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  • Editorial: Comms costs - what's your story?

    Here's a news flash: Telstra is sick of 'Telstra bashing'. Executives such as Deena Shiff, Telstra director, regulatory, claims that criticisms of its costings are part of a "one-sided, ill-informed, Telstra-bashing exercise designed to promote the short-term interests of rival telecommunications companies against the long-term interests of Australian consumers".

  • Online retailers hit by pricing glitches

    Pricing glitches at and within the past two weeks left some customers happy but others miffed, as the firms scrambled to recover from discounts unintentionally given to some customers.

  • Massive investment in undersea fibre optic project may sidestep Australia

    Although more than $US15 billion will be invested in trans-Pacific undersea fibre optic systems by 2003, Australia will miss out on much of the action. "While there is new cable going to Australia, most notably the Southern Cross Cable Network (online this year), SEA-ME-WE 3 (online last year), and Australia-Japan (online in 2001), Australia will not see most of the planned deployments," said Stacey Yates, director of market research at KMI Corporation.

  • ASP investors stuck in Peakhour rush

    As a business model, application service provision still doesn't excite everybody. But it hasn't stopped local pioneer Peakhour from staking its claim on the future after closing a second round of funding oversubscribed at $40 million.

  • Network management on the cheap

    As networks grow and the numbers of users and devices increase, maintaining them is ever more time-consuming and costly. One solution to this expansion is to install a network management system large enough to surround the enterprise. But whenever people talk about large-scale network management tools, they inevitably mention dollar amounts that have lots of zeros behind them. It appears to most people that for a network management tool to be very useful, it has to be wide-ranging and expensive.

  • Retail giants plan global B2B standards

    Home Depot Inc and Procter & Gamble are among a group of manufacturing and retail companies worldwide that later this month will begin testing the first global standards for business-to-business e-commerce in the consumer goods industry. The new Global Commerce Internet Protocol (GCIP) sets basic rules for data access and security, message content and the flow of information between trading partners around the world.

  • CA Aims to Impress Investors with Shake-up

    The corporate realignment at Computer Associates International was aimed more at stoking Wall Street's tepid interest in the firm than at initiating sweeping changes on the customer front, analysts said.

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  • Brand name carriers may not rule globally

    Thanks largely to a 1998 World Trade Organisation agreement on telecommunications that has introduced competition into dozens of international markets prices for international voice and data connections have started to drop dramatically. In some cases those prices are far below what they were just two years ago.

  • Confusion Rife over 'Brown Orifice' Trojan Horse

    More than a week after a Silicon Valley computer consultant found a way to view another computer's files by exploiting Java-related flaws in Netscape Communications Corp. browsers, users remain confused about how best to combat the vulnerability.

  • Oracle launches online IT skills exchange

    Oracle has announced OTN Xchange, an online IT skills exchange forum which lets Oracle developers anywhere in the world buy, sell and auction technical services as well as manage individual, corporate or open source development projects via the Internet. The forum is an addition to the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), a source of information for Oracle developers. Oracle said by providing access to Oracle-related positions, the collaborative environment of the skills exchange may alleviate some of the industry's labour shortage.

  • IBM, Vignette form e-business alliance

    IBM has announced an alliance with electronic-business applications provider Vignette, directing the partnership towards the retail and financial sectors. In the deal Vignette will offer the V/5 E-business suite of applications for integration with IBM's WebSphere platform. The Vignette products are aimed at easing high-volume transaction exchanges with shared suppliers and partners running their businesses over the Web, along with decreased time to deployment for Net-based applications.

  • Technology: Random-access memory

    Memory is a lot like your health: you tend not to think about it unless there's a problem. In the case of computer memory, the problems are usually plodding system performance or applications that don't run properly. Whether they're inside a desktop PC, a notebook computer or a high-end network server, RAM chips play the critical role of keeping the CPU efficiently fed with data or instructions from programs on the hard drive. How well the chips perform this role means the difference between a CPU that misses computing cycles and moves like a steam locomotive and a CPU that speeds along like a bullet train.

  • Kyocera Finecam 3300 Digital Still Camera

    Hardly a week goes by without one company debuting a digital still camera that breaks some type of record. This time it's the turn of Kyocera Corp., which has a new model out in its Finecam range that it claims is the smallest and lightest full-feature 3 megapixel class camera yet.

  • Candle Readies MQSI 2.0 Management Package

    According to Candle, an updated version of its monitoring tool for IBM's newly icon-driven MQSeries Integrator (MQSI) 2.0 will make integrating and monitoring applications easier and faster.

  • Informix to Lay Off Nearly 500 Employees

    US database and tools vendor Informix is to lay off nearly 500 employees, a spokesman for the company confirmed Thursday.

  • Qantas and Telstra form alliance

    Qantas and Telstra have joined forces to give frequent flyer points and other benefits to buyers of mobile phones and Internet accesss.

  • Meddling in middleware

    Until now, if you're like most IT professionals, watching the feds battle Microsoft has been a spectator sport. If you love Microsoft, you've gnashed your teeth as Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered it broken into two as a lawless monopoly. If you hate Microsoft, you've cheered as an industry bully was finally brought to heel.

  • Stolen credit cards force casino to upgrade systems

    Online gambling company My Casino Ltd has been forced to upgrade its transaction procedures after detecting credit card fraud totalling $2 million. In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) last week the company said it received notification of rejected credit card claims totalling $2 million forming part of current uncleared transactions of $7.8 million. "My Casino's checking systems have led us to suspect that these rejected credit card claims are the result of deliberate fraud attempted by individuals using stolen credit card numbers," the statement said.

  • AMD unveils Sledgehammer specs

    AMD's first 64-bit processor, code-named Sledgehammer, has inched closer to reality after the company released the chip's instruction set manual to software developers late last week.