15th > November > 2002 Archive
P.Eng MailThe vast majority of readers who responded to our story about Canadian engineers objecting to vendor exams conferring "engineer" status support the Canadian stance.
According to a report published November 12 by Aberdeen Group, "Security advisories for open source and Linux software accounted for 16 out of the 29 security advisories - about one of every two advisories - published for the first 10 months of 2002 by Cert (www.cert.org, Computer Emergency Response Team)."
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released a standard that will make it easier for Web pages to be viewed on a variety of devices.
With tech budgets under intense scrutiny and vendors waiting with bated breath for a surge in spending, there's probably never been a better time to look at project success. According to a recent poll of IT directors from medium and large businesses, individually they will spend £37.7 million a year on some 45 annual IT projects for their business, but 80 per cent of them don't believe that these solutions will provide a competitive advantage to their firm.
If there is one thing that Seattle-based Cray Inc wants to do besides make a lot more money in the supercomputing market, it is to live up to the engineering genius of Seymour Cray, arguably the best HPC computer designer and visionary the world has ever seen, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan.
Bill Gates' schmooze-cruise of India is working, reports an Associated Press eye-witness. Gates has been "handing out so many freebies to India's federal and state governments in the last three days that talk of open-source software [has] started annoying government officials."
More and more spouses are blaming the Internet for the break up of their marriages.
It's good to see that the UK's 1901 census site is finally up and running after its considerable teething problems. True, it's still in test mode, but there is already a wealth of fascinating information to be gleaned from this online resource.
Three in ten wired homes in the US access the Net using a broadband connection.
Roxio is to buy the assets of Napster, the dead P2P music-swapping firm. In other word's it's not taking on liabilities or Napster's litany of legal battles with the music major. The deal is subject to approval from the bankruptcy court and, presumably, to legal challenges from creditors and, err, lawsuitors.
Security concerns are hampering to roll-out of remote access, particularly to those working for smaller firms.
IBM today launched an ultra dense Unix server targeted at the high performance computing and supercomputer markets.
The mysterious shroud surrounding Microsoft's revenues was dispelled yesterday, when the company revealed that it is losing shedloads of money on everything bar client Windows, server and Office software. In these, naturally, it's making even bigger shedloads, but it's abundantly clear who's paying the rent, and financing the assaults into new areas.
There's good news this crisp autumnal Monday for all aficionados of O'Really. The latest additions to the Cash'n'Carrion O'Really range are the provocative Tracing Spammers and Windows NT User Obliteration.
PC sales are seasonal, with the second half of the year doing better than the first. The last quarter is when the hay is made, for that's when consumers of the Western world and Japan make their big pre-Christmas purchases, and corporations which operate Jan-Dec financial years make sure they get rid of any surplus in their IT budgets.
We'd be the last people to accuse Orange of not having its act together as far as personal data is concerned, but at least some of the people who work for the company seem to be a little bit fuzzy on the subject. What, for example, would you think if a refurb phone you were given had all of the contacts of the previous user still on it?
Linux will provide the brightest hope for server manufacturers in the next year, according to Gartner-Dataquest's crystal ball.
LettersRecently we invited ideas from readers how the US could close its cellular wireless deficit. It's not impossible, we suggested: with the right infrastructure and a competitive market, there's no reason why North America shouldn't get the coolest phones and services first.