Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Web collaboration, Reverse 911 used in US wildfire battle

The massive wildfires burning in and around San Diego are testing technologies that the city recently deployed for managing disasters, including a Web-based system for coordinating emergency-response operations and a Reverse 911 system for alerting r...

Staph deaths: Now may be a good time to clean keyboards

Just days after a Virginia high school senior infected with a drug-resistant strain of bacteria died last week, an e-mail circulated to all the principals and custodial staff of the 11,000-student Bedford County Public School District from Victor Gos...

ITXPO - Dell says he'll be ready with PC alternatives

The question that Michael Dell, the CEO and chairman of the company that bears his name, was asked twice by a Gartner analyst was also one of the most direct sent his way. Is the PC business, Dell's core business, "at risk?"

Sun releases T2, its multicore processor sequel

Sun Microsystems this week released its next generation of multicore chip technology, the Niagara 2 processor, which it says more than doubles the performance of its predecessor chip. Sun also disclosed that the next version of the chip, the 16-core ...

Supercomputer upgrade fosters hardware considerations

In 2003, the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) installed a US$25 million supercomputing system with about 2,000 of Intel's Itanium 2 processors. At the time, the machine was recognized as the world's fifth most po...

TI's first handheld calculator is now a museum piece

In 1965, the consumer electronics revolution that would result in PCs, iPods, smart phones and myriad other electronic devices was still years off. And the predecessors of the integrated circuits that would power such products were being used mostly ...

Sun puts Intel-based server plans into action

Sun Microsystems will begin expanding this week its line of x86-based servers to include rack-mounted systems based on Intel processors -- an announcement that comes eight months after Sun and Intel signed a joint development agreement.

HP user group looks for Linux desktop from vendor

Hewlett-Packard's decision last month to sell desktop PCs with Linux installed on them in Australia is giving hope to Linux advocates at the Encompass HP user group that a similar system may be on its way in the US.

VMware offers virtualization on a server platter

VMware hopes to turn virtualization software into a mass-produced product that's as common in data centers as ketchup is on hamburgers, via a new "thin hypervisor" that major hardware vendors plan to bake into their servers.

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