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Content posted in April 2006
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Welcome to the Interop 2006 Video Blog (VIDEO)
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
There's a lot going on at Interop 2006, and whether you can make it to the show or not, be sure to stop here for the NWC Interop Video Blog to catch all the happenings. We have almost a dozen...
One Freaky Casemod
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Top Pol: Net Neutrality Is "Like Pornography"
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
How low will opponents of net neutrality go? Into the gutter, it seems. Rep. Joe Barton, Congress's chief enemy of net neutrality and best friend of AT&T, claims net neutrality is "kind of like pornography: You know it when you...
After the Flush
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
Storage vendors' first-quarter blues could be worse than usual this year
"Sell" Computers
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
One of the most startling pieces of news I've seen on the tech side recently was the decision by Citigroup last week to rate Dell stock as a "sell." Turns out that in the ever-twisted world of Wall Street, Dell's...
Avocent to Acquire LANDesk
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Here's a merger that was completely unexpected and out of left field. Avocent, makers of KVM and remote access products, is purchasing LANDesks, a desktop management vendor
Altiris Talks Virtualization
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Recently, I conducted a podcast interview with Christine Ewing from Altiris. They traditionally have focused on desktop and system management. A new product has come down the pipe, Software Virtualization Solution (SVS). It's a "virtual machine" that works at the...
Municipal Wi-Fi: A Devil's Choice
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Free municipal Wi-Fi networks may sound like a good idea, but this article serves as a good reminder of what folks should really expect from their government's efforts....
Suppliers of Indistinction
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
Would you recognize these vendors in a dark alley? Take our quiz
CA's Bad Week
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
In recent months, CA has made great efforts to put the company's very troubled past behind it and move forward with a new chief executive and a new vision. The company went so far as to abandon its old Computer Associates moniker in hopes, I am guessing, of also shedding its tarnished image with the name. CA's moves were welcomed by its customers, industry observers, and by partners - who often described having a strained relationship with the systems management software giant.
Sun Switches Gears
Commentary  |  4/26/2006  | 
Does McNealy's departure signal the end of corporate name-calling?
Westchester County: We Ticket Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
A new law passed today by County Executive Andy Spano, makes Westchester, NY the first county to fine businesses for running open, Wi-Fi networks....
Bright Shine, Or Eclipse?
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
If you think about it, Scott McNealy had an amazing run as Sun's CEO -- one that went for a long, loooong time in this business. He co-founded the company in 1982 and became CEO and chairman two years later;...
ThinkFree Office Online Beta Available
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Another Web 2.0 Office application beta goes live, this one from ThinkFree....
Trouble In Skypeland: It Misses eBay Revenue Targets
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
When eBay bought Skype for the staggering sum of over $4 billion, Skype had to meet certain revenue targets. But trouble is ahead: It looks as if Skype is falling behind, and won't be able to get the full payout....
TechQuiz: Web Applications
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Having a tough time with our Web Applications TechQuiz (based on our April 27th cover package)? Our answer key is available here -- try not to cheat though!:...
Spread the Word
Commentary  |  4/22/2006  | 
A new crop of storage users is truly devoted
Google Honcho: We May Build A Nationwide Network
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Google co-founder Larry Page says that the company is looking at ways it can "expand" Internet access for its users, and won't rule out bidding to buy wireless bandwidth so the search giant can create a nationwide Wi-Fi network....
Fujitsu's Enormous Storage Sandwich
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Anyone need 1.36 Pbtyes? Later, you say?
Energy Stars
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
When everyone on the planet finally realizes that peak oil is already here or just around the corner, they can look to the server industry as one business that got the big picture early on. Of course, this isn't entirely...
Google's Gambit
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Google's OneBox Enterprise may be more important than you think.
Hyper-Critical?
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Uber Secure isn't the answer, nor is insecure. Walk the tightrope, my friend.
Opera 9: The other, other browser
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Opera today announced the availability of Beta 1 of version 9 of its browser. New features include AJAX-based components called 'widgets', a BitTorrent search engine, and updated content blocking....
Will Vodafone Block Skype And VoIP?
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Here's some potentially disturbing news for Skype and VoIP users in Europe: The cell-phone giant Vodafone may block VoIP traffic, including Skype. So reports ExtremeVoIP....
Storage Do-Si-Do
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Emulex and Aarohi make it official
Mirror, Mirror...
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
SQL Server 2005's first service pack shows Microsoft is serious about becoming an enterprise database play
Gates? $100 Million Estate a Poor Venue for Piracy Talks
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Memo to Bill Gates: I???m not sure that wining and dining an avowed Communist in a $100 million dollar high-tech mansion owned by the world???s richest man makes a strong case for the financial harm caused by software piracy....
Air Time: Location, Location, Location
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
One of the emerging battlegrounds in the world of wireless networking is location-based services. The U.S. market for these devices is projected to increase rapidly, and some interesting questions will be tagging along for the ride.
Skype Plays Footsie With Dictators
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
Skype has been playing footsie with dictators: Its CEO admits that it censors text messages containing words that the Chinese authorities don't like, such as "Falun Gong" and "Dalai Lama."...
Symantec Sticks It to the Man
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
When was the last time you got a billion-dollar tax bill?
Oracle's In My Google
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
With Google's new search appliance, application data's at your fingertips.
Air Time: Wi-Fi and Commoditization
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
There are times when commodity technology impedes progress and establishes an ugly legacy with complex challenges. Wi-Fi is the latest example.
VoIP Lights Up "Dark Fiber"
Commentary  |  4/18/2006  | 
The telecom bubble of the late 90s appears to be drawing to an end, as so-called "dark fiber" -- unused bandwidth -- begins to be used as demand picks up. And leading the way to lighting up that dark fiber...
Daily Spin: After the Fox
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
Firefox fans may walk around with rose-colored glasses, but the truth is that their browser of choice is no more safer or reliable than that one coming out of Mordor
Your call did not go through...019P
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
You've likely heard the rumors that the Green Bay lab is moving across town. While you'd think most of the hard work would be in tearing down our infrastructure and bodily moving it across town, turns out that setting up...
Men Are From VoIP, Women From PSTN
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
A recent HarrisInteractive survey about VoIP awareness in the U.S. and Britain found this intriguing fact: Men are more aware of VoIP than women by about a two-to-one margin. And, one would assume, from those numbers, they're much more likely...
Brand Identity
Commentary  |  4/17/2006  | 
A few years ago, in another life, I was presenting some research related to brand identity and the delivery of IT services to a tech-savvy group in Paris. I asked the attendees what they thought of when they heard the IBM brand name. Though the attendees gave a number of answers, the common consensus was that IBM represented quality, stability, and market superiority. In essence, IBM was a company these consumers of IT solutions trusted. Well, judging from the results of the
Leap of Faith
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Not even AAA can get you to this destination
Pen Fights ID Theft?
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
You know identity theft has gone mainstream when pen manufacturer Uni-ball launches an ad campaign touting a high-security ink designed to fight ID fraud....
Will Google Launch A National For-Pay Wi-Fi Network?
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Rumors abound that Google may join with EarthLink to launch a nationwide Wi-Fi network. And here's the kicker: It would be a for-pay network, not a free one....
Click A Kitty
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Scrambled text signups with the hard-to-read characters are taxing on the eyes and don't always keep the bots out. But a new security measure is being tested which seems almost "Purrfect!" (yes, I went there!)
p0wned
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Scott Wahle describes the "secret" language known as L33t5p34k, and gets it all wrong. Is it just shoddy reporting or a case of technical incompetence?...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
It just wouldn't be Friday without a freebie. This one is a useful set of command line utilities for Windows that makes administration of web, database, and general purpose servers just a bit easier......
Dwindling High End
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
How meaningful is it that Sun has canned 200 employees of its Sparc group?...
EMC Global Services
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
EMC hopes to ace services, but could end up with double fault
You'll Have To Do Better Than That
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
The explosion of online, AJAX-enabled word processing applications is far from complete. The latest entry is AjaxWrite, offered to you by Michael Robertson (of MP3.com, Linspire, and GizmoProject fame - or is that infamy?)....
Earthlink Boss: We'll Take GoogleNet National
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
The Earthlink-Google deal to provide a wireless network for San Francisco is only the first step to a much bigger Wi-Fi GoogleNet, says EarthLink CEO Garry Betty. Betty has been telling all who will listen that the firms are planning...
The Wireless Edge: Integrated Voice/Data in 3G
Commentary  |  4/12/2006  | 
One of the promises of 3G cellular has been integrated voice and data.In this column I examine what this means, why and where it's important,to what extent the different cellular technologies support it, and howthis capability will evolve over...
Google, eBay And Amazon To AT&T: We'll Build Our Own Network
Commentary  |  4/12/2006  | 
AT&T and the telcos are threatening to charge Google and other Web sites extortion-type fees unless Google and others pay for adequate bandwidth. But Google and others may soon have this answer for them: No, thanks. We'll build our own...
If you give them the specs, they will code to them...
Commentary  |  4/12/2006  | 
Apparently this year's O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference sported a few ...side shows....
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