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Content posted in July 2003
Warning Labels for Linux
Commentary  |  7/31/2003  | 
Until we can get this whole SCO mess under control, I'd like to propose that a warning label be affixed to all Linux distributions: "The use of this product may induce frivolous litigation." Or conversely, select vendors could add a...
Forum quote of the week
Commentary  |  7/30/2003  | 
In our current discussion of Cisco Vs. Enterasys: Yeah - Enterasys ROCKS - Cisco Sucks! Er, I mean Cisco ROCKS and Enterasys Sucks! Aw, screw it - just get a 3COM.... -- Ian Odds...
Sun Goes Gnome
Commentary  |  7/30/2003  | 
Sun's announcement yesterday that its 9 8/03 Solaris update would incorporate the Gnome 2.0 Desktop as an alternative to they company's "less than zero" UI, CDE, does more than make Solaris a kinder and gentler OS. It ratifies Gnome, now...
Far Out Disaster Recovery Services
Commentary  |  7/30/2003  | 
Ah the moon. Our closest celestial buddy in the sky. It governs our tides, rules our emotions (allegedly) and now, if TransOrbital Inc. has their way, the moon will be home to the first outer space disaster recovery storage center....
New content up for grabs
Commentary  |  7/30/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've just published the final installment of our July 24th issue, featuring a review of Exchange Server replacements by Ron Anderson and a Workshop on Security Product Certification by Mike Fratto. You can browse these and other stories...
Divorce -- Text Message Style!
Commentary  |  7/28/2003  | 
Just when you think technology can't be used for something even stranger, our friends in Malaysia have found a way to raise the bar -- divorce using text messages on wireless phones. Islamic law permits men to divorce their wives...
Longhorn -- Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Commentary  |  7/25/2003  | 
Never mind the upcoming "Freddy vs. Jason" movie. The thing you should really be scared about is the next version of Windows, aka "Longhorn." That's according to Mister Gates himself, who says the next incarnation of the OS will be...
Long time no update...
Commentary  |  7/22/2003  | 
Apologies for the down time - there hasn't been a lot going on with NWC Inc. specifically, except for some testing until today. Bruce Boardman is currently in the throes of a review of Web SLA managers and it beating...
New Issue online
Commentary  |  7/22/2003  | 
Hi everyone. We've just published the first part of our July 24th issue, featuring a look at network and systems management services by Bruce Boardman. Bruce also provides a review of the network-management providers you should be looking into. We...
Time for Leftovers...Top 11 leftovers
Commentary  |  7/22/2003  | 
Another issue, another offering of Top 11 submissions that couldn't quite fit our Last Mile page, but were too good to pass up. This time, we asked folks for the "real reasons Larry Ellison wants PeopleSoft." Because the people they're...
App Attitude: How Much Is That?
Commentary  |  7/22/2003  | 
The task of pricing out any software is daunting and leaves many IT staffers scratching their heads.
Why IT Matters
Commentary  |  7/21/2003  | 
Ultimately, it's how an organization manages technologies and aligns them with business goals that distinguishes it.
Oh No, Mr. Bill!
Commentary  |  7/17/2003  | 
Today's not a good day for Mr. Bill...Gates that is. All over various news sites, the word is spreading quickly -- there's a crack in Windows. And a nasty one at that. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a critical vulnerability that...
Final installment online
Commentary  |  7/15/2003  | 
Hi folks, we've just posted the final installment of our July 10th issue, featuring a workshop on Time Servers by Mike Fratto and an 802.11 wireless NIC buyer's guide by Dave Molta. We've also got the following online specials on...
Commodore 64 -- It's Baa-ack!
Commentary  |  7/14/2003  | 
I remember long, long ago when I bought my Commodore 64, I thought I was the coolest kid on the block. I'd moved up -- I was "beyond" that Atari thing in my basement and its silly games. I was...
Reader-Assisted Testing
Commentary  |  7/7/2003  | 
For those of you who have been following our various NWC Projects (information on upcoming reviews), we invite you to check out Bruce Boardman's recent introduction to his Web Site Monitoring Solution review. You can read his test objectives, and...
Get your maniflingy on
Commentary  |  7/7/2003  | 
Why have worldwide PC sales slipped recently? No, it's not the world economy or that SARS thing. According to AMD's Global Consumer Advisory Board (GCAB), the real problem stems from complicated jargon, or as a modern day Antonio Selieri would...
Technology Trickle-Up
Commentary  |  7/7/2003  | 
Any proven and familiar technology that doesn't require tearing holes in walls is a viable alternative.
Bright Side of the Labor Numbers
Commentary  |  7/7/2003  | 
Management and HR consultants are predicting a talent war that will make the late '90s job market look tame.
Brand new issue online
Commentary  |  7/6/2003  | 
Hi everyone. We've just published the first part of our July 10th issue, featuring an extensive analysis of current legislation affecting IT by Sean Doherty. You can also use your Real Player to hear Sean discuss the notions of accountability...
Happy Independance Day!
Commentary  |  7/3/2003  | 
We will be taking a few days off to enjoy the holiday, Lori is already on her way to Wisconsin's Northwoods for some camping and fishing relaxation. I will be spending some time with my wife and my parents this...
Attack of the Clones
Commentary  |  7/3/2003  | 
If you've been following the Star Wars Kid saga of intrigue, poor poor choreography and betrayal, you have no doubt downloaded the Remix and Reloaded rendition of this classic piece of do-it-yourself footage. But have you seen the handiwork...
Will Network for Food
Commentary  |  7/2/2003  | 
Not too long ago, we asked you to submit your signs that times are tough in your IT department. Things must really be tough, because you responded in droves. The Top 11 that made us laugh the most can be...
Bad Searches
Commentary  |  7/1/2003  | 
Thanks to Gary Pultz for pointing out that a blank search in NWC's "Catalog-o-widgets" returned a terrible faux pas page, complete with a Java stack trace. The fix was minor, so I ran on out and fixed it up. In...
The IT Agenda: Stay the Course
Commentary  |  7/1/2003  | 
Keep your technical skills sharp, don't play politics, and go do what you were hired to do.


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