By looking at elements such as whether antivirus software and definitions are up to date, or whether all the security flaws in Windows have been patched, Belarc works quickly to inform you of what you're missing and provide links to how you can fix it. It uses the Center for Internet Security (… Read more
One of Power Downloader's pet personal computer peeves is the Safely Remove Hardware icon that pops up and nags him anytime he removes a device. External hard drive, thumb drive, a USB-powered fan--there's no escaping that pesky pop-up.
Except, of course, there is a solution. In fact, there are two easy solutions, says Power Downloader: One uses a small program, while the other involves tweaking the QuickLaunch bar's properties.
Updated at 2:30 p.m. PDT with comments from Iomega Chief Executive Jonathan Huberman.
And now for something completely different.
Software and storage company EMC announced Tuesday that it will purchase Iomega for $213 million, or $3.85 per share. EMC expects the deal to close sometime during the second quarter of this year.
EMC has traditionally played in enterprise-level storage and software arenas. Iomega is best-known for hard drives and storage for consumers and small-business customers. EMC hinted that this is just its first move into consumer hardware business.
"Iomega will play a key role in EMC'… Read more
Microsoft plans to spend a lot of time in Los Angeles this fall.
The software maker had already said that, after canceling last year's Professional Developers Conference, this year's PDC would be held in Tinseltown October 27-30. This week, Microsoft noted that its WinHEC (Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference) will take place the following week, also in downtown LA.
Microsoft had previously said only that the show would take place in the fall at a West Coast location. The event typically takes place in the spring, but Microsoft said in November that it was postponing this year's event … Read more
Ever stop to wonder how many cables, plugs, and connections go into making the Internet run smoothly? Wired has an interesting gallery on the world's densest "Meet-Me" room, where over 260 ISPs talk to each other. Never seen the inside of a server room? It's monolithic...not for the faint-hearted, but an informative lesson in how the Web works.
View the gallery on Wired: "A Lesson in Internet Anatomy: The World's Densest Meet-Me Room"
Xeni Jardin has a way of digging up nuggets of sublime weirdness and subtle hilarity for her video blog on BoingBoing. The latest proof is BBtv's video on the L.A. Cable Untangling Championships--the IT version of calf roping and bronco riding, essential professional skills that have evolved into their own athletic events.
Learn about the finer points of cable-sorting technique and knot theory on BoingBoingTV: "BBtv: Speed Cabling--competitive ethernet detangling"
CNET's own Mike Yamamoto proposes a nuanced analysis on Crave: "'Speedcabling': Do you have what it takes?"
Correction 7:45 a.m. PST: I got the sensor bar and the Wiimote's duties mixed up. Names notwithstanding, the sensor bar has the infrared LEDs, and the Wiimote actually has the cameras that detect the signals.
I support the hardware-hacking philosophy on principle, but most of the movement's labors have left me uninspired. That all changed when I started seeing the uses that Carnegie Mellon researcher Johnny Chung Lee has found for the Nintendo Wii's infrared remote control.
In a collection of videos, notable for their lucid explanations, the Ph.D. graduate student from CMU's … Read more
Let me explain. Under marketing hardware I file the static, robust marketing framework long established in theory and practice: brand architecture, trademarks, direct mailing, loyalty programs, trade show booths, … Read more
Nothing will stall your workday faster than a dropped network connection or recalcitrant peripheral. There's a good chance that just a few tweaked Windows settings will get you rolling again. With some luck, the tools built into the OS will be all the help you need. And if Windows' diagnostic tools come up short, there are some other resources at your troubleshooting disposal.
Diagnose network disconnections in Vista and XP One of Vista's most useful new tools is the revamped Network Diagnostics utility. When a Web page won't load in Internet Explorer, you may be prompted to … Read more
Last week, IBM System Technology Group (STG) announced its plans for a reorg. Historically, STG was organized around five hardware "brands" (i.e. mainframe, storage, microprocessors, etc.), but this led to customer confusion and channel overlap. What's more, IBM found its salespeople competing with each other in the field. Something had to give.
IBM, the company that practically invented business computing, will now market its systems in a software, solutions, or industry context. To me, this is an indication that the rules of the technology game continue to evolve into a model where vertical solutions trump horizontal … Read more