David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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SF: "The city that can"

In an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronice called "Why Wi-Fi? Because we're the city that can," Adam Werbach, a member of the city's public utilities commission,  lays out the rationale for San Francisco's fast-track plan for getting municipal wireless: The entrance of the city into this world challenges the existing monopolies and will foster the competition necessary to provide universal high- speed, low-cost access.

August 24, 2005 by ZDNet

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The future of the microprocessor

Microprocessor design hit a wall in the first half of this decade with Intel unable to deliver a 4gHz Pentium chip and IBM unable to deliver Apple a 3gHz PowerPC G5 chip or a G5 at any speed suitable for laptop computers. And so, at the Intel Developer's Forum yesterday, Intel CEO Paul Ottelini showed off the future of  microprocessing - the dual-core processor, which will allow a 10-fold increase in performance with lower power consumption.

August 24, 2005 by Richard Koman

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OneCleveland the model for citywide broadband

Cleveland is the model for municipal wireless, according to an upcoming report from the Haas Charitable Trust. Because government has purchased dark fiber and private industry has donated fiber, equipment and access, Cleveland has a powerful network poised to deliver 21st century solutions.

August 23, 2005 by ZDNet

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School's in

My kids started school today. Over the coming weeks, so will millions of others. As an IT professional, I've struggled with reconciling my core belief that IT, properly applied, can make most things work better and the evidence that it's had precious little effect on public education. One problem is that the application of IT to public education tends to be a hit-or-miss kind of thing.

August 23, 2005 by Phil Windley

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DHS security still full of holes

Despite much work done since last year, the Dept. of Homeland Security still has not corrected numerous security holes, many of which were previously identified. For instance, sensitive devices were sometimes accessible with a well-known group or default password.

August 23, 2005 by ZDNet

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ID theft fears as Air Force, public univesities are hacked

An Air Force database was breached allowing hackers access to personally identifying information to 33,000 employees, mostly active duty officers. Identity theft is also a huge concern at universities, both public and private, which may account for as many as half of the identity theft breaches.

August 23, 2005 by Richard Koman

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Of datacenters, real and virtual

Given all of the activity in consolidating and streamlining government datacenters, this post on IBM's Mainframe Blog provides excellent context for thinking about virtualization and datacenters. John Patrick writes: People have talked about the death of the mainframe for years but after seeing the Z9, you can be sure they are not going away for a very long time.

August 22, 2005 by ZDNet

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