News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in October 2005
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Text Messaging Boosts Teen Writing Ability
Commentary  |  10/31/2005  | 
A Cambridge University study has found that text messaging has boosted the ability of teenagers to write. The study found that "today's teenagers are using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling." That's the good news. The bad news is that they're also "ten times more likely to use non-standard English in written exams than in 1980, usin
Radware Offers Software To Detect Network Performance Problems
News  |  10/31/2005  | 
APSolute Insite is meant to deliver comprehensive network management and security auditing, making it easier control user access to data.
Treo 650 Music Docking Station?
Commentary  |  10/29/2005  | 
Move over iPod snobs, with your fancy gadget aftermarket of music docking stations. We Treo 650 smart phone snobs now have one of our own. The Treo 650 Music Dock charges and connects (for PC synchronization) your Treo, and plays music either from the Treo or from an external music source (the dock sports a 3.5mm
Neterion, IBM Bring 10-Gbps Ethernet To xSeries
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
IBM will begin offering Neterion's 10-Gbps Ethernet adapter as an option for use with its xSeries systems built around the X3 architecture and chipset.
VoIP Risk-Assessment Tool Launches
News  |  10/28/2005  | 
Based on a continuously updated threats database, VoIPaudit is promised to be both comprehensive and highly scalable.
SmartAdvice: Getting The Business Case Right For IT Portfolio Planning
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Check out the seven C's for payback on portfolio planning, The Advisory Council says. Also, wireless upgrades could be the next "killer app" when a standard emerges.
Supreme Impact On IT
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
When President Bush scans the horizon for his next Supreme Court nominee, he might do well to not only choose a candidate who has spent some time on the bench, but also one with some understanding of, or background in, science and technology. Such an addition to the Supreme Court would be very timely at this juncture in high-tech litigation and advances. We have entered a technological age, and we
Intel Self-Destruct Mode Aids AMD Momentum
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
It's hard to believe a company that controls more than three-quarters of perhaps the most profitable segment of the electronics industry can simultaneously look vulnerable and weak even while posting "banner" operational results. But Intel, in reshuffling its processor roadmap this week has ensured that the momentum rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has built over the past year will continue for at least another
FCC Chair Pushes For Reform In Video, USF
News  |  10/27/2005  | 
Kevin Martin calls for national TV franchises and champions a system for universal service contributions.
Don't Believe Everything Your GPS Tells You
Commentary  |  10/27/2005  | 
Two Australian tourists in New Zealand found out the hard way that you can't always rely on GPS to give you the best route. The visitors rented a car from Avis, which comes with a GPS system, plugged in their destination and drove where the gadget told them to drive. The system guided them through a ten-hour, death-defying journey into hell: through rivers, fog and perilous and narrow mountain passes terminating at a locked-g
My Favorite Fantasy iPod
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
Apple's iPod is cool enough -- especially the new one. Detractors belittle the device, saying that it's nothing more than a hard disk with a play button. The iPod lovers and the iPod haters will disagree, but there's no denying the design influence Apple's music player has had over other music players, over other consumer electronics and over a large variety of random products.
How Many Office Suites?
Commentary  |  10/26/2005  | 
The release of OpenOffice 2.0 is a red-letter day for the open-source movement, but what does it mean for for companies and individuals who now have a choice of more than half a dozen alternatives to Microsoft Office? Free is good, and OpenOffice is free -- but is it good? We'll find out -- there's a review coming in Desktop Pipeline RSN. It looks like the office-suite marketplace is settling down into three camps. The first is the free ones, like OpenOffice. The second is the commercial ones,
VoIP Growing Astronomically, $23.4 Billion By 2009 Projected
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
Helping VoIP make strides is a huge marketing push by cable providers in recent months, an Infonetics analyst says, who adds that the telcos are not quite as far along.
Juniper Launches VoIP Protection System
News  |  10/26/2005  | 
The hardware/software combo provides intrusion detection and prevention, and allows enterprises to respond individually to denial-of-service attacks.
A Hot Dog, A Soda And A...Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  10/25/2005  | 
I value the contributions information technology has made to our lives probably more than most people. I make my living on the Internet and spend the bulk of my time managing Web content and technology projects, and really enjoy working in this fast-evolving medium. Information technology -- in the form of a wirelessly enabled laptop computer and the omnipresent cell phone -- has permanently changed the lifestyle of my family, particularly as the computer's value as an educational tool increases
VCs See Wireless As Investment Hotspot
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
Wireless ventures get $3 of every $5 invested in telecom, MoneyTree Survey reveals.
SureWest Delivers First HDTV Service Over IP
News  |  10/25/2005  | 
The company has linked more than 80,000 Northern California homes to a fiber-optic network, and plans to deliver 260 video and music channels as well as voice and broadband Internet access.
Aruba Unveils Wireless Access Products
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The new access points give mobile and home workers a more secure way to connect to the Internet and office systems.
Skype Aims For More Business Customers
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
The new software will work from a centralized, Web-based management console and let employers provision premium Skype services like voice mail and external calling.
Group Announces VoIP Security Taxonomy
News  |  10/24/2005  | 
By defining the kinds and nature of threats, the organization hopes to provide a common reference point to deal systematically with VoIP security issues.
Major Disruption In Level 3 Network Slows Internet Traffic
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
Problems on Level 3's -- and the smaller NTT network -- slowed Internet response, a monitoring firm says
Business Technology: Respect For Customers Still Counts In The Virtual World
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
The best things to come out of the drive to virtualization, Bob Evans says, are the value and respect delivered to customers, not just the increased customer options.
Hand-Held Hand Hell
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
As if carpal tunnel wasn't bad enough - it appears we now have digit-specific repetitive stress to look forward to, or dodge as the case may be. I guess this means I'd better steer clear of the BlackBerry and other such tiny-keyboarded gadgets. Rats. Just as I was beginning to warm up to the idea, too. It was hard enough getting over the aging eyesight issue, I mean, can you really read those things? I see peopl
Another Wi-Fi City Rollout, Another Headache For Telcos
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
Madison, Wisconsin's Wi-Fi rollout will serve wireless users in city government, consumer, and commercial sectors.
Ink Is Thicker Than Water
Commentary  |  10/21/2005  | 
The next time you dig into your pocket for $40 or $50 to buy a couple of cartridges for your inkjet printer, just remember -- the printer manufacturers don't enjoy charging such outrageous prices. They're only doing it to make you happy. Really. HP said so yesterday when it sued Cartridge World for supposedly violating a patent on its ink formulation. The article included a quote from Pradeep Jotwani, senior vice president of supplies
Cisco Pledges $50 Million More For Bangalore Campus
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
CEO John Chambers peels off another $50 million for a new R&D campus in Bangalore, one day after announcing plans to spend up to $1.1 billion in India over the next three years.
Voice Over WLAN To Triple In By 2007: Report
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
Infonetics Research claims that over the next two years, 31% of companies surveyed for its study will have implemented the technology, compared with 10% today.
Senate Panel Mandates All-Digital TV Broadcasts By 2009
News  |  10/21/2005  | 
A Senate panel sets a deadline of April 7, 2009 for television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requires that the unused spectrum be returned to the government.
SmartAdvice: 'Big Iron' Returns With Push For Server Consolidation
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
Companies can save money by reducing the number of servers, but consolidation can take different forms, The Advisory Council says. Also, it's time to decide whether to just comply with RFID mandates or to invest funds to re-engineer and improve effectiveness.
askSam and the REAL Leonardo
Commentary  |  10/20/2005  | 
askSam has posted Leonardo Da Vinci's Complete Notebooks in a free, searchable askSam database. The REAL Leonardo (not the Hollywood DiCaprio) thus joins Hamlet, HIPAA, and the published opinions of John Roberts -- in all the database company has built a library of almost two dozen texts available for searching online or for download along with its free askSam reader app. askSam, in case you're not familiar with it, is a database manager that is especially good at handling freeform text. It's o
eBay CEO Says All Phone Calls Will Be Free
News  |  10/20/2005  | 
Meg Whitman tells analysts that VoIP will drive down costs to zero, and that providers will make money by delivering ads and selling users other services.
Kurzweil: World-Wide Mesh In World-Wide Web's Future
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
If CIOs think they have a challenging job today, look what's on the horizon. In the fourth of a five-part interview, the IT innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees the Internet rapidly evolving to a world-wide mesh, tied together by an unimaginable number of devices, including ones embedded in the environment, on our clothing, and inside our bodies. Devices now spokes on the network, such as cell phones and wireless PDAs, wil
My Apple Video iPod Arrived!
Commentary  |  10/19/2005  | 
Yippee! I'm sitting here staring at the FedEx "We're sorry we missed you!" door tag on my desk. The FedEx Express delivery person left it while I was out this morning. I can't pick-up the package until after 6 p.m., the tag reads, but I know what's inside.
Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs
News  |  10/19/2005  | 
Cisco will target its NAC strategy on layer 2 of the network by offering support for its Catalyst switches as well as its wireless access points and controller platforms.
Report: 80% Of Enterprises To Upgrade Or Deploy New VPNs
News  |  10/19/2005  | 
IPsec-based networks continue to be the most popular remote access technology, according to a new report from Forrester Research.
Yahoo Buys Whereonearth To Boost Local Search
News  |  10/19/2005  | 
Whereonearth's services include a database of geographical locations that covers more than 90% of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Ray Kurzweil: Treating Machines As Living Entities
Commentary  |  10/18/2005  | 
Let's assume that Ray Kurzweil's prediction comes true, that by mid-century, perhaps sooner, technology advances so rapidly that machines with human intellect, emotion, and self-awareness become a reality. How do we treat these new beings? Are they alive? Do they have rights? These are disturbing questions. An equally alarming one: What happens when people of ill will get hold of these machines? In the third of a five-part podca
IBM Acquires DataPower To Speed XML And SOA Adoption
News  |  10/18/2005  | 
IBM estimates building out enterprise infrastructures for Web services and service-oriented architecture will amount to a market "in the tens of billions" of dollars, and is looking to Data Power's XML message processing line to help get it there.
Microsoft's Patch Dilemma
Commentary  |  10/18/2005  | 
Microsoft wants you to know it's making progress on the security of its software. It's feeling so comfortable, in fact, that last Thursday and Friday it held a meeting in Redmond and invited several security consultants to critique its performance. Unfortunately, the PR value of the "Blue Hat" (the consultants aren't black hats -- the bad guys -- nor are they necessarily white hats -- the good guys, get it?) session was undercut by problems in Microsoft's most recent set of patches to fix secur
Cisco To Strengthen Its Security Framework
News  |  10/18/2005  | 
The company is adding support for more types of network devices, and is making available client software to ensure antivirus and other protection is up to date.
A Majority Of Executives Plan Converged Networks, Says Survey
News  |  10/17/2005  | 
Yet converged networking doesn't come without concerns. More than 60% of those surveyed see network security issues as a barrier to implementation.
Migration Patterns Can Help Track Disease
News  |  10/14/2005  | 
Data on migrations may help predict where a disease strikes next
Why It's Wrong To Predict Failure For The Video IPod
Commentary  |  10/14/2005  | 
A Web site called TVpredictions.com looks into its crystal ball and concludes that the video iPod will be a failure. Philip Swann, president of TVPredictions.com, really hates the idea. In what appears to be a press release, TVpredictions.com writes:
"The video iPod will be Steve Jobs' folly," Swann said. "Americans will not watch full-length videos -- or perhaps even short music videos -- on 2.5-inch screens on portable dev
Get Ready For The Ride: Wireless Technologies To Advance Quickly
News  |  10/14/2005  | 
Fast, third-generation cellular networks, new business-class mobile devices, mobile Linux, and high-capacity cell phones are all on tap in the coming months.
The Observer: Treating Customer Data Like The Gold Mine It Is
Commentary  |  10/14/2005  | 
Compliance rules may force companies to deal with 'gap management' and handle customer data the way it should have been treated all along, Lou Bertin says.
SmartAdvice: Best-Of-Breed Or Integrated Approach To Monitoring Tools?
Commentary  |  10/14/2005  | 
Your company's size and needs will help determine which approach works best, The Advisory Council says. Also, it's often cheaper to retain good employees with small considerations than to replace them.
Drive For More Storage Hits Even The PSP
Commentary  |  10/13/2005  | 
Storage is cheap and getting cheaper all the time, which is driving up user expectations about just how much storage we "need." The mania for storage is hitting even Sony's diminutive PlayStation Portable (PSP). Datel is reportedly planning to ship later this month a 4 GB clip-on hard drive for the PSP, complete with kludgy add-on battery. Is 4 GB enough? Of course not! Companies will start competing with each other t
Digital Rights and Wrongs
Commentary  |  10/13/2005  | 
If you haven't read Fredric Paul's rant about Why Everyone Hates The Music Industry you should check it out. Fred is reacting to a Forrester Research study that actually uses Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' famous five stages of death and dying as the framework for its analysis, but he goes further, and I think he's absolutely right.
VoIP: Europe Not Really Interested, Study Says
News  |  10/13/2005  | 
Fewer than half of the European organizations surveyed have spent anything on IP telephony, and less than a third expect to increase spending this year, according to a new Forrester study.
Corporate Users: IT Falls Short In Fighting Spyware
News  |  10/12/2005  | 
Almost 40% of the U.S. respondents said their IT departments are not doing enough to defend against the threat, and 53% said that they need to be better educated.
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