Steven J Vaugn

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From Microsoft, more Windows fail

Mon, 2013-11-04 18:30
Computerworld - Having seen Windows 8.1, I have a question I’d like to ask Microsoft: “Is that the best you could do?” My assessment: Windows 8.1 doesn’t suck as much as Windows 8. If you felt, when using Windows 8, as if you were banging your head against a brick wall, Windows 8.1 might feel […]
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Mavericks: The end of Macs in the enterprise?

Thu, 2013-10-24 21:36
Macs have never been that popular in the enterprise office. Sure, people love their MacBook Airs and their MacBook Pros, but CIOs usually frown at their price-tags. Still, the shiny Macs laptops have induced some big businesses, including ZDNet’s own parent company CBS Interactive, to buy these high-end laptops and, thanks to the Adobe Creative […]
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Arbor Networks, Google draw digital-attack map

Wed, 2013-10-23 21:32
How bad are Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks getting on the Internet? Arbor Networks, which specializes in DDoS defense and mitigation, has found that so far in 2013 the average DDoS attack now stands at 2.64Gbps, up 78 percent from 2012. Now, in concert with Google Ideas, a Google think tank, the two have […]
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Wearable computing: Why there’s no room for watches like Galaxy Gear

Wed, 2013-09-04 16:55
When I was a kid, I liked reading Dick Tracy comics. This was during 1960s when the strip took a science-fiction turn and Tracy, who had long sported a two-way radio wrist-watch, started using a two-way wrist TV. It was fun then to think about high-tech electronics in a wrist-watch. That was then. This is […]
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Cassandra 2.0: The next generation of big data

Wed, 2013-09-04 16:54
In 2008, Facebook gave big data users a gift. The social network released Cassandra, its NoSQL, big data distributed data store to open source. Today, with the release of Cassandra 2.0, the gift is more valuable than ever. Cassandra 2.0: The next generation of big data. More >
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Microsoft: The hardware company

Tue, 2013-09-03 16:50
For decades, Microsoft was a software company. Now, with the purchase of Nokia’s phone division, Microsoft has officially shifted to being a serious hardware company as well. Microsoft: The hardware company. More >
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Big data, metadata, and traffic analysis: What the NSA is really doing

Mon, 2013-07-29 13:46
What I find most remarkable about all the hubbub about the National Security Agency’s Prism program is how little new “news” there is to Edward Snowden’s “revelations.” After all, the NSA’s mission has been to intercept communications and break codes ever since it was founded in 1952. Combine that with the Patriot Act, and anyone [...]
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