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SmartAdvice: For Global Companies, MPLS Networks Offer Flexibility, Efficiency
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
MPLS is the future in telecommunications after carriers smooth out spotty coverage and variations in feature sets, The Advisory Council says. Also, how to set up a project-management office.
Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
When blame is assigned for the current shortage of U.S. graduates with degrees in engineering or computer science, universities always seem to get away without even a harsh word. But not anymore -- a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution thrashes university presidents for their lack of leadership in this area of vital strategic national interest. Bob Evans wonders if it might be time for the ivory towers to get a taste of some free-market discipline.
A New Approach To Utility Computing, Cisco Style
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Businesses will be able to mix and match hardware from various vendors.
Big Hurdles Remain For VoIP Deployments: Industry Panel
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Network security, regulatory policy, and business service issues are just three of the major issues that VoIP will have to overcome before gaining ubiquitous acceptance.
Verizon Deploys More Fiber, Embraces IP
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Verizon is moving toward an all-IP fiber network so it can deploy more high-bandwidth offerings like the TV service it introduced last week.
Skype Updates Windows VoIP Offering
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Version 1.4 features a range of free Skype-to-Skype options as well as some new paid services.
Cisco Upgrades Nation's Primary Law Enforcement Network
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Moving from a frame-relay infrastructure to IP will help the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System exceed existing FBI security requirements, the vendor claims.
Nonprofit Introducing $100 Laptop For Children
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
The laptop will be distributed free to children as a tool to help them educate themselves.
Retiring Baby Boomers Spur IBM Service
News  |  9/28/2005  | 
IBM is offering consulting services to help companies manage workforce transition.
Online Ad Revenue Reaches Record Level
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
Marketers seen shifting more of their total advertising budgets to online.
Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
News  |  9/27/2005  | 
Even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices, according to a survey of attendees at a trade show this week.
Security Weaknesses Threaten Nation's Air Traffic Systems, GAO Says
News  |  9/26/2005  | 
The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't adequately managed its networks, software updates, and user-access controls, congressional auditors say.
Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac
Commentary  |  9/26/2005  | 
Why I Might Switch Back Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.
Before We Educate The Foreigners, Let's Fix Things At Home
Commentary  |  9/23/2005  | 
My colleague Tish Keefe argued yesterday that she hoped U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez misspoke when he said that fighting intellectual property theft was a top priority for the Bush administration. She notes that there are plenty of other, more pressing issues that should be higher concern for the federal gove
M&T Bank Shores Up Defenses Against Malware
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
Aggressive use of security software and strict data-management policies have helped the bank fight off online attacks.
ZyXEL Wi-Fi Finder And Adapter Provides Two Functions In One, At A Great Price
News  |  9/23/2005  | 
This handy two-in-one device lcoates wireless networks, provides lots of information about them and enables you to connect easily.
Safeguarding IP: Show Them The Money
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
I certainly hope that Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez misspoke (dontcha love these bureaucratic words?) when he announced this week that President Bush has made fighting the theft of intellectual property "a top priority throughout the administration."
SmartAdvice: Oracle Will Merge Application Features--Eventually
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Short term, Oracle's committed to support for JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Siebel apps, The Advisory Council says. Also, a primer on electronic data discovery and building a comprehensive records-management system.
Senate Introduces Funding For Emergency Communications
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
The bill would give states and communities up to $400 million in 2006, increasing gradually to $1 billion by 2010, to improve emergency communications capabilities.
VoIP Over Wi-Fi Poised To Spread Quickly
News  |  9/22/2005  | 
VoIP over WiFi networks, like the one now being implemented in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, could soon spread like wildfire to other municipalities, attendees at the VON Fall 2005 conference in Boston were told.
The Importance Of The Brand
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Lenovo is learning the creating a brand is not as easy as it seems.
Google Said To Be Building Massive Core Network
News  |  9/21/2005  | 
The search-engine giant is reportedly building one of the world's largest core transport networks, to help distribute huge quantities of digital content from massive server farms.
AOL To Roll Out TotalTalk VoIP Service
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
Set to debut on Oct. 4, the service does not require AOL membership.
Microsoft Partners With Qwest On VoIP
News  |  9/20/2005  | 
The resulting service package will combine Internet phoning and hosted versions of server products including Microsoft Exchange server 2003, among others--all geared to small and medium-sized businesses.
Wal-Mart CIO: Hurricane Charlie Paved Way For Katrina Response
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Wal-Mart applied lessons learned from past disasters for its reaction to Hurricane Katrina. But it still needed to improvise.
Lenovo Adds Widescreen ThinkPads With Verizon Broadband Capability
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
The notebooks are Lenovo's first to integrate a high-speed wireless wide area network antenna for use with Verizon Wireless Broadband Access service.
IT Spending To Rise 4.3% In 2006, Forrester Predicts
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
While 53% of respondents expect IT budgets to increase, only 7% foresee decreases.
Low-Cost Security Appliance Fights The 'Insider' Threat
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
ConSentry Networks introduces two low-cost, high-speed security appliances designed to clamp down on worms and viruses.
Cisco Simplifies Its Small Business Network Offerings
News  |  9/19/2005  | 
Networking vendor introduces a line of products, services, support, and financing designed for the small and midsize business market and replaces the command-line interface with browser-based management system.
Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
Commentary  |  9/16/2005  | 
In less than 60 days and for less than $1 million, the U.S. Department of Justice has built a Web site giving access to sex-offender information from 28 states. It's a model of collaboration and cooperation, Bob Evans says, that gives access to information that, while deeply disturbing, is also extremely important.
Battle Of The Internet Giants: eBay, Yahoo And Google
News  |  9/16/2005  | 
The big three Internet giants -- eBay, Yahoo, and Google -- were busy this week, each trying to juice up traffic, gain more mindshare, and ultimately get wealthier.
New Service Lets Wireless VoIP Providers Offer E911 Emergency Calls
News  |  9/15/2005  | 
The new service from Intrado is designed to put VoIP providers in compliance with FCC regulations.
A Government CIO Requests Katrina Aid
Commentary  |  9/15/2005  | 
Freddie Manint, a CIO within the Louisiana court system, is hoping to mobilize the IT community with the following request for Katrina aid:
Value Of Networking, Software Ventures Rise
News  |  9/14/2005  | 
Valuations for communications and networking startups soared by 55% while new software firms leapt 28% in a year, DowJones/VentureOne reports.
Apple Shrinks iPod, Shirks Legal Obligation
Commentary  |  9/14/2005  | 
Apple makes some beautiful products like its new iPod Nano, but its behavior can be ugly. Thanks to the efforts of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we can now see documents that pertain to Apple's legal crusade to find out who leaked its alleged trade secrets
Be Careful What You Wish For
Commentary  |  9/14/2005  | 
I never knew I had such clout with Microsoft. Back in July I wrote a column opining that the company should split Vista into two very different products, one for the corporate world, and one for users like me who are their own tech support departments. The response proves again that old adage about being careful what you wish for, because you just might get it: Sources say Microsoft is prepping not just two,
Memory Lane - The Web Way
Commentary  |  9/13/2005  | 
Hard to believe, but some of the products and services we use every day really haven't been around that long -- but have evolved dramatically in the short time they've been in existence. It's fun once in a while to look back on the origin of things, just to gawk in amazement. For example, one of the most famous commercials in the history of television was the 1984 Superbowl Apple Mac ad, which played on TV exactly once. Y
Businesses Unprepared For Disasters: AT&T Survey
News  |  9/13/2005  | 
Despite high-profile disasters like Katrina, a third of all businesses lack continuity plans.
IT Leaders Spend More, Study Says
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
After years of spending less on IT, world-class organizations earmark more dollars for technology to improve corporate efficiency, a new study reveals.
UPS Working To Restore Networks Felled By Katrina
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
Data that UPS employees and customers use to track package status and deliveries depends on communication networks. More than 1 million packages have been delivered using alternate data-transmission methods.
Schlumberger Upgrades Network Port Security
News  |  9/12/2005  | 
Schlumberger Oilfield Services deploys a security appliance from Lockdown Networks to prevent unauthorized access to its network and to ensure that those that do connect have updated security software installed.
FBI Progress On Enterprise Architecture Management Not Good Enough For Congressional Auditors
News  |  9/9/2005  | 
The FBI is managing its enterprise architecture program in accordance with many best practices, but other needed procedures have yet to be adopted, the GAO says.
SmartAdvice: For Early Adopters, It's All About Smart Execution
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
First decide if a new technology is critical to doing business, then test early so you have time to refine, The Advisory Council says. Also, strategies for effective process ownership.
Landline Phones Are An Endangered Species: Report
News  |  9/9/2005  | 
The traditional, public switched telephone network (PSTN), landline phone is an endangered species, according to a new study by Insight Research.
Langa Letter: GPS Update
Commentary  |  9/9/2005  | 
Remember when cell phones went from fat, bulky, exotic devices to slim, must-have, everyday tools? That's what's happening to GPS technology right now, Fred Langa says.
Business Technology: For SCO, Value Is In The Eye Of The Litigator
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
SCO Group should give customers software that delivers business value, not lawsuits, Bob Evans says.
New Flaw Exposes Cisco Routers To Hackers, DoS Attacks
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
The flaw could allow attackers to take over devices or launch denial-of-service attacks against them.
eBay Reruns 'That '70s Show'
Commentary  |  9/8/2005  | 
The Networking Pipeline is reporting today that eBay is negotiating to by Skype, the hot VoIP company for $2 to $3 billion. So let me think. Auctions. Telephone service. Is this a real business synergy? Or is the same faulty thinking that was behind the "conglomerate" disasters of decades past? Or does eBay just need to unload a few truckloads of cash?
VoIP Fuels Security Appliance Growth: Report
News  |  9/8/2005  | 
Around 75% of organizations that have deployed VoIP solutions intend to replace their current security appliances within the next twelve months.
Homeland Security CTO Says Katrina Led To 'Failure' Of Incident Response
News  |  9/7/2005  | 
Telecommunications problems, power outages, and slowness to update the department Web site contributed to delays getting aid to people who needed it, says Lee Holcomb, CTO of the Department of Homeland Security.
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