In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Why I Hate Open Source Routing
2. Today's Top Story: On Google's Horizon
- Google Goal: Build $100 Billion Company (Reuters)
- Oracle Challenges Google With New Enterprise Search Engine
- Oregon Senator Unveils Bill To Ensure 'Net Neutrality'
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Charges EU With Collusion With Competitors
- Microsoft Confirms Upgrade Feature Planned For Windows Vista
- Apple Fixes Critical Safari Bug, 16 Other Flaws
- Bagle Bullies Users Into Infections
- Study: Majority Of CEOs Plan Radical, 'Innovative' Changes In Next Two Years
- AOL Defends Certified Mail Plans
- Microsoft Launches Online Classified Ads Service In Beta
- Telecoms, Web Firms Jostle Over Location Services (Reuters)
- McNealy Seeks HP-Sun Unix Union
- Mystery Over PC-To-Mobile Trojan Ticks Off Researchers
- Wal-Mart Tests Sensor Networks In Supercenters
- New Exchange 12 Code Shows Off Clustering, Log Shipping
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Free Up Hard Drive Space On Your Mac (Lifehacker)
- Building A Smarter To-Do List, Part I (43 Folders)
- The Best Blogging Newspapers In The U.S. (NYU Journalism)
5. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
- Survey Finds Home Workers Are More Productive, Happier
- Veoh Launches Peer Video Distribution Software
- Review: ThinkPad T60p
- Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
- Review: SiteAdvisor, Preview Version
- Review Roundup: Five Music Subscription Services Challenge iTunes
6. Voice Of Authority
- Get Set To Pay More For High-Bandwidth Internet Use
7. White Papers
- The Role Of Network Behavior Analysis & Response Systems In The Enterprise
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1. Editor's Note: Why I Hate Open Source Routing
Why is it that perfectly sane, intelligent, and bright
journalists get boinked when it comes to open source technology?
Mention Firefox, and they interpret 10% market share as market
dominance. They sing the praises of Asterisk, not stopping to
think that Asterisk's VoIP penetration is a pimple on Nortel's,
Cisco's, or Avaya's you-know-what.
The most recent example of "open source dementia" set in on
Friday when Business 2.0's Om Malik broke the story about
Vyatta, the startup developing enterprise routers for midsized
business and small offices based on the eXtensible Open Router
Platform open-source routing project.
Om speculated that the startup would undermine Cisco's routing
sales. The company is using the XORP open-source routing project
to deliver routers for midsized businesses and remote offices--a
$4 billion market, notes Om. Networking Pipeline's Preston
Gralla went even further to predict that XORP could lead to the
demise of any vendor selling "high-margin networking hardware."
Now I've got tremendous respect for both Om and Preston. They're
witty. They're funny. They've got a great handle on consumer
VoIP. I also think XORP is a fantastic effort. Back at IT
Architect (then Network Magazine), I helped write what
was perhaps the first story on XORP.
But thinking that XORP will conquer the enterprise in our
lifetime is pure poppycock. Business today is looking for more
than a router. It's looking for networking architectures that not
only involve routing, but also employ other technologies, such as
security, switching, wireless, and voice.
IT likes Cisco largely because it can present a soup-to-nuts
solution that fits in with the company's existing environment.
While that's true to the extreme with Cisco, a similar argument
can be made with other leading networking vendors such as
Juniper, Avaya, Nortel, and Check Point. Each of them can present
holistic solutions that transcend a given product.
Open source routing has its role to play in this market, but
don't expect that to be in the enterprise anytime soon. To read
more about these technologies and issues, go to my blog here.
Google Goal: Build $100 Billion Company (Reuters)
Goals for 2006 also include improving the quality of Google's
core Web search and advertising businesses, boosting the size of
its Internet audience, and expanding the number of products,
services, and business partnerships, according to CEO Eric Schmidt.
AOL Defends Certified Mail Plans
America Online says people and organizations will continue to be
able to E-mail its users for free. AOL's adoption of the Goodmail
Certified Email pay-to-send mail service will simply add to user options.
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Building A Smarter To-Do List, Part I (43 Folders)
Because new folks visit 43F each day, I thought it might be
valuable to return to one of our most popular evergreen topics to
review some "best practices" for keeping a good to-do list. While
a lot of this might be old hat to some of you, it's a good chance
to review the habits and patterns behind one of the most powerful
tools in the shed.
The Best Blogging Newspapers In The U.S. (NYU Journalism)
Fifteen undergraduates in journalism, two grad students, and one
NYU journalism professor set out to determine--by our lights--the
top blogging newspapers in the United States among major dailies.
We found six standouts, two honorable mentions, and some wacky blogs.
Number one in our eyes: the Houston Chronicle. By a mile.
Get Set To Pay More For High-Bandwidth Internet Use
Consumers seeking to download heavy-duty apps such as streaming
video could find themselves paying much more for their Internet
service than those who simply want to surf the Web, warns Eric
Chabrow. A story in The Wall Street Journal claims that
big telcos and telecom equipment makers are plotting a new fee
structure that would charge consumers based on the bandwidth they
use, rather than a flat fee.
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