NetFlash: Microsoft piracy plan means work, concerns for IT

* Microsoft piracy plan means work, concerns for IT * Alcatel launches 10G LAN aggregation switch * WiMAX takes root in Canadian farming town * Top 5 DEMOfall 2006 moments * Buzzblog: What would you do with 1,000 'disposable' e-mail addresses? * Today on Layer 8

Microsoft piracy plan means work, concerns for IT

Microsoft’s antipiracy plan announced this week is a slap at a multimillion-dollar problem, but it leaves a number of questions, especially for volume licensing customers who will have to devise new administrative and management plans to ensure their software doesn’t get crippled. Click here for more.

Alcatel launches 10G LAN aggregation switch

Alcatel this week launched a smaller version of its OmniSwitch 9000 series chassis, intended for businesses that do not want to deploy larger, more expensive core switches in the middle tier of a network. Click here for more.

WiMAX takes root in Canadian farming town

Hanna, Alberta, has 2,996 people, 16 restaurants, 10 churches, seven motels, and six WiMAX towers. This rural farming town about two hours northeast of Calgary, adrift on Canada's ocean of 'short grass country,' is on the cutting edge of fixed broadband wireless deployment in North America. Click here for more.

Top 5 DEMOfall 2006 moments

Keith awards his Top 5 moments from the DEMOfall 2006 show in San Diego. The categories awarded: Best Fakeout, Best Appeal to the Geek in All of Us, Best Use of a Vegetable, Best Use of Own Product, and Best Unexpected Chris Shipley Moment. Watch now.

Buzzblog: What would you do with 1,000 'disposable' e-mail addresses?

Personally, I'm not sure if this would be a good thing, a bad thing, or just a thing, but we're about to get a clue come Monday when Anonymizer announces its latest product, Anonymizer Nyms, which the company is touting as the answer to virtually all evil that lurks upon the Internet. Click here for more.

Today on Layer 8, always In Stock:

The fun byproducts of Google Code Search; will Toys R Us have a happy holiday with its new Web site?; Google foresees 'truth predictor' software; and Fox turns to MySpace during baseball playoffs; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking news.

Networking costume contest

OK, we know that most of the time, you're pretty quiet out there - scrambling from your desk to put out fires across your enterprise leaves little time for fun, eh? But come on, Halloween is approaching. We know you've unleashed your Inner Geek in the past. Show us how! We're running a networking costume contest. Send us a photo of you in your best ever costume - preferably one proving you are an Alpha Geek (yes, show us your racks in the background!).Adam Gaffin. Click here for details and rules.

E-mail your photo by witching hour, um, midnight, Oct. 20, to

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