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The $330 IPCop/Copfilter firewall 25 watt appliance

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.

February 14, 2008 by George Ou

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Comcast traffic management issue before FCC

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.

February 13, 2008 by George Ou

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Are AVCHD camcorders the next HD lie?

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.

February 10, 2008 by George Ou

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RBAC problems wipe out AT&T DSL in California

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.

February 7, 2008 by George Ou

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Podcast discussion on network management policies

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.

February 7, 2008 by George Ou

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First experiences with Vista SP1 RTM

[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.

February 6, 2008 by George Ou

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A dozen free & essential apps for Windows

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.

February 5, 2008 by George Ou

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Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 RTM today

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.

February 3, 2008 by George Ou

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ISSCC 2008: Details on Intel Silverthorne

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.

February 3, 2008 by George Ou

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