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Oracle Exadata X3-2 configuration

Will customers buy into Oracle's modern-day mainframes?

Oracle is making a big play to cash in on the simplification of enterprise IT environments with "engineered systems," the collection of vertically integrated appliances that debuted five years ago with Exadata. While Oracle insists customers who enter into the Big Red cocoon will reap all kinds of benefits, some may be hesitant …
Alex Woodie, 15 May 2013

Think enterprise software is complex? Check out the licences

Enterprises shouldn't be surprised to discover they're having trouble understanding their enterprise licensing agreements. While Oracle, SAP and other big players publicly tout transparency and fairness in their licensing and pricing policies, customers often disagree when they get to the bargaining table or open the results of …
Alex Woodie, 09 May 2013
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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

You've got to hand it to Kirill Tatarinov, the head of Microsoft's ERP division. The Russian Rocket was cool as a cucumber on Monday when a demo of the Windows 8 Metro UI running on a touch-screen tablet crashed and burned during the opening keynote of Convergence 2012. Microsoft is indeed making big, bold bets with the upcoming …
Alex Woodie, 19 Mar 2012

From server to end user: What's coming up for NFS?

NFS (Network File System) is one of two of the most successful file protocols in the history of computing. From the 1980s with NFSv2 through the widely deployed NFSv3 in the 1990s, and now with today’s NFS4.1 standard – and if you don’t know about NFSv4.1 and pNFS (parallel NFS), you should – the protocol has been developed to …
Alex McDonald, 29 Feb 2012

Implementing, serving, and using cloud storage

Introduction Organizations of all types are trying to control costs and satisfy increasing demands at the same time—demands created by explosive data growth and ever-changing requirements. To address these challenges, storage industry professionals are turning to cloud computing and cloud storage solutions. It’s important to …
Alex McDonald, 17 Nov 2011
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Go forth and deduplicate

El Reg has teamed up with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for a series of deep dive articles. Each month, the SNIA will deliver a comprehensive introduction to basic storage networking concepts. This month the SNIA examines data deduplication. This article, derived from existing SNIA material, describes the …
Alex McDonald, 04 May 2011
Sony Ericsson Aino

Sony Ericsson Aino

Sony Ericsson's latest marketing wheeze is to release a slew of new handsets with seemingly meaningless names. Satio, Yari, Naite and the handset currently under scrutiny, Aino, are models the company has lined up to compete with Apple and Android. The Aino is meant to be a media fan’s handset first and foremost. It also has a …
Consoles & Gadgets Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Controller

Consoles & Gadgets Rapid Fire

One of the problems with being a newcomer to any multiplayer combat gaming platform is that, up against experienced sharp shooters, you probably won't survive for long. You really do get to learn the hard way. Although technically outlawed – offending the gaming community’s sense of fair play – a modified controller with rapid- …
Alex Poyner, 29 Oct 2009

Wireless pen options?

Is there such a thing as Bluetooth - or other wireless technology - pen that will allow me to write on paper yet capture what I write, digitally? This would be a great way to take notes if, say, you only have a phone with you, not a laptop, and you can write more quickly than you can type.
Alex, 05 Sep 2008
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IPTV/VoD: The tortoise and the hare

The power of television is undeniable. When gorillas were first introduced to Longleat Zoo's Gorilla Island and had to be quarantined and initially segregated from each other, the wardens came up with the rather smart idea of building TVs in their enclosures to keep them occupied. The gorillas loved it so much that when they …
Alex Cameron, 26 Aug 2007
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TV show delays drive Oz viewers to distraction

Australian TV viewers are waiting longer than ever to view their favourite overseas produced televisions shows, driving them to use BitTorrent and other internet-based peer-to-peer programs to download programmes from overseas, prior to their local broadcast. According to a survey based on a sample of 119 current or recent free …
Alex Malik, 22 Feb 2007
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IPTV/VoD: Cutting off the air supply

It was a beautiful day when the head of Disney finally came out and admitted piracy (or the "Dark Net" as they call it) is a business model. A bit like a drug addict coming out of rehab, it's hard to admit what you don't want to admit. But we still carry on and on with the same old story like a broken record. HD-DVD's copy …
Alex Cameron, 10 Feb 2007
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IPTV/VoD: Fast forward to Christmas future

It's the Friday before Christmas. The very first thing I hear at 6am is the latest Crazy Frog jingle at full volume that's been remotely programmed into my alarm clock as a hilariously mischievous prank by my girlfriend. I'm tempted to smash the thing, but that would mean buying the fifth one this year. At least it's nice and …
Alex Cameron, 22 Dec 2006
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IPTV/VoD – Let's inject a little rock 'n' roll

Even 10 seconds of the ridiculously over-valued X-Factor and American Idol make me want to vomit. They are so frighteningly mediocre, vacuous, and repetitive that I invariably find myself staring into a worrying abyss of creative bankruptcy that's pumped into millions of people's homes every night through their TV screen. On the …
Alex Cameron, 08 Dec 2006
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IPTV/VoD: How to set up your own home/office system

There's a secret many people in the IPTV/VoD industry don't want you to know. Setting up an IPTV network is actually incredibly easy. In fact, almost anyone can do it. But if you knew that, you'd build your own and no one would make any money by selling you proprietary products with huge mark-ups. IPTV networks are basically …
Alex Cameron, 29 Nov 2006
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IPTV/VoD: Get up to speed

The industry and its technology moves so fast that it is easy for information to become outdated and for people to lose track of all the things they need to know. This document is a typical briefing sheet supplied in the workshop that covers all the main points that are essential for any executive or technician to understand. …
Alex Cameron, 13 Nov 2006
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IPTV/VoD: The world that's on its way

A lot of frustration is levelled at content providers and it's very easy to see why. Dealing with the studios and production companies can be like pulling teeth if the approach isn't correct. Surprisingly, dealing with record labels is actually very easy as they've had five years or so of violent erosion into their sales from …
Alex Cameron, 10 Nov 2006
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IPTV/VoD: The world that's on its way

One of the most common questions operators and analysts are asked is whether IPTV will happen, and if it does, whether if will deliver its promise. The answer is probably not one you'd expect. It already has happened, and is already delivering. IP and internet technologies may not turn up on our doorstep or down our aerial …
Alex Cameron, 05 Nov 2006
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IPTV/VoD: The world that's on its way

Imagine travelling down a motorway at 110 miles per hour, passing hundreds of signs with half of you feeling you just want a leisurely drive and the other half panicking that you're late. Some of the other cars are crashing into the central reservation or veering off the left lane violently never to be seen again, some are just …
Alex Cameron, 31 Oct 2006
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IPTV/VoD: The fall of content's kingdom

The textbook says content is king, and that saying is something every telco and ISP worldwide is contemplating after realising that if they throw enough technical people at the IPTV infrastructure problem they can put a TV network together. But putting the wires in doesn't make people flock to your service like broadband or …
Alex Cameron, 24 Jun 2006
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IPTV/VoD: The open fourth platform

Just when you thought the days of the digital TV "walled garden" were over, this week Sky released its new Sky Net platform, which is almost as imaginatively titled as the new service to be released by the start-up Aggregator this year. It seems the world is taking a giant leap backward to the days of web portals and brand …
Alex Cameron, 05 May 2006
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An action plan for Ofcom

The government had its heart in the right place in consolidating all the major communications agencies into one. Broadly speaking, Ofcom has done relatively well, whether its palace of a reception area cost half its yearly budget or not. LLU lines are growing rapidly, our digital television market is the most developed in the …
Alex Cameron, 25 Apr 2006
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IPTV/VoD: solving the home wiring problem

If you’re a survey junkie, you no doubt love the sheer onslaught of silly press activity that’s been happening recently in technology world. IPTV, the all-healing panacea, is so hot almost everyone wants to do it despite not having given a lot of thought to the real delivery issues that it will involve for them. The most absurd …
Alex Cameron, 28 Mar 2006
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Ringtones prop up Australian recording industry

Yesterday, the Australian recording industry went through its annual ritual of announcing a fall in music sales. Although, this time ARIA didn't blame digital music piracy for the fall - fans of the ARIA blame game will be pleased to see they industry included the obligatory reference to digital music piracy anyway - just for …
Alex Malik, 28 Mar 2006
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Five days closer to a Kazaa resolution ... or not?

Well, five days have passed and the appeal by the record companies and Kazaa has been heard. We await a judgment. In the meantime, here are some observations from the appeal. To these eyes, the appeal before the Full Court of the Federal Court was a very different animal to the main case. Firstly, there were no witnesses …
Alex Malik, 07 Mar 2006
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IPTV: killer apps and dead horses

Time and time again, industry talk comes back to what the one "killer app" will be for IPTV as a platform. Most assume it will be video-on-demand (VoD), as the historical business case has always rested on the fact that consumers love being able to have video whenever they want it, and it allows full VCR-like functionality over …
Alex Cameron, 01 Mar 2006
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Kazaa, record company lawyers ready for appeal

This morning sees the return of the parties in the Kazaa case to the Federal Court for their long awaited appeal. While the earlier case was heard by a single judge (Judge Wilcox), the appeal is to be heard over five days by the Full Bench comprised of Justices Branson, Finkelstein and Lindgren. The appeal follows the September …
Alex Malik, 20 Feb 2006
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Don't be scared of Sky

Wherever you go and whoever you talk to in any of the media, telecoms and television industries, people are absolutely terrified of Sky. Not just scared, absolutely terrified. Not that they'd ever admit it, of course. The fear of Murdoch extends further than you'd think was possible for an old man, and no company inspires …
Alex Cameron, 17 Feb 2006
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IPTV and VoD: the great content adventure

"The problem is that they want the world, but they don’t want to pay for it", said the BBC executive sitting opposite me, sipping on his cappuccino. "They are all knocking on our door wanting all our content for free, and it’s so difficult when they don’t understand the costs involved and how this industry operates." The reason …
Alex Cameron, 23 Jan 2006
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Digital download markets: cut up and segregated

In recent years there has been a worldwide move towards “free” trade. Arguably there have been winners and losers from this process. One winner has been consumers in Western countries who enjoy purchasing content like music, film, games and software. In my home country, Australia, one of the success stories of the late 1990s …
Alex Malik, 16 Nov 2005
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Of mass market telco TV

There are more than 300 ISPs in the UK of varying sizes, from VISP resellers to tier 1 backbone carriers – most resell BT Wholesale’s core DSL product, basing their service costs on the deals they can offer on BT Central backhaul, network bandwidth and external connectivity arrangements. They share a common destiny in that it …
Alex Cameron, 17 Oct 2005
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Oz Swiftel case settled in a shroud of secrecy

The long running Australian Swiftel case was settled today. All the important issues and players were involved in this case – ISPs, alleged BitTorrent and P2P users … film, music and other content holders. There were also allegations of large-scale internet-based copyright infringement. The case was supposed to represent another …
Alex Malik, 14 Oct 2005
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CD sales fall disguises a lack of choice

While music consumers in Australia patiently wait for the introduction of iTunes, they find they have less choice than ever. The Australian Recording Industry Association has reported that for the first six months of 2005, the volume of recorded music product shipments to retailers fell 7.54 per cent, while their wholesale …
Alex Malik, 15 Sep 2005
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Oz legit downloads fail to deliver

Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the second of a two-part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps …
Alex Malik, 09 Aug 2005
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Oz legit downloads fail, and fail again

Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents the first of a two part look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps …
Alex Malik, 08 Aug 2005
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Oz ISP, employee and principal held liable for copyright breaches

Another day another copyright battle! Australia’s Federal Court has handed down its decision in Universal Music Australia v Cooper (the ComCen case). While no final orders has been made, Justice Brian Tamberlin found for the recording industry applicants on all counts, in what has been described by the recording industry as a “ …
Alex Malik, 14 Jul 2005
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Oz court case exposes lack of fairness

In Australia the Federal Government is looking at introducing a fair use style exemption to our copyright law. Yes I know … it’s hard to believe, but in Australia you can’t legally back up your music CDs, or even rip a CD you have paid for, so you can convert it into an iPod compatible format. You can’t even legally use your VCR …
Alex Malik, 20 Jun 2005
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Oz iPod users denied access to quality pop

Despite all the huff and puff emanating from the Australian music business about illegal file-sharing, it's comes as a bit of surprise to learn that you can't legally downloaded a number one single, even if you're prepared to shell out hard-earned cash for the privilege. Jesse McCartney is a harmless enough young pop star and …
Alex Malik, 11 May 2005
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True stories from under the bar table - the Kazaa case concludes

Yawn … 8.30 in the morning … double yawn … didn’t really want to be here. Sydney was blowing a gust and the rain was pounding down. It was March but you would’ve thought it was July (that’s winter for those who are planning a summer holiday in Oz). Check out this exchange from the bar table: Lawyer 1: “what are we going to do …
Alex Malik, 23 Mar 2005
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Kazaa Oz lawsuit wows the crowd

The Earth is flat, the Moon landing never happened, the world will end next week and Ashlee Simpson is one of the great recording artists of her generation. It's funny how misinformation can enter the marketplace and get reported as the truth. It's also funny how the misinformation gets reported so widely. As we already know, …
Alex Malik, 08 Mar 2005
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Red Hat Web security hole – get it while you can

If you people don't work Saturdays you're going to miss one hell of a good security hole in the Red Hat site -- purveyors of high security systems. Go here: http://www.redhat.com/apps/user/lostpass.html?saved_url= Type ANYTHING in the user/email fields, click send and get a variety of spew from their database. Product numbers, …
Alex May, 19 Dec 1999