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  • Foundry shareholders OK merger with Brocade

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 5:22 pm

    Foundry Networks shareholders have approved a merger with Brocade Communications, overcoming what appears to be the last major hurdle in a deal that had been questioned as stock and credit markets plunged.
  • Cisco beefs up virtual partner empire

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 1:57 pm

    At a time when big players are talking about laying off a part of their channel ecosystem, Cisco has decided to embrace a different approach. Although the vendor is not keen on aggressively adding more partners, it has made sure that no harm befalls on its existing channel fraternity.
  • 802.11n boosts WLAN use in enterprises

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 10:27 am

    The popularity of 802.11n is attracting more businesses to wireless LAN equipment and helping suppliers cope with the tough economic climate, industry analysts say.
  • Critics to ICANN: Top-level domain sale dangerous, costly

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    A controversial proposal to create hundreds of new generic top-level domains is generating harsh criticism as corporations and individuals question the need for additional competition in the domain name marketplace and

  • Vista OOBE Part 2: the horror, the horror

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    First, a correction: HP includes the Vista system disks in a special partition and expects you to make your own recovery disks. I still think people deserve a real disk, but I doubt I'll get anywhere with that. I'll leave that battle until after I fix the sound and networking problems with this system.
  • North Korea launches 3G cellular service

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 10:08 am

    A 3G cellular service was launched in North Korea at 5pm by Cheo Technology, a company in which Egypt's Orascom Telecom holds a majority stake.
  • Nortel mulls bankruptcy

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 3:03 pm

    Nortel has hired lawyers to consider whether it should seek bankruptcy protection, but the company says it has made no decision to do so.
  • Cisco plans TelePresence translation next year

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 9:55 pm

    Cisco will add real-time translation to its TelePresence high-definition conference technology next year, enabling people in several different countries to meet virtually and each hear the other participants' comments in their own languages.
  • Cisco to shift resources to consumer push

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:44 pm

    Cisco Systems will shift resources into new product areas next year, including making a major push into homes, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said Tuesday.
  • Be brave because it is not over yet!

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 7:38 pm

    Start out slow don’t hyperventilate or step on your own tongue. Ask the same questions of all prospective employers so you can rate their answers against each other properly. What is important to you? If you are in the USA don’t ask for a company car, if you are in England don’t ask for an American car, if you are in Fiji don’t ask for too little money, if you are in Dubai ask for more of everything, if you are in Finland don’t ask to work from home, if you are in China don’t ask for an American car, if you are in Russia don’t ask for Chinese food, if you are in India don’t ask for less than a 14% increase, if you are in Brazil don’t ask for more holidays, if you are a CCIE in prison for killing your wife don’t ask for Eman!
  • IT struggles to close the cell phone gap

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:55 am

    For a concept that's remarkably easy to reduce to a sound bite, bridging the gap between cellular phones and enterprise networks ("fixed-mobile convergence") remains stubbornly hard to implement.
  • Court puts CSIRO Wi-Fi injunction on hold

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 4:47 pm

    A federal court in the U.S. has temporarily lifted an injunction that banned Buffalo Technology (USA) from selling its IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g Wi-Fi products due to a patent claim by an Australian scientific agency.
  • Economic crisis threatens networking growth

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 4:41 pm

  • Networking glitch knocks Yahoo offline for some

    Posted December 3, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    A networking problem made Yahoo's Web site unreachable for many users on Wednesday.
  • My Trip to Europe

    Posted December 2, 2008 - 2:18 pm

    I will always be fascinated by people. This is probably the key to my curiosity about what makes them tick.
  • How do you encode hundreds of data points into one single graph? Use Sparklines.

    Posted November 30, 2008 - 6:13 pm

    Have you tried to visualize your traffic flows? Did you have the problem that your graphs got really cluttered? Did you find a way around that problem? Did you filter data? Did you aggregate multiple nodes into one?

  • Analyst: Mobile data will continue boom in '09

    Posted November 29, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    There will be more than 36 million laptops connected to mobile data networks in Western Europe in 2009.
  • Cisco shutting down between holidays to save money

    Posted November 25, 2008 - 5:07 pm

    Cisco is reportedly shutting down during the year-end holiday season to save money, the first time it has done so in its history.
  • Judgment favors Novell in ongoing SCO case

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 10:19 pm

    A Utah court handed down a judgment this week in the long-running legal battle between SCO and Novell.
  • Virgin's in-flight Wi-Fi coming Monday

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 1:09 pm

    Virgin America's in-flight Wi-Fi service will launch on Monday for a beta test that is intended to last just one week before a planned commercial launch Dec. 1.
  • Visiting Adtran Support

    Posted November 20, 2008 - 12:35 pm

    I spent the last two days in Huntsville Alabama on a press tour of Adtran. Huntsville is nice, and the Adtran people are even nicer. The press tour was a good idea, because they're a good company with too low a profile.
  • Leadership - The Millennials Impact on Business

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 7:26 pm

    The Millennials, also known as GenY, are defined as those born between 1980 and 2000. According to a 2007 BSG Alliance Concourse Institute’s research study there are approximately 70 million Millennials in the U.S. today. For comparison, the boomer generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, measures in at 79.6 million according to the 2000 U.S. Census. There is an odd fascination with this generation, its rapid adoption of technology and how they fit into the business world.
  • How do you visualize your traffic flow (NetFlow) logs?

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 10:05 am

    What are you doing with your traffic flow logs, such as NetFlow? How long does it normally take you to understand what exactly the log entries represent? What if you could generate a visual representation of the machines communicating on your network? Would that make your analysis work easier?
  • How do you prepare your security data for visualization?

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 1:46 pm

    Do you know how much traffic is transmitted on your networks? Do you know what protocols are in use and what machines are using them? Are there spyware infected machines on your network that leak information?
  • Enterasys, Siemens integrate WLAN gear

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    Enterasys this week is expected to announce integration of the Siemens Enterprise Communications WLAN portfolio with its switches and management systems.

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