Commentary
Content posted in June 2005
Market share and Open Source.
Commentary  |  6/30/2005  | 
I had an interesting problem today. I received a press release from Redhat in which they refered to themselves as "the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise", and thought "Oh really? I wonder if that is...
...and the Survey Says:
Commentary  |  6/30/2005  | 
There's nothing like spending a couple of days crawling around on roofs and in attics (in June, and in Florida) to make you appreciate the concept of "inside". Add the "excessive rainfall" (a genuine National Weather Service term) that we've...
Brand X Ruling Follows The Money
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
If you had any doubt that big business is calling the shots with the Bush administration, they must have been removed by Monday's decision in the 'Brand X' case before the Supreme Court. If you follow the big political contribution...
Hunters Hacked
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
10:30 AM -- BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A hacker in search of quick storage space broke into a database containing information about hunters and their booty, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports. The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) department told the...
Podcasting goes mainstream
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
Podcasting is now officially mainstream. Is this because Apple has released a new version of iTunes that supports podcasting? Sure, that's partly to blame. The podcast directory is a great way to see just how much is out there. There...
File-Sharing Crackdown
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday (June 27) that peer-to-peer networking sites can be held liable when their users swap music, movies and other protected works without the copyright holders' permission. The high court, in a unanimous decision, overturned a U.S....
Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
Today's peek into the shopping cart of large ISVs takes us to California, where early (VERY EARLY for me) this morning Sun Microsystems announced its intention to acquire integration and SOA vendor See Beyond. The acquisition of See Beyond at...
This Just In!
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
11:45 AM -- This over the transom today: Network South, Inc. Announces New Employee Justin Chojnicki Joins Telecommunications Firm As Account Manager Raleigh, NC– Jerry Norris, President of Network South, Inc., has announced that Justin Chojnicki has joined the organization...
The Supreme Court Strikes Out
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
For those who care about technology, freedom, and competition, this was perhaps the worst week in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court this week handed down two rulings which will stifle broadband competition, infringe on intellectual freedom,...
Sender ID -- It Could Get Ugly
Commentary  |  6/26/2005  | 
It could get a little ugly out there in the anti-spam world and, as is so often the case, the uglifier of record is Microsoft which on Thursday announced that it would start "enforcing" the use of its Sender ID sender authentication protocol for senders of e-mail messages to Hotmail and MSN Mail systems. In a less avaricious world, that might be a good thing, but last year Microsoft made its desire to co-opt sender authentication by enforcing a patent it has on a part of the way DNS records have
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Yes, that's right, there's only one again this week. No arguments, it's been a very busy week with testing and articles due and The News Show. This week's freebie was discovered while I was trying to test Systinet's Business Service...
Networked copy/paste
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Here's my million dollar idea for the day. I want to be able to copy content from one machine and paste it on another machine. This could be done somehow over the network. Maybe two machines grant each other a...
Hooray! IBM Lotus Moves Notes Into The World Of Presence
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
Some months ago, about the time Microsoft announced Office Communicator, I had a conversation with IBM's Ed Brill in which I urged him to push IBM Lotus Notes forward into the new world of presence information and the use of presence technology. "We're working on it," he said, "trust me." I never believe in the promises of any software company, so I just sort of shoveled those words into the back of my mind, and didn't think more about it. But it's beginning to look as if Mr. Brill wasn't kiddin
Stupid Spammer Tricks
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
Our very own Don MacVittie received an interesting e-mail in what appeared to be Russian (I can't really tell -- I have enough trouble with English). This prompted Don's following comments: Note to spammers in any language... When you spam,...
Throwing the Book at Book-Cookers
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
Man, it just doesn't pay to defraud investors anymore. In the first of three major sentencing decisions facing former high-tech executives gone bad, Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son, CFO Timothy, this week received 15 and 20...
Droids at Work
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
In our June 23rd edition of The Last Mile, we told you about a team of Italian Engineers who created their very own RD-D2. It chirps like the original, walks on two or three legs, and--get this--comes equipped with Bluetooth...
Two-Thirds & Counting
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
3:20 PM -- Of the 200-odd messages in my inbox this morning, two-thirds were instantly deletable by virtue of their subject lines: No more love life problems Your refill is ready Don't Be inadequate anymore! 2 days left Make major...
Back from the Desert
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
Boy, it's been a busy couple of weeks, with travel (NetSec in Scottsdale was a killer conference at a great resort), getting ready for a huge test (fixed wireless networking), and several smaller tests in progress. Oh, yeah, we (CMP,...
Faster Errors
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
Everyone always said that when computers made it to common use that we'd just be making errors faster than ever. That's definitely true in the BPM (Business Process Management) game, where exception handling has been propelled into its own subset...
The First Hit's Free, Baby
Commentary  |  6/21/2005  | 
IONA today announced its intention to launch an open-source ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) project. The ObjectWeb open-source middleware consortium will host the project, which will be known as Celtix. Celtix will be based on IONA's existing ESB product, Artix, and...
Protect Your Data Like The Asset It Is
Commentary  |  6/20/2005  | 
Who'd of thunk it? That happy-go-lucky fella you pass every evening on your way out the door -- and whom you believed was the janitor -- is actually a data thief. How does he go about his dark deeds? Armed with an innocent-looking iPod, he's able to download thousands of Microsoft Office files in minutes.
video conferencing
Commentary  |  6/20/2005  | 
Anyone doing video conferencing for small meetings? I'd like to talk to you about the experience, issues and effectiveness. Drop me an email.A few months ago, I did a video conference meeting between myself, a PR rep of a web-based...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Okay, this Friday it's just the Friday Freebie, as I only have one cool sounding freebie for you. Oracle DeveloperTools for Visual Studio .NET Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET is a tightly integrated set of tools for Visual...
This Week's IT Haiku
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Our IT haiku competition is still going strong -- check out this week's poem, By Allen Hess (though we're not sure if Allen's actually insulting us or not here): Fools art thou who try To encourage geek Haiku For hell...
The Phone that Fits Like a Glove
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
When I was little, I was always amazed at Maxwell Smart shoe phone. Not only was it a phone inside a shoe, it didn't have any wires attached to it! Of course, I always chuckled wondering if the person on...
IT Professionals: Embrace Change or Perish
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Just because engineers and developers in other countries are 'stealing' tech jobs doesn't mean we should give up. But we do have to adjust.
IT Matters: Today and Tomorrow
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Enrollment in computer science programs has plummeted because we live in a culture that views an IT degree as a ticket to nowhere.
Security Blanket
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
3:00 PM -- Storage security has come a long way in six months. When Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) said it would buy Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) last December, the combination required some explanation (see Vulnerable Veritas). When Network...
IBM Buys Mainframe App Manager
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
How far has IBM strayed from its mainframe roots? Today (June 16) it bought a company in order to get the tools and expertise it needs to manage mainframe applications. (for more, read "IBM Acquiring Isogon To Bolster Mainframe Apps-Management...
What's Going On In There?
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
NWC Inc. is busy busy busy lately. Right now, we're getting ready for Bruce Boardman to test a bevy of BSM (Business Service Management) suites which will track all our transactions and tell us ... something about our business. Getting...
New OnDemand Offering from Siebel
Commentary  |  6/16/2005  | 
The OnDemand CRM space continues to be a hotbed of new releases and new entrants into the market. We've got a review of hosted CRM (I mean "OnDemand CRM") suites coming up later this summer, but in the meantime here's...
Sometimes, options aren't such a great thing.
Commentary  |  6/15/2005  | 
When I was a kid there was a joke about how a guy walked into a convenience store and asked for a pack of cigarettes. By the time he got through all the choices (filtered or non, menthol or non,...
Cascade Gets Your Keyboard Virtually Spotless?
Commentary  |  6/15/2005  | 
Before you freak out on me here -- I am absolutely, positively NOT endorsing this. With that in mind, may I present to you instructions on how to clean your keyboard in a dishwasher. Come on. You know you've got...
What's the Solution?
Commentary  |  6/14/2005  | 
12:45 PM -- Ask any storage marketeer: There's really no such thing as a software package, a piece of hardware, or a $150/hour consulting service, particularly if you're into all three. There are only solutions. There's certainly no such thing...
Longhorn Can Wait, Says You
Commentary  |  6/13/2005  | 
It seems many of you are willing to bide your time and not rush into trying out Longhorn any time soon, according to results from a poll recently on Systems Management Pipeline. To refresh your memories, the question was: Is Longhorn a long way away for you? More than 60 percent of respondents said they weren't even ready to plan for planning for Longhorn. That's a pretty significant number, one that Redmond can be none too pleased with.
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  6/10/2005  | 
A couple of interesting freebies for this Friday for you. The first is eSigma web services testing. There's quite a few 'free' web services testing sites on the web, but after trying out eSigma I have to say I like...
Today's Bad Pun award...
Commentary  |  6/9/2005  | 
Goes to the Cloudy Nights Astronomical Community for their t-shirt with the logo "Cloudy Nights-- Where Astronomers Cluster." And the "I can't believe you bought this" award goes to our very own Brad Shimmin!...
Cisco 2, StorageTek 0
Commentary  |  6/9/2005  | 
10:45 AM - This week a jury decided in favor of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) in a longstanding patent dispute with Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK). The decision is notable because it was resolved without a settlement. StorageTek...
Announcing: XIP 4.0
Commentary  |  6/9/2005  | 
EII vendor Ipedo recently announced availability of its latest release, XIP 4.0. Ipedo XIP 4.0 introduces a dual SQL/XQuery engine, giving enterprises broader options for building out their information infrastructure. This is a great move for Ipedo, who was held...
Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  6/9/2005  | 
CA today announced its intentions to acquire portfolio management vendor Niku Portfolio management, more recently coined IT Governance, has been growing as a concern for the past year. Compuware acquired Changepoint Corporation, winner of our 2004 Well Connected Award for...
Be wary of men bearing gifts...
Commentary  |  6/7/2005  | 
Forget-Me-Not Panties. There has never been so obvious a case of technology gone wrong as this. I won't even comment on the fact that they aren't selling "Forget-me-not-Boxers" for the men in your life....
More Tapes Go AWOL
Commentary  |  6/6/2005  | 
3:45 PM -- Citigroup says data on 3.9 million customers of its CitiFinancial Branch Network fell off a UPS truck on its way to a credit bureau. Why is Citigroup, clearly a big-bucks organization, still messing with tape, when a...
June 9th Issue Online
Commentary  |  6/6/2005  | 
Greetings all, The June 9th Edition of Network Computing is now available. Here's what you'll find:...
Sun: No End of Blades
Commentary  |  6/4/2005  | 
5:40 PM -- Word that Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) is getting out of the blade server business just ain't so, claims vendor spokesman Ryan Batty. "We said awhile back we would be end-of-lifing our Sun Fire B1600 Blade System...
What's in a NAS?
Commentary  |  6/3/2005  | 
4:00 PM -- IDC's quarterly Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker has hit the streets. And it seems Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) is unhappy with how its market share compares with EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC): In IDC’s new and revised...
Down To Business: Don't Forget Your End Users
Commentary  |  6/3/2005  | 
Sometimes overlooked amid all the recent management scrutiny of tech spending is whether IT organizations are serving their other masters: The internal people who use the computers, networks, apps and
Recording ISOs Made Easy
Commentary  |  6/2/2005  | 
Sometimes, the strangest things drive us to find interesting little utilities. I'm preparing for a test of Sun's Application Server 8.1 and NetBeans 4.1. The test bed requires Red Hat AS 3.0 Update 3. No problem, right? Just download the...
Scary Movie
Commentary  |  6/2/2005  | 
This is rather creepy but creative advertising for VoIP....


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