News & Commentary
Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in February 2008
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World Of Warcraft, The Virtual Playmaker
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Forget the old business models of enterprise software and services, Vivendi's video games branch just posted one of its best margins ever, all thanks to a bunch of druids, goblins, orcs, elves, and fairies.
Solar-Powered Gadgets Gone Goofy
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
I'm as eager as anyone to see more products that can be fired up with solar power. But some gadgets should never have made it off the drawing board -- they're just too goofy. Like these.
XM, Sirius Extend Their Merger Plans
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Other huge media mergers, including News Corp.'s $5.6 billion buyout of Dow Jones, may quell FCC fears that a combination will constitute a monopoly in satellite radio.
IBM Network Prototype Promises 1-Second Movie Downloads
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The technology uses photons of light, instead of electrons, to transmit information at 8 trillion bits per second.
3Com Reworks Its Huawei, Bain Acquisition Terms
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Shareholders are scheduled to meet again March 7 to address the concerns of a federal government panel.
Guinness World Records Validates Longest Document Scan
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Truper 3600, a low-volume production scanner, processed a continuous single-page document for one hour, 17 minutes, and 22 seconds.
iPhone Predictions: Improved E-Mail And Texting
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Apple should improve the e-mail and texting capabilities of the iPhone and find a way to provide tactile feedback when users touch a key, a usability expert says.
Fight The Power: Greening Your Linux Systems
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
Top 6 Words And Phrases To Use In Internet Discussions To Prove You Are A Jerk
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Are you a jerk and do you want people to know it? In real life, it's easy to prove you are a jerk: You can talk loudly during movies, cut in line at Starbucks, or tell new mothers their babies are ugly. But on the Internet, it's harder to prove you're a jerk.

Sprint "Simply Everything" Changes Wireless Landscape
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
$100 a month for all your mobile voice, data, and messaging needs? Heck yeah! But this is more than a good deal, it's a step toward a new way of using wireless - for your company and your customers.
IBM Envisions Clustered Modular Storage
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company also plans to introduce in the next couple of quarters solid-state drives that will work alongside hard-disk drives.
Are Online Ads Losing Value?
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
For an industry that saw its revenue rise 25% last year to a record high, the online advertising business is in a bit of a funk. Mostly that's because of Google, which has seen its dominance in Internet ads erode, slightly, and watched its share price slide by 38% in the last four months.
Opera Trades Yahoo For Google In Mobile Browser
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
Google gains a huge advantage by becoming the default search option on the Opera Mobile and Opera Mini start pages.
Don't Discount The Threat Of Web 2.0 Terror
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
We've recently seen silly articles hyping the threat of terrorists using virtual worlds and other Web 2.0 sites for recruitment, planning, and training. And we've seen equally silly articles ridiculing the idea. The truth is that Web 2.0 tools are great for terrorism, for the same reasons they're great for legitimate projects. That doesn't mean we should shut down Facebook and Second Life to protect ourselves from instant, horrible death. But we do need to rationally evaluate possible threats.
Sprint Offers 'Simply Everything' For $99.99
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
Despite the excitement of an all-inclusive phone plan, CEO Dan Hesse apologizes for the $29 billion charge related to integrating Nextel's network and spectrum.
Congress Tries To Drink Big Oil's Milkshake
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
If Daniel Plainview weren't fictional, he'd be howling bloody hell. Congress on Wednesday passed a bill that would yank $17.65 billion in tax breaks to oil companies and reallocate the savings to fund tax incentives for wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies.
Join Us For GridTalk Friday On The Future Of Motorati Island
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Join us Friday to look at one of the most active communities in Second Life: Motorati Island. The sponsors, headed by Pontiac, recently turned the island over to the United Spinal Association. Renamed Motorability, it's headed up by Patty Streeter, who will be our guest for GridTalk noon SLT.

Nortel Loses $844 Million, Plans More Job Cuts
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Some 2,100 jobs are targeted for elimination and an addition 1,000 positions will be shifted overseas, the company said.
Apple Set To Release iPhone Developer Kit
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The set of software tools is expected to include a compiler and hooks to an operating system's application programming interfaces for connecting to a variety of services.
Researchers Transmit Optical Data At 16.4 Tbps
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The Bell Labs research, presented at the OFC/NFOEC conference, brings 100 Gbps transmission closer to reality.
Dell Builds Out Web-Hosted Support Services
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Among the services Dell plans to make available are patch management, anti-virus, anti-spam, online backup and recovery, asset discovery, asset tracking, e-mail continuity, e-mail archiving, and image management.
Startup MetaRAM Offers Low-Cost Server Memory
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Servers and workstations with the technology are scheduled for release by the end of March from Appro, Colfax, Rackable, and Verari.
Technology And The Big Foot Problem
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Michael Specter's article "Big Foot," in the current issue of The New Yorker, examines some common assumptions about carbon emissions and how technology is going to have to step on the gas to tackle the climate change problem. It's worth a close read.
Apple's Mac OS X Vulnerable To Networking Exploit
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
A security researcher at Digit-labs.org posted a proof-of-concept exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in the way the Apple implements IPv6 support.
Covad Tries Its Hand At Silicon Valley Mesh Network
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Starting with the city of San Carlos, the company hopes to revive interest in the floundering Wireless Silicon Valley project.
If We're Headed Into A Recession, What Will Happen To IT?
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
IT budgets and tech staffs were clobbered during the recession of the early 2000s. But how would they survive this time around? Hasn't most of the "fat" already been slashed, or has much of it returned?
Hockey Fans Turn To Web To Follow NHL Trade Deadline
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Hockey fans might be getting less work done today than usual, thanks to a combination of Tuesday's NHL trade deadline and the Web.
Verizon Wireless To Release Network Specs For Outside Devices
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Version 1.0 of the specs will let others create mobile devices that are compatible with Verizon Wireless' network even if they are not offered directly by the carrier.
Verizon To Spin Off Northern New England Lines
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of the spinoff, to be called Northern New England Spinco.
Cisco To Include Windows Server With Networking Equipment
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
The new product aims to simplify the challenging task of managing branch IT infrastructure in remote offices.
Google Buys Into Undersea Cable
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Google will join with five other companies to invest in a 10,000 km trans-Pacific submarine cable to carry data to and from Asia.
VMware Launches Two Data Center Products From France
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The company puts its Lifecycle Manager and Site Recovery Manager products in place to compete with disaster recovery specialist PlateSpin.
Novell Acquires PlateSpin For $205 Million
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The purchase lets Novell focus on data center management and its desire to capture a bigger piece of the growing virtualization industry.
Salesforce.com Unveils Adobe AIR Tools
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Developers will be able to build new AIR/Flex applications and sell them on Salesforce's AppExchange marketplace.
Photo-Sharing Startup Expanding Internationally
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Tiny Pictures received $7.2 million in investment funding to build its Radar Gallery service, which allows instant sharing of pictures and videos taken with camera phones and camcorders.
Virgin Atlantic's Biofueled Flight Plan Is Coco-Nuts
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
A Virgin Atlantic 747 topped off its fuel tank with the oil of 150,000 coconuts and flew from Heathrow to Amsterdam Sunday. The odor of pina coladas hanging over the economy cabin should have been a giveaway -- this idea is a stinker.
N.Y. Times Unveils Mobile-To-PC App
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
ShifD eliminates the need to save information separately on multiple Web-enabled devices.
Pakistan Blocks YouTube, Puts Blinders On The World
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Users had a hard time accessing YouTube after Pakistan directed the country's ISPs to begin blocking the site for distributing offensive content.
Cisco Unveils 40-Core Networking Semiconductor
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The QuantumFlow Processor includes a programmable chipset and can perform up to 160 simultaneous processes.
Radar Networks Readies Hot 'Twine' For Public Beta
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The company reports that 30,000 people have joined the waiting list for the information-management software, which may become available next week.
Cell Phone Spy Extracts Deleted Texts, Data
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
BrickHouse Security sells a small, portable SIM card reader that it says can retrieve deleted messages and data from cell phones.
Redline Provides Wireless Broadband Gear To Rural Chile
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Redline said it will install backhaul gear to expand wireless broadband in five cities in the south of Chile for Comunicacion y Telefonia Rural S.A. of Chile.
After Deal Collapses, Huawei Says Normal Business With 3Com Will Continue
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The complex deal was frowned upon by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., and the three deal participants withdrew their application before CFIUS formally nixed the acquisition.
Hacker's Poised To Beat Apple's Latest Version Of DRM (aka C.R.A.P.)
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
One of the hotter memes over the weekend had to do with a cease and desist letter that the ever-litigious Apple sent to the operators of the Hymn Project. For those looking to remove Apple's copy protection technology (officially "FairPlay," but I call it "C.R.A.P.") from iTunes Music Store (iTMS)-bought content, the Hymn Project has been the go-to site for utilities that have managed to stay one
Join Us For InformationWeek Live Tuesday With Clay Shirky
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Our guest, New York University's Clay Shirky, will discuss his new book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power Of Organizing Without Organizations, which describes how social networks like MySpace and Digg are allowing new kinds of collaborative action.

Microsoft Readies 'First Look' At Silverlight 2
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
The upgrade includes a set of built-in core controls such as TextBox, CheckBox, RadioButton, as well as layout and functionality controls.
'Exaflop' Supercomputer Planning Begins
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
Backed by $7.4 million in funding, computer scientists aim to narrow the gap between theoretical peak performance and actual performance through new architectures.
2.4 Million Jobs, Economy Boost Seen From National Broadband Push
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
Connected Nation compared its estimates to Kentucky's broadband efforts, which resulted in an 83% rate of growth in broadband adoption in the state.
RealNetworks Acquires Game Distributor From Macrovision
News  |  2/22/2008  | 
The Trymedia purchase follows last year's acquisition of Game Trust.
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