News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in September 2005
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
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."
The Importance Of The Brand
Commentary  |  9/22/2005  | 
Lenovo is learning the creating a brand is not as easy as it seems.
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:
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
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?
This Time, IT's Personal
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
At its most important, life is about connection--and what better tool than the Internet to help foster that outside of a person-to-person environment?
Four Years After 9/11, TSA Still Wrestling With Jurassic Technology
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
Nearly four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Homeland Security Department is still coming to grips with the massive mission it's been handed. While the department this week has contributed resources to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, it also must be ever vigilant in focusing on its primary goal of preventing terrorist attacks in the U.S. One of Homeland Security's most challenged agencies has been the Transportation Security Administration, which early on was saddled with ou
eDonkey Chews Up The Internet
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
The Associated Press had an interesting little story the other day that says the file-sharing program eDonkey has taken over the top spot, in terms of packet traffic on the Internet, from BitTorrent. While the article didn't what percentage of all Internet traffic eDonkey accounts for, it noted that the researcher, CacheLogic, had found BitTorrent was the source of "more than 30 percent of all traffic on the Inte
It's A Good Thing This Hacker's On Our Side
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
During my five-plus years at InformationWeek, it's safe to say that no one has scared me (in a good way) as much as Laura Chappell. To be clear, it's not Chappell's person that scared me--it was the tiny sliver of the knowledge she shared.

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