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Vonage May Face A Class-Suit
Commentary  |  5/31/2006  | 
Non-savvy investors who got sucked into Vonage's disastrous IPO may have help on the way --- a class-action suit. Legal eagles (or is that vultures?) are circling the IPO, looking for grounds for a suit....
The Ultimate Vendor Lock In
Commentary  |  5/31/2006  | 
Apple has always managed to keep itself financially strong despite its propensity for locking consumers into its peculiar view of the world. But this probably goes just a bit too far......
EMS versus EII
Commentary  |  5/31/2006  | 
It's the battle of the "E"s in the technology ring as Enterprise Mashup Services (EMS) start intruding on the Enterprise Information Integration (EII) space....
Feds to AT&T and ISPs: We Want All of Your Data
Commentary  |  5/31/2006  | 
Here's one more reason to worry about federal intrusions into your Internet activities: The FBI and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are both urging ISPs to keep records about customer Internet activities for two years, so that the feds can get...
The CA Wildcard
Commentary  |  5/30/2006  | 
CA's latest restatement could alter storage prospects
Painful Privacy Lessons
Commentary  |  5/30/2006  | 
Since the theft of a disk containing names, social security numbers, and birth dates for more than 26 million veterans from the home of a Veterans Affairs data analyst was made public last week, the outcry over the agency's failure to guard the privacy of what are effectively its most valued customers has continued non-stop. VA Inspector General George Opfer confessed at a Senate hearing last week that supervisors of the VA d
Microsoft's LCS: The New IP PBX?
Commentary  |  5/29/2006  | 
Barbara Darrow reports today that Microsoft will finally clarify its plans next month to turn Live Communications Server (LCS) into a next-generation telephony server. Details are to be released at Microsoft's unified communications event in June....
Is it Safe in the Clear?
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
Ahh, encryption. There are few security-related topics that manage to combine complexity, minutiae, and critical needs quite as thoroughly as does encryption. Government agencies simultaneously require and fear encryption, an attitude that is also common among business leaders. Ultimately, there...
Newbury Responds
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
(Originally posted by Mike Fratto on SecureEnterprise Magazine's Website on 02/06/06) Newbury Networks wants a chance to respond to a blog entry where I opined about their over the top marketing and fear mongering in a white paper they published....
Newbury is spreading FUD. Here's the Deal.
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
(Originally posted by Mike Fratto on SecureEnterprise Magazine's Website on 02/01/06) Newbury Networks has been pushing extremely hard the idea that Wi-Fi is broken and can't be trusted unless you deploy their products. They are pushing over the top marketing...
IBM and DataPower: 6 Months Later
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
Competitors of DataPower in the SOA management, security, and integration spaces have been wondering what became of the hardware SOA company snatched up by the WebSphere division of software-powerhouse IBM. Six months after the acquisition, IBM announced the new IBM...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  5/26/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Today I have three freebies for you: a desktop skinner, a web-based bookmark repository, and a really cool JVM clustering technology from Terracotta....
An Open Letter to Vonage's CEO
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
An Open Letter to Mr. Michael F. Snyder, Director and CEO of Vonage Dear Mr. Snyder, Congratulations on your new position, though in the wake of the yesterday's catastrophe of an IPO I'm not sure anybody's going to be envious...
Now You See Me...
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
What would you give to be invisible for a day?
AT&T Bets Big On Satellite Broadband, WiMAX
Commentary  |  5/25/2006  | 
The AT&T launch yesterday of a satellite Internet broadband service points the way to the company's future. It sees the handwriting on the wall -- there's no way to make money by selling voice, and broadband competition is fierce. So...
Pigs Have Flown
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
As I watched the Live 8 concerts last fall (and later the DVD from the worldwide broadcasts), I was struck by a sign being held by a fan in London's Hyde Park site as Pink Floyd played its historic reunion...
Rambling On: iDo or iDon't?
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
A new website challenges iPodders to break free of their white earbud shackles. But could what they offer in return be far more sinister? (Cue ominous music)
Cisco Flirts with Data Security & Microsoft Embraces SSL VPNs
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
Two interesting developments on the security front last week: Cisco is flirting with the database security business while Microsoft declared its love for SSL-based remote access....
Vonage IPO: There's A Sucker Born Every Minute
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
Vonage's IPO went off as planned today, and even though shares have been plummeting, the fact that it raised over a half billion dollars shows that in the stock market, there's always a sucker waiting to be had....
No Hot Seat, No Throne
Commentary  |  5/24/2006  | 
An uptick in earnings doesn't mean Brocade's out of the woods just yet
VA Problems Might Be Yours Too.
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
The recent loss of data from the Veterans Administration highlites the need to know who has what data, and what they're doing with it. The VA has thus far handled this event wonderfully, and as a Veteran from a family...
This PC's Da Bomb!
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
Here's a PC casemod that's sure to please any evil mastermind -- and give heart palpatations to secret agents, superheroes and planet-saving astronauts everywhere. This computer's case has been made to look like a Hollywood-esque 'Doomsday device,' the kind that...
Acquisition of the Week: RightNow and Salesnet
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
RightNow has announced its intention to acquire Salesnet for its workflow automation capabilities and, in a surprising show of honesty, its customer base in all all-cash merger of the two companies....
Identity Crisis (Again)
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
Here we go again. Yesterday the Veterans Administration (VA) disclosed that vital identifying information for more than 26 million former military personnel and some of their spouses including social security numbers was stolen when a VA data analyst's laptop was taken from his suburban D.C. home during a burglary. VA officials say there is no evidence now that the thieves know what they have in their possession or that any
Advice for Sun
Commentary  |  5/23/2006  | 
Readers chime in on Sun's challenges
Open Source Security
Commentary  |  5/22/2006  | 
Open Source software tends to be one of those religious topics, where people have strong opinions and feelings that are informed by more than simple facts. It's the kind of topic that is fun to cover because it often brings...
Wall Street Journal: Vonage Quality Is The Pits
Commentary  |  5/19/2006  | 
As Vonage prepares for its IPO, possibly as early as next week, it's being hit with even more bad news. A Wall Street Journal article savages the service, quoting one subscriber as saying, "If you have to choose between two...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  5/19/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Today I have two freebies for you - one for you fellow developers and one for the videophiles who just have to share their latest reel with the world....
Wi-Fi: Yesterday and Today
Commentary  |  5/19/2006  | 
In the IEEE, technical excellence is valued and often demanded, but increasingly, the process has as much to do with the economics of standards as with the merits of architectures.
The Art of IT: Three Wise Men of Networking
Commentary  |  5/19/2006  | 
Cisco Systems' John Chambers. Juniper Networks' Scott Kriens. Extreme Networks' Gordon Stitt. If you had any illusions that these three view their business in even remotely the same terms, let
Open Approach To Alliances
Commentary  |  5/18/2006  | 
Two weeks ago, I noted the trend toward technology alliances and suggested that you all view each one carefully to see how it worked for you and your company. I was also expecting a heads-up on news from Qlusters, the...
More Trouble For The Vonage IPO
Commentary  |  5/18/2006  | 
More trouble for the Vonage IPO: It's being undercut on prices by so many competitors that it's hard to believe many people think the company has a long-term future, much less be willing to buy the stock....
Men Are From Mars, Women Shop Online
Commentary  |  5/18/2006  | 
The Internet: last great barrier between the sexes
Storage Resource Mismanagement
Commentary  |  5/18/2006  | 
There's no excuse for the lack of heterogeneous SRM
What IT Can Learn from Crazy Eddie
Commentary  |  5/17/2006  | 
While reading Gartner's analysis of Kraft's $1.7 billion outsourcing deal to EDS, I was struck again by the importance of IT competitiveness in today's market place....
Password Protection Only Picasso Could Love
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
I just couldn't pass this up -- spotted on Boingboing: "Is that old Bob Ross wannabe on the wall being neglected? Are your laptop-bearing-house guests begging to use your WiFi? Kill two birds by sprucing up the oiled spruces just...
NSA's Real Problem: It Can't Find Terrorists
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
Lost in the controversy over the National Security Agency getting phone records of hundreds of millions of people may be a very dangerous fact: The information it requested is useless for tracking down terrorists. So says a science fellow at...
More Tough Days For CA
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
In less than a week, Systems management vendor CA has lost not one but two of its C-level executives, leaving investors to speculate on what the coming financials will show and customers to wonder what impact, if any, this will have on them. The planned departures of CA's CTO Mark Barrenechea and its CFO Robert Davis come just weeks after Sanjay Kumar, the company's former CEO, pled guilty to charges related to an elaborate accounting scheme designed to artificially inflate the company's earnin
Big Deal
Commentary  |  5/16/2006  | 
Zetera's non-standard IP protocol gets a big showcase to try and prove its worth
Net Neutrality -- as Only a Ninja Could Explain
Commentary  |  5/15/2006  | 
That wacky master of the Nunchakus -- the Ninja from "Ask a Ninja" is back, and this time around he's here to help you better understand all the confusion surrounding Net Neutrality -- and probably add to it as well....
Keep Your Eyes Wide Open
Commentary  |  5/15/2006  | 
Opting for a hosted or on-demand software application is gaining in popularity. There are plenty of reasons it???s a good choice, but also reasons that software as a service may not be the best choice for your company....
Email Travail
Commentary  |  5/12/2006  | 
Morgan Stanley email fine is cautionary tale for all
Comcast: If The NSA Calls, We Won't Answer
Commentary  |  5/12/2006  | 
The big telcos may have agreed to turn over hundreds of millions of phone records to the NSA, but Comcast has a message for the feds' super snooper: It will refuse to turn over customer records if asked. And other...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  5/12/2006  | 
Happy Friday! Today we've got two freebies for you: one for Linux fans and one for the gamers....
Republicans: Government Should Censor the Web
Commentary  |  5/11/2006  | 
Should the government be restricting the Web sites we surf? Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick thinks so. According to a news report yesterday, he and fellow Republicans want to extend federal laws that will prevent minors from accessing social-networking sites, such as...
SGI Looks to Jump Chapter
Commentary  |  5/11/2006  | 
McKenna Masterplan holds the key to the troubled vendor's future
Cisco Storage Rebounds
Commentary  |  5/11/2006  | 
Ignoring normal storage spending patterns, Cisco's revenue grows while industry slips
Is There Sleaze In The Vonage IPO?
Commentary  |  5/10/2006  | 
How badly does Vonage want its IPO to go through the roof? Apparently, it's turned to VoIP spam as a way to stir up interest. Subscribers are receiving unsolicited spam VoIP messages from Vonage, telling them to buy the stock....
Market Madness
Commentary  |  5/10/2006  | 
M&A fever in a market where spending is tight. Here's why it makes sense
Game On
Commentary  |  5/10/2006  | 
Typically at this week of the year, I'd be in Los Angeles, where I step into a phone booth and emerge as my heretofore-unknown alter ego, Video Games Reporter. (Don't give away my secret, OK?)...
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