Network World started its Wider Net stories in 2003 in an effort to lighten up our news pages, acknowledging that there is a lot more to the world of enterprise networking and IT other than speeds and feeds of switches and routers and WAN links.
The story approach was modeled somewhat after the Wall Street Journal's famed and quirky front page A-Hed articles (i.e., the middle column), but tended more to networking topics, from "When animals attack…networks" to the story of networking's most famous couple, Alice and Bob of security lesson fame.
While Network World did away with its formal weekly Wider Net articles when the publication switched over to publishing twice a month, we've tried to continue mixing in lighthearted pieces through our blogs and in other places on our website and print magazine. Here are some of our favorites:
While business isn't bad, Stacy Samuels can't help longing for the boom days of the early '90s.
If your memory is fuzzy, that was the time of the last big propeller beanie craze, most notably in Baltimore, where the multicolored hats morphed from being geek chic to a must-have item for the city's youths. In one incident that grabbed national headlines, police arrested a 10-year-old boy for holding up a 9-year-old at gunpoint to relieve him of his rainbow-hued hat.
KIMBALL, Neb. - Don and Charlene Zwonitzer know a thing or two about preparing for the unexpected.
The knowledge comes from reclaiming a 1960s-era Atlas E Missile Silo and converting it into home sweet home - and eventually, they hope, a modern-day computer disaster-recovery facility.
Home for the Zwonitzers is 20 feet underground in the panhandle of Nebraska, where arriving visitors disappear into the middle of nowhere before finding themselves in front of the couple's 47-ton steel "garage" door, where the military once backed in its 82-foot-long Atlas missile.
Back in January, Scandinavian gamers hijacked a New Hampshire medical center's server to host "Call of Duty: Black Ops" sessions. When asked about that incident, Stephen Heaslip of the gamer site Blues News told Network World that hackers are not the most likely individuals to commandeer corporate servers for illicit gaming: Such appropriations are more often the work of IT administrators, he said. When asked if he could put us in touch with some of these rogue game server admins, Heaslip posted a call to his readership -- and four volunteers stepped forward.
We'll call them Mr. North, who is director of network operations for a midsize manufacturing company; Mr. South, an IT administrator in the poultry business; Mr. East, a university systems admin when he was active in this realm; and, Mr. West, a senior systems admin in the medical industry. Here's what they had to say:
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