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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in August 2006
AOL Launches Broadband Client Beta
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Dubbed Open Ride, the client enables users to see all their tools on one page versus previously having to toggle back and forth between windows.
Katrina's IT Legacy
Commentary  |  8/30/2006  | 
This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. In case there was any danger of forgetting the ability of Mother Nature to wreak unspeakable havoc, she highlighted the date by bringing forth Hurricanes Ernesto and John.
Google, Microsoft Online Apps Raise Security Questions
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
While the trend toward Web-based apps could send the traditional desktop computing model packing its bags, IT managers are just beginning to ponder how the security landscape might change.
Why I Wish I'd Brought My Laptop On Vacation
Commentary  |  8/25/2006  | 
I'm a vacation zealot--I'm all about unplugging, leaving the office behind. But this time, I took it too far.
Unified Communications Hype Rings Loud At VoiceCon Conference
News  |  8/24/2006  | 
As this week's conference in San Francisco wraps up, one thing is clear: The buzz level of unified communications doesn't match reality.
TV, TV Everywhere
Commentary  |  8/24/2006  | 
While editing this week's personal tech story about all the ways you can get video on your mobile device, I was surprised. I knew mobile TV was moving forward by leaps and bounds, but I had no idea there were so many different options available right now.
Workaholic Lawsuits?! It's Time To Get A Grip
Commentary  |  8/24/2006  | 
So being the "Type A" person that I am, last night I just had to read a story posted on our site headlined, "Always Connected To The Office? [yup, that's me] Troubled Times Ahead." Intrigued, I read on and came to a screeching halt at this statement:
Perpetually Restructuring Sun May Have It Right This Time
Commentary  |  8/23/2006  | 
If you work as a reporter covering technology long enough, you begin to see that certain companies seem to remain in a perpetual state of recovery, reorganization, and rebirth. Sun Microsystems has been one of those businesses. I've lost count how many "new Sun" stories have been written by me and others over the past five or six years. However, revenue numbers published by IDC on Wednesday indicate that Sun
Tools Rule! Make Mine A Hammer, Please
Commentary  |  8/22/2006  | 
I'm thinking this can be an Olympic-style event at the next Black Hat. One recent year, I hear tell, some of the conference attendees headed out to the desert to skeet-shoot those discs a certain annoying Internet service provider insists on sending to 3 million of its closest friends.
The Ticker
News  |  8/21/2006  | 
Technology and business news briefs.
Laptops: Do We Really Need 'Em?
Commentary  |  8/18/2006  | 
Ask business travelers if they're willing to do without their laptop computers, and they'll say "No." Unless they're from New York or Philadelphia, in which case the "no" is preceded by a string of expletives that'll blister the paint off a Chevy Camaro. Business travelers believe they need their laptops to get work done on the road. Ask a business traveler which they'd prefer--cut off a hand or give up the laptop--and most business travelers would go for the hand. After all, t
Laptops: Are We Forever Attached At The Hip?
Commentary  |  8/18/2006  | 
Countless travel and business plans have been thrown into disarray with the recent terror plot disruption. While the worst of the security clampdown may be over, now it looks like it was just a glimpse of things to come, and sooner or later, a lot of us may be traveling without our laptops. I don't know about you, but I can barely imagine hiking through Logan airport or O'Hare without that computer bag slun
Google Coy Over Use Of Facial-Recognition Technology
News  |  8/17/2006  | 
Ostensibly to be used for its Picasa desktop photo-organizing tool, the technology from Neven Vision could change the way users search for images on the Web.
Notebooks, Blade Servers Propel Solid Quarter For HP
News  |  8/16/2006  | 
Many HP products in the third quarter reached "their highest levels in years despite this being typically a slow seasonal quarter," says CEO Hurd.
Are Apple's New Open Source Efforts Enough?
Commentary  |  8/16/2006  | 
During the week of WWDC, Apple announced a handful of initiatives at revitalizing their open source development efforts. In particular, the company stated that Darwin on Intel would be released as open source (something the company had thus far refused to do), and also said that Apple would be putting up a hosting system for Mac open source projects. This follows on the fairly public breakdown between Ap
Estacado Tweaks Push-To-Talk For Wireless
News  |  8/15/2006  | 
A new open-source protocol will help reduce the bandwidth needed for push-to-talk services, which may help push-to-talk gain more corporate adherents.
Dell's Computers Are Hot, But Not The Company
Commentary  |  8/15/2006  | 
Consumers are always looking for the next "hot" technology. But when at least one Dell computer reportedly burst into flames at conference in Japan, and the company on Tuesday recalled more than 4 million laptop batteries used in its systems, it put an undesired spin on the company's image in the market and highlighted a potentially hazardous situation.
A Glimpse Into The 'Web 3.0'
Commentary  |  8/14/2006  | 
In the very near future, your PC will learn what you want by tracking your online activities and what you do at your computer, then use the Internet and the interests of other people like you to try to fulfill all your wishes. Limited glimpses into that future are possible now. One example that came to my attention today is a new service called ("Tourbus" using the URL
Steve Jobs Lives!
Commentary  |  8/11/2006  | 
In the days following Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, a number of online publications expressed concern that Steve Jobs was sick. This isn't simply wild speculation brought on by lack of a world-shaking product announcement: Two years ago, Jobs
Would You Rather Buy Things With Your Phone Or Your Finger?
Commentary  |  8/10/2006  | 
To me, paying by finger sounds a lot cooler than paying by phone. But there's also an inherent creepiness to biometric identification--this is your flesh that's being measured by that machine, after all.
Fiber-To-The-Home Usage Skyrockets In The U.S.
News  |  8/9/2006  | 
Verizon has 81% of the market.
Video, VoIP Translation Service Eases Language Pain For Patients And Doctors
News  |  8/8/2006  | 
The video and voice service allows doctors in California hospitals to quickly get translators to communicate with non-English-speaking patients.
Commentary  |  8/8/2006  | 
The number of blogs has increased 100-fold since 2003 to 50 million. In addition, the total has doubled every six months for about two years, according to a new report quantifying the blogosphere by Technorati. In July alone, there were 1.6 million blog postings daily, or 18.6 per second. Two blogs were created each second of each day.
Sprint Nextel Adopts WiMax
News  |  8/8/2006  | 
Sprint Nextel is working with Intel, Motorola, and Samsung to develop a nationwide network infrastructure, along with chipsets for computing, portable multimedia, interactive, and consumer electronic devices.
Ad-Blocking Using Apple's Web Clip
Commentary  |  8/7/2006  | 
Among the many intriguing features of Mac OS X Leopard that Apple previewed on Monday, Web Clip is the most subversive. Web Clip allows anyone to create an Apple Dashboard widget--essentially a small application--that displays a portion of any Web page. As demonstrated, a user can select a specific area of any given Web page, such as a video feed from a Web cam, without showing any other part of the originating Web
Summertime DRM Blues
Commentary  |  8/6/2006  | 
Last week I got around to perusing across my local library's newsletter and read that they would be offering "downloadable eAudiobooks." I was thrilled at the new prospect for doing some summer "reading," or what passes for such in my busy household. At least I was thrilled, until I read the fine print.
Net Neutrality Hyperbole Stumbles On
Commentary  |  8/3/2006  | 
I'm sitting here listening to the steady drone of machines digging holes so that Verizon can install fiber optic cables in my neighborhood. It's not bothering me directly, but it reminds me of another cacophony that's got me ruffled.
Apple MacBooks, Wintel Notebooks Vulnerable To Wireless Attack
News  |  8/2/2006  | 
Plans by two hackers to demonstrate wireless vulnerabilities at the Black Hat Conference shoot "a pretty big hole in the 'bulletproof' image Apple is trying to project," according to the SANS Institute.
Cell Phones Dirtier Than Toilets
Commentary  |  8/2/2006  | 
An article appearing in the UK newspaper, The Daily Mail, points out that cell phones are a perfect breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, and typically have "tens of thousands of microbes living on each square inch." The reason is that they come in constant contact with our hands, faces and mouths -- in fact are exposed to more bodily bacteria than toilet seats -- and then are kept warm by the
Verizon's Earnings: Wireless Eats Traditional Telecom For Lunch
News  |  8/1/2006  | 
Businesses have been shifting to wireless, VoIP, and considerably more e-mail use, hurting Verizon's traditional base.

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