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Content posted in July 2006
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Why Skype Founders Paid Millions In Kazaa Suit
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
The Skype co-founders last week personally paid millions of dollars in the over $100 million plus settlement against Kazaa, which they also co-founded. Why did they fork over such big bucks, when they had sold the company long ago and...
Protects Your Brain...But Not Your Milk Money
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Cell phone radiation: Maybe it's bad for us...maybe it's not so bad. But until we know for sure, the nice folks at Handy-fashions.com don't want you taking any chances....
Get your domain name today!
Commentary  |  7/31/2006  | 
Ok, some days the craziest press releases cross my email. They usually get deleted based on the headline, but this one caught my eye because the FUD factor just jumps out right from the title....
NWC Interview: Arthur W. Coviello, Jr., CEO, RSA Security Inc.
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Listen as RSA Security's Chief Executive Officer Art Coviello talks with NWC contributor Robert Hertzberg about Internet crime, privacy protection, terrorism???and storage behemoth EMC's impending $2.1 billion acquisition of RSA. | Listen Now...
Will Microsoft's iPod Killer Include A VoIP Phone?
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
If Microsoft is going to make an inroads at all with its Zunes iPod rival, it's going to have to make the device perform a lot of tricks the iPod can' dot. Here's a start: Make it a Wi-Fi phone....
Happy Sysadmin Day!
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Today, July 28, has been designated as the 7th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day and marks the launch of Sys Admin of the Year ??? a contest co-sponsored by Splunk, digg.com, Bawls (soda), LOPSA (League of Professional System Administrators, NaSPA...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
That's right - freebies for your Friday. You know you missed them. Today's freebies are all about anti-spyware and online storage......
Thank You...Thank You Very Much
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Here's a computer that the King would have stepped on a dozen blue suede shoes to get to. Computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson created a casemod in the shape of a classic Shure 55 Unidyne microphone, also known by many...
You SURE You Want Your YouTube?
Commentary  |  7/28/2006  | 
Online video services like Google Video, YouTube, AOL Uncut and vMix present IT managers and execs with unforeseen liability and bandwidth challenges.
Archiving Goes to Blazes
Commentary  |  7/27/2006  | 
What do Iron Mountain customers get after a fire? 'Remediation,' or ashes
Comcast: The New King Of VoIP
Commentary  |  7/27/2006  | 
Think of VoIP and you think primarily of Vonage and Skype. But quietly in the background, Comcast has been signing up VoIP customers, and may become king of VoIP....
Open Source Router? Oye Vey.
Commentary  |  7/27/2006  | 
Now you can reduce costs with an open source router. Heck you can probably get enough money by selling your Cisco routers on eBay for a company picnic this year. Doing the happy dance yet?...
Vonage: Skype Doesn't Scare Us
Commentary  |  7/26/2006  | 
When Vonage looks at the competition, Skype isn't even on its radar, but Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T are directly in its cross-hairs. Vonage has targeted online buys directed at the phone companies, but not at Skype....
Stretch Those Quads
Commentary  |  7/26/2006  | 
Usually, I hold down the number of news items that I include in the newsletter, as do all of my colleagues--we figure that skimming the cream for you is the best use of your valuable time, and you can always...
Vyatta Launches Open Source Router
Commentary  |  7/26/2006  | 
Vyatta officially launched its open source routing platform this week. The routing software, called Open Flexible Router (OFR), is available for a free download....
Acquisition of the Week: HP and Mercury
Commentary  |  7/26/2006  | 
Rumors were flying last week about the possibility of HP acquiring Mercury Interactive and yesterday those rumors proved to be true when HP laid out $4.5b in cash for the troubled company....
Bringing A Business Sensibility To IT
Commentary  |  7/26/2006  | 
It goes without saying that the entire reason a company invests in technology is to support its business goals. But too often there is a disconnect between corporate operations and the IT organization. This is unfortunate because it prevents businesses from getting the maximum value from their technology resources.
Skype Needn't Be A Network Killer
Commentary  |  7/25/2006  | 
Skype has gotten a reputation for being a big-time security headache for networks. But, in fact, if you're willing to spend the time, there are ways get the rogue application under control....
Phone companies: Extending the Disaster
Commentary  |  7/25/2006  | 
The pain of phone and DSL in a post-disaster environment.
Beyond Print 08 - Beyond PR
Commentary  |  7/25/2006  | 
Beyond Print 08 Podcast - Beyond PR (download here) - This week's show is an interview with media analyst Sam Whitmore. We talk about the media, full disclosure, bloggers, getting slammed in the blogosphere and how to deal with bad...
Hit & Run
Commentary  |  7/25/2006  | 
Why issue news if you're not around to follow up?
Verizon: We'll "Turn The World Upside Down"
Commentary  |  7/24/2006  | 
Verizon's chief flack, in an interview with Business Week, claims the telco is a leader in innovation, an "insurgent" deploying technology to change the world. What a joke! This company couldn't innovate its way out of a paper bag....
Brocade: We're Clean
Commentary  |  7/21/2006  | 
Switch maker tries to sweep problems out with ex-CEO, but it will take a big broom to do the job
An Inside Job for RFID
Commentary  |  7/21/2006  | 
More musings from the weird and wonderful world of RFID
Why AT&T And Pals Are World-Class Bozos
Commentary  |  7/21/2006  | 
Everything you've ever suspected about AT&T and other telcos is true: They're backwards-looking, technology-averse dinosaurs whose idea of progress is to fight innovation and try to dominate markets with monopoly power. That's essentially the conclusion of a superb investigative piece...
Why Skype Can't Make A Profit
Commentary  |  7/20/2006  | 
Two developments in the last day show why Skype can't make a profit. First, in an eBay earnings conference call, eBay execs clearly were trying to hide Skype's real performance. And then today, the Gizmo Project announced that all VoIP...
Here's to the IETF
Commentary  |  7/20/2006  | 
I always find it interesting to see how standards bodies work. A group is attempting to form within the IETF, though it???s probably more accurate to say the people are talking about forming a working group, called Network Endpoint Assessment...
The Normalcy of War
Commentary  |  7/19/2006  | 
We're at war ??? again. No kidding. It seems that life in Israel is the stuff that happens between battles and bombings. Only what's so strange about the Lebanon war, at least for this Jerusalem-based journalist, is how normal it...
More Like It
Commentary  |  7/19/2006  | 
Having beaten on Microsoft a couple of times lately, for losing its basic business focus in its attacks on Linux and its decision to keep contesting the European Commission judgment against it, I'll now come to praise them as much...
Telco Execs: We Don't Believe In IPTV
Commentary  |  7/19/2006  | 
AT&T and other telcos make big promises about the future of IPTV delivering video over IP networks. But in private, these same execs pooh-pooh the technology. In fact, a recent Accenture survey found that not a single telco exec surveyed...
Damned CSOs
Commentary  |  7/18/2006  | 
Does everyone have to get his greasy mitts on those storage POs?
Reflections on Reyes
Commentary  |  7/18/2006  | 
Brocade's ex-CEO faces bigger trouble than ever
Hiring Hackers: Would You Ever Trust Your Network Security To An Ex-Thief?
Commentary  |  7/18/2006  | 
As the saying goes, if you can't beat them join them. But in the case of ex-hackers who abandon their criminal lives to pursue careers in corporate security, these security wizards often have already beaten the system and are now choosing to exploit it further by profiting from the expertise they gained at the expense of the organizations they once menaced.
Beyond Print 07 - Podcast Formats
Commentary  |  7/18/2006  | 
Beyond Print 07 Podcast - Podcast Formats (download here) - What kind of podcast do you like to listen to? Do you like to hear a host rant for 20 minutes? Do you like debates? In this week's episode, I...
Senators Target RFID: Hang On To Your Wallet
Commentary  |  7/17/2006  | 
Here's bad news for anyone interested in RFID: The Senate now has an "RFID Caucus" focusing on the technology. And any time that happens, it usually means bad regulations, more taxes, and overall inanity....
Product Announcement: Reactivity v4.4
Commentary  |  7/17/2006  | 
Reactivity has announced availability of its newest family of XML-SOA products and they're not only looking sexy, but have some great new features designed to assist in speeding up your SOA initiative....
EMC Eyes SMB Push
Commentary  |  7/14/2006  | 
EMC's single SMB box is about to become a family SAN
Skype Crack Spells Bad News For eBay
Commentary  |  7/14/2006  | 
Reports say that the Skype client has been reverse engineered, and that a compatible client using the cracked code will be released some time in August. If true, this is very bad news for eBay, because it'll make it much...
Beyond Print 06 - Blogging On The Sun
Commentary  |  7/14/2006  | 
Beyond Print 06 Podcast - Blogging On The Sun (download here) - Last week, I talked about blogging with Microsoft. This week we have another blogger interview. Through the magic of PSTN, I conducted an interview with Tim Bray, director...
Nine Years In The Slammer For Wi-Fi Hacker
Commentary  |  7/13/2006  | 
Wi-Fi hacking is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, so much so that the courts are starting to hand down big-time penalties. Just consider the latest -- a federal appeals court has upheld a nine-year sentence for someone who hacked into a Lowe's...
Can the IETF sort out the NAC standardization process?
Commentary  |  7/13/2006  | 
With competing network access control (NAC) initiatives like the Trusted Computing Group's Trusted Network Connect (TCG TNC), Microsoft's Network Access Protection (NAP), and Cisco's Network Admission Control (CNAC), as well as all the vendor specific NAC products and solutions, one...
The Art of IT: What IT Controls--And Doesn't
Commentary  |  7/13/2006  | 
The control freaks in IT would love to string up anyone who violates the department's policies. But once users are allowed to take their laptops home, the chances of IT
Robots Get Academic
Commentary  |  7/12/2006  | 
Microsoft kickstarts the robotic revolution on three college campuses
Why Cisco Is The FBI's Best Friend
Commentary  |  7/12/2006  | 
The FBI is apparently drafting a law that would require makers of network hardware to sneak backdoor wiretapping capabilities into their gear --- and Cisco couldn't be any happier....
Hate The Vista Hype? How To Stay Happy With Windows XP
Commentary  |  7/12/2006  | 
Think Windows Vista will bring more hot air than benefits? This article is for you. Here's how to get the most out of XP for a long, long time --
Air Time: Wireless FUD--Alive and Well
Commentary  |  7/12/2006  | 
The wireless network market is an industry that lives and dies by innovation, so fear, uncertainty and doubt are all things we have to learn to live and work with.
Justification Exercise
Commentary  |  7/12/2006  | 
How one firm will pay for multisite WAN optimization and WAFS
FBI: We Want Your IMs
Commentary  |  7/11/2006  | 
CNET News is reporting that new legislation being drafted by FBI will require ISPs to wiretap conversations and force makers of networking gear to alter their hardware to accommodate that capability....
Telecoms in the Kingdom of Hippos
Commentary  |  7/11/2006  | 
It's easy for us urban dwellers to forget that most of the Internet world doesn't live pining away for optical-driven packet performance or even broadband. Their more immediate needs are just getting predictable Internet connectivity, the sort that proved darned...
IT Security: An Overconfidence Problem?
Commentary  |  7/11/2006  | 
Network security threats seem to be everywhere, but system administrators believe their companies aren't at greater risk than in the past. This potentially false sense of security was expressed by nearly 90 percent than 2,100 companies surveyed as part of InformationWeek 2006 Global Security Study. So where is the bravado coming from at a time when security researchers are warning us that risk has never been greater as c
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