News & Commentary
posted in November 2004
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Did Ukrainian Unrest Disrupt Offshore Work?
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
Execs at Collaborative Learning Systems can't locate the Ukrainian who'd been developing business apps.
Mr. Torvalds Goes To Brussels
Commentary  |  11/30/2004  | 
Last week, a group of Open Source pioneers joined the battle over the future of software patents in the European Union. Over the next several weeks, the EU could fall into the same legal trap that ensnared the U.S. software industry--or it could take the first step towards dumping the concept of software patents once and for all.
Beyond BPM Tools
Commentary  |  11/30/2004  | 
Process management is a practice that can be supported by tools not traditionally thought of as "BPM" software, and businesses owe it to themselves to investigate all their options before deciding on a BPM strategy.
Unprotected PCs Fall To Hacker Bots In Just Four Minutes
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
The lifespan of a poorly protected PC connected to the Internet is a mere four minutes, research released Tuesday claimed. After that, it's owned by a hacker.
Lycos Europe To Spammers: It's Payback Time
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
The strategy is to bog down spammers' servers and drive up their operating costs.
Talk About Speech Recognition!
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
Most PC-based speech-to-text dictation solutions have been too unreliable for the typical user to embrace. ScanSoft's new Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 should change those perceptions.
Update: Online Holiday Shopping Picks Up Pace
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
An uptick in Web shopping came Monday as consumers went back to work and took full advantage of online service tools that require high-speed broadband access.
Beijing Gives Microsoft The Boot
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
Beijing's municipal government kills a $3.5 million deal with Microsoft, as government officials prove they're serious about enforcing a "buy-China" software policy.
Connect Computing, Mandrakesoft Tackle Small-Biz Linux
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
Connect Computing partners with Mandrakesoft to offer Linux server software tailored for the small business market.
DecisionPoint Tool Reveals PeopleSoft, SAP Financial Data
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
DecisionPoint Release 11 sources finance and operational information from enterprise applications, creating a data warehouse for reporting and analysis.
Sun To Acquire Outsourcing Vendor SevenSpace
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
The acquisition will help Sun build up its services capabilities, including hosting enterprise applications.
HP Links Business Processes And IT Management
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
Hewlett-Packard's new OpenView software is designed to help companies automate IT responses to business events, such as a jump in order-processing transactions.
Catch of the Day: Banks Face New Phishing Scams
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
A new attack can result in stolen personal data even if the recipient of the fraudulent E-mail is not fooled by it.
Microsoft Cans Windows 2000 SP5
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
It plans instead to produce an "update rollup" in the middle of next year as its last security patch for the operating system.
Microsoft Windows Name Service (WINS) Said To Be Vulnerable
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
Microsoft is recommending that network administrators remove WINS if it's not needed.
Red Hat Preps Enterprise Linux 4
News  |  11/30/2004  | 
With the top two commercial Linux distributions based on the Linux 2.6 kernel, the open-source operating system could gain greater footing among enterprise apps.
Hyperion Offers Employees $5,000 For Fuel-Efficient Car Purchase
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
Employees can get the reimbursement for one fuel-efficient vehicle every four years.
Homeland Security Network Advances Even As Congress Intelligence Bill Stalls
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
The Homeland Security Department is making progress on its 'network of networks' for information sharing, moving into the testing and accreditation phase.
Online Shopping Has Its Brightest 'Black Friday'
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
More people than ever chose to let their fingers do their holiday shopping. Consumers spent $250 million online on Friday, a 41% increase over the $174 million they spent online on the same day a year ago.
Computer Firms Score Poorly In Privacy, Customer Response
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
Computer firms are slow to respond to online customer inquiries, a study released Monday showed.
Gartner: Third Of Top PC Vendors Gone In Three Years
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
Three of the top 10 PC vendors will be pushed out of the business by 2007, research firm Gartner predicted Monday.
EDS Wins Tax Agency Contract
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
The British Columbia project, potentially worth $485 million, could help EDS's efforts to financially right itself.
Home PC Chip From Sony, IBM, Toshiba Due To Pilot Next Year
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
They say that the so-called Cell chip would allow computers and consumer electronics to quickly process huge amounts of video and other digital content.
Notre Dame Tries To Stay Ahead Of Telecom Trends With Hosted VoIP Deal
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
In one of the largest hosted VoIP deals yet, Notre Dame tries to keep ahead of trends from cell phones to the potential of Wi-Fi over IP.
Red Hat Preps Enterprise Linux 4
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
Red Hat aims to more deeply penetrate the enterprise by launching its first Linux distribution based on the Linux 2.6 kernel.
SCO Group Web Site Attacked Again
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
Pages were defaced with text that erroneously implied that SCO would sue Microsoft for intellectual-property theft.
3-D Game Phones Coming To Korea
News  |  11/29/2004  | 
ARM, Superscape Group plc, and Sinjisoft announced today that they would collaborate on 3D applications for wireless devices to serve the mobile phone market in Korea.
A Better iPod
News  |  11/28/2004  | 
Apple's iPod Photo is a whole new creature, with an ability to view brilliant color photos. The pictures are great, but with its increased storage, longer battery-life and sharp, 65,000-color display, it's a much better music player as well.
New Tablet PC Features Fingerprint Security
News  |  11/27/2004  | 
Called the Stylistic ST5020/D, the slate form-factor computer is designed for data security and announced for the Canadian market.
Somebody Stop The Megapixel Madness!
Commentary  |  11/27/2004  | 
All around the world, including Europe, China, Japan and the rest of Asia, handset makers are scrambling to maximize the pixel density of CCDs in their camera phone offerings. But what about optics?
Software Monitors Returns at Retailers
Commentary  |  11/26/2004  | 
How many returns are too many? Shoppers may soon find out as "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, kicks off the 2004 holiday shopping season. A software application from The Return Exchange Inc. called Verify-1 that monitors and records the frequency of returns by consumers is starting to catch on.
Where To Place Your OS Bets
Commentary  |  11/26/2004  | 
Most solutions providers are still on the Windows bandwagon, but more are also weighing open-source alternatives.
Open Source Experts Urge EU To Reject Software Patents
News  |  11/25/2004  | 
Linux Torvalds and other Open Source pioneers advise the EU to reject a "dangerous" proposal to legalize software patents.
Browsers At Risk From "Critical" Java Bug
News  |  11/25/2004  | 
Security firms find a "critical" flaw in the Java VM which exposes several popular Web browsers, including Internet Explorer and Firefox, to attack.
Intel Offers Desktop Linux Resources To Asian Partners
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
The chipmaker extends documentation, software and support services to desktop Linux system builders, matching its existing programs for Linux servers and Windows systems.
Firefox Downloads On A Red-Hot Roll
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Users download more than 5.6 million copies of the Firefox 1.0 browser since its release two weeks ago, reflecting recent market-share gains against Internet Explorer.
Linux Server Revenue Tops $1 Billion In Growing Market
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Research firm IDC says Linux servers posted their ninth consecutive quarter of growth, now accounting for nearly 10 percent of all server revenue.
Outsider On Top
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Computer Associates' CEO-elect must reconcile product strategy and customer satisfaction
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  11/24/2004  | 
Intel Helps Asian PC Partners Ship With Linux
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Chipmaker provides Linux tools to reach growing market there.
Computer Associates' Next CEO Gets To Work
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Hired from IBM, CEO-elect John Swainson plans to move fast, without mimicking the software or services strategy of his former employer.
Hospital Uses Fingerprint ID To Fight Fraud
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
New York hospital group uses fingerprint biometrics to verify patients for insurance purposes
Workstream Brings Workforce Systems to Next Level
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Workstream TalentCenter elevates the software as service model.
Workforce Performance Management: Efficiency and Effectiveness
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Automating and improving processes and performance.
The New Math: Seeking The I.T. Workforce's True Size
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
The true size of the IT workforce depends on your definition of IT
No, Canada! Dollar's Decline Undercuts Near-Shore Option
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
The dollar's decline undercuts Canada's advantage as a near-shore outsourcing alternative
Siebel Strengthens Commitment to Business Intelligence
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
Broadening of analytic application suite brings new focus for Siebel Business Analytics.
Lawson Looking for Light in EPM
News  |  11/24/2004  | 
ERP solution provider shifts focus -- maybe.
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