News & Commentary
posted in September 2005
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FEMA's Foul-up
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Report says agency's computer systems failed to track supplies during last year's hurricane season.
SmartAdvice: For Global Companies, MPLS Networks Offer Flexibility, Efficiency
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
MPLS is the future in telecommunications after carriers smooth out spotty coverage and variations in feature sets, The Advisory Council says. Also, how to set up a project-management office.
For Oracle Database Manager, Things Go Better With Quest
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Database administrator relies on Quest tools for analyzing query performance and correcting database snafus.
EMC Eases Exchange Storage
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Software simplifies admin tasks for E-mail systems for midsize businesses.
Microsoft Backs Open Source In Its Competition With IBM
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Redmond engineers to boost JBoss performance on Windows.
Feedback
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Business Technology: Competitiveness, Truth, And Today's Universities
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
When blame is assigned for the current shortage of U.S. graduates with degrees in engineering or computer science, universities always seem to get away without even a harsh word. But not anymore -- a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution thrashes university presidents for their lack of leadership in this area of vital strategic national interest. Bob Evans wonders if it might be time for the ivory towers to get a taste of some free-market discipline.
IBM Helps Baby Boomers Using Technology For Disabled
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Baby boomers are likely to face some of the same battles as others who have difficulty hearing, seeing or controlling their movements, and IBM is aiming to offer them new tools to stay productive.
A New Approach To Utility Computing, Cisco Style
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Businesses will be able to mix and match hardware from various vendors.
Due Next Year: 'Trusted' Linux
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Red Hat and partners plan an operating system specialized for user security levels.
Cisco Moves To ImproveNetwork Traffic Security
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
It's not an easy proposition, given the vendor's ballooning portfolio of products.
Author: Google's Patents Reveal Strategy To Beat Microsoft
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
According to “The Google Legacy,'' history is about to repeat itself. Microsoft today is where IBM was years ago. And Google is in a position to do to Bill Gates what he did to IBM. The result could be a new industry kingpin.
Unattended PCs Security Risk Underestimated
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Lonesome PCs pose a security risk that enterprises underestimate, a research firm said this week. Making matters worse, corporations just don't pay attention to the major security hazard of unattended workstations, according to Gartner research vice president Jay Heiser.
New Malware Redirects Google, MSN, And Yahoo Traffic
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
PremiumSearch installs a fake "Google" toolbar and sets the victim's browser home page to the PremiumSearch search engine. The goal is to collect traffic-dependent advertising income.
Intel Rolling Recipe For Barebones Notebooks
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Intel's upcoming ''Napa'' notebook platform could reshape the marketplace by leveling the playing field between low-cost builders of plain-vanilla systems and the traditional top-tier PC vendors.
Microsoft Vs. Google: Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder
Commentary  |  9/30/2005  | 
Microsoft's big organizational shakeup, in which the company meshed several business units into three divisions, can be partly explained in one word: Google.
Symantec, Microsoft Duke It Out In Data Protection Arena
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Symantec and Microsoft last week entered a new level in their rivalry with rollouts of their long-awaited, competing data protection software applications.
Some Voluntary Collection Of Internet Sales Taxes Started Saturday
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
It's an important milestone in the effort to tax Internet retail sales.
BlackBerry Maker Wins Round In Ongoing NTP Battle
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office has rejected all of NTP Inc.'s claims against Research In Motion Ltd., but it's not over yet. The battle lives on in the court system, and Research In Motion still faces possible injunctions that would stop it from selling BlackBerrys in the U.S.
Red Hat To Seek Trusted OS Status
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, due at the end of 2006, is expected to become the first "trusted" Linux, a security designation that could accelerate partners’ Linux business with the government.
Dell Halts Some Free Shipping
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
In a cost-cutting move, Dell will stop free home delivery of its entry level systems within two weeks, reports say.
RIAA Sues Another 750 For File Sharing
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) files another 757 lawsuits against people accused of illegally copying digital music.
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Rolls Out Release Candidate
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
OpenOffice.org 2.0, a leading open-source rival to Microsoft Office and the foundation for Sun Microsystems' commercial StarOffice suite, enters a round of last-minute bug-checking as a candidate for final release.
Cisco Spending $12.5M To Buy Nemo
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Cisco Systems on Friday said it plans to acquire Nemo Systems in a deal that will add network memory technology to its portfolio and enhance its core switching platforms and service modules.
Robot Rides A Bike Without Falling
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has demonstrated a bicycling robot designed to showcase the electronic component manufacturer's sensor technologies at the CEATEC Japan 2005 show.
Japanese Cellco: Fuel Cell Mobile Phone In 'Near Future'
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
The power system is a hybrid of both fuel cell--with a methanol fuel tank on the back of the device-- more traditional lithium-ion battery. The fuel cell can be replenished from a small cartridge.
PalmSource Sale Cleared By Federal Agency
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has decided to take no action to prevent the acquisition of PalmSource by a Japanese software vendor.
Big Hurdles Remain For VoIP Deployments: Industry Panel
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
Network security, regulatory policy, and business service issues are just three of the major issues that VoIP will have to overcome before gaining ubiquitous acceptance.
Sony, SanDisk Push Micro Memory Stick
News  |  9/30/2005  | 
The jointly developed Memory Stick card, a removable flash storage format, is targeted at the mobile phones sector.
Now, By Golly, PHP Has Got Marc Andreessen
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
PHP used to be little known outside a small circle of open source developers. No large company advertised it or gave it top billing at computer shows. It had only the little tool-making firm that originated it, Zend Technologies Inc., as a booster. Now it's got Marc Andreessen.
Mobile Devices Put Enterprise Data At Great Risk
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Today's next generation mobile devices greatly enhance mobile workers' productivity, but they're also placing unprecedented demands on enterprise security infrastructure,and in turn, represent a threat to sensitive corporate data
Computing-Challenged FEMA Seeks Techs
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Two job openings have been posted on the agency's online board. The chosen candidates will be asked to help integrate, monitor, optimize, and manage databases and applications.
Review: IBM's PC Servers Hit The Sweet Spot For SMBs
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
The xSeries lineup combines aggressive pricing, advanced features, and a top-shelf hardware brand. It all adds up to a great deal for small businesses in the market for an entry-level server.
Verizon Deploys More Fiber, Embraces IP
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Verizon is moving toward an all-IP fiber network so it can deploy more high-bandwidth offerings like the TV service it introduced last week.
IM Networks Under Daily Attack
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
This quarter has brought new parent worms, and September has seen the highest number of IM attacks ever, according to security vendor Akonix.
IBM Offers Fast SAN
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Big Blue is touting it as the industry's first "fully enabled" 4-gigabit-per-second storage-area network, with switch modules available in 10-port or 20-port sizes.
Internet Pioneer Andreessen Joins Zend Technologies
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Zend sells PHP, a scripting language used for Web development.
Oracle Unveils Portlet Factory
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
The tool is designed to help organizations integrate data pulled from disparate business applications.
eDonkey Converts To 'Legal' File Sharing
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
The firm's CEO said that pressure from the recording industry prompted the change, and also said that many future peer-to-peer startups will be forced to locate outside the U.S. because of the legal pressures.
No Such Thing As A Stupid Question
Commentary  |  9/29/2005  | 
What's that term they use to describe a question that's put forward clearly and simply? Oh yes, I just remembered: "in plain English." Wouldn't it be cool to make database queries in plain English? Well, it looks like you may be able to.
Motorola Exec To Congress: Improve Communications
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Recommendations included making 700 MHz of spectrum available for emergency communications and the use of a network based on the Project 25 standard for first responders.
Pennsylvania AG Shuts Loan Site Charging 630% Interest
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Ace Pays will, indeed, pay: $70,000 in fines and costs, and the company will refund consumers the amount of interest paid above the maximum 6% allowed under Pennsylvania law, according to the state's Attorney General.
Phishers Target Soccer Fans
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Soccer's governing group warns fans that phishing scams are using its name.
New Sony AIBO Robot Dog Speaks English - And Spanish
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Sony's AIBO Entertainment Robot, model ERS-7M3, comes bundled with new AIBO MIND 3 software that enables it to say more than 1,000 English words and even a few Spanish words and phrases.
Market Researcher Boosts LCD-TV Shipment Forecast
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
iSuppli says declining prices, rising consumer acceptance, and increasingly efficient panel production will all serve to make the market larger than it originally expected.
Skype Updates Windows VoIP Offering
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Version 1.4 features a range of free Skype-to-Skype options as well as some new paid services.
RFID Demand Set To Rise: Report
News  |  9/29/2005  | 
Drivers include lower-cost hardware, a new standard, and more user-friendly software, the report says.
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