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Chicago’s Cloud Tax

Chicago’s Cloud Tax
July 2, 2015 No Comments »

The issue of an Internet sales tax continues to be a topic of debate, but municipalities are looking at other means of “revenue generation” by way of digital services. According to Brandon Butler at Network World, Chicago has introduced new ... Read More »

Gartner: IT Spending to Decline

Gartner: IT Spending to Decline
June 30, 2015 No Comments »

In what seems to be a pattern, research firm Gartner has reduced its forecast for worldwide IT spending in 2015, dropping its April estimate of a 1.3% decline to a much larger 5.5% decline. According to Mikael Ricknas at Computerworld, ... Read More »

Mass Data Collection = Lucrative Target for Hackers

Mass Data Collection = Lucrative Target for Hackers
June 29, 2015 No Comments »

The known scope of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack has grown to include millions of current and prospective government employees. The U.S. government isn’t alone, however, in falling prey to hackers (whether state-sponsored or otherwise); numerous private ... Read More »

Sun Cofounder: Still No Privacy

Sun Cofounder: Still No Privacy
June 26, 2015 No Comments »

Concern over data privacy may be increasing, but it has yet to reach the point at which people will act. In an article at Network World, Katherine Noyes cites Sun Microsystems cofounder Scott McNealy, who said in 1999, “You have ... Read More »

Debate: SSDs Still Have Far to Go

Debate: SSDs Still Have Far to Go
June 24, 2015 No Comments »

A recent article by Jim O’Reilly claiming that solid-state drives (SSDs) would reach capacity and price parity with hard-disk drives (HDDs) in the next few years has drawn criticism on a number of fronts. Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist ... Read More »

Code Reuse Propagates Security Flaws

Code Reuse Propagates Security Flaws
June 23, 2015 1 Comment »

Much of today’s software is recycled, largely to save the time and hassle of redoing what others have already done. Unfortunately, along with the benefits come a number of problems—including security flaws. According to Laura Hautala at CNet, “Working more ... Read More »

SSDs to Surpass HDDs?

SSDs to Surpass HDDs?
June 22, 2015 No Comments »

Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer faster access times than hard-disk drives (HDDs), but the main limiter of adoption has been their much higher price per unit of storage space, as well as smaller capacities. According to Jim O’Reilly at Network Computing, ... Read More »

Public Cloud the Greenest Data Center Option?

Public Cloud the Greenest Data Center Option?
June 19, 2015 No Comments »

What IT option is the “greenest”? A dedicated enterprise data center (or private cloud), a hybrid approach or the public cloud? Given the attention that the data center industry has received in recent years with regard to its efficiency and ... Read More »

IoT to End the Password?

IoT to End the Password?
June 18, 2015 No Comments »

Hype has met the “X is dead” template in the form of the Internet of Things (IoT) killing the password. According to Paul Roberts at Network World, “The password is dead. We’ve known that for a while….The shift to wearables ... Read More »

U.S. OPM Hacking Makes Case for Strong Encryption

U.S. OPM Hacking Makes Case for Strong Encryption
June 16, 2015 No Comments »

Numerous U.S. government officials have argued that law-enforcement agencies need special access to encrypted communications, but the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suggests otherwise. According to the Associated Press, the hack exposed records on everyone in ... Read More »