Tolly on Technology:\u00a0 VoIP: more survivable than legacy PBXFor many years, those of us in the analyst community had been talking about the coming migration to VoIP. While we touted the benefits, virtually everyone acknowledged that the price we would pay would be to say goodbye to the vaunted "five nines" of 99.999% uptime. But innovations achieved during the current VoIP revolution illustrate that VoIP systems can be demonstrably more survivable and reliable than their predecessors.Cache Advance:\u00a0 Free software: It all 'ads' upI can see it now: I'm in the middle of a PowerPoint presentation to a potential client. Just as I get to the part where I am explaining the true value of my proposal, up pops an advertisement for a feminine hygiene product.'Net Insider:\u00a0 Carbonaceous computers at ChristmasIf things go as some people in the French government have proposed, Parisian parents may not be able to buy a computer for their kids next Christmas. I bet you can guess, without much difficulty, what narrow-minded topic would cause such a possibility.Nutter's Help Desk:\u00a0 Networking a military field unit overseasNutter helps a 140+-person Army Field Artillery Company in Iraq fix its network issuesEye on the Carriers:\u00a0 A look at the big happenings of '05If you're tracking telcos, 2005 has been a pretty momentous year. The big theme? Seismic shifts in the communications industry. Take a look at what's happened.'Net Buzz:\u00a0 Paul English vs. Angel.com: It's getting uglyAngel.com's attempt to turn lemons into lemonade has left a sour taste in Paul English's mouth. And yet, in a bit of lip-smacking irony, it was English who provided the lemons.Cool Tools:\u00a0 Listen to your e-mails on an iPodAlso: The perfect stocking stuffers for your favorite network engineerEditorials:\u00a0 Reviewing our '05 predictionsAt the beginning of the year we laid out a handful of predictions and it's time to review.Gearhead:\u00a0 VMware Player follow-upOne interesting aspect of the VMware Player that we hadn't noticed and isn't in the manual is that if you shut down the Player before shutting down the guest operating system running in the virtual machine, the Player will automatically save the state of the guest operating system VM!Dr. Internet:\u00a0 Building SQL reports with Eclipse BIRTIs there desktop software (preferably open source) that can easily generate reports from SQL databases connected to our network? We want to pull report data from the database into a format that we can edit by hand. Is there something you recommend?