Commentary
Content posted in September 2005
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Cisco's New Kid
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
I'm not exactly used to writing about Cisco Systems; its primary world of switches, routers, and other enterprise-class network products is usually more up the alley of my brethren over at Networking Pipeline. But Cisco had an announcement this week...
Master of my own domain
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Every once in a while something weird happens and you remember that you can't stand some particular feature in a piece of software that you otherwise don't mind using. Like the domain joining functionality of Windows. I booted up a...
Help Wanted
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Down-on-its luck FEMA is under fire yet again, this time for its technology limitations. Fingers are now being pointed at the beleagured Federal Emergency Management Agency's overtaxed computer system, which is being blamed in part for the department's less-than-stellar response to Hurricane Katrina and the hurricanes that slammed into Florida last year. So a job posting for an information technology specialist may not soun
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Today we have just one Friday Freebie, but it's a good one. CLAM AV is a GPL'd anti-virus package available on a plethora of operating systems - Linux (SuSE, Fedora Core, Slackware, etc..), Debian, FreeBSD, MacOS, Windows, and even BeOS....
SBC Gets The Best Government Its Money Can Buy
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
SBC forked out at least $16.3 million for behind-the-scenes lobbying in state houses between 2003 and 2004, and another $10.1 million directly to state and local candidates from 1999 to 2004, says a recent report. SBC's goal, just like the...
Thinking About the Worst
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Boy, let an unplanned series come to an end and things just go haywire. After a most interesting September we're back with another Security Channel podcast, this time on disaster preparations and business continuity. It seems to me that the...
Holy Backup, Batman!
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
Microsoft storage discloses its secret identity
EBay-Skype Makes VoIP Mainstream
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
With most of the history still ahead for Voice over IP, it's not too soon to call eBay's purchase of Skype a watershed moment for the technology. In Internet terms, eBay/Skype is the new Netscape, a moment when someone in...
Tough to Swallow
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
This archiving system really guzzles 'em
The FCC Fumbles VoIP Wiretapping Rules
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
The know-nothings who run the FCC are at it again: This time they've fumbled new rules extending a federal wiretapping law to VoIP....
Money Matters
Commentary  |  9/28/2005  | 
Recently, I was talking to a network manager who had survived a terrible VoIP implementation, if just barely. The deployed system failed to scale, and as a result, the mortgage company he worked for suffered through numerous outages, poor voice quality, and a lack of functionality on even the best day. The implementation was such a disaster, the network manager abandoned the incumbent VoIP solution and installed another, far more scalable and proven IP telephony system which had been his initi
The Zen of Password Management
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Stage 1: Denial They don't really mean that I have to change my password. It's just a suggestion, really, more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule. Really, that warning will go away if I ignore it. Stage...
Linux A-List Call for Entries.
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Rebuilding the Linux A-List
Embedded Wireless WAN
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Embedded wireless WAN won't revolutionize the industry, but it is one important step toward the greater adoption of wireless data.
Mobilizing Business - And IT
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Right before our very eyes, the world is changing, and the way we do business is evolving right along with it. As we individuals, we are cutting our ties to conventional wired networks, and increasingly relying on their wireless counterparts....
Farewell -- It's Been Great!
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Creating and running the editorial for Messaging Pipeline has been a fun and interesting time for this technology journalist. Few assignments in my career have been as challenging, and that's the sort of food a journalist needs in order to survive. When I first started, the spam war reached its peak, diverting your and my attention from the amazing progress being made in other more important technologies, such as presence and instant messaging, as well as collaboration and conferencing tools.
Big Telecom Gets Free WiFi Wrong
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Would you put up with behind-the-scenes operators trying to ban your city from fixing your town's streets, claiming that only well-connected private businesses should be allowed to do it? Of course not. And in the same way, we shouldn't put...
Mobilizing Business - And IT
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Right before our very eyes, the world is changing, and the way we do business is evolving right along with it. As we individuals, we are cutting our ties to conventional wired networks, and increasingly relying on their wireless counterparts. And business is following suit, with the adoption of more
Fine Granularities
Commentary  |  9/27/2005  | 
Winning acceptance in the CDP club isn't easy - just ask Microsoft or Symantec
Chip Ahoy
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
A whole bunch of companies in the server market think the time is right to bring Intel's Itanium processor platform into its next stages. My colleagues at CRN have the basic news today, and check back Tuesday for my deeper...
The Price of Storage
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
So I've been chatting it up with several people going through the buying process for storage, and one thing has become abundantly clear: There is no "right price" for storage any more. Small, agile companies have eaten the bottom out...
Lies, lies and more lies
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
For the second time in two months the rumormill brings me word of some rather naughty vendors spreading lies. I won't name names, you know who you are, so knock it off. Look, if you decided not to participate in...
Vonage Buyout: Not Worth The Money
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
Now that eBay is buying out Skype for up to $4.1 billion, the rumor mill says that Vonage may be next in line for as much as a $1.5 billion buyout from a potential suitor. But buyer beware: The VoIP...
Breathing Easier
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
Rita largely spared Houston and many of the more populated areas of the Gulf Coast region, though try telling someone in the smaller communities in Southwestern Lousiana how lucky they are. Still, a number of Houston customers were still without power this morning. BellSouth says that more than one half of million are without landline service Sunday. Cell service was also hindered in much of southeastern L
The Strangeness that is San Francisco
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
Maybe I just have a twisted, warped sense of humor, but a number of things struck me as funny while in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld earlier this week. The strangest thing I heard Tuesday, 10am. Stockton Street. "And that's...
Friday Freebies
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
To make up for last week's single freebie, we have three freebies for you this week. Enjoy! Opera Yes, this one has always technically been free, but in the past that "other" browser has been free at the cost of...
Ready For Rita?
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
Here we go again. Less than a month after the Gulf Coast was slammed by Hurricane Katrina, her nasty cousin Rita is approaching Texas and Louisiana with similar fury. If there is any good news in this, early indications are that Texas at least, save for the Houston evacuation plan, is better prepared with businesses and hospitals executing
Google Strongarms Publishers In Book Scanning Program
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
A screenshot of the Google Print program, in which the search giant will scan copyrighted books without publisher and author permission, shows that the search giant is using not-so-subtle tactics to try and force publishers to agree to participate....
Give Web-Based E-Mail Another Look
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
For all the reasons cited by Associated Press writer Anick Jesdanun about web-based e-mail clients--and more--you should all take a look around your shops at the state of desktop e-mail clients. They are nice enough products, have nice features, integrate well with other desktop products, and all that stuff. But they are also pervasive support problems, requiring upgrades and maintenance, hand-holding and the like. And they require you to ma
The IT Agenda: Katrina's Harsh Lessons
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
Hurricane Katrina leaves us a nation with families torn apart and billions of dollars in damage. It also leaves us with unwelcome but essential lessons.
This is cool...
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Adventures in testing. QLogic's SAN Express
Fear Factor
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Desperate times, desperate measures
FCC May Ignore VoIP, But Congress Doesn't
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
If all goes as planned, Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron will testify before a Senate panel Thursday about communication companies' responses to Hurricane Katrina, showing that Congress isn't mimicing the deaf ear shown to advanced IP services lately by the FCC....
Writers Battling Uphill Against Google
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
As many of us expected, Google has been sued for digitizing library books without seeking permission from copyright holders. The Authors Guild and three writers sued the search-engine giant in a New York federal court, claiming Google's actions amounted to...
Google Book-Scanning Excuses Don't Hold Up
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Google is flat-out wrong in its official response to the copyright infringement suit against it by three authors and the Author's Guild....
Good News, Bad News
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Brocade does the yin and yang of marketing
The Wireless Propagator: External Standards to Address Internal VoWLAN Complexity
Commentary  |  9/21/2005  | 
Talking on a mobile handset. For a concept that seems so familiar and commonplace, the underlying infrastructure--and associated complexity-- required to support VoWLANs (voice over wireless LANs) has been somewhat intimidating. Helping to tackle all the related issues and bring...
Google Should Lose Book Piracy Suit
Commentary  |  9/21/2005  | 
Google is being sued for "massive copyright infringement" by the Authors Guild and three authors -- and the authors should win the suit. Google is plain wrong for its unauthorized scanning and copying countless books without permission....
Servicing The Business
Commentary  |  9/21/2005  | 
Service level management is a decades-old concept but it has only been in recent years that IT organizations have been formalizing the process as a way to improve performance and maintain control over all of the underpinning technologies and services which facilitate network operations. But one of the challenges of that is managing all of the components associated with service delivery, and documenting those.
Pulver: Internet Should Follow Ham Radio's Lead
Commentary  |  9/20/2005  | 
BOSTON -- Being a ham radio operator, VoIP entrepreneur Jeff Pulver is the perfect person to merge disaster recovery ideas between the amateur radio enthusiasts and the IP communications industry. His latest idea? A joint "field day" for radio and...
Network Managers: Be Warned About Firefox
Commentary  |  9/20/2005  | 
I'm a big Firefox fan, but Symantec's newest Internet Security Threat Report, which warns that Firefox has nearly double the security vulnerabilities as Internet Explorer, should give network managers pause before they install it enterprise-wide....
Consolidated Change
Commentary  |  9/20/2005  | 
After so many years and so many vendor promises of centralized, multi-vendor network management, IT managers are still too often jumping back and forth between multiple console systems or, worse, handling many functions by hand that should be automated. Asset and storage management are two areas in which many applications still aren't fully integrated with management console software. However, there was some promise of progress this week on both those fronts. HP
Virtual Oracle OpenWorld
Commentary  |  9/19/2005  | 
Wanted to go to Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco this week but couldn't? Want to see whether or not you were missing something? Oracle has 4 different web cams set up on the floor for your virtual viewing pleasure. I'm...
A New Star In The Galaxy?
Commentary  |  9/19/2005  | 
A few weeks ago, a report from Gartner dinged Sun Microsystems for its revenue drop in the midst of a strong server market; Gartner pointed particularly to the lack of breadth in Sun's product line as the culprit. Turns out...
Google Gets Book-Scanning Wrong
Commentary  |  9/19/2005  | 
Google's project to scan and make the full text of millions of books on the Internet searchable is a noble idea --- but the way Google is going about it is arrogant and wrong-headed. At first, Google went to publishers,...
Going Once...
Commentary  |  9/17/2005  | 
5:00 PM - What will it take to kill Storage Computer Corp. (OTC: SOS)? Eighty minutes after an asset recovery service put out a release today saying Storage Computer shut down operations and would auction off its assets Sept. 22,...
Appliance World Is Just Around The Corner
Commentary  |  9/17/2005  | 
I'm feeling a bit like I ought to go to Las Vegas for the week. Why? Well, just a week ago I tested the JabberNow instant messaging appliance, and in my blog called on the rest of the industry to follow suit and begin packaging more applications into single-box appliances. And, in the next week, you'll be seeing more appliance announcements here in the messaging space, and I swear to you, I didn't know!
When Bill Met Napoleon
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
The Microsoft bigwig teamed up with Napoleon Dynamite in this spoof video from PDC 2005. The camera's a little shaky, but you get the idea....
Oracle Spaces Out
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
Shoots developer into the stratosphere
It's All About the Connections
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
The momentum of enterprise information delivery may be moving from complex applications like ERP and CRM to Web portals.
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