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Japan Strikes Against Microsoft with Open Source

In an effort to target Microsoft and the operating system industry, Japan has proposed an Asian open-source operating system. Initially, the country was a major player in the PC market, but in software it is almost insignificant internationally. However, the current environment with Microsoft in Asi...

Intel Unveils More Efficient, Rack-Ready Itaniums

Intel is aiming new energy-efficient Itanium 2 processors at mainstream, high-density servers and high-performance applications with two lower-cost Itanium designs. The Santa Clara, California-based chip manufacturer, which spurred optimism with its updated third-quarter revenue predictions last wee...

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Worlds in Transition: IT in Eastern Europe

Only 15 years ago, we watched in amazement while the rusty iron curtain collapsed and the formerly communist countries of Eastern Europe embarked on new lives in the global market. For most of us, this neglected region stretching from the Baltic to the Balkans then retreated to the fringes of our at...

Microsoft-Based Motorola Phone in Works from Orange

Looking to land its first major handset maker as a Windows Mobile software customer, Microsoft is reportedly involved in a deal with Motorola, the company that will build the new smart phone to be offered by French operator Orange. A briefing is scheduled for next week, and industry insiders told Te...

IDC Researchers Brighten Worldwide PC Outlook

Lifted by higher sales of more powerful and less expensive notebook computers, the worldwide and U.S. PC markets are delivering better results than expected, according to industry research firm IDC. In its upcoming quarterly forecast, IDC ups its numbers two points, raising the global market growth ...

Joining the Digital Ranks: Worldwide Computer Certification

Sean North, president of North Notes, LLC, earlier in his career worked for five years on a computer help desk, supporting employees who didn't have proper computer training and didn't know a PC from a portal. "It does seem like one needs to be certified in IT just to be able to use a PC or a laptop...

Authorities Investigate Romanian Virus Writer

Authorities in Romania are investigating another suspected writer of a Blaster variant, according to Bucharest-based BitDefender, which reported similarities between the 24-year-old suspect and Jeffrey Lee Parson, the Minnesota teenager accused of authoring a different Blaster variant. The U.S. arre...

FTC: Identity Theft Worse Than Estimated

With nearly 10 million Americans reporting identity theft that cost banks and other businesses nearly $48 billion last year, the Federal Trade Commission said the problem is worse than previously estimated. The latest FTC survey on identity theft, which revealed more than 27 million victims of this ...

Forrester Report Says Downloads Will Replace Discs

Online and on-demand media services in digital form are likely to make CDs and DVDs obsolete as consumers switch to downloads and streaming media to get their music, movies and other entertainment, according to Forrester Research. Providing evidence that downloads cost the music industry $700 millio...

Virginia Tech Building Power Mac G5 Supercomputer

Using several new technologies and more than 1,000 dual-processor Power Mac G5 computers, Virginia Tech University is building a supercomputer cluster that is likely to rank among the fastest in the world. In addition to the G5 machines, the university said it is using a beta version of the latest r...

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GandhiCon Three and the Antics of SCO

Mohandas Gandhi, a master of the tactics of civil disobedience against civilized foes, once had this to say about the stages of a successful campaign for an idea whose time has come: "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." Advocates of open-source software...

Google Pulls P2P Links Over Kazaa Copyright Claims

In a bizarre twist to the file-sharing fight in which the Recording Industry Association of America is using copyright law to pursue file traders, search engine Google pulled links to sites hawking unofficial Kazaa alternatives after the popular file-swapping service made its own copyright-infringem...

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SCO vs. IBM: The Other Reality

The other day I was asked what the odds were that SCO would win against IBM. On the basis of how the two parties were behaving, I offered a range of between 55 and 65 percent. One of the strongest indications I have that SCO might win is that several of the financial analyst groups who work with me,...

Newest Worms Dominate Ugly Month

SoBig.F, Blaster, Nachi and MiMail -- the most frequently occurring viruses in August -- helped make last month the worst in the history of computer security, according to antivirus firm Sophos. The business-focused antivirus company, in its monthly virus ranking, pegged the newest viruses as the to...

Denial of Service – Exposed

Analysts credit advance warning about the Blaster worm, in addition to Microsoft's clever rewriting of standard Internet-connection protocols, as the weapons used in defeating a denial-of-service attack against the software company's Windows help Web site on August 16th. The Blaster worm, which infe...

Artificial Caregivers Improve on the Real Thing

The universal shortage of nurses in particular and healthcare workers in general is getting worse. Meanwhile, baby boomers are moving like a tidal wave toward assisted-living homes. Soon, patients could face the choice of being cared for by a robotic nurse or no nurse at all. When Pearl, a robotic n...

Seagate Ships Hard Drives Made for Video

Hard-drive maker Seagate is shipping new hard drives that use a new digital video standard that, according to the company, makes them better able to store streaming video for digital video recorders. Seagate's new hard drives are among the industry's first to implement the new streaming command-set ...

Feds Nab Blaster Suspect, Continue Tracking SoBig.F Writer

Federal officials reportedly have closed in on an 18-year-old man believed to be the author of a variant of the Blaster worm, which affected nearly half a million computers earlier this month. An announcement of the suspect's arrest was expected in Seattle, Washington, near the headquarters of Micro...

Platform Internet: The Promise of Grid Computing

As exciting as the Internet's past 30 years have been, they're only a shadow of what is to come. We are already catching glimpses of the future in projects sponsored by universities and pharmaceutical research labs. Grid computing -- a Web-based operation that will allow companies to share computing...

Webcasters File Anticompetitive Suit Against RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America has come under legal fire again, this time from a group of Internet broadcasters that claim the industry group broke federal antitrust law and has kept royalty rates high to hinder independent Webcasters. Webcaster Alliance, a trade group of approximatel...

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