In March of 2005, the war for the 802.11n MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out) high-speed wireless LAN standard seemed all but a foregone conclusion for the TGn Sync group since they had achieved a simple majority vote (57%) of attendees at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers 802.
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I've been covering the TinyPEAP project for about 7 months now and it appears that the project has run in to a bit of trouble with the open source GPL license and FreeRADIUS.org.
Last week, when ZDNet.com Vice President Stephen Howard-Sarin asked me for some advice on setting up a network for his new home, it got me thinking about the future of home networking.
I was watching the news today and a commercial caught my eye with some nifty graphics representing a mainframe server and a cluster of 1 RU (Rack Unit measuring 1.75" high in a 19" mounting rack) pushing a stream of data.
When I posted this blog on Wednesday about Mac disciples' reluctance to embrace Intel, I couldn't have imagined that Robert Cringely (of PBS) would have fallen in to the same trap the very next day. Apparently, Cringely is speculating that Steve Jobs' ultimate goal is to sell Apple to Intel so that Microsoft can be defeated.
For some in the Mac community, it will take longer than others to undo a decade's worth of brainwashing by Steve Jobs and Company that the PowerPC is a superior CPU. Had I dared to suggest, just one week ago, that their precious G4 and G5 was inferior to Intel's Pentium 4 and the current Pentium M technology, I would have had flame for weeks.
In yesterday's news, two major victories for the consumers were handed down by the court system. First, Apple was forced to settle with owners of iPods which only had 50% of the battery life in actual run time compared to what was advertised.
If the challenge of securing a wireless LAN wasn't already confusing enough, things have just gotten worse. The confusion started last month when the Wi-Fi Alliance changed the WPA and WPA2 standards from supporting a single EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol) standard to five EAP standards.
Updated 6/2/05: If the confusion over the recent addition of four EAP authentication protocols to the WPA2 standard wasn’t already high enough, Gartner’s recent attempt to bring clarity to the matter has exacerbated the problem.
When I first read this article from Munir Kotadia about Microsoft's sr. program manager Jesper Johansson advising users to write down their passwords, I thought my eyes were deceiving me.