How Doctor Who is this? The boffins at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have put together a prototype of a high-speed quantum key distribution (QKD) system, and they sent us a photo to prove it.
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As if a trip to San Francisco and a free pass to the Intel Developer Forum weren't already a great prize, we've added another to the pot — a Lenovo ThinkPad T61.The Centrino Pro laptop will be given to the Blogger at Large, who will wirelessly blog from the September event for ZDNet.
Veteran programmer Xwindowsjunkie has issued a call to arms to other ZDNet members: Help come up with a Linux-based rival to Windows Home Server.Xwindowsjunkie has challenged Linux experts to come up with applications that will match the functions in the Microsoft software--kind of a "roll your own" alternative.
Have you got thoughts to share on mobile working? Are you enthusiastic about putting them out there in a blog for your peers to read?
Good news--we've made it easier for you to join in our new group blogs. Instead of having to ask me for permission to join in, all members will automatically be able to post an entry to them.
Anyone for cricket? The next test between the old opponents gets going on Friday, and ZDNet has tickets to give away, courtesy of Vodafone.
Our feature over in Reviews on how to put together an alternative to Adobe Systems' Creative Suite 3 has spurred IT executive manager putt1ck to ask: "When does a feature become essential? And an app a standard?
Good things come to those who blog--at least, if we're offering a prize for the best entries.Congratulations to veteran member David Long, whose comments on what he hoped to see in Adobe Systems' recently launched Creative Suite 3 landed him a ZDNet.
The Windows Vista upgrade path is looking a bit steep for some, going by the comments we've seen. Take Wolfie78, for instance, who posted a Talkback to say that his company won't be touching Vista yet because of compatibility issues.
Security pros are expected to head off tomorrow for Olympia in London for the Information Security 2007 trade show. As usual, ZDNet will be doing a whole lot of coverage--stories, video, news blogs.
Inspired by end-of-week lethargy, and despite the suspicion of it being a bit ungreen, I thought I'd have a shot this morning at catching one of those free Microsoft cabs. Notting Hill Gate seemed a likely enough spot--inside Zones 1 and 2, nice busy road--so I found a pavement spot with a clear view both ways and got ready to ride.
Not that we want to drive you to drink or anything, but we've got an offer for new members that might pop your cork.Anyone who signs up with ZDNet UK will get a £20 voucher off their first order of a case of wine from Virgin Wines.
Roberto Maietta has posted an interesting Talkback outlining what he sees as the pitfalls of virtualisation ."I look at this in terms of security updates, in fact any kind of updates, and it makes me shudder," he writes.
Over in our Forums section, a member named The Chief has asked for clarification on this: "if a member of staff leaves a company, is the email address that he was using (eg firstname.lastname@example.org) owned by him or the company?
This will be old news, of course, to the ZDNet faithfuls--Matt Loney pointed a while ago to Mike Barrett's advice on making your Community blog visible to Technorati. For those who don't know, Technorati is a search engine that combs the blogosphere for answers to queries--but it will only do this with blogs it is tracking.