Commentary
Content posted in April 2005
High doofynition
Commentary  |  4/30/2005  | 
Networld-Interop is just a couple dozen hours away. One thing I'm quite interested in is High Definition video conferencing. This is regular video conferencing, but in Hi-Def, like TV. A number of vendors have recently announced this feature, although I'm...
XML and Viruses
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
I have been assured by our very own security gurus that the plural of virus is viruses, not virii, so no comments are necessary on the subject, okay? Apparently April 25th was the day for viruses everywhere to fear XML...
Food Pyramid Leaves Users Hungry
Commentary  |  4/29/2005  | 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture published its new "food pyramid" earlier this week, a revolutionary guideline for eating that lets people customize the data to fit their age, body type and activity level. There was one little problem with the...
Trend Micro Forgets the Basics
Commentary  |  4/28/2005  | 
Antivirus software vendor Trend Micro over the weekend made a huge blunder when it published an update of its software that was incompatible with Windows XP SP2. The update was downloaded to thousands of Windows PCs, which promptly crashed or...
The Smartphone versus the Feature Phone
Commentary  |  4/26/2005  | 
It???s clear that our mobile phones are powerful computers with tremendous capability. The question is how to apply all of this capability to satisfy users. Do people want general-purpose mobile computing platforms onto which they can download all kinds of...
Domain Email Spoofing
Commentary  |  4/26/2005  | 
Has anyone else out there in IT corporate world had your company domain spoofed in s-p-a-m emails? Then you get the tons of bounces if you have a catchall address set up. Somebody has been using the ACME email domain...
Vendor Swag
Commentary  |  4/26/2005  | 
I had to use the term "swag" since I didn't know how to spell tchotchy (and I still don't). Today I received a postcard today from a vendor of some network product I never heard of and they offer a...
Taking Action against Attacks
Commentary  |  4/26/2005  | 
How far should we go in defending our networks? Is it enough to stiffen our defenses and patch vulnerabilities, or should we actively pursue (through legal means, of course) those who work to usurp network resources and steal information? For...
A good book for beginners and something for everyone.
Commentary  |  4/25/2005  | 
Okay, I won't do this too often, and you'll never see a "brand new" book here, but every once in a while I get my hands on a book that is worthy of recommending to you. Why won't I do...
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese -- Now with SPAM
Commentary  |  4/25/2005  | 
Say it isn't so. The makers of that yummy cheezy macaroni that got so many of us through the long drudgery of college life on little money has been accused of SPAM? A small ISP in California says so. Joe...
XML, XML Everywhere
Commentary  |  4/25/2005  | 
If I get a press release lately it's guaranteed to at least mention XML somewhere. Solace Systems announces its new 3200 Series Multiservice Router today. The 3200 provides routing of XML messages, but not in the way you'd think -...
It's Been Quite a Week
Commentary  |  4/23/2005  | 
Sorry that I haven't blogged since Tuesday, but it's been quite a week. I flew up to Seattle, then drove out to spend the day with Microsoft on Wednesday. There are a number of things we discussed that you'll be...
Top Ten Stupid Things/Outright Lies I heard on my SNW trip.
Commentary  |  4/22/2005  | 
Well, it took me a week - you get a little behind when you take a week of vacation, then are out sick a week, then leave for SNW. But I finally got to it... Please understand: I heard a...
Video blogs are coming
Commentary  |  4/22/2005  | 
In case you haven't heard, video blogging may be the next big thing. It's like podcasting...but with video. There isn't a universal term for this. I've heard vod, video blog, vlog, vidcasting, the vlogosphere, vodding...video diary.... It's not that web...
Carrying On: Words to (Net)Work By
Commentary  |  4/22/2005  | 
In his penultimate column, David passes on nuggets of IT wisdom that will change your life.
Outsourcing Falling from Grace?
Commentary  |  4/21/2005  | 
Deloitte & Touche this week e-mailed just about every editor on our staff touting a new study which concludes that IT and business process outsourcing are "falling from favor with the world's largest organizations." It's not exactly headline news -...
Note to Vendors: Keep It Simple
Commentary  |  4/21/2005  | 
We pine for products that are easy to understand and use, that work out of the box, that pack only those features we may actually touch. Vendors are responding--slowly.
Clustering OSS
Commentary  |  4/20/2005  | 
Ever wondered how to cluster a LAMJ (Linux-Apache-MySQL-JSP/J2EE) solution effectively? Emic Networks just introduced its latest clustering solution, now supporting J2EE/JSP architectures. In addition to Emic??? lamp/cluster for the LAMP stack and Emic??? lamj/cluster for the LAMJ stack, Emic also...
Old Enemies Come Back
Commentary  |  4/20/2005  | 
Sunday night we were having dinner with some friends, a gathering that included someone who rides herd on the IDS at a Major University. Just as he got to the house, his phone started ringing--something was knocking a couple of...
IT Show Convergence
Commentary  |  4/19/2005  | 
Convergence, it's big eh? I am attending an IT event in Toronto, Canada. At the same time there are these three events in town all at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. One event is Network World Conference & Expo which...
The Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  4/19/2005  | 
Adobe acquires Macromedia. Wow. Well, what does one say to that? There are plenty of seemingly complementary products across the two organizations, though the target market of products like Photoshop and Fireworks are completely different and could, therefore, be potentially...
The Week of the Registry
Commentary  |  4/19/2005  | 
It's the week of the UDDI registry, as two more registry vendors join Systinet in announcing enhancements to their registry offerings. SOA Software (more recently known as Digital Evolution) announced today that for a limited time it is offering its...
Further City-Wide Wi-Fi Developments
Commentary  |  4/19/2005  | 
Minneapolis just announced a plan for a city wide, privately-owned Wi-Fi network which will cost $15 to $20 million to build, and will offer data services at speeds between 1 Mbps and 3 Mbps. Service could be up in the...
Super-meta-data
Commentary  |  4/18/2005  | 
Sometimes I think the best part about SOA is all the TLAs I have to remember. Systinet is introducing another one - GIF (Governance Interoperability Framework). It's a mouthful, but the idea behind GIF is to provide a single "super-meta-data"...
Let's Get Serious
Commentary  |  4/16/2005  | 
April has, so far, been a month of bad news in the computer security field as Lexis/Nexis and Mastercard revealed that individual data had been release in system breaches. They're not alone, as we've found listening to the steady drumbeat...
Cable Companies Need Reliability Lesson
Commentary  |  4/15/2005  | 
Cable operator Comcast Corp. has suffered three outages across its network since April 7, preventing users from accessing the Internet or e-mail for three to five hours at a time on some evenings. A spokeswoman from the cable giant said...
Funny AND Insightful.
Commentary  |  4/15/2005  | 
So Marie Drucker, one of CMP's many talented staff sent me this link the other day, and even though it was out on the uber-geek forums, I wanted to share it in case you missed it. Hitachi's "stand up bit"...
High-tech Drops the Rebound
Commentary  |  4/14/2005  | 
Apparently, reports of the rebound of the high-tech industry are greatly exaggerated. The high-tech job sector lost nearly 60,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2005, the biggest drop since Q4 2003, according to a report issued earlier this week...
SNW bigger, louder, faster.
Commentary  |  4/14/2005  | 
Well, halfway through this season's SNW, I have to say there are more people, more vendors, and a ton more FUD. I love the storage space, it's new, it's dynamic, it's still a little wooly... But if I hear one...
Introduced to ISA Server
Commentary  |  4/13/2005  | 
With ISA Server 2004 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft is trying to bring a number of performance and security functions together under a single management interface in a single product. They seem to have done a pretty good job a key portions...
Open XChange
Commentary  |  4/12/2005  | 
Netline Internet Service announced today the release Open-Xchange Server 5. Open-Xchange is platform agnostic and includes all the functionality and features of the open-source Open-Xchange Server 0.8 and adds: enhancements to Outlook and Palm connectors web based administration web based...
SOA Infrastructure
Commentary  |  4/12/2005  | 
In the past few weeks I've read a lot of news surrounding SOA. Sonic Software, for example, just recently launched v6.1 of its SOA focused ESB suite of tools. Sonic's latest release includes its new Collaboration Server, for managing partner...
Donate Your Old Computers & Technology
Commentary  |  4/12/2005  | 
Cristina Foundation donate your old computers ??? Cristina Foundation provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives. See www.cristina.org for...
New TLDs
Commentary  |  4/9/2005  | 
ICANN has approved a few new top level domains, and is still debating on some. Here is the announcement. Let's look at them. The newly approved ones: .JOBS - seems dumb to me. How many people will this affect? .TRAVEL...
When It Comes to R&D, the Sky Isn't Falling
Commentary  |  4/8/2005  | 
Allegedly, the United States isn't spending enough on R&D, dooming us to second-class citizenship in the global economy. But haven't we heard these kinds of dour warnings before?
Reality IT: Making the Peer-to-Peer Connection
Commentary  |  4/8/2005  | 
Working with IT colleagues from other companies can lead to technical successes at your own.
Mile-High Entry
Commentary  |  4/7/2005  | 
Who would have thought that you could build a podcast and blog entry set at 35,000 feet over western Tennessee? Me, neither, but here it is. This time, I'm talking about a couple of tools, from Dymo, and Levenger that...
Wireless VoIP
Commentary  |  4/7/2005  | 
There is no question that Voice over IP is gaining serious momentum. In a new study, IDC is predicting that VoIP service in US homes is to grow from 3 million homes in 2005 to 27 million by the end...
Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  4/6/2005  | 
Okay, it's really the acquisition of last week, but I was on vacation last week. Everyone's already chimed in on what this means and why Oracle acquired Oblix, but what it really means is that there are very few pure...
New Releases
Commentary  |  4/6/2005  | 
XOSoft WANSyncCD was released last week by XOSoft. WANSyncCD may be used to deliver, synchronize and consolidate complete corporate information repositories among multiple locations and branch offices around the world. Translation WANSyncCD provides data replication and synchronization services and is...
IM Security
Commentary  |  4/6/2005  | 
Here's a press release I got today: Akonix Systems, [insert standard 'we rule' text that ever vendor includes], today announces that its Security Center team tracked over 100 new corporate security threats targeting IM and P2P systems in the first...
There's Something About an Airport
Commentary  |  4/5/2005  | 
I don't know exactly what it is, but something about spending time in a line of strangers, holding my boots and my belt in my hands leads me to thoughts about how to improve security. I think the time has...
I'd like a million dollars
Commentary  |  4/4/2005  | 
U.S. Finishes Internet Study Congress Requested In 1998. Now there's a headline This study cost a million dollars. Some conclusions: DNS is good. Consolidating all DNS servers into two cities is bad. Governments shouldn't get involved in DNS. More useless...
CDMA vs. OFDM for Cellular
Commentary  |  4/4/2005  | 
Speaking of CDMA vs. OFDM (see last blog entry), there is a major debate in the industry as to whether OFDM has inherent advantages over CDMA in cellular networks. IEEE 802.16 (as supported by the WiMAX Forum) has chosen Orthogonal...
Evolved EDGE
Commentary  |  4/1/2005  | 
3G networks are rolling out and are bringing us one step closer to wireless nirvana. In the meantime, it is enhanced 2G services such as CDMA2000 1xRTT and EDGE that provide the national coverage we need for widespread access. I???m...


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