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Content posted in January 2006
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Google: Hotter Than You Think
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
It's always fascinating to watch companies going through the process of becoming behemoths, a path that is usually accompanied by a transition from openness ("Here's our new initiative--will you be writing about that?") to a far more secretive outlook ("Sorry,...
AT&T: "Free Ride" For Google And Others Is Over
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
AT&T's CEO Ed Whitacre is once again crowing about his company's plans to extort money from Google and other Web sites who want to be able to reach AT&T customers. "The content providers should be paying for the use of...
IM Insecure
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Instant messaging is great stuff. I don't think anyone is going to argue against that. However it does come at a cost. Security, as it relates to IM, stinks. Public networks can be uncontrolled, unregulated hostile grounds of exploits and...
Watch Out For The Worm
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
A vicious worm - the My Wife/Kama Sutra/Blackworm - is getting set to rear its ugly head this Friday the 3rd when it will arrive on unprotected PCs and destroy Microsoft Office files. Though experts have been sounding alarms for a couple of weeks about the malware which infects PCs once unsuspecting users open an email attachment and Microsoft issued a
The Need To Freeze Out The Bad Guys
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
Security visionary Eugene Kaspersky sees Internet crime as tomorrow???s biggest threat. (Courtesy: Security Pipeline)
Out of the Frying Pan...
Commentary  |  1/31/2006  | 
StorageTek exec leaves Sun for well funded Pillar Data
Air Time: Will 802.11n Change Your World?
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Last Thursday, the IEEE announced that the 802.11n Task Group (TGn) had approved a draft of what may be the most significant new standard to come out of IEEE in the past 10 years. Based largely on a specification developed...
Feds Want A Wiretap Backdoor In All Net Hardware and Software
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Thinks the federal government is too intrusive? You ain't seen nothing yet. An FCC mandate will require that all hardware and software have a wiretap backdoor that allows the government to tap into all your communications....
Anticipation - In The Apple Camp, At Least
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Even if Apple has worked some magic with its new Intel-based Macs, will the enterprise take notice? In early January, the computer company said it was ready to ship the first of the new Apple computers running on the x86 platform. So what has the early buzz been from corporate IT? Judging from last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll , while it
Options Preserved
Commentary  |  1/28/2006  | 
Brocade's inscrutable financial filing hints at more Reyes litigation to come
Google: On Second Thought, We Will Censor
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Google used to crow that it didn't manipulate its search results to help advertisers, or censor its results in any way. But after Google has agreed to censor search results for its Chinese site, it has quietly pulled its Help...
Smokin' Tunes!
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
If you're trying to quit smoking and you love listening to MP3s, here's a great way to play your favorite music in your car and rid yourself of the temptaion to light up at the same time. The Yifang EM192F...
Learning From The Best Of Business - And The Worst Of The Web
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Seriously, is there really anything more irritating on the Web than those distracting graphical ads that rise over the Web page you are on, obscuring the text you are reading from view? Well, odd as it seems, the graphical overlay ads that drive most people crazy on the public Web turn out to be quite effective when incorporated into corporate Intranet sites, at least according Jakob Nielsen, principal of the Nielsen Norman Group. The N
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Time to celebrate the end of the week with a free toy! Centennial Software is heralding a new freebie from Sharp Ideas. Abe Usher's Slurp Audit is a free tool that provides information on what files might be...
Streaming Media Servers
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Apple, Macromedia, Microsoft and RealNetworks all accepted our comparison challenge. The results were remarkably close. Find out why entries from Apple and Microsoft just edged out the other two.
Down to Business: Keep Your Eyes Open
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Whether you think the center of tech innovation will move to developing countries such as India or you think India is just a low-cost up-and-comer, let's all agree on one
Invisible Invista
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
File virtualization's nice, but what happened to the linchpin of EMC's strategy?
Capitulation? Or Strategic Withdrawal?
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
For the nearly two decades that I've covered this industry, Microsoft has been unbending on one thing -- its source code was the crown jewels, never to be touched or even seen by the commoners. It held that position rigorously,...
See Google's Censorship At Work
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
The news that Google has agreed to censor its Chinese site on behalf of that totalitarian government is one more example of why Google's famous "Don't Be Evil" motto has become meaningless. Exactly how bad is Google's censorship? Now there's...
A Simple Message
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
I don't know about you, but I don't think I could work successfully without instant messaging. In an average day, I instant message with colleagues, contractors, vendors, and contacts throughout the industry. I'm not alone--survey after survey shows that employees...
Bush Wants To Know: Are You Googling "Rent Boy"?
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
The Bush Administration's subpoena of Google to turn over millions of user search queries has already had a dangerous effect: Users are scared to do searches, because the feds might misconstrue them. So reports the New York Times....
Messaging Becoming The Sizzle On The Steak
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
Did ya happen to notice that messaging is really cool? I'm not basing this observation on the fact that our nation's youth are walking around clicking on their cell phones like there is no tomorrow. They obviously think its cool, and so do the service providers, but the software development community must think messaging is pretty cool, too. All the recent really big, really cool software product announcements have included some form of integrated messaging. Yes, finding unique and useful ways
Surviving Collaboration in 2006
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go - Surviving Collaboration in 2006. Every year, Network Computing produces a special issue called the "Survivor's Guide". This is where we talk about what happened in the previous year, what will happen in the...
EMC Takes a Pass on 4-Gig
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
Are competitors too early with it, or is EMC late?
Testing Update: Registry Hacking
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
I'm really finished testing ESBs, but during the course of writing the article I often need to go back and double check something. I usually don't write at the lab (can't chain smoke around the servers) so I need to...
What size is that business that I sell to? I do hope they're buying my stuff...
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
Yesterday I finally received the Press Release that broke me. I've been laughing at the storage market for years over their opinion of the size of budget an SMB has, but this one just did me in. "...the first IP...
IT Gets Strategic
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
IT as a profit center? Well, maybe not today, but it does appear corporate execs want technology to play a greater strategic role in the business than in the past, at least judging from the results of a recent Gartner survey of 1,400 CIOs in which the respondents said they are increasingly being expected to do much more than help reduce corporate costs and guarantee information security. The Gartner found that business execs have
Blade Hype For Real
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
If this is 2006, it must be time to hype blade servers....
ShareMyWiFi.com: Broadband WiFi For Free
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
Think paying up to $60 for broadband access is price gouging? You're not alone. But now there's a way to get free WiFi access at home or on the road --- or at least get it literally for the price...
Google's Achilles Heel
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
Wall Street loves it. Consumers are begging for more of it. Other companies want to be it. But Google has its vulnerabilities--excessive reliance on search advertising, lawsuits, eroding public trust,
IT Gets the VCs
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
No news there, but some of the details may surprise.
Fluent's Coolsim RSolve
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
Fluent's Coolsim and the move of the Green Bay Realworld Lab.
Why is Microsoft unique?
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
I was just reading a ZapThink report on Microsoft's new XAML-extensions for WWF (Windows WorkFlow) and got stuck again on one of Ronald Schmelzer's comments. Ron is quoted in several publications as saying: "Microsofts use of XAML as a way...
What Do Borat And Google Have In Common?
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
The fictitious character Borat, a satirical creation of the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, may not appear to have much in common with the search giant Google. But Borat's fate -- to have his Web site taken offline on the...
Policy Issues
Commentary  |  1/23/2006  | 
Last week's Systems Management Pipeline Poll asked if your organization has the security tools and policies in place to sufficiently protect your customer, employee, and other confidential enterprise data, and unfortunately, the answer was largely no. Given the number of high-profile incidents and the expectation that pending legislation will hold more busines
Prisoner Storage Advances
Commentary  |  1/21/2006  | 
The forward-thinking Dutch take technology to the furthest reaches of society
More Than Anyone Thought
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Centeris has shipped its Likewise Management Suite, which I wrote about back in the fall when the nascent company had announced an open beta period. At that point, Centeris knew it had most of its developmental ducks in order and...
Broadband Users: Feds Should Ban Cyberextortion
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Hard on the heels of Google saying it won't pay cyberextortion to BellSouth, Verizon, SBC and others, comes a survey that says consumers are worried that Internet providers may block access to Net services -- and the feds should take...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Well, after spending three hectic weeks in the lab testing ESB products, you can imagine that I've had to find a few interesting tools. Today's freebie is one of them. It's called XMOJO and it's an OSS JMX implementation, supporting...
Suicide Machines
Commentary  |  1/19/2006  | 
No, I'm not talking about the hot-rods over-romanticized by Bruce Springsteen -- I'm talking about your computer. Whether it's a basic PC or the machine you're using to manage your servers, it may well be messing with your health a...
Will New Head MAID Clean House?
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
Copan's new CEO has a rep, but vendor insists it's business as usual
Stop with the e-mailS already!
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
It has come to my attention - usually painfully - that many people erroneously believe that the plural of e-mail is e-mails. It is not. Does the post office deliver mail, or mails? Yeah, exactly. "Hey, look at the mails...
Is Your Computer Killing You?
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
"Killing" might be too strong of a word, but not by much -- computing can hurt you physically, emotionally, and environmentally. Find out 10 ways computing can affect you, and
Google: We Won't Pay Broadband Cyberextortion
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
BellSouth and Verizon have been trying to force big Web sites to pay extortion-type fees if the sites want adequate bandwidth, with Google a prime target. But Google has news for them: It won't pay....
Build Your Own NAS, the saga.
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
I don't have pictures yet, but I do have an update for you. I took the VIA board and dug around until I found a desktop case that would hold it just right. I was going to use the mini-case...
SPAM Is A Labor Intensive Problem For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
I've always assumed that smaller business bore a disproportionate load of spam. It just sort of made sense that would be the case since they are not able to deploy the technology or the resources against the problem that larger enterprises are able to muster. So when Postini said that one of its survey findings in it's upcoming Message Security & Management Annual Report for 2006 was that small businesses rec
Going On The Offensive
Commentary  |  1/18/2006  | 
Information security tends to rely on defensive measures, for pretty obvious reasons. A virus outbreak occurs, a patch is released. However, as many organizations are discovering the best defense is really a good offense. Enterprises need to get proactive to defend themselves effectively against threats such as bots that take over systems without the user's permission.
BellSouth: Cyberextortion Pays Off
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
BellSouth's new business model, a slightly more polite form of the kind of extortion practiced by Tony Soprano, is starting to pay off. The company says it is in negotiations with several Web sites willing to pay extra fees to...
Protecting Your Most Important Asset
Commentary  |  1/17/2006  | 
Customer data is the most prized asset of business. Unfortunately, too many enterprises have not gone far enough when it comes to ensuring the protection of that information. Most companies are generally conscientious about data systems security but too many are guilty of not looking at the big picture and evaluating their full risk profile. That includes looking at physical security, and how data is handled by third-party partners including couriers. After all, a number of
High-Speed Drivers
Commentary  |  1/14/2006  | 
You mean, all that 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel urgency is manufactured?
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