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A geek's trip to Capitol Hill on Network Management

I appeared before congressional and government staffers on Capitol Hill for a panel on Network Management sponsored by iGrowthGlobal.  This was my first time in Washington DC and while it was a little cold for my Californian bones, it was a beautiful city and seeing the capitol of the nation was certainly a worthwhile experience.

March 2, 2008 by George Ou


Microsoft's free enterprise search is a must try

At the Heroes Happens {here} event in LA yesterday which saw the launch* of Windows Server 2008, one of the relatively hidden gems of the event in my opinion was Microsoft's free** Search Server 2008 Express.  It's is a streamline install of Office SharePoint Server 2007 with almost all the enterprise search features that most users would want and is a must download for any Windows Server shop.

February 27, 2008 by George Ou


FCC hearings: Comcast versus Vuze

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.

February 25, 2008 by George Ou


Leaked Intel Nehalem performance projections over AMD Shanghai

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).

February 23, 2008 by George Ou


Why Satellite Internet service is so slow

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.

February 23, 2008 by George Ou

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One year till death of analog TV in USA

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!

February 18, 2008 by George Ou


Cracking open a Toshiba HD-A30 HD DVD player

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.

February 18, 2008 by George Ou