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I was on a high-rise construction site 34-floors above the city.  I was talking to the construction crew when a fight broke out. There was an explosion and the floor collapsed.  I removed the virtual reality (VR) goggles and laughed. It was so real. The VR solutions provided an incredible experience, almost like being there. As good as my experience was, it was not reality.  It was a controlled pre-programmed experience - a notional idea. Today, however, VR and sensor technologies enable a notional idea to become reality - a Real-Reality. IoT sensors extend our physical senses beyond our physical reach. Haptic feedback systems enable us to physically feel distant objects and experience events; digital odors can be collected, profiled, transmitted and recreated locally on odor printers; 3D infrared scanners can capture and scale physical shapes and environments and... (more)

Cloud Computing - IBM Creates Cloud Box

IBM claims to have created new species of custom-built, industry-standard, Linux-based rack server for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing companies with massive data centers and tens of thousands of servers, like online gaming, social networks, search and Internet firms. A relatively limited marketplace of maybe a thousand companies with fat wallets capable of shelling out tens of millions for such system. IBM means to replace the white boxes they use now or build themselves like Google does. It says it’s got a few hundred early adopters and potential customers in China, Germany, Japan, the UK and America, including Yahoo and Texas Tech, which is thinking of using it for a HPC center. WinterGreen Research puts the market at $10 billion. IBM calls the thing iDataPlex and leverages its blade server widgetry to build what it calls a “completely new design point.&rdq... (more)

The Cloud Wars - Is Guitar Hero a Cloud?

John Willis's Blog I was reading a recent post about the Merrill Lynch’s research note titled “The Cloud Wars: $100+ billion at stake” and it started me thinking about the cloud vs. IT infrastructure question again. As the cloud-o-sphere tries to define this “cloud” thing, myself included, it seems like the list of who is a cloud just keeps getting longer and longer. I originally thought the Forrester 11 list was a little to long when it included SalesForce.com and Akamai as cloud providers. The general consensus seems to be, if you are a SaaS, PaaS, or a IaaS you are probably a cloud and this makes the list even longer. Is Guitar Hero a Cloud? So, today when I read that Merrill Lynch added Activision and Digital Reality to the cloud, it becomes clearer to me we may have met the “All’s Fair” saturation point. If you want to be a cloud just say you are a cloud. In fa... (more)

HP Develops National Identity System on .NET

HP has made available its  National Identity System (NIS), based on the Microsoft® .NET platform. The HP NIS solution allows governments to build and quickly deploy at an affordable price a complete, standards-based and technologically agile infrastructure that meets their changing needs for security and identity management, the company said.. Going beyond simple secure identification and authentication functionality, the solution enables modern national identification systems to allow citizens to access e-government services and conduct secure transactions. The solution also provides citizens with improved secure and intelligent identity documents. For example, with heightened security awareness at national borders, the solution fulfills the new requirement to ensure traveler and citizen credentials across an entire country or region. In addition, the modular natur... (more)

AJAX3D - The Open Platform For Rich 3D Web Applications

Real-time 3D is emerging as a first-class media type for the Web. Network bandwidth and graphics hardware processing power are now sufficiently advanced to enable compelling Web-based 3D experiences, including games, online virtual worlds, simulations, education, and training. Commercial developers are expressing increasing interest in exploiting real-time 3D in Web applications to enhance production values, create engaging immersive experiences, and deliver information in a more meaningful way. Much of the infrastructure is in place to enable professional Web 3D deployment in a cross-platform, open, royalty-free environment. Interoperability standards such as ISO-standard Extensible 3D Graphics (X3D) are now mature, fully functional, and robust and supported by multiple open source implementations and affordable production pipelines. However, those technolo... (more)

The Hybrid Cloud Multiverse (IPv6 VLANS)

Christofer Hoff has proposed an interesting idea earlier today. He asked, "How many of the cloud providers (IaaS, PaaS) support IPv6 natively or support tunneling without breaking things like NAT and firewalls? As part of all this Infrastructure 2.0 chewy goodness, from a networking (and security) perspective, it's pretty important." His post actual was a kind of epiphany which lead me to think that one of the great things about cloud computing is in its ability to virtualize everything. The cloud is a kind of "multiverse" where the rules of nature can continually be rewritten using quarantined virtual worlds within other virtual worlds (aka virtualization). The need for a traditional physical piece of hardware is no longer a requirement or necessary. For example VLANs don't need to differentiate between IPv4 and IPv6; the deployment is just dual-stack, as Ethernet i... (more)

Virtuon Takes to the Clouds with Virtual Desktops

Virtuon announced on Thursday it has unveiled a Virtual Desktop service based on cloud computing and virtualization technology. The desktops are accessible from any web browser and deliver full functionality of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Starting at $39.95 per month, the desktops are offered through a subscription service and are available with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. Users of the Virtual Desktops can install any number of applications and configure desktop personal preferences. As a “follow-me” application environment, users access the desktop from any device with internet access such as an Apple iPad, thin client, or traditional desktop to find the applications and personal settings just as they left them previously. “Virtual Desktops are the next transition step to the flexibility, simplicity, and scale of cloud computing,” said Forrest Blai... (more)

Capture File Filtering with Wireshark

Intrusion detection tools that use the libpcap C/ C++ library [1] for network traffic capture (such as Snort [2] and Tcpdump [1]) can output packet capture information to a file for later reference. The format of this capture file is known as pcap. By capturing packet data to a file, an investigator can return later to study the history of an intrusion attempt – or to turn up other important clues about clandestine activity on the network. Of course, the traffic history data stored in a pcap file is much too vast to study by just viewing the file manually. Security experts use specialized filtering tools to search through the file for pertinent information. One way to look for clues in a pcap file is to use the Wireshark protocol analysis tool [3] and its accompanying command-line utility tshark. Wireshark is included by default on many Linux distros, and if not, it i... (more)

Next Generation Tech: Teens Plugged In! Conference Presented by SDForum

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced speakers for the Next Generation Tech: Teens Plugged In! Conference to be held Wednesday, May 23, 2007 from 9am-2pm at the Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto. One keynote speaker is 19-year-old Ben Casnocha, who is the author of My Start-Up Life and serves on the board of Comcate, Inc., the leading e- government technology firm he founded six years ago. BusinessWeek named him one of America's best young entrepreneurs last year and PoliticsOnline ranked him among the "25 most influential people in the world of Internet and politics" in 2004. Daniel Kafie, co-founder of Vostu.com, will be a keynote speaker as well. "For teens there was no life before the Internet," said Ben Casnocha, Silicon Valley-based entr... (more)

HiPiHi World, A Visit to Virtual China: The Seventh Sun - News From the Virtual World, December 2007 Edition

SECOND OASIS, Second Life, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Beijing-based HiPiHi released a partially translated English beta version of its strikingly beautiful HiPiHi world in November. Surfdaddy Orca grabs his virtual surfboard and spends a week as an "overseas visitor" looking for the perfect wave inside this foreign, yet friendly virtual world. Find out what it's like to be a newborn, make friends, buy land, and build things in virtual China. Meanwhile Pollywog Gardenvale provides a sneak preview of her upcoming book for OnRez merchants in Second Life, while she and her alter ego appear on the cover of the San Diego Reader. Read about it in The Seventh Sun -- News from the Virtual World, December edition, at: http://www.theseventhsun.com/ Chronicling the growing electronic frontier of virtual worlds, the Seventh Sun's virtual offices are currently located inside Second ... (more)

IBM, Forterra Using Unified Communications in Virtual Worlds to Solve "Tower of Babel" for Intelligence Agencies

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/20/08 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Forterra Systems are working to solve an age-old problem that challenges U.S. security and costs taxpayers millions. Forterra plans to develop a futuristic unified communications solution code-named "Babel Bridge" that could allow U.S. intelligence agencies to use a common graphical collaboration system to instantly communicate within a virtual world. To meet this challenge, IBM and Forterra have entered into a teaming agreement under which Forterra will integrate its On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment (OLIVE(TM)) 3D platform with the IBM Lotus® Sametime® software and the IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC2(TM)) platform. The new system would give online collaborators instant insight through the display and discussion of multiple data forms in parallel including documents, graphic di... (more)