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Content posted in September 2003
Can You Hear Me -- OW!
Commentary  |  9/29/2003  | 
A rather enterprising teenager in Spain conned a bunch of folks into believing they were purchasing inexpensive cell phones via an internet auction. After they sent payment, the buyers received a package -- with a brick inside instead of a...
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  9/29/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've just posted the first half of our October 2nd issue of Network Computing. This week, Dave Molta explores Wireless LANS, and reviews offerings from seven WLAN vendors. In our sneak previews department, we examine Network Associates InfiniStream...
Site Upgrade
Commentary  |  9/29/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've been quite busy on the main site over the last two weeks, upgrading our content delivery system to ATG Dynamo. As a part of that upgrade, we've created a number of new services, including story toolkit upgrades,...
Back in the saddle again
Commentary  |  9/26/2003  | 
Sean Doherty is working on a review and taking advantage of our infrastructure. Sometime yesterday we lost all connectivity between our Cisco router and our provider's CPE. Turns out the router was running at 99% CPU utilization and was dropping...
License To Surf?
Commentary  |  9/26/2003  | 
Certifying users might feel like we're advancing Internet literacy, but it wouldn't ensure knowledge or compliance.
Top 11 List: Blackout Bingo
Commentary  |  9/26/2003  | 
What happens when someone accidentally knocks out power across a large portion of the eastern seaboard? Well, of course you scramble to check the UPSes or gas up the generator and gracefully down unnecessary systems. But then what? Bingo? Well,...
The Straight and Narrow
Commentary  |  9/24/2003  | 
Take time to plan your gigabit-to-the-desktop trip, and watch the prices plummet by the time you're ready to roll.
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  9/22/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've just posted our September 25th issue of Network Computing. This is a special issue, devoted to a discussion of the inner workings of a comprehensive product-testing program....
Technology: Not as Easy as It Looks
Commentary  |  9/22/2003  | 
We've created many protocols to manage the OSI layers, but the layers haven't become any less complex.
Everything Old is Time Warner Again...
Commentary  |  9/18/2003  | 
Call them anything you like, just don't call them AOL Time Warner. Faster than their dwindling subscriber base, the company is dropping the "AOL" part of their name....
The Award for best misuse of Flash goes to...
Commentary  |  9/16/2003  | 
Just...just click. Don't speak. Just click....
Stop Spam: Give Spammers Money!
Commentary  |  9/15/2003  | 
Ever see the movie "LA Story" with Steve Martin? There's a scene where he and his love interest are on line at an ATM. Meanwhile, there's a second line next to the AMT comprised of muggers. When Steve gets his...
I hate CLI0621E
Commentary  |  9/15/2003  | 
This error is the bane of my existence. I hate it. With a passion. I'm in the process of upgrading to WAS 5.0 and of course something had to go wrong. The application deployed beautifully, all looks well and then...
Risk Taking: Time for a Comeback
Commentary  |  9/15/2003  | 
Risk taking has been replaced by risk assessment, risk analysis, risk management and, ultimately, risk avoidance.
Technology Troubles? Bring 'em On
Commentary  |  9/15/2003  | 
While spammers always have new tricks up their sleeves, legitimate developers are working just as hard, if not harder, to beat them at their dirty games.
Wiring Closet in Blue
Commentary  |  9/14/2003  | 
We've really been enjoying the posts you've made to our MoblogIT server. We've seen smashed cars, trashed wiring closets and rather odd infrastructure choices. Thanks for sending them in! Here's this week's pick of the litter, a rather flowing example...
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  9/14/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've just posted our September 18th issue of Network Computing, featuring a new episode of On Location in which Dave Joachim and Jonathan Feldman take to the high seas with the U.S. Navy to learn their training secrets....
Game On!
Commentary  |  9/12/2003  | 
We asked our readers to submit their best lame excuses for holding a LAN Gaming Party in the office. By the responses, it sounds like some of our submitters may have actually used them in practice. The Top 11 can...
Rememberance
Commentary  |  9/11/2003  | 
As you're probably aware, today marks the second anniversary of the September 11th attacks upon our country. Two years have elapsed since we all woke up to what we thought was going to be just another ordinary work day, and...
Dear Open Source Community
Commentary  |  9/9/2003  | 
CEO and purported owner of the UNIX Operating System, Darl McBride, posted a friendly missive today on SCO's site, encouraging all followers of Open Source to play nice. Here's a six-point summary: Open Source has its roots in hackers and...
Final installment online
Commentary  |  9/8/2003  | 
We've published the final installment of our September 4th issue, featuring an assault on QoS Policies by Mike DeMaria and a workshop on backing up Active Directory by Dan Wohlbruck. Enjoy. As always, you can grab the entire contents of...
Roads? Who Needs Roads?
Commentary  |  9/4/2003  | 
Grab your Martini (shaken, not stirred of course) and rejoice -- the Aquada is here! The slick new sports car doubles as a speed boat, as was demonstrated yesterday when it went from the banks of the Thames River in...
So much for my 20-Disc CD Changer
Commentary  |  9/4/2003  | 
Folks used to say Compact Discs would never replace cassettes and records. Then came the dreaded day I had to sit my mom down and explain to her that I couldn't find "Three Tenors Invade Saskatchewan" on anything but a...
We don't need no stinking updates
Commentary  |  9/4/2003  | 
Now that Microsoft is caching its Windows update service from here to kalamazoo over the Akamai network, users are at last safe from that nasty Blaster worm. According to the fine folks at the The Sydney Morning Herald , however,...
Ok, everyone breath easy
Commentary  |  9/4/2003  | 
From Spacetoday.net: Updated orbit calculations based on new observations have eliminated any chance that a newly-discovered asteroid will collide with the Earth in 2014. You say Tomato, I say Tomatoe. You say millimeter, I say 0.04 inches?...
Opportunity Knocks
Commentary  |  9/1/2003  | 
Most IT problems stem from a combination of technical and social issues--and so do the potential solutions.
Don't Be a 'Victim' of Globalization
Commentary  |  9/1/2003  | 
It's fruitless to resist IT globalization on the grounds that it's not 'fair' or even 'American.'
Carryng On: Where Do Your IT Dollars Go?
Commentary  |  9/1/2003  | 
Take a good, hard look at how you spend your money. Force yourself to think, rethink and think again.
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  9/1/2003  | 
Happy Labor Day all. Officially, we're off the clock today, enjoying the sun, surf and sand (Okay, techincally it's cold and raining here in NYC, and I'm posting this in my dark and dismal basement home office -- but I...


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