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Embarrassed to recommend Microsoft software

A few times in the past I've been caught recommending Microsoft products, only to have it come back and bite me when things don't work properly. Recently I had this experience once again, when I recommended the use of offline files in Windows 7.

November 17, 2010 by

ICANN declares independence, breaks ties with U.S. government

The Internet's keeper of domain names and IP addresses has gone global. On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the US Department of Commerce said the agency will no longer have ties to the US government and will remain a private, not-for-profit organization.

September 30, 2009 by

Alcatel Lucent to offer Phone 2.0 features

Alcatel-Lucent has designed a new interface that promises to bring your telephony experience - whether landline, mobile or IP - further into the 21st Century. Its new Rich Communications Manager, being unveiled today, is designed to do everything we've come to expect from cell phones today - things like text messaging and photo sharing - and then some.

March 29, 2009 by

Fake ImageShack site serving malware, links distributed over IM

In a combination of domain typosquatting next to spoofed image files, malware authors managed to successfully impersonate ImageShack, the 5th largest image hosting website on the Internet, the result of which is a malware campaign circulating over MSN, enticing users into infecting themselves by clicking on the spammed links to fake image files.

June 10, 2008 by

Microsoft announces Quality of Experience (IP voice) Monitoring Server

Today at VoiceCon, Microsoft Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group, has just announced a new Quality of Experience Monitoring Server. There are 35 data fields, including the average length of Office Communications Server phone calls for each user, device-specific performance metrics and problems, as well as packet and other analytical tools for individual calls.

August 21, 2007 by

Video: Apple WWDC highlights

We have three highlight clips from yesterday's WWDC event. Apple's new OS retrieves files from the pastApple Computer's vice president of platform experience, Scott Forstall, demonstrates the company's new application "Time Machine.

August 8, 2006 by

Effective Exchange Server storage policies

I've seen many small to large corporations embrace decentralized storage policies to let the employees deal with their own Exchange Server storage in the form of PST files which is usually caused by lack of storage capacity at the Exchange server. But does this really solve a problem or does it move the problem elsewhere? In my experience, the problem isn't just moved but it's amplified many times.

July 25, 2006 by

W3C issues Mobile Web Best Practices

Attempts are being made at ways to improve the mobile browsing experience with new .mobi domain names, improved web browsers, and properly formatted sites. The W3C issued guidelines to help standardize strategies to improve the mobile internet.

June 27, 2006 by

QUT bridles disorderly DNS, DHCP servers

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has recently dumped an irregular array of network management servers using open source software for an appliance-based solution from vendor Infoblox. QUT had previously been using the servers with multiple operating systems to manage domain name (DNS), automatic IP address assignment (DHCP) and associated network identity services.

May 18, 2006 by

Doc Searls on blogging vs. journalism

After the recent Forbes:Attack of the Blogs article,the blogosphere exploded in discussionabout the article.  Perhaps this was DanLyons intended effect afterall, like yelling "fire" in a crowded theatre.  Ten dayslater, the hue and cry has mostly passed, though I am still getting pingsand mails ("Did you know you were in Forbes magazine?").  Atthis point, while I don't think my dad has seen it yet, a lot ofothers have.  There have also been some interesting comments aboutthe printedition , the criticismof the Lotuscommunity, and a notable omission.The various blogs covering the story included DocSearls.  He and I hadan offline e-mail conversation about the story, and about his collectionof links, which included many other blogs--but initially not mine.  Searlsgraciously updated hislinks to include my blog entry. In his e-mail back to me, he wrote:I think thereis also something about blogging that gets scant credit: provisionalism.Non-finality. While conventional journalism tends to be homiletic and conclusive("this is so, and I've done the research to prove it"), bloggingjournalism is often provisional ("this seems to be so... what do therest of ya'll think?").This is a huge and powerfulthought.  Journalists write as if they get one shot to tell the story. They might write follow-ups, but a "mainstream media" articletends to be written to stand alone, to represent a complete picture, andto answer as many general questions as possible.  This was certainly the case with Attack of the Blogs. I note with interest(though not conclusively) that an IP address Mr. Lyons was using has notrevisited my website once since the article was published.  Theblogosphere reaction to the story comes in more like Letters to the Editor-- Forbes has likely received more than a few on this story -- but thatdoes not mean that the original writer is reading the responses.  Muchof the mainstream media still does not believe in the self-correcting natureof blogging -- I doubt we'll see a follow-up story in Forbes a year fromnow. Bloggers realize they have an accountability to their readers that is differentthan mainstream media.  I'm not talking about some of the blogs thathave become online magazines, but rather name-brand bloggers.  Searlscaptured this thought in his e-mail, too, as he describes the "sovereignnature" of a blog:My blog is my domain. It is theunfiltered (except by myself) source of what I alone think and say. Beforeblogging, we didn't have that.If an individual bloggerwrites a one-sided story, he/she can expect to be criticized for it --either on their own site or on other blogs.  They can expect theircredibility to take a hit.  They can expect their readership to change(in most cases, to drop).   In this particular instance, one of the fascinating things is how the mainstreammedia and the blogging world have actually combined synergistically.  WhileForbes readers may not see the rest of the story printed in the magazine,they can on the web -- even on  Without a trace of irony,Forbes publisher RichKarlgaard started bloggingthe week after this article ran.  I'm quite proud of the fact thathe was immediately challengedby oneof the Lotus community (youknow, those who were described as "sickos" in the story) forthe obvious conflict.   Searching on the titleof the article and the article'sauthor reveals a huge buildupof sovereign voices dissecting and deconstructing the article.  Ihave seen a bunch of those searches land here on  Notonly is the article not being taken at face value, the characterizationof the players within it, including myself, isn't either.  And thus,powerfully, the one-sided nature of a traditional journalist's articlehas been revealed and deflated-- by the very technology being attacked.

November 8, 2005 by

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