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Attack on Google In January Supposedly Targeted Critical Password System

Passwords Not Taken, But Password System Source Code Said Stolen In today’s New York Times, there is a fascinating and disturbing story shedding more light on the hack attack on Google that occurred in January and led to its pullout from China. According to the story, hackers stole the source code to Gaia, which the […]

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Fuel Cell Market Approaches, Difference between Japan and the US

In early February, Bloom Energy made quite a splash with the announcement of their fuel cell–based systems. There are several types of fuel cells, each using a different type of electrolyte. Knowing that fuel cells are very hot in Japan, I searched organizations working on the same type of fuel cell, solid oxide. This type […]

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Cisco Confirms Open Source Telepresence

Confirming something I wrote in SmartPlanet yesterday, Cisco said it is making its Telepresence technology open source. Divesting ownership of the Telepresence Interoperability Protocol, which links Cisco Telepresence to other companies’ videoconferencing systems, was a condition of its $3.3 billion acquisition of Tandberg, the Norwegian videoconferencing company. Credit: Cisco Systems Inc. The International Multimedia Telecommunications […]

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My Upcoming Panel at BrightTalk Efficient Data Center Summit

I will be moderating a panel titled "Data Center Efficiency via IT Optimization, Standards, and Collaboration” at the BrightTalk Efficient Data Center Summit April 21, from 11 a.m. PDT, as you can see here. Energy consumption by U.S. data centers has been increasing, and some are running out of power for their growing number of […]

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Japan Betters PUE at Data Centers

Although the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric is not without its problems, it is the de facto standard for measuring energy efficiency in a data center. Japan’s Green IT Promotion Council  wants to improve on PUE with its own metric, data center performance per energy (DPPE). The council (GIPC) wants to make this metric the […]

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Shavlik Statement on April 13 Patch Tuesday Releases

Microsoft has released 11 new security bulletins for this month’s Patch Tuesday, addressing 29 vulnerabilities. This month’s security bulletins range from servers to workstations with a lot of affected products. This month you can count on pretty much every type of Windows computer being patched. MS10-021 addresses a vulnerability in the Windows Kernel. As you […]

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Shavlik Advanced Commentary for Next Week’s Patch Tuesday

Microsoft just announced their Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification for the April 2010 edition of Patch Tuesday. They are planning on releasing 11 new security bulletins fixing 25 vulnerabilities. • 5 bulletins are rated Critical • 5 bulletins are rated Important • 1 bulletin is rated Moderate • 8 bulletins fix vulnerabilities that can lead to […]

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Bandwidth Gatekeeper’s Jockey For Position

The bounty from the aggregation of all information globally, and global access to networks (the Internet), alongside the genius of search, the ability to syndicate and store, are some of the reasons why the world works so differently today. The freedoms these communications bestow have changed, relatively, global living more dramatically than the wheel or […]

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New Green Touch Telecom Consortium Reveals Energy-Saving Plan

Telecommunications networks suck up 2 percent of the world’s energy production—equivalent to the energy produced by 50 million cars—but technologies now in the works could cut that consumption by 99.9 percent. That’s the goal put forward by Green Touch, a new consortium of companies and research laboratories, at a meeting in Paris in mid-March. The […]

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Location Independent Cloud Services

When I am struggling with jet lag, I often spend the night hours up and working. It is advantageous because my colleagues in the U.S. are up and working as well. The payback comes in the afternoon. The lack of sleep sinks in around that time. In any event, today I was watching a TV […]

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