Tech Briefs


Microsoft adds dashboard for monitoring BPOS services

Microsoft rolled out a dashboard tool for customers around the globe using its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) hosted services.

How to save energy and money through data center consolidation

NASA has discovered the benefits of two critical elements of data virtualization: power management and virtualization, which go hand in hand.

Albany's network control tool sniffs out untrusted devices

A network access control tool from ForeScout gives Albany County, N.Y., visibility of its network assets and the ability to enforce policy on the users and devices that access them.

Using digital signatures: What took so long?

The digital signature is a technology whose time has come and has the potential to save money, streamline processes and help the environment by eliminating paperwork, says one NIH official.

SQL Server 2008 SP2 now available

Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 after three months of testing.

Microsoft releases patch for ASP.NET flaw

Microsoft released an "important" patch to address an information disclosure security vulnerability associated with ASP.NET systems.

OpenOffice Foundation splits from Oracle

The community of volunteers that developed the OpenOffice.org project have split off from Oracle and formed a new structure called The Document Foundation.

Office for Mac 2011 available on October 26

Microsoft announced today that Office for Mac 2011 will be available from retail outlets on Oct. 26, 2010.

Minnesota inks deal with Microsoft on BPOS services

The state of Minnesota has embraced Microsoft's Internet cloud services by agreeing to an application outsourcing deal.

Attacks starting on newly announced Windows vulnerability

Microsoft issued a new security advisory about a vulnerability in the encryption system used with ASP.NET.

Social media becomes a diplomatic battleground

The U.S. government isn't the only national government using social media applications.

DOD marches forward with social media

With new rules, DOD is expanding its use of social media applications, including Web 2.0 tools that stay behind military firewalls.

GIS' future is with crowds, clouds ... and 4-D

Geospatial technologies are exploding -- into crowdsourced applications, cloud platforms, and 3-D and 4-D environments.

Why bother moving to IPv6?

Adoption of the new protocols will be a challenge, and there are ways to work around the shortage of IPv4 address space. But the online world will pass by those who don't make the move to IPv6.

Report: Tech jobs grew in first half of 2010

TechAmerica, a nonprofit advocacy group, released an employment report today showing an increase in tech-related job hiring for the first half of 2010.