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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in July 2007
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I Loved My iPhone But I Had To Return It
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
As you may recall, I finally snagged an iPhone a few weeks ago. At the time, I was less than pleased with my experience. I had problems syncing my iPhone with my PCs. Many of you wrote in with some advice on how to better connect my Jesus-phone with my laptop and desktop. While I appreciated your help, it wasn't enough. After 10 days, I returned my iPhone.
Intel Sees 2008 As Breakout Year For WiMax
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Intel's carrier partners Sprint Nextel and Clearwire plan to offer the technology as a wireless broadband alternative to the 3G cellular networks.
MPack Banking Crimeware Infects 500,000 Computers
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The hacking toolkit has been going for $1,000 on the Russian underground and researchers say it's now in the hands of 58 cybercriminals.
Google, Others Mull Next Steps In Race For 700 MHz
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The rules, which are expected to be published within a few weeks, immediately drew praise from some quarters and scorn from others.
Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
7 Apple Briefs
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Learn to control iTunes using keyboard shortcuts that work in any app, take decent photos with your iPhone, and make a Wi-Fi hotspot on the fly using just your MacBook and a hard Internet connection. Also: Eminem sues Apple (again), the Adium IM client reviewed, and more.
Automakers Can Learn From Computer Industry's Mistakes
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Software is bringing cool new things to the auto industry, advancing such features as telematics and safety. Automakers also are trying to collaborate more on software standards, but it may not all be great news.
Terrorism In Second Life? Give Me A Break
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Here in America, we have our share of stupid journalism, but we have trouble competing in the global market. For evidence, I point you to an article in The Australian about terrorists in Second Life.

Comcast, County Clash Over Billing Dispute Policy
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Montgomery County officials are concerned that the cable company's arbitration policy limits consumer action including class action litigation against Comcast.
Are Printers Hazardous To Your Health?
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
OK, now you have another reason to stay away from the office: According to the Queensland University of Technology, laser printers can be hazardous to your health.
Aruba Certifies Apple iPhone For Enterprise
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Aruba said it tested the iPhone's WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security, roaming, VPN connections, and portal authentication combined with public shared key encryption.
Mozilla Issues Fixes For Two Firefox Bugs
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Mozilla releases Firefox version 2.0.0.6 right before it's expected to announce new security tools at this week's BlackHat security conference.
Alcatel-Lucent's Quarterly Results Are Down
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The company reported a net loss of 336 million Euros ($460.3 million) in its second quarter, including a 3.6% drop in revenue.
Poll: Internet Explorer, iPod, Windows 95 Among Most Influential Tech Products
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft products captured four of the top five spots in the poll, which asked techies to name what they think are their industry's most influential products of all time.
Twitter Turns Drivel To Cash
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Web 2.0 ventures have discovered a simple formula for success: encourage users' conceit that what they say, do, and think is interesting enough to share with others. This is how Twitter, a hot startup, turns a stream of drivel into cold, hard cash.
Apple iPhone Out, BlackBerry 8800 In At NASA
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone "not to be enterprise ready."
Daddy, I Want A Gold iPod!
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
For the geek who has everything: An 18K gold iPod Nano, with accompanying golden docking station, remote control, and earbuds. The vendor, Xexoo, removes the case of the device, and replaces it with one made from 100 g of gold.

Survey: Many IT Managers Are Planning To Replace Wired Nets With 802.11n
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
In spite of the professed enthusiasm by the surveyed IT managers for 802.11n, the survey found big gaps in their understanding of the technology.
Congressmen Call For More Answers On Lax DHS Security
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Two congressmen are questioning the Department of Homeland Security's CIO and CISO about information security in the agency's research arm and in the office that deals with contractors.
Just How Successful Are Google's Mobile Initiatives?
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Japan's No. 2 carrier, KDDI, today said it plans to offer a new mobile e-mail service powered by Google's Gmail. This is the latest in a long line of Google-related mobile announcements. While Google's mobile onslaught continues, this question remains: Just how successful are the search giant's efforts?
Hacking The Vote
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Anyone following the controversy over whether voting machines promote or threaten our ability to determine who, exactly, has won a particular election was probably not surprised by the initial results of California's review of voting systems released last week. The question is: will this latest evidence that such machines can be easily manipulated force much-needed changes before the next major election?
Verizon Wireless To Acquire Rural Cellular For $2.67 Billion
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
The transaction illustrates the latest trend of major mobile phone service providers trying to grow their subscriber rolls.
Rumors Flying About Potential New Apple Products
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Rumors are flying about products that Apple might introduce soon including a sixth-generation iPod, possibly as soon as early August. Other possibilities: A redesigned iMac, or ultrathin notebook. The rumors were triggered by two little words at last week's Apple earnings conference call: "Product transition."

Boosted By Wireless Growth, Verizon Reports Increase In Profits
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Net income was up 4.5% to $1.7 billion while revenue rose 6.3% to $23.3 billion.
'Buy It Now' Lives On - For Now
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
A Federal District Court judge in Virginia on Friday ruled against patent troll MercExchange's request for an injunction that would prohibit eBay from using its "Buy It Now" feature. It's a victory in the ongoing struggle to fix the badly broken patent system, but it doesn't address the real issue: MercExchange should never have gotten a patent for something as simplemindedly obvious as "Buy It Now" in the first place.
If AT&T Ran The Highway System...
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
If AT&T ran the highway system, things would be different. Only AT&T-approved cars would be allowed on the roads, all of which would be toll roads. Drivers would have to prepay their tolls, based on the estimated number of miles they expected to drive. Those who drove fewer miles than estimated would get no refund; those who drove more would be charged for the overage at a higher rate.
Cisco Sticks Its Foot In The Data Center Door
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
New data center appliance houses network, server, and storage resources as virtual services.
Xbox 360 Overtakes Wii In U.S. Searches
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
While Microsoft's Xbox surpasses the Wii in overall sales volume, Nintendo's Wii has posted the fastest growth in market share.
Qwest's Nacchio Sentenced To Six Years, Fined $19 Million
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
The former CEO was convicted of illegally acquiring stock profits while at the helm of the telecommunications company.
The Cleaning Up Of Second Life
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Once upon a time, virtual environments weren't just places where you went in order to meet people in a more interesting environment than that of a chat room or an online whiteboard. They were places where you could reinvent yourself: slay dragons, look like Marilyn Monroe, be rude to your elders. Now, things are different -- at least, in Second Life.
Tiny Projectors Are A Really Big Idea, Really
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Motorola's announcement that it will work toward building tiny video projectors into its handhelds seems to have been widely misunderstood - at least by the commenters who have responded to the story. "Bad idea"? Come ON, people, this is huge! Who needs this? Everybody who has a cellphone, starting with me.
Microsoft Offers Tools To Calculate ROI For Unified Communications
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Many businesses are reluctant to deploy unified communications technology because the return on investment is hard to prove.
8 iPhone Briefs
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Here are some of the best information, tips, and links about the HarryPotter-phone. Learn how to troubleshoot problems, customize ringtones, use non-Apple headphones with the iPhone, and more.

Second Life Geek Meet With Voice
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Our first Geek Meet using the native Second Life voice technology exceeded expectations two-fold: Keystone Bouchard gave a fascinating presentation on architecture in virtual worlds. And the voice technology worked like gangbusters.

Microsoft Gives New Detail Of Services Transformation
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Microsoft Strengthens Advertising Chops With Deals, New Research Group
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Corning Bends Fiber To Improve Networking 100 Times
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Verizon teamed up with Corning to build nanoStructures as rugged as copper cable but with all of the bandwidth benefits of fiber.
Second Life Gambling Ban Gets Mixed Reaction
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Some residents feel cheated by rules that ban wagering on games of chance or real-life organized sporting events if they provide a payout in Linden Dollars.
Sprint, Google Hook Up For WiMax Services
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
For Google, the deal provides access to Sprint WiMax subscribers who will presumably be eager to use the Web-based tools on the go, at no or little cost.
New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.
Verizon Supports Some 'Open' Measures Of 700-MHz Auction
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
The company shifts its views as FCC commissioners prepare for a vote next week to set ground rules for the auction.
Apple's Quarterly Earnings Show The iPhone Revolution Is Succeeding
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
AT&T sold more iPhones in their first weekend than any other device, and Apple says more consumers will buy iPhones in the first quarter of sales than bought iPods in their first seven quarters.
Google Earth Enterprise Gains Web Browser Integration
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The updated software will allow IT administrators to embed a 2D view of Google Earth data into any Web application and to make enterprise mashups.
Businesses Can Benefit From The Boom In Consumer Digital Content
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
There isn't a clear-cut leader in the business mobility market, but there many opportunities for vendors that can taken the lessons learned from the consumer market and apply it to business.
Qantas To Offer In-Flight Web Access In 2008
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The announcement follows a series of setbacks and delays for in-flight Internet access, brought on by technological hurdles and high initial prices.
Smartphone Plus Projector Equals Road Warrior Heaven
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
Imagine you're on the final legs of a never-ending road trip. You arrive at the 100th client meeting that week to deliver the PowerPoint you slaved over for weeks. Just as you set up, the projector in the room goes dead. What do you do? Why not use the projector on your smartphone?
S.F. Power Outage Ripples Across The Web
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
Power fluctuations Tuesday set off a chain reaction that took down a data center that hosts Craigslist, Six Apart's blog sites, Technorati, Yelp, and others.
AT&T's iPhone Sales Disappoint Stockholders -- EVERYBODY PANIC!
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
AT&T yesterday reported robust early sales for the iPhone -- but not robust enough. Investors expected more, and the price of Apple stock dropped as a result. But the figures represent a single datapoint, with no bearing on the long-term outlook for the iPhone.

Make Your Own iPhone From Paper Or Sand
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
Like to have an iPhone of your own, but think they're too expensive? You can wait until the price comes down. (We'll call this the "less desirable" or "not crazy") option. Or you can do as these hobbyists have done and make your own, from paper or from sand.

Vodafone Shareholders Vote To Keep 45% Stake In Verizon Wireless
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
Vodafone chairman Arun Sarin argued the ECS proposal would have put the company's dividend policy in jeopardy.
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