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  • New Office, Windows Mean (Small) Business

    Microsoft did not really emphasize such benefits at the November 30 business launch of Windows Vista, which I found surprising. Microsoft last released new versions of Office and Windows together in 1995. Simultaneous release is an unprecedented marketing opportunity: Businesses upgrading operating systems typically go to a newer productivity suite about the same time. For…

  • 802.11n Standard Makes Progress in London Meeting

    The long-anticipated 1.10 version of the IEEE 802.11n draft standard was approved unanimously in an IEEE task group meeting held in London in mid-January. According to Atheros CTO Bill McFarland, who attended the meeting, all of the 3,000-plus technical comments to the 11n draft 1.0 were resolved, and that in turn resulted in the successful…

  • Survey: Half of SMBs Have Faith in the Security of VOIP

    Only half of small and midsize business users feel they can trust the security behind IP telephony, according to a survey released Jan. 18 by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and IDC. User sensitivity to any disruption of service in voice communication and knowledge that IP telephony relies on the same systems they know…

  • IBM Storage Arrays: Small on Price, Large on Performance

    Continuing its strategy to add more products to its SMB storage catalog, IBM Jan. 16 introduced two entry-level-priced disk arrays with high-end, integrated management software boasting functionality previously found only in much larger systems. Big Blue’s announcement comes at a time when competing storage vendors, such as NEC, LSI Logic, EMC, NetApp, Quantum, Sun Microsystems…

  • VeriWave Tool Tests Performance of 802.11n WLAN Gear

    A developer of wireless LAN performance and analysis test systems is introducing a product designed to test network equipment operating under the 802.11n standard being discussed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. VeriWave’s 802.11n WaveBlade, slated to be released in the second quarter of 2007, can test an entire enterprise network installation—not only…

  • Man Found Guilty of Targeting AOL Customers in Phishing Scam

    A 45-year-old California man convicted Jan. 12 of operating a sophisticated phishing scheme designed to steal personal and credit card information faces 101 years in prison. Jeffrey Brett Goodin of Azusa became the first defendant convicted by a jury under the provisions of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, announced prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office…