Danger, Danger: The Cloud Will Eat Your Data

Newsflash: Placing your mission-critical data in “the cloud” may be hazardous to your health. You are at an increased risk if you are elderly, pregnant, or wish to keep your IT job.So, the news on the street is that Flickr may...

Dear Entrepreneurs: Is Russia The Next China?

Sometimes I wonder if we’re a tad hyper-focused on China. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to go a single day without reading an article about China, either as the up-and-coming industrial nation or as the future cure to all of our...

The Apple iPhone is more about the experience than the technology

The Apple iPhone is more about the experience than the technologyThe move by Verizon and Apple to release the iPhone 4 to the unwashed Verizon masses is great, albeit expected. (We all knew it was going to happen, we just didn‘t know...

Attachmate Buys Novell

In a somewhat stunning development, Attachmate Corporation just bought Novell. The press release boils down to: “Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), the leader in intelligent workload management, today announced that it has entered into a...

You have no friends on Facebook

So, I’m not going to focus this blog on the already widely circulated news from Facebook about @facebook.com. That’s a done deal. And, honestly, not a bad deal. I’ve personally complained to my friends and peers about the hassle of...

Google and Apple Are Smart, Microsoft Is Dumb

Tim Bajarin at pcmag.com just wrote an excellent article on the OS wars entitled “The New OS Wars: Winners and Losers”. It’s an excellent read and highly suggested.To break it down simply, Bajarin writes that while the previous OS...

Why the Sony Walkman is Another Microsoft Windows

Poor Sony. They just can’t kill the Walkman. It’s hard to believe that the Walkman is still a high-profit product in Sony’s portfolio, but continued consumer need, however small, seems to be strong enough to keep Sony’s production...

Is RDP Turning Back From the Grave?

If you’ve ever dabbled with virtualization for the desktop (by dabble, I mean “spent thousands and thousands of dollars making it work”), then you should already know that it’s not as easy as people chalk it up to be. First off,...

Super Wi-Fi Coming to a Store Near You

Television broadcasters may not be happy about it, but as a consumer this could turn into some serious wireless bandwidth. The FCC is opening up the spectrum typically reserved for broadcast TV, with certain caveats on how that...

Outlawing e-personation May Be a First Amendment Issue

Ars Technica has a great if brief article on California’s attempt to make “e-personation” illegal. E-personation basically means someone impersonates someone else on the Internet. This could be via Twitter, Facebook, or any number of...

Blackberry Is Going the Way of the Dodo Bird

So, yes, I was doing my early morning round-up of cool articles, and came across “25 essential BlackBerry tips and tricks” on techradar.com. Good article!One problem though: BlackBerry seems to be going the way of the dodo bird.Let’s...

The Google Legal Juggernaut

I think we all saw this one coming: Oracle is starting a round of lawsuits to “protect” the intellectual property it bought during the Sun acquisition. The first victim, at least for Java IP, is Google. (Another good article on the...

Net Neutrality Has Few Real World Counterparts

The Inquirer is running a story about AT&T’s claims that net neutrality is “oppressive”. Interesting. (Another good article is at PCWorld, here.)The concept behind net neutrality is simple: Everybody is treated the same when it...

Real, Usable Access to SharePoint from Mobile Phones

Apparently Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is going to support SharePoint natively. In other words, no more hokey web interface access to a product that is already a bit of a pain to navigate.If you’re like many people, your company uses...

Understanding the Library of Congress’ New DMCA Rules

As you may have read by now, the Library of Congress (LOC) released new rules for how to interpret the DMCA and its copyright access control anti- circumvention rules. The headlines on the new rules all seem to focus on the ability...

Thoughts on Protection from Hardware-based Malware

Well this is disturbing. Apparently Dell shipped several models of their PowerEdge line of servers with Trojans built into the actual hardware of the server (well, the firmware I suppose). Dell is issuing fixes for this particular...

IE8 and Chrome Are Killing Firefox

I used to love Firefox. I’m an old Linux user that ran Mozilla on the Red Hat Linux desktop that kept me efficient while I was working for a dot-com before the bust. Back then I had to manage a Windows and Linux network with some AIX...

Connecting to Social Networks from Outlook

This probably isn’t news to many, but Outlook 2010 is going to connect to social networks like Facebook. (I’ve also heard that LinkedIn is in the works.)This isn’t new technology, at least not outside of Microsoft. For example, I...

Studying the Role of Microsoft and Novell

Microsoft Canada has a case study out on a Proof of Concept (POC) they did with Novell for a client. Essentially, Microsoft and Novell teamed up to do a POC with Hyper-V and SuSE Linux. (I actually just spoke a bit about Hyper-V and...

Using Network Access Protection Outside of Windows

I recently blogged about access control differences between Windows and Linux/UNIX, and a reader wondered about whether NAP was supported outside of Windows.Well, that’s a good question.Let’s start off with a quick review of NAP:...

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