Commentary
Content posted in October 2005
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Intel Inside?
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
Unisys and NEC had a fairly low-key announcement last week of a technology alliance that will see the two companies blending efforts to advance their lines of servers, software, and integrated packages. It's certainly not a merger, but it is...
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
It isn't just goblins and trick-or-treaters you need to be afraid of this Halloween. Network and server intrustions are continuing at a too-high rate. A recent VanDyke Software survey found that 25 percent of the respondents had been hit with an intrusion within the last two years. Yet in spite of the high incidence of intrusions, only slightly more than half of the system administrators polled said they had eliminated inse
SBC Chief Declares War On Google, Vonage
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
It appears that SBC CEO Edward Whitacre has declared war on Google, Yahoo, Vonage, MSN --- in fact, virtually any site or service on the Web. Whitacre said to Business Week about Google, "Now what they would like to do...
We are so cool...
Commentary  |  10/29/2005  | 
...in terms of temperature in the lab, that is. Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting NWC Inc. lately has noticed that it's really warm near the servers. Too warm, in fact. Last week the temp starting rising, and...
Shoot The Messenger, Not The Medium
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Black lists and white lists . . . what does it all mean? To many of us it all looks like spam. I once asked an associate of mine on the sales side of the house what makes for legitimate advertising. His response, while understandable, was a bit disturbing. His philosophy was any ads that are paid for are legitimate. It took me a while, and I didn't like myself better as a result, but I started to see his point. As a culture, we've accepted without necessarily appreciating the notion of advertis
Shades Of Grey
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
Thanks in large part to the Internet, enterprise threats are constant and they are everywhere-- viruses, Worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, phishing attacks, and on and on and on. And throw in the growing ubiquity of so-called greynet apps that end users can install without the help -- or approval -- of IT, and the threat worsens. So what is an under-resource
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
We've got two really different freebies for you this Friday. The first is from IBM and it's the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. Based on Apache Geronimo, version 1.0 is a lightweight, Java 1.4 certified, Java??? 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition...
SBC-AT&T Merger: Last Gasp Of The Dinosaurs?
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
The finally approved merger of SBC and AT&T sounds as if it will create a blockbuster company, but there are signs that it's only creating a dinosaur whose time isn't long for this world. The latest sign: SBC CFO Rick...
What's in Your iPod?
Commentary  |  10/28/2005  | 
I don't know about you, but I'm hooked on my iPod. I carry it with me when I mow the lawn, it's my soundtrack when the drive is more than about 10 minutes, and it keeps the outside world at...
Hanging Together
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Is it me, or are we seeing a decided trend lately toward industry consortiums to deal with problems/opportunities/standards/whatever?...
I nearly forgot to tell you CMP's big news in time for SNW.
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
I nearly forgot to let you know about all the changes we're working on here at CMP Media! This was some of the most exciting (to me) news of SNW... First, I want to welcome Byte and Switch to the...
The Future Is (Starting) Now
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
If the writing wasn't on the wall before it, it certainly is now. IDC numbers published Thursday show that sales of wireless devices without voice communications capabilities slid for the seventh quarter in a row. Given that much of corporate mobile use rose up almost organically, with individuals increasingly using their personal wireless devices for work-related communications, this trend toward consolidation almost certain
Google's San Francisco Pitch: Make WiFi, Not War!
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
A look under the covers of Google's proposal to provide free WiFi for San Francisco show the odd mix of above-the-fray, rhetorical idealism, and hard-nosed commercialism that we've come to expect from the search giant. But if Google wins the...
SNW Cool Stuff
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Well, I'm about 80% done with SNW, and it's time to check in and let you know about the cool stuff I've seen and heard. Focused and roaring - Adaptec. They've got a lot coming down the pike, and you'll...
Grab Your Partner
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Storage partnerships proliferate - and perplex
Collaboration Brings New Life To Web Searches
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
As the trend continues to extend collaboration capabilities into all facets of our computing and communications experience, why not include our most often used Web tools, the search engines? Why not, indeed, say bevy of new search players that are starting to put meat on the bones of the "Web 2.0" movement to make the Internet a more collaborative environment. While Web applications in general have become more collaborative, search engines have been slow to follow suit.
In The Money
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
In the last few days, economic news for IT has been pretty much all good - more funding, more jobs, and now, higher salaries on the horizon. A report issued this week by Robert Half Technology predicts that, on average, next year IT salaries will rise 3 percent versus the .5 average they saw this year. The report goes on to forecast that the most sought after will include lead applications developers, network security admin
Standards Watch: WS-SX
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
Last week brought us WS-TX, this week brings us WS-SX. Members of the OASIS international standards consortium announced plans to define extensions to the WS-Security OASIS Standard that will enable the trusted exchange of multiple SOAP messages and will define...
Microsoft Bests Google At Book Scanning
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
Microsoft is going to launch a book-scanning project of its own -- and unlike Google, it's doing the right thing. It will only scan and make available books in the public domain, and will work with Yahoo and an industry...
No List of Demands
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
SNIA's end-user survey was short on drama, long on management talk
Whitefields Gone To Grey
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
So, AMD wants to capture at least a third of the server processor market by three years from now. Or maybe even a half, depending on which company official you're listening to. Well, one point of market share at a...
An E-mail Archiving System And A Floor Wax!
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
That old Saturday Night Live skit about the dessert topping/floor wax was made for people like me. Ever since I was kid, I was a sucker for tips and tricks on how to multitask the things you already own, making them perform tasks you could never dream of on your own. My friends might have considered me too loosely wired when I roasted an ear of corn on my car engine's exhaust manifold while driving down the highway, or when I poached a trout using the rinse and wash cycles while running
Is Verio The World's Worst Hosting Company?
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
My personal domain and email is hosted by the Verio hosting company. Bad move --- the hurricane killed all my email from yesterday until this morning, and Verio's technical support team seems to have absconded to South America. What's wrong...
Wilma Watch III
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
Skies are sunny over Orlando
The Return Of The Boom Years?
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
Remember the heady days of the Internet boom and endless technological possibilities? VC funding was plentiful, creativity was soaring, and yes, in the age of the overvalued acquisitions practicality was pretty scarce. But who hasn't missed those times just as little bit as we struggled through uncertain days and leaner years. Well, there certainly aren't any guarantees but it does look like things may be
Mission-Critical Status
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Every CIO and IT manager knows what the $64,000 question is when evaluating a new technology: Can I run mission-critical apps on it? If the answer isn't a firm, 100% "Yes," then you're testing it for a long time first...
Gossip and news
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Earlier this month, very quietly, Oracle acquired OSS database vendor Innobase, producers of InnoDB which, just so you know, ships as a component to MySQL. Interesting, ain't it? This announcement from Oracle indicates that Oracle expects to renegotiate the contract...
Grrr....ISP Trouble
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
For the past week our Class C has been routing off into the ether. Our ISP, ChoiceOne, has been unable to determine why our Class C suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth. I don't know why either, but...
Wilma Watch II
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
So here we are in Orlando. Where are you?
As Teens Abandon IM, What's Left?
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Forrester recently issued a report confirming what many of us have suspected for some time: Instant messaging isn't the cool thing that it used to be and there is no loyalty among users. The last statement is rather obvious because loyalty has never been a major part of the strategy. You can't have closed networks and expect users to play on your turf exclusively. Imagine where the mobile handset market would be if you could only talk to in-network users. Microsoft and Yahoo have decided that
VoIP Dangers Take Center Stage
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
The Voice over IP Security Alliance (VoIPSA) took the first major step today to combat VoIP dangers --- and it's long overdue. VoIP security is IP telephony's Achilles Heel, and until now, no one has taken it seriously....
Educating The Masses
Commentary  |  10/24/2005  | 
Enterprise management software vendors still have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to educating the market on Business Service Management. Last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll shows that while nearly half of the respondants think BSM sounds terrific in theory, they believe the products associated with it are either too expensive or too complex for them to implement. Forty-one percent of the respondents
QLogic and Troika
Commentary  |  10/22/2005  | 
So QLogic bought Troika Networks. I've digested this for a few days, and have a couple of observations. First, this is good for Troika. They were struggling in a market dominated by a channel, QLogic brings them that channel. The...
Wilma Watch
Commentary  |  10/22/2005  | 
It's Friday afternoon. Do you know where the storm is?
Friday Light Blogging: Call For Servers
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
A trend I've noticed among political blogs is some lighter Friday action; for instance, my fellow Philadelphian Atrios posts pics of his lazy cats on Fridays. Others do orchids, trees, and the like....
Feds' Wiretapping Law Takes Aim At Skype
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
An FCC order requiring that VoIP companies comply with traditional telephone wiretapping rules could end up crippling Skype and other peer-to-peer VoIP companies -- and stifle innovation to boot....
Accelerating Skills Development
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
The trade-off for a business hiring a new, enthusiastic, and relatively cheap college grad is that recruit's lack of practical working experience. In a nutshell, new hires don't have an extensive background in field to draw from for problem solving that can be so crucial. Companies are still willing to give newcomers a chance but businesses are looking for ways to bring their new hires up to speed as rapidly as possible. Businesses looking to accelerate their new hires' skills acquisition wo
Natural Born Microsoft Killers
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
Where and when necessary, Microsoft adapts to all its Web rivals, proving that healthy paranoia still runs deep in Redmond.
Changing the Face of Wireless
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
If your goal is to transmit lots of data over a wireless network at maximum distance, multipath is good.
Ahoy Mates!
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
As you know, each December we proudly present to you our Survivor's Guide for the coming year -- what you need to know and how you can prepare for the next 365 days in the world of IT, networking, security,...
Replacing The Greatest Generation
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
I call them IT's Greatest Generation -- the folks who ran the mainframes and high-end servers of an earlier time and opened the door for an unprecedented expansion of what IT could bring to businesses and their bottom lines....
Are You Going To Answer That?
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
A reader responding to my most recent blog about a user survey and the future of e-mail brought up an interesting point about the nature of always-on communication technology. He said his life pattern had changed once he started using his Blackberry device, and that he felt somehow more compelled to read e-mail on his Blackberry the moment it is received, akin to the urgency of answering a mobile phone. He ended with a lament that he and his associates spend more time looking at the device and l
IT Job Opportunities Still Abound
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
Recent economic news has been mixed at best, thanks in large part to soaring oil prices. But the employment picture remains bright. The IT professional, in particular, continues to be a hot commodity as businesses keep looking to technology as a means to drive new revenue opportunities and cut expenses. Monster.com's September local job index showed classif
eBay CEO: Skype Will Kill Big Telecom
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
eBay CEO Meg Whitman had some startling news for stock analysts yesterday: In the future, all phone calls will be free, thanks to VoIP. She sees Skype as the nail in the coffin of Big Telecom....
Publishers Are Right To Sue Google
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
The other shoe has finally dropped -- the Association of American Publishers is suing Google to halt the Google book-scanning project. The Google project scans and makes available copyrighted books without copyright holder approval. The publishers call Google's actions "willful...
Playing It Safe Doesn't Always Work, But It's A Good Start
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
Does sender certification work as a method of ensuring the legitimacy of e-mail senders? According to Habeas Inc., provider of the popular Habeas Safelist database of certified senders, it does. Habeas claims that it is now receiving more than 20 million requests per day from messaging systems worldwide. That represents a ten-fold increase in traffic in the last six months.
Is It Time To Ban The FCC?
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
The FCC's incompetence is on the front-burner again. This time, congressional investigators have found its oversight of the E-Rate program to get schools and libraries online has led to millions of dollars in waste. Is it time to heed the...
Virtually Ubiquitous
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
A new Forrester Research study shows that the Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are literally almost everywhere. With the overwhelming majority of companies either implementing new and upgrading existing VPNs this year, VPNs are at the top of the project list for most IT managers. One of the biggest benefits VPNs promise is added flexibility so it is no surprise that demand for browser-based SSL VPNs that have the potential to
E-mail: Is It In You
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
I've become as dependent on my e-mail as the next person, but for me it's still an office and an occasional home activity. I consider traveling on business or pleasure an extension of my professional and personal lives so I'll include laptops in my mix of e-mail devices. I rarely, and I do mean rarely, use the Internet capabilities of my GSM network provider. I find it intrusive, but then I will also turn off my phone when I'm out camping, fishing, and mountain biking, checking once in a while f
No words.
Commentary  |  10/18/2005  | 
This story pretty much speaks for itself. I'll meet you at the bar afterwards. First round's on you....
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