News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in April 2008
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Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Interop: Rat's Nests Of Cables No Match For Panduit's Intelligent Patch Panels
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
I'm sure competing solutions exist (or maybe not -- you tell me). But this year's Interop marks the first time I've ever seen an intelligent patch panel: one that drives the visibility into your network another layer deeper than the visibility that might normally end with your routers and switches. The offering -- a Best of Interop finalist -- comes from Panduit, and about the only thing I can imagine comi
The Internet And The Father Of Acid
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
I've been racking my brain all day to come up with an excuse to blog about the death of Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD. Turns out Nick Carr already beat me to it!
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
HP Reveals Memristor, The Fourth Passive Circuit Element
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The memristor will enable a new era of nanoscale electronics, scientists say.
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Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
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Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Best Of Interop 2008
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Each year Interop presents its "best of show" awards. This year featured several products from Cisco (some developed in-house, some acquired), and the usual lineup of upstarts (Palo Alto Networks, Mellanox Technologies, Splunk, Spigit). Cisco managed its share of awards, most notably for its
Interop: Alcatel-Lucent Claims APIs And Scalability Are Comm Server's Key Differentiators
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Here at Interop in Las Vegas, a handful of exhibitors who also are Best of Interop finalists are waiting to find out if InformationWeek's editors have singled them out as winners or not. One of them is Alcatel-Lucent, who is here showing off its XML API-enabled Omnitouch Advanced Communications Server (ACS). Via those APIs, director of product management Peter Anderholm (pictured below left) claims that enterprises can, for collaborati
Under Pressure, Senate Clears Runway For Air Traffic Control Modernization
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Breaking up an impasse as bad as rush hour over La Guardia Airport, the U.S. Senate this week is set to pass a reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration that may finally pave the way for modernizing the nation's antiquated air traffic control system.
HP Wields Blade Workstations For Mechanical CAD
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hardware includes an advanced network software utility that allows designers working in 2-D or 3-D environments to work over a standard network.
Web 2.0: Clay Shirky On Wikipedia, Sitcoms, And Gin
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor at NYU who studies social media, gave a stirring talk at Web 2.0 Expo last week on the Web 2.0 revolution -- how it's harnessing all the brainpower made available by the societal changes of the past 60 years. That time was, until recently, wasted watching mindless television, but now it's being put to work on Web 2.0 projects, some profound and some silly, but all significant.
'Lost' Fans Serve Up Surprising Lessons About Web 2.0 For Business
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When I set out to do an article about fans of the TV show Lost and how they're using the Internet, I didn't think I'd learn anything about using Web 2.0 for business. I thought it was an article our readers might find entertaining, and that I'd enjoy doing, and nothing more than that. And yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of business lessons popped out, about self-organizing groups and how they can get results without traditional, top-down management.
iPhone Officially Coming To Canada
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Apple's exclusive deal with Rogers Communications is likely to put an end to unlocked models in the country.
It Could Be 15 Years Before We Know What's Really Green
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
It's the eve before Interop here in Las Vegas and we've just wrapped up Energy Camp where, as can be seen from the user-decided agenda, the conversation went deep and wide on a variety of subjects related to the reduction of information technology's carbon footprint. Two key takeaways for me were (1) many so-called "green" remedies have a dark enough side to them that they may not be as green as we think they are, and (2) it may t
Interop: RMI Launches Low-End Processor For Network Appliances
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The chip targets entry- to medium-level gateways, WAN optimization appliances, content-security appliances, access points for wireless LANs, and other appliances.
Interop: nSolutions Launches NOVA Change And Configuration Management Appliance
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Apple's Success Brings More Patent Lawsuits
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
During the first four months of 2008, Apple was named as a defendant in eight patent infringement lawsuits, up from five during the same period in 2007.
Treadmill Desk: It's Crazy - But Is It Crazy Enough To Be A Good Idea?
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
A treadmill desk is a desk that doesn't have a chair, but instead has a treadmill in front of it. The theory is that you stand up and walk while you work or play on your computer, getting exercise while going digital. When I first heard this idea, I thought the idea was completely insane. But the more I hear about it, the more it make sense to me, and I think I'll give it a try.
Interop: Dell Preloads Server For Software Appliance Market
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The company expects the CR100 to be used mostly for e-mail, Web security, and infrastructure management, such as for acceleration, monitoring, and management.
Interop: Microsoft Goes Green With Efficient Code, Employee Bus Line
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to work more closely with independent software developers to help them build applications that don't draw CPU cycles unnecessarily.
Apple Updates iMacs Amid Booming Sales
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
In addition to faster processors, the new iMacs are rated EPEAT Silver and meet the Energy Star 4.0 requirements for power consumption.
Nokia's New Phones: Built For Comfort And Speed
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The mobile phone maker announced three phones with features including facial contours, tap-sensitive response, and background noise cancellation.
The $3 Billion Electricity Bill
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
How much are you paying to run your servers? A study on server electricity consumption says the utility bill for U.S. servers came to nearly $3 billion dollars.
AMD Launches Business-Class Chips
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Advanced Micro Devices introduced seven processors designed for business desktop PCs, and plans to later offer chips for business notebooks.
Web 2.0: Changing Affiliate Marketing
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Sometimes you just need to change the rules to stay on message. So when a panel of affiliate marketing experts and consultants convened Tuesday to discuss their industry and how it can evolve and mesh with Web 2.0 ideas, we had to know more.
Nokia Continues To Dominate Mobile Phone Market
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Mobile phone suppliers shipped a total of 291.5 million units during the first quarter, up 14.3% from a year ago.
Apple's 3G iPhone Coming June 9, Analysts Say
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
"D-Day for 3G" is expected at Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote, where analysts also expect announcements about a refresh of Apple's laptop line by August and a new iPod line by September.
Lenovo To Launch 11-inch Consumer IdeaPad On Tuesday
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The U110 is the smallest member of Lenovo's IdeaPad product line that is aimed at the U.S. consumer market.
Web 2.0: Confabb Provides Directory And Ratings For Conferences
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
Most Web sites for conferences are pretty poorly designed. Simple tasks, like scrutinizing the schedule or finding the show hotel, take too long and are too painful to accomplish. That's one of the problems that Confabb, a directory, rating service, and social network for conferences, is looking to solve. I met with Confabb at Web 2.0 Expo, and got the lowdown from the company chairman.
Honda's Asimo Robot To Conduct Detroit Symphony Orchestra
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Asimo and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will also appear before hundreds of Detroit high school students to spur their interest in music.
First Impression: FriendFeed Is The Social Network For Power Users
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
FriendFeed is absent in body from Web 2.0 Expo this week, but present in spirit. It's coming up quite a bit in conversation, even though the company isn't exhibiting or speaking here. FriendFeed is a social network for power users -- it aggregates feeds from your Twitter account, blog, Flickr, LinkedIn, and 31 other types of social services and presents them in a single feed for your friends to read. I decided to give FriendFeed a try and share my first im
Desperately Seeking: Green Tips And Tricks (Big Or Small) That You Think Can Make A Difference
Commentary  |  4/25/2008  | 
We're just a few days away from Energy Camp, which we're holding on the day before Interop in Las Vegas. We've got close to 100 people signed up and we're anticipating quite a few walk-ins. So, we're on target in terms of the event's size and intimacy. But even if you don't plan to be there, I've established a way for you to participate virtually by sharing your own energy saving tips and tricks (or just green tips in g
Apple Releases Beta 4 Of iPhone SDK
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The latest build includes Xcode integrated development environment, an interface builder, frameworks and samples, compilers, and the Shark analysis tool.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Sign Up For The New InformationWeek Blog Newsletter
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
We've been filling out our roster of great writers on the InformationWeek Blog and broadening the range of subjects we cover, paying particular attention to beefing up the enterprise coverage we've historically excelled at. We're proud of that -- but we also know that the sheer volume makes it hard to keep up. Heck, even I find it hard to keep up, and it's my job.
Lenovo Agrees To Sell VMware In China
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
China's economic boom has attracted many U.S. tech companies looking to tap into a potentially huge customer base.
Interop: Vettro Mobile App Helps Protect Underground Pipes, Cables
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Vettro 360 for Damage Prevention is built on the same mobile platform used to provide services like coordinating pickup and delivery, field service, and IT service management.
Microsoft's Live Mesh: Web Fabric With Loose Threads
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Ambitious plan to weave PCs, devices, and cloud computing is still in the early stages.
Interop: Marvell To Unveil System-On-Chips To Boost Network Performance
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Three of the systems-on-a-chip are designed for low power consumption in devices ranging from routers, base stations, storage, and computers to laser printers.
Site Puts Ancient Hebrew Texts Online
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
HebrewBooks.org added two ancient book collections to its searchable archive of 15,000 Hebrew books and works of Judaica online.
Dell To Ship Windows XP Computers Until 2010
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The nation's second-largest PC maker plans to let business customers skip Vista and go directly to Windows 7.
At Least The Guy Was Getting The Most From His Web 2.0 Expo Experience
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
On my way to the Web 2.0 Expo keynotes, I came across this funny Twitter message from journalist Rafe Needleman.
Motorola's Financial Results Show Handset Woes Continue
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The earnings report, which also included a gloomy prediction for second quarter sales, was issued just days before the company's annual stockholders meeting.
Google Registers Weird Domain Names
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Is Google getting into the burrito business? Why else would the company register bayareaburritos.com and thesecretofburritos.com?
The Web 2.0 Expo Keynotes In Out-Of-Focus Photos And Out-Of-Context Quotes
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Keynote speakers at the Web 2.0 Expo on Wednesday delivered inspirational messages to keep innovators dreaming and working hard in the face of an economic slowdown. Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, said the Web 2.0 revolution is just getting started. He challenged attendees to work on big, world-changing problems, saying that the most successful companies in the technology industry have "big, hairy audacious goals."
Web 2.0: Tellme Adds Voice-To-Visual Service To BlackBerry
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
The software is initially downloadable for BlackBerry phones and is scheduled to roll out on future Helio devices.
Apple Revenues Up 43% On Mac Sales
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
However, the company saw a slowdown in sales of Leopard, the latest version of the Mac OS X operating system.
One-On-One With The New CEO Of Linden Lab
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
In an interview with InformationWeek, the incoming CEO of Linden Lab said he's fascinated by businesses that grow up in Second Life. He also paid tribute to the "largely unfettered" creativity of the Second Life community. And he declined to comment about whether he's preparing the company for IPO or sale.
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