California state site can't shake problems; Top 15 networkiest horror films

California state site can't shake problems

The Web site blamed for last week's Internet problems within the State of California has been taken offline after links to pornographic material reappeared on the site.

Top 15 networkiest horror films

If you dare, check out our picks for the spookiest flicks to use network technology to terrorize.

Big disappointments

The worst vendor blogs in networking.

Halloween costume contest returnsSee last year's entries.

Halloween is approaching. We know you've unleashed your id in the past. Show us how! We're running a costume contest. Send us a photo of you in your best-ever costume (preferably one proving you are an Alpha Geek, but we're not picky). Plus:

Mobile Firefox out to break industry hold on device apps

An executive of Mozilla says it is developing a version of its open source Firefox Web browser for mobile devices. Given the migration of Web use from desktop and laptop computers to mobile platforms, Mozilla wants to move Firefox there.

Quantum cryptography to secure ballots in Swiss election

Swiss officials are using quantum cryptography technology to protect voting ballots cast in the Geneva region of Switzerland during parliamentary elections to be held Oct. 21, marking the first time this type of advanced encryption will be used for election protection purposes.

3Com says Bain, Huawei deal not a security risk

3Com says $2.2 billion acquisition by Bain Capital and Chinese network giant Huawei will not pose a national security risk.

IBM ties OpenOffice suite to real-time communications platform

IBM Thursday said it would integrate its new Symphony productivity tools and its Sametime platform to provide users the ability to share documents and communicate in real time.

Indian outsourcers thrive despite weaker dollar

Despite fears that a stronger Indian rupee might hurt profits, Indian outsourcing companies continue to report robust growth.

The dirty details of biometrics

If the fingerprint-smudged glass plates on biometric devices skeeve you out, Purdue University researchers have some good news for you: The devices aren’t any germier than typical doorknobs.


What does it take to hire and retain technical talent?

IT managers say now more than ever they struggle to find qualified IT employees and to keep key talent on staff, while tasked with delivering ever more services to the business.


Charging devices on the go

Keeping battery-powered devices charged while traveling usually means a bag full of adapters. But Keith's go two items that will lighten the load and keep your gear at full power.


Google Phone coming soon?

Special guest-host Jonathan Summey and Jason discuss Microsoft caving in and patching a flaw, the potential for a new Google Phone and how to seek revenge on your enemies. (29:05)


Buzzblog: A burning question: What's up with all the fires?

That iPod-in-the-pants conflagration earlier this week provided the ignition point for my curiosity: I mean doesn't it seem as though we're seeing an inordinate number of technology-related fires this year? Check out these 10 stories.

Today on Layer 8, where only a few people would want a full scan of my body, but if you ask nicely...

When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it would begin testing a body-scanning machine that could ultimately replace the metal detectors airline passengers walk through at airports, it set of some alarms – particularly at the ACLU. “This technology produces strikingly graphic images of passengers’ bodies. Those images reveal not only our private body parts, but also intimate medical details like colostomy bags. That degree of examination amounts to a significant – and for some people humiliating – assault on the essential dignity of passengers that citizens in a free nation should not have to tolerate,” said Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Program.

Today at Cisco Subnetproducts are overpriced, readers agree. Cisco doesn't allow date-switching, but there are Web sites that enable testers to swap their CCIE lab exam dates with each other. Cisco Press author Wendell Odom further analyzes the art of inferring exam questions. Trainer Raj Tolani discusses routing essentials that make our lives easier. Plus: Do IT managers seek mutiple channel partners to play one off the other to get the best deal?


Today on Microsoft Subnet: Oh, dear!; A checklist for an upgrade from SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007; Imagine this: iPhone firmware update, v1.1.1.

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