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Network Associates buys Utah Company

Traxess Inc of Lindon was recently purchased by Network Associates. I had not heard of Traxess, but they are among a growing number of companies in the Lindon technology park. They seem to have no presence on the web other than the announcement of their Aug. 26th buyout. Network Associates purchased Traxess specifically to acquire their DragNet product.

DragNet is designed to operate at Gigabit speeds and enables users to retrieve and analyze information after it has been written onto a patent-pending, next-generation disk storage sub-system. Using this stream-to-disk technology, users are able to reconstruct a Web session, reproduce a transferred file via the file transfer protocol (FTP) process, or recreate a previous email without affecting the capture process.

more info on the purchase

  posted by David @ 6:06 AM

Saturday, October 12, 2002  

News from Digital ID World

Frank Paynter:
The State CIO of Utah has a clear, professional, expert understanding of the issues associated with setting up digital id standards and services in a public setting. Check out his blogging of these proceedings. Check also: Doc Searls, David Weinberger, Denise Howell, and AKMA. I'm sure other clear excellent blogging voices will emerge here too. Personally, I'm taking notes in notepad and hardcopy so I can stay with the discussion instead of getting hung up in my bloggery.

Denise Howell comments on Phil Windley's presentation
Tension between privacy and quick, effective interactions with government. Other problems: governments don't realize they're in the identity business, have abdicated the responsibility for identity issues. Big problem is technology can't solve the real identity problems; you need policymakers to solve these problems, but in reality legislators have no specialized training, get lots of information from lobbyists. Citizens need to pay attention to educating legislators about these issues. If citizens aren't involved, the "black helicopter crowd" will make these decisions.

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  posted by David @ 10:37 PM

Wednesday, October 09, 2002  

XML in Government

Here it is midnight and I am thinking about why we might want to put together an XML working group here in the state. We have discussed XML in various contexts and in various settings, and yet, in my mind, we have not even scratched the surface of its potential. And not many, aside from state CIO Phil Windley even understand what that potential is. We had our second cabinet meeting today on IT in which the cabinet acts as the managing entity for enterprise IT initiatives. We received some thoughtful feedback from cabinet members such as Dianne Nielsen of the Department of Environmental Quality. Dianne is concerned that the Utah Citizen De irectory project could get derailed in a way similar to a smart card proposal that was submitted to the legislature several years ago. The difference is that the state citizen directory will be entirely at the user's discretion. Citizens will be able to opt in and then determine the specific applications that will have access to their data.

Anyway, back to XML, perhaps we do not need a separate working group, maybe just do a better job training and diseminating information related to Phil's 13 web services principles. Anyway, check out the following excellent references:

"XML Goes to Washington" - excellent articule found in the Oct. 7th issue of Infoworld. is an excellent resource that we need to pay regular attention to.

  posted by David @ 10:58 PM

Tuesday, October 08, 2002  
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