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Content posted in December 2004
ACME 2005
Commentary  |  12/28/2004  | 
With the Survivor's Guide to 2005 NWC issue hot off the presses I wanted to pass on details as to what we are focusing on at ACME in the IT shop for 2005. We have some big multi-year projects still...
Sprint and Nextel
Commentary  |  12/20/2004  | 
A merger between Sprint and Nextel means a number of potential benefits to both companies, their stockholders and, potentially, to their customers.
Blog Awards Bookmarks
Commentary  |  12/19/2004  | 
Our editors pick their favorite alternative technology blogs from among the many entries made by you, our dear readers.
Offshore Outsourcing Prevention Starts at Home
Commentary  |  12/17/2004  | 
Critics of H-1B visas and offshore outsourcing focus on the cheapening of the American IT worker, but they're missing the bigger issue--education.
They Just Keep Getting Bigger--Maybe
Commentary  |  12/15/2004  | 
According to The New York Times, Symantec and Veritas are in discussions aimed at having Symantec purchase the company best known for its data backup packages. Like so many of these stories, there are obvious story lines, and those that...
SANity Prevails
Commentary  |  12/15/2004  | 
So Tim Wilson at NWC wrote in the current issue about how to negotiate with vendors. And I also noted the article from Don MacVittie about SAN Switches. At ACME we just got finished with a grueling few months of...
More Security Consolidation
Commentary  |  12/13/2004  | 
The push to consolidation in security continued today as 3Com purchased IPS vendor TippingPoint ** for somewhere in the neighborhood of 430 million dollars. According to the announcement, TippingPoint will continue to operate as a separate division of 3Com, with...
LEGOs ROXOR
Commentary  |  12/10/2004  | 
Someone has way too much time on their hands. Both the guy who did this and my brother, who somehow managed to find this obscure link. Someone over at the Goldfish Online has recreated working logic gates in LEGOs. You...
Upgrading Critical Storage - the first round
Commentary  |  12/10/2004  | 
Yesterday we put the Snap 18000 into the rack with the NSS, configured it to match the network, gave it two network connections, and configured the storage. We then did an initial copy of the NSS shares onto the Snap....
Upgrading Mission Critical Storage - The Plan.
Commentary  |  12/8/2004  | 
This week I began upgrading the storage in NWC Inc. Since you, our readers, can access portions of NWC Inc. online, I have to take all of the precautions you do when upgrading storage. As I upgrade the system, I'm...
Finally, those SCSI/SATA performance numbers.
Commentary  |  12/6/2004  | 
Comparing yesterday's "primary storage" with today's Serial ATA I know, I'm months and months late providing this data, but here it is... The point here is that the SATA drives on the market today perform as well as the SCSI...
Storage Security... Looking for input
Commentary  |  12/6/2004  | 
We're starting up a new review, one that's going to be just a little bit different, we're going to compare the options that you have for securing your storage - not give them a head-to-head review, because there are many...
My Favorite Error Message
Commentary  |  12/3/2004  | 
We're always appreciative when folks just come right out and say that their sites are broken, literally. This is the error message graces the pages of Sakamura Laboratory at the University of Tokyo (look for the little red type...
Novell's Temperate Tone
Commentary  |  12/3/2004  | 
No longer out to beat Microsoft, Novell's more measured approach to business is one that IT pros can learn to emulate.
Reality IT: Pre-Purchase Product Testing Can Save the Day
Commentary  |  12/3/2004  | 
When the testing starts, good vendors will help you prove the viability of their products in your environment.
Carrying On: The Gap Between Infrastructure and Applications
Commentary  |  12/3/2004  | 
Hardware is getting cheaper, but the software running on the hardware must get more sophisticated--and thus more expensive for networking vendors to produce.
More Than Meets the Eye
Commentary  |  12/2/2004  | 
If you're a child of the 80's (and a fan of the Transformers), or know someone who was, you'll appreciate this car commercial from overseas. If that's not an amazing use of computer graphics, I don't know what is. One...
Targeted Advertising
Commentary  |  12/2/2004  | 
Like most technology publications, we're always looking to expand our advertiser base, obviously with the aim of bringing you, our readers, a wider selection of relevant technology solutions. However, the following query may be taking that notion a bit too...


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