News & Commentary
posted in March 2004
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IBM Opens Up Power Processor Design
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
It's shifting the focus of much of its processor design strategy from the chips to the creation of tightly integrated, high-performance architectures for specific industries and consumer applications.
Tech Stocks: Losing Day Ends Losing Quarter
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
Stocks fell Wednesday as the major indexes all ended the first quarter with losses.
Report: Massachusetts Tops In High Tech
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
A Milken Institute report says Massachusetts and California are the in the best position to take advantage of the high-tech economy as it bounces back from a downturn.
Online Directory For IT Health Standards Unveiled
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The National Alliance for Health Information Technology has created a new online directory listing and summarizing more than 450 mandatory and voluntary standards.
Windows Vs. Linux Security: Depends On Who You Ask
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
A new Forrester Research study says the question of which operating system is more secure depends greatly on what aspects of security companies see as most important.
MicroStrategy 2004 User Conference
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
Product strategy and customer success highlight event
IBM To Develop Self-Configuring Chips
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The company's chief technologist says future chips will optimize their performance by altering themselves.
Adaptec Array Backs Up Local Data
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
Adaptec unveiled a storage array expressly designed for backing up the local data on company desktops and laptops that escapes copying when business application servers are backed up.
SAS Extends Business Intelligence To The Masses
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
SAS 9 includes interfaces that can be tailored to users' roles and needs.
Gates Updates Microsoft Customers About Security Initiatives
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
In a letter to customers, the Microsoft chairman reiterated how important security has become to his company and the IT industry as a whole.
Opportunity Knocks For Voice Over IP
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
Jeff Pulver,who this year convinced the FCC to keep his company's Free World Dialup service free from regulatory constraints, says the industry needs to set its sights higher than merely providing voice services over the Internet.
New Netsky Keeps Up The Trash Talk
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The 18th version of the worm contains more embedded taunts against a rival infection.
RosettaNet Launches Global Logistics Council
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The council will help companies develop and deploy RosettaNet E-business standards to lower costs, improve data quality, and accelerate trading-partner connections.
Wal-Mart Sells PCs With Sun's Java Desktop System
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The low-cost Microtel PCs range from $298 to $698, and contain the Linux-based JDS which includes StarOffice, Mozilla, and the Evolution e-mail client.
America Online Sets Up India Operations
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
AOL confirmed that it has established a software-development center in Bangalore, following similar moves by major competitors Google and Yahoo.
GAO Urges Better Strategy For Protecting Control Systems
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The Department of Homeland Security says it has contacted private companies, academia, and other government agencies to address cybersecurity concerns.
DR-DOS 8.0 Ships With FAT32 Support
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
The latest version of Linux-based DR-DOS 8.0 is immediately available as a web download.
Credit-Card Deal Boosts China's Efforts Toward A National System
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
A co-branding agreement between American Express and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is designed to help the nation's efforts to build a national credit-card system.
Wal-Mart Set For RFID Pilot With Pharmaceutical Suppliers
News  |  3/31/2004  | 
Not all 18 suppliers are ready to go yet, but they will be by the end of June, a spokesman says.
Overseas Recording Groups Go After Music Swappers
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry says individuals in Germany, Denmark, Italy and Canada had been hit with lawsuits, criminal charges, or threatening letters.
Intergraph Settles Dispute With Dell And Intel
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Intel will pay the software maker $225 million to settle a patent dispute that also involves Dell.
Tech Stocks: Late Rally Scores Well
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Key market indexes rose for a second straight day, reaching levels they haven't seen for about three weeks.
Wal-Mart Set For RFID Pilot With Pharmaceutical Suppliers
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Not all 18 suppliers are ready to go yet, but they will be by the end of June, a spokesman says.
Langa Letter: Virtual Excellence: Microsoft's 'Virtual PC' Is Too Good Not To Check Out
Commentary  |  3/30/2004  | 
In this introduction to the technology, Fred Langa says Microsoft Virtual PC provides a viable alternative to dual booting and should be a solid choice for software testing, evaluation, and support.
Spim, Like Spam, Is On The Rise
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Research firms have different numbers, but all agree that there's no shortage of the unsolicited commercial instant messages.
Report: Most Wal-Mart Suppliers Won't Meet RFID Deadline
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
A new report from Forrester Research says the retailer's push to force its 100 top suppliers to guarantee 100% readability of case and pallet RFID tags by Jan. 1 2005, isn't working.
Forrester: Most Wal-Mart Suppliers Won't Meet RFID Deadline
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
According to a just-published report from Forrester Research, Wal-Mart’s bid to force its top 100 suppliers to guarantee 100 percent readability of case and pallet RFID tags isn’t working.
AOL To Give Away Spammer's Porsche
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
It has put up the 2002 model seized as part of a settlement with a spammer as the prize in an anti-spam sweepstakes.
Gates Aims For 2006 Longhorn Release
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
The Microsoft chairman committed to an alpha release of the operating system this year, but didn't commit to a beta release, which the vendor had scheduled for this year.
OpenOffice Updates Free Suite
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
The newest release of OpenOffice.org's business application suite includes bug fixes, improvements in the PDF files export function, and a tool to download spelling and thesaurus dictionaries.
UPS Stores To Get Hotspots
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
It's teaming with SBC to put the wireless access points into thousands of its stores.
Major League Baseball Extends Deal With Sun
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Under terms of the two-year extension, Sun will remain the technology provider for baseball's Web site and associated services.
Accenture Reports Solid Second Quarter; CEO To Step Down
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
The IT-services firm says 2Q revenue rose 15% from the year-ago quarter, while net income was up 4%.
RFID's First Real Hurdle: Bar Codes
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Privacy concerns will create some turmoil, but near-universal investment in bar codes is the bigger hurdle now, according to a panel of tech insiders.
Red Hat CEO Backtracks From Channel Plans
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
The Linux software leader will continue to work with "large-scale" systems integrators but won't have a traditional channel program. Its strategy focuses on the enterprise marketplace.
Report: Global Outsourcing Helps Software And Services Industry
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
A study conducted by the Information Technology Association of America says offshore outsourcing eventually leads to the creation of jobs in the United States.
Linux-Based Appliance Delivers Secure Remote Access
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
The aggressively priced devices, from start-up enKoo, will allow remote small-business users to fully access office e-mail, files and applications via a Web browser.
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Yoran Rejects Claims Of Slow Progress In Securing Key IT Systems
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
In an exclusive E-mail interview, the director of the Homeland Security Department's National Cyber Security Division denies that progress has been slow and outlines recent accomplishments.
Checkpoint Readies RFID For The Supply Chain
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
It's agreed to buy 100 million EPC-compliant devices from Matrics for integration into client supply-chain applications.
Business Objects Signs Distribution Pact With Agilysys
News  |  3/30/2004  | 
Business Objects penned a distribution deal with Agilysys, a computer products reseller, in move that Business Objects said will allow it to increase its emphasis on small and medium-sized businesses that use IBM equipment.
SPRING CONFERENCE: Hilton Seeks To Set Standards
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
CIO Tim Harvey told the InformationWeek Spring Conference that he's concerned about a growing split in IT standards between Hilton and Hilton International, which owns the brand name outside the United States.
Google Gets Personal
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
It rolled out a test version of tools for personalized searches as it tries to boost user loyalty in an effort to maintain its lead as the Web's most popular destination.
Apache Web Server Captures Market Share With Open Source
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
Brian Behlendorf, who co-founded the Apache Web-server project, says he never considered founding a commercial business based on the open-source code.
SPRING CONFERENCE: Offshoring's Pros And Cons
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
Eli Lilly's Roy Dunbar told attendees at the InformationWeek Spring Conference that offshore outsourcing involves aspects other than cutting costs.
Keystroke Logger Indicted
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
RIAA Keeps Up Pressure
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
China Move For Cognizant
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
VA Taps HP For Services
News  |  3/29/2004  | 
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