George Ou

George Ou, a former ZDNet blogger, is an IT consultant specializing in Servers, Microsoft, Cisco, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IDS, VPN, Wireless LAN, Security, and IT infrastructure and architecture.</p>

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LifeSize rocks the HD conferencing world with affordable 720p solutions

LifeSize rocks the HD conferencing world with affordable 720p solutions

LifeSize Communications was the first company to release an HD conferencing solution which I covered at Interop Las Vegas spring 2005.  Now at Interop fall 2007 in New York, it appears that LifeSize has again rocked the video conferencing world by releasing 720p HD products at half the price of competing 720p solutions.

published October 22, 2007 by

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Build the $340 NAS for half the price but double the speed

Build the $340 NAS for half the price but double the speed

The thing that has always bothered me with the NAS (Network Attached Storage) market for consumers is that it's very high margin yet the products deliver very poorly on performance.  While that might be great for the product manufacturers bottom line, it isn't so great when you're the consumer.

published October 21, 2007 by

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Western Digital 'GreenPower" drive halves power consumption

Western Digital 'GreenPower" drive halves power consumption

The Western Digital "GreenPower" WD10EACS 1 terabyte hard drive is one the cheapest hard drives you can buy at this capacity ($300 including shipping) but it's also the most energy efficient.  The drive has a technical specification of 4 watt idle which I measured fluctuating between 4 and 5 watts and a read/write specification of 7.

published October 18, 2007 by

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Can plasma HDTVs stop being power hogs?

Can plasma HDTVs stop being power hogs?

Erica Ogg has an interesting story on the future of plasma displays on how companies are trying to improve the brightness and energy efficiency of plasma display technology.  A few months ago when Samsung was showing off some of their new products in San Francisco, I checked out some of their new HDTVs and got a bit of a shock hearing about the power consumption of plasma versus LCD displays.

published October 18, 2007 by

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Did AMD Barcelona and Intel Tigerton really 'launch'?

Did AMD Barcelona and Intel Tigerton really 'launch'?

AMD officially launched the "Barcelona" quad-core processor last month in San Francisco, but people are telling me that the systems are nowhere to be seen from any of the major server manufacturers nor is there any time line given for availability.  To see if there is any merit to these complaints, I posed as a prospective IT shopper and called up some of the major Server makers such as HP, Dell, and IBM to see if I can actually order a server with AMD Barcelona inside of it.

published October 14, 2007 by

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Green IT will get zero traction until IT pays the electric bill

Green IT will get zero traction until IT pays the electric bill

There's a lot of talk lately about Green Computing in IT circles Larry Dignan even points out that there may be some fatigue setting in because "Green" has become a lucrative marketing term.  I spend a lot of time talking about energy efficient computing but there are times I feel like talking about green computing is falling upon deaf ears because there just doesn't seem to be that much interest in it.

published October 11, 2007 by

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OLPC is the PC you can't ever criticize

OLPC is the PC you can't ever criticize

As Nicholas Negroponte said a year and a half ago in a presentation on the OLPC: "people really don't want to criticize this because it is a humanitarian effort, it is a non-profit effort and to criticize it is a little bit stupid actually".

published October 8, 2007 by

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Are thin clients the solution to all your security woes?

Are thin clients the solution to all your security woes?

Our UNIX/Linux blogger Paul Murphy posted an interesting link to an article entitled: Information Security: 7 Data Leaks you can’t Ignore written by Matt Roedell.  Unfortunately, I think Paul missed the point of it by attributing the issue to "Wintel infrastructure" and claiming the solution is to go thin client with Sun Rays.

published October 3, 2007 by

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The 22" dual-core all-in-one game PC for $765

The 22" dual-core all-in-one game PC for $765

What started out as a roughly improvised poor-man's all-in-one PC (See gallery here) hanging off the back of an LCD display has turned in to two detailed schematics painstakingly drafted with the proper measurements ready for the cutting table. Download the schematics below by clicking on the images.

published October 2, 2007 by

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The poor man's all-in-one PC for $380

The poor man's all-in-one PC for $380

UPDATE 10/3/2007 - The 22? dual-core all-in-one game PC for $765Apple has their iMac and Gateway has their One, but both of them are in the $1300 to $2300 range depending on the various options.

published September 30, 2007 by

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More facts and less hysteria on Vista, please!

More facts and less hysteria on Vista, please!

In the latest round of hysteria to be written about Windows Vista, Don Reisinger regurgitates the usual hysteria about Windows Vista mixed in with a pinch of facts here and there.  Don spouts off the usual nonsense about sales, UAC, and even DRM.

published September 27, 2007 by

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Sun's new servers get intimate with Intel and Microsoft

Sun's new servers get intimate with Intel and Microsoft

John Fowler (Executive VP Sun Microsystems) announced a pair of new Servers yesterday at Sun's head quarters in Menlo Park California.  Fowler showed off one of the servers last week at Intel IDF in San Francisco an posed with Pat Gelsinger (standing on the left in picture to the left) where he announced products based on Intel processors running Microsoft Windows on top of a Solaris Hypervisor platform.

published September 27, 2007 by

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