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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2006
Did You Get Your Free Flash Drive Yet?
Commentary  |  4/28/2006  | 
A while back I posted a story that said Microsoft was giving away free flash drives. There were just a couple of catches, of course -- you had to have a Microsoft Passport account to get one, and they came packed with information on Microsoft licensing. That was two months ago. Has anybody seen their freebie yet? I haven't.
TV Guide To Launch 'Downloads' Column
Commentary  |  4/27/2006  | 
In a sign of the times, TV Guide Magazine plans to launch May 1 a new weekly column called "Downloads," which will talk about the latest TV shows available for download to an Apple iPod video or other media player.
Ethernet Service Revenue Rockets To Nearly $6 Billion
News  |  4/27/2006  | 
Because the technology offers more bandwidth and doesn't increase WAN costs, it's catching on among the SMB crowd in particular, according to a new Infonetics report.
AT&T, Yahoo Jointly Offer VoIP
News  |  4/26/2006  | 
Yahoo Messenger with Voice is now available to AT&T Yahoo high-speed Internet subscribers, as well as Yahoo users in AT&T's 13-state local service area.
Cisco Hooks Up With RIM, Nokia, And Others For Voice Over Wireless LANs
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
The companies need to cooperate to make their products work together.
Brief: Consumers Like TV, Phone, Web 'Bundles'
News  |  4/25/2006  | 
According to a new poll, nearly half of consumers interviewed by a research firm said their households receive a communications bundle from a single company.
A Gadget To Hold (And Charge) Your Gadgets
Commentary  |  4/25/2006  | 
Here's a device that seems custom-made for Personal Tech Pipeline readers: It's a room lamp that charges your many handheld gadgets, while at the same time providing a tidy place to put the charging cables and place your wallet and keys.
vPro: Do Businesses Need An Intel-Branded PC Platform?
Commentary  |  4/24/2006  | 
Can too much of a good thing be more than the customer wants, needs, or even cares about? Intel on Monday unveiled its vPro, a new brand name it will apply to its Professional Business Platform the company introduced only a year ago. Intel now has three platform brands: the highly
The E-Mail Hoax To End All E-Mail Hoaxes
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
I'm repeatedly amazed that I still get e-mail hoaxes, always sent earnestly by relatives who have been suckered in. Give-away hoaxes ("Bill Gates"), sympathy hoaxes ("Little Girl Dying of Leukemia"), warning hoaxes ("Stay Out of the Mall on Halloween!"), chain letters ("Hawaiian Good Luck Totem"), urban myth e-mails ("Flesh Eating Bananas") -- I'm sure you've gotten your share.
Pearl Jam, The Doors Use Technology To Bypass Traditional Music Delivery
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
Technology and risk-taking innovators in popular music are taking content delivery where it hasn't been available previously, and in a manner that large record labels sometimes have had to be dragged kicking and screaming. Seattle-based Pearl Jam has led the way in providing instant online access to each of its concerts, and now legendary '60s band The Doors is following its path by making about two dozen previous
If You Can't Say Something Nice About Steve Ballmer, Come Sit By Me
Commentary  |  4/21/2006  | 
In my ceaseless search for Truth and Enlightenment that I can pass on to you I look at a lot of Web sites and blogs. I totally revere folks like John Perry Barlow and Dave Winer who think deeply and independently about computing, and nerds like Fred Langa and Steve Gibson absolutely who understand this stuff. But I have to admit to a secret vice: gossip. I love gossip. But satisfying dish about the high-tech world can be hard to find. Well, I just found some. A lot, in fact.
Is Your PC EC?
Commentary  |  4/20/2006  | 
Technology is what makes it possible for us to study the environment and discover what helps and hurts our ecosystems. Computers and telecommunications help us analyze and spread that knowledge. In many ways, computers are helping us save the planet.
Data Center Power And Cooling Consortium Long Overdue
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
One of the hottest topics in the world of IT this past year has been the growing difficulty businesses are experiencing in trying to keep up with the demand for computational throughput without creating unmanageable data centers where the cost of running and cooling the equipment exceeds the cost of hardware acquisition. The formation of The Green Grid organization announced on Wednesday, could be a first ste
Treo 'Hollywood' Spotted In Wild
Commentary  |  4/19/2006  | 
A blurry photograph of the low-cost, no-antenna, 3G/GSM version of the Palm Treo, code-named "Hollywood" and likely to be named the Treo 800p, started circulating today on the Web. Is it real?
AMD, HP, IBM, Sun Want To Make It Easy To Be Green
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
Tech vendors launch an effort to make it easier for IT professionals and data center managers to create more energy-efficient data centers.
IT Employment Reaches Record High In U.S.
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
An InformationWeek analysis of government labor data shows 3.472 million Americans employed in IT through the end of the first quarter.
All The News That's Fit To Rate?
Commentary  |  4/18/2006  | 
Society today seems to be sending a mixed message regarding its desire for "expert" information versus the opinion of anyone who's inclined to give one.
Steve Does a Jobs on Woz
Commentary  |  4/18/2006  | 
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, has written an autobiography. He asked Steve Jobs, his old HP co-worker and Apple co-founder, to write the preface, but, Woz told The AppleInsider that Jobs said no. "I don't know why" he declined, Woz told the Insider, "because I'm nice to him, so there must have been something he didn't like."
Navajo Nation Gets Networked
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
The Navajo Nation has received the first installment of a Cisco-provided IP network that will bring communications and distance learning to more than 250,000 Navajos.
Minorities Are Leading Adopters Of Broadband, IP Services: Report
News  |  4/18/2006  | 
English-speaking minority groups, such as Asian-Americans and Hispanics, are the leading adopters of broadband and IP communications technologies such as VoIP.
Apple Computer Is Secretly Plotting Global Domination. Or, Maybe Not.
Commentary  |  4/14/2006  | 
Apple Computer's recent forays into Windows compatibility and Intel hardware architecture raise some interesting questions about the strategic direction of the company. This could simply be what Apple says it is: By supporting Intel hardware, Apple might simply be looking for price/performance that the PowerPC architecture no longer provides. And the introduction of Windows Boot Camp, which lets Intel-based Macs boot Windows, could simply be a way to win market share by recruiting Windows user
Speed Bumps Await Cisco In App Accelerator Market
News  |  4/14/2006  | 
The market for application acceleration jumped more than 30% last year to $1.2 billion, and it's expected to grow even faster this year, according to Gartner. The potential isn't lost on Cisco Systems, which is trying to elbow its way back to the No. 1 spot.
At Cray, Good News Is Hard To Savor
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
What else could possibly go wrong at Cray? Three weeks ago, the beleaguered supercomputer company mustered about as much fanfare as it could in its arcane corner of the technology market by unveiling a new product road map that promised to slice bloated engineering costs while boosting performance benchmarks for its multimillion-dollar machines. The announcement was supposed to show how Cray, beset by financial losses, key executive departures, a $1.50 stock price, and a pileup of acquired platf
CA Buys Job-Scheduling Software Provider Cybermation For $75 Million
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
The latest purchase by acquisition-happy CA is designed to help evolve job scheduling to cross platforms, as well as link in with predefined business policies to prioritize, manage, and execute jobs based on how important they are.
Sycamore Networks Acquires Eastern Research
News  |  4/13/2006  | 
The $92 million deal adds Eastern's network access gear to Sycamore's optical switches.
Microsoft Is Pushing Your Leg
Commentary  |  4/13/2006  | 
Gartner Group analyst Todd Kort has discovered that the "Direct Push" email Microsoft built into Windows Mobile 5.0 to take on RIM and Good Technology isn't really push at all. It's fast pull, he tells Unstrung. The differences may be minor. But they're $ignificant.
Brief: Skype Scoops Up Two VoIP Startups
News  |  4/11/2006  | 
Skype is buying VoIP company Sonorit Holding and its U.S. subsidiary, Camino Networks, for 700,000 shares of eBay stock, worth about $27 million.
Stupid, Stupid, Stupid
Commentary  |  4/10/2006  | 
A while back I wrote that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should declare all software and business-process patents void and invalid, and stop issuing them. The Netflix suit against Blockbuster shows why in a nutshell. Netflix actually has a patent that covers the idea of renting DVDs online. Some innovative idea, huh? And as if
Lucent Agrees To Merger
News  |  4/10/2006  | 
The combined companies expect annual revenues of more than a billion, but security concerns have U.S. senators asking questions.
North America Lags In IM Use
News  |  4/10/2006  | 
A study by ComScore Networks found that 37% of North America's online population used IM in February, compared to 64% in Latin America and 49% in Europe. And while MSN Messenger is the most popular option worldwide, in the U.S. the market remains wide open.
Sky-Click: Contact Centers For Skype
News  |  4/7/2006  | 
Sky-Click can create Skype-based call centers that can reduce the cost of call center operations. Is it right for your business? We take a close look.
ChoicePoint For Our Safety?
Commentary  |  4/7/2006  | 
Why on earth would the federal government choose to sign a multimillion-dollar contract with a company that just a year ago suffered a data breach affecting almost 150,000 Americans? I don't know, but that's exactly what it has done.
No Laptop Left Behind
Commentary  |  4/7/2006  | 
I wrote recently about Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child initiative, and snarky responses to it from Intel's Chairman Craig Barrett and Microsoft's Chairman Bill Gates. Then I went snarky myself on Intel's Community PC platform for India. I'm happy to report two follow-ups: Negroponte took the high road in his res
Study: Child Porn Isn't Illegal In Most Countries
News  |  4/6/2006  | 
A review of child pornography laws in 184 countries shows that more than half have no laws that address child pornography.
Nigerian E-Mail Scam Price Tag: $5,000 Per Victim
News  |  4/6/2006  | 
Half of victims of the fraud admit losing $5,000 or more, far more than any other online scam, a government report reveals.
The Census Bureau Goes Wireless
News  |  4/5/2006  | 
PDA-toting 2010 census takers will collect household information and beam it up to Uncle Sam through a cellular network.
Verizon IM: Good For Your Business?
News  |  4/5/2006  | 
Verizon's new hosted IM service has a great price point and plenty of security features, but comes up short in several areas.
Symantec: IM Is The Achilles' Heel Of The Enterprise
News  |  4/5/2006  | 
When it comes to security, the enterprise's Achilles' Heel is instant messaging, and, overall, IM-related threats are increasingly dangerous because IM has become nearly ubiquitous in both corporations and the home.
Apple Offers Windows On Macs
Commentary  |  4/5/2006  | 
Apple's new Intel Macs can now officially run Windows. The computer company today introduced a public beta of Boot Camp, software that lets licensed users of Microsoft Windows XP install Windows on their Intel-based Macs. The result is a computer that can boot Mac OS X or Windows. The Internet community has been feverishly trying to create just such a chimera since Apple announced its Intel-based Macs in January. One site,
Sun's New Blade Server Can Mix And Match Blades And Operating Systems
News  |  4/4/2006  | 
The servers are designed for the telecom industry, which is Sun's largest vertical industry market.
Congress Argues Net Neutrality
News  |  4/4/2006  | 
At issue is how much control telecom companies should have over the Internet content on their public networks. Some say they should be able to give priority to content providers who pay the most, while others say such practices will block out new technologies and companies.
Casting About
Commentary  |  4/4/2006  | 
Last week those of us who opine in the InformationWeek Daily newsletter each day reached something of an internal milestone: our 100th Daily news podcast. That's 20 weeks' worth of audio versions of our flagship newsletter (all of which are available here).
Bossidy Sees Leadership Quality In Dell, Missing In Bush
News  |  4/4/2006  | 
Business management guru and ex-Honeywell CEO says adaptability is a key quality for organizations to advance.
Video Blogging
Commentary  |  4/3/2006  | 
It's been interesting to watch the entertainment industry adopt digital technology. Growing up in Los Angeles, I spent many years close to those in the industry who would eventually go on to spur adoption. Recently, I discovered a new form of digital expression.
How To Open Up The Floodgates
Commentary  |  4/3/2006  | 
Do you wish you had more junk mail? Not enough spam clogging your E-mail box? Do you want a wider variety of marketing solicitations? Well, help is on the way! When you sit down to do your 2006 federal income taxes, make sure you do a good job. We wouldn't want any erroneous information going out to the reams of buyers lining up in hopes of buying what the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) calls "the map to your life."
JPEG Patent Holder Drops Suit Against Xerox
News  |  4/3/2006  | 
Both sides remain quiet on the terms of the settlement.
Which PDA Should I Buy?
Commentary  |  4/3/2006  | 
I need a new PDA. And I need your help. My old Palm Vx is getting flakier and flakier. Now almost every time I open it up I have to do a reset and retrain the digitizer, because the touchscreen loses the settings that tell it what object on the screen I'm selecting. I've looked at the current Palms, and the current crop of Pocket PCs, and I can't make up my mind. If you have one of these, would you mind answering three questions? (1) Would I really use fancy features like WiFi access and a buil
The Fine Line Of Ethics: When Should It Be Crossed?
Commentary  |  4/3/2006  | 
There's too much gray in ethics, you think? Defining that fine line between right and wrong troubles many executives. Just ask those at Morgan Stanley, the investment bank embroiled in a lawsuit involving business and IT executives who accepted gifts from a vendor.
Are There Some Things Man Was Not Meant To Know?
Commentary  |  4/2/2006  | 
Listening to genetics pioneer Craig Venter describe the future of biological engineering, any reasonable person has to ask whether to move forward with this new industry.

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