Stories by Jon Gold

Config error at Boston-area hosting company takes down Reddit, others

A Boston-area hosting provider briefly knocked several large services and websites dependent on Amazon and AWS offline on Tuesday night, thanks to a configuration error.

By Jon Gold | 03 July, 2015 00:47

Tags: reddit, yelp, Networking, wireless, Experian, LAN, Jobvite, twitter, netflix, cloud computing, internet, LAN & WAN

LTE-U is coming to take your Wi-Fi away, consumer advocates warn

A carrier technology that uses Wi-Fi frequencies to provide LTE connectivity could let the big wireless providers mess with your home connection and push you on to their networks, according to comments filed today with the FCC by several watchdog groups.

By Jon Gold | 30 June, 2015 05:31

Tags: free press, Networking, wireless, fcc, Kno, Public Knowledge

Disparities in Internet access persist for poorer, non-white Americans, but gaps closing

Americans with historically lower rates of Internet access are making progress in getting online, but there are still persistent disparities between rich and poor, and between English-speaking Asians and other ethnicities, according to data from the Pew Research Center released today.

By Jon Gold | 30 June, 2015 00:28

Tags: Pew Research Center, internet, LAN & WAN

IBM Power Systems GM: Big scale and big data demand OpenPower

IBM's Power Systems division which sells servers and systems based on the Power system architecture, as opposed to the Intel-based x86 architecture used in most personal computers had been in free-fall for some time, posting year-on-year revenue declines of up to 37% per quarter over the past couple of years. According to the conventional wisdom, Power was another victim along with SPARC and, to a lesser extent, ARM of the inexorable march of the commodity x86 server.

By Jon Gold | 26 June, 2015 21:55

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, IBM, hardware systems, PARC, Red Hat, Data Center, Network World, intel

IT pros blast Google over Android's refusal to play nice with IPv6

Two trains made of fiber, copper and code are on a collision course, as the widespread popularity of Android devices and the general move to IPv6 has put some businesses in a tough position, thanks to Android's lack of support for a central component in the newer standard.

By Jon Gold | 24 June, 2015 01:33

Tags: Google, Networking, LAN, LAN & WAN

iPhone 7 rumour rollup: Heavy metal! Fingerprints! A kinda-sorta-maybe release date!

Would you believe there are people so interested in Apple and all of its works that they want to know what's going on with the next generation of the iPhone before it even comes out? My editors assure me that this is the case. So, despite the obvious lunacy of the idea I mean, surely it's enough to know that there will probably be another one coming out at some point, right? I am stepping in to provide you with the latest scuttlebutt on what may or may not be the iPhone 7.

By Jon Gold | 22 June, 2015 08:13

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, iPhone 7, smartphones, fbi, astro

Benchmarking engine compares hospital performance data

Self-described benchmarking engine OnlyBoth on Tuesday released a public tool for comparing hospitals, showing off its comparative capabilities to the cloud and IoT vendors it hopes to woo.

By Jon Gold | 18 June, 2015 04:56

Tags: Google, cloud computing, Network World, internet

Xirrus takes aim at headaches of ‘guest' Wi-Fi networks

It's enough to keep you on your phone's data connection the annoying guest wireless network. Maybe it's got a clunky, slow-loading web portal to navigate. Maybe the password is hard to find. Or maybe it's entirely open, but you noticed that a seedy-looking guy over there has Wireshark open on his laptop.

By Jon Gold | 18 June, 2015 00:40

Tags: LastPass, Google, Networking, Xirrus, wireless

Tech Media Watch: HBO's "Silicon Valley" set to wrap 2nd season – it won't be "Game Of Thrones"-esque but it'll do

The far-and-away best satire of the technology industry on TV airs the last episode of its second season Sunday night, and you really should be watching. Silicon Valley has continued to bring the funny throughout the second set of episodes, and the finale looks like it's leading up to a fairly insane climax.

By Jon Gold | 17 June, 2015 01:49

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, Network World, Data Center

MIT researchers find unemployed workers stay off their phones

The amount of time people in a given area spend using their cell phones shrinks when the job market begins to dry up, according to a study co-authored by researchers at MIT.

By Jon Gold | 16 June, 2015 06:00

Tags: consumer electronics, smartphones

Shocking study results: People actually think IT is doing a pretty OK job

Lame jokes about IT support have been around since businesses started using computers, flying in both directions users are dumb, IT is lazy, "did you actually plug it in," "did you try turning it off and turning it back on again," and so on.

By Jon Gold | 16 June, 2015 00:04

Tags: management, Networking, Network management, LANDesk

Report: Blackberry's next devices could run Android

Beleaguered smartphone manufacturer Blackberry could go Android with its next device, abandoning development of its own platform in the interest of getting a more robust ecosystem of apps into the hands of its few remaining users, according to a report from Reuters.

By Jon Gold | 13 June, 2015 02:09

Tags: abc, Blackberry, consumer electronics, Reuters, smartphones, twitter

Does Fortinet's Meru buy mean we're in for even more Wi-Fi industry consolidation?

Cybersecurity firm Fortinet's purchase last week of wireless network manufacturer Meru Networks for $44 million is the second major acquisition of a Wi-Fi hardware vendor in three months and, potentially, the start of a broader pattern.

By Jon Gold | 05 June, 2015 06:14

Tags: CouchBase, Dell, Gartner, Fortinet, Networking, wireless, Aruba networks, Meru Networks, HP

Comcast and TWC are (still) among the most hated companies in America

The annual American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2015 placed Comcast and Time-Warner Cable near the very bottom of all telecom and technology companies in the rankings, the researchers involved announced Tuesday.

By Jon Gold | 03 June, 2015 23:56

Tags: altera, acs, Networking, comcast, intel, LAN & WAN

Google Android developer advocate: everyone's doing networking wrong

Google developer advocate Colt McAnlis said that Android apps, almost across the board, are not architected correctly for the best networking performance, during a talk he gave Friday at Google's I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

By Jon Gold | 01 June, 2015 16:23

Tags: Android OS, Google, Colt, Google I/O 2015, mobile apps

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