Tech Sanity Check

TechRepublic Editor in Chief Jason Hiner applies a sanity check to new technologies, new products, and new developments in the IT industry in order to help IT leaders sort through the latest hype and

  • Jason Hiner // March 18, 2009, 8:04 AM PST

    How will your IT department handle March Madness 2009 streaming? will once again offer online streaming of every game of the first two rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament on March 19 and 20. How will IT handle the extra traffic load and the potential for lost worker productivity? Take our poll.


  • Larry Dignan // March 18, 2009, 8:17 AM PST

    IBM + Sun: Why it could make sense

    IBM is reportedly in talks to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion and the deal is long overdue. The companies mesh on the open source software front, Sun is struggling and IBM can consolidate some server market share.


  • Jason Hiner // March 19, 2009, 4:32 AM PST

    Lessons in unemployment from the dot com bust

    Crossloop co-founder Mrinal Desai shares his story of a long stint he spent being unemployed after the dot com bust earlier this decade in hopes that it might help a few of the many high-quality technology professionals searching for work right now.


  • Jason Hiner // March 31, 2009, 11:00 PM PST

    Video: Legal terms all IT leaders should know

    People love to sue businesses, and since so much evidence is now created or stored on computers, lawsuits invariably require the involvement of IT. Thus, here are the most important legal terms that all IT leaders need to know.


  • Jason Hiner // March 20, 2009, 6:04 AM PST

    Video: Why e-mail messages start fights

    Only seven percent of what we say is conveyed through words. Tone and visual cues make up the other 93 percent. That is why email messages are so often misunderstood. Ed Muzio of Group Harmonics suggests using email only when you should: to convey facts and data, and when no emotion or sensitive issues are involved.


  • Jason Hiner // March 23, 2009, 2:14 PM PST

    Poll: Do IT vendors have a place in online discussions of their products?

    I regularly talk to product managers at technology companies and I often encourage them to follow the discussions and participate in the TechRepublic forums when we write about their products. Do you think vendors can add valuable information to the discussion? Take our poll.


  • Jason Hiner // March 26, 2009, 6:52 AM PST

    Video: CIOs sound off on BlackBerry vs. iPhone

    One of the most popular debates in the business world right now is BlackBerry vs. iPhone. TechRepublic's U.K. sister site asked this question to a group of CIOs. The responses might surprise you.


  • Jason Hiner // March 26, 2009, 11:59 PM PST

    IT week in review for March 27, 2009

    Read the top 10 IT stories for the week ending March 27, 2009, including new Nehalem-powered servers in the data center, Google Chrome is hardest browser to hack, tech layoffs are outpacing other industries, and IBM shifts jobs to India.


  • Larry Dignan // March 30, 2009, 1:51 AM PST

    Use an enterprise scanner to keep Conficker worm from deactivating your antivirus

    There has been a big break in the Conflicker worm that threatens to activate and cause a lot of havoc on April 1: German researchers at the Honeynet Project have been able to fingerprint the malware on infected networks.


  • Jason Hiner // March 31, 2009, 6:30 AM PST

    Conficker: Shavlik CEO explains what it does and how to fight it

    Conficker has the potential to be the first serious, wide-scale virus outbreak in several years. In this interview, Shavlik Technologies CEO and founder Mark Shavlik gives a quick summary of what Conficker can do, the three ways it spreads, and what IT departments can do to combat it.


  • Jason Hiner // April 2, 2009, 6:09 AM PST

    Qwerty smartphone showdown: BlackBerry Bold vs. Nokia E71

    For those who want a smartphone with a full keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold and the Nokia E71 are two of the best choices on the market. CNET TV's Prizefightdid a no-holds-barred comparison of the two. See which one came out the winner.


  • Jason Hiner // April 5, 2009, 4:40 PM PST

    TechRepublic's CIO Jury: We're looking for a few good IT leaders

    Inspired by our colleagues at, TechRepublic is launching a new CIO Jury and we're looking for experienced IT leaders to respond to a simple straw poll twice a month when the subject is in your area of expertise. See if you meet the criteria.


  • Jason Hiner // April 7, 2009, 4:16 PM PST

    Video: Learn how to sleep your way to the top

    Jill Schlesinger from (TechRepublic's newly-launched sister site) spoke to Maggie Rodriguez from CBS News about how sleep deprivation can significantly impair on-the-job performance and discusses how to get the professional benefits of a full night's sleep.


  • Jason Hiner // April 17, 2009, 6:55 AM PST

    Three cybersecurity wake up calls that the U.S. missed

    Bob Gourley is one of top CTOs in the United States. In this interview with TechRepublic, learn the career path he took to CTO via the U.S. Navy. Also, hear about three critical U.S. cybersecurity events that he thinks deserved to be taken a lot more seriously.


  • Larry Dignan // April 9, 2009, 1:35 PM PST

    Could cyber attackers bring down the U.S. electrical grid?

    Spies have reportedly been probing the U.S. electrical grid for months and planting software that could be activated at a future date, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report highlights the latest vulnerabilities facing U.S. power infrastructure.