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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in March 2008
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Your Next Blog Aggregation Tool?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At Startup Camp in London, I met Nick Halstead, the erstwhile founder behind, a new blog aggregation site that's been widely discussed in the, um, blogosphere (there's a dog chasing its tail somewhere in that statement).
IPass Offers Dual 3G, Wi-Fi Hotspot Service
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The iPassConnect wireless combo is aimed at busy road warriors with a price plan that starts at $29.95 a month.
Griefers Post Seizure-Inducing Graphics On Epilepsy Board
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Attackers targeted a messaging board for the nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation and posted JavaScript code and flashing computer animation to trigger migraine headaches and seizures in some users.
Nokia Siemens, Sprint Launch LTE Endeavor
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The Nokia service will be rolled out for Sprint's WiMax network, which is being tested in Chicago and the Baltimore-Washington area.
Did Verizon FiOS' Free HDTV Inch Us One Step Closer To Jonathan Schwartz's Free Cars?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
OK. So things went very badly after, in an effort to drum up more business for its fiber-optic based FiOS service, Verizon offered up free HDTVs. After Verizon had a hard time making good on the promise, the bad news spread like wildfire across news sites and blogs. But did the critics miss a bigger "free car" picture that Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz once alluded to?
FairPoint Takes Over Verizon's New England Lines
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The deal was approved in last-minute emergency hearings by utility regulators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Arch Rock Builds Internet Protocol Links Into Wireless Sensors
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
By combining nodes with Internet Protocol capabilities, wireless sensor nets get the same addressing, naming, and management as the rest of the enterprise network.
Security Showdown: OS X Caves First, Vista Buckles (Due To Flash), Ubuntu Wins
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At the 2008 edition of the PWN to OWN security showdown at CanSecWest (Canada Security West) in Vancouver, an Ubuntu distribution of GNU Linux took top honors after Apple's Mac OS X and Microsoft's Windows Vista eventually caved under hacker pressure. All OSes were up-to-date with the latest patches.
WatZatSong: You Tell Me
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
When we held Startup Camp in London, WatZatSong was one of the more intriguing new ventures. Raphael Arbuz' project lets the community help you figure out songs that you know some lyrics to, or a tune stuck in your head.
Energy Camp @ Interop: Calling All Interested Parties In IT Energy Savings
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
If you're an IT professional, solution provider, or someone else with an interest in how to trim back the energy consumption of technology (especially if you're someone with domain expertise to contribute to the broader conversation about "green IT"), then I hope you'll join me and Energy Camp master of ceremonies James Governor (blog) for Energy Camp in Las Vegas on April 28 (just prior to the start of Interop).
CTIA Wireless: An Industry In Transformation Gathers In Vegas
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Look for a wave of new devices and services when the wireless industry gathers for a major industry conference.
Photo: Why To Check Power Supplies Before Use Abroad
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
To everyone in the hotel that I was staying in while in the U.K. for Startup Camp London (including my co-workers), I apologize for almost burning the joint down. Twice. Thankfully, I'm the only one who paid a price for my stupidity: a bit of damaged finish to my brand new MacBook, a blown-up power supply for an Ethernet hub, and one destroyed power strip.
Of Earth Hour And Toasty Undercrackers
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
I'll get to the undercrackers in a moment. First, a word about a global event scheduled for Saturday, March 29, which is either a planet-friendly gesture we can all feel good about, or a misguided act of "environmental indoctrination."
Verizon Wireless' Phones To Feature Loopt's Location Service
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Utilizing GPS features on more than 20 Verizon mobile phones, Loopt will be offered at $3.99 a month and is aimed at the youth audience.
Viral Video Of The Week: Big Dog Beta
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Surely by now you've seen the video of the "Big Dog" -- the amazing quadruped robot designed to serve as a "pack mule" for soldiers in terrains where military vehicles are unable to manage or maneuver. I'll wager, however, you've never seen the original "Beta model" in action?
British Airways Cancels Heathrow Flights Amid Computer Chaos
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
British Airways said it planned to operate 80% of scheduled flights, including all long-haul routes, from Terminal 5 on Friday, after canceling dozens of flights Thursday.
Amazon Flexes Its EC2 Muscle With Elastic IP Addresses
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The company revamps its Web services to be a more fault tolerant way to manage servers that would be available to developers running their own physical servers in a data center.
Leap Wireless' Cricket Adds Two Samsung Phones
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The MyShot camera phone is equipped for use on emerging CDMA Advanced Wireless Services spectrum.
Comcast And BitTorrent Join On Network Management Plan
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The "protocol-agnostic" agreement is drawing mixed reactions from regulators, net neutrality advocates, and others.
Future Mobile Phones Will Have Blazing Speed, Biochips To Diagnose Ailments
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
DoCoMo said it has been able to demonstrate a mobile phone with a molecular delivery system for molecular communication, among other advances.
Adobe Launches Online Photoshop Beta
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The well-known company's entrance into online photo editing and sharing is likely to be felt by competing services like Picnik, Phixr, and Splashup.
For Big Tech Companies, Romance Is In The Air
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Maybe it's the end of Lent and the coming of spring, but despite the gloomy economic prospects there's definitely a spirit of reconciliation and conflict-resolution in the air of the U.S. tech industry.
YouTube Debuts Viewer Analytics Tool
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The service is designed to help video makers understand more about where their viewers are and how those viewers found their videos.
Turn Your Car Into A Traveling Wi-Fi Hotspot
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
AutoNet and Novatel rally around outfitting automobiles with CDMA EV-DO Rev. A technologies, after testing the system in Avis rental cars last year.
802.11n Price Points Drop, Features Rise
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
The inexorable push to higher speed wireless LANs recently took a significant step forward. Wireless access points that support PoE (Power over Ethernet) and cost less than $1,000 are now in the product delivery pipeline.
Bell Canada Hit For Slowing Traffic To Independent ISPs
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
Bell Canada acknowledged that it was "managing" traffic on its network, and claimed it was within its rights.
Squeezing Costs Out Of IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
If your company is looking for ways to squeeze more out of IT these days (and who isn't), server virtualization is one of the moves some organizations are making to find savings. Just ask Kent Kushar, CIO at wine maker E&J Gallo.
Palm Adds Voice Commands For Smartphone Messaging, Browsing
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
Application software from Nuance offers hands-free access to mobile applications and content.
Comcast And Time Warner May Fund Clearwire-Sprint WiMax Effort
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
Reports say that the cable operators would contribute $1.5 billion to help deploy the wide area wireless technology.
Motorola to Spin Off Handset Business
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
CNET News, Associated Press via New York Times
Motorola's Breakup Provides Opportunities For Competitors
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
One of the ripple effects of the Motorola announcement likely will be the continued ascendance of Asian device makers like HTC and UTStarcom.
Under Pressure, Motorola Breaks Itself Into Two Companies
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
The company will split itself into two units in 2009, one to handle mobile phones and the other to handle just about everything else.
Driving Design With AutoCAD 2009
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
My neighbor is building an addition to his house. Lots of details. Lots of draft work. His contractor and architect use the time-honored methods. It looks painful. But it doesn't have to be.
SingleClick Links To Open Source Wireless Database
News  |  3/25/2008  | 
The wireless technology company's adoption of WURFL means content gets served to more than 7,000 mobile devices in a format they can handle.
Bhutan, World's Newest Democracy, Gets Advanced Internet, Cell Phone Deployments
News  |  3/25/2008  | 
A country of fewer than 700,000 inhabitants, Bhutan has resisted change for a long time and only allowed television in 1999.
Xerox Calculates Office Sustainability
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
This is the time of year many of us start thinking and talking about losing weight. Again. Vague goals like wanting to "slim down for summer" are tough to achieve,in part because they are imprecise. (And in part because pancakes make superior butter delivery platforms.) The desire to "be more green" is another vague yearning I'm hearing a lot these days.
Google's 'White Space' Plan Could Still Include A Network
News  |  3/25/2008  | 
Despite losing the 700 MHz auction, Google says a combination of geo-location technology and wireless protective beacons will eliminate any remaining interference concerns.
After A Deal Goes Bad, 3Com Still Works With Huawei
News  |  3/25/2008  | 
The two companies have returned to their old business practices after the collapse of a proposed merger that was slated to be built around Bain Capital Partners.
Qwaq Brings Virtual Worlds To Business Collaboration
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
I had a chance to talk with the CEO of Qwaq the other day. Qwaq makes virtual worlds software optimized for corporate meetings. If you've spent time in Second Life, you know the power of avatars and 3-D spaces to enhance conversations and collaboration. It's hard to explain to people who've never tried virtual worlds, but it's real. Qwaq is an attempt to tailor virtual worlds for business collaboration, adding features that businesses need and taking away features that are harmful.
Justice Department OKs Sirius, XM Satellite Radio Merger
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The deal still has to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission, which is unlikely to go against the Justice Department's decision.
Microsoft Bolsters Its VoIP Strategy With Response Point Service Pack
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
To get small businesses interested in its telephony products, Microsoft also is teaming with several hardware manufacturers for its summer release.
Cincinnati Bell Adopts Virtual Desktops And Thin Clients
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The company finds that desktop virtualization is a better alternative to upgrading hundreds of PCs running Windows 2000.
Yahoo Partners With Tata Sons On Cloud-Computing Research
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
Tata will supply its supercomputer, the fourth-fastest in the world, while Yahoo will contribute technical expertise in Apache Hadoop.
Google Wants FCC To Consider 'White Space' Spectrum For Handset Broadband
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The company said its Android phones could use the largely unused spectrum that resides next to broadcast TV signals.
CNN Creates Citizen Journalism Channels On Web, In Second Life
Commentary  |  3/24/2008  | 
Budding Wolf Blitzers can bring their news reporting talents to the Web and Second Life using a citizen journalism program run by CNN. Reporters post video, photos, audio, and text reports to the beta iReport site, and have the news appear on the site unfiltered. The best contributions appear on CNN itself.
DirecTV Caps Pay-Per-View Movies At 24 Hours
News  |  3/21/2008  | 
The new policy applies only to movies purchased April 15 or later.
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