Instant messaging is coming on like gangbusters in enterprise networks, and with its success come some of the burdens of that success. Burdens that include deciding whether to monitor or archive messages and the disruption of organisational boundaries.
Stories by Scott Bradner
Last year was dramatically different than 2000 in many internet-related ways - the sinking in that the big bubble had burst will do that to you.
Microsoft said it would shut down part of its Passport single-logon system, at least for a while.
At one time it looked like there was a roadmap, a confusing one perhaps, but a roadmap nonetheless. Wireless internet was going to be everywhere, but you were going to use different wireless technologies depending on just where you were. This original roadmap seems to be getting overtaken by events, and a far simpler one may be emerging.
On August 2, right above a story about a new and cheaper generic version of Prozac, The New York Times announced the internet of tomorrow. If the prediction comes true, network managers may be glad Prozac will be getting very cheap in a few months. But, sorry Prozac makers, it will not come true.
One might think that a vulnerability first described in 1985 would not be a factor in today's internet, especially if a good way to eliminate the vulnerability was published in 1996. But, sad to say, that is not the case.
I'm sad to say it did not surprise me when CNN announced yet another case of credit card and other customer information getting stolen from a hacked website.
Unless someone is sending me a picture, I wish the person would stick to plain text e-mail. I've felt this way for a while on general principles, but now a number of security problems are strengthening my opinion.
Congress held a hearing on the internet earlier this month. Such a hearing is hardly a unique occurrence, but in this case, it is symptomatic of a growing problem.
I happened the other day across a very interesting TV programme about life in the US in 1900. During this PBS show, one of the commentators relayed a variation on the often quoted notion from a US Patent Office director who said, in essence, that everything which could be invented had been.
I may be strange, but I don't really like most advertising I see on the internet. Actually, that's not quite right. Since I studiously ignore the ads on the websites I visit, I'm not sure if I would like the ads or not.
Eight years was a long time even before the internet, and it is much longer now.
I ran into Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Mozelle Thompson at a recent conference. After he politely admonished me for something I said during an earlier panel session, we talked about internet privacy, which had been one of the panel topics.
Spending a few days in Europe, as I've just done, sure makes the insanity of some of the telecommunications world clear.
For some reason, voting technologies have been on my mind. The voting systems currently used in the US clearly have some shortcomings.