Periodical Writing Samples

Wireless Exploits

There are many wireless breakthroughs occurring, which is good news for structured cabling vendors and installers. As one vendor put it, wireless access at everyone’s fingertips ultimately puts added demands on a cabling infrastructure.

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Wireless Networking — Opinion

The last 2005 edition of Communications and Networking contained reflections from 1997 staffers about the state of the industry. One of these marvelled at how she orders coffee while surfing the Web. Her key observation: “…technology that makes an impact with consumers ultimately finds its way into

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A Leap Forward For Fiber

While copper may still rule in most office environments, real-life fiber advances can be found everywhere: from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission to FTTx and the new-age home.

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Convergence — The "Triple Play"

The phone rings. You pick it up. Your computer screen opens a window showing the caller’s face – live. Another window appears, listing a file on the caller that you keep in your customer relationship management (CRM) system. And all you did was pick up the phone.

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Managed Security Systems

Originally published on itbusiness.ca In August, IBM spent $1.3 billion to buy Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS). Analysts and ISS customers alike laud IBM’s acquisition In particular of the ISS managed security services portfolio. Managed security services providers (MSSPs) serve firms that choose to outsource some

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Virtual realty: Could Second Life shake up condo market?

Condocenter aims to shake up real estate market through Second Life Originally published on cbc.ca. Scott Keller, vice-president of Vancouver-based Global Condocenter Corp., is confident he’s hit on a way to turn virtual reality into virtual realty. Keller took me on a tour of his firm’s newest

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Virtual worlds: Businesses experiment with Second Life

Originally published on cbc.ca. In the early 90s, the Web was difficult to reach. Few people spent time online. Businesses didn’t know how to leverage the Net. Today, people say the same things about Second Life (SL), a Net-based metaverse created by California’s Linden Labs and developed

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Moore's Law and effect on the auto industry

Bill Gates, then chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corp., once compared the rates of progress in the auto and computer industries, implying that carmakers were standing still. Soon after, somebody released this gem to the winds of the Internet: If auto technology had progressed at the same

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