June 04, 2013

10 key questions about software-defined networking (SDN)
The difference is that SDN as a network solution is not nearly as far along as virtualization in the server and storage worlds. Nevertheless, SDN is coming — and the more IT decision-makers and business leaders know about it, the better they'll be able to determine where and when to introduce it to their data centers. Here are 10 of the questions they're asking about SDN.

How To: Component Licensing in .NET
.NET has a built-in licensing system that is very useful, although without modifying the default implementations or the provided license provider (LicFileLicenseProvider), its almost comically easy to break. The LicFileLicenseProvidersimply holds a license file that has the full type name and version in a text file. If the text file contains this text, then the component is licensed.

Innovation is a leap of faith, says former Corning CEO
'We don't know what's going to happen but if you spend money on research, something good will happen and therefore it's worth doing. Take fiber optics. The original concept - that you could communicate with light by taking a certain amount of energy and put it into the threads of glass fiber - had been around for a long time but a small group of Corning scientists started working on the problem in the 1960s by trying to develop incredibly pure glass.

Next generation Wi-Fi network extends the Fernbank museum experience
"The project started with Joey Shultz, AT&T vice president of marketing and a Fernbank board member, who wanted to provide basic Wi-Fi connectivity in the museum. After seeing Cisco's Connected Mobile Experiences solution, the museum and AT&T realized that the Wi-Fi network could be a much more strategic asset in engaging a museum guest," according to Doug Webster, vice president of networking solutions marketing for Cisco.

SQL Server 2012 PDW: Game on!
There is a great deal of activity around SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse. As of March 1st, you can order what was previously known as “PDW V2″. This post will be pointers to several other pages and posts providing good information on the product. The SQL Server PDW landing page has been updated with information around the 2012 product.

Microsoft Announces SQL Server 2014
A key feature of SQL Server 2014 is the incorporation of in-memory, online transaction processing (OLTP) technology stemming from a project that has been in the works for several years, codenamed "Hekaton," Clark said. Developed in conjunction with Microsoft Research, Hekaton greatly improves transaction processing speeds and reduces latency by virtue of working with in-memory data, as opposed to disk-based data.

Insurers Raise Their Voices on Mobile Tech
Customer demand can’t be underestimated, even if it means establishing an entirely new platform to accommodate that demand. Such is the case with interactive voice assistant (IVA) technology, and a couple of notable insurers are leading the way. When Geico, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company, discovered that two in five of its existing customers already had voice recognition technology resident on their smartphones, it moved quickly to establish a way for those customers ...

Intel's new fourth-gen 'Haswell' processors: What you need to know (FAQ)
Intel has officially revealed its next-generation lineup of desktop and mobile processors in the Core i3, i5 and i7 family, also known as "fourth-generation" or code-named "Haswell." The two-part announcement started over the weekend with Intel's quad-core enthusiast-level processors, and now the veil has been lifted on dual-core desktop and mobile processors, too. This FAQ will mainly focus on the dual-core processors and what they'll do for mobile systems.

IBM shows off nickel-sized chip that backs Gb/sec wireless data-rates, cutting edge radar images
The integrated circuit takes advantage of millimeter-wave spectrum which spans the 30 GHz to 300 GHz range, 10 to 100 times higher than the frequencies used for mobile phones and Wi-Fi. Frequencies in the range of 90-94GHz are well suited for short and long range, high-resolution radar imaging, IBM said.

Black Hat: It only takes a minute to hack an iPhone
They discovered how the capabilities of the USB standard as used in the charger can be used in such a way as to bypass Apple's own built-in protections against arbitrary software installation. The researchers then built a compromised charger as a proof of concept of their findings. Dubbed, "Mactans", this charger was built using a BeagleBoard.

Quote for the day:

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards" -- Vernon Sanders Law

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