It's become conventional wisdom in the VoIP/IP telephony/UC security space that the major vulnerability for voice-over-IP traffic today remains the simple fact that it runs on IP infrastructures that may be the targets of attacks that have been plaguing data networks for years. In other words, all those exotic types of attacks with names like SPIT (spam over IP telephony); VOMIT (voice over misconfigured IP telephony); or eavesdropping via packet capture -- these have not yet materialized to any
Second Life Artist Faces Setback in Struggle For American Citizenship
The U.S. government recently denied a green card application by a well-known Second Life artist, declaring her two-year marriage to an American citizen to be fraudulent. The news isn't all bad for her, though -- the denial gives her an opportunity to appeal and prove that the marriage was legitimate.
Garmin Goes To The Dogs
We're seeing GPS in a ton of cell phones lately, but Garmin thinks humans shouldn't be the only ones who get the benefits of these satellites. The company has released a GPS-enabled dog collar to ensure that you know the location of your pooch.
Hyper-V Released. Much Rejoicing.
More than 1 million eval instances have hopefully worked out the kinks. Oh, and MS has been running a chunk of its main portal on VMs since early June. Did you notice?
Survey on Voice of the Customer Text Analytics
I have created a short survey for users and consultants on Voice of the Customer (VoC) text analytics best practices. There are seven questions plus a comment field. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. If you are involved with VoC text analytics or are looking at solutions for possible adoption, please respond to the survey. I'll publish results at a later date. Thanks!
Catalyst Conference 2008: GRC Is A Four Letter Word
If you work anywhere near the risk management functions within your company, whether it be as an executive, manager, auditor, or IT security practitioner, you've probably heard from many vendors trying to sell you a "GRC solution." Burton Group analysts say you just may be better off covering your ears.
Abiword: One Lean, Mean, Word Processing Machine
OpenOffice.org gets a lot of attention these days as a practical, no-cost alternative to Microsoft Office. While OpenOffice.org does a fine job, however, there are times when a smaller, faster, feature-packed word processing program would be useful. There is another open-source application that fits the bill perfectly here -- and it deserves far more attention than it gets.
Should The U.S. Nationalize The Internet?
The Internet faces many problems from companies looking to maximize profits at the expense of the public good. Greedy businesses threaten innovation by trying to put an end to net neutrality, media companies want to control every Internet-connected device in an effort to lock down distribution channels, and spammers and other fraudsters have pretty much taken over e-mail. Now, TechCrunch is reporting that Vint Cerf, the so-called "father of the Internet," says maybe we should think of the Intern
Don't Troubleshoot. Change The Way You Work
Many of us computer users suffer in silence. Yes, there are the outspoken people we see complaining on message boards, but in general, we put up with the quirks of applications because the alternatives are not worthwhile. And sometimes, we have to go along to get along, which means forced updates to the latest version of software for no other reason than you have to be able to share files easily. Computers should change to fit our needs, not the other way around.
Mobile Linux Organizations Merge In Effort To Survive
This week's announcement from Nokia and Symbian appears to have had an immediate effect on the mobile Linux community. Today, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced that it will join forces with the LiMo Foundation and create one entity pushing for a standard mobile Linux platform. In the face of the forthcoming open source Symbian platform and Google's Android platform, mobile Lin
Help With Selecting A Digital Asset Management Solution
The process of selecting a Digital Asset Management solution can be daunting. The licensing costs alone can be staggering, even before adding in the additional expenditures for integration, consulting, and user training. Beyond just cost, though, lie other potential pitfalls: too few (or too many) features, poor integration with existing system, or a lack of vendor support.
LG's Dare A True iPhone Rival
Other phones have tried hard to beat (or at least match) the iPhone at the touch screen game. None have come as close as the new Dare, from LG. I had a chance to get some hands-on time with it last week. Apple, watch out.
Server Costs Continue Falling
If you were hoping that server prices would continue declining during the current economic turmoil, here's the answer to your prayers: the latest market research shows that prices continued downward during the first quarter of 2008. However, the price slide did boost server unit sales.
Oracle's New Plan to Save You Money
Remember the classic slogans from Orwell's 1984: "War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength." Perhaps we should now add, "Higher prices mean lower cost of ownership." I'm reading a well-known software company's quarterly report wherein the following rather noble-sounding statements are made...
Why Bill Gates Left Microsoft
Under the leadership of Bill Gates, Microsoft accomplished a lot. Now he's retiring from the company to dedicate more time to his charitable foundation. Yet I wonder why he's decided that now is the time to move on. I think the answer can be found in a 2003 rant by Bill about his problems in using the Microsoft Web site, Windows Update, and Windows in general.
Fujitsu's Interstage Update is Fit for SaaS
Fujitsu is releasing version 10 of its Interstage BPM, and I had a chance for an in-depth demo a few weeks ago in advance of the recent announcement. ...Most exciting, I think, is full support for multi-tenanting to allow for shared services and SaaS. Key new features in Studio V10 include...
CrashPlan Takes Backup Peer-To-Peer
Anyone that's read this blog even occasionally knows I'm a big fan of online backup for the SOHO to SMB market. After seeing literally hundreds of backup failures as small businesses tried to use tape drives and applications you and I would consider easy to use, like Retrospect and Backup Exec, I've come to the conclusion that tape drives, like backhoes and heart/lung machines, should be left to professionals. If you aren't a certifiable geek and don't have a full-time IT staff, you shouldn't ha
New Laws Make Now The Time To Get A Bluetooth Headset
You know the joke, right?
Whatï¿¼s the first thing to do after getting in a car accident? Hang up the phone!
Driving while holding your cell phone to your ear has always been dangerous, but itï¿¼s about to become illegal in several more states. To avoid accidents and tickets, get yourself a Bluetooth headset for your mobile phone, and make sure to use it.
Escaping From Locked-In Clouds
The first real controversy at the Structure08 cloud computing conference erupted during a panel called "Working the Cloud: NetGen Infrastructure for New Enterpreneurs." Not surprisingly, it involved Google.
Getting Started With: Drupal
The popular, powerful Drupal may seem a bit intimidating for the uninitiated, but for those looking to start out, here are some recommended resources to start learning the ropes.
Much Is Still Hazy About iPhone 3G
The next-generation iPhone 3G is due out on Friday, July 11. There's a lot that we know about the phone: It will be thinner. It will have an "assisted" GPS. It will cost $199. It will run on faster 3G networks, as well as the current 2.5-generation EDGE networks. It will come in 8GB and 16GB versions, but not a 32GB one. It will use the iPhone 2.0 software. But there's a lot that we don't know.
Bill Gates Revealed: A Few Things You Didn't Know
I've had occasion to chat with Bill Gates a number of times over the years, and there's often a point when something unexpected happens. He's been brutally honest, occasionally evasive, and surreptitiously a nice guy. As Gates gets ready to ride off into the software sunset, here are a few anecdotes that stand out.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: The Awesome AwesomeBar
We're kicking off a series of videos showing off the top features of Firefox 3. This time, we're taking a peek at the AwesomeBar, an updated version of the good old browser location bar, designed to make it easier for you to return to your favorite Web pages again and again. The Awesome Bar is controversial -- many people love it (including me). But others hate it, and for those people, we've got tips for how to disable the AwesomeBar.
With EcoSearch, It IS Easy Being Green
Here's an inconvenient truth: being green can be a pain in the neck. So when I heard of a new search tool that helps the environment without inflicting the least bit of discomfort upon users, I checked it out at once.
3 Ways That Storage Virtualization Can Save You Money
Storage virtualization is often billed as what I call a "Time To" product, meaning that it reduces the time it takes IT to respond to demands on the business. Virtualization shortens the amount of time that it takes to respond to a provisioning request, allowing for more rapid deployment of storage assets. IT departments also should consider storage virtualization if they need to flatten or shrink their budget.
The Ethical Case For Open Device Drivers
The recent announcement by Linux kernel developers that open source hardware drivers are the way to go got me thinking. You can make a business case for open source device drivers (you'll sell more hardware) or you can make an ethical case (it's the right thing to do). I believe in both, but for me the second view takes precedence over the first.
HP Dedupifies On-Premise Storage
The volume of data that business generate is growing faster and faster and, seeing opportunity, vendors are swarming to fill the need. The latest entry from HP is designed specifically for small and midsize companies, provided they prefer on-premise, physical storage.
Sage Upgrades ERP Software
Sage Software has released Sage Pro ERP 7.5, its SMB-targeted business management software that the company says is easier to use than previous versions.
McCain's Lack Of Computer Skills Not Campaign Obstacle
Sen. John McCain's computer aptitude, or lack thereof, became a hot topic of discussion at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City this week. The forum tackled technology's role in politics and policy. So, when news surfaced that McCain doesn't know how to use a computer, both technophiles and politicos in attendance were intrigued. Some were also involved.