Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.
Bad News: Cyber Crimefighters Are Losing The Battle
While sitting in the Knuckles Sports Bar at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Monterey, Calif., watching a jovial group of high-tech crime-fighting experts exchange work-related yarns and engage in the ageless Yankees versus Red Sox debate, a confident feeling came over me. No way were the cyber bad guys gonna get to me here.
Distributed Management Revisited
Few have accused systems management vendors of making revolutionary technology innovations. However, in an industry where incremental technology advances really do add up, there are clear signs that genuine progress is being made toward dramatically reducing support costs and freeing up IT for more strategic pursuits.
'Tis The Season For Not So Unusual Pairings
Yes, we've reached that phase in the market cycle for compliance-related products and services where the vendors start climbing in bed with each other. And that's a good thing. No, really!
We've known all along that the ability to set and enforce data use policies across an enterprise, on records and documents and even idle chit-chat, spanning everything spreadsheets to instant messages, well. . .that was going to take a lot of vendors working together or some heavy lifting by internal develop
No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
When Pearl Jam hits the stage for its upcoming 2005 U.S. and Canadian tour, fans will be able to download music from the live shows within hours of the final encore (probably before most of the band's faithful can get their cars out of the arena parking lot after the show). True to its fiercely independent approach to both music and the recording industry, the band will make its work available online without the protection of any digital-rights-management software. This time, however, it's not j
VoIP Promises Are Overhyped: Forrester
New survey says that 70% of consumers have no interest in switching to a VoIP service and that, so far, providers have focused on price instead of on compelling applications.
Skype Opens VoIP, IM Platforms
With 51 million users, Skype is the dominant VoIP service, and now is opening its APIs. Can a full-fledged war with Google and others be far behind?
Dancing With An Elephant (Named Google)
Keyword stuffing and search engine spamming are two common techniques that some people and companies attempt to gain higher Google ranking than their sites can achieve on merit and quality.
Failure To Protect?
Last week was just the latest in a string of nightmare runs for system administrators battling malicious code that infringes on their networks via viruses. With no less than three major worms hitting enterprises (link â€œno less than three major worms hitting enterprisesâ€ to: http://www.SystemsManagementPipeline.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=169500009) during the course of the week, systems administrators were caught up in a fierce battle against the viruses. And
Cisco Still Tops, But Juniper Advances In Router Market
Cisco Systems maintains its strong grip on the enterprise router market, but Juniper Networks has come virtually out of nowhere to capture the second place position, according to a poll of users released Friday by Infonetics Research.
Animated Map Of Coalition Deaths Helps Site Visitors Visualize Casualties Of War
Sadly, for many Americans, each death of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is nothing more than a statistic buried on the inside page of the daily newspaper. But an animated map of Iraq helps visitors to a Web site visualize the mounting toll, a small but important reminder of the reality of a war half a world away. The site is further evidence on how the Web puts an individual on the same level as major news organizations in reaching the publ
Software (In) Security
"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" That ought to be the first thing every user hears upon breaking the seal on a new application or hitting the "download now" button. Given the rate at which new apps and operating system updates are being cracked, hacked, and infested, perhaps the software industry should adopt as its mascot, the zealously protective, but often useless Robot from the mid-'60s sci-fi classic series, "Lost In S
Blue, Red State Broadband Penetration Mirrors Election Results
U.S. households continue to install broadband at a furious rate, according to a report released Wednesday. Curiously, the penetration of cable modem and DSL has been tracking state-by-state splits in the 2004 presidential election, with "Blue" states having the highest concentration.
Ars Technica posted a news item late last week that made me wonder if April 1 somehow came around twice this year. The U.S. Copyright Office wants to build a new Web site that, according to a notice posted August 1, may work only with Internet Explorer.
The Great Desktop Linux Controversy
There still doesn't seem to be a consensus regarding the validity of Linux as a desktop operating system. The head of IBM's software business used LinuxWorld as an opportunity to promote the promise of desktop Linux. Then again, IBM isn't the biggest fan of Microsoft. Meanwhile, a Gartner study spelled out that desktop Linux adoption is way behind where it should be at this point, or at least behind where Gartner thought it would be at this point. Here's the deal ...
In Case You've Been In Outer Space, LinuxWorld Was This Week
Another LinuxWorld show has come to pass. It's been a long time since LinuxWorld was dominated by technical folk who used it as a forum for exchanging ideas and an opportunity to attach a face with a screen identity. LinuxWorld is now about how open-source can be "sold" to address the overarching issues facing IT managers today: boosting security and cutting costs. The IT world's biggest vendors were once again out in full force, this time linking arms in a show of unity and trying to convince t
Let me say right off the bat: I wouldn't wish the ghost of that bloated old dingbat of a trade show on my worst enemy, much less on my meal ticket. It's true that the pre-LinuxWorld PR feeding frenzy of the past few weeks reminded me just a bit of "Bombdex" during its late-90s baroque peak. The similarities, however, end right there: Unlike the exercise in self-parody that until last year vi
Cisco Mulls Acquiring Nokia: Report
Cisco Systems is said to be mulling buying Nokia, the world's largest wireless handset maker, according to a report in the U.K.-based Sunday Business newspaper this weekend.
BellSouth Launches Pre-WiMAX Service
Computer users in a Georgia community are being introduced to broadband WiMAX this week, though WiMAX has yet to put the finishing touches on the WiMAX standard.
Linux In Your Lap!
Earlier this year, Linux Certified, a company based down in the South Bay, sent me a laptop system for a few weeks of tire-kicking. At the time, I planned to write a full review of the LC2210D but lacked the bandwidth to get it done.
That's a shame, because Linux Certified delivered one of the smoothest experiences I've had using any laptop computer -- whether PC or portable, Linux or Windows. Now, they're also quite a bit less expensive, which gives
Update: I checked into the question of whether FingerGear provides source code for the Linux distro (a Debian variant) on its "Computer On A Stick" device. They do, in fact, provide the source code, upon request, to paying customers -- and as a newsletter reader reminded me, the GPL terms require a developer to supply the source only when it supplies the softw