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October 30, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Tech firms take proactive steps to head off storm disruptions
    Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast of the U.S. on Monday, creating challenges for IT administrators across the region and raising the potential for massive power outages that could put service for millions of customers in jeopardy. Telecom providers prepared for the storm by setting up generators to keep networks up and running, while cloud provider Nirvanix offered customers the option of temporarily moving their data to servers outside the New Jersey area. eWeek (10/29), RedOrbit (10/29), Network World (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Intel offers SSD with 20nm NAND flash memory chips
    Intel is shipping the 335 Series solid-state drive, a consumer product containing multi-level cell NAND flash memory devices made with a 20-nanometer process. The flash memory chips were made by IM Flash Technologies, Intel's joint venture with Micron Technology. XBitLabs.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Legal issues complicate information sharing on cybersecurity
    Conventional wisdom says the best defense against a major cyber-attack is maintaining open lines of communication so businesses and government can share information on potential threats, but in practice, the legal ramifications surrounding what can be shared and with whom continue to hamper those efforts, a recent conference showed. Faced with potential lawsuits, many companies prefer to play it safe by withholding information on their vulnerabilities, which has lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for laws to make it easier and safer for enterprises to cooperate. Reuters (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • HP looks to multifunction printers as part of turnaround plan
    Hewlett-Packard's impending line of new multifunction printers will close a long-standing product gap for the company, caused by a seven-year lull between printer line launches, according to CEO Meg Whitman. The launch is a key element in her transformation plan to put HP back on top, as the vendor now will be competing better in the fastest-growing segment of the printing market. The Wall Street Journal (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Tips for bringing IT back online following a natural disaster
    Keeping your organization up and running in the wake of a natural disaster such as superstorm Sandy requires a detailed strategy and open lines of communication between the administrators who will be in charge of the recovery, according to officials at the Consortium for School Networking. The group's IT Crisis Preparedness Initiative has prepared a checklist of things to do before beginning recovery efforts, such as taking a detailed inventory of damaged equipment and contacting employees and vendors to update them on the situation. Forbes (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Half-measures are for losers, leader says
    Real leadership stems from having absolute belief and passion in the things you do, KWL Enterprises CEO Kevin Liles says. Employees, too, should be allowed to take ownership of their spheres of activity, even if that means letting them make mistakes along the way. "It's not about having a share in something; it's about taking ownership of every single thing you do," Liles says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • NASA to report discovery related to ancient universe
    NASA on Thursday will report the findings of its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope that offer clues on the early universe. The agency's announcement will focus on new measurements that employ gamma rays and can be used to examine ancient starlight. The telescope has been investigating the sky in high-energy and short-wavelength gamma-ray light since its launch in June 2008. Space.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
If we don't do something as a community, really bad things are going to happen and people are going to die."
--Kevin McDonald, executive vice president at security service provider Alvaka Networks, commenting on the need for more cybersecurity information sharing, as quoted by Reuters
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