David Berlind

David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.</p>

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E-mail systems could very easily learn what isn't spam too

E-mail systems could very easily learn what isn't spam too

Perhaps it's time to revive the idea of JamSpam again since there hasn't been a whole lot of industry-wide progress on the spam front in recent years and the spam problem, as far as I can tell, isn't getting much better.Usually when I write something like that about spam, the result is a tidal wave of e-mail from anti-spam solution provider promising me that I won't be sorry if I try their solution out.

published March 23, 2007 by

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Trojan horse uses Skype to help spread itself

Trojan horse uses Skype to help spread itself

Although it relies on a bit of social engineering (you have to be duped into running the code) and Skype itself is not its means of transmission (don't shoot the messenger!), users of Skype should be on the lookout for attempts to load some malicious code known as Warezov or Stration onto their computers (I could have said "worm its way in," but that would have been technically inaccurate).

published March 23, 2007 by

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Sean agrees: Technology underserves Grandma (non-techies) and, in cases, is getting worse

Sean agrees: Technology underserves Grandma (non-techies) and, in cases, is getting worse

In response to my post on platforms of personal expression (PPEs), how Dave Winer's work on Userland Radio has inspired a lot of my thinking about technology, and why the Holy Grail is turning Grandma into a software developer, Sean, who is an IT veteran and now part of an internal consulting group at a Fortune 50 retailer e-mailed: Your comments are dead on.  A limited range of Internet or web-based services absolutely need to be easy to use.

published March 23, 2007 by

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Video: Is it time to throw away your servers?

Video: Is it time to throw away your servers?

Last November, I wrote a post with the title Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: Honey, I just shrunk the server hosting business. In that post, I did some simple math to show how a small business like the one I run with Doug Gold (Mass Events Labs, where we host two servers with a bigtime hosting service) can save some serious money if it can figure out how to move from a physical hosting service to an "elastic" one like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

published March 22, 2007 by

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Reminder from AT&T: Your AT&T/Cingular-provisioned cell phone is not for conference calls

Reminder from AT&T: Your AT&T/Cingular-provisioned cell phone is not for conference calls

Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica has confirmed with AT&T (Cingular) officials that the company is blocking its subscribers from reaching certain free conference call services because of how much it is costing the company. From the way the piece describes how the free services work, it does appear as though certain Iowa-based telcos are using a combination of loopholes and kickbacks to rip-off bigger carriers like AT&T.

published March 19, 2007 by

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