Commentary
Content posted in October 2004
Keep the Spies Away
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
If you're like me, your life is punctuated by conversations in which folks gripe about the latest problem with their computer. Lately, the biggest single gripe has been spyware--the software that looks at your keystrokes and Internet habits, and may...
Boo!
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
If it's Friday, it must be time for another Bagle/W32 variant. This time, it seems that the coders are playing games that make it easier for the virus to get past AV scanners. It is a good reminder to keep...
So That's NOT A PDA In Your Pocket?
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Is the era of the Handheld seeing its sunset? As 2004 heads towards a finale, IDC reports that the third quarter this year saw another decline in the wordlwide market for the devices. Shipments are dropping, and as a result,...
Treo 650: Widely Anticipated and Almost Here
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
PalmOne formally introduced the Treo 650 smartphone, successor to the popular 600 model. In my experience, the Treo provides the best combination of voice and data functionality. Here's the big
Happy Birthday, Billy Boy!
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
Bill Gates is a spry 49 years young today! I wonder what you could get the man who has money enough to buy everything? Maybe a datebook/planner so he can keep track of the changing dates for LongHorn's release? Oh...
Project Management OSS Style
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
Niku, a player in the project and IT portfolio management space, has an open source alternative to MS Project. Open Workbench is available now. If you already use MS Project - not a problem. OWB will import your existing MS...
What's new at SNW...
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
Well, the major events of SNW are over for this year, and there's a lot new out there yet again... Highlites from the show: - iSCSI is getting upscale: More robust, higher priced products are hitting the market - FC...
Mozilla vs. Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/27/2004  | 
Alyce Lomax of Motley Fool fame has posted an article (sorry, registration required) highlighting the continued migration away from Microsoft Internet Explorer and toward the more OSS-friendly Mozilla, citing security as one of the major reasons for this slow defection....
Dethroning the "SPAM King"
Commentary  |  10/26/2004  | 
Ah, Stanford Wallace -- remember him? Stanford's in hot water for sending out his unwanted emails, as well as illegally installing spyware and other malicious programs into millions of computers. Then, with as much chutzpah as he could muster,...
The Robots Are Coming!
Commentary  |  10/26/2004  | 
Mark your calendars -- 2007 is the year of the Robot! The robotics field is expected to see a huge surge in the next few years, in both the home and industrial markets. According a report by the United Nations...
The IT Agenda: IP Protection for the 21st Century
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
There's a difference between creating a profitable, sustainable business and creating a monster.
Reality IT: The Key to Security: Prevention
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
Regardless of what tools you have handy, a reactive approach is bound to be arduous, time-consuming and costlier than a preventative one.
Oracle, PeopleSoft and the Future
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
To paraphrase the band REM: It's the end of the industry as we know it--and we should feel fine.
2005: Mo' Money? Mo' Money? Mo' Money?
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
Is 2005 the year you see a pay increase? The Meta Group thinks so. According to a new report, the research firm says the improving U.S. economy should help to give a boost to salaries for IT professionals, and could...
First Person: Storage Common Sense on the Other Side of the Globe
Commentary  |  10/14/2004  | 
Language barriers and other obstacles have driven many U.S. vendors to reduce their presence south of the equator. Meanwhile, they're clearly missing the profit potentials.
Slammin' the SpyWare Sneaks
Commentary  |  10/11/2004  | 
Uncle Sam's not letting up on the Sleazy spyware makers. Under the banner of the "deceptive business laws," the government has filed a suit against Sanford Wallace of New Hampshire. If you're Sanford's neighbor, or see him occasionally in the...
Vote for Kerry
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Don't worry, we're not getting all political on you. Nor are we going to remind you to 'get out there and vote.' You already know this an important election this November. BUT, we do want you to take our special...
Oh Goody!!! Another MS Security Breach!
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Our good friends at InformationWeek announced yesterday that a flaw in MS Word 2000 -- and possily in Word 2002 -- could be utilized by hackers to crash PCs or run other malicious code on the invaded machines. We've got...
Wi-Fi Hotspots: Slow Progress
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Wi-Fi is an immature market. But it's showing some signs of maturing.
Getting Locked in with Single-Vendor WLANs
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Proxim's announcement of a new access point and management suite bucks the industry trend toward integrated, hardware-based, wireless switching systems.
Kodak Vs. Java
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Can you blame Kodak for asserting its patent rights? After all, lawsuits like this are a proven source of income.
Carrying On: Improve Security With Wireless
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Anyone who says wireless networks are insecure just isn't paying attention.
Why Outsource?
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
If you're picking partners just to slash costs, then you're not thinking long term. Nor are you improving your business.
Jabber XMPP Recognized
Commentary  |  10/6/2004  | 
The Jabber Software Foundations' work on XMPP (eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) has been recognized by the IETF. XMPP has been assigned several RFCs regarding the protocol and its usage as a messaging standard. RFC 3920: Extensible Messaging and Presence...
Looking Inside
Commentary  |  10/1/2004  | 
The latest high-visibility security exploit is trouble in the way that some Microsoft products deal with JPG files. The problem revolves around the comment field in a JPG file--Microsoft programmers assumed that the field would always have a length greater...


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