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  • Dell Recalls Notebook Batteries

    SAN MATEO (10/16/2000) - Dell Computer Corp. last Friday began a voluntary recall of nearly 27,000 batteries used in a variety of Dell notebook computers. Officials at the computer maker said the batteries have the potential to short-circuit and heat to the point of combustion. So far, only one incident of a faulty battery bursting into flames has been reported, but Dell is taking no chances. Dell is contacting customers who purchased systems with the bad batteries this year between June 22 and Oct. 4..

  • Dotcom doom? No, says new bureau data

    Internet advertising levels are strong, despite dire projections from financial analysts that sent portal stocks tumbling during the past few months. Online ad revenue in the US reached $US2.1 billion in the second quarter, up almost 9 per cent over the first quarter, according to data released recently by the Internet Advertising Bureau and Pricewaterhouse-Coopers.


    Data visualistion has languished behind its perception as a scientist's toy or a nice tool without a market. Computing power, demand and availability are starting to surge, pushing the tool to leap to the forefront but there are still some barriers to cross. Steve Ulfelder reports

    If you're a client of Deltek Systems and your account is in arrears, be aware that when the company managers and directors meet, your name shows up on a computer screen in big red letters. This sounds primitive, but like many businesses, Deltek, a professional services automation company in the US, is just scratching the surface when it comes to data visualisation.

  • The privacy problem

    As customers grow increasingly concerned about privacy issues, companies confront a daunting dilemma. Building trust becomes more and more important in the race for customers and theri loyalty as companies strive to establish appealing, dynamic sites that draw shoppers. Lori Mitchell reports

    Privacy online is a hot topic these days for both businesses - especially e-commerce sites - and shoppers. Companies struggle to build trust with their online visitors, hoping to turn them into customers. On the other side, online shoppers are sceptical of Internet security practices, and making an initial purchase frightens them.

  • Brief: Tivoli Centralises E-business Infrastructure Management

    Tivoli Systems has announced its Business Systems Manager, an integrated solution that lets businesses manage their IT environment from the top down.

  • Symmetrical multiprocessing

    Symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) is a type of computing that uses more than a single processor. It rests at one end of a continuum running from the tongue-twister Cache-Coherent Non-Uniform Memory-Architecture (ccNUMA) to the less tightly coupled massively parallel processor systems and on to distributed systems such as Beowulfs, which are clusters of commodity, off-the-shelf PCs that are interconnected with a technology like Ethernet and run programs written for parallel processing.

  • Connecting Unix, NT Takes Learning Samba

    Lori: Last week we said goodbye to long-time columnist Brooks Talley, who has hurried off to take up his new full-time occupation developing our Web site, So this week I get to introduce my new partner, who may be familiar to many of you. My co-author is now Kevin Railsback, a former analyst and now West Coast technical director at the InfoWorld Test Center. Kevin has loads of experience in networking, as well as with Unix and Linux, his favorite platforms. You'll see his byline often in InfoWorld.

  • Frankly Speaking :Let the users do it

    It's time for corporate IT shops to get back to the serious business of unloading as much work as possible on users. No, really - we should be continually shifting routine tasks from our plate to theirs. Technology and users' increasing technical sophistication make that possible. These days, users generate reports, rework user interfaces and create Web sites - things that once would have required navigating a six-month IT-shop backlog and three levels of managerial approval. Now users do those tasks from their PCs every day. Because they do, we don't have to. And the more we can get them to do, the fewer of our resources we burn on routine tasks and the more we have for making new technology useful to the business.

  • Toshiba wins with Bluetooth

    Toshiba is claiming gold for being first past the post in the race to release a Bluetooth PC Card solution to market.

  • StarOffice open source code off to rocky start

    Friday's public release of the source code for Sun Microsystems' StarOffice productivity suite was a bit too much of a crashing success.

  • Burnie Gets Network Appliances MD Gig

    Network Appliances has reshuffled its senior management team appointing Michael Burnie, formerly of EMC Corporation, as managing director of NA in Australia and New Zealand.

  • DOS Lives in Windows Me

    I've just learned that my Windows Me Secrets co-author, Davis Straub, recently set a new world record for miles flown in a hang glider. Smashing the 10-year-old record of 308 miles, he launched his glider from Zapata County, Texas, and landed 347 miles later (as the co-author flies) in Sterling County, Texas. The details of his adventure can be read at

  • Digital Pay TV Licences Awarded to Access1 and TPG

    The Australian Broadcasting Authority has announced the allocation of 30 digital pay-TV licences to Access1 Pay Television (APT), and 22 licences to TPG TV (TPG).

  • Technology buyers guide

    Technology buyers guide: A snapshot of products with details as provided by vendors by deadline

  • Ingram Micro to distribute Swann Communications

    Peripherals manufacturer and wholesaler Swann Communications has signed Ingram Micro to distribute its product range in Australia and the UK.

  • Renovating the Business

    IS is very much caught between a rock and a hard place when it plans the architecture on which to build an e-commerce site.

  • Keys to the privacy-enabled enterprise

    The e-business expansion is bringing with it a wave of automated information exchange, delivering a wealth of cost-saving benefits to the enterprise but leaving a wake of new security risks in the process. Although business risks are nothing new, the Internet poses some unique challenges for securing the well-being of corporate data assets, particularly when forging external business relationships. With greater numbers of access points into proprietary data streams, the supply-chain gateway quickly becomes one of the weakest links in the privacy chain.

  • IBM revamps hardware lines

    In one of its more significant server hardware announcements in recent years, IBM has formally announced the rebranding of its entire server lines, including its cash cow S/390 line of mainframes, under a new banner it hopes will better position it in the rapidly mushrooming e-business world. The company's Unix-based RS/6000 line and AS/400 minicomputer lines are included in the rebranding.

  • Unisys Launches New Centre Amid Restructure

    Unisys is claiming "substantial gains" locally despite disappointing worldwide results.

  • Avaya launches R&D unit in Sydney

    Lucent Technologies spin-off Avaya Communications has set up a research operation, Avaya Labs, at its Sydney headquarters. The research unit is inviting business users to trial networking technology at its North Ryde premises. "You'll see technology and bandwidth capabilities you've not seen before," Steven Weeks, MD of Avaya Australia, said.

  • Economist survey foresees shift in IT service delivery

    63% of LOBs expected growth of third-party tech services, while increased spending on enterprise IT services is anticipated by 65% of CIOs


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