Stories by Dan McLean

Youth finds its own way to make IT productive

If you're old enough to remember the "generation gap" of the 1960s and 1970s, then it's likely you're now part of the "establishment" that manages the use of personal computing in business.

Business starts to hear the ka-ching from Web 2.0

The next iteration of the World Wide Web is a do-it-yourselfer's dream and a collaborator's paradise. It lets you tweak, tailor and tune the cyberworld any way you like. It also links you to a community of like-minded surfers.

HP in 2006: A work in progress

Hewlett-Packard remains a work in progress for a CEO looking to create a more efficient and focused IT company heading into 2006.

Cisco directs its gaze toward the optical market

Excuse Carl Russo, the vice-president of Cisco Systems Inc.'s optical networking business, if he appears glassy eyed these days. It's a good bet that Carl has spent more than a few sleepless nights fretting over how to grow an area of business in which Cisco is currently only a minor player.

Staying with SNA

There aren't many legacy computing technologies that have stood the test of time.
But Systems Network Architecture (SNA) is unique. The technology, developed in the early 1970s by IBM Corp. for large mainframe customers who were looking to automate transaction processing, continues to be a framework for important business applications for large corporations.

Column: Token-Ring as Good as Dead

Horror cult filmmaker George S. Romero might be the perfect marketing pitchman for the technological zombie that is high-speed token-ring.
The director who gave the world the classic Night of the Living Dead, plus follow-ups Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead, might want to cast the new token-ring in a next installment to the franchise -- something called Connectivity for the Living Dead.