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Renaming the Internet
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Back in our October 13th, 2005 edition of the Last Mile, we asked those twisted and disturbed individuals we affectionately call our readers (also known as "you") to offer up their most creative ideas for a new name for the...
Rotor Routers
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go, Episode 04 - Rotor Routers. We all have moments of insight, where an idea or concept becomes clear and settles into the frontal lobes of our minds. Squeaky breaks and pitted rotors caused my...
Google Goes After Classifieds, Big-Time
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Newspapers and online classified ad sites should start trembling, because Google has made it clear it's painted a bull's eye on the classified market. A new Google job posting for a director of classified ads has made it clear that...
Out Of Alignment?
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Getting IT and business managers on the same page is a frequent topic of conversation these days. Most IT managers I speak to bring up that desire to work closely with their business counterparts, unprompted. But efforts to achieve that alignment don't always result in the business benefits both executives and IT professionals seek to achieve. Optimize magazine's most recent survey of CIOs of Fortune 3000 companies found
No Virtue Here
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
No, I will not hold
Walking the Walk
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's hard to talk the talk when Nasdaq threatens delisting
Necessity Is The Mother
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
If you've spent any length of time supporting users, you know that there is no end to the imaginative workarounds they can come up with when a system goes down and they have work that still needs to happen. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, or some other kind of mother, but when it comes to e-mail workarounds, the inventiveness of users can cause problems. And it's hard to quibble with their intent. Businesses can no longer build slack into their schedules as a just-in-case measure wh
Nintendo Beats Google To Free Nationwide Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
Strange as it may seem, Nintendo is deploying a free, nationwide Wi-Fi network, well before Google. For now, it's a game service. But there's no reason why in the future it couldn't be used for the Web, email, and data...
Too Much Time
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
Cell service has improved enough that enterprises are now comfortable relying on the technology to conduct business. But improved service quality has not come with corresponding advances in the cost-effectiveness of contracts. Consider your own personal cell phone contract: Are you satisfied with it or are you paying for minutes you will never use? If you have too much of a good thing, then you aren't alone.
More Alternative Funding
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
Tired of turkey? Thanksgiving Weekend produced a $300 million fund for data center firms
Cyber Monday: A Big Yawn
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
You probably haven't noticed it, but today has been designated by marketing mavens as "Cyber Monday," which is supposed to be the online shopping equivalent of the "Black Friday" shopping extravaganza the day after Thanksgiving. Do they actually pay marketing...
Waiting For Proof
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
CA is making a big play to revamp its image -- and rescue its future -- with a new name, 26 new products, a new strategy but the jury is still out on what the vendor's prospects are. In last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll, most of the respondents say they are still at least somewhat skeptical about CA's software and the company's future. Seventy-two percent said that CA's past mistakes are causing them t
Certifiable Security
Commentary  |  11/25/2005  | 
It's not like we don't have enough acronyms floating around our industry--acronyms for standards, technologies, product designations, and professional certifications. Add to that list the group of acronyms and names for product certifications administered by various groups and the alphabet...
Turkey Servers
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Whoops, my mistake--that should be "Servers and turkeys." The server market is doing fine, according to a new report out from IDC: Windows and Linux are still up against each other for seemingly every customer out there on the planet...
Outsourcing: IT Threat Or Opportunity?
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Just in time for the holidays come dire predictions likely to send a chill through the hearts of most U.S. IT professionals. An upcoming Congressional report is forecasting difficult times ahead for domestic IT workers, thanks in large part to the way that technology itself has helped erase geographic boundaries and make it possible for less expensive offshore workers to compete and win jobs from U.S. employees.
Help Me Fix My Wi-Fi Router
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Two days ago, my Linksys BEFW11S4 Wi-Fi router went on strike: It refuses to use DHCP to hand out IP addresses, and so I've had to assign static IP addresses to all my PCs. Incompetent Linksys technicians have been no...
Time For ID Lockdown
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Lies, damned lies and statistics
Don't Tell Me What Kinda Day to Have
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Do we need software to flag screaming customers as angry?
Google Helps World Digital Library Scanning Project
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Google is doing the right thing by donating $3 million to the Library of Congress to scan rare documents from around the world. It should use that as a model for its own much-maligned book-scanning project, and scan only non-copyrighted...
It's Just An Operating System
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
"The operating system doesn't matter." -- Research In Motion Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, keynoting the recent Harvard Cyberposium 11. It's not the first time such a sentiment has been uttered by executives who find themselves competing against Microsoft. And many, many more of us wish it could be the case but Balsillie and the rest of us know that Microsoft continually makes the operating system matter. At the core of his argument Balsillie is right. While Research In Motion is running in
Windows Forever
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Chicago, Cairo, Vista -- all names of Windows works in progress and all part of the amazing software spin strategy that Microsoft pioneered with so much success. By revealing tantilizing details of coming Windows versions, the software giant has kept corporate IT departments focused on Windows and hopeful about the the future even as system administrators and their end users often grumbled over their current operating system. So, now after
IP4IT - Day 2 report
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go, Episode 03 - Overlooking the Nevada sunset, I relaxed back in my hotel room, grabbed a comfortable seat in an armchair, and kicked off my final report from IP4IT. In this episode, I continue...
IP4IT - Day 1 report
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go, Episode 02 - I recorded this podcast immediately after the first day of the expo came to a close. This episode features highlights of some of the vendors I've met and touches on the...
IP4IT - Day 0 report
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Podcast - Collaboration On The Go, Episode 01 - Recorded at 4am, I touch on expectations from the show and the future of trade shows. Download this episode here. The music featured in this episode is called "Music for a...
By The Book
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
There may be plenty of grumbling around water coolers about recent changes in the government regulatory environments but, like it or not, those compliance dictates are here to stay. Last week's poll shows that regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and FISMA have affected the majority of companies. Seventy-seven percent of the survey respondents have made an investment, whether it is personnel resources o
A Byte of Turkey
Commentary  |  11/19/2005  | 
Data turkeys - we salute you
Two Decades
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Has it really been that long since Microsoft unveiled Windows? Yes, and there's a good chance I could have cared less about that at the time, toiling away as a rookie reporter in Concord, Massachusetts, on a TRS-80 from that...
Two Decades Later, We Still Do Windows
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
It can't be possible. Has it really been 20 years since I took those 5.25-inch floppy disks and loaded a new operating system called Windows, of all things, on my PC/XT clone with the amber monitor, and remarked to myself, "Now What?" The answer to that question was not immediately forthcoming. In fact, it took a few years to figure out why Windows would ever be important, and perhaps a decade before we all went, "A-ha." Windows in the mid-80s was essentially DOS with a graphical overlay. It ca
Style Conscious
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
This is the age of analyzing everything ad nauseum so why should examining management styles be any different. Consider yourself -- or own boss--what is your manager's administrative philosphy? Is your boss a micromanager who needs to weigh in on every decision or a laid back manager who may be a little too distant when you need a backup? Or does your boss employ a crisis management style where it is all about command and
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Happy Friday! Today we've got three freebies for you. The first is an On-Demand office suite, gOffice. This hosted office suite offers you the functionality of a productivity suite in a web browser, with a rich text editor and presentation...
What Are Google's Real Wi-Fi Plans?
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Google claims in its latest blog that it currently has no plans to roll out a nationwide Wi-Fi network. But there are signs that behind the scenes the search giant may be, in fact, preparing the groundwork for such a...
Don't Fear Commoditization
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
The commoditization of tech products will let IT pros focus on what their employers value most: competitive advantage and profits.
It's All in the Name
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Corporate job titles - the enemy of brevity
A Puzzle From IBM
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
IBM issues clever conundrum disguised as white paper
Alert To Trouble
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
There is always room for improvement in IT. Event notification is no exception. Yes, event management applications can send alerts to IT using a variety of mechanisms including via pagers. However, complaints about just how real-time these alerts are are common as the technology behind the event notification is often antiquated.
A Look at OATH
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
I've heard it said that you can tell our industry loves standards because there are so many of them. I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with several representatives to OATH, the Initiative for Open Authentication. These...
A Match Made In Heaven?
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
The crew over at Byte and Switch are running an article on a possible merger between SonicWall and Lasso Logic. I'm vaguely familiar with both companies, I figure this might be a good move. Both service smaller offices, and their...
Whoooooooo are you?
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
You almost need an ID management product to keep track of who acquired who in this space. Oracle announced its acquisition of ID management vendor Thor Technologies this morning, for an undisclosed sum. Now, in case you were wondering what...
Google Takes Step Toward Nationwide Free Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  11/17/2005  | 
Here's one more sign that Google is eying rolling out a nationwide, free Wi-Fi network: It just won approval to offer free Wi-F for its hometown of Mountain View. And it looks like that's just the first step to a...
Practical Jokes?
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
So I'm in the lab trying to get NWC Inc. ready for our upcoming ESB product review. I'm installing OpenJMS and setting up messages queues and reinstalling servers in preparation for product testing. I flip the KVM to TEST8, put...
Technology Can Help Distinguish Between Control And CONTROL
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Controlling the use of the messaging infrastructure is a fight as old as business itself. The challenges today are more complex, to be sure, but essentially unchanged since the Romans, Egyptians, and Babylonians sent teams of runners covering more than 200 miles per day. We want our communications to be secure, accurate, and limited to the mission(s) of the enterprise. In my own experience, that quest has led to some rather extreme and unsuccessful attempts at control. I've worked for a compa
The Future Starts Now
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Remember when 1999 sounded like the distant future? Now it is more like the distant past. In the last decade alone, we've witnessed stunning technological advances that are changing the world as the Internet makes distance disappear and wireless gives us the flexibility we need now in this always-connected age.
U.S. Should Keep Control Over The Internet
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
At a UN conference in Tunis this week, there have been calls for the U.S. to turn over control of the Internet to an international body. But the last thing this world needs is an Internet controlled by despots and...
Live from the 18th floor
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Just a quick report from the IP4IT conference. Today was my first day at the expo. Speaking from my perspective as a member of the media, this has so far been a worthwhile trip. The vendors sent their technical...
What's Sex Got To Do With It?
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Everything, apparently
Brocade's Not Out of the Woods
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Getting financials in order doesn't end DOJ investigation
Servers--The Box In "In A Box"
Commentary  |  11/15/2005  | 
In the world of blade servers, IBM has probably been the most aggressive company in touting the idea of a blade as a machine that can do far more than simply route your data around the office or back to...
And Justice for SMBs
Commentary  |  11/15/2005  | 
If customers aren't paying their bills, get a little help from this box
Prove Your Worth
Commentary  |  11/15/2005  | 
Sure, companies depend on their infrastructures to run their businesses but that doesn't mean IT gets a blank check. In fact, it is just the opposite as IT organizations are under constant pressure to demonstrate their value to the corporation. And in this age of "do more for less," you know the powers that be will have no problem making cuts if you can't prove your worth. The constant demand for IT to quantify its value to the company has made
Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  11/15/2005  | 
Ooohhh...fun stuff out there this week. Citrix made another acquisition, this time targeting web appplication firewall vendor Teros. This coming on the not so distant acquisition of layer 7 load balancer and application acceleration vendor, Netscaler. The Teros offering will...
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