Network administrators decide all users should move their files to network folders. But after 15 minutes of copying, one user complains to IT about how long it takes. IT explains that she has lots of documents and a slow network connection, and all the other users are uploading files too. But user points to the Windows animation of documents floating from one folder to another and says, “Well, wouldn’t it go faster if they just moved these two folders closer together on the screen?”

Now Tux, the Linux mascot, is rubbing elbows with Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer. These Hollywood stars all give their voices to characters in the DreamWorks movie, “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”, the studio’s first animated film created entirely on Linux-based hardware.

Novell has hired Frank Abagnale Jr, the scheming boy wonder-turned FBI instructor whose life of deception spawned a book and Steven Spielberg movie, Catch Me if You Can. Masquerading as a Pan Am pilot Abagnale managed to cash more than $US2.5 million ($A3.76 million) in bogus cheques. The reformed conman is jetting around the country pitching Novell’s security products claiming that “technology breeds crime”.


The Vatican has revealed that it has taken on a team of experts to protect the Pope’s Web site which is attacked by some 10,000 viruses a month and at least 30 hackers every day, who are mostly from the US. “Fortunately, up to now no one has managed to penetrate the Pope’s site thanks to a highly efficient team,” a Vatican spokesman said.

A UK company is offering a service to track employees while they are out of the office. The mapAmobile service can pinpoint anyone to within 50 yards by using mobile phone signals with staff back at the office using coordinates on a map available on the Internet. One solution is to “accidentally” leave your mobile at home.


Warfare has erupted in Parliament House with Independent MP Tony Windsor gatecrashing a press conference by IT Minister Richard Alston on the sale of Telstra. The Minister has lodged a formal complaint after Windsor told an Alston staffer to “!@%* off” .

Surprise surprise: computers were one of the top items to generate complaints lodged with the NSW Office of Fair Trading last year. Computers joined cars, mobile phones and home furnishings as common problem areas out of the four million enquiries lodged.

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