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Tip Thursday: Internet 101

March 29, 2007 Every Thursday, Tech Insider brings computing tips and basic computing info you can put to use right away. This week: introducing and remembering the OSI Model. OSI is short for Open Systems Interconnection and is the basic reference for discussing how the Internet works; anybody who uses the Web should...

Data Center In A Box

March 29, 2007 What if the next time the government must meet a sudden upsurge in Internet capacity (say after another hurricane or during the next war), it can send an entire data center contained within a 20-foot data shipping container? Microsoft architect James Hamilton says it can be done. He proposes that...

Qwest's Optical Illusion

March 29, 2007 Before his trial started, indicted ex-Qwest head Joseph Nacchio indicated his defense against insider trading charges was going to rest on possibly classified information. Nacchio is on trial for 42 counts of insider trading in Denver federal court. The former chief executive officer sold $100.8 million worth of Qwest stock...

Dell Gets Into Linux

March 28, 2007 Computer manufacturer Dell will offer preinstalled Linux on desktops and laptop computers, according to two corporate spokesmen. As we’ve blogged before, some federal agencies are reportedly thinking about skipping Windows Vista in favor of open source operating systems. Dell spokesmen David Lord and Dean Kline didn’t offer many specifics, other...

Malicious Code Begins at Home

March 28, 2007 If your agency has implemented a malicious code security policy based on restricting certain URLs, it's probably not going to work. At least that's the conclusion you could draw from a new study issued by Finjan, a San Jose, Calif.-based cybersecurity company. In an analysis of Web traffic in the...

Criminal Conviction for Exporting Tech

March 27, 2007 The Justice Department today sealed its first criminal conviction of a major defense contractor under a law that forbids companies to export sensitive military technology, and collecting a $100 million fine from the company for doing so, according to a Justice Department press release. For violating the Arms Export Control...

Night Vision Goggles Now In Color

March 27, 2007 Put on night vision goggles and the world goes green. For military medics, this can be a problem because the color of blood appears as the same color as water. But now new technology, developed by Tenebraex Corp., which has developed vision protection systems for the military since 1992, has...

Intel Goes to China

March 27, 2007 The federal government has given permission to Intel Corp. to build a $2.5 billion chip-manufacturing facility in China, the company's first large facility in Asia, the New York Times reports. “Intel’s facility, which is scheduled to open in 2010, probably will not give away any big secrets,” the Times states....

Microsoft Exposes Network Hack

March 27, 2007 Microsoft Corp. issued a warning that a specific Internet attack could be used to divert Web traffic through a malicious proxy server, InfoWorld reports. Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 SP 4 servers that use a Microsoft protocol called Web Proxy Automatic Discovery for automatically locating a data file (Wpad.dat)...

Swede's Personal Income Online

March 26, 2007 With so many concerns about protecting privacy, it is surprising to learn that a Swedish Web site allows visitors to search for "the income and address of everyone living in Sweden," according to the Swedish English-language newspaper The Local. Swedish tax authorities say they’ll crack down on the site, called...