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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in April 2007
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Vudu Signs Studios For Speedy On-Demand Movie Service
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The startup's service operates with the company's own appliance, which sits between a broadband connection and the home television.
The Maybe Merry Month Of May
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
This first day of the month of May, popularly known as May Day, can mean different things to different people. For many, it heralds the beginning of spring, when you can finally stop running to weather.com to see if there's yet another late snowstorm coming and can start googling phrases like "weed killer" and "swimsuit sales." For others, especially if they live in some other country, or have certain political views, it means a
Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
How did the animated cursor flaw, which plagued Microsoft users with wave after wave of exploits this spring, get through Vista's security? A Microsoft security guru takes on the question in a blog.
Vonage Ad Appeals To Consumers After Loss To Verizon
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
A new campaign plays on fears that Verizon's court victory over Vonage could enable Verizon to use its patent portfolio against other VoIP providers.
Peter Gabriel Helps Launch 'We7' Free Music Service
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The songs are free of DRM and download fees as long as users are willing to listen to personalized messages that are "grafted" onto the beginning of song tracks and albums.
Verizon Wireless Drives Parent Firm's Profits
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Monday's earnings report shows the firm's revenue for the quarter was $22.58 billion, up 6.4% over the same quarter in the previous year.
Mobile And Wireless Prominent In IBM's Top Five Technology Innovations
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Wireless and mobility figure prominently in IBM's "Next Five in Five," a list of the top five technologies that will impact people's lives in the next five years. The results of this study come from IBM's interal research labs and think tank, as well as input from 150,000 people in 104 countries. So what are the top five technologies to look out for?
Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him, the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business -- as well as position OS X as a competitor in the mobile OS market.
What's The Best Service For A First-Time Blogger?
Commentary  |  4/28/2007  | 
My colleague John Foley asked for some advice on starting a personal blog. He wanted to know which software or service to use. I had two recommendations: The TypePad service if he wants to have a blog that's open to anyone, or the Vox service if he wants to control access to the blog.

Video Illustrates The Sorry State Of The Customer Service Industry Today
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
A company called Vocal Laboratories provides video commentary on a six-minute customer service call to Hewlett-Packard. HP treats its customer rudely, like cattle. They waste the customer's time. They make the customer sit through six minutes of silence, hold music, and pointless questions. Then they abruptly hang up on the poor guy without providing any help at all. But the most shocking thing of all is that HP is not unusual in this behavior. It's a typical call by any customer to any compan
It Depends On What The Meaning Of 'IT' Is
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
My colleague Michael Singer recently posted a compelling item about the work and words of Nick Carr, who burst into prominence four years ago with a Harvard Business Review article called "IT Doesn't Matter" and shortly thereafter a book with the softer title, Does IT Matter? And now Carr is about to release a followup book. I wish Nick much success with his book sales because he's a rema
New Mobile Phones In Japan Use Motion Like Nintendo Wii
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
A new mobile phone in Japan from wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has motion sensors. You can even use the phone to play games through movements, just like the Nintendo Wii game console.
In Search Of Credibility On The Web
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
At a recent get-together of IT community people on Microsoft's campus, the meeting started with an attempt to define Web 2.0, a term some associated with nothing more than marketing fluff. Talk turned from the medium to the message--to the content being generated by wikis, blogs, feeds, and social nets--then to a question about the people generating it all.
Competition Between Fast And Autonomy Intensifies In Government Search Sector
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Autonomy announced that it hired a Federal sales team away from rival Fast.
New Cisco Switch Automatically Adjusts To Applications
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Lets network administrators give priority to voice over IP, video, and other traffic types.
EarthLink Pauses On New Muni Wireless Projects
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The Internet provider said it will focus on current municipal wireless projects as startups and established tech firms such as Google and Motorola also bid on city contracts.
Retiring AT&T CEO Whitacre Lands $158 Million Package
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Randall Stephenson, the company's chief operating officer, has been named to succeed Whitacre.
Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Sun is working on faster switches, more efficient servers, new programming languages, and 3-D virtual workplaces.
Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: What Do You Think?
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
Popular myth -- those tidbits of received wisdom that epitomize the phrase, "Of course it's true, everyone says so!" -- is as evident in the technology community as it is in any other society. The only difference is that this particular community isn't divided by geographical location, but by language -- namely, the language that their favorite computer speaks.
Sun Researches Server Clusters With A Song
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Projects like Search Inside The Music, Snapp Radio, and MailFinder could help researchers understand how to build a better server cluster architecture.
Gartner Predicts 80% Of Internet Users Will Be Active In Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
An interesting report by Gartner this week adds evidence that virtual worlds are here to stay. Gartner says 80% of Internet users will be active in virtual worlds within four years. They also gave advice on how big business should get on top of virtual worlds.

Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware or Xen
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company's investment in its Live-Star project could translate into improved software and security distribution models.
NOAA Sets Up Shop In Second Life
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The Meteora island offers hurricane, submarine, and weather balloon rides, a tsunami-training beach, a planetarium, and other educational experiences.
The Museum of Modern Betas? Del.icio.us!
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
So this friend of mine wants to tell me about his new company, new product. But he's suave, he doesn't just email me, "Hey, Mr. Ur-So-Kool Press Bigshot, write me up." Instead he invites to me to connect to him on LinkedIn. Very subtle. He knows I'll backtrack his email address. I do. I find his company Web site. Product's still in the oven. Hmmm. But I also find it's listed on the
Broadband Service Providers Face Wiretapping Deadline
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC ruled in 2005 that broadband and VoIP providers must be able to facilitate wiretaps used by intelligence authorities so that old eavesdropping practices can be applied to newer technology.
Christian Coalition Calls Net Neutrality A 'Family Issue'
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The Christian Coalition argues that network neutrality is a family issue that should become part of the national presidential debate among Republicans and Democrats.
Siemens Loses Its CEO, Gains An SEC Probe
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The giant engineering firm said the SEC is examining "possible criminal violations of U.S. law."
Carriers, Startups Face Off Over 700-MHz Auction
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC on Wednesday announced technical specifications for the upcoming 700-MHz auction, but put off deciding exactly how the spectrum will be divided and sold off.
Cisco Warns Of Bug In NetFlow Monitoring Tool
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
When the tool is installed, it creates matching default username and passwords, enabling a remote hacker to gain access to the system.
Icahn And Zander Cite Proxy Studies In Motorola Board Battle
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Corporate raider Carl Icahn is seeking a Motorola board seat, while Motorola CEO Ed Zander maintains Icahn's lack of high-tech experience will be a problem.
We The ('Net) People: Who Owns The Presidential Debates?
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Is MSNBC "stealing" the first major political event of the 2008 presidential race, Thursday night's Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama-John Edwards debate in South Carolina?
If E-Mail Is Old School, I Must Be Ancient
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
The rapid pace of change can sometimes make a person feel old. That's how I felt this week when I read about the LG National Texting Championship.
Safari Vs. Firefox On The Mac: Firefox Wins
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
I'm done with my fast-and-dirty evaluation of the Safari as a potential replacement for Firefox on the Mac, and I'm sticking with Firefox. Here's why I stuck with Firefox, and what I still miss about Safari.

IBM, Intel, And Microsoft Tout Technology Future
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Though each company is working on something different, together they paint a picture of life with faster and more ubiquitous computing technology.
The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

In Lompoc, The Network Works But Users Are Scarce
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
In April, the city's Wi-Fi network had 281 subscribers, far below the 4,000 needed for financial viability, officials said.
Put 2008 Presidential Debates On YouTube, Group Appeals
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
An alliance of political groups and technology companies are requesting that the video footage be placed in the public domain, or under a Creative Commons license.
Does A Job Ad Signal The Return Of The Google Phone?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Just when you thought it was safe to deny the existence of a Google Phone, more rumors stir the blogosphere. Late last week Dan Jones at Unstrung pointed out that Google posted a job ad for hardware product manager. So much for Google not getting into the hardware business. Oh, it gets better.
Sun Unveils Video-Delivery Platform
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The system supports up to 160,000 simultaneous, unique video streams at the rate of 2 Mbps for a price of less than $50 per stream.
Survey: 30% Of Businesses Have No Plans To Upgrade To Windows Vista
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Concerns about compatibility and cost are driving less-than-stellar adoption rates, despite security enhancements in the new operating system.
Google, Intel, And Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Money from the three companies has enabled researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a series of Internet-connected robots that almost anyone can build using off-the-shelf parts.
FON Dials It Up With Software-Only Hotspot For Mac, Linux
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
FON, the Spanish share-your-Internet-connection company, is moving fast this week. On Monday it announced a deal with Time Warner Cable that will officially let broadband customers do what some of them have already been doing unofficially -- set up FON routers that redistribute their Internet service via Wi-Fi. Today, FON announced software for Intel Macs and Linux boxes that does the same thing, no router required.
Iridium Satellite Phone Per-Minute Prices To Drop To 15 Cents
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The company said its North American service providers offer prepaid six-month plans. Iridium added that new subscribers can obtain bonus airtime incentives.
Is It An 'Interview' If It's Via E-Mail?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
In working on my story on Wall Street's efforts to reduce data latency, I had several e-mail exchanges with a spokesperson for BATS, a very nice but not overly responsive fellow. After the story came out, he chided me for not checking the facts with him. I pointed out that in the week the story was being edited, I made several attempts to reach him by phone and by e-mail, unsuccessfully. I am reminded of this
Verizon Wireless Unveils A BlackBerry For Americans Traveling Overseas
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, which can automatically detect and switch between CDMA and GSM wireless networks, will be available next month.
How Does RadioShack Stay In Business?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Leave it to The Onion to ask one of the pressing questions of our time: How does RadioShack stay in business? This clever satire ponders how the age-old retailer manages to survive in the era of Best Buy and Amazon.
Will AT&T Market The iPhone To Business Users?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
According to a new report, AT&T may try to market the iPhone to business users as well as consumers. Mobile and enterprise IT analysts, however, are not so cool with the idea.
Pay-Per-Call Provides Alternative To Pay-Per-Click Web Advertising
Commentary  |  4/24/2007  | 
I was introduced to a new industry last night: Pay-per-call. It's like pay-per-click advertising, except the site hosting the ad gets paid when the customer picks up a phone and calls the vendor.

Too Many Writers Spoil The Story
Commentary  |  4/24/2007  | 
Blogger Jason Calcanis recently refused to be interviewed over the phone by Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein. Calcanis prefers e-mail. As Calcanis explained in an e-mail to Vogelstein, "I'm an email guy like dave winer.. And I own my words as well, and often print them on my blog (after stories come out)."
Building In Second Life, With Links To Web Info
Commentary  |  4/24/2007  | 
I spent a pleasant hour or so last night acquainting myself with building in Second Life. I created a simple platform that floats at an altitude of 100 meters above my land. Building in Second Life is actually fairly simple in concept, and simple once you get the hang of it, but in the middle there's lots of fiddly little options to select and buttons to push and it's easy to make mistakes.

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