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Content posted in August 2004
SP2 Keeps Moving
Commentary  |  8/31/2004  | 
Since my last post most of the news in the industry has swirled around Microsoft's Windows XP SP2 and the effect it's likely to have on your computing environment. I've got it sandboxed on one machine in my lab--I'm looking...
Longhorn's '06 Debut Will Be Short Major Feature
Commentary  |  8/31/2004  | 
If there's one thing you can rely on Microsoft for, it's major delays for the release of their newest version of Windows. Longhorn won't be any exception -- the folks at Redmond are now touting its debut will be sometime...
What's your E-Sign?
Commentary  |  8/30/2004  | 
We recently asked NWC Readers if electronic signatures figure into their enterprise master plans? (For more on this topic, see our workshop) Here's what your fellow readers had to say: 20% said, "Way too risky for this IT Pro" 28%...
Happy Birthday To You...
Commentary  |  8/30/2004  | 
Happy Birthday To You... Happy Birthday, Dear Internet... HAP-py BIRTH-day, To Youuuuuuuu! On September 2, 1969, a couple of UCLA computer scientists named Stephen Crocker and Vinton Cerf linked two large computers together with a 15-foot long grey cable. Their...
Is that a Mandrake in Your Pocket?
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
Per a news article on C|Net today, If you've got an extra 200 bucks and a penchant for Mandrake Linux, LaCie has got a USB drive for you. Based on the GlobeTrotter device, LaCie's mobile hard drive comes loaded with...
Behold, the Power of Hampster
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
With RFC 1149 firmly grounded in the collective consciousness, you just had to know that it was only a matter of time before someone took this notion of harnessing animal-power a little too seriously. The Otherpower.com staff thought of building...
Affordable IT
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
Are you scrounging for spare change to pay for critical equipment and services? You're not alone.
Top Network Admin Excuse of All Time
Commentary  |  8/25/2004  | 
No one knows the trouble you've seen, especially frustrated users and corporate-bigwigs, who have no tolerance for the downtime that inevitably comes for all who brave the world of the Wide Web. It's time to take back control with this...
When Hashes Collide
Commentary  |  8/23/2004  | 
Compliments of this week's Security Threat Watch newsletter. The security industry was abuzz last week with news that collisions--when two different messages result in the same hash--have been discovered in the SHA and MD5 cryptographic functions. When a cryptographic hashing...
What's Going On?
Commentary  |  8/20/2004  | 
This week we managed to successfully integrate WebSphere 5.0 with our AD server, which was a cool thing to do. Softerra's LDAP Browser is a wonderful thing, mainly because it let us quickly browse AD and figure out what the...
Hang on to that Hard Drive
Commentary  |  8/20/2004  | 
Gateway doesn't want your hard drive. That's right. Under a new service plan, called "Keep Your Hard Drive," if your hard drive fails, Gateway will just send you a new one. You can turn your defective drive into an ashtray,...
GPL Gets its day in court
Commentary  |  8/19/2004  | 
Well, IBM finally started to use its massive resources and tons of IP to smack back at SCO this week. They filed countersuits left and right. The one that interests me the most is the one reported on Groklaw and...
How does the Web work?
Commentary  |  8/19/2004  | 
Something tells me the folks running the Official Athens 2004 website may be somewhat unfamiliar with the whole concept of the World-Wide Web. Consider the site's inbound linking policy, which states: For your protection and ours we have established a...
Google Rolls Back Share Price
Commentary  |  8/19/2004  | 
Can't you just see the yellow "Have a Nice Day" smiley guy from the Wal-Mart commercials whistling as he glides through the Google corporate office -- everyone smiling and waving as he yanks out his giant scissors and starts slashing...
Are you Ready for a Network Audit?
Commentary  |  8/17/2004  | 
We recently asked our readers if they were ready for a network audit? Here's how the thirty-six respondants answered: 31% said positively, "'Compliance' is our middle name" 22% lamented, "We're not covered yet" 47% replied, "Not sure -- do I...
The Hacking, Attacking Youth of Today
Commentary  |  8/16/2004  | 
Is it just me, or does it seem like the average age of 'Net attackers is getting younger and younger? Last week, High School Senior Jeffrey Parson pleaded guilty to unleashing a variant of the "Blaster" internet worm that hosed...
IT Innovation Still Possible
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
These days, nothing gets approval unless tangible, short-term payback is assured.
Carrying On: Net Imagination = Innovation
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
Infrastructure, not online, supports applications. It also breaks new ground for apps that can transform businesses.
iSCSI Targets - our cup overfloweth!
Commentary  |  8/13/2004  | 
So not too long ago we couldn't find an iSCSI target to save our lives. There were eight or ten out there at most, and many of them were suitable only for specific purposes... Not any more. Existing storage vendors...
A Prototype that Works
Commentary  |  8/10/2004  | 
If you've ever sat through a JAD session or completed a project only to hear a user cry "that's not what I wanted!" then you'll appreciate the iRise Application Simulator. iRise 3.1 has a collaborative environment that allows developers and...
IAM Suites Offer Protected Connections
Commentary  |  8/9/2004  | 
If you want partners and customers to have customized access to business data while keeping other content off limits, identity- and access-management suites may be the solution.
MetaFilter Blog Sources
Commentary  |  8/9/2004  | 
If you're a daily visitor to the community Weblog, Metafilter, you may have contemplated the fact that this site appears to cast a pretty wide net, staying away from familiar haunts. Well, now it's official. The kind folks at Waxy.org...
Deleting a Log File
Commentary  |  8/5/2004  | 
You wouldn't think that deleting a log file would take so much thought, but it has. After doing some testing that resulting in a 2GB + error file for NWC Inc.'s web site I decided to delete it. DENIED. Because...
Enroll at IT University
Commentary  |  8/5/2004  | 
Utah-based Northface University is a new school that hopes to offer something unique. It's dispensing with liberal arts courses and focusing solely on a tech-centric curriculum. The goal is to produce software designers ready to jump into jobs, which in...
They couldn't just play Yahtzee?
Commentary  |  8/5/2004  | 
OK, so is this really such a good idea? Singapore has decided to have a contest to find and reward the city's best hackers. As if the chance to use stolen credit card accounts and spam millions of e-mail in-boxes...
Too Young For Tech: Quick Poll Results
Commentary  |  8/4/2004  | 
We recently asked our readers if they thought that early exposure to technology a help or hindrance to young children? Here's how the eighty-nine respondants answered: 65% said Tech's in their future, so it's okay to start them young. 27%...
HP's New Laptop is Smitten with the Penguin
Commentary  |  8/4/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard's new notebook has got a thing for flightless waterfowl -- particularly the open-source breed. The company has announced that they will be the first large PC maker to offer a business notebook computer with Linux pre-installed. The H-P Compaq...
A Replacement for Outlook?
Commentary  |  8/3/2004  | 
Poco Systems Inc. wants to change your outlook on e-mail clients. I've been wishing for (Novell) Ximian Evolution to be ported to Windows because it's a great e-mail client on Linux and supports groupware connectivity to Exchange (amongst others), but...
Hey Dummy -- Can you Hear Me Now?
Commentary  |  8/2/2004  | 
Ever feel as if dealing with your wireless provider is like talking to a mannequin? Well New Jersey-based Magnolia Broadband Inc. has taken it one step further. They've hired an actual dummy. "Bob" is a mannequin with a liquid-filled head...


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