News & Commentary
posted in August 2004
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Stocks End Month With Small Gains
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
Late-day buying negated investors' disappointment about consumer-confidence figures.
Windows XP Service Pack 2: The 10% Problem
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
AssetMetrix, an asset-monitoring service provider, says its research shows XP Service Pack 2 will cause problems with about one in 10 PCs that use the operating system.
For GOP, Wireless Is MIA
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
For their convention, the Republican Party eschewed Wi-Fi wireless networks in favor of 40,000 miles of cables that feed phones, high-speed Internet connections, and broadcast circuits.
AMD Shows Off Dual-Core Microprocessor
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
It said it has demonstrated a working version of the technology based on its Opteron chip.
Report Says IRS Software Program Isn't Doing The Job
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
The program, designed to let the agency detect and analyze cases of unauthorized access to taxpayer data, hasn't worked correctly since the IRS took delivery in 2002.
Hummingbird Releases New Version Of Integration Suite
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
Hummingbird Connectivity 10 lets enterprises connect to any kind of legacy system across heterogeneous platforms.
Apple Unveils New IMac At Paris Show
News  |  8/31/2004  | 
The new model upgrades the iMac line with the faster G5 processors already used in Apple's top-end Power Macs.
New Twist On Code Sharing
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
Best Buy, Jostens, and other Minneapolis companies go live with an ambitious project to share code and pare software costs.
Big Drops In The Indexes, But Slip In Trading Volumes
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
The five people trading shares Monday mostly sold. For example, a mere 62 million shares of the Nasdaq-100 tracking stock were traded.
Microsoft Aims To Take A Bite Out Of Apple's Online Music Business
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
It's gearing up to launch its own Web site for selling songs over the Internet.
CIOs Cheerier About Future Spending
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
Chief information officers in the U.S. are surprisingly optimistic about the future and think IT spending will climb nearly seven percent in 2005.
IBM Offers Free Tools To Cloudscape Developers
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
IBM offers free code and support information for developers working with Cloudscape, its small-footprint Java relational database.
Opinion: Data Quality Is Everyone's Problem
Commentary  |  8/30/2004  | 
There has to be accountability for good-quality data at all levels in the organization--from the data-entry clerks all the way to the CEO.
Software Interoperability Problems Take Big Toll On Construction And Building
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
A study commissioned by the National Institute of Standards and Technology says it cost the capital facilities industry $15.8 billion in 2002.
Retailers Are Cool To Linux
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
The retail industry has failed to embrace Linux as warmly as expected.
Retailers Are Cool To Linux
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
Market-research firm Venture Development Corp. says a survey of retail IT execs shows that just 2% of point-of-sale systems use Linux, far less than expected.
Startup Fits 12-Node Linux Cluster On Desktop Board
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
Orion Multisystems will offer a design that shrinks a 12-node Linux cluster to a single large motherboard.
China Legalizes Electronic Signatures To Promote E-Commerce
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
The law gives E-signatures the legal status of handwritten signatures as China aims to expand its small but growing online commerce industry.
EDS's Jordan: We Need Offshore Labor
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
The services firm's chairman and CEO says U.S. vendors can't compete with lower-cost regions unless they enhance their own offshore presence.
Dell Launches Help-Desk Service For Smaller Businesses
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
PC Workspace Services initially will serve businesses with 500 or more employees and eventually will work with smaller companies.
CIOs Cheerier About Future Spending
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
CIOs surveyed by Forrester Research are more confident than they were earlier in the year, and expect IT spending to grow by 7% next year.
Review: Unify Has Designs On Building Web Apps
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
NXJ is an enterprise rapid application development suite in the BPM space that enables the building of almost any transaction-based business application requiring end-user interaction.
IBM Offers Free Tools To Cloudscape Developers
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
IBM offers free code and support information for developers working with Cloudscape, its small-footprint Java relational database.
Cognos Eyes Swedish Vendor, European Growth
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
Cognos Inc. wants to strengthen its presence in Europe, as evidenced by the business-intelligence software maker's offer of $52.2 million to buy Frango AB.
Intel Announces Milestone In Shrinking Chips
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
The chipmaker says it has created a fully functional memory chip that's about 30% smaller than today's state-of-the-art chips.
DCML And Oasis Team To Boost Data-Center Interoperability
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
DCML proponents hope that joining Oasis will help the standard cross a major barrier in adoption of its data-center standards--the inclusion of major server and operating system vendors.
Getting Russia Into The Retail Data Pool
News  |  8/30/2004  | 
Global eXchange Services and the International Foundation for Automatic Identification to develop and manage Russia's retail-data pool, helping to expedite trading with partners worldwide.
Microsoft: Next Version Of Windows In 2006
News  |  8/29/2004  | 
The company says it hopes to release the new version, code-named Longhorn, in the second half of 2006, but will not be ready to include a more advanced system for sorting, storing, and finding data.
California Cities And Counties Sue Microsoft For Antitrust
News  |  8/29/2004  | 
The suit, whose plaintiffs include San Franciisco and Los Angeles, is the latest in a string of similar actions brought against Microsoft across the country.
At 35, The Internet Remains A Work In Progress
News  |  8/29/2004  | 
Rsearchers are experimenting with ways to make the Net faster and increase its capacity.
Rhode Island Man Barred From Sending Junk Text Messages
News  |  8/29/2004  | 
A federal judge in New Jersey granted the injuction to Verizon Wireless, though the carrier did not get the $150,000 in damages it was seeking.
IT Confidential: Time To Ferret Out Your Secret Sharers
Commentary  |  8/27/2004  | 
The announcement last week by Attorney General John Ashcroft that he had executed search warrants on five homes and one ISP in connection with alleged illegal copying and sharing of music and movie files didn't necessarily send shivers up the spines of business-technology managers, but maybe it should have. What may have been looked on once as a benign distraction is now a major federal crime. And big business isn't immune, says John Soat.
Get Ready To Patch
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
Installing patches to fix application and system flaws is still a major chore for businesses. With Microsoft's XP SP2, they face their biggest challenge.
Feds Target Scofflaws And Spammers
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
Attorney general gets serious about file sharing; private funding helps investigations
Patent Office Loses Tech Head At Crucial Time
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
Departing CIO led needed effort to modernize IT and speed patent-examination process.
HP Unveils iPod Clone
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
It has started taking orders for its own version of Apple's popular music player, which it has dubbed the "Apple iPod from HP."
Markets Cap Winning Week With More Gains
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
All the key indexes closed on a positive note.
Visibility added To Health-Plan Packages
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
System cuts benefits costs by automating processes and improving data capture
California's I.T. Crisis
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
State lacks common tech standards and can't exchange info between departments
GOP, Like Democrats, Turns To IT To Manage Convention
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
The Republicans will rely heavily on technology from Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to manage next week's convention in New York.
Cognos Eyes Swedish Vendor
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
Some See I.T. As The Problem
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
ClarkeTouts Broad Approach To IT Security
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
The former federal counterterrorism czar offered 10 steps to help secure IT installations.
Banks Gear Up For Check-Imaging Era
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
Viewpointe Archive Services, a joint venture among four banks, is getting ready to enable banks to exchange images of checks instead of paper.
Wi-Fi Wall Jacks To Enable Wireless Grid
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
The technology will lower Wi-Fi installation costs and let businesses more easily deploy a high-capacity wireless network.
Wi-Fi Jacks May Lead To Cheaper Networks
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
Technology could lower installation costs and let companies more easily deploy Wi-Fi
Surcharge Raises Ire
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
The only no-fee ticket on Northwest is an online ticket from the airline's Web site
FrontBridge Acquires Message-Archiving Company
News  |  8/27/2004  | 
It's also launching a managed service for desktop-to-desktop encrypted E-mail as it seeks to extend its services beyond message-content protection.
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