Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
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.
Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
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.
Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac
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
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
Safeguarding IP: Show Them The Money
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."
VoIP Over Wi-Fi Poised To Spread Quickly
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.
Microsoft Partners With Qwest On VoIP
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.
Business Technology: Registry Web Site As Model Of Cooperation
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.
Apple Shrinks iPod, Shirks Legal Obligation
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
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
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
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
IT Leaders Spend More, Study Says
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
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
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.
Langa Letter: GPS Update
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.
eBay Reruns 'That '70s Show'
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?