News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in November 2005
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Scientists Take Small Leap Toward Quantum Computing
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
By getting atoms to spin simultaneously in opposite directions, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology make advancements toward creating applications that could help computers solve problems much faster.
SmartAdvice: Businesses Wise To Set Acceptable-Use Internet Policies
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
It's important to spell out what can and can't be downloaded on company PCs, The Advisory Council says. Also, be prepared to manage the cultural differences to succeed in doing business in China.
Langa Letter: Free Tools For Road Warriors
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
Not everyone has (or wants) a GPS. These Web-based alternatives Fred Langa searched out make even complex route planning a snap!
HP Launches Formal Utility Computing Service
News  |  11/29/2005  | 
Customers can buy access to basic IT infrastructure, including server, storage, network, operating system, and associated HP management tools, and pay per CPU hour.
20 Whats For Windows?
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
From the mailbag: My tepid birthday greetings to Microsoft Windows and its smarter cousin, the Apple Macintosh OS, last week in my e-mail newsletter (what, you're not a subscriber?) drew a couple of e-mail replies -- actually less backchat than I expected.
How To Rescue Federal IT
Commentary  |  11/29/2005  | 
The issue of allowing federal CIOs to more actively manage their agency's IT investments certainly looms large. The other big problem is that of culture.
HHS Needs To Improve Way It Manages IT Investments, GAO says
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
It's a critical problem, considering the department plans to spend more than $5 billion on IT this fiscal year to help manage 300-plus programs.
EBay Hears And Sees No Evil, It Just Sells It
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
Is eBay Adam Smith's perfect market, where prices are set by the honest interaction of buyers and sellers and everyone goes home happy--or is it simply the perfect vehicle for price gouging--and much, much worse? The short supply of Microsoft's Xbox 360 means the game system is now fetching up to $1,000 on eBay. Fair enough, if a gamester really can't wait a few more weeks to play the 360 version of Call of Duty 2 or NBA Live 06 then it's their money, right? Sure, but eBay's willingness to turn
Feds Drive E-Health Records In Devastated Gulf Coast
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Health-care payers showed the value of electronic records during the recovery
GAO: DoD's Business Systems Modernization Needs More Work
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
If improvements don't occur, the department's business systems modernization effort will continue to be a high-risk program.
Rugged MP3 Player A Solid Idea
Commentary  |  11/23/2005  | 
Sharp plans to ship November 26 two ruggedized mobile music players that can survive being dropped from 1.4 meters. The Sharp MP-S200 (512MB) and MP-S300 (1GB) players' electronics are protected against damage with what the Japanese news site Nikkei.net Interactive describes as a "
NY Approves Verizon's Acquisition Of MCI
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
The Public Service Commission's okay followed by just a few days the approval of the California Public Utilities Commission, and the deal can now close.
Next-Gen Network Gear Sales Up 70%
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Some 27 million media gateway, softswitch and integrated voice over IP ports shipped last quarter, according to Dittberner Associates.
Digital Satellite Radio Forecast To Grow
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
While 23% of online consumers surveyed reported an interest in satellite radio, only 6% have it, Jupiter Research says.
Ready, Set, Shop!
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Don't look now, but Thanksgiving is bearing down upon us, which you probably know means that the biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner. What you might not know, however, is that the Monday following that weekend, is fast becoming the biggest online shopping day of the year. This year, online retailers plan to help drive Cyber Monday shopping with special promotions and discounts, wi
Peter Jackson Re-Creates 1933 King Kong Scene
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Movie director Peter Jackson, most famous for his Lord of the Rings trilogy and soon to be most famous for his spectacular King Kong remake, has spearheaded a project to re-create at least one awesome scene missing from the 1933 original King Kong. When test screening the original movie in San Bernadino, Calif., in 1933, one scene terrified the audience so much that the mo
Piling On Sony
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
I've been as mad as anybody at Sony over its use of a rootkit as a "digital rights management" tool. It's a little like calling a sawed-off shotgun a privacy-management tool -- it's effective, but the consequences are both unpredictable and horrific. Now both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Texas Attorney General have filed suit against Sony BMG Music Entertainmen
Verso Goes Global With Skype-Blocking Software
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
U.S.-based Verso Technologies is taking its show on the road, targeting African telecom markets, Chinese network carriers, and other overseas customers with an interest in the company's technology for censoring VoIP, IM, P2P and other types of Internet traffic.
VoIP Chip Market To Rocket 600% By 2009
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
The market for VoIP integrated circuits will grow from almost $209 million last year to $1.3 billion in 2009, with wireless handsets a key use, In-Stat says.
Google's Book Search: Best of Times, Worst of Times For Libraries
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
College professors complain about the current generation of copy-and-paste students. Raised online, impatient with card catalogs and paper indices, these students use Google to do research papers, finding even obscure references and far-flung sources in seconds. Unfortunately, their results -- and their final papers -- tend to be heavily slanted toward the knowledge and opinion in magazines, on Web sites and other resources that were first to put their offerings online. Knowledge not digitized
Wi-Fi Marries Broadband Over Power Lines: The Best Of Both Worlds?
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Unique pilot project combines Wi-Fi with broadband over power line access.
Skype Taking VoIP To Retail Via Radio Shack
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Skype is about to start offering VoIP kits in thousands of Radio Shack stores, ratcheting up its already tight competition with Vonage.
OQO: Rich And Beautiful
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
OQO Inc. got $20 million in venture funding this week. All that money makes OQO very attractive, but I confess, I was in love with OQO even before it was rich, because it makes an intriguingly beautiful tiny PC. If want a little dose of computer lust (or maybe a Christmas gift suggestion) go to www.oqo.com and gaze longingly at the OQO Model 01+. It's got a 1GHz processor, a 30GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, integrated wireless networking, and FireWire and USB port
SmartAdvice: Making The Most Of SOA
Commentary  |  11/18/2005  | 
Focus on making business processes deliver more value to benefit from a service-oriented architecture, The Advisory Council says. Also, measure business risks against established metrics before deciding which IT services to outsource.
IBM and i3 Launch New Women's Health Portal
News  |  11/17/2005  | 
The site will let women securely access and control their medical information, including digital mammography images stored in the National Digital Medical Archive.
Local Search Market Heating Up
News  |  11/17/2005  | 
Local search companies such as Judy's Book and TrueLocal are finding a niche in Google's shadow
New N.C. Monitoring System Can Help Early Detection Of Avian Flu
News  |  11/17/2005  | 
It is the first statewide monitoring system that collects data from all hospitals that have 24-hour emergency room departments.
Langa Letter: A Complete PC Maintenance Checklist
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Fred Langa offers a comprehensive plan for keeping your PC in absolute top-notch condition.
Vista: If Not Now, When?
Commentary  |  11/16/2005  | 
Gartner Inc., the hotshot analyst firm, is advising its corporate clients to wait until 2008 to begin adopting Windows Vista. (That's presuming, of course, that it's shipped by then.) The reason, according to analyst Mr. Michael Silver, is that Windows Vista will offer only "incremental, evolutionary improvements" over Windows XP and Windows 2000. If your company paid Gartner big bucks for that opinion, shame on you. I would have told you that for free.
Iowa State IT Students To Try Their Luck Against Hackers
News  |  11/15/2005  | 
Competition is designed to give future IT professionals a taste of the real world of network security
New Hope That U.S. E-Health Record Effort Is Real
Commentary  |  11/15/2005  | 
President Bush hasn't asked for my opinion lately, and I know he and I wouldn't see eye to eye on many important issues--like stem-cell research--even if he were the tiniest bit interested in what I had to say. However, I must admit that there is at least one subject where he and I are on the same general page--the need for this country's health-care system to rid itself of its addiction to paper.
Strong 1Q, But Cisco Execs Wary
News  |  11/15/2005  | 
CA Adds Service Availability And Management Platforms
News  |  11/14/2005  | 
The two platforms integrate pieces of CA's newly released Unicenter r11 software components as well as other existing products.
CA Unveils 26 Products, Integrated For Better IT Management
News  |  11/14/2005  | 
Beta testers say the products fit into CA's Enterprise IT Management vision and provide for better management, security, and alignment of IT resources with business processes.
Narrowing The Digital Divide
Commentary  |  11/14/2005  | 
Nevis Networks Launches Security Appliances
News  |  11/14/2005  | 
Unlike firewalls or virtual private networks, the new silicon-based security boxes are designed to fit into enterprise networks without much administrative disturbance, the vendor says.
IBM Looks East For Innovation
Commentary  |  11/12/2005  | 
While venture capitalists look to China to make a buck, IBM is teaming with VCs through its newly formed Venture Capital Advisory Council to scout out young firms from emerging markets that are developing innovative IT services, which could be exported to the West.
The BlackBerry Just Got Edgier
Commentary  |  11/11/2005  | 
Before the brand-new BlackBerry 8700c hits Cingular Wireless stores in the U.S. on Nov. 21, here's my own reviewer's guide of the latest and the greatest that the popular PDA has to offer. And believe me, it's evolving.
Oops, No Microsoft in Patents Venture
Commentary  |  11/11/2005  | 
It's one of the perils of blogging. Yesterday I rushed into print after reading a story saying that a joint venture formed to promote Linux by acquiring patents included Microsoft. "You're kidding me, right?" I wrote. It turns out that somebody was, if not deliberately kidding, at least mistaken. An updated version of the story removes Microsoft from the list of companies putting money into the Open Innovation Network.
IBM, ClearCube Offer "Bank In A Box"
News  |  11/11/2005  | 
The system combines IBM's blade server and PC blade platform, client systems from ClearCube, and services from IBM Global Services in a package that costs about $100,000.
At Sony, The Customer Is Captive
Commentary  |  11/10/2005  | 
The problem with Sony is evident in its financial filings. No, it's not that the company expects to post a net loss of $90 million for its fiscal year ending March 2006. That's a symptom, not a cause. The company has locked the PDF file that contains its Q2 financial results to prevent computer users fr
External iPod Battery Powers 200 Hours
Commentary  |  11/10/2005  | 
A $199 product called the iCel 205 Portable Power Supply gives you up to 200 hours of iPod listening enjoyment. It also comes in cheaper and less capable variants.
Cisco Reports Growth In Enterprise Spending
News  |  11/10/2005  | 
Still, the company is cautious about the future. "It's too early to say it's turned around," says chief development officer Charles Giancarlo.
Yahoo Out Of Bidding To Buy AOL: Reports
News  |  11/10/2005  | 
Yahoo has pulled out of the bidding to buy a stake in America Online (AOL), according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the Reuters News Agency.
$50 Million Gambit Pays Off, SAP CEO says
News  |  11/9/2005  | 
SAP CEO Henning Kagermann said a decision to increase R&D spending by $50 million shortly after rival Oracle acquired competitor PeopleSoft last year is paying off with significant growth in market share.
SmartAdvice: Successful Risk Mitigation Requires Pre-Disaster Planning
Commentary  |  11/9/2005  | 
It's worth doing at least some planning for even a relatively small, resource-constrained business, The Advisory Council says. Also, get the skinny on new RFID guidelines for Defense Department contractors.
Initial Forum Reaction To iPod In 2001: It Won't Sell
Commentary  |  11/9/2005  | 
Steve Jobs introduced the original 5-gigabyte iPod, which cost $400, in October of 2001. Sales of the device -- and the influence it has on the design of a wide range of consumer electronics and other products -- are now legendary. But when the player was first announced, the Mac faithful were generally unimpressed. Here are some comments posted during and immediately after Jobs' announcement on the MacRumors forum. Enjoy! "Th
Spyware Has Become A "Global Pandemic" For Enterprises: Survey
News  |  11/9/2005  | 
Webroot says infections continue growing, and pose significant threats to confidential information.
Human Rights--And Wrongs
Commentary  |  11/8/2005  | 
Now that electronics have become as pervasive as, say, cars, similar demands are being made on tech suppliers as on sellers of other consumer products. Procter and Gamble, for one, has long been under a microscope from groups all over the political map, and now it appears it's the computer vendors' turn to be similarly examined.
Homeland Security Funds Advanced Cyber-Security Projects
News  |  11/8/2005  | 
With a shrinking budget, the Advanced Research Projects Agency's cyber-security arm has to leverage internal expertise with that of academia and industry to get research done and have products commercialized.
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