Updated September 26, 2017, 9:00 am GMT

Cisco: Software Defined Networking and the Cisco and IBM Partnership

IT organizations are constantly looking for ways to streamline operations, take advantage of new capabilities, and adopt technologies that can reduce IT lead-time thus improving service to the business. Many  enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud and virtualization capabilities as a part of overall data center transfo... [more->]

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Microsoft SQL Server 2017 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux offer

Microsoft has heard from you, our customers, that your data estate gets bigger, more complicated, and more diverse every year. You need solutions that work across platforms, whether on-premises or in the cloud, and that meet your data workloads where they are. Embracing this choice, earlier today we announced the gener... [more->]

Verizon quietly pulls Wear24 smartwatch after 4 months - CNET

The LTE-connected smartwatch featured a robust battery with wireless charging. [more->]

Twitter explains leaving up Trump's North Korea threat - CNET

Trump tweet apparently threatening violence allowed to stay up despite violating Twitter rules. [more->]

Turn your garage into a toothy Monster House for Halloween - CNET

Fangs for the memories. An Ohio artist went viral with her monstrous decoration idea last fall, and now she's created a new devilish design. [more->]

'X-Files' stars Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny take a knee - CNET

The sci-fi actors join the protest that has so many NFL players locking arms or going to one knee in this weekend's games. [more->]

7 things to know before upgrading to MacOS High Sierra 10.13 - CNET

The latest version of MacOS changes some of the operating system's underlying plumbing, but it's more evolutionary than revolutionary by design. [more->]

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Citrix Mobility Master Class Video: XenMobile Security focus and the latest feature updates

Please join our technology experts for another deep-dive session on XenMobile as they discuss and demonstrate what’s new with the latest tips and tricks. Topics we will cover:XenMobile new features and announcements, XenMobile Connector for EMS updates and preview and XenMobile integration with mobile threat defense ... [more->]

Bill Gates goes Android, still won't use an iPhone - CNET

Commentary: The Microsoft co-founder admits in an interview on Fox that he's recently switched to an Android phone. [more->]

Nutanix .NEXT 2017 Washington D.C. Highlights Video

This video is from the fine folks at Nutanix. [more->]

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VMware VMworld 2017 Europe – Wrap-Up Video

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iPhone X is a sad joke, according to 'Silicon Valley' cast - CNET

Commentary: A new "Funny or Die" video offers a glimpse into the tech industry disdain for Apple's "smartphone of the future." [more->]

Volvo XC40 SUV might mean another subscription in your life - Roadshow

Exploring the idea of making car ownership like getting a phone, the new Care by Volvo plan lets you subscribe to a car for just a monthly fee. [more->]

Crash test face-off: Will the iPhone 8 or Note 8 win? - CNET

Gadget warranty outfit SquareTrade gives Apple's latest a rather rude introduction to gravity and hard surfaces. The soiree does not go well. [more->]

Uber says Waymo seeks $2.6B in damages, Waymo disagrees - CNET

Alphabet's self-driving car unit says it's owed billions for the alleged theft of its autonomous vehicle trade secrets. [more->]

Hitachi Vantara: What’s in a Name? Ask IT

At 9:15 am PDT, on September 19, 2017, with a click of button, Higashihara-san, President and CEO of Hitachi Ltd unveiled the name of a new Hitachi Company; Hitachi Vantara at the Hitachi Next 2017 event in Las Vegas. We all know by now that this is a new company, combining the human resources and broad portfolio of in... [more->]

Microsoft places its bets on quantum computing

 At its Ignite conference, Microsoft today put its stake in the ground and discussed its progress in building a quantum computer and giving developers tools to experiment with this new computing paradigm on their existing machines. Read More [more->]

'Star Trek: Discovery' brings Trekkies and cosplay together - CNET

Trekkies don their Starfleet uniforms and gather to watch the premiere of "Star Trek: Discovery." [more->]

Chinese government blocks WhatsApp chat service - CNET

Facebook might have to lower its billion-user tally now that its encrypted text-messaging service is reportedly no longer available in China. [more->]

Lyft ups its driver game, adds 24/7 phone support - CNET

In its bid to gain on rival Uber, the ride-hailing company updates its driver app with new features like immediate assistance. [more->]

Savision IQ – Aggregate monitoring data from different sources (+ natural search capabilities)

Savision, a company that we all know to provide a management pack for Microsoft SCOM you had to have, is working on a new solution. What they noticed talking to customers and companies is that every one is using multiple monitoring solutions. Companies have a lot of point solutions to monitor a specific segment of [... [more->]

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Microsoft Ignite 2017: Everything that was just announced - CNET

The company's big IT conference in Orlando is brimming with news about enterprise-level products. [more->]

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Citrix: Smart Tools – Release Highlights

Starting this month, I am planning to do a “release” post every time we push out a new Smart Tools release. With our releases coming quickly (every 3 weeks now), I think it is only fair that we keep you updated on what has been delivered. Smart Scale – Check Machine Registration Status With this release, […... [more->]

What’s New in Horizon View 7.3 and Other

What’s new: Horizon Connection Server Horizon Help Desk Tool View application and process names and resource use within a virtual or published desktop to identify which applications and process are using up machine resources. View event log information about the user’s activities. View updated metrics such ... [more->]

Announcing @Massive1Network to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #DataCenter #DX #DigitalTransformation

SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center ... [more->]

Here's how to keep up with Nest's growing smart home - CNET

Trying to make sense of Nest's new product announcements? Start here. [more->]

Alphabet internet balloons could talk to your phone in 2019 - CNET

Project Loon gets more down to earth with plans to graduate from "moonshot" research idea to a real business. It worked during a test in Peru. [more->]

Apple's Siri ditches Bing search for Google - CNET

If you'd rather see Google answering the questions that stump Siri, good news: Microsoft's Bing got the boot. [more->]

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Why the Mainframe Needs to Become More MainstreamWhy the Mainframe Needs to Become More Mainstream

While the mainframe is still too valuable for organizations to give up, it must evolve for modern-day computing. This slide show offers tips on doing so. [more->]

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Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R race car can be yours for $259,000 - Roadshow

Championship-winning racer will make you a star at track days. [more->]

Ken Block's 1,400-hp Mustang takes on Pikes Peak in 'Climbkhana' - Roadshow

A very dangerous mountain road? Sure, let's drift up it! [more->]

Blending HCI and Hybrid Clouds

The cloud and hyperconverged systems seem to be enjoying more of a symbiotic relationship than parallel development tracks. [more->]

Google Looks to Boost Smartphone Innovations With $1.1B HTC DealGoogle Looks to Boost Smartphone Innovations With $1.1B HTC Deal

DAILY VIDEO: Google is paying HTC $1.1 billion to bring over parts of its smartphone team; an SEC filing system hack highlights the need to fortify public data security; Ford brings mixed reality into car design with Microsoft HoloLens; and there's more. [more->]

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A Better Way to Monitor Citrix NetScaler Load Balancer for Container-Based Web Applications

We just released a new version of the NetScaler Monitor with some nifty additions like the ability to monitor CPXs, more info about gateways’ certificates and policies, the ability to change connection settings and some other general improvements. Whether you use NetScaler as a Gateway for your Citrix environment or ... [more->]

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Former VP launches new podcast: 'Biden's Briefing' - CNET

Former Vice President Joe Biden teams with startup Ground Control to create the new daily program. [more->]

Get ready to shop for pricey crystal home decor in VR - CNET

Mastercard and Swarovski team up to create a virtual-reality shopping app for home decor. [more->]

Citrix: A 10,000 ft View of XenMobile Service Monitoring

Citrix’ rapid move to the cloud brings with it an accelerated adoption of practices and processes that are needed to support many of the cloud services that we provide. One of the many practices that is core to a cloud culture is automation, and alongside is monitoring. Both are intimately linked and mutually de... [more->]

Forbes' List of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Information TechnologyForbes' List of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Information Technology

This list of the 10 of most powerful women in the information technology industry is taken from Forbes Magazine's list of the 51 most powerful women in the world. [more->]

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A new Mercedes Sprinter van is coming, and it looks slick - Roadshow

Well, as amazing as a cargo van can be, anyhow. [more->]

As-Salaam-Alaikum: The cloud arrives in the Middle East!

Today, I am excited to announce plans for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring an infrastructure Region to the Middle East! This move is another milestone in our global expansion and mission to bring flexible, scalable, and secure cloud computing infrastructure to organizations around the world. Based in Bahrain, this ... [more->]

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Cisco on Securing IoT: Job #1 for Everyone

If you’ve followed my blogs for long, you know I’m a big believer in the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is part of a digital transformation that will revolutionize virtually every industry—manufacturing, healthcare, mining, transportation, agriculture, and the list goes on. But to fulfill its promise, IoT must be ... [more->]

Cisco: CCleaner Command and Control Causes Concern

Talos recently published a technical analysis of a backdoor which was included with version 5.33 of the CCleaner application. During our investigation we were provided an archive containing files that were stored on the C2 server. Initially, we had concerns about the legitimacy of the files. However, we were able to ... [more->]

Now taking orders for Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack

We are now taking orders for Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack, offering customers a powerful cloud-ready solution that gives them full control over how they manage data, governance, security and performance. We combined Microsoft’s robust Azure cloud platform with Cisco’s UCS server platform that i... [more->]

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GPU-Powered Cellular Analysis Helps Avoid Unnecessary Prostate Cancer Biopsies

Some 1.3 million men in North America each year undergo biopsies to determine whether they have prostate cancer. While these are ordered only after multiple tests indicate the possible presence of cancer, many are ultimately proven to have been unnecessary. Researchers at the University of Alberta hope to change that w... [more->]

5 Ways to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

During National Service Dog Month, we’ve invited a few of the canine contributors at Dell to share their insights with us on Direct2Dell – as told to their humans. Today we hear from Maggie who shared with her human Travis Peterson tips for teaching a... [more->]

Adcash - 1 Trillion HTTP Requests Per Month

This is a guest post by Arnaud Granal, CTO at Adcash. Adcash is a worldwide advertising platform. It belongs to a category called DSP (demand-side platform). A DSP is a platform where anyone can buy traffic from many different adnetworks. The advertising ecosystem is very fragmented behind the two leaders (Google ... [more->]

How to Simplify Your Storage Strategy in Healthcare

In our recent customer success stories we’ve shared with you, This Hyperconverged Virtual SAN Solution Saves Lives, Colby Sawyer College Delivers Continuous Data Availability with DataCore Software, we wanted you to see how our software-defined storage solutions enhance data centers across various  industry vertical... [more->]

Flashpoint Digs Into Dark Web With Security Intelligence APIFlashpoint Digs Into Dark Web With Security Intelligence API

The security intelligence startup updates its API data feed to provide organizations with more insight into the hidden areas of the internet. [more->]

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Amazon AppStream 2.0 Now Offers On-Demand Fleets to Help You Optimize Your Streaming Costs

Today, Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing On-Demand fleets, a new type of fleet that can help you optimize your streaming costs. With this addition, you can now select between two different types of fleets when building your AppStream 2.0 streaming environment. With Always-On fleets, users get instant-on access to the... [more->]

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Microsoft: Modernizing a Monolithic Application using Microservices and Azure

As companies embark on their digital transformation journeys, pressure on IT organizations have been mounting to levels that have never been experienced before.  Businesses have the following expectations, among others, from their IT organizations: Applications need to be developed, deployed and enhanced at a rapid pa... [more->]

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Webinar 9/27: Take Advantage of Cloud Backup to Kick-Start Your Disaster RecoveryWebinar 9/27: Take Advantage of Cloud Backup to Kick-Start Your Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery requirements have radically changed in recent years due to large increases in the amounts of data organizations routinely use to conduct business and the need for 24x7 availability. Join this webinar discussion to learn how cloud backup can play a critical role in a modern disaster recovery strategy. [more->]

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Storage Switzerland ChalkTalk Video: Hyperscaling Data Protection Video

IT professionals continue to struggle with data protection – especially in today’s growing data centers. Capacity growth, data recovery needs, copy data management, and analytics requirements place continuous pressures on their ability to use data efficiently. Though some purpose-built data protection appli... [more->]

Dell Quick Resource Locator’s New Look (and Features)

No one wants to spend more time on finding solutions for whatever problems or challenges come their way, and at Dell, we are no exception. We created the Dell Quick Resource Locator (QRL) to help our customers find answers quickly, and we just gave it a m... [more->]

Microsoft’s new Data Box lets you mail up to 100 TB to its Azure cloud

 Moving lots of data to the cloud can take a long time and cost quite a bit, even over fast connections. Like its competitors — and especially AWS — Microsoft has long allowed its Azure users to import data to its cloud by shipping hard drives to its data centers. It’s now going a step further w... [more->]

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SolarWinds Releases NPM 12.2

NPM 12.2 was made available in the Customer Portal on September 13th!  The release notes are a great place to get a broad overview of everything in the release.  Here, I’d like to go into greater depth on  Network Insight for ASA including why we built it and how it works.  Knowing that should help […] [more->]

FEC, Lawmakers Propose Disclosure Rules for Political Web Ad SourcesFEC, Lawmakers Propose Disclosure Rules for Political Web Ad Sources

NEWS ANALYSIS: New rules proposed by Democratic lawmakers and new action by the Federal Election Commission would place disclosure requirements on online political advertising similar to those already in place for TV ads. [more->]

Microsoft Announces Larger, Higher Scale Storage Accounts

One of the fastest areas of growth in cloud computing is around data storage. With a variety of workloads such as IoT telemetry, logging, media, genomics and archival driving cloud data growth, the need for scalable capacity, bandwidth, and transactions for storing and analyzing data for business insights, is more impo... [more->]

Get Familiar with Docker Enterprise Edition Client Bundles

Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) is the only Containers as a Service (CaaS) Platform for IT that manages and secures diverse applications across disparate infrastructure, both on-premises and in the cloud. There’s a little mentioned big feature in Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) that seems to always bring smiles to the ... [more->]

Hybrid Cloud – The NEW normal for enterprises

We are living in times when it’s hard to imagine our lives without technology. Our center of command is sitting in our pockets, and we are just a few taps away from booking a flight, checking our bank account or reading the news about our favorite football team. Our fast pace of life demands uninterrupted […] [more->]

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Gartner: The Battle for the Cloud Has Not Even Started Yet

I sat with a client yesterday who asked me a question about cloud.  The question was innocuous enough: “If I had a choice, why would I build anything, if I can get it in the cloud?”  It was a fair question.  But was it the right question? This was a large manufacturer with several well-known […] [more->]

Partner Communications Selects Cloudify and VMware to Help Deliver an Open-vCPE and SD-WAN Solution in Record Time

Telecom has taken ‘orchestration-first’ approach with open-source orchestration software to virtualize its network functions in less than one-third the normal time Cloudify and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), today announced the companies are helping Partner Communications (NASDAQ: PTNR)(TASE: PTNR) impleme... [more->]

SAP Adds Key Customer ID Management with Gigya AcquisitionSAP Adds Key Customer ID Management with Gigya Acquisition

Gigya's customer identity and access management platform enables enterprises to build effective, lasting relationships with their customers. [more->]

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Cisco: When AI Joins Your Meeting

One of the best things about working at a company with Cisco’s resources is you get to blend fundamental technology research with macroeconomic trends. For example, the inevitable improvement of AI and collaboration technology, empowered by the global rise towards building distributed work teams, will lead to a revol... [more->]

Google Introduces News Tools for YouTube Video AdvertisersGoogle Introduces News Tools for YouTube Video Advertisers

The new tools are designed to help businesses deliver more personalized ads and measure effectiveness, company says. [more->]

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Cisco: Test Reports Show Nexus 9000 Data Center Switches are Superior to Competitors

Flexibility, scalability, agility. These are capabilities that everyone claims in the industry. How do you actually differentiate which company’s solution is the best? Instead of boring you with more buzz words, let me show you who really owns the crown for the best data center switches: Nexus 9000 Switches. Nexus... [more->]

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Three Ways to Get Your Multi-Cloud Costs Under Control

The progression of technology is never ending. That’s what makes it exciting. What was once new and unknown eventually becomes a tried-and-true, reliable tool. This is happening before our eyes with the cloud. At first, the thought of putting your company’s sensitive data in the cloud brought concerns about securit... [more->]

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Cypress IoT Platform Brings Ultra-Low Power WiFi, Bluetooth SupportCypress IoT Platform Brings Ultra-Low Power WiFi, Bluetooth Support

The company’s CYW43012 combo solution is designed to bring longer battery life and better range to a wide array of internet of things devices. [more->]

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Make a Move to Azure with SoftNAS

Learn about the top challenges before moving to the Azure public cloud and how SoftNAS provides solutions. This video is via the fine folks at SoftNAS. [more->]

VMware vSAN – A closer look [Data Availabilty] – Define Tomorrow

An important consideration when choosing which method of protection is required is the additional overhead generated by erasure coding. This is commonly referred to as I/O amplification. During normal operations there is no amplification of read I/O however there is I/O amplification of write I/O as the parity data nee... [more->]

5 Steps to Building a Big Data Business Strategy

“The problem is that, in many cases, big data is not used well. Companies are better at collecting data – about their customers, about their products, about competitors – than analyzing that data and designing strategy around it.”  – &#... [more->]

Capsule8 Raises New Funds to Help Improve Container SecurityCapsule8 Raises New Funds to Help Improve Container Security

VIDEO: Dino Dai Zovi, co-founder and CTO of Capsule8 explains how his company aims to differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive market. [more->]

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VMware: HPE 3PAR Thin Provisioning and Compression with Oracle Database

Included with every 3PAR array at no cost through the all-inclusive license, 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction with compression offers the ability to compress Oracle data. Technical deep dive here with links to related white papers. Today, more than ever before, you need to use storage efficiently, especially with the adven... [more->]

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Microsoft Flagship Store planned for Regent Street in London

Fans celebrate the grand opening of the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Today, we are pleased to announce plans to open a flagship store in London on Regent Street at Oxford Circus. This is one of the world’s most exciting shopping destinations and represents another step in our journey to ... [more->]

30 Years at Ivanti: Engineer Reflects on Changes in IT

What is the longest time you’ve worked at the same place? Five years? Ten years? How about thirty? That’s how long Dave Edgar has been with us here at Ivanti. This level of loyalty warranted a closer look, so we asked Dave a few questions about his time at Ivanti. What is it about Ivanti […] [more->]

Microsoft ConfigMgr Reaches 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, in the summer of 1992, planning for a new product began – and that point in time has had a tremendous impact on my life and the lives of millions of IT Pros – and it has enabled us all to support 100s of millions of workers around the globe. Check out […] [more->]

VM Backup Appliance Based on NAS and Why You Need It

As our world goes digital, both large enterprises and SMBs typically deal with massive amounts of data processed and scattered among a multitude of physical and virtual machines comprising IT infrastructures. If any piece of infrastructure fails, there is always a risk of losing a piece of business-critical data. Thus,... [more->]

Check Out the NEW Sysadminotaur Website!!!!

Great news everyone: the Sysadminotaur website has been upgraded! It’s now faster and easier to browse through the entire library of comics. You can get your Sysadminotaur fix anytime from: http://sysadminotaur.com/ Plus, you can keep up with the Sysadminotaur gang — and other news related to the beloved comic — ... [more->]

Cortado Offers Immediate Support for iOS 11

Productive, secure enterprise mobility for iPhones and iPads without delay Software developer Cortado Mobile Solutions announces that its Cortado Server enterprise mobility solution will immediately support iOS 11. This means that companies can instantly benefit from all the features of the latest OS version. Apple’s... [more->]

The Application Layering Technology Cheat Sheet, Version 4.0!

It has already been six months (a little over) since my last update, time for version 4.0 – a lot has happened in the meantime, as a result, you’ll see some noticeable changes. Not only from a feature/functionality perspective but from a vendor/company perspective as well. From now on I will be focusing on the [... [more->]

A catch-up with Kevin Goodman

On the latest Frontline Chatter Podcast, Kevin Goodman, CEO and Founder of FSLogix, sits down for a catch-up on all things FSLogix.The market has been changing with acquisitions and announcements along with the buzz around The market has been changing with acquisitions and announcements along with the buzz around c... [more->]

Microsoft Announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16296 for PC

Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16296 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring only (not Skip Ahead). IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be unable to install *new*/additional language packs on this build. Pre-existing language packs (language packs you’ve installed previously) will carry over and wor... [more->]

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VMware: Calibrate Your Monitor

When I build a new computer one of the things I do as part of the setup is calibrate the color of the monitors. It’s actually pretty amazing how much better things look after just a few minutes of adjustments. It’s also nice to have the monitors synchronized, so if I move a window between […] [more->]

The Five Biggest Trends in Unified Communications (UC) | @CloudExpo #Cloud #UCaaS #Analytics

Thanks to the plethora of communication and messaging apps available to the average user, unified communications (UC) is becoming more important than ever before. UC is a set of products and services designed to give employees a uniform communications experience, integrating different apps and channels to a singular po... [more->]

Is #DevOps Falling into the Maturity Trap? | @DevOpsSummit #AI #CloudNative

Many organizations are now looking to DevOps maturity models to gauge their DevOps adoption and compare their maturity to their peers. However, as enterprise organizations rush to adopt DevOps, moving past experimentation to embrace it at scale, they are in danger of falling into the trap that they have fallen into tim... [more->]