_damnit_ writes: With 100mbps home internet service being promised by nearly every consumer provider in the coming years and with Google floating the idea of 1Gbps trials, is Cisco's newly announced product really enough to satisfy the bandwidth needs of the coming internet? With talk of the CRS-3 having a capacity of 322Tbps and 100Gbps fibre trials at AT&T it sounds like it unless the ISPs deliver faster speeds quickly and the "Next Big Thing" comes along to gobble bandwidth. Are there good sites out there which show the current and projected utilization of the backbones? Are we all destined to be sitting on 1Gbps pipes to the home/office with backhauls that can't come close to handling the traffic as we see now with some wireless providers?
_damnit_ writes: The wounded ship that was once SUNW is now JAVA. CEO Jonathan Schwartz announced on his blog that they will change their NASDAQ stock symbol to try and capitalize on the success (?) of Java. For a long time people have been waiting for Sun to monetize Java. Having JAVA as one of NASDAQ's most active doesn't really address that issue but Jonathan is thinking outside the box I guess. Now if they could just gain revenue they could stop laying off staff.
_damnit_ writes: After over 40 years of selling records, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs, movies and magazines Tower Records was sold to a liquidator who will commence selling assets. The Sunset Blvd store in Hollywood will disappear leaving a gaping hole in the fabric of LA music as I remember it. Tower was known for a deep selection of music including separate Classical sections. They will be missed as music sales increasingly move online and to big box retailers.