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Content tagged with Infrastructure posted in September 2006
An HP Blow-By-Blow
Commentary  |  9/28/2006  | 
As soon as Patricia Dunn walked into Room 2123 of the Rayburn Building here on Capitol Hill, camera shutters went off like machine guns, all directed at the former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman, her curt dark hair, and her beige pantsuit. But the throngs of paparazzi stalking dark- and beige-suited business types alike before (and during, especially at the short lunch break) today's congressional hearings on Hewlett-Packard's probes into boardroom leaks and so-called "
To Boldly Go Where No Mascara-Wearing Captain Has Gone Before
Commentary  |  9/28/2006  | 
We'll forgive you if you want to start Cory Doctorow's latest column with the last paragraph on the second page. That's where Cory starts to talk about how Hollywood is unprepared to deliver video that takes advantage of the new high-definition TV screens. Most existing video looks terrible in high-def, and directors don't know how to use the new medium correctly. I laughed out loud at Cory's
Service Promises One-Stop Voicemail Pickup
News  |  9/28/2006  | 
The service aggregates multiple incoming phone lines into one number that customers can access through a Web interface.
Consumer Tech In IT? Why Not?
Commentary  |  9/27/2006  | 
This notion of consumer-meets-corporate isn't new, of course. An InformationWeek cover story from March talked about how companies can tap into the energy of consumer technologies from MP3 players to cell phones. Mostly this hasn't happened; security concerns and tightened IT budgets, not to mention good-old-fashioned fear of the unknown, have conspired against this. But the wall between the two is sta
Demo Report: Internet Consumer Technologies Creeping Into Enterprise Software
News  |  9/26/2006  | 
The ascendancy of "social networking" applications with possible business uses is in contrast to Demo 11 years ago. Now the new ideas are flowing based on Internet-based technologies.
Bill Would Require U.S. Agencies To Disclose Theft Of Sensitive Data
News  |  9/25/2006  | 
The House panel chairman warns of stiffer legislation if the administration's procedures aren't forthcoming.
HP Sponsors Privacy Award
Commentary  |  9/25/2006  | 
The International Association of Privacy Professionals and HP are sponsoring the 2006 IAPP Innovation Awards to recognize "three organizations that demonstrate high levels of integration of privacy protection throughout their entire business process." Yes, HP, the company that hired outside security firms to violate the privacy of its bo
Where Did HP Cross The Line?
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
It's been another week of revelations about Hewlett-Packard's investigation into media leaks. Another week of unflattering details about illicit spying tactics, phony personas to dupe the press, and even e-mail tampering. With everything that HP reportedly did in its zealous probe to find a media leak, exactly where did company executives cross the line? How big is the gray area of what's legal and what's ethical? And what's just way over the line?
Quad Core Should Be In Intel Developer Forum Spotlight
Commentary  |  9/22/2006  | 
Expect quad-core microprocessors to be heard from early and often at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) next week in San Francisco. Intel could even further accelerate the timeline for the industry's first quad-core x86 microprocessors with a formal introduction in front of press and friends. After getting strong reviews for its recently introduced Core architecture-based processors for both PCs and servers, Intel may see an opportunity to seize momentum from rival Advanced Micro Devices.
If E-Voting Is A Gamble, Could Web-Based Voting Be In The Cards?
Commentary  |  9/20/2006  | 
This election season, you may be one of the approximately 60 million American voters who will be casting a vote using new computerized systems at your local polling place. However, in the future, you might be casting your vote using your home PC and the Internet. That's what some U.S. election officials predict.
IT Lobbyist Named Federal Cybersecurity Chief
News  |  9/19/2006  | 
ITAA Vice President Gregory Garcia becomes the first assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications within the Department of Homeland Security, a post that's been vacant for more than a year.
Startup Aims To Harness Specialized Chips To Make Supercomputing Affordable
News  |  9/18/2006  | 
PeakStream is working on using graphics chips and other specialized processors to boost performance for scientific and technical applications up to 20-fold.
Searching Inward: Newest Splunk Version Indexes Log Data From Multiple Servers
News  |  9/18/2006  | 
Other improvements include command-line APIs and needing 40% less storage capacity for indexing and storing original log and IT data.
BladeLogic Enhances Data Center Management Platform
News  |  9/18/2006  | 
Release 7 adds functionality designed to allow timely and accurate application releases across the network.
Mobile VoIP Set To Surpass Fixed Net Telephony
News  |  9/18/2006  | 
Although mobile phone VoIP is a rarity today, it's expected to generate more revenue in the U.S. as early as 2012.
Accused VoIP Fraudster Sought As Fugitive
News  |  9/15/2006  | 
The feds issued an arrest warrant for Edwin Pena for violating his bail conditions. Investigators are searching for the man, who's been missing since last month.
Apple's Future Phone
Commentary  |  9/15/2006  | 
It's pretty much a given these days that Apple is hard at work on a mobile phone. The company won't acknowledge this, but it's hard to find an Apple rumor site or financial analyst covering Apple that hasn't speculated about the iPhone or whatever the fabled device eventually ends up being called. Despite its studied coyness, Apple in
Desktop Defectors
Commentary  |  9/12/2006  | 
Recently, I wrote a story about the vulnerabilities of Web applications in which Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, predicted, "Security will drive people to centralized applications." That's in fact what I'm hearing from some of the attendees at the 2006 InformationWeek Fall Conference. The difficulty
Decisions, Decisions
Commentary  |  9/7/2006  | 
I don't know about you, but whenever I go to Dell's, HP's, or any other major PC manufacturer's Web site to look at new computers, I get a little overwhelmed with all the decisions I have to make. Do I want a home office or a small business computer? Media center capabilities or a machine that's all business? And those are the easy questions--after that come the big decisions: CPU and memory.
No Joke: Microsoft Seeks To Patent Verbs
News  |  9/6/2006  | 
The software giant's system aims to help students learn to conjugate verbs in a foreign language. But mum's the word on how it plans to use the technology.
Bungling Bureaucrats And IT Debacles
Commentary  |  9/6/2006  | 
Just when you think the business and IT incompetence of bureaucrats can't get any more profound, they come roaring back to exceed our expectations.
Cisco, Microsoft Reveal Long-Awaited Network Access Control Plans
News  |  9/6/2006  | 
The result should be a breakthrough in integrated IT security when the whole package arrives in the second half of next year.
Minneapolis Goes Wi-Fi, With WiMax To Follow
News  |  9/5/2006  | 
Suppliers BelAir Networks and US Internet say the deployment will cover a 54-square-mile sector of the city.
Iridium Satellite And Raytheon Provide Failsafe Communications During Emergencies
News  |  9/1/2006  | 
Raytheon's ACU product, designed for continuity during emergencies, can interconnect as many as 24 communications devices simultaneously over a range of satellite-, radio-, cell-, and land-based networks.

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