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Proceed with caution with the OS X Lion v10.7.4 Update

Last week Apple pushed out a combined OS X Lion and security update. It's still being pushed out through the Software Update service. While most third-party applications appear to be playing well with the update, a number of serious compatibility issues have been reported, including problems mounting external SATA drives and software RAID volumes.

May 14, 2012

AWS: Enterprises slow to reap big data benefits

Small start-ups have taken a lead on enterprises in their adoption of big data, by embedding analytics into the heart of their applications, according to Amazon Web Services.As the cloud has grown, prices for rentable computing power have come down, while scale-out applications like Hadoop have evolved to analyse large quantities of data, Werner Vogels, Amazon Web Service's (AWS) chief technology officer, said in a keynote speech at the AWS Summit 2012 in London.

April 24, 2012 by

Two charged in London Apple Store raid

A man and a 16-year-old boy are set to appear in court on Tuesday, charged with burglary after a smash-and-grab raid on the Apple Store in Covent Garden.In the raid, about seven moped or motorbike riders and their pillion passengers stole several iPads and other Apple devices after smashing the Apple Store's window.

October 11, 2011 by

CloudMade Betas New Map Editing Tool

CloudMade last made an appearance on ZDNetUK as part of an OpenStreetMap themed blog back in February of this year when the company’s involvement with the free and editable map of the world project was starting to gain pace. It was at this time that the London, Kiev and Silicon Valley based vendor first started to be recognised as a provider of a commercial-grade platform for developers interested in mapping applications.

December 2, 2009 by

Gov't confusion over national 2Mbps commitment

Confusion has broken out within government circles over the 2Mbps universal broadband coverage that was called for by Stephen Carter's Digital Britain report.At a Parliament and Internet conference held in London on Thursday, the head of broadband policy for Lord Mandelson's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said the government had "never said there will be 2Mbps [provided to UK citizens] at any given time".

October 15, 2009 by

London police find four stolen Nikon D3x cameras

London police discovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen Nikon cameras during a raid after a camera store reported the products missing last month. The police found four Nikon D3x cameras, worth a total of £24,000 (~$38,606).

July 8, 2009 by

Cell phone as desktop computer

This is a bit of a crazy idea, but it constitutes part of the reason I keep harping on about the importance of full-blown desktop operating systems in cell phones. Yes, it creates developer consistency, meaning that the same skills used to develop apps for desktop computers map directly to cell phones applications.

June 20, 2008 by

Virtual labs and education

Yesterday, I asked for people to share their thoughts via a guest blog on virtualization in Ed Tech.   Guest blogger Erik Josowitz provided us with the following (thanks, Erik).  Feel free to talk back or submit your own guest blog with some specific experiences or implementation details. Virtualization is great tool but, like any Swiss-Army knife, success with it depends on the task at hand. One of the places that people get into trouble with virtualization is when they try to use out-of-the-box virtual infrastructure with non-technical audiences. Virtualization is a great solution but often is not a complete solution.In education we've frequently seen challenges that look like appropriate places to implement a virtualization solution, only to find that the end-result is not fully usable by the intended audience. One example is providing hands-on lab environments to support application training. Success in the workforce today depends on high-level application skills and there is no better way for students to attain those skills than through hands-on use of the software applications. Many educational institutions provide computer lab environments to help support their student population and provide access to necessary software applications. Many of these lab environments have become the source of IT management problems as they become virus-ridden, get subverted as distribution sites for pirated software or music, or just plain have the normal IT management issues associated with a shared resource in a public environment. For many institutions their student population brings with them their own PCs which solves one problem but creates another. The lab issues diminish but the problems of providing secure access to software (and software licenses) often takes its place.The answer, we've found, is virtual lab management - using virtualization to deliver secure computing environments as a shared resource. Virtual labs allow administrators to serve up a clean and unchangeable environment for each student - in the lab or on their own PC - on-demand. This makes it easy to provide access to applications that students either can't afford individually or that their home PCs cannot support. It makes it simple to track and monitor lab usage and to control the use of resources so that systems are not subverted into file servers. Virtual lab management sits on top of virtualization (from Microsoft or VMware) and tells it what to deliver and to who. It makes it easy for non-technical users to select the types of applications they need from a menu and to gain access to those environments without needing to understand virtualization, networking, hosts systems or anything about how it gets delivered. Best of all, virtual labs make it easy to manage capacity. By scheduling time in the lab environment the shared resource is managed for maximum utilization. If more capacity is needed it is simple to add additional resources to the system. The end-users simply see an increase in availability.Virtualization may not be a panacea for educational institutions, but for a subset of problems, a centralized virtual lab may enable technology administrators to focus their time and attention on enabling learning rather than administering systems.

December 19, 2007 by

Enterprises still grappling with access management: Gartner

Despite broader recognition of the need for securing access to applications and other IT resources, enterprises are still struggling to come to terms with the issues involved with identity and access management (IAM), Gartner has warned."We need to have a much more well defined process for IAM, with architectures, controls and processes," Gartner UK vice president for research Ant Allan told attendees at a recent conference on identity and access management in London.

July 10, 2007 by

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