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February, 2008

February 27, 2008  3:53 AM

Wi-Fi and Cellular Converge To Improve Productivity

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One of the promises, or benefits, of unified communications is being able to communicate with people where they are when you need them. The concept of 'presence' in Microsoft's UCC (Unified Communications and Collaboration) is designed so that you can tell if a person is available or not, the...

February 26, 2008  3:56 AM

Top 10 Free Network Management Downloads

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To manage and maintain a network, you need to have a well-rounded collection of tools in your arsenal. Many commercial tools can be expensive, and may not perform any better (or sometimes not even as well) than their freeware counterparts.

February 26, 2008  3:50 AM

TCP Wrappers

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You may have heard the term 'TCP wrapper'. I have. What does that mean? How does one 'wrap' a packet of data? More importantly- why?? Networking expert Puneet Mehta answers that very question at SearchNetworking.com. Take a look at

February 24, 2008  2:08 PM

What Is ‘Vishing’?

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My Yiddish is rusty (OK, it is virtually non-existent), but it sounds a little like my ex-wife's grandfather inviting me on a fishing trip. But alas, it is even more insidious than that. You are most likely familiar with the concept of 'phishing' which involves using some type of bait (generally an...

February 24, 2008  1:53 PM

Wi-Fi Networks Enter 4th Generation

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New 4th-generation wireless networking equipment is entering the market. We started with consumer-based wireless equipment with virtually no security, then enterprise quality products with improved security were released. The current standard, the 3rd-generation wireless networks, have centralized...

February 24, 2008  4:59 AM

Purchase of 3Com Stalled, But Not Yet Scuttled

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You might remember a couple years ago when President Bush supported a plan to sell management control of our sea ports to Dubai Ports, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based company. There was significant backlash about the national security concerns...

February 24, 2008  4:45 AM

Is Endpoint Security Replacing Network Security?

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There have been rumors for some time that the network perimeter is dead. More users are relying on laptop computers connected over wireless networks, or via VPN from a hotel or coffee shop. Users have mobile phones that connect to network resources, and various methods of portable data storage- USB...

February 19, 2008  6:55 PM

Cisco Smart Business Communications System (SBCS)

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Cisco has had equipment available for small and medium businesses (SMB's) to manage data and voice and enable unified communications for a while now. The initial equipment however was only available in 8-port or 16-port versions. The relatively small number of ports capped out at 'small', and did...

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