Stories by Mark Gibbs

A cheap VoIP alternative: magicJack

Last week I started to enumerate my phone numbers and I wound up discussing Google's GrandCentral telephony service with considerable enthusiasm. While some people, such as reader and fellow Twitterer Allen Clarkson, are big fans, not everyone is qui...

Internet music tax, a bad idea

In the IT world it is amazing how often you'll be presented with an idea that sounds good, seems reasonable and appears to fix a problem but in reality is a bad idea. I say this because a proposal that sounds good is being developed to address the "p...

Military insecurity

The Internet is just shy of its 20th commercial birthday. Given that, and the fact that the Internet is based on technologies that are open, well-documented, and well-understood, you'd think that all serious enterprises that connect their e-mail syst...

Trend Micro sucker punches Barracuda

Intellectual property, or IP, in the form of patents is, in theory, how we reward those who break new ground, explore strange new technologies, geek out new algorithms and new gadgets, and boldly go where no techie has gone before. In practice, the w...

Slaves to the browser

The Merriam-Webster Online dictionary defines slavery as "submission to a dominating influence," while Wikipedia notes that "slaves -- are ... compelled to perform labour or services." I mention these definitions because I believe we have become ensl...

Web Store + Quickbooks = Headache

My wife and some friends have started an apparel business and, of course, I got roped in as cheap labor to do the IT stuff. I've discussed in this column some of the adventures my involvement has occasioned, but none have been so frustrating, so labo...

Watching the registrars

Somewhere at the beginning of the 2nd century the poet Juvenal posed the question, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?", which is Latin for "Who will watch the watchers?" Juvenal was actually riffing on Plato's "Republic" and with a good reason: The ques...

Saving the environment or just saving bucks?

This week's article in Network World about green data centers is interesting because it reflects the IT industry's growing awareness that we have a serious social responsibility to take care of the environment. While this sounds positive there's a re...

The wonders of Drupal

Here at Network World, we use Drupal for our blogging platform. Drupal -- which runs on any platform that supports Apache (1.3+) or Internet Information Server (IIS5+) and PHP (4.3.3+), and MySQL or PostgreSQL -- is impressive in its scope</a> and th...

Processing, a language for visual output

It would seem that the computer science world is, in general, populated by firm believers in the idea that you can never have too many programming languages. I've covered all sorts of languages over the centuries I've been writing Gearhead and today ...

Wiretapping, whistleblowing and IT ethics

Recently a retired AT&T employee named Mark Klein announced at a Capitol Hill press conference that he had evidence that "An exact copy of all Internet traffic that flowed through critical AT&T cables ... was being diverted to equipment inside the se...

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