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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Europe's new 'monopoly' tariff on Microsoft bypasses WTO

Europe's new 'monopoly' tariff on Microsoft bypasses WTO

The European Commission has just levied a new $689,900,000 "fine" (read: tariff) on American software company Microsoft under the pretense of anti-trust which conveniently bypasses WTO agreements.  The Brussels based think tank Globalization Institute has published a paper (PDF) where it recommends a ban on OS (Operating System) bundling for all PCs sold in Europe.

published September 25, 2007 by

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Why OLPC mesh wireless networking won't work

Why OLPC mesh wireless networking won't work

One of the touted features of the $200 OLPC laptop is the peer-to-peer mesh topology networking feature that can theoretically bring an Internet infrastructure where there is no network infrastructure. The problem is that peer-to-peer wireless LAN mesh topology sounds better than it actually works and there's a good reason it isn't used commercially.

published September 24, 2007 by

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Finally a reasonably cheap 80 Plus power supply

Finally a reasonably cheap 80 Plus power supply

One of the key criteria to getting a new EPA Energy Star rating on a new computer is having an "80 Plus" power supply.  A computer power supply that is more than 80% efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% load can earn an 80 Plus logo.

published September 23, 2007 by

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Leaked - Skulltrail 8-core Penryn benchmarks at IDF

Leaked - Skulltrail 8-core Penryn benchmarks at IDF

All sorts of things have been mysteriously falling in to my lap lately and IDF has been no different.  Someone who does not work for ZDNet or CNET Networks handed me a sheet of paper with some very interesting benchmarks for the newest "Skulltrail" enthusiast game/workstation.

published September 19, 2007 by

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Is the 50 watt PC possible using commodity parts?

Is the 50 watt PC possible using commodity parts?

I've been testing a bunch of systems from AMD and Intel in the last few months trying to build the ultimate low-power PC using commodity components and I can say I've gotten close.  I wanted to get to the magic 50W marker at least for idle power consumption which is very important for desktop computers because they spend most of their time close to idle and this is essential for a PC that stays on close to 24 hours a day.

published September 17, 2007 by

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Why the ban on mandatory RFID implants should be Federal

Why the ban on mandatory RFID implants should be Federal

The California legislature recently banned employers from mandating RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) implants for their employees.  While I'm glad I'm covered in my state, why isn't this ban being implemented at the Federal level to cover every citizen?

published September 13, 2007 by

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AMD: Is closing the quad-core deficit enough?

AMD: Is closing the quad-core deficit enough?

AMD kicked off the "premier" of their latest microprocessor offering with a launch party at the Herbst International Exhibit Hall Monday night.  Partners like VMware, HP, Dell, Sun, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and others were on hand or were there by video link to celebrate the launch of AMD's single-die quad-core milestone processor.

published September 12, 2007 by

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Will AMD Barcelona kill off high-margin AMD CPUs?

Will AMD Barcelona kill off high-margin AMD CPUs?

AMD was riding high a year ago dominating sales in the dual-processor Server market and virtually owned the multi-processor (4+) Server market.  Then Intel launched the Core Micro-architecture on the desktop and dual-processor Server market and momentum swung from AMD to Intel overnight in both of those markets.

published September 7, 2007 by

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Sun packs big bang in tiny 2U Intel 7300 16-core server

Sun packs big bang in tiny 2U Intel 7300 16-core server

One of the servers previewed at Intel's Caneland/Tigerton launch yesterday was Sun's full-blown 4-socket 16-core Intel Xeon MP 7300 series server.  What was unique about this server is the fact that it was the only 2U server shown yesterday with all the amenities you'd expect from a high-end 4-socket server to make an ex-IT guy like me blush.

published September 5, 2007 by

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