News & Commentary
Content posted in July 2004
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SEC Gets Closer To XBRL
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Standard eliminates duplication of effort in preparing documents in different formats
Tech-Job Upheaval
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
While the total number of IT pros is down, the future is looking better for the highly skilled.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
Editor's Note: A Return To Rewards
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
IT Confidential: (I Wish I Had Some) Friends In High Places
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
Wonderful things happen when an idea gets support it needs
Microsoft Details Servers, Search Plans
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Moderate predictions belie aggressive moves into new areas, including patents
Intel Delays Pentium; Talks Up Wireless
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Pentium 4 delay is latest in a series of missteps.
Taking Stock: Dog Days Leave Investors Sweating
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
A lot of trading activity this summer is causing some pricing volatility.
NYSE To Further Upgrade Automated Execution System
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The improvements will allow the NYSE to process more trades electronically and enable "sweeping" an order.
VC Money For I.T. Up 11%
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Stocks Keep Rising Despite Oil Price Surge
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The key indexes closed up for the day and the week thanks to some late-day buying.
Rise Of The Attack Bots
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Hackers use 'bot' or 'zombie' apps to disrupt service for DoubleClick customers
EMC's Acquisitions Add Up To Storage Services
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Documentum and Legato technologies let companies manage data across any medium
Shift In Web Services
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Carmakers collaborate on project to establish transaction standards
The Magic Numbers For Servers Are 32 And 64
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Dell, HP, IBM, and Sun introduce 32/64-bit options as companies load up on gear
Microsoft To Take Cheap Windows To More Markets
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
It plans to take Windows XP Starter Edition to a number of emerging markets outside the United States and Western Europe.
Feds Take Two Routes To Supercomputer Power
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Navy and NASA are doing ocean modeling but building separate supercomputers
Microsoft Issues Security Fix For Internet Explorer
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The patch, deemed "critical" by Microsoft, fixes three publicly disclosed vulnerabilities as well as many previously fixed Internet Explorer security holes to date.
Tata Consultancy Looks Formidable With $1 Billion In Cash
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
Tata Consultancy is looking to raise more than $1 billion in an IPO, as the 28,000-employee offshore outsourcer joins other fast-growing, publicly traded Indian IT firms.
Windows-To-Linux Migration Hits Speed Bump In Munich
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The proposed migration of the City of Munich's 14,000 desktops from Windows to Linux has hit a snag over possible patent issues.
Business Technology: The Death Of American IT Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
Polar-opposite rhetoric isn't limited these days to political races; it's rampant in the business-technology world in discussions of workers and jobs. Bob Evans notes you can find a study to support your argument, and maybe even a bill wafting its way through the Senate.
Scientific Debuts Compliance Tool For Excel Spreadsheets
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The application is being offered as way to audit, track and control changes to corporate spreadsheet templates.
Fair Isaac's 3Q Profits Decline
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The credit-rating service and credit-analysis software supplier said revenue was up about 6% but net income was down almost 4%.
New iWay Adapters Expand SAP Integration
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
New offerings will enable data integration from Siebel, PeopleSoft and Oracle systems.
Scripting Language Tools Get Upgrades
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
ActiveState and Zend Technologies both have updated their tools for open-source scripting languages.
Healthy On The Front End
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
Software companies floundered right and left in the most recent quarter. Not the reporting and analytics firms.
Safeway Turns To Velosel To Get Kinks Out Of Supply Chain
News  |  7/30/2004  | 
The retailer is using Velosel's Collaborative Product Information Management tool to optimize its data-synchronization efforts
Location Services Find Their Way To The Enterprise
Commentary  |  7/30/2004  | 
Phone handsets and GPS-enabled hardware are ushering in a new wave of location-based services, Carl Zetie says. It's 2 p.m., do you know where your employees are?
SEC Gets Closer To XBRL
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
The format's advantages include being able to query a document as if it were a database.
Auto Industry Seeks To Improve Web Services
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Web-services protocols can benefit from ebXML's encryption, reliability, and security features.
Investors Jump Back In
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
A dip in oil prices helped persuade investors to get back into a buying mode, giving technology issues a boost.
Kerry's Acceptance Caps Busy Week For Democrats' IT Staff
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
The Democratic National Convention used a combination of wired and wireless systems and networks to keep delegates, staff, and media connected and functioning.
Microsoft To Issue Browser Patch Next Week
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
The fix for Internet Explorer will finally plug the hole that hackers exploited in a sneak attack last month.
SmartAdvice: Customer Education Key Part Of Anti-Phishing Protection
Commentary  |  7/29/2004  | 
Educating customers to safeguard personal information helps prevent phishing thefts and builds loyalty, The Advisory Council says. Also, test to make sure systems are compatible with upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2 release; and follow code-review practices to make sure your developers write secure code.
Internet Pioneers Say Thanks To Tulane
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Jim Clark of Netscape and David Filo of Yahoo are donating $30 million each to the university, where they were undergraduates.
Apple Threatens RealNetworks
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
The company says Real may violate federal law with software that lets customers play their songs on a variety of devices.
True Confessions: I Used My Neighbor's Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  7/29/2004  | 
Is it theft to use an unsecured Wi-Fi connection? Editor Mitch Wagner weighs in.
IBM Acquires Application-Management Vendor Cyanea Systems
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
It will integrate Cyanea's technology into its existing middleware apps, including those in its WebSphere, Tivoli, and Rational product lines.
Spotlight
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Gary Thomson, CIO and senior VP of Choice Hotels International, sheds light on customer data integration and the role of the CIO.
Gates: Microsoft To Increase Patent Filing
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
In annual meeting with financial analysts, Microsoft's chairman puts the focus on R&D and intellectual property.
Adding Simplicity
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Automated, model-driven architecture could be your ticket to simpler, less painful enterprise development.
Pipeline
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
MicroStrategy and Business Objects lead our digest of noteworthy product releases.
NASA To Test RFID-Enabled Access Cards
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
The access cards will be used to regulate entry at the space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.
Performing ETL With SQL
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Who needs an engine? Not Sunopsis V3, which employs SQL to bring a fresh approach to ETL.
Russian Hackers Extort Cash From British Bookmakers
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Russian police broke up a hacker ring that inflicted millions of dollars in damages and attracted the attention of the British government.
Government IT Sales Boost Northrop Grumman
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
The defense contractor posted double-digit gains in sales and net income, largely due to increased sales of IT services to the government.
Outsourcing IT Education
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Virginia Tech is teaming with an Indian business school to offer a master's degree in information technology.
Biometric Passports Pushed Back
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
Legislation to push back the deadline requiring countries in the State Department's Visa Waiver program to issue the passports awaits President Bush's signature.
Microsoft Takes On Spammers Again
News  |  7/29/2004  | 
It will begin checking for the existence of Sender ID framework records on Oct. 1.
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