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The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and the Information Technology Department where I teach, has long been a user of Macromedia products, from Dreamweaver to Director and most things in between. Recently, there has been some debate as to the future of Director's role, considering the increasing use of Flash in the marketplace for Web graphics and interactive displays. While we have moved some of our efforts to Flash technologies, RIT and the IT Department remain committed to the use of Director, because currently no other product on the market can meet our specific needs for an easy-to-script, but performance-aware 3D system capable of delivery on the Web and via downloadable executable. The shift to ECMAScript syntax represents a major advance in the Director product, and is important to us for a number of reasons. The primary reason for the inclusion of ... (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)

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)

WorldForge: The open source answer to EverQuest

Most online gamers would sell their grandmother to get a hold of their favorite massively multiplayer (MM) title. The addictive multiplayer genre has continually been at the height of gaming popularity since the introduction of multiuser dungeons and networked personal computers. Today, MM titles such as Verant's awe-inspiring EverQuest are remaking the addictive virtual worlds with cutting-edge visuals and role-playing adventures, attracting a new breed of online gamer. Whether we like it or not, MMs are the Internet's answer to addictive drugs and are reshaping the way we play online. How we tested Hardware Processor: Pentium II Celeron 566 MHz, overclocked to 700 MHz Memory: 128 Meg RAM, Mass storage: Western Digital, 15 gig Platform Operating System: Red Hat Linux 6.1 Kernel: 2.2.14 Ultima Online (UO), in my humble opinion, was the game that gave the MM genre a w... (more)

Media Machines Announces Ajax3D

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/01/06 -- Media Machines, Inc., a leading provider of open source, real time 3D communications on the web, today announced Ajax3D™, a Javascript-based software library and development paradigm for deploying online virtual worlds and 3D web applications based on Ajax and X3D. The company also issued an open call for participation in an industry forum at www.ajax3D.org, dedicated to the research and development of online virtual worlds using 3D open standards and Ajax best practices. Ajax3D combines the visual richness and interactivity of X3D, the ISO standard for networked 3D graphics, with the ease of use and ubiquity of Ajax, a set of Javascript and XML programming methods for developing web applications. Ajax3D employs the X3D Scene Access Interface (SAI) for controlling 3D worlds within a web browser via Javascript. Ajax3D content... (more)

Celceo Enhances Application Virtualization

Celceo unveiled the latest generation of its application virtualization technology for individuals and small businesses. With this latest release, Celceo allows virtual applications to integrate with Windows, creating a seamless and transparent experience for end users. "We were the first to virtualize applications that have already been deployed, and we're proud to be the first in bridging the virtual and non-virtual worlds," said Christian Carrillo, Founder of Celceo. "Application virtualization has great potential but has suffered from high adoption cost. Innovations like these make the technology more accessible to more people." Application virtualization is an important segment of the overall virtualization market, which Gartner predicts will grow from $6B today to $11B in 2010. Server virtualization is dominated by VMware and Microsoft, while application virtu... (more)

IBM Debuts Virtualization Server for Web 2.0

IBM introduced t a new category of server designed to address the technology needs of companies that use Web 2.0-style computing to operate massive data centers with tens of thousands of servers. Companies that operate massive scale-out data centers spend 10 to 30 times more on energy costs per square foot than a typical office building. The energy powers both hundreds of thousands of servers and the air conditioning needed to cool them. The growth of such data centers will continue as streaming video, online gaming and social networks spike Internet traffic, requiring companies to build ever vaster pools of computers that devour energy resources to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The IBM "iDataPlex" system leverages IBM's blade server heritage to build a new design that: More than doubles the number of systems that can run in a single IBM rackUses 40 percen... (more)

Veeam Software Acquires nworks

Veeam announced its acquisition of privately held nworks, an innovative creator of enterprise management connectors bridging the gap between VMware virtual infrastructure and enterprise systems management tools from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. The nworks worldwide customer base consists of Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. nworks is a VMware Technology Alliance Premier Partner, a Gold HP Business Partner, and a Microsoft Business Partner. "Our customers have been asking to manage their physical and virtual infrastructures through a single console -- and many of them have significant investments in HP OpenView and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager," said Ratmir Timashev, Veeam president and CEO. "By combining Veeam's resources with nworks' proven enterprise management expertise, we are moving the industry closer to eliminating the management separat... (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)

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)

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)