All posts by Jeff Clark

IRS Security Breach

IRS Security Breach
May 27, 2015 No Comments »

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service suffered a breach in which hackers stole some 100,000 taxpayer records, according to Katherine Noyes at Computerworld. The agency claimed that “the thieves first stole information including Social Security details, dates of birth and street ... Read More »

Whom Do You Trust?

Whom Do You Trust?
May 26, 2015 No Comments »

According to Pew Research, U.S. citizens believe that the federal government is more trustworthy than technology companies when it comes to protecting their privacy. “Only 31 percent of Americans trust the U.S. government to safeguard their data. If you think ... Read More »

Tesla Batteries for the Data Center?

Tesla Batteries for the Data Center?
May 22, 2015 No Comments »

One of the major impediments to the use of alternative energy (for data centers or in broader contexts) is the lack of large-scale storage. Wind energy is only available when the wind blows, and solar energy is only available for ... Read More »

11 Tips for Better IT Writing

11 Tips for Better IT Writing
May 21, 2015 No Comments »

“Excellent written communication skills” is a staple of IT job ads (and many other industries), but few employers seem to insist on this particular point, judging from the average written work. According to the Houston Chronicle, “When employers specify that ... Read More »

U.S. DoE: More Wind

U.S. DoE: More Wind
May 20, 2015 No Comments »

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a report describing technologies and other measures that can enable greater use of wind energy. Among the recommendations are taller towers to reach the greater available wind energy higher above ground level ... Read More »

Greenpeace Nitpicks Data Center Companies

Greenpeace Nitpicks Data Center Companies
May 19, 2015 No Comments »

Like so many aspects of industry, energy consumption is an increasingly politicized part of doing business—particularly in the case of data center operation and other IT functions. A recent Greenpeace report rags on a number of big names in the ... Read More »

CIOs Talk IoT

CIOs Talk IoT
May 19, 2015 No Comments »

The Internet of Things (IoT) is either a boom or bust in waiting, depending on whom you ask. Presumably, the increased use of “smart” devices can help improve the standard of living, increase business efficiency and deliver a number of ... Read More »

Facebook as the New Internet

Facebook as the New Internet
May 18, 2015 No Comments »

Facebook is aiming to become a one-stop shop for Internet users by delivering all of the most important services that they demand, according to Computerworld’s Mike Elgan. Instead of users employing separate social-networking, shopping, audio/video and search sites, the company ... Read More »

Will Machines Displace Humans From the Workforce?

Will Machines Displace Humans From the Workforce?
May 12, 2015 1 Comment »

It’s a perennial worry: will machines (whether hardware or software) take all the jobs, leaving no work for human hands? As technology proves capable of accomplishing an increasing diversity of tasks, one could easily extrapolate that trend to the point ... Read More »