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posted in November 2003
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There's Plenty Of Open Source Documentation
Commentary  |  11/29/2003  | 
One of the common complaints about open-source software is that there isn't enough documentation. Actually, there's sufficient documentation, you just have to know where to find it
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/29/2003  | 
Offshore 'Hiccups In An Irreversible Trend'
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Dell and the state of Indiana change course on initiatives, but not broader strategy
Raising Revenue Issue
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Oracle says there may be accounting concerns in a PeopleSoft protection program
Linux Users Dodge Volley In Code Debate
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
The only clear thing in SCO's fight with open-sourcers is that no one knows who's right
Langa Letter: Web-Host Outsourcing
Commentary  |  11/26/2003  | 
Fred Langa explores the pros and cons of outsourcing Web sites and spotlights reader recommendations for finding the perfect Web host.
No Letup In Security Threats To Business
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Think 2003 has been a tough one for security professionals? Wait till next year.
Reach For The Masses
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Dell, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard want to bring storage area networks to more customers
Rich-Client Interfaces Boost Web Experience
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
'Sticky' interfaces are designed to keep customers with the same portal
Software Helps EBay's Global Expansion Efforts
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Online auction site finds Idiom Technologies' software improves ability to localize content for foreign markets.
Orbitz Hopes To Raise $82 Million In IPO
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
The online travel company wants to bolster its finances to take on larger rivals such as Expedia and Travelocity.
Norwegian DVD Cracker Teenager Posts iTunes Hack
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
A new security-cracking program called QTFairUse was posted on a Web site for which the teen, Jon Lech Johansen, is listed as the registrant.
Hatch Puts Staffer On Leave After Hacking Probe
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee says the decision was made after an investigation involving the possible theft of memos from the systems of two Democratic senators.
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  11/26/2003  | 
Bob Geldof once sang, "They're always looking at you." That bit of '80s anxiety is alive today as employers monitor workers' "recreational" surfing in the office.
Microsoft-Lindows Trial Pushed Back
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
A federal court in Seattle says a scheduling conflict forced a delay until March 1, 2004.
Senate Postpones Web Tax Vote
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
The legislation to extend the tax ban on Internet access won't be voted on until the Senate reconvenes in January.
Microsoft-Lindows Court Battle Delayed Until March
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
The on again, off again trademark dispute between Microsoft and Linux vendor Lindows.com is off for the moment as a U.S. court pushed back the jury trial to March 1, 2004.
Long-Awaited Linux Kernel Update Slated For December Release
News  |  11/26/2003  | 
Commercial distributions built on Linux 2.6 will hit the market well into 2004.
SmartAdvice: How To Develop An IT Strategic Plan
Commentary  |  11/26/2003  | 
Developing an IT strategy will help better-align your department with the business, The Advisory Council suggests. It also identifies three key leadership responsibilities and offers tips to protect your servers from hacker attacks.
Warning: Linux Desktops Ahead
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
How to pick a Linux desktop.
A New Breed of Server
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Procom's Taurus is a small, multifunction server appliance that does a big job.
Using Open Source To Build Commercial Software
Commentary  |  11/25/2003  | 
Salmon LLC, which makes custom applications for enterprises, developed its own open source development tool to build its commercial software.
AOL Sues Former Exec, Claiming Fraud
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
It says Gregory Horton, fired in August as chief of human resources, bilked the company of $100,000 in a scheme to divert money to a sham company.
Another Top HP Exec Leaves
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Jeff Clarke, former CFO at Compaq who played a key role in integrating its business operations with HP's, has resigned, effective immediately.
IronPort Acquires Anti-Spam Blacklist
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
It will use SpamCop to provide anti-spam services to ISPs, schools, and businesses.
BIOS For The Network
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Phoenix Technologies opened up hardware configuration to the network with TrustedCore NB for notebook and tablet PCs.
IBM And BEA Join In Pursuing New Java Specs
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
The specifications would add consistency among Java-based infrastructure software and make it easier to use the Java platform within a service-oriented architecture.
TECH STOCKS: Good News Doesn't Do Much Good
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Markets closed relatively flat, unable to capitalize on news that the third-quarter gross domestic product was revised upward.
New Software Helps Predict Customer Behavior
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
SPSS has combined predictive-analytics and text-mining technologies.
Taking Stock: Can Tech Stocks Sustain The Warm-Up?
Commentary  |  11/25/2003  | 
It's hard to imagine that tech stocks could maintain these returns.
Senate OKs Anti-Spam Bill
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
President Bush has indicated he will sign the legislation, which would mark the first nationwide attempt to stanch the flow of unwanted E-mail.
On The Horizon: Three Cheers For Free Trade
Commentary  |  11/25/2003  | 
Leave trade as free as can be; being sort of free is like being sort of dead
Other Voices: Will IM Do To E-Mail What E-Mail Did To Calls?
Commentary  |  11/25/2003  | 
Yes, NetIQ's Indy Chakrabarti says. IM will further define the roles at which E-mail excels.
Pivotal In Play Reflects State Of CRM Space
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
Smaller providers have a future by offering lower costs and focusing on vertical niches.
Verizon Scales Back NYC Hot-Spot Plans
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
The carrier says it will still operate 500 hot spots, but that its original plans may have been overambitious.
Silicon Valley Pioneer Eugene Kleiner Dies At 80
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
He helped make Fairchild Semiconductor into one of Silicon Valley's seminal companies and later helped build a pioneering VC firm.
Network Appliance Wants To Be Your Single Storage Vendor
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
It's debuting a series of products with high-end capabilities designed to make it a one-stop source for storage.
Wells Fargo Proffers $100,000 Reward For Stolen Computers
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
The banking and financial-services company is trying to catch those responsible for stealing computers that contained confidential customer information.
Simulated Terrorist Cyberattack Exposes Problems
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
It simulated physical and computer attacks on banks, power companies, and the oil and gas industry.
Congress Passes Bill To Limit Spam
News  |  11/25/2003  | 
The measure would outlaw the shadiest techniques used by many of the Internet's most prolific E-mailers.
ForeScout Introduces Linux Appliance To Guard Against Worm Attacks
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
The Linux software guards against worms by watching for inappropriate activity on the network.
Novell: Open-Source Software Champion
Commentary  |  11/24/2003  | 
Serious about Linux in the enterprise? You may be a serious Novell shop in the next few years.
TECH STOCKS: Closing Up. Way Up.
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
With technology stocks leading the way, markets surged Monday, helping recoup some of the last two weeks' losses.
Move Over Road Rage--Here Comes Spam Rage
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
A programmer allegedly threatened to maim, torture, and kill employees of a company he thought was spamming him.
Oracle Stays The Course
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
Vendor says it hasn't changed its mind about acquiring PeopleSoft, but adds it won't pay an unreasonable price just to claim victory.
Dell, EMC, And HP Aim At First-Time Storage-Network Customers
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
The vendors introduce low-cost options intended to migrate customers from internal to external storage.
SuSE Has Big Plans For Linux
News  |  11/24/2003  | 
CTO Jurgen Geck says the company's pending acquisition by Novell will help.
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