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Content posted in September 2005
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Your Data Has Left The Building
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
Is that a good thing, or bad? As if you didn't have enough to worry about, in today's business climate you must not only find ways to ensure compliance with corporate data use policies, you have to include those rogue laptops and other wayward mobile devices in your management approach.
Microsoft Fights Piracy In China, Linux Wins
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
As proprietary software vendors crack down on piracy, China looks to Linux as an alternative.
Cyber Crimefighters Are Losing The Battle
Commentary  |  9/6/2005  | 
While sitting in Monterey, Calif., watching a group of high-tech crime-fighting experts exchange work-related yarns, a confident feeling came over Tony Kontzer. "No way were the cyber bad guys gonna get to me here," he thought. But then reality set in.
A Wiki Gets To Work For NOLA
Commentary  |  9/3/2005  | 
Here's a link to another excellent primary source of news coming out of New Orleans: The NOLA Intel Wiki You'll find a lot of resouces here, most of them in the form of raw information -- including live feeds of key police, FEMA, National Guard, and other radio frequencies in the New Orleans area. Be aware: This is not a blog. Information-seekers who aren't motivated, patient, and at last somewhat technically incline
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
IT Confidential: Big Ambitions Versus Worried Minds
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
From John Soat: Creative Technology makes embarrassing admission ... Microsoft acknowledges the competitive threat of Firefox ... Life is good for Larry Ellison ... Pakistan organization works to create the world's largest face-recognition system ... SBC considers taking AT&T's name ... Intel responds to AMD lawsuit.
Business Technology: A Microcosmic View Of A Cockeyed World
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
Last week battered us all with hard-to-fathom images of suffering and devastation in Katrina's wake, but by the end of the week the accumulated scenes of misery, pain, and loss began somehow to feel "normal," Bob Evans says. And in the same week, our little world of business technology produced a handful of developments that were also, in a very different way, hard to fathom.
Live -- And Death -- In The CBD
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
If you're still relying on the TV networks to get news about New Orleans, do yourself a favor -- turn off the TV and spend the next half hour reading The Interdictor. And if you possess anything -- products, technology, or expertise -- the people running this blog might need to stay safe, supplied, and above all online, score some serious karma points and let them know it's available.
Four Years After 9/11, TSA Still Wrestling With Jurassic Technology
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
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
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
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
What Outsourcing Backlash?
Commentary  |  9/2/2005  | 
New Orleans Satellite Imagery: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Reporters
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
I went to DigitalGlobe a few minutes ago to follow up on a Metroblogger's report that they had satellite imagery of New Orleans and the surrounding area available. I'm posting a link below, to a satellite image taken Wednesday -- the height of the flooding in the city -- and some commentary to help you understand what you're seeing. Here's the short version: The city's historic districts -- its heart, its soul, and its collective memory, not to menti
It's A Good Thing This Hacker's On Our Side
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
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.
Microsoft's Mid-Market Muddle
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
When Microsoft announces a for-real mid-market suite SKU next week, one can only hope it does a better job than it has for its current mid-market bundle, er promotion.
Opinion: Katrina Sharpens Focus On Emerging Business-Continuity Technologies
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
Technology such as Voice-Over-IP, storage virtualization, and distributed data centers can keep businesses running in the face of natural, or man-made, catastrophes.
What Outsourcing Backlash?
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
Sure, there are savings--but they often come with a cost of decreased service levels, increased communication problems, customer dissatisfaction, increased complexity, and other issues. Travel and infrastructure costs--including, say, a dedicated telecommunications link from the outsourcer to the client's main office--can easily add up to equal or even surpass any savings in the wage rate. There are often resentments over being expected to work late or come in early on a regular basis, to do thi
Blogs From New Orleans
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
When a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina hits, bad information, rumor-mongering, and sloppy reporting only contribute to the confusion and suffering. Unfortunately, I'm not talking about bloggers or other alternative sources of news about the disaster zone. I'm talking about Fox News, CNN, and the rest of the "professionals" who still think they're reporting from downtown Baghdad. The blogs covering Katrina certainly aren't perfect, but they're currently the only source of information that's
Open Source Climbs The BI Stack
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
BI pros know open-source has made headway on the reporting side of business intelligence and among databases. But ambitious efforts are underway to bring more complete BI platforms that are built around open source. This week, we show you exactly how far those plans go. Pentaho and JasperSoft either already offer or plan to make available BI applications that go far beyond simple reporting, as our Business Intelligence Pipeline
Internet Aids In Katrina Relief
Commentary  |  9/1/2005  | 
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