Microsofts main concerns: Google and Skype

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is a concerned man these days. So concerned is Gates about the emergence of Google as a major player in the web services division that he sent a memo to his staff on Sunday. This memo that has now famously been leaked is entitled, ‘Executive Staff and Direct Reports; Distinguished Engineers.’
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Does Skype make sense for business?

Needs to be secure and reliable…

By Sylvia Carr: Skype – the voice-over-IP software – is known for offering a way to make free calls anywhere in the world. Its friendly user interface, which you can personalise with pictures just like instant messaging apps, screams ‘consumer’ and one would imagine customers include university students and home users.

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Australia Hosting Services 2005-2009 Forecast

by Tim Sheedy, Margaret Banaghan, Patrik Bihammar : This IDC study presents the 2005?2009 market sizing and spending forecast for the Australia systems infrastructure service provider (SISP) market, together with supporting analyses of the underlying forces that are shaping the evolving market., either driving customer demand or inhibiting market growth. The SISP market is predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 12% throughout the 2005?2009 forecast period, expanding from A$340 million to A$599 million.
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Googles Jagger Update – Dust Begins To Settle?

Ken Webster writes:
What happened? Webmaster’s, site owners, online businesses and SEO companies everywhere have been desperately trying to decipher the fallout from the longest and most grueling algorithm update in the history of the Internet.
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Fuels paradise? Power source that turns physics on its head

CyberBOB found this great article:
It seems too good to be true: a new source of near-limitless power that costs virtually nothing, uses tiny amounts of water as its fuel and produces next to no waste. If that does not sound radical enough, how about this: the principle behind the source turns modern physics on its head.
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Syctl.conf Hardening

Syctl.conf Hardening
The purpose of syctl hardening is to help prevent spoofing and dos attacks. This
short guide will show what I have found to be a good configuration for the sysctl.conf
configuration file. The most important of the variables listed below is the enabling
of syn cookie protection. Only place the bottom two if you do not want your server
to respond to ICMP echo, commonly referred to as ICMP ping or just ping requests.
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What your choice of Linux distribution says about you

Many Linux newbies — or wanna-be newbies — get hung up over the choice of their initial distribution. We here at NewsForge have put a lot of thought into this, and have decided to share our best thinking on the subject in order to help ease you newbies out of the monopoly spread into the Linux world. The most important thing for newbies to consider is this: what does your choice of distributions say about you?
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