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  • Briefs: Exodus & Global Centre, CWO, Vignette

    Exodus acquires GlobalCenter, CWO shows off B2B, Vignette targets ASPs

  • How to Get a Date

    Remember the service economy? Every once in a while you have an opportunity to interact with it: getting a haircut, an oil change or a spinal realignment, taking the dog to the groomer, visiting a financial adviser, summoning a plumber.

  • Starting Cold

    The commute: One Monday morning, Ken O'Neill, CIO of the government of Nunavut, left Ottawa for a three-hour flight north to Iqaluit, the capital of the new Canadian territory. The plane couldn't land because of bad weather, so it continued on to the next scheduled stop, Rankin Inlet, about 700 miles west across Hudson Bay. From there, the best choice was to continue about 700 miles farther west to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, then south to Edmonton and down to Calgary. Finally, O'Neill took the red-eye back east to Ottawa just in time to catch the next morning's flight to Iqaluit.

  • Music for the Masses

    The MP3 saga grows increasingly fascinating as it unfolds its intricate array of plots and counter-plots. A work in progress, its finale is still shrouded in the mists of the future.

  • Yahoo Launches New Voice Services

    Yahoo Inc. Tuesday launched a new suite of voice services designed to enhance consumers' ability to communicate and access information on the Internet -- and it's free.

  • PC Solutions: Out of the Box

    HP ScanJet 4300c, Umax Astra, CanoScan D660U, Epsom Perfection 640U

  • Planet 2000: i2 Unveils Updated Marketplace Platform

    At its Planet 2000 conference in San Diego, i2 Technologies announced the availability of TradeMatrix 5.0 and its Customer Order Management.

  • Yet Another 'Chief'? Don't Roll Your Eyes

    Recently, Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau, reporting from the Global Privacy Summit in Washington, wrote that companies are creating a new "chief" role - that of chief privacy officer (CPO). CPOs are meant to be the executives on the front line of an issue that can affect the bottom line: establishing trust with customers by creating and executing data-privacy policies.

  • Report: Kobe Steel to Quit Chip Business

    Kobe Steel Ltd. is in the final stage of negotiations to sell its 75 percent stake in KMT Semiconductor Ltd. to joint-venture partner Micron Technology Inc., the Nihon Keizai Shimbun has reported in its Wednesday morning edition.

  • Carrier to Build Packet Network Around Lucent Gear

    SBC Telecom has taken steps to establish itself as the formidable local competitor in cities outside its traditional sales area.

  • The Disorganization Man

    The last decade has been one of incredible technical tumult. And like an earthquake centered in Silicon Valley, the hundreds of new companies spawned there have added hundreds of billions of dollars to today's thriving economy. Behind at least five of those startups stands Jim Clark, mastermind behind the Geometry Engine chip that brought 3-D graphics-and virtual reality-to the world.

  • GlobalCenter Deal Gives Exodus Boost

    Web-hosting provider Exodus Communications Inc.'s announced acquisition of competitor GlobalCenter Inc. could boost Exodus' offerings in the managed services arena, according to industry experts.

  • Planet 2000: HP CEO Pushes Planning for E-Businesses

    Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina urged e-business leaders to get used to partnering, to get good at managing risk, and to run fast during her keynote presentation at i2's Planet 2000 conference in San Diego.

  • Visual Studio Unites Seven Languages Under .NET

    Microsoft .NET, the software giant's language-independent architecture for enterprise applications, is a decisive departure from current Windows programming methods. Even the most intrepid developers have taken to the command-line tools supplied with the .NET SDK (software development kit), doing well enough with those tools to ask Microsoft Corp. to permit production use of .NET software. But to tackle large commercial projects, most developers need the help of a graphical IDE (integrated development environment) such as Visual Studio.NET.

  • Backdoor I.T.

    Tom Brailsford had a good idea for a technology project, but he couldn't get it done. Not without a little backdoor help from his IS department.

  • The Price Is Right - or Is It?

    Anyone hunting for a health club would be surprised to find a membership deal that includes a free massage after every workout; they would also be surprised to find one that charges five bucks for a hot shower. That's because health clubs offer a fairly standard set of services; customers know which ones are typically covered by a monthly fee and which ones are luxurious extras. Unfortunately, customers of application service providers (ASPs) can't be quite so certain about what they should get for their money. And if they aren't careful when they shop around for an ASP, they could wind up with the equivalent of a cold-water spigot and a Bic lighter when they're expecting a steamy-hot, relaxing spray.

  • Central TAFE to offer e-Learning

    WA software developer, Netsource, has teamed up with the international operations division of Central TAFE to offer e-Learning across the Internet.

  • Maps to the Star Brands

    You're on your way to a sales presentation and you need a caffeine jolt. But you don't want a cup of plain ol' generic coffee-your taste buds are screaming for some Costa Rican Bella Vista. No problem-pull out your Palm Inc. Pilot (while avoiding steering into oncoming traffic), punch in a few keystrokes and, voila, up pops the location of the nearest Starbucks, along with driving directions.

  • Novell Turns to Sento for Help

    FRAMINGHAM (10/09/2000) - Novell Inc. is taking some of the same application service provider medicine it has prescribed to its customers, as the company will soon outsource all technical support to another firm. Novell last week announced that all support issues will be routed through Sento Corp. Sento has handled a portion of Novell's support but now will take on all Novell's per-incident support calls..

  • Letting Thy People Go

    Since the mid-80s, CIOs have been fighting an uphill battle to retain their top IT talent. Headhunters solicit their best people, offering salaries that are outside their scale, stock options their company doesn't offer, bonuses and perks they can't match, and "way cool" work-spaces they can't provide.