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
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?
This Time, IT's Personal
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
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
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
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.