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SuSE Linux

Novell kicks off Hackweek

Open source developers at Novell are spending this week on a 'working holiday' that the company calls Hackweek. Almost all of Novell's 300 SUSE Linux and open source developers around the world - plus a few guests - have been given the week to work on whatever open source projects they want to support. That's 1500 developer- …
Bryan Betts, 26 Jun 2007
Linux

Open source 'leaving Asia behind'

The open source community risks leaving Asian users and developers behind, thanks to cultural differences and western business's tendency to treat programmers there as code monkeys rather than software designers, a senior Novell staffer has warned. Kurt Garloff, the company's global product opportunities veep, said that while …
Bryan Betts, 26 Jun 2007
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Lotus leaps into social networking

IBM is the latest big company to jump onto the social networking bandwagon, via its Lotus subsidiary which has at last released its much-hyped information-sharing and community-building software, Lotus Connections. The whole thing sounds awfully like what Lotus Notes and SameTime were already supposed to be doing for us, but …
Bryan Betts, 25 Jun 2007
IBM

IBM launches MySpace for mainframes

IBM aims to leverage social networking by building an online meeting place for users of its System z mainframes. It says the Web-based portal, called Destination z, gives customers a place to discuss and debate mainframe usage, exchange ideas and seek technical advice. The company also announced software to improve System z's …
Bryan Betts, 22 Jun 2007
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Web users get a finger language class

Fancy learning a new language - with no need to go abroad to use it? And no, it's not Welsh... Sense, a charity for the deafblind, is using YouTube and its own Website to encourage others to learn the "manual alphabet" that it calls Finger Lingo, and which works by spelling words out on the hand. It has put an instructional …
Bryan Betts, 22 Jun 2007
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Quova tracks mobile net users

Mobile internet users can now prove their location to a website or remote network service, according to geolocation specialist Quova. Quova has developed downloadable applets which enable a laptop or smartphone to locate itself, for example by picking up the MAC addresses of local Wi-Fi APs, or the cellular base-stations in the …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2007

Bluetooth headsets to get dual mics

Adding a second microphone to a Bluetooth headset significantly improves its ability to capture speech by making it more effective at noise cancellation and suppression, according to Australian audio software developer Dynamic Hearing. The company has added a multi-mic feature called VoiceField to its Atlas audio processing …
Bryan Betts, 10 Jun 2007
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A life on the ocean wave(length)

Sailors could soon be able to call home from the middle of the ocean on an ordinary GSM mobile phone, thanks to a tie-up between Blue Ocean Wireless (BOW) and Inmarsat-reseller Stratos Comms. The companies have linked up with an as-yet unnamed GSM operator to put small GSM basestations, called picocells, onto merchant ships. …
Bryan Betts, 08 Jun 2007
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Low-energy server hosting goes underground

Centrinet is claiming zero-carbon energy emissions and military-grade security for its Smartbunker underground managed hosting service. Built in what was a NATO command centre, 100 metres below the wilds of Lincolnshire, England, Smartbunker runs on wind and water-power and uses power-efficient kit such as IBM bladeservers - …
Bryan Betts, 07 Jun 2007
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Brazilians go nuts for grid computing

Brazilian boffins have developed a peer-to-peer grid computing system called OurGrid, which enables members to freely donate and use spare compute cycles. Now stable, the open source software been picked up by SegHidro, a government-backed research project in north-west Brazil which is using compute power from OurGrid for tasks …
Bryan Betts, 07 Jun 2007

Siemens shows 1Gbit/s over plastic fibre

Siemens researchers have demonstrated a data rate of 1Gbit/s over plastic optical fibre, a speed ten times higher than is possible with current products. Sebastian Randel, the Siemens project manager, said the team sent an IPTV signal at 1008Mbit/s over a 100m connection in the lab, without errors or any flickering on the TV …
Bryan Betts, 05 Jun 2007

Cloudmark takes anti-spam to the edge

Anti-spam developer Cloudmark claims its high-volume content-filtering email gateway could prevent almost all unwanted email from reaching a network's mail servers. Many carriers and large enterprises run basic filters and throttles at the network edge, because if they can reject spam there, it takes a pile of dirt off their …
Bryan Betts, 01 Jun 2007
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Power firm plans low-energy credits

UK energy supplier Scottish & Southern Electric (SSE) is to offer credits to customers who cut their energy use or install low-energy appliances. It also wants to cut the carbon footprint of the power it generates by 20 per cent over the next nine years. The credit scheme, which will come in later this year, will be for …
Bryan Betts, 01 Jun 2007
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Interoute sells virtual servers

European telco and managed services provider Interoute has launched a hosted virtual server service - but unlike smaller hosting companies which use the likes of Virtuozzo to generate virtual webservers, it's using a full VMware ESX set-up. It allows customers to have a virtual machine (VM) of their own, complete with its own …
Bryan Betts, 25 May 2007
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Dragon marauds London, escapes arrest

Software company Nuance's dragon mascot narrowly escaped arrest this morning. The fanged and winged - but very green and fluffy - creature was prancing around London's Leicester Square when two police officers approached, asking: "You're not with Fathers-4-Justice, are you sir?" Reassured that the dragon was merely frightening …
Bryan Betts, 25 May 2007
BT

Desperately seeking WLAN apps for London

City wireless LAN pioneer Westminster City Council has kicked off a competition to find new applications to run on its planned city-wide Wi-Fi network. Along with sponsors BT and Vertex, it is offering prizes of £1,000 in each of three categories: Wireless Living to improve the daily life of individuals, Wireless Neighbourhood …
Bryan Betts, 24 May 2007
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Four-radio AP touts high-density Wi-Fi

Extricom has launched a quad-radio access point for its high-density wireless LAN systems. These are combinations of ultra-thin APs with a wireless switch that runs all the APs as a single cell so they can be on the same channels without interfering. Having four radios in each AP means you can run three non-overlapping Wi-Fi …
Bryan Betts, 24 May 2007
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Half of Wi-Fi hotspot money is wasted

Wireless hotspot usage is climbing, but more than half of the money spent on ad-hoc hotspot access is wasted, according to a survey by Wi-Fi roaming company Trustive. The company said its research showed that half of the users surveyed were connected for 30 minutes or less per session, and more than a quarter of sessions were …
Bryan Betts, 23 May 2007
Linux

Zeus virtually ports traffic manager to Windows

Load balancing specialist Zeus Technology has ported its ZXTM traffic manager to Windows - by the simple expedient of wrapping its Linux software up as a Microsoft Virtual Server package. The wrapped app also includes management tools that make it look just like native Windows software, said Zeus product manager Owen Garrett. …
Bryan Betts, 21 May 2007
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Tandberg touts VXA to Euro channels

The market for tape drives may be declining, but that doesn't mean it's dead or unprofitable, declared Tandberg Data as it launched a European version of the VXA Alliance, its vehicle for convincing resellers to adopt the ex-Exabyte VXA tape format. Tandberg corporate marketeer Marije Stijnen claimed that a reduced emphasis on …
Bryan Betts, 18 May 2007
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Euro consumers don't trust IP for TV

Public scepticism over the reliability of broadband and the internet could sink IPTV - unless European service providers can develop hybrid or blended services that deliver more than "just TV", and unless they wean themselves off competing solely on price and speed. That's according to a survey of European consumer attitudes …
Bryan Betts, 18 May 2007
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Lancom targets UK with high-end Wi-Fi

German networking company Lancom Systems has opened up in the UK with the aim of recruiting up to 50 resellers by the end of the year, and has already signed up TechstoreUK as a distributor. Lancom was founded five years ago out of the ruins of ELSA and specialises in developing high-end Wi-Fi, VoIP, and VPN systems, plus …
Bryan Betts, 16 May 2007
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Think thin, says EqualLogic

EqualLogic is the latest storage vendor to adopt thin provisioning, but unlike HDS which offers it on high-end Fibre Channel storage, EqualLogic is adding it to its midrange PS-series iSCSI arrays. The company said as well as including thin provisioning in new arrays at no extra cost, it will also be available to existing …
Bryan Betts, 16 May 2007
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Force10 barks at Cisco's Cat 4500

Force10 Networks has introduced a midrange chassis switch, called the C300, which it is pitching against Cisco's popular Catalyst 4500. The C300 is in effect a cut-down version of Force10's high-end Terascale E-series, but with many of the same high reliability features, such as the same modular FTOS operating system and the …
Bryan Betts, 15 May 2007
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PePWave links LANs to city Wi-Fi

Hong Kong-based Wi-Fi developer PePWave claims that its two new pieces of hardware will enable service providers to cover areas they couldn't cover before because of access control and cost issues. The first is Mesh Connector - a Wi-Fi repeater system which extends the coverage of a public mesh but is cheaper than doing it with …
Bryan Betts, 15 May 2007
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Tiscali touts 'voice-ready' business broadband

Tiscali is targeting ISDN users looking to move to broadband with a DSL package that provides carrier-class voice quality for up to four IP phone calls. The service provider said that as well as prioritising voice traffic over its network and guaranteeing enough bandwidth in each direction for four voice calls, its Voice-Ready …
Bryan Betts, 14 May 2007
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Tokyo team busts the Ethernet speed record

A team led by Toyko University researchers has set a new "land speed record" for IPv6 Ethernet, transferring data over a distance of 30,000km at an application rate of 9.08Gbit/s. The team leader, Dr Kei Hiraki, claimed this will not be beaten for the 10Gig generation because the contest organiser, the Internet2 consortium, …
Bryan Betts, 11 May 2007
IBM

IBM offers annual support for free DB2

IBM is offering "low cost" 24x7 support contracts to users of the free version of DB2, called DB2 Express-C. As well as tech support, coughing up the readies allows users to hook up a second server for high-availability clustering or remote database replication. The support contracts are available online at $2995 (around £1500 …
Bryan Betts, 07 May 2007
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Mirapoint adds directory to email gateway

Mirapoint has developed what it says is the first secure email gateway with a built-in directory and policy engine. According to the company, this increases security and lightens the load on the gateway because it no longer has to query the corporate directory server through the firewall for every incoming message. The …
Bryan Betts, 07 May 2007
Windows

Nivio betas hosted Windows

Nivio has started beta tests of a Windows XP hosted desktop service, which it claims can stream a desktop to any compatible browser so you can remotely access Windows apps on Linux, a Mac, or even a handheld device. The company hopes to follow the access-anywhere success of GoogleMail, Yahoo! and the like - but with access to …
Bryan Betts, 07 May 2007
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Cash machines get a voice

Swedish bank SEB has introduced 400 talking cashpoints, pitched at customers with sight problems, dyslexia, and other issues. Pressing a button before inserting a cashcard activates the speech synthesis option. Services available with voice synthesis include cash withdrawal, account balance options, and mobile phone top-ups. …
Bryan Betts, 03 May 2007
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Marshal aims to secure laptop content

Messaging security developer Marshal is to launch content security software for PCs - but there are questions over how it will work for remote users, as it will require users to be online before they can get permission to copy or share new content. Marshal's email processing software uses deep content inspection to protect …
Bryan Betts, 30 Apr 2007
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IBM servers get 10 Gig boost

10 Gig Ethernet specialists Chelsio and NetXen are targeting IBM servers - and in particular IBM's BladeCenter systems - for network acceleration and virtualisation. Both companies sell triple-function cards able to off-load TCP/IP networking, iSCSI storage and RDMA clustering traffic. IBM will now offer the NetXen 10 Gig SR …
Bryan Betts, 27 Apr 2007
IBM

IBM touts complete IPTV systems

IBM aims to kick some life back into the sputtering market for IPTV by making it easier for European ISPs - desperate as they are to differentiate themselves from their rivals - to buy and build Internet video services. The company claims that service providers are keen to add TV, but don't have time or expertise to do it …
Bryan Betts, 27 Apr 2007
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Cryoserver back from the dead

Email archiving system Cryoserver is back, and now it's an appliance. The software has been bought up by Dublin-based developer FCS (Forensics & Compliance Systems) which has used it to build a tamper-proof sealed system able to archive all one's messaging, both for regulatory compliance and for storage management. "It's a …
Bryan Betts, 25 Apr 2007
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Lumeta mines routers for network discovery

High-end network discovery developer Lumeta has opened up in Europe, citing security needs as the biggest driver today for finding out what's really on your network. The company said its UK office will support existing multinational users, as well as pushing its IPsonar software through European resellers and partners. "Our …
Bryan Betts, 25 Apr 2007
Linux

UK spooks offered 10Gig wire-speed processor

Specialist hardware developer Bivio Networks is now targeting UK spooks and service providers with its latest 10Gbit/s programmable deep packet inspection (DPI) engines. The Linux-based Bivio 7000 boxes sport multiple PowerPC processors, and Bivio claims they can be turned to just about any DPI purpose, from security onwards …
Bryan Betts, 25 Apr 2007

Russians crack OpenOffice security

OpenOffice users who've locked their files and forgotten the password - or who have a document but not the password for it - can now crack their way in, thanks to a toolkit from a Russian developer specialising in password recovery. Unsurprisingly called OpenOffice Password Recovery, its developer Intelore claims it can even …
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
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Airwave strike threats as Macquarie takes over

O2's owner Telefonica has flogged emergency services radio outfit O2 Airwave to the Australian banking and telco group Macquarie - and the new owner has promptly pissed off Airwave's staff so much that some are threatening to strike. A strike at Airwave would interrupt the push-to-talk radio systems used by the police and other …
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
BT

BT buys more of Latin America

BT is buying itself a bigger footprint in the fast-growing Latin American market by purchasing network provider Comsat International. BT says the acquisition will help it extend its 21st Century Network (21CN) services portfolio into the region. Latin America is a major growth area for BT - it has a regional NOC in São Paulo, …
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007

Handwrite onto your BlackBerry

BlackBerry Pearl users can now transfer handwritten notes into their handhelds using a digital pen and paper. The technology is aimed at uses such as form-filling - write on the form, tick a box and the written data is sent first to the BlackBerry's screen for you to check, and then back to base over the mobile network. It uses …
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
Linux

Oracle shuts Windows on data integrity drive

Oracle has slammed a window in Microsoft's face, by ensuring that a new enterprise data integrity checking scheme for mission-critical applications will run only on Linux. The database company has linked up with Emulex, LSI, and Seagate to standardise the way that their technologies check for data corruption. The four …
Bryan Betts, 20 Apr 2007
HP

HP ProCurve gets the NAC

HP ProCurve has dived into NAC (network access control), announcing an endpoint security appliance and Network Immunity - software that ties into a threat-detection appliance on one side and the network switches on the other, and uses 802.1X port control to lock out miscreants and network threats as they are detected. The two …
Bryan Betts, 18 Apr 2007
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Aperture brings back capacity planning

Data centre managers can now forecast not only their future need for power, space, and cooling, but what effect hardware swaps and changes will have, claimed Aperture Technologies as it added a capacity planning app to its Vista infrastructure management suite. "Our software manages the physical infrastructure of the data …
Bryan Betts, 16 Apr 2007
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Unified storage combo binds NAS, SAN and DR

Nexsan and Reldata have linked up to produce an IP-based unified storage system that offers both SAN and NAS capabilities, and will be sold by both companies' dealers. According to Reldata boss Dr Boris Anderer, the joint product - called Unified Smart Storage - is a complete system in its own right, not merely a bundle. He …
Bryan Betts, 13 Apr 2007
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WD touts quieter, smoother drives for video

Audio-video drives are back on the menu, with Western Digital bringing out a range of IDE and SATA hard disks that goes to a chunky 500GB – enough for up to 30 hours of HD video, reckons WD. The drives include a number of tweaks and new technologies to optimise them for AV applications. WD claimed that they can deliver smooth …
Bryan Betts, 13 Apr 2007
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Loutish users scupper collaborative technology

Collaborative technologies are failing because too many users are socially inept and have poor manners, according to a report from the Leading Edge Forum, a consortium of CIOs and academics. The problem comes because users don't know which tools to use for which purposes, and don't consider the other people involved, so if …
Bryan Betts, 13 Apr 2007
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LeftHand takes iSCSI to 10Gig

LeftHand Networks has IP-based SANs running over 10Gig Ethernet and is touting these as proof that iSCSI is finally ready for large enterprises to use. According to LeftHand, the 10Gig generation will be where Fibre Channel finally loses its lead over iSCSI in areas such as performance and disaster recovery support. The company …
Bryan Betts, 12 Apr 2007
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Finisar unwraps cure for SAN fabric blindness

Network test and measurement specialist Finisar has introduced a protocol analyser for 8Gig Fibre Channel, aimed both at SAN equipment developers and integrators, and large enterprise users. Based on Finisar's existing $50,000 (£25,000) Xgig platform, which can also test 10Gig FC and Ethernet, plus 6Gig SAS and SATA, the 8Gig …
Bryan Betts, 12 Apr 2007
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All aboard the Green Grid

The bandwagon that is energy efficiency has gained 28 more riders, with Brocade, Novell and Copan among those signing up to the Green Grid, a non-profit consortium set up to address the problems of energy consumption in the data centre. Copan claims that because its massive array of idle disk (MAID) technology powers down …
Bryan Betts, 11 Apr 2007