CRN Channel News

  • ShadowRAM: May 17, 2004
    Mitch Kapor apparently isn't into a low-carb diet. The Lotus founder publishes a Web log, and a spammer recently hit all of his comment buttons with ads for the Atkins Diet. Kapor was bent out of shape by the attack,or so it seemed from comments in his blog:
  • Briefs: Hindsight And Foresight, May 17, 2004
    WORLDWIDE CHANNELS CHIEF LEAVING NETWORK ASSOCIATESDonna Troy, executive vice president of worldwide channel sales at Network Associates, announced last week that she is leaving the security vendor.
  • Custom Servers Retain Lead
    Custom-system builders are king of the server market,on both the PC server and Unix server side,as solution providers continue to report that unbranded systems remain their best-sellers.
  • Full-featured MPC, Toshiba notebooks excel for presentations, business use

    On The Go Or In The Office
    Notebook computers come in all shapes, sizes and configurations designed to satisfy the varying needs of users. Some users want a lightweight unit with a long battery life, while someone doing a presentation usually needs a full-featured notebook. CRN Test Center engineers reviewed two full-size notebooks that are well-suited for presentations, business applications, general use and entertainment.
  • Airespace Platform Offers Wi-Fi Security
    Security is one of the major impediments to enterprise adoption of wireless networking, as the threats of security breaches and the possibility of losing sensitive data loom.
  • Yahoo Boosts Mail Storage To Answer Google
    Yahoo said Thursday that it will boost the storage allowance for its e-mail service this summer to compete with the announced, but not-yet-final, Gmail from rival Google.
  • Political Fallout and Offshoring
    Around the time of the last presidential election, the IT industry was exerting its formidable force with government officials, and the political issue was jobs and foreign employees.
  • Keane’s Journey To Offshore Development
    Brian Keane has A spacious office overlooking downtown Boston and the picturesque Charles River. On sunny days, he can see for miles. Yet, when the president and CEO of Keane Inc., an $800 million software solution provider, wanted to win business with a local bank, he convinced the bank's officials to travel 5,000 miles to his company's facilities in India.
  • Offshoring: Learn To Love It
    As the old saying goes, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Squeezed by a growth of software-development firms in India and other parts of the world, prospects looked bleak for Perficient, a software service provider in Austin, Texas. With business steadily on the decline, it appeared there was no relief in sight. But last summer, CEO Jack McDonald had an epiphany: Offshore outsourcing is here to stay and is increasingly becoming a component of every customer's IT strategy. So Perficient joined the fray by developing its own offshore delivery model.
  • Google’s Carnivore Service
    When several news agencies and rumor sites reported last month that ultrahot Google was infringing on people's privacy rights with a controversial feature for the search-engine company's new e-mail service, most assumed it was an April Fools' joke.
  • IBM Unifies PartnerWorld
    IBM has introduced a sleek, new PartnerWorld program designed to simplify partners' interactions with Big Blue while allowing the company to extract more readily its offerings and benefits.
  • Another IPO For Distribution?
    If timing is everything, then things couldn't be going much better for Westcon Group. The networking distributor filed for a $115 million initial public offering recently as fortunes--and stocks--continue to rise in the distribution market, and the company looks to be the second major IT distributor to turn public since Synnex made the jump last November. The company, based in Tarrytown, N.Y., also has experienced healthy sales growth with its focus on digital convergence.
  • TechWatch: LiveRepair, SecuritySpace, PCPitstop
    Welcome to the outsourced-services edition of TechWatch. Be forewarned: Only Windows users need apply to these A++services. Continue to send your picks and pans to me at
  • How to limit noise from your white-box systems

    Give Your White Boxes The Silent Treatment
    If you're like many systems builders, you have a problem: Your white-box PCs are commodities. They look and perform just like everybody else's in that price range. Sure, you might be using a Celeron processor instead of the AMD your competitor is using. And you are probably using some other minitower.
  • Quiet Boxes: DIY Options
    If you're building large numbers of quiet boxes for customers, consider looking for your own component combinations. They will offer similar or better acoustic noise specs for less money. The following are five things to experiment with:
  • New features mean higher quality

    Picture This: Epson’s Latest Photo Printer
    Most VARs I talk to don't consider printers, especially photo printers, to be a profitable option. They ask what value they might add, and they wonder about the quantities they might sell to a single customer. However, photo printers and supporting imaging software can be a significant source of revenue.
  • Doug Elix Grants a Rare Interview With VARBusiness

    IBM Executive Shuffle Lands Its Ace To Head Sales
    IBM's latest executive shuffle should not be dismissed just as some kind of corporate game of musical chairs intended to round out promising managers who could one day run the entire organization. Rather, the internal moves and