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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in January 2009
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Will We See Live Streaming Conference PPV This Year?
Commentary  |  1/31/2009  | 
Over the past couple of years, more and more conferences have been providing free live streaming to viewers at home. There are always arguments both for and against live streaming. Some feel that it takes away from those who have paid thousands of dollars to attend a conference. Others believe it offers an opportunity for those at home to interact.
Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Dell's Smartphone Better Be Spectacular
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Analysts agree that Dell would have to go beyond the Apple iPhone, the RIM BlackBerry, and the upcoming Palm Pre.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Congress Renewing Efforts To Delay DTV Switch Till June
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
More than 3 million Americans are still awaiting $40 coupons for boxes that will convert the new digital broadcasts to analog.
There's Money Up In Them Thar Clouds
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
There's lots of buzz about the Google cloud storage solution -- the GDrive -- as references to it continue to pop up in various programs. When it arrives, will consumers rush to give up their data to the ether?
Draft "LEED For Datacenters" Now Available
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) that is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) yesterday posted a draft "LEED for Datacenters" on its website that the lab developed in partnership with a who's who of datacenter industr
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting On WiMax
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Nortel's officially out of the WiMax game and with capital evaporating, Clearwire's ambition to expand beyond two cities look precarious.
Surprisingly On-Target Internet Predictions From 1981 And 1969
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Check out these two nifty videos, created long ago, that surprisingly get it right about how we use the Internet routinely today. First, a video from 1969 that covers most of today's digital lifestyle in a few short minutes, including Internet shopping, Webcams, bill paying and banking, and e-mail.
NEC To Cut 20,000 Jobs Worldwide
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The company pinned its financial troubles on the economic recession that caused a slowdown in spending among businesses and consumers.
Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Cisco Gets Energy Wiser
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Cisco's new EnergyWise technology, which measures and manages energy consumption on just about everything on the network, is, indeed, wise. But it's going to get a whole lot wiser and useful early next year when it will be extended to the management of HVAC and other building systems.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
No Longer Co-Dependent: Personal Computing And Business Virtual Desktops
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Desktop virtualization is not like what it sounds. It does not start with a one-by-one conversion of each user's desktop from a straightforward piece of hardware to one that runs only a virtual machine.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
Nortel Axing WiMax, Trimming Partnership With Alvarion
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The decision raises questions about the long-term viability of mobile WiMax as it gears up for full-fledged competition with LTE.
Graphics Chip Shipments Plummet In 4Q
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A major contributor to the drop in the GPU market was the nearly 40% fall in shipments for desktop PCs, analysts with Jon Peddie Research said.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Lenovo Buys Secretive Startup Switchbox
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Consumer technologies from the company, which was co-founded by a former Microsoft executive, are expected to be integrated into upcoming Lenovo products.
Sprint Back In Court Over Early Termination Fees
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
A California judge is ordering a new trial in a class-action lawsuit against Sprint regarding its contract cancellation fees that could potentially cost $300 million.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Samsung Touts Highest Density Memory Chip
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Samsung is targeting manufacturers' new generation of "green" PCs with its new technology, which will be used in servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops.
BlackBerry Storm Costs More To Make Than iPhone
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
According to a breakdown by iSuppli, the touch-screen BlackBerry costs $203 to make, $30 more than Apple's smartphone.
Nintendo Shocks Market With Profit Warning
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
One factor may have been that there were no new blockbuster games for the Wii in the second half of last year, which would have helped to boost sales.
T-Mobile Reports 32.8 Million Subscribers
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Thanks to the rollout of 3G services and the success of handsets like the Android-powered G1, T-Mobile added more than 4 million new subscribers in 2008.
Qualcomm's Profits Slip As Mobile TV Rollout Nears
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The MediaFLO problem would be tacked onto the negative losses the company already cited in its financial report Wednesday.
Practical Analysis: Time For Some IT Self-Improvement
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
It's time to hone best practices and position your organization for better days.
Sun's Data Center In A Box Gets New Handle
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
The debut of the Sun Modular Datacenter (nee Project Blackbox), a complete data center housed within a shipping container, is an important reminder that data centers can grow greener as they expand.
Sonos' Gear Moves To The Heart Of My Digital Home Strategy
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Six years ago, just before moving into our current home, my wife and I decided that we would constantly have that home filled with music and she entrusted me to the task of making it happen. Yet, it was only over these last holidays that I finished "the design." It took me that long to figure out how to do some complicated things like integrate a single digital audio library across the whole home audio system, all of our computers, and our portable digital audio players. I'm still not completely
A Long-Term Windows Vista Test Drive - Living With The Much Maligned OS
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Even as the hype machine turns to Windows 7, many businesses are still conflicted about whether to embrace Windows Vista. Well, I took the plunge a while ago, and here's what I learned.
In Defense Of Michael Arrington
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Love him or hate him, the man behind TechCrunch is a force to be reckoned with. But did he deserve a real spit in the face? I should hope not.
Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
8 Mobile Technologies To Watch
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Many of the improvements expected to make an impact in the next two years will soon be integrated into smartphones, research firm Gartner reports.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
DTV Delay Bill Torpedoed By Congress
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
House Republicans marshaled sufficient opposition to legislation to postpone the switch to digital TV to June.
The Duh And Huh Of The BlackBerry Storm Launch
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Verizon's fourth-quarter 2008 sales and profit results benefited from its BlackBerry Storm product launch, but I'm not sure the long-term impact will be so kind.
Google Claims Data Center Energy Savings
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Google said its quarterly energy-weighted average Power Usage Effectiveness fell to 1.16 from 1.22 in the third quarter.
Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader To Get Facelift
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Tech enthusiasts are taking their best guesses as to what the online retailer has planned for the 2.0 version of the popular gadget.
Opera Finalizes Browser For Android
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The release version of Opera Mini for Android includes the ability to save files on an SD card, resources for video playback, and other improvements.
Paul Krugman On The Problems Of Turning Broadswords Into BlackBerrys
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Economist Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize laureate and columnist for the New York Times, takes a look at the Merchant Princes series of science-fiction novels by Charles Stross, finding in them powerful parallels to real-world economics -- the problems of moving medieval societies into modernity.
Cleaner Ways To Clear Snow
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Another January day in New England. Another several inches of snow. Faced with choosing between fume-spewing snowblowers and back-breaking green options (shoveling or letting the ice accumulate) I have just one question: Where are the snow-clearing robots?
Nokia Boosts Location Services With Bit-Side Buy
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
By purchasing the media-sharing software company, Nokia is hoping to improve its Nokia Maps program.
AT&T Revenues Influenced By Strong iPhone Sales
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
However, subsidies cost the telecom some $450 million in profits in the quarter.
Global CIO: An Open Letter To Oracle CEO Larry Ellison
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
The issue that needs your fresh thinking: the one-size-fits-all, non-negotiable maintenance fees most software companies charge.
Panasonic Digital Cameras Add Face Recognition
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
When a face is recorded several times, the cameras ask whether it should be registered, so the devices can automatically prioritize focus and exposure in future pictures.
AISO.net: A 100% Solar-Powered Data Center
Commentary  |  1/27/2009  | 
While many data centers and hosting providers tout their environmental concern by the dubious practice of trading carbon credits and purchasing green energy certificates, AISO.net, a solar-powered data center in Romoland, Calif., is one of only a small number of facilities powered by renewable energy that's generated on-site.
Yahoo Reports Losses Related To Costs, Stock Rises
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
Without the one-time costs, the company's 4Q earnings were better than expected, given the state of the economy, its effect on advertising, and public perceptions of Yahoo's position.
Google Gmail Available Offline, Calendar Coming Soon
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
After clicking on the "Offline" link, most or all of the user's Gmail messages, depending on the size of the mailbox, will be synchronized to a local cache.
Western Digital Launches 2 TB Green Hard Drive
News  |  1/27/2009  | 
The WD Caviar Green consumes 7.4 watts in read/write mode and 4 watts at idle.
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