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  • Ten essential tools for MySQL admins

    The MySQL community is a hotbed of free, open source tools to enhance the performance and health of your MySQL systems

  • The history of man versus machine clashes

    As IBM's Watson computer digs in for its competition on "Jeopardy!" this week, we are reminded that this is the first in a long series of classic man vs machine moments. Here we have a look at some of the famous real and not so real man vs machine action.

  • What to do with business Big Data

    Hadoop and other tools can unlock critical insights from unfathomable volumes of corporate and external data.

  • Google Go gets the thumbs up from developers

    Less than four months after its unveiling at an early, experimental stage, Google Go looks promising to developers who say it offers significant improvements over other programming languages.

  • Engineers fix shortcomings of the traditional firewall

    Do you find yourself putting a Band-Aid solution on a legacy firewall, such as strapping on an intrusion-prevention system here or antivirus software there? If the firewall is a security device, why should we have to surround it with other security devices to help it do its job? A group of security engineers addressed those shortcomings with a new kind of firewall built from the ground up.

  • Deep Packet Inspection

    Deep packet analysis has made its presence in traffic management and network analysis. What does it mean and how does it work?

  • Automatic for the programmer

    The magic of software is that, because there are no limits of physics, we can keep advancing the technology to meet our ambitions. Welcome to the 'endless value spiral.'

  • Storage in the cloud

    Clusters of mega-data centres using millions of servers and disk drives do not use traditional SAN, NAS and DAS storage. Instead intelligent file systems and fail-safe storage hardware is being developed to store petabytes of data safely.

  • IBM's obfuscatory software pricing - can it last?

    IBM has made much of the performance of its new Power6 chip. What it hasn't shouted about is how the new chip has affected its software pricing -- and made a mess that looks set to confuse users.

  • Moore's Law meets its green match at processor forum

    Microprocessor makers say they can meet demand for greater processing power and energy efficiency with new technologies.

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