Myriad Supply partners with SonicWALL and Raritan

We are proud to announce that Myriad Supply has officially became partners with SonicWALL, Inc. and Raritan, Inc. to provide even more choices for our customers.

About SonicWALL


SonicWALL, Inc. specializes in SMB and Enterprise security and recovery solutions to minimize and prevent unexpected events and lost for business due to cyber attacks or accidents. SonicWALL’s product portfolio includes the NSA series firewall, ES Series Hardware/Software based E-Mail security appliance, CDP series back-up and recovery appliances, and other secure network solutions wired or wireless.

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About Raritan


Raritan, Inc. is a multinational corporation specializes in network power-management, and KVM switching. Raritan also offers complete centralized management and monitoring of network. Raritan’s product portfolio includes the PX Series intelligent rack PDU, Dominion series KVM, and management consoles to provide a complete suite of network and power management and monitoring.

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SOPA and PIPA: it really doesn’t do much to curtail pirating, what the real issue is

At the time of writing this blog, many sites including Wikipedia (English version), and Reddit and various other large and small sites has issued a black-out in protest of the SOPA and PIPA. Google fell short of complete blackout, but has changed its Google “doodle” to a black-rectangle and a page dedicated to its reasoning in opposing the SOPA and PIPA bills.

The SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act, House) and the PIPA (Protect IP Act, Senate) has been a hot debate for the tech industry especially whose business are heavily invested in an open and free flow of information on the internet.

If you are reading this post, you probably already know what the SOPA and PIPA is about, so this post won’t be about how they can be abused and how they are akin to censorship in China. Reddit has a great post outlining the technical aspect of the two bills and you can read it here.

Moving on, here are the primary reasons I think the SOPA and PIPA censorship model does little to nothing to sites dedicated to piracy:

1. The internet is huge, sites can sprang up in hours, one is censored, another comes up. The amount of site that the MPAA and RIAA is targeting is beyond any manual human labor to censor. And unless the SOPA and PIPA intends to stop all internet flow, there will be sites that replace what they just censored — effectively, and quickly.

2. BitTorrent technology which is probably one of the largest headache of SOPA and PIPA works on a distributed resource system, which makes it multiple times harder to keep check. It works on peers connecting to peers via a/several tracker servers that can be located anywhere in the world, at any place, by anyone. The BitTorrent file itself is miniscule and can be provided through a large number of means, and easily. Under the current decade plus old DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act, 1998), many ISP has already complied with request to issue warning/action notice against end-ssers downloading illegal torrents. However, the SOPA and PIPA hardly addresses how to deal with BitTorrent effectively and non-over-broadly on how to curtail pirating, which gets a big huge thumb-down for me.

3. Proxy Server technology easily circumvents any means of SOPA and PIPA has to curtail end-users for pirating. The U.S. government itself funds several Proxy Server projects for people in repressive countries, and the U.S. Government now wants to outlaw what itself supports? If SOPA and PIPA passes, the MPAA and RIAA can reasonably seek the ban of use of Proxy.

To be quite frank, the MPAA and RIAA (largest business lobbying group supporting the SOPA/PIPA) isn’t only targeting piracy, and it doesn’t seem like a coincidence to me that Netflix has caved-in on Warner Brothers’ threat. Last week, Warner Brothers has threatened the removal of its content from Netflix if Netflix does not cave-in to its 56-day delay for new releases. You can read it here.

That 56-delay seems such a random number, and a weirdly thoughtless decision on Warner Brothers’ part to try and increases its disc sales. I really have to stop and ask Warner Brothers: “oReally…?”

Do they seriously think such a delay will magically increase their DVD sales? Many users on the internet has ridicule this move by Warner Brothers by saying: people will just torrent harder. No wonder the MPAA and RIAA wants the SOPA and PIPA to pass so badly.

At the end of the day, the MPAA and RIAA and their members are still operating on a draconian business model. In the day and age, access to contents reliably, quickly, and easily is how you play the game. Here is a hint, offering contents via online distribution without all that RMA restriction might be a good start.

And honestly, driving to a brick-n-mortar store to pick up that CD/DVD on release isn’t as enjoyable as you think.

PitaByte is a guest blogger on the Myriad Supply blogs. He blogs just about everything, mostly technology related.

Why I think Ultrabook has a chance

As CES is approaching us, the IT industry is very excited, and many will expect hands-on experience on a fully built Ultrabooks, a term coined by Intel as the next generation thin-light laptop. To me the Ultrabook seems more like a marketing hype than any real innovation, however, I fully support bringing the “Ultrabook” to the main-stream.

What is an Ultrabook?

Ultrabooks are essentially high-performance thin-and-light laptops. How thin-and-light? According to Intel, to be classified as an Ultrabook the hardware must: weigh no more than 3.1 pounds, be no more than 0.8 inches thick, and offer five to eight or more hours of battery life. In addition to physical criteria, the ultrabooks must use Flash-based storage (SSD), and Intels’ Rapid Start Technology (basically fast resume on Windows but at the bios level).

What’s new?

Practically nothing really. Ultrabook is essentially a marketing term made to bring what was called the “High-Perofrmance Ultra-Portable” class of laptop to the main-stream. In the simplest term, the ultrabook lies somewhere between true high-end Ultra-Portable (Sony’s Z series, Toshiba R series) and Netbooks (the eeePC by Asus, etc) — an economical version of the High-performance ultra-portable or a luxurious high-performance netbook.

The form factor and Ultrabooks is not new at all. Manufacturers especially Japanese manufactures has been making high-performance ultra-portable laptops that you could run a few modern game without problem that comes under 3 lbs flavor for years.

Sony Vaio Z Series 2011 Model
Sony Vaio Z Series 2011 Model using Intel's Light Peak.
Sony’s Z Series in particular is probably the most expensive and technology and design showcase laptop in the Ultra-portable segment. The latest Sony Z Series line in 2011 is 0.66″ at its thickest part, single or RAID SSD configuration, weighs 2.5 lbs with standard battery. It is by all means physically in the Ultrabook specification. So what’s exactly new that Intel promises with Ultrabook?

Price

You might be drooling over the Sony Z, but many will probably be shocked at it’s price. Starting at $1,900+ for base configuration, it dwarfs the price of even the MacBook Air whom is already associated with expensive notebook. The high-performance Ultra-portable laptop comes at great price.

Ultrabook on the other hand, intended for the mainstream will definitely force the price of the high-performance ultra-portable down to a level that can be stomached by the mainstream consumer. I am guessing once Ultrabook takes off in the market, consumers can expect to pay at around $800 for a similar performance level and form-factor of the Sony Z.

Battery Life

Another hurdle of the Ultra-portable notebooks were its battery life. They either have to use a special ULV or LV (ultra-low volage or Low voltage) version of the Intel core processors to achieve longer battery life, or sacrifice some battery life to use the full-fledged Intel core processors. Although the Vaio Z advertise up to 7 and a half hours with default setting, you won’t get a full 7 hours of Photoshop.

The Ultrabook is likely to become more energy efficient with the new Ivy Bridge chipset (and more performance at the same time), but it’s still too early to tell if the battery life can hold up as advertised.

Although the Sony Vaio Z isn’t the only high-performance ultra-book in the market, I like to use it as an example when discussing Ultrabook because to a professional user like myself, that’s what I expect as a true mobile work platform. I need my Photoshop, I need my mouse, I need my WACOM tablet connectivity, I need to be able to do some encoding, rendering, compiling, and maybe even a little bit of Call of Duty 4. All of that is not readily possible on a platform such as the tablet, and that’s why the Ultrabook scheme is appealing to me.

In the end of the day, I feel the Ultrabook is the right way as far as true mobile work platform, it is still too hard to tell how far manufacturers can take the tablet platform. Although I know many that take the tablet as a seriously enterprise platform, there are many things and people that work best when it is on a full computing platform with rich connectivity, performance, and interface.

PitaByte is a guest blogger on the Myriad Supply blogs. He blogs just about everything, mostly technology related.

Microsoft celebrates IE6 funeral with cake

It might not be completely accurate to say that Internet Explorer 6 is completely dead.

IE6 Funeral Cake
IE6 Funeral Cake. Courtesy of BBC.
The celebration at Redmond, WA. came after Net Application reported that usage of IE6 in the United States during the month of December has dropped below 1%. It is not the first time that Microsoft wanted to bury IE6 in the grounds, ie6countdown.com was created 2 years ago by Microsoft to urge users to stop using Internet Explorer 6.

Internet Explorer 6 was first released in August 2001 over 10 years ago, and enjoyed an astounding number of users during its tenure which peaked at over 90% of all browser usage. The initial version of IE6 is no longer supported, however, IE6 SP3 that is part of the Windows XP SP3 update is continued to be supported until 2014.

According to the IE6 countdown website, the browser still accounts for a not-too-small portion of all the browser usage at 7.7%. Most of the IE6 users, over 50% of all IE6 users, comes from China mainly due to overwhelming number of Windows XP users in the country.

Our own browser usage tracking for our website reports no signs of IE6 usage, which comes at no surprise and a relief.

Cisco blunder: ūmi dead in the consumer market

The news was first broken and speculated by Larry Chaffin at Networld World when Chaffin spoke to a friend about the Cisco UMI fire sales at Best Buy and noticed discontinued support for the UMI from the Cisco telephone support.

Cisco Umi Logo
Cisco Umi Logo. Trademark of Cisco.

Yesterday, Cisco spokesperson told CRN officially that Cisco has began withdrawing the UMI from the consumer market since December, and has ceased any new sells for any UMI units.

The Cisco ūmi received much criticism since its first release due to its price and value. First released in October 2010, perceived as a high-end HD Telepresence kit in the consumer space, the unit costs $600 for just the unit (a camera unit without display), and a controller; and in addition, a $24.99/month subscription on top of it. If you ask me, that’s some hefty price to pay to just chat to your friends face-to-face. Not only that, Cisco ūmi only worked with other Cisco ūmi units (Cisco has since release ūmi clients for PCs). While that seems like a smart move to make everyone buy the ūmi, Cisco probably didn’t take into consideration that the average consumers don’t need or want a $600 HD tele-presence unit, which they can do via the much popular and cheaper alternative — Skype.

Although sales of the ūmi has ceased in the consumer space, according to Cisco, they plan to integrate the ūmi into their enterprise unified communications unit. Now, that seems a much smarter move, where such cost and value can be justified much better and in a market where Cisco’s brand is much stronger.

At the time of this writing, no new ūmi units are produced for the consumer market for sale. However, current ūmi owners can still continue their subscription service.

PitaByte is a guest blogger on the Myriad Supply blogs. He blogs just about everything, mostly technology related.