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Bob's Byte

COMDEX Founder Still in the News

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COMDEX Founder Still in the News

If you caught the last Republican debate, Donald Trump and others were on stage in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. That casino stands on the site of the former Sands hotel and is owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation whose owner is a major contributor to Republican Party candidates.

While the city of Venice rests famously upon a foundation of loosely spaced wooden piles covered with limestone plates,  the Venetian Hotel & Casino was built on a foundation of dollars from the computer industry.

How did the computer industry, an industry known in Vegas by its annual visits to conventions as "non-gamblers," contribute to the making of the Venetian?

Remember COMDEX (1979-1995)?

It was the brainchild of Sheldon Adelson, the rapacious show organizer who parlayed his computer trade show into Las Vegas casino ownership and a billionaire's influence on the American Republican party.

As of June 2015, Adelson (with a fortune of $28 billion) was listed by Forbes as the 18th richest person in the world.

Now Forbes has put Adelson in the headlines again. This is the story:

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Computing Innovations That Organizations Should Monitor

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Computing Innovations That Organizations Should Monitor

The trouble with the future of technology is we are able to describe it, to talk about it, and to imagine the benefits-- long before it is here. 

You name it... space travel, desktop publishing, driverless autos, airplanes, invisibiliy cloaks or even hoverboards...and it always starts with our imagination. And our imagination carries the possibilities, the dreams to new heights before we actually get down to the details, to the work that makes it happen.

That often leads to misunderstanding and frustration, frustration so typical in technology Read more...

Solution Providers, New Cloud Brokers

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Solution Providers, New Cloud Brokers

As enterprise IT deploys private clouds to increase buiness agility and reduce costs, these companies also want to increase their amount of work in public clouds to meet the ongoing needs of their business.

Solution providers who can transform into cloud brokers and act as intermediaries between these companies and cloud service providers will prosper.

The concept of "cloud broker" is not new to 2015. What is still new in 2015 is the opportunity to play this role in a marketplace that is growing.

Cloud brokers will find themselves managing across Read more...

Who Else Benefits from the Data Center Explosion?

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Who Else Benefits from the Data Center Explosion?

As large retailers set up data centers to operate e-commerce, ODM server makers Quanta Computer, Inventec, Wiwynn and others get orders based on their lower prices compared to the server brands.

Retailers are aggressively expanding their e-commerce business coverage and facing the need for Big Data. These famous cost-conscious customers see hardware as a major cost consideration for their data center establishments.

Chinese and Taiwan server ODMs appeal to this type of data centre customer with lower prices and bargain concessions.

Competition among Read more...

Sony Breaking Bad. The Hack of the Year.

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Sony Breaking Bad. The Hack of the Year.

What is the IT story of the year for 2014? Some experts point to "The Sony Hack." If it isn't the story of the year, it is at least the Hack of the Year for 2014.

Recently employees at Sony Pictures opened their computers at work to find a skull-decorated "splash page." (Shown at left.)

Sony employees were then told the company email systems were down and to go home because the company’s networks had been hacked. Sony administrators reportedly shut down much of its worldwide network and disabled VPN connections and wi-fi access in an effort to co Read more...

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