News & Commentary
posted in August 2006
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BMC Software Offers Shoes To Cobbler's Children--IT Staffers
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The company believes the move to automate process management is now expanding to include IT processes, and it wants to provide the tools to help IT departments.
Brief: Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0 Beta 2--At Last
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Mozilla delayed releasing Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 to give developers more time to fix bugs.
Private Equity Group To Buy Intergraph For $1.3 Billion
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Software vendor Intergraph has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired for roughly $1.3 billion by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman and Texas Pacific Group.
AOL Launches Broadband Client Beta
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Dubbed Open Ride, the client enables users to see all their tools on one page versus previously having to toggle back and forth between windows.
Two-Year Extension Of Microsoft Antitrust Deal Sought
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Both parties have requested that portions of the ruling be extended to Nov. 12, 2009, and that the DOJ be given the option of requesting an additional three-year extension.
EA To Embed Ads In Video Games
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Improved graphics and mass-market game appeal are also seen as contributing to the ascent of in-game ads, which EA claims will "enhance" the games. It's unclear how advertisers will gauge their ROI from the ads.
IT Confidential: Are You Experienced? Microsoft Might Want You
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
If you notice an increase in Buicks on the Redmond campus, here's why.
Web-Hosting Vendor Pays Students To Train At Boot Camp
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Rackspace Technical Boot Camp is designed to help the company fill a skills gap for staff with Web services skills. Applicants will be paid $12 per hour to attend the 10-week program, and the best will get jobs at Rackspace.
Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
Commentary  |  8/31/2006  | 
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
ChaCha.com Debuts Human-Driven Search Site
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Can't find what you're looking for online? ChaCha.com will direct you to a guide who gets paid to get you a good answer.
They're Baaack! Hackers Renew Windows 'MS06-040' Attacks
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Two security companies say they have detected a significant increase in activity on one of two ports that an exploit against the MS06-040 vulnerability would use in an attack.
DRM Stripper Launched For Apple's iTunes 6
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The QTFairUse6 tool requires some knowledge of Python code and isn't as easy to use as FairUse4WM, which targets Microsoft's Windows Media Player. But it does the same thing: break the DRM code.
FBI Looks To Redeem Itself With Sentinel After Virtual Case File Snafu
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The FBI plans a critical design review in October of contractor Lockheed Martin's $400 million plans for integrating investigation data. The agency's previous attempt, a similar project called Virtual Case File, was a $170 million fiasco.
MySpace Users Mourn At MyDeathSpace
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Inspired by lasting MySpace profiles, a Web site creator fills a niche for remembering the dead with MyDeathSpace.com.
'Browzar' Keeps Web-Surfing History Private
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
A U.K. startup has launched a customized browser designed to protect users' privacy by automatically deleting cookies and discarding all traces of a Web session.
OpenOffice Suite Gets Font Freebies
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
OpenOffice.org Premium can be downloaded from the SourceForge Web site, but is available only for Windows. A native Mac OS X version of the suite will be previewed in France in September.
Linspire Makes Linux Download Service Free
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The company is making money selling higher-end services, so users can kiss the $20 annual fee for the Click 'N Run service good-bye.
Brief: Microsoft Posts New Virtual Server Beta
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
New functionality includes support for AMD's virtualization, Active Directory integration, and offline virtual hard disk mounting.
Microsoft Pledges To Continue IE6 Support
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Support for the browser will continue even after the commercial ship of IE7. It will continue as long as the operating system IE6 runs on is still around.
Gaming Computer Vendor Alienware Targets Enterprise
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
Alienware execs describe life three months after Dell acquired the company. Best known for turbocharged gaming PCs with science-fictional designs, Alienware now finds that enterprises value its systems for high-performance computing.
New Security Threat: 'SMiShing'
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
McAfee's Avert Labs is warning of a new threat from hackers: phishing via SMS.
iPod 'Video Game Rocker Chair' For Sale
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
A new reclining iRocker, marketed as an "interactive gaming chair," is equipped with remote control and speakers.
Diversetrade.com Positioned As eBay Alternative
News  |  8/31/2006  | 
The Dutch owner is positioning the new entry as a "no-nonsense" Web site that will enable buyers and sellers to conduct business "at a fraction of existing auction website charges." The reference is to eBay, which recently raised its fees for sellers.
Zilog Chairman, CEO Resigns
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Jim Thorburn has been replaced by Robin Abrams, who currently serves on the company's board. Abrams will act as interim CEO while the chipmaker searches for a permanent replacement.
Katrina's IT Legacy
Commentary  |  8/30/2006  | 
This week marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. In case there was any danger of forgetting the ability of Mother Nature to wreak unspeakable havoc, she highlighted the date by bringing forth Hurricanes Ernesto and John.
Tandberg Buys Tape Maker Exabyte
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
It's the second recent major merger in the tape industry, following the close last week of Quantum's $770 million acquisition of ADIC.
Microsoft Software Aims At 'Safe' Family Web Browsing
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
OneCare Family Safety provides Web filtering and activity reports. The service, now in beta, requires a software download.
California Considers Wi-Fi Protection Bill
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
The legislation would require manufacturers to choose one of four ways to protect consumers. The goal is to educate people to help prevent intruders from piggybacking onto their Wi-Fi connections.
ESPN Kicks Off Mobile College Football Broadcasts
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Fans can watch up to 25 complete live games per month, or about 100 for the season, in real time on their mobile phones.
Google Offers Free Book Downloads
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Out-of-copyright books have been available for reading online through Book Search. The new feature makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies.
AT&T Hack Highlights Web Site Vulnerabilities
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Hackers are experimenting with a number of methods for getting access to online personal information that could make them money.
Microsoft Readies Fix For DRM Hack
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
The software maker didn't say when it would deploy the fix that counters the FairUse4WM application.
Survey: Japanese Companies Ignore Bloggers
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Bloggers chat about companies quite a bit, but their attention isn't returned, according to a new survey that reinforces the notion that company communication is trusted in Japan.
Study: Used Cell Phones, PDAs Contain Confidential Data
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
When you delete a file, you're not really overwriting the data. All you're doing is changing the index of the file system or the file's pointers.
AT&T Breaks Into Muni Wi-Fi Market In Illinois
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
AT&T is no longer fighting free municipality Wi-Fi. Instead it's joining an Illinois city to deploy a 25-square-mile system.
Exec Sees IT Workforce Shortage In New Orleans
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Vince Gremillion, president of New Orleans-based Restech Information Services, didn't lose his house or his office, but he did lose valuable members of his staff and hasn't been able to replace them.
Firefox 2.0 Beta 2 Will Launch Thursday
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Beta 2 has been delayed several times to give developers more time to quash bugs in the browser.
Weather.com Doesn't Weather Traffic Flood
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
According to U.K.-based Netcraft, Weather.com was either offline or showing signs of sluggishness Tuesday evening into early Wednesday. The highest traffic from the United States was recorded Tuesday.
FBI Shows Off Counterterrorism Database
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
The FBI demonstrates its 659 million-record Investigative Data Warehouse and boasts about its speed.
Microsoft Boosts Support for Legacy Products
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Microsoft is extending custom support agreements for legacy products, which is good news for companies that want extra time before upgrading to newer products.
Oracle Upgrades PeopleSoft Performance Management
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Oracle unveils version 9 of the PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management suite of analytical applications.
Amazon: Office 2007 To Ship In January
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Amazon's pre-order listings for various Office 2007 editions indicate that the software will be released Jan. 30, 2007, the same day the online retailer has slated for Windows Vista's availability.
Most IT Pros Are Looking For A New Job, Says Survey
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Some 73% cited the desire for better pay as the main reason for their search, while 40% are looking for better benefits.
Japanese Mobile Phones Aim To Beat iPods
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
The introductions of a dozen new phone models target the Japanese mobile-music market, where the iPod currently reigns supreme with more than a 50% share.
Chinese iPod Factory Owner Sues For Libel
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
Two Chinese journalists have had their cars confiscated, among other things, and are being sued for libel after their newspaper printed a story about long working hours and poor conditions in a local iPod factory.
ISS Solution Providers Ponder Future With IBM
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
IBM's cannonball into the deep end of the IT security services market with a deal to buy Internet Security Systems has left some partners hoping their ISS businesses don't drown in the wake.
Research: Privacy, Security Problems Alarming But Fixable
News  |  8/30/2006  | 
According to one study, some 84% of network attacks could have been thwarted if after checking the user ID and password, the organization had simply authenticated the identity of the invasive computer with commercially available software.
Blogosphere Reacts To Google's Desktop Plans
Commentary  |  8/29/2006  | 
Google's announcement of a new Web-based application suite has been the buzz of the tech blogosphere these past two days.
Nokia Teams With Sourcefire For Security
News  |  8/29/2006  | 
Adding Sourcefire's intrusion detection technology to Nokia's security platforms will allow customers to protect both their wired networks and their mobile environments, the vendors say.
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