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Domain Name Disputes: Past, Present, Future

What's in a name? Not much, according to Shakespeare. But today, the answer is "plenty" -- especially when you're talking about the intersection of domain names with trademarks. ICANN was set up in California to administer several core Internet structures, including the first round of top-level doma...

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Open-Source Audio in a Proprietary Universe

Even before we could send recorded sound reliably over the Internet and a file-sharing revolution set the music industry in an uproar, the large size of digital audio files was causing headaches. A minute of raw stereo sound at CD quality -- or 16-bit, 44.1 KHz sampling -- occupies 10.5 MB on a hard...

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Open Source in the Land of Oz

Australia. Down under. Oz. For most of us, those words conjure up images of kangaroos and coral reefs, of red deserts and a landmark opera house. But behind those icons lies another reality -- that of a sophisticated, technologically advanced society; an economy that has outperformed the rest of the...

Open-Source Audio in a Proprietary World

Even before we could send recorded sound reliably over the Internet and a file-sharing revolution set the music industry in an uproar, the large size of digital audio files was causing headaches. A minute of raw stereo sound at CD quality -- or 16-bit, 44.1 KHz sampling -- occupies 10.5 MB on a hard...

NASA, Information Technology and the Future of Collaboration

Is it an urban myth, or is it really true that NASA sent the first men to the moon with less computing power than what sits inside today's average desktop? The answer largely depends on how you define "computing power." But however you define it, today's typical PC packs more punch than a 1960s main...

Office Politics 2003, Microsoft Style

Microsoft has moved up the public prerelease date of the new edition of its Office 2003 productivity suite to Monday, September 15, to let some of its business customers download the desktop application bundle about two weeks sooner than originally planned. The software -- which will be released to ...

Space for Rent: Trends in Colocation

Colocation. Co-location. Colo. Collocation from the Latin collocare. It's one of those words we can't make up our minds how to spell. But they all mean the same thing in IT terms: the practice of housing servers -- usually Web or telecommunications servers -- in secure, well-connected facilit...

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Worlds in Transition: IT in Eastern Europe

Only 15 years ago, we watched in amazement while the rusty iron curtain collapsed and the formerly communist countries of Eastern Europe embarked on new lives in the global market. For most of us, this neglected region stretching from the Baltic to the Balkans then retreated to the fringes of our at...

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Risking Innovation: DARPA in the Limelight

Established in 1958, the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency -- most commonly known as DARPA -- has played a pivotal role in supporting innovative research, hosting some of the best as well as the strangest research projects, and garnering a reputation as a hugely influential center of intelle...

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Inside the Analog World of National Semiconductor

Digital this, digital that. What about analog? We are awash in a sea of zeroes and ones, and it's tempting to assume that analog electronics are set to become history. However, most digital devices still do require analog circuitry, so several companies have specialized in the design and manufacture...

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