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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in June 2005
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Florida's IT Office Vanishes
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Lawmakers fail to fund IT agency, eliminating 26 positions, including that of the CIO.
Hearings Spotlight Asia's Push To Adopt IPv6
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
In congressional hearings on the Internet upgrade to IPv6, much attention was focused Thursday on the presumed lead over the United States by Asian countries, which are boldly moving to the new Web technology.
Self-Service Kiosks Help Hospital Reduce Patient Wait Times, Paperwork, And Anxiety
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
The system, which supports multiple languages, has cut check-in time by 25% for first-time patients and 75% for return visits.
Metro Ethernet Market Set To Skyrocket
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
Survey says metro Ethernet equipment sales reached $1.7 billion last year, and will continue to rise at a 26% compound annual growth rate through 2009.
Microsoft Eyes Buying Controversial Adware Maker For $500 Million: Report
News  |  6/30/2005  | 
The New York Times reports that Microsoft has been in negotiations to buy Claria for half a billion dollars.
Is THIS The New iPod Phone?
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
The Apple sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups actually created by Apple fans with Photoshop. Sometimes, however, even the most unlikely rumors -- such as, for example, that Apple would use Intel chips -- turn out to be true. This image, posted on the Apple Insider site, may or may not be from Motorola a
New Council Formed To Promote Adoption Of Smart Cards By Health-Care Sector
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Consumers could use technology to verify insurance coverage and benefit eligibility.
Congress To Study Slow Pace Of Migration To IPv6
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Internet Protocol Version 6, an Internet upgrade, promises a virtually limitless number of Web addresses and tighter security. Congress aims to find out why the United States hasn't yet embraced it.
Telecoms Target The Hispanic Market
News  |  6/29/2005  | 
Providers see gold in the 43 million members of the Hispanic population.
Professor Sees iPod As A Potential Tool For Cybercrime
News  |  6/28/2005  | 
Miniature digital players can swiftly and effortlessly download immense amounts of information.
Level 3 Expands Emergency 911 For VoIP Services
News  |  6/28/2005  | 
Responding to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recently-announced E-911 requirements, Level 3 will extend emergency number coverage to more than 70% of the United States this year and will add emergency calling features to its VoIP Local Inbound service.
Living The Future
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
Through the miracles of modern technology I am posting this using a Wi-Fi connection on a bus rolling down the Massachusetts Turnpike, headed for New York and the C3 Expo. (It's the mobile connectivity that's the future. Going to a tradeshow seems seriously retro.) 8:24 a.m., Leaving Boston I'm in seat 9B on the LimoLiner's 8 a.m. run from Boston's Back Bay Hilton to the New York Hilton on 6th Avenue. It's a bus fitted out like an airline shuttle -- leather seats, a restroom and gal
Opinion: Supremes' Rulings Leave Geeks Singing The Blues
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
A pair of Supreme Court rulings this week -- one condemning file-sharing technology, the other killing cable Internet competition -- deliver a vicious one-two punch to innovation and intelectual freedom.
Google And Yahoo Don't Block Porn, Government Report Says
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Filtering technology used by Microsoft's MSN search engine more effectively blocks porn than Google and Yahoo, according to the Government Accountability Office.
RSS Feeds Beef Up Longhorn
Commentary  |  6/26/2005  | 
It's a great idea. RSS processing may actually be something that belongs in the operating system. (As opposed to Web browsers and media players, which I'm still mad at Microsoft about.) If you use an RSS reader to you know how handy it can be to effortlessly collect information from blogs and Web sites. Microsoft says it's going to build an RSS reader into Longhorn, and add a special database and API
Can Cisco Systems Sell A Smarter Network?
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Company needs to convince customers of application-oriented networking's value
Can Cisco Sell Its Smarter-Network Vision?
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Some Cisco customers are unclear about application-oriented networking and what it means to them.
Orders For Big-Ticket Computer Wares Slip
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
The value of new orders for durable computers and related products in May fell a seasonally adjusted 7% but remains 21.5% higher than a year earlier.
Coalition Urges Feds To Allow Municipal Broadband Networks
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
High technology companies, local governments, and consumer organizations urge Congress to pass legislation that will ensure that local governments are allowed to provide broadband network access to their residents and businesses.
Peer-To-Peer File Sharing Comes With Risks, Says FTC
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Benefits include speed and bandwidth conservation, but FTC doesn't make it clear whether they outweigh risks such as data security, spyware, and viruses.
EMC And Sun Reveal Interoperability Partnership
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
The agreement with EMC will allow Solaris 10 customers the choice of using data-management and storage technologies from either company.
AT&T Unveils Plans To Expand Global Business Network
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Although it's still in the process of being acquired by SBC Communications, AT&T announced Thursday that it is making a sweeping expansion of its global networks, including IP VPN-based services that are aimed at business customers.
Traxi Unveils Software To Integrate VoIP, Enterprise Apps
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Traxi has unveiled a new member of its Volcrum product family designed to integrate VoIP with enterprise applications.
SmartAdvice: Smart Backup Storage Tips
Commentary  |  6/22/2005  | 
Electronic vaulting promises an end to shipping backup tapes, The Advisory Council says. Also, vendor software generally improves over time, but homegrown software needs to beware those "one-at-a-time" changes.
Broadband Growth Boosts Dwindling Telecom Revenue
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
Revenues from traditional telephone services are negatively affecting telecom providers but will be partially offset by the growth of broadband, according to an In-Stat report released Wednesday.
Coming Soon: Free Long-Distance Cell-Phone Calls Via Skype
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
A Norwegian company has developed technology that links cell phones with Skype Technologies' VoIP service in a configuration that enables users to make worldwide calls at local rates.
IT Workforce Becoming More Male
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
The percentage of women in the IT labor force fell last year to 32.4% from a high of 41% in 1996, according to new ITAA research.
MCI Releases VPN For DSL Access To Networks
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
MCI has revealed two additions to its Secure Interworking Gateway Services suite designed to help companies secure access to their networks.
Chambers Sketches A Grander Role For The Network
News  |  6/21/2005  | 
Cisco's application-oriented networking product line will add intelligence to the network, giving it a greater integration and security role.
Bush Taps Agriculture CIO To Fill Same Post At Homeland Security
News  |  6/21/2005  | 
Scott Charbo replaces Homeland Security's first CIO, Steve Cooper, who left in April to become the American Red Cross' top business technologist.
Another Use For Wi-Fi: Finding Stolen Laptops
News  |  6/20/2005  | 
Skyhook Wireless has developed technology that uses Wi-Fi to find stolen mobile devices--a positive step in the war against identity thieves and other cybercriminals.
Business Technology: Asinine Florida Law Undermines Efforts
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Perhaps it's time for us to initiate some public advocacy concerning outdated and asinine laws that run counter to our own anti-cybercrime efforts, Bob Evans says.
Longhorn vs. OS X?
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
The results of the Longhorn poll don't give me the feeling that a lot of you are eagerly awaiting the release of Microsoft's next version of Windows. In fact, it sounds like at least some of you are looking for -- or have already found -- alternatives. Staying with existing Windows versions was mentioned, along with Linux, and Apple's OS X:
  • " I run XP Pro at work, on a 2003 Citrix box frequently, and a lean install of Fedora Core 3 at home. Guess which is easiest to keep clean and
SmartAdvice: Match Project Tools With Business Objectives And Company Culture
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
Project-management tools can offer real help for delivering projects on spec, on time, and on budget, The Advisory Council says. Also, RFID can help your bottom line if you use feedback promptly.
New Software Language Helps Computers Better Understand Nuanced Commands
News  |  6/17/2005  | 
The process specification language should make computers much more useful in manufacturing, federal researchers say.
Report: Citizens Yawn At Feds' E-Gov Initiatives
News  |  6/16/2005  | 
Agency heads, CIOs, and program mangers face increased obstacles to widespread acceptance of the Web for government initiatives, a Forrester study says.
In-Flight Broadband Flies Globally, But Stalls In U.S.
News  |  6/16/2005  | 
Boeing expects to start selling cellular phone services to airline passengers next year, but many U.S. airlines and passengers oppose the use of cell phones on commercial flights.
Ericsson Targets Mobile 'Triple Play' Services
News  |  6/16/2005  | 
Ericsson has announced that it will expand its Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) portfolio into additional frequency bands in preparation for the expected consumer demand for mobile triple play services.
Langa Letter: How To Build Better Passwords
Commentary  |  6/15/2005  | 
Stronger passwords don't have to be hard to create or use, Fred Langa says. Here are tools and tips that can help.
Skype Users Connect Via Santa Cruz Networks' API
News  |  6/15/2005  | 
Users of Skype Technologies VoIP service are being offered a free video, voice, and data-sharing service developed by Santa Cruz Networks.
Developers Form Group To Improve Software Quality
News  |  6/14/2005  | 
With software bugs costing American businesses $60 billion, the Software Economics Council aims to develop best practices for industry.
How Clever Is Too Clever?
Commentary  |  6/14/2005  | 
You begin to get a feeling for how complex Longhorn is going to be when it takes one Microsoft engineer to explain what another Microsoft engineer really meant when he tried to explain a new feature. The feature wasn't even in Longhorn, but in the future version 7 of Internet Explorer. Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president of Microsoft's security group, at the MS Tech Ed conference last week in Orlando, revealed some details of a "low
Phishing, Pharming, And Spyware Targeting Federal Agencies
News  |  6/13/2005  | 
A report from the Government Accountability Office says federal agencies should do more to limit potential damage from these cyberthreats.
Pennsylvania Creating Deputy CIO Posts
News  |  6/13/2005  | 
Deputies will serve "communities of practice," which promote cross-agency cooperation in planning and implementing common IT goals.
Live HDTV Broadcast Over DSL In First-Ever Demo
News  |  6/13/2005  | 
Broadcam's IPTV set top box was used in the world's first demonstration of delivering a live HDTV broadcast over a DSL network.
SmartAdvice: Standardize Backup-And-Restore Storage
Commentary  |  6/10/2005  | 
Deploy backup tasks to underused resources for best efficiency in an enterprise backup system, The Advisory Council says. Also, there's a high threshold for moving PowerBuilder developers to Java.
WiMax Moves Closer To Reality
News  |  6/10/2005  | 
Major telecom carriers are taking small but important steps toward making large-scale, high-speed wireless networks broadly available to businesses and residents in select metropolitan areas.
Lots Of Buzz Around Consumer-Oriented Triple-Play Networks
News  |  6/10/2005  | 
Triple-play services will primarily be aimed at consumers looking to do cool new things with video on their mobile devices.
Pennsylvania CIO Becomes A Top Aide To Governor
News  |  6/10/2005  | 
As deputy chief of staff, Art Stephens will continue to have general oversight responsibility for IT.
Networking This Week: VoIP, Triple Play Take Center Stage At Supercomm
News  |  6/9/2005  | 
Should Supercomm be renamed VoIPFest? VoIP and triple-play services are where all the action is, and that's where the news was at the show.
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