Wi-Fi Alliance Moves To Establish Interoperability For 802.11n
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
The Wi-Fi Alliance will certify that the pre-standard products are up to snuff.
Wi-Fi Alliance breaks ranks on 802.11n testing
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Broadcom has welcomed the decision taken by the Wi-Fi Alliance to speed up the testing process for 802.11n specification equipment despite the fact that the high data-rate wireless technology is
Intel's New Tulsa Chip Bolsters Fight With AMD
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Major server manufacturers Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM all announced new systems based on Tulsa, capping Intel's "summer of servers."
Motorola To Develop Mobile WiMax Chipsets
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Motorola Inc. has announced a strategic initiative to develop mobile WiMax chipsets for the company's next-generation WiMax devices.
Intel rolls 'Tulsa' processors for servers
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Seeking to make up lost ground in servers, Intel Corp. has unveiled eight new microprocessors, based on 65-nm process technology.
PortAuthority Protects
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
PortAuthority announced that it uniquely meets organizations' biggest challenges in protecting confidential information
Pacific Title & Art Studio
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Keeping up with digital image tech makes film studio a frequent storage customer
Morris, Schneider & Prior
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Law firm swaps out Xiotech for Pillar, sees perfomance bump
Microsoft Boosts Support for Legacy Products
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Microsoft is extending custom support agreements for legacy products, which is good news for companies that want extra time before upgrading to newer products.
7 Tips For Starting a New Job Successfully
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
You've landed that new IT job, now you just need to know what to do in the first three months to cement your employment.
ONStor Adds Its Own Back End
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Adds storage to its gateways to compete with EMC and NetApp
3PAR Aims for Midsection
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Formerly an enterprise play, 3PAR moves into highly competitive midrange
TippingPoint Posts List Of Upcoming Bugs
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
TippingPoint marks the first anniversary of its bug bounty program by posting a list of more than two-dozen unpatched flaws.
Riverbed Scales Up
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
WAN acceleration firm launches a product with 4-Gbit/s throughput for larger installations
Bot Herder Sentenced To Three-Year Prison Term
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
A California man has been sentenced to three years in prison for a two-year bot attack that hit tens of thousands of computers, including some owned by the Department of
First Nationwide Mobile WiMAX Is Targeted For Ghana
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Network deployment is underway, with initial operation to begin in the capital city of Accra.
New Study: Kiss Traditional Telephones Good-Bye
Commentary  |  8/28/2006  | 
A new study from PointTopic found that VoIP subscribers jumped by 83% in 2005, and hit nearly 19 million subscribers worldwide. It's just one more piece of evidence that traditional telephone are going the way of the horse and buggy....
Google, EBay Sign Ad Deal, Plan To Integrate Internet Telephony Services
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the companies said both initiatives involved revenue sharing.
Genome Institute Turns To Sun's Opteron Servers To Get Gene-Sequencing Done
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Sequencing tasks that used to take a month or more on a set of aging Hewlett-Packard Alpha servers now only take a few days or even a few hours.
HP ProCurve Stacks Deck With New Switches
News  |  8/28/2006  | 
Hewlett-Packard's ProCurve Networking by HP division this week plans to expand its lineup of stackable switches with three new series of Layer 2 Fast and Gigabit Ethernet products.
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