Commentary
Content posted in August 2005
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Bush Should Bear Blame For Communication Breakdown
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
According to some government types, the Bush administration does have a national broadband policy. But as Hurricane Katrina rudely pointed out this week, there's still no coherent, nation-wide first-responders communications network, a technology failure that must fall, in part, at...
Wireless Propagator: VeriSign Verifies Dual-mode Voice
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
More commonly known to enterprises for its digital certificate services, VeriSign recently announced trials of the company's Wireless IP Connect Service. VeriSign noted the involvement of three major universities at which users will have a single mobile device that roams...
A Fine Mess
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
SEC comes up with 10 million reasons to take email archiving seriously
Reinvestment
Commentary  |  8/30/2005  | 
That's going to be what our friends in the South need after yesterday's hurricane -- reinvestment by government and business, and more immediately can help from everyone who can pitch in....
No Porn, Please -- We're British
Commentary  |  8/30/2005  | 
The Brits are at it again -- this time our prim and proper cousins across the pond are proposing a ban on downloading and possessing violent and abusive Internet pornography. Imagine, if you will, the judges who will be required...
Distributed Management Revisited
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
Few have accused systems management vendors of making revolutionary technology innovations. However, in an industry where incremental technology advances really do add up, there are clear signs that genuine progress is being made toward dramatically reducing support costs and freeing up IT for more strategic pursuits.
Time To Dump The FCC
Commentary  |  8/29/2005  | 
I'm not going to bother to delve into the minutiae of the FCC's latest ruling on 911 calls and VoIP -- suffice it to say it's like discussing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The...
We Salute You
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Consultancy honored for lip-smacking goodness to vendors everywhere
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Today's first Friday Freebie is a website. LinuxQuestions offers LQ ISO for all your Linux ISO download needs. LQ ISO allows users to find and rate fast local download mirrors. The site currently allows you to download almost 120 different...
Google Talk -- Just Say No
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
Google has officially announced that it's in the IM business. Hooray? Some months ago the company put out its e-mail effort, GMail. Hooray, I suppose. It's popular among a few GoogleManiacs, but it's really crappy as e-mail systems go. Hell, you can't even delete a message, a feature about as smart as the original Pascal programming language that couldn't display results or take input. If Google Talk is as good as GMail everyone -- especially AOL, MSN, and Yahoo!-- should just ignore it.
The IT Agenda: Required Reading
Commentary  |  8/26/2005  | 
We offer a trio of tomes that serve as a prime source of excellent IT and management resource material.
VoIP Isn't All Hype
Commentary  |  8/25/2005  | 
Forrester just came out with a report saying that despite a 200% increase in adoption in 2004, VoIP is overhyped. Forrester is flat-out wrong. For a start, a 200% increase in adoption rate isn't chopped liver. Enterprises are finding out...
Game On
Commentary  |  8/25/2005  | 
Recursive blogging category: I can now let you know about a new feature at Server Pipeline -- my "blog" is now actually a blog....
Vonage IPO Smells Like Bait
Commentary  |  8/25/2005  | 
As the news reports of Vonage's IPO plans bubble and froth, the guess here is that the Voice over IP leader won't ever make it to the public markets, but will be acquired first. Just call the carefully leaked IPO...
Stopping The Scourge Requires Internet Citizenship
Commentary  |  8/25/2005  | 
In her column, MailFrontier CEO Anne Bonaparte calls on Internet messaging industry leaders to drop their ego-centric agendas and cooperate in the war against spam, viruses and phishing, by implementing both Sender ID and DKIM authentication systems, as well as some sort of sender accreditation system on a cooperative basis. I'd take it a step further and call on everyone to also work with the ISPs to help them throttle the attacks s
Air Time: Cisco and Intel: Best Friends in the Enterprise
Commentary  |  8/24/2005  | 
Intel's Centrino platform has been a big hit with the enterprise not because its Wi-Fi radio is the best, but more because there are clear advantages to increased standardization of wireless network clients. When it comes to wireless, Intel gets...
Google Is Now Vonage's Best Friend
Commentary  |  8/24/2005  | 
ASPEN, Colo. -- Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron, who was a bit of a punching bag here at the Progress & Freedom Foundation's Aspen Summit, now has a new best friend in the Internet voice business: The 800-pound gorilla called Google....
CommVault: IPO or HP?
Commentary  |  8/24/2005  | 
Whispers among technology and financial analysts have Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) considering an overture to CommVault Systems Inc., the backup software vendor generally considered the most attractive IPO candidate among storage companies (see Top Ten Private Companies: Summer 2005 and...
Failure To Protect?
Commentary  |  8/22/2005  | 
Last week was just the latest in a string of nightmare runs for system administrators battling malicious code that infringes on their networks via viruses. With no less than three major worms hitting enterprises (link “no less than three major worms hitting enterprises†to: http://www.SystemsManagementPipeline.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=169500009) during the course of the week, systems administrators were caught up in a fierce battle against the viruses. And
We Need A Broadband Bill Of Rights
Commentary  |  8/22/2005  | 
The news that a service provider was forcing its broadband customers to pay a premium to use VoIP from Vonage shows that it's time for a "broadband bill of rights." The idea for a broadband bill of rights was suggested...
Unacceptable Abuse
Commentary  |  8/20/2005  | 
The amazingly dim-witted things people do with their computers -- as if the IT staff will not find their misbehavior due to monitoring and policy.
Thrills in Store
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Byte and Switch has new ownership. Watch out!
I Gotta Be Me (and not You)
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
Our unplanned series of podcasts on identity theft and personal information safety continues this week. I wish I could say that I had carefully thought out a theme for the late Summer, but serindipity gets the credit--I'm just pleased to...
Acquisition of the Week
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
It's been a while since an acquisition was worthy of comment, but this week's Intel-Sarvega acquisition is one that's very, very interesting. The XML/Web Services security/management space has been in flux for the past two years, with several vendors vying...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  8/19/2005  | 
You thought I forgot about you, didn't you? Nope, not at all. I've got two freebies for you this wonderful Friday morning. Freebie #1 The first is from a company down under. N4ME (Inform ME) allows users to receive download...
Ramblin' On: Ex-AOL Employee Learns His Lesson -- Don't Get Caught
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
Let's play a game of "What They Say/What they Mean," shall we? Jason Smathers, Ex-AOL employee convicted of stealing AOL screen names and selling them to SPAMMers says: "I know I've done something very wrong." What Jason Means: "By wrong,...
The Wireless Edge: High Speed Downlink Packet Access
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
First, an important correction: In my last column on wireless data uptake, I reported 500,000 EV-DO customers for Verizon--the number that has circulated in various stories. Mobile Pipeline Editor Dave Haskin questioned this number and obtained a clarification from Verizon...
Did they HAVE computers in the '60s?
Commentary  |  8/18/2005  | 
I mean, weren't they all just painted cardboard with flashing lights, ala Star Trek? Lo and behold apparently not. Check out these pics (over at boingboing.net) of some Data Center action around 40-some-odd years ago. The one with the bathroom...
Living on OEM Time
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
McData says IBM and Sun will sell its multiprotocol router - finally!
Jason Smathers: Internet Criminal
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
Let's think about this a second. Our good friend Jason Smathers sold 92 million America Online e-mail addresses to a spammer for $28,000. Those names generated an estimated 7 billion spam e-mail messages so far, and caused at least $400,000 in damages to AOL. And for that, the judge sentenced him to one year and three months in jail, and a payment of $82,000 in restitution to AOL (see AOL Worker Who Stole E-Mail List Sentenced)
It's Time To Approve The .xxx Porn Domain
Commentary  |  8/17/2005  | 
ICANN should ignore pressure from the tight-lipped puritans and finally give approval to a .xxx porn domain. This week, the Internet's oversight agency delayed approving the domain due to pressure from the feds. Like it or not, porn is here...
Integration Sells
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
We've closed out Network Computing's annual reader survey for 2005, and we're poring over your responses in preparation for our annual survey cover story, which will appear in the Sept. 22 issue. If you want to see what our reader...
Rewind, Please
Commentary  |  8/16/2005  | 
NetApp issues flowery endorsement of Cisco WAFS
QuickTime VR
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
No wonder QuickTime VR hasn't taken off. Ever try to make a QTVR movie? I'm attempting to do so right now, and finding authoring tools for free or under $100 is rather difficult. If anyone has ever made a QTVR...
Will Video File Sharing Kill Your Network?
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
Think users sharing music files via your network was bad? There's even worse news for you --- a new survey has found that video downloads make up 61% of all file-sharing traffic. Video files, of course, are much larger than...
CPU Buyer's Guide
Commentary  |  8/15/2005  | 
We've put together a comprehensive buyer's guide to Intel's and AMD's lineups, from performance processors to the high-end, mid-range, and value categories. We have specs, prices, and pertinent performance information.
Doing More With Less
Commentary  |  8/13/2005  | 
Once again, the action in the server world this week is pretty much at LinuxWorld, and although your faithful correspondent isn't there this time, I am intrigued -- if not surprised -- that the main buzz from the show revolves...
Comrade Konsultants
Commentary  |  8/13/2005  | 
Interesting situation how ACME has to support consultants onsite and how we hear of the poor situations that many of these consultants live with from their own company support.
Windows Vista Beta 1
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
Pipeline Editor Scot Finnie takes a long, detailed, and expert look at the features, foibles, and functionality of the upcoming OS.
Another Professor Running Amok
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
If you need one more example of what's wrong with academia when it comes to technology, read the article Telecom Mergers Good For Competition: Study. A George Mason University economist argues that telecom mergers and consolidations lead to increased competition,...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
This Friday we have two freebies for you. The first is yet another free webmail offering, this one from Skaffe.com. Skaffe.com is a directory and search engine that has moved into the free email space. Skaffe.com is offering the service...
Cisco Security Flap: Much Ado About Something
Commentary  |  8/12/2005  | 
There's no surer way to call mass attention to a sensitive subject you're trying to downplay than to tell the public to mind its own business.
Ramblin' On: "Video Snacks"; Space--STILL the Final Frontier
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
Advertising. I can't get away from it. I end up watching more commercials than I do my favorite TV shows. I can't get through an issue of "Y: The Last Man" without a stupid Skechers ad ("We put the 'S'...
Strange Bedfellows
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
You might think that Individualized Lifecycle Marketing, phishing and other fraud schemes, and a court case that allowed the University of Texas to block unsolicited marketing messages from entering the campus e-mail system, make for strange bedfellows, but you shouldn't. They're connected by a broad, sticky cord of despicable human beings ranging in class from pranksters all the way down to gangsters. Whatever they are, they're slime and nothing more -- all of them!
A Subtle Pattern Begins to Emerge...
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
You know, sometimes a theme is carefully thought out and planned, and sometimes it just happens. It looks like we've got one of the second sort of themes going on here, as we have the latest in an on-going series...
Latest From Los Alamos
Commentary  |  8/11/2005  | 
More snafus in LANL's year of living dangerously
Wireless Propagator: Sensor/Access Point Integration
Commentary  |  8/10/2005  | 
AirMagnet's recent self-serving press release, which essentially highlighted its relatively new Spectrum Analyzer, noted that the abundance of non-Wi-Fi-generated interference at the annual DefCon Convention (for hackers of all kinds) actually caused more disruption than the more conventional wireless attacks....
More Fun With Databases
Commentary  |  8/9/2005  | 
Today's entry is brought to you by the number 01114 and the letters O,R and A. That's right, it's "ORA-01114: IO error writing block to file 201" I started seeing this one late this afternoon while testing one of the...
Last Mile Top 11 -- Bernie in the Big House
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
I must have been suffering from a terrible case of Brain Cloud, because I realized I've let the most recent Last Mile Top 11 slip by without posting the extra submissions online. I'll take Thirty Lashes with a wet noodle...
Nokia Buy Would Be Good For Cisco
Commentary  |  8/8/2005  | 
Word has it that Cisco is looking to buy Nokia, as a way to jump-start development of wireless network applications. The buy would be a good move for the networking giant. Wires are a thing of the past. True, Cisco...
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