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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in July 2005
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Cisco Threatens Web Site That Leaked Exploit Presentation
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Cisco sent a cease-and-desist letter to at least one Web site that posted a leaked copy of an exploit technique against its routers. The technique, which Cisco has been working to suppress in court, was demonstrated publicly at the Black Hat security conference.
Telcos Give Bundling Another Try
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Firms are bundling telecom services, including local, long distance and cell phones, Internet, and TV. Will customers go for it?
SmartAdvice: Use Java And WebSphere To Reengineer Legacy Mainframes
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
Set guidelines that ensure easy technology transitions and migrations, The Advisory Council says. Also, to profit from RFID, rethink business rules.
Thousands Expected To Attend In-Person Graduation Ceremony For Online Degrees
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
But it's just a fraction of the 155,000 students currently attending online classes through the University of Phoenix Online
Telcos, Consumer Groups Battle Over Proposed Telecom Law Renewal
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Legislation to renew the Telecommunications Act of 1996 draws praise from telcos--but Consumers Union warns, "Hold onto your wallets."
GAO To Study National Plan To Recycle Computers
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
The nation's stockpiles of obsolete electronics is growing. The components are toxic, and recycling is expensive and difficult.
For Sale: Iraq's Cell-Phone Franchises
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
The contracts are lucrative but hazardous: Employees at the three existing Iraq cell phone operations have been kidnapped, and U.S. military forces have had to jam service to prevent insurgent cell phones from detonating bombs.
Shake 'N Bake Your RSS Feeds
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
FeedShake lets you merge multiple RSS feeds, then sort and filter them. (Via LifeHacker.)
Find Cell Towers With Google Maps
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
The popular blog BoingBoing pointed to a site today that combines cell phone tower location information registered with the FCC with Google Maps, enabling you to look zero in on cities and see where the towers are. Can you hear me now?

Netli Internet Speed-Up Now Includes SLAs
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
Competition is picking up in the market for services that accelerate Internet application response times.
Motorola Revs Up WiMax Effort To Tackle 4G
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
WiMax is shaping up as Motorola's lead dog into the world of 4G mobile wireless communications, even as cell phone service providers struggle to implement 3G networks.
A Rose By Another Name . . .
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
A brief article on TechWeb says Microsoft registered domains related to several potential real names for Longhorn before it settled on Windows Vista. Apparently the company considered calling it "Windows '07" because it registered "" and "" Maybe wiser heads decided that was risky at both ends -- it would mean they'd have to ship it before the end of 2007, which right now doesn't look like a sure thing, and
Venture Money Favors Older Startups
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
Venture capitalists are putting their money in later-stage ventures with some history behind them.
Making Deals, Raising Cash
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
There was a lot of money sloshing around the IT industry last week, with several companies making acquisitions and several others lining up new financing. The buyers were plugging holes in their product portfolios or buying technology. News Corp. bought more than 30 Web sites. Business Objects went for financial-planning and performance-management software. Microsoft grabbed an E-mail-services hosting company. And Broadcom focused on 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology. Meanwhile, venture capital flo
SonicWALL Unveils New SSL VPN Line
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
The new family of appliances is designed to support an unlimited number of concurrent users at no additional cost.
SmartAdvice: Taking Project-Management Efficiency To The Next Level
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
It's possible to leverage many project-management efficiencies without starting a formal office, The Advisory Council says. Also, align goals when trying to reduce product costs with collaborative commerce.
Bye-bye Longhorn, Hello Vista
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
This just in: Redmond, Washington, July 22, 2005 -- Today Microsoft Corp. announced the official name of its next-generation Windows client operating system, formerly code-named "Longhorn:" Windows Vista. And the delivery date of Beta 1, targeted at developers and IT professionals, has been officially pegged for August 3. Get those fingers on the download buttons. Official marketing slogan: "Bringing clarity to your world." Official Web site:
Technology: Can't Leave Home Without It
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
As my wife, Laura, and I head north to Quebec for a vacation in a few weeks, we'll have a traveling companion: a laptop PC. We aren't alone. Lots of people bring their laptops on vacation.
Forty Six Percent Of Consumers Favor VoIP: Survey
News  |  7/22/2005  | 
Forty six percent of people who have heard of VoIP would likely switch to the technology from traditional land lines, according to a survey just released by the National Consumers League
Langa Letter: Converting Audio Files? Let 'Er Rip!
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
Readers suggest more MP3 and audio-file tools than you can shake a memory stick at!
Bill Gates Wants You -- Maybe
Commentary  |  7/20/2005  | 
Bill Gates wonders why more students don't go into computer science. Salaries and job openings are on the rise, he says. Why heck, Microsoft can't hire as many people as it needs, he says. Yesterday Hewlett Packard said it would lay off 14,500 people. Maybe that should give him a clue. Out here in the real world, computer jobs are still hard to come by, and really good computer jobs have just about become extinct since the Internet bu
VoIP Market To Hit $4 Billion By 2010: Report
News  |  7/20/2005  | 
Phenomenal growth will be driven by the pervasiveness of broadband Internet access and the availability of low-cost VoIP services.
Two Versions of Vista?
Commentary  |  7/19/2005  | 
I read over the list of feature that Microsoft is promoting in the first official beta-test release of Windows Vista (the OS formerly known as Longhorn) and was struck again by how little personal interest I had in them: the article mentions "user account protection services, simplified corporate image deployment, secure startup for protecting laptops and a Windows System Assessment Tool to analyze performance." I run two PCs and a co
Sprint Offers Wireless Broadband To Replace Landlines
News  |  7/18/2005  | 
The technology is also designed to offer fast deployment to support temporary or new facilities, and as a backup in case landlines go down.
Beta-Testing the Marketing?
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
The first official beta-test version of Microsoft's Longhorn, the next version of Windows, will omit several of the sexier features the company has been honking its horn about for the last six months -- and that throws the spotlight on what is going to be in the beta -- IT features such as user account protection services, simplified corporate image deployment, secure startup for protecting laptops and a Windows System Assessment
Companies Experience Exponential Rise In Web Attacks: Survey
News  |  7/15/2005  | 
Businesses often ignore the fact that their Web sites are the weakest link in their security efforts.
Make Mine Hardcover, Please
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
Never a fan of science fiction in my voracious book-inhaling youth, I have nonetheless developed a love of sci-fi movies and TV series. I loved The Jetsons as a kid, and more recently, have been an enthusiastic viewer of the entire family of Star Trek spin-offs (TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise),
Businesses Don't Adequately Monitor Network Risks: Report
News  |  7/14/2005  | 
Survey finds that although businesses' primary concern is reducing security risks, they do not have adequate risk-reporting tools in place.
SmartAdvice: ERP Systems Move To Professional Services
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Match ERP tools with your business strategy and chose an industry-tailored system, The Advisory Council says. Also, align network-support staffing levels first with network-management processes and network-planning and -architecture processes, then with technical specialties.
Partnerships Look To Expand Voice Over Wi-Fi
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
VoWi-Fi has the potential to change the way people stay connected at work.
Federal Spending On Telecom To Continue Growing
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
The Department of Homeland Security and E-government are among the drivers that will boost federal telecom spending, according to the government market-research firm Input, which released a study Wednesday.
PanAmSat Beams Live Video To Handhelds
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
Company says demo shows how handheld device users will receive broadband video when mobile devices are fitted with WiMAX.
The Wedding's Off
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
The Web is buzzing this morning with rumors that Microsoft's rumored acquisition of Claria, the Adware Behemoth Formerly Known As Gator, has been deep-sixed by somebody at Microsoft -- probably the first adult who heard about the idea. I liked Ed Bott's take on it best. He quotes the very apropos Stupid Mantra. The big question, of course, is what will happen to the classification of Claria in Microsoft's Anti-Spyware app --
H-1B Visa Exemption Not Ready For Prime Time
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Perhaps America no longer is the land of opportunity for many highly skilled foreigner workers.
WLAN Security Market To Hit $279 Million By 2009: Report
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
The WLAN market is set to grow at an annual rate of 30% per year and will drive significant growth in the WLAN security market, according to a new report.
Sprint Cuts The Cord On E-Mail
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
Company takes on RIM by making it easier to access business E-mail on more wireless devices.
More Than 8,000 Apply For H-1B Visa-Cap Exemptions
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
New government rules allow up to 20,000 foreign nationals with graduate degrees from U.S. institutions to avoid the 65,000 visa cap.
ICANN Approves .mobi Domain For Cell Phones
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
The move is expected to pave the way for widespread use of the Web by cell phone users, although ICANN representatives have said they doubt .mobi websites will be available before 2006.
Skype, Boingo Ally To Provide VoIP Over Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
Under the new arrangement, Skype users can get unlimited access for calls from Boingo's hotspots for $7.95 a month.
Forgive me--I, too, have stolen Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
With word that someone is being prosecuted for stealing Wi-Fi access, I just can't keep it in any longer. Yes, I feel a confession coming on. Do you have a tale of stolen Wi-Fi you need to get off your chest? Read mine, then share your own tale of misbegotten Wi-Fi access. We'll get through this together.
What Wasn't Said, And What Was
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Is Microsoft fiddling its Anti-Spyware product to give a free pass to adware from a company it intends to buy? Microsoft's "clarification" leaves two key points absolutely unclear, but we can draw some conclusions -- one because of what the company didn't say, and one because of what it did say. The "Response to questions about Claria software" posted on the Microsoft Web site on Friday and addressed to "
Feds Accuse Respected Corporate CEO Of Downloading Kiddie Porn
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Bowne & Co. can serve as an example of what companies should do when their CEO, or some other high-powered exec, is charged with using corporate resources to download kiddie porn. Unfortunately, it's a bad example. Bowne is a financial printing firm with 18th century roots. According to our story by John Foley, Bowne's former CEO, Robert Johnson, was charged with downloading child pornography. The
GAO Says More Needed On Public-Health IT Network
News  |  7/11/2005  | 
Among the initiatives examined: the Public Health Information Network, which is aimed at furnishing the nation with integrated information systems.
Sprint To Acquire US Unwired For $1.3 Billion
News  |  7/11/2005  | 
In addition to expanding Sprint's direct mobile service by some 500,000 subscribers, the acquisition will halt US Unwired's attempt to block Sprint's merger with Nextel.
Trendspotting: Managing The Human Factors That Affect Technology ROI
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Consider -- and accommodate -- worker attitudes in implementing a new technology push to make it successful, Rebecca Wettemann says.
Power-Line Play
News  |  7/8/2005  | 
Google, Hearst, and Goldman Sachs invest in technology that has yet to catch on
SmartAdvice: How To Leverage Business-Intelligence Tools
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
Companies want to leverage their investments as much as possible, The Advisory Council says, so consider, what are your pain points? Also, how to structure an outsourcing deal so you can cut your losses early if it's not working out.
Millions See NASA Hit A Comet In Space
News  |  7/8/2005  | 
NASA is bargaining for extra bandwidth for upcoming shuttle launch.
NY Consumer Agency Raises Questions About Verizon-MCI Merger
News  |  7/8/2005  | 
New York State's Public Service Commission has expressed concern that Verizon Communications' proposed takeover of MCI could produce "significant" consolidation in large- and medium-business markets.
Payroll Gains At IT Services Firms Outpace U.S. Economy
News  |  7/8/2005  | 
Companies providing computer-design and related services added 41,400 jobs in the past year, including 5,200 in June.
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