Stories by Sumner Lemon

Chinese rival preempts Office XP launch

While the market for desktop productivity applications in much of the world is dominated by Microsoft Corp.'s Office application suite, one mainland Chinese company is not willing to back down in its local market. Beijing-based Kingsoft Corp. announced on Wednesday the introduction of its WPS Office suite of desktop applications, just one month before Microsoft's planned launch of Office XP in mainland China.

U.S. Air Force blasts Outlook security patch

Two researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy Computer Science Department have published a paper that is sharply critical of security measures implemented in a patch for Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook 2000 e-mail client, issued in the aftermath of the ILOVEYOU virus attack last year, saying the patch does not adequately protect users.

Lucent's CFO resigns, replacement named

Just one year after being appointed to the post, Lucent Technologies Inc. Chief Financial Officer Deborah Hopkins is leaving the company "to pursue other opportunities," according to a statement released by the company on Sunday. Hopkins will be replaced by Frank D'Amelio, formerly the group president of Lucent's Switching Solutions Group, the company said.

Cisco sued over credit practices

A class-action lawsuit against networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the NorthernDistrict of California over the impact of the company's practice of extending credit to service-provider customers on its stock price between August 10, 1999 and February 6, 2001. The suit comes just one week before Cisco is to report earnings for its third fiscal quarter of 2001.

Intel takes compiler research to China

Intel on Thursday announced a partnership with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing to conduct advanced software compiler research.

Hong Kong IT Salaries Still Rising

Hong Kong's market for IT staff is "strongly candidate driven" and salaries are rising, according to a salary survey released last week by recruitment firm Robert Walters.

And They Pay These People How Much?

A lot can go wrong when you let your public relations agency (officially referred to as PR weenies) take charge of handling your media relations. Sometimes, the results can be pretty funny. To give you a better idea of what I'm talking about, here's a sample of the work conducted by PR professionals in a 48-hour period:

Casino Tycoon Offers Advice Via Web

Concerned Carlos had a problem. He was bored of taking his girlfriend on dates to dinners and movies and wanted a few creative, inexpensive date ideas. Fortunately for Carlos, he decided to turn to Macau casino tycoon Dr. Stanley Ho, a savvy dresser billed as an expert on health, love and gambling.

Why People's Daily Is More Fun Than Hydroponics

I don't know about you, but I find genuine Internet-based entertainment in dangerously short supply. Sure, I've got a couple of sites bookmarked, such as The Onion (http://www.theonion.com) and Salon (http://www.salon.com).

Are You Ready, SingTel? It's Time to Double Down

With the beating that local stocks have been taking in recent weeks, I'm thinking that it might be time for Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. to take another shot at buying Cable & Wireless HKT Ltd.

Compaq, RedFlag Launch Certification Program

Compaq Computer Corp. and RedFlag Software Ltd. Co. on Tuesday announced a certification and support program, called Flying Red Flag, for the Red Flag distribution of Linux. The companies also announced the establishment of a Red Flag Linux Certification and Support Center in Beijing.

CDMA Rollouts Can Proceed, China's Zhu Says

Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji has confirmed that China United Telecommunications (Unicom) will be allowed to move ahead with the planned deployment of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)-based mobile networks, despite reports that China had decided to halt deployment of the mobile telecommunications technology.

Chinese Optical Firm Raises Expansion Funds

Seeking to grow its business, Shenzhen, China-based dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment manufacturer Optilink Technologies Co. Ltd. has raised HK$82 million (US$10.5 million) in funding through its major shareholder, Hong Kong-based Vision Telecommunications Holdings Ltd., Computerworld Hong Kong has learned.