The FCC held its hearing on Comcast's Network Management practices at Harvard University yesterday. Vuze executive Gilles BianRosa whose company filed one of the two FCC complaints against Comcast reportedly told the FCC yesterday that BitTorrent does not hog bandwidth.
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It appears that the rumors about Intel's next major microprocessor "Nehalem" being a huge juggernaut may be true according to leaked documents from Sun Microsystems (removed Sunday night). The slides appear to be inadvertently placed on Sun's publicly accessible website and "jokerman" posted the link on Aceshardware (thanks to tip from ZDNet reader JumpingJack).
I was reading in the news today about an experimental geosynchronous communications satellite being launched by Japan and I got to wondering about why Satellite Internet service has such horrendous latency and is so slow. So I drew up a little diagram above (click to see full resolution) and did some calculations on the distance traveled and how long it takes for light to take the four-way journey.
Analog TV will no longer be broadcast one year from today on February 19th 2009, are you ready for the conversion to digital TV? This may or may not affect you so here's what you need to know to avoid losing TV reception!
Updated 3:00AM - By now the news is out that the end of HD DVD might be near since Toshiba is considering its options that may include the possibility of stopped production on HD DVD products is confirmed dead. There are more than a million HD DVD owners, two exclusive HD DVD studios, and the adult movie industry who are now left holding the bag on an optical disk format with no future.
A lot of you probably already know my disdain for desktop anti-virus because of how sluggish it makes your computer and how it actually becomes more of a liability in terms of security. I've talked about how wonderful it would be if you could run your anti-virus at the gateway to protect all of your computers.
Today is the deadline for the FCC call for comments on the Comcast traffic management case brought about by a formal complaint from the Free Press and Public Knowledge. As a former network engineer who designed networks and servers and as someone who has written extensively on these matters, I thought I would summarize the issues in a clear and concise manner.
This is a note to all my readers. All of my future security-related content will be appearing on the ZDNet Zero Day blog instead of here in "Real World IT".
When I wrote "Don’t believe the low bit-rate ‘HD’ lie" with a comparison, I had no idea that these compromises in quality would apply to the latest consumer HD camcorder format called AVCHD as well. When I first read about the AVCHD format with its use of MPEG4-AVC (H.
If things weren't bad enough last night with the computer problems I had, things got worse when AT&T decided to do an unannounced maintenance. This was sort of similar to the massive network outage last year where the network goes down but they don't even bother to tell their own first level support.
I spent a little time chatting with some folks at the Technology Liberation Front doing a podcast today "Network Management Redux". Sorry if I sounded a little groggy in the recording after the computer problems and AT&T DSL problems that kept me up all night.
[UPDATE 1/12/2008 2:55PM - Looks like my fellow blogger Ed Bott may have pulled through and found the answer in the quotation below. The lesson in this is to always update the motherboard BIOS when upgrading to a new OS.
Every time I build a new Windows computer, there are a dozen free and essential applications that I always install for other people. These applications all seem to fill essential functions and they all seem to be well-behaved installers and uninstallers, in other words it won't crash your computer or drag it down with gunk.
Microsoft has reached a major milestone today for its Windows Server and Client products. Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service pack 1 have been released to manufacturing today which means they will soon be available to IT customers and consumers.
At this year's ISSCC 2008 (International Solid State Circuits Conference), details of Intel's new 45nm Silverthorne will emerge. Intel CTO Justin Rattner held a press briefing last Wednesday to preview some of the highlights of this week's highly technical ISSCC conference in San Francisco.