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Comment Re:Apple (Score 1) 668

What are you talking about? There are plenty of companies making money off of selling Android devices. Google isn't one of them because Google doesn't manufacture phones or charge for Android. Consumers get the iPhone for the OS/interface. The underlying hardware is largely irrelevant. What this data tells us is that consumers are embracing a smartphone OS outside of the iPhone. Apple isn't capturing the same level of market/mind share domination as it had with the iPod. The space will get even more exciting when Microsoft releases what looks to be a solid OS in Windows Phone 7. Ultimately, this is a market that will be commoditized. Android is FREE and a viable competitor. Microsoft is a commoditizer and will charge peanuts for its plaform. If there's one thing that Microsoft does right, it is to claw its way back into a market people forgot about it in. The premium that Apple charges for its platform/phone will be eroded over the next few years.
Operating Systems

Submission + - fallacy of function within Linux systems

Gearoid_Murphy writes: "I am an admin for a beowulf processing cluster. Time and again, I am struck by the fragmented nature of the functions of these systems. There is never a coherent strategy for providing a specific function, take authentication, for example. We currently maintain several seperate indpendent systems for controlling access on authentication, one for wireless access, one for firehol trusted networks, one for nfs, a set of netgroups, nssswitch configs and pam configs. Many of these systems have considerable overlap in function (ldap and nss, for example). I would like to hear what people make of this situation. Should operating systems be prepared with coherent functions like this in mind?, are we simply observing the limitations of current operating system implementations with respect to todays complex multi-user, multi-device, multi-function systems. Is this a symptom of open source applications, which simply look after their own functions and ignore the bigger picture?, can the same be said for commercial systems?. Should there be an attempt to develop a well defined standard of functions within the context of operating systems, within which applications would provide functionality but never in a fragmented isolated way?, is this just a pipe dream?"

Submission + - The First Thing IT Managers Do in the Morning?

An anonymous reader writes: When I was a wee-little IT Manager, I interviewed for a IT management position at an online CRM provider in San Francisco, a job I certainly was qualified for, at least on paper. One of the interviewer's questions was "What is the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning." I thought saying "Read Slashdot" wouldn't be what he was looking for — so I made up something, I'm sure, equally lame. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. But the question has stuck with me over the years. What do real IT and MIS managers do when they walk in to the office in the morning? What web sites or tools do they look at or use the first thing? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity, so be honest.

Submission + - Prettiest server room job gets the free DVR! (airshipdvr.com)

Abigail Hamilton writes: "Your firewall won't tell you who walked off with your USB drive.

If you're thinking you've got your security all locked down — uncrackable firewall, chained down, servers entombed behind lead vault doors — answer me this: Where DID that 2-GB USB thumb drive go?


Your ticket to REAL security is a compact video surveillance system that can give you real peace of mind by literally recording everything that happens at your desk, in your server rooms, or in, say, your garage.


Here's the deal — though most of Airship's customers are security integrators, Airship knows that you Obsessive Compulsive Tech types can totally kick a** in this contest, and win. Just post pictures of the prettiest server room installation you've ever done. Could be your own closet, or it could be that fantastic 2,000 unit server farm you wired by hand in the Midwest. Send us pics, tell us about it. That's it. We'll pick the prettiest and you get to brag about your mad skillz until we do.

About the FREE DVR:

Hot off the assembly line, Airship DVRs are all based on H.264 hardware video compression and boast the smallest storage footprint around. The software is easy-to-use and full of customizable alarm handling, scheduling, and motion detection features as well as offering easy evidence export, a built-in user guide, and remote web access. The LD-805 model which is the First Place prize in the Airship Summer Giveaway records from up to 8 analog security cameras and stores up to 500GB of eveidence. This DVR is valued upwards of $2750.

About the contest

Airship Summer Giveaway contest is open to all "Systems Integrators and [even self-described] IT mavericks".

The contest, which is accepting entries now through September 1, is simple. Anyone who has installed one or more systems in a server room is eligible to send up to 6 photos of his or her "best-looking wiring, cabling, and/or rack-mount arrangement job."

Full contest details and information about how to submit entries are available at airshipdvr.com/summer_giveaway.php.

About Airship DVR systems

Airship DVR systems feature field-proven OEM-grade software, high-resolution real-time recoding, and cutting-edge H.264 hardware compression at a price that beats the competition by 26% to 71%.

This means that the average small business can afford a system which records enough high-resolution frames to provide a clear image of a suspect after a security event. And, large entities fighting for survival in a competitive marketplace can install or upgrade video security at a cost that allows them to preserve resources they need for business development and other important priorities.

About Airship

Airship Industries, located in Bellevue, WA on Seattle's Eastside, is a software development house with expertise in systems design and hardware compression. Since 2003, Airship hardware and software has been successfully deployed under industry-giant OEM brand names in enterprise environments from museums to casinos.

Leveraging its experience developing solutions for these demanding environments, The company seeks to expand the security video market by making high-quality DVR solutions and the latest technology accessible to more users across the market segments.

The key to Airship's low pricing is cutting out the usual markup on hardware components.

"Independent systems builders and integrators can source out the parts to build their own systems, and can buy them at the same prices we pay," said Victor Huang, Airship's CEO. "We offer them a stable, compatible, performance-tested combination of components without the big markup.

"Our profit center is our software, which has been used in many enterprise environments for the past few years under big-league brand names. We just add the hardware in so we can guarantee a consistent, high-quality user experience."

To sweeten the pot, Airship offers resellers no-phone-tree customer service, excellent warranties, free shipping, and a 30-day money-back guarantee on all systems.


Visit http://www.airshipdvr.com/summer_giveaway.php for complete information"

User Journal

Submission + - Nanostructured materials empower energy advances

eeJones writes: "Recent developments at the Center for Nanostructure Characterization and Fabrication at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Georgia aim to change the face of energy generation at both a micro and macro level. Both technology advancesone for hydrogen converters and the other for energy harvestinginvolve use of nanofabricated materials whose structure is critical to improved energy efficiency. http://www.electronicproducts.com/ShowPage.asp?Fil eName=olrc01.jun2007.html"

Submission + - A new layout for internal combustion engines

zero_offset writes: A certain sector of the geek world is into cars and motorcycles, and what could be more newsworthy and exciting than a whole new layout for the internal combustion engine? The NEVIS Engine Company has taken on a task that The Red Herring describes as downright Sisyphean: reinventing the venerable internal combustion engine to dramatically improve efficiency and reduce emissions. We've heard that claim before, but this engine, using the new "Bortone cycle," is a complete re-think of the typical four-stroke piston-in-cylinder internal combustion process. They are claiming twice the efficiency of a standard Otto cycle engine. Their prototype is producing 250 HP at 2000 RPM from a 1 liter 2-cylinder setup, so yes, it runs. A detailed description is available on the Technology Overview page, but be sure to hit their images page and step through the pictures in order: watching the person assemble the engine step-by-step helps clarify how it works.
Operating Systems

24-hour Test Drive of PC-BSD 285

An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica has a concise introduction to PC-BSD, a FreeBSD derivative that emphasizes ease of use and aims to convert Windows users. The review describes the installation process, articulates the advantages of PC-BSD,and reveal some of the challenges that the reviewer faced along the way. From the article: 'In the end, I would suggest this distribution to new users provided they had someone to call in case of a driver malfunction during installation. I would also recommend PC-BSD to seasoned Unix users that have never tried using FreeBSD before and would prefer a shallower learning curve before getting down to business.'"

"Free markets select for winning solutions." -- Eric S. Raymond