Commentary
Content posted in July 2005
Ramblin' On: Daylight Savings; Surfing on a Cellphone
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
Hi all, Welcome to the first edition of my semi-regular (read: Whenever I actually have time) Techno-Oddities column, "Ramblin' On." As you can surmise by the title, I'm going to be doing just that -- yapping about anything that catches...
Brocade Scraps Reyes
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
10:00 AM -- Maybe there's more to this corporate governance business than compliance hassles. Though Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) let ex-CEO Greg Reyes reign supreme for six years, they're pulling the ripcord on his golden parachute. Last week,...
VoIP Industry Should Innovate Past Regulation
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
As the first reviews of the initial salvo in the telecom-legislation reform movement drift in, it's clear that the lobbying power of the Bells and the Cablecos is in control of legacy telecom. That's why the VoIP industry and other...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
This Friday's Freebie is for application developers and is from Watchfire. Watchfire® PowerToolsTM is a set of free web application security developer tools comprising the following utilities: HTTP Proxy - An HTTP intercepting proxy which allows users to stop, edit...
The Value of IT Leadership
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
No single executive has more visibility across more business processes than the CIO. It's time for companies to recognize the importance of this position.
Air Time: The Internet as a Legacy System
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
The private sector alone is not capable of addressing the Internet's architectural flaws. Government and quasi-governmental organizations must play a bigger role.
VoIP Is Tougher Than You Think
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
VoIP is easy, isn't it? Fiddle with a few configurations, buy a little extra hardware, and voila, you can start saving money fast --- and get new applications in the bargain. Ah, if only life were so easy....
Correcting & Replacing
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
5:45 PM -- No sooner does a press release hit the wires these days than it's snatched away by virtual hands. In a testament to the failure of collaborative effort in most organizations, we get a public statement "CORRECTING AND...
Why Focus On Viruses Here?
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
You might wonder, as do some of my colleagues here at Techweb, why I’ve given so much space to coverage of ClamAV, the open source anti-virus filter technology. This is, after all Messaging Pipeline, and our focus here is on e-mail, instant messaging, and technology that promotes collaboration through messaging systems. Well, the answer is simple: virus transmission is a messaging phenomenon! In simple terms, we would not have the plague we have today without e-mail and insta
The Changing Threat
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
The days when distributed computing just meant users on different floors sharing the same server are long gone. Thanks to the advent of IP, wireless, and a host of security technologies that have expanded the bounds of the enterprise, a distributed corporate network can wrap around the block or around the world. With that expansiveness comes an incredible flexibility that has spawned entirely new business models.
Security Through The Cycle
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
Let's see, we've had travel (to Chicago), testing (of fixed-point wireless systems), an industry name change (Longhorn becomes Vista), and continuing news of vulnerabilities and attacks. In the midst of all this, I had a very good conversation with Dr....
Dirty Data
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
I'm currently working on a business intelligence review and the first test began to run into issues as soon as it started trying to make sense of the data in NWC Inc. Dates that are strings is bad and so...
Harry Potter and the IT Dept.
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
For the latest Top 11 List, we're looking for all you Muggles to conjure up the "Top 11 reasons Harry Potter would make a lousy IT guy." Make us snicker like a slippery Slytherin and we'll post your entries in...
Livin' La Viva Vista?
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
Last week, Microsoft decided it was to drop the tag "Longhorn" for its upcoming operating system. Instead, come 2006, everyone will prostrate themselves before "Windows Vista." The Redmond folks have some real clever marketing planned for this puppy -- the...
Two Mergers, Two Circumstances, Two Results
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
Acquisitions and mergers are a sometimes-wonderful, sometimes-painful fact of enterprise life, and they tend to happen at two distinctly different times in the life of an industry and in the lives of companies in that industry: at the beginning, and at the end. At the beginning, companies that are growing in related, but distinct arenas of a growing industry can often find growth-giving synergy by merging their technological, intellectual, and manufacturing assets. At the end, companies that are
Haiku Noon
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
Another week, another IT Haiku. This week's comes compliments of Robert Hill, who reminds us all just where we stand in the grand scheme of things: When nothing else works Let's replace the part between The keyboard and chair Thanks...
Some WebFads Never Fade Away
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
Its hard to believe that it was about seven years ago when we were all emailing one another with a link to a wierd little website filled with a myriad of animated, dancing Hamsters. And of course there was that...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
This week's Friday Freebie, which you get a few hours early because I'm in meetings and on the road all day tomorrow, is a cool set of tools from Talkr. Talkr is inviting all bloggers to convert text-only, English language...
Grab a Niche
Commentary  |  7/21/2005  | 
11:30 AM -- To succeed anywhere, one must sometimes leave the beaten path. In the byways of storage networking, niche markets flourish where you least expect them. Some, like ripe mushrooms, lie hidden in the shade of larger opportunities. What...
Geeks in Daylight
Commentary  |  7/19/2005  | 
Continuing from yesterday, I was searching for a video adapter. Al took the initiative and called RadioShack before we left. They had a 6 foot S-video to RCA cable. Perfect! "That'll be $40, plus tax". Oh hell no (looking at...
Adventures in S-video land
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
I got my hands on a video conferencing product which will appear in next month's sneak preview section. Actually I got two of them. This product (I can't say who makes it yet) is designed to be used in a...
Sender ID Is Used By Spammers -- Duhhhhh!
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
MX Logix says that spammers will be the primary users of e-mail sender authentication schemes, such as SPF and Sender ID. Well, Duhhhhhh! Who ever thought it would be any different? Certainly not I! (See Weapons Of Spam Destruction and Depending On Sender ID Is Whistling
Crouching Tiger Hidden Haiku
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
Sorry for skipping the Haiku pick last week, but I was busy praying for the sweet embrace of death thanks to a lovely stomach bug my twin 17 months twin boys decided Daddy just had to have. Aren't they generous?...
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
That's right, only one freebie this Friday. Considering I lost my stash of e-mail earlier this week, I'm surprised I managed to dig any up for you! This week's Friday Freebie is from The Gecko Tribe. CaRP (Caching RSS Parser)...
Coffee's Just a Click Away
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
The MugMouse Click to Enlarge Chances are you won't find this sold at your local Starbucks or McDonalds -- they've had enough trouble with hot, cross customers ending up with coffee 'tween their legs. I daresay you probably have...
The Politics of Infosec
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
Faced with the public embarrassment of data security breaches, companies must get their infosec acts together. Immediate notifications will let those affected head off fraud.
Storage Sideways!
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
What goes better with a good, solid email archive than... a good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon? In an odd twist on the industry confab, EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) and storage consultant SANZ (OTC: SANZ) have scheduled an “intimate roundable” at...
Google Desktop: Disaster Recovery Solution?
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
It's been a rough week. For some strange reason Outlook decided it couldn't write to my PST file (maybe because it was more than 1GB in size and I was keeping it on a removable drive) and destroyed the whole...
A bit of Application Security
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
Well, we've managed to avoid being blown away by a hurricane or burnt to a crisp in the sun while on a roof, so I guess it's been a pretty good week. To top it all off, I had a...
Iron Mountain Strikes Again
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
12:45 PM -- Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM) has lost more tapes. So is that a reason to cast aspersions? The Boston Globe reported last Thursday that Iron Mountain acknowledged misplacing two backup tapes from City National Bank, a Los...
ERPzilla
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
10 ERP deployments show that megaprojects are standing strong--though they've changed in focus and function. (Originally published in Information Week)
Internet Was A Success Amidst London Disaster
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
Way back when, on 9/11, I was stunned and disappointed to see the poor performance of the Internet. In the midst of the most major and heinous attack ever launched on U.S. soil, the Internet more or less folded. In contrast to the 24x7 infrastructure that kept television news going, even in the physical midst of the chaotic aftermath of the attacks, the Internet news sites more or less collapsed, and messaging services seemed to all but stop.. About the only Internet source for news was AOL's In
Cisco Reshapes Top-Level Management
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
When we talk about vendor leadership, we usually talk about the CEOs: Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, John Chambers. But if you've ever worked closely with a vendor, you know that the heavy lifting -- and often, the visionary thinking --...
This month in the labs
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
July is setting up to be an interesting month for the Syracuse NWC staff. I've almost completed my evaluation of IP accessible KVMs. They work decently well for people connected on T1 or Cable/DSL lines, although even at 100Mbps you...
Gift From the Sea
Commentary  |  7/7/2005  | 
3:30 PM -- SanDisk Corp. (Nasdaq: SNDK) says its engineers managed to retrieve data from memory cards that crashed into the Pacific in a high-altitude weather balloon, then soaked for several days in saltwater before washing ashore in a padded...
Time To Act On National-Safety Net Is Now
Commentary  |  7/7/2005  | 
In the wake of today's apparent terrorist bombings in London, it's appropriate to ask -- now almost four years after the attacks of Sept. 11 -- why there isn't yet a national first-responders network built in this country....
Security Built In
Commentary  |  7/7/2005  | 
OK, it's been a week since the last podcast, with a holiday and many hours crawling around on office-building roofs thrown into the middle. Fortunately, this is a solid podcast, featuring an interview with Kevin Kernan, CEO of Secure Software....
Conan....The Librarian
Commentary  |  7/6/2005  | 
Woo!! One of the most useless, pointless programs ever written, Conan The Librarian, has been ported to Mac OS X. Conan tells you to shut up when the sound from the computer's microphone reaches certain levels. Install this on a...
From Today's Inbox
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
"Akonix has published its June Threat Watch for instant messaging networks, citing a 400% increase in IM attacks during Q2 2005 as compared to last quarter." "The IMlogic Threat Center, the industry???s first global consortium to provide threat detection and...
Damn You, Spammers!
Commentary  |  7/4/2005  | 
"That's not worth the paper it's written on!" I don't remember when or why I first heard those words, but surely I was well under ten years old, and it was probably my father talking about some international treaty he didn't like, or perhaps even the dollar bill that his gold-standard-loving heart just plain hated. In any case, the point of the phrase -- which I still occasionally hear today -- is that paper isn't worth much money. But bits transmitted across the Internet are worth even less, wh
Latest Microsoft JDBC Driver Available
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
The Microsoft SQL Server team announced the public beta availability of the SQL Server 2005 JDBC Driver, a new and fully supported JDBC driver for SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005. Available as a redistributable download for all SQL...
Pink Sheets to Pink Slips
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
1:00 PM -- Last December we posted a story about iStorage Networks Inc., a Gilford, N.H.-based company that began trading as a public company through the Pink Sheets before it even raised funding or sold any products (see Suppliers Move...
IT Haiku -- Electric Boogaloo
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
It's that time again -- our weekly IT Haiku winner. Carefully chosen (read: at the last minute) from the hundreds (read: dozen or so) entries -- this week's winning poem comes from John Inscoe: When email is down We can't...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
That's right, it's plural this week cause I have more than one freebie for you. The first freebie is from an unlikely source. Microsoft is finally joining the rest of the world and offering up an express edition of Visual...
The IT Agenda: Protecting IT Budgets From Greedy Vendors
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
Face it, most vendors are 'in it' to make money, so here are some tips on how to save your hard-won budgets from being snarfed up by those money-hungry outsiders.
Down to Business: RFID Makes Waves
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
No budding information technology has caught the public's attention--both positively and negatively--like radio frequency identification.


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