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posted in April 2008

Interop: Rat's Nests Of Cables No Match For Panduit's Intelligent Patch Panels

4/30/2008
I'm sure competing solutions exist (or maybe not -- you tell me). But this year's Interop marks the first time I've ever seen an intelligent patch panel: one that drives the visibility into your network another layer deeper than the visibility that might normally end with your routers and switches. The offering -- a Best of Interop finalist -- comes from Panduit, and about the only thing I can imagine comi

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Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports

4/30/2008
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's Post a Comment

Interop: Alcatel-Lucent Claims APIs And Scalability Are Comm Server's Key Differentiators

4/29/2008
Here at Interop in Las Vegas, a handful of exhibitors who also are Best of Interop finalists are waiting to find out if InformationWeek's editors have singled them out as winners or not. One of them is Alcatel-Lucent, who is here showing off its XML API-enabled Omnitouch Advanced Communications Server (ACS). Via those APIs, director of product management Peter Anderholm (pictured below left) claims that enterprises can, for collaborati

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It Could Be 15 Years Before We Know What's Really Green

4/29/2008
It's the eve before Interop here in Las Vegas and we've just wrapped up Energy Camp where, as can be seen from the user-decided agenda, the conversation went deep and wide on a variety of subjects related to the reduction of information technology's carbon footprint. Two key takeaways for me were (1) many so-called "green" remedies have a dark enough side to them that they may not be as green as we think they are, and (2) it may t

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Desperately Seeking: Green Tips And Tricks (Big Or Small) That You Think Can Make A Difference

4/25/2008
We're just a few days away from Energy Camp, which we're holding on the day before Interop in Las Vegas. We've got close to 100 people signed up and we're anticipating quite a few walk-ins. So, we're on target in terms of the event's size and intimacy. But even if you don't plan to be there, I've established a way for you to participate virtually by sharing your own energy saving tips and tricks (or just green tips in g

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IMAP And Ajax UI Temporarily Go AWOL On Gmail

4/16/2008
It happened all at once today (and maybe that's why Gmail is still in "beta" after all these years). Both the Web interface and my various e-mail clients (Outlook, my smartphone) that were accessing my enterprise Gmail account seized up on me completely. Standalone Gmail account holders were affected, too (according to a blogsearch on the matter). The cause? An AWOL IMAP interface caused the mail clients to clam up and most of Gm

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Energy Camp Mentioned In InfoWorld. Are You Coming?

4/15/2008
Energy Camp, the IT industry's first unconference dedicated to establishing a multilateral dialog between all IT constituencies on issues relating to running green technology and reducing energy consumption, was mentioned in a story by Brad Reed in InfoWorld. I, along with Redmonk principal analyst James Governor (author of the Greenmonk Blog) will be hosting Energy Camp in a few weeks. Somewhat ir

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Interoperability Breakdown: Who's To Blame? IMAP Or E-Mail Vendors?

4/8/2008
In the e-mail world, where possible, I used to urge organizations to stick with the Internet-standard Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) instead of using the addictive proprietary alternatives from Microsoft and IBM Lotus (found in Outlook/Exchange and Lotus Notes). Now, thanks to Google's GMail service, I realize I may have been mistaken.

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The Olympics In The Internet Age: More Than China Bargained For?

4/3/2008
Free people and journalists everywhere are expressing outrage today on the heels of news that 34-year-old Chinese Hu Jia will be jailed for another 3-1/2 years (in addition to the year that he's already spent in prison) for broadly distributing his views on democracy and criticisms of Chinese policies via the Internet. In this day and age of the Internet, did China get way more than it bargained for when it lobbied

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Wow! Kleer Gets $28M Of Funding In Series B Round (And Deserves It)

4/2/2008
Kleer's PR counsel just sent a blast out to say that the company has received $28 million of funding in a Series B round. On video (embedded below), I took a closer look at Kleer's technology during the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January and this new injection of cash comes as no surprise given what Kleer's wireless technology can do.

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No, It's Not Your 15 Minutes Of Twitter-Fame. Say Hello To Twitter Spam

4/2/2008
For a fleeting moment, I thought my Twitter ID (dberlind) got stuck in some viral tornado of fame. For several days, hardly 30 minutes could pass without another e-mail showing up in my in-box saying that someone else was "following me" on Twitter. Did some tweet of mine suddenly turn me into Twitter.com's new Mr. Popularity? Hardly. A pattern started to emerge. And then, on a long shot, I Googled "twitter spam."

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Verizon's PR Czar Responds To Whistle-Blower RE: 30K Missing HDTVs

4/2/2008
Uh oh. It looks like things are about to become unglued over at Verizon where there's a dispute over the number of HDTVs that were promised to new FiOS subscribers, but that so far remained undelivered. In response to the debacle, Verizon apparently told ABC News that only a handful of customers were affected. But an alleged whistle-blowing Verizon customer service rep says that the number is more like 30,000 and that CSRs are being asked to dial back the make-good for those in the lurch. If the

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Why Outlook Isn't The Best IMAP Client For Gmail

4/1/2008
For anybody who wanted folder synchronicity between their email client (eg: Outlook, Thunderbird, Mac Mail, iPhone, etc.) and their online email service, it was pretty much impossible to find until, in its Gmail service, Google decided to support a special e-mail retrieval protocol (IMAP) that's designed with that purpose in mind. Unfortunately, POP -- the protocol through which most email clients attach to online email services -- can't do the trick. After determining that neither Mozilla's Thu

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Purchased: One $20 LCD Cleaning Kit From Klear Screen

4/1/2008
After joining the team here at TechWeb (which includes InformationWeek, Interop, etc.), I was outfitted with a beautiful MacBook Pro with a 17-inch LCD panel. But after three months of usage, the LCD's surface is covered with fingerprints (plainly visible when the display is off). Fearful that I could ruin the display if I cleaned it the wrong way, I hunted down the solution (double entendre intended).

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