Content posted in March 2005
Mobile Computing Shines in Trinidad
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
A trip to "the Island of Spice" leaves Jim feeling positively zesty about wireless connectivity outside the U.S. While more Wi-Fi service would be nice, GSM and GPRS seem
Brainshare 2005 Show Report
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
James checks in on this year's show, which once again focused mainly on Linux and identity management. Netware's keeping mum on the fate of the NetWare kernel. Is
Security From Two Directions
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
Once more into the podcast, dear friends, as we consider a couple of products that have been the subject of recent conversations. The first is from Tizor. The TZX 1000 is an appliance that builds logs of database and application...
3G at CTIA: Market Momentum -- But an Uncertain Future
Commentary  |  3/30/2005  | 
This year's show is reflective of fundamental changes in the wireless data service market. The hype is gone and the products are here -- but be ready to shell
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
Podcasting is rather nice, even for those of us who don't actually podcast. I just like downloading the audio file for offline listening. I've always hated non-live audio streams that could only be listened to in pseudo-live form. It'd waste...
Something Completely Different
Commentary  |  3/29/2005  | 
Hey, everyone, let's try something new. I've become fascinated by the world of podcasting, so I thought it might be interesting to podcast some of my daily observations, and even some of the interviews that are part of my week....
Evolution of the Wi-Fi Market
Commentary  |  3/28/2005  | 
I???m teaching a seminar on advances in wireless networking in a couple of weeks in Bellevue, Washington, so as I finalize my course content, I???m thinking about what are the most important developments in each wireless segment. In the Wi-Fi...
Mmmmm...MPez3 anyone?
Commentary  |  3/28/2005  | 
From the "Ummm, okay?" department: the folks who make the culturally iconic Pez candy (not to mention the gazillions of Pez head dispensers) are looking to stick something other than the fruity confections into their candy holders -- specifically, MP3s....
CEO Minute: Packeteer's Dave Cote
Commentary  |  3/28/2005  | 
If you're podcasting-enabled, you're welcome to download my recent interview with Dave Cote, President and CEO of everyone's favorite network traffic management company. In this Q and A, Dave touches eloquently on making network monitoring more efficient and on scaling...
ICQ Lives!
Commentary  |  3/26/2005  | 
"Dulles, Virginia and Tel Aviv, Israel - Monday March 21 2005 ICQ ("I Seek You"), a world-leading instant messaging service provider owned by America Online, Inc., today officially announced ICQ 5, the new, upgraded instant messaging service that offers users...
VoIP Emergencies
Commentary  |  3/26/2005  | 
Techweb, among others, is reporting about Vonage getting sued by Texas over 911 access. I'm going to avoid talking about the merits of this case in particular and whether or not Vonage mislead the public. Instead, let's look at the...
Welcome to the Convergence Channel
Commentary  |  3/25/2005  | 
Welcome to the convergence channel. I'm Mike DeMaria, technology editor for Network Computing. This channel covers all things relating to voice, video, streaming media, sometimes VoIP and just about anything that is moving towards IP-based networking. Basically if you see...
The Addiction of Wireless E-Mail
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
I???m writing an article about wireless e-mail for Network Computing and we are taking a close look at the leading products in this space. I???m also trying to get as much hands-on experience with these products as I can, and...
Send that SPAM Right Back, Man!
Commentary  |  3/24/2005  | 
I can hear Elvis now, "Return to SPAM sender!" Alright, maybe I'm taking a little creative license here, but if IBM's claims are to be believed, we may be able to do just that very soon. This week the company...
Vulnerabilities Taking Bigger Bite out of Macs
Commentary  |  3/23/2005  | 
We've touched upon this subject before -- the fact that contrary to popular belief, the Macintosh platform is not threat and vulnerability resistant. According to, the folks at Symantec have reported over 37 high-vulnerabilities in Mac OS X this...
Connection Managers
Commentary  |  3/21/2005  | 
Connection managers are the software utilities that allow users to control their wireless network connections, used with cellular-data networks, WLANs and Wi-Fi hotspots. These managers may also configure items such as protocol stacks, COM ports as well as Bluetooth and...
Sensationalism Has No Place in Corporate Governance
Commentary  |  3/21/2005  | 
A host of new regulations and lawsuits heap billions of dollars in costs onto thousands of companies in the name of weeding out billions of dollars of wrongdoing among a
Picture Messaging Interoperability
Commentary  |  3/18/2005  | 
Verizon Wireless and Cingular Wireless have just announced interoperability for their picture messaging services, technically known as Multimedia Messaging Services. Now a Cingular subscriber will be able to take a picture with their camera phone and send it to a...
APC - The Data Center on Wheels.
Commentary  |  3/17/2005  | 
Okay, this isn't really a storage topic, but I was having a hard time finding the right heading, and the storage channel is kind of my "home sweet home", so here you go. Have you seen this picture... It's the...
BPM Testing
Commentary  |  3/17/2005  | 
Yesterday was the first day of testing for BPM suites. We have 12 total products to test so we've got a full lineup for the next two months. At 9pm - thanks to remote access technology - the first suite...
CTIA Wireless Observation ? Converged Devices
Commentary  |  3/17/2005  | 
It???s hard to fully capture a wireless conference that has hundreds of exhibitors showing everything from RF connectors, tower equipment, wireless e-mail to the latest phones. However I was impressed by how cellular data is finally, after all these years,...
Security Awareness
Commentary  |  3/15/2005  | 
We just finished our annual employee briefings for IT security awareness as required by several regulations and our external auditors -- and of course a good idea in general. Awareness is not training but rather a point where we focus...
Ode To Bernard Ebbers
Commentary  |  3/15/2005  | 
"Bernie Ebb, Bernie Ebb," the judge he did decree -- "It's okay kid, you're free to go... Just kidding, you are guilty!" And so the tale of WorldCom's boss it seems comes to an end You started as a milkman,...
Acquisition of the week
Commentary  |  3/15/2005  | 
This morning IBM announced its intention to acquire Ascential, a data quality/ETL/integration vendor. I spoke with IBM this afternoon, wondering why in the world the software giant, which already boasts a fairly comprehensive integration portfolio, would be interested in Ascential....
Web Application Threats for March
Commentary  |  3/14/2005  | 
Application security vendor Teros has released a security threat bulletin for March 2005, available here. The bulletin outlines a list of security vulnerabilities specific to web applications, such as cross-site scripting attacks as well as a list of security advisories...
MIMO-OFDM Speeds Raise Backhaul Questions
Commentary  |  3/11/2005  | 
Two days ago, Nortel announced extremely high throughput speeds in an experimental MIMO-OFDM system of ???37 Mbps over a standard 5 MHz PCS mobility band, taking into account noise and fading conditions found on a real-world cellular network.??? This is...
Testing Enterprise Wireless: Good, Bad and Ugly
Commentary  |  3/11/2005  | 
Following a small post-review storm we recently weathered, Dave Molta reflects upon the power and limits of independent technology evaluations, with specific focus on how we test products for our
You're Gonna Do What?
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
The primary connection for our Green Bay lab was down this morning - for no apparent reason. So after power cycling the router and proving to myself that it wasn't a problem on our end, I called our provider. We...
Reality IT: Successful SAN Implementation
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
Hunter shares his recent experiences in evaluating storage area network vendors and offerings for his enterprise.
Carrying On: Carriers: It's Time to Embrace Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  3/10/2005  | 
Smart carriers will start to realize the future is in integrating Wi-Fi and cellular services. Customers are ready, willing and able to pay fair prices for them.
CTIA Wireless 2005
Commentary  |  3/9/2005  | 
Some of you may be heading to the CTIA Wireless 2005 show next week in New Orleans. If so, I may run into you. Like all consultants, I try and combine a show like this with exposure, research on projects...
SOA Continues to Gain Momentum
Commentary  |  3/8/2005  | 
This week heralds announced a wealth of new SOA focused tools - NetManage OnWeb 7.2 from NetManage OnWeb 7.2 is now delivering support for .NET and Java based connectors, which enables customers to connect to and leverage data from mission...
Having ridden this rough-hewn road...
Commentary  |  3/7/2005  | 
Well, the Storage Security review is about done, and as an overview of what you can do to protect your sensitive information, we feel it will give you all that you need and more. In the course of this review,...
Crypto-Panic Time or Not?
Commentary  |  3/7/2005  | 
The recent release of a paper detailing the way that a Shandong University team found a significant flaw in the SHA-1 encryption algorithm has caused major ripples in the cryptoanalysis world, and it's time to ask whether the ripples will...
What Price SOX?
Commentary  |  3/4/2005  | 
Finally, some numbers have been collected to show the costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects. But in the final analysis, the whole thing remains one big crapshoot. Readers and other IT professionals have been telling us for months about...
Bernie Ebbers Trial
Commentary  |  3/3/2005  | 
Bernie Ebbers knows nothing? So it looks like ex-WorldCom chief Bernie Ebbers adopted the Sgt. Schultz Defense in his testimony before a federal court last week: "I know what I don't know. I don't, to this day, know technology. I...
Happy Birthday Yahoo!
Commentary  |  3/2/2005  | 
Things certainly have changed for the website once known as "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web." Back in 1995, two Stanford University students -- David Filo and Jerry Yang -- were looking for a way to organize their website...
XML Firewall Testing
Commentary  |  3/1/2005  | 
Testing thus far is on schedule and going as usual. There are always guaranteed to be some problems along the way and this review is no exception to that rule. Luckily none of the issues have caused major problems and...
Commentary  |  3/1/2005  | 
A new Linux version of a TiVo like product, SageTV, has been introduced. Their TiVo like product was once only offered for PC's but they have now introduced their Linux product which can be directly connected to the TV. This...
Accidental IT: Boosting Your WiFi Signal
Commentary  |  3/1/2005  | 
Like many technical innovations, WiFi connections are no longer optional. But with the increase in use, you've noticed an increase in grumbles when users can't connect. Here are some tips

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