Software Chief Resigns From HP
Nora Denzel, senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett-Packard's Software Global Business Unit, resigned for personal reasons; her last day of work will be Dec. 9.
Scientists Take Small Leap Toward Quantum Computing
By getting atoms to spin simultaneously in opposite directions, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology make advancements toward creating applications that could help computers solve problems much faster.
Intel Faces More Chipset Shortages
On Wednesday, Intel acknowledged that the short supplies for its notebook-based chipsets will continue at least until the first half of 2006.
BlackBerry Workarounds Readied To Sidestep Patent Problems
Research In Motion Ltd. said Wednesday it is preparing workarounds to keep BlackBerry services in the United States up and running, in the event a court issues an injunction against the company as a result of ongoing patent litigation.
Wireless Carriers Cutting Churn Rates: Study
Fewer customers are jumping ship, an In-Stat study says, mostly because of vendors' improved billing accuracy, the attitude of customer-service staff, and providing understandable bills. Challenges remain, though.
Prediction No. 2: Manpower Reductions
With more and more manual processes associated with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities being automated through technology, we expect the people costs for SOX to fall off dramatically in 2006.
This is actually a pretty safe bet since it will be the third year that large public companies have had to manage SOX compliance. One could assume that everyone is getting more adept, including the independent auditors, so manpower costs should go down as a percentage of overall costs associated with SOX
Sun Makes Certain App-Dev Tools Free
In a bid to pump up the number of enterprises using its tools, Sun is reducing to zero the base-level cost of its Java Enterprise System, its Sun N1 Management software, and other tools.
Google's "Space" Is (Mostly) Online
It's part market research for Google, and it's a great way to jump out of the virtual world and into the real one, to become more than just the search bar on the Internet. Helping real people do research on their destination locations is a wonderful marketing technique.
Panda Prepares To Battle Corporate Espionage
Panda Software is developing a service expected to launch early next year to protect enterprises against an emerging network security threat it calls "espionage," where professional hackers will target one specific company instead of many with tailor-made code.
Iomega Spins Mac Mini Drives
Iomega launched a MiniMax desktop hard drive computer with dual USB 2.0 and FireWire data hubs for the Apple Mac Mini computer.
Apple Plugs 13 Holes In Panther, Tiger
Apple Computer on Tuesday posted security updates to fix 13 vulnerabilities in the client and server versions of its Panther and Tiger operating systems. Apple does not rank its vulnerabilities, but Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia tagged the entire update as "highly critical," its second-highest alert ranking.
Is Patent Insanity Ruining Software Innovation?
Many of the requirements that should define a patent, says Network Computing Editor Rob Preston. are all but forgotten when it comes to awarding protection to software and business processes. It's time to quit giving IT-industry patent traffickers a 'free' ride that costs everyone else dearly.
IE Exploit At Large, Microsoft Urges Scan
Microsoft is now urging users to run a complete system scan on its new Windows Live Safety Center -- which has a quirk of its own -- to detect and delete malicious software targeting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer.
Free Software Foundation To Revise GNU License
A first stab at the new license will be released by the FSF at a conference it's holding at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mid-January. The final GPLv3 license is expected by spring 2007.
Out Of Alignment?
Getting IT and business managers on the same page is a frequent topic of conversation these days. Most IT managers I speak to bring up that desire to work closely with their business counterparts, unprompted. But efforts to achieve that alignment don't always result in the business benefits both executives and IT professionals seek to achieve. Optimize magazine's most recent survey of CIOs of Fortune 3000 companies found
Podzinger Pushes Podcast Search
BBN Technologies, a defense contractor responsible for some of the Internet's technical underpinnings, wants to bring keyword search to spoken content through Podzinger.com, the company's podcast search engine.
Open For Business (Intelligence)
"We are the most open-source-friendly traditional business intelligence vendor." That seems to be the mantra of every BI software maker these days, and they'll fall all over each other to yell it the loudest.
Necessity Is The Mother
If you've spent any length of time supporting users, you know that there is no end to the imaginative workarounds they can come up with when a system goes down and they have work that still needs to happen. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, or some other kind of mother, but when it comes to e-mail workarounds, the inventiveness of users can cause problems.
And it's hard to quibble with their intent. Businesses can no longer build slack into their schedules as a just-in-case measure wh
Firefox 1.5 Release Imminent
The browser upgrade, which has been in beta since August and has gone through three release candidates this month, will be available for free download later Tuesday from the Mozilla site.