Stories by Liz Tay

UTECOM supercomputer celebrates 50 years, programmer reminisces

When the 1.2 tonne, $149,000 (£60,000) DEUCE II computer was officially opened on September 11 1956, it was heralded as one of the first three computers in Australia and was quickly put to use as what the newspapers of the day called the £50 an hour "super-brain".

Businesses find a friend in local search firm

When its Web site was first launched, US plus-size clothing store Avenue was virtually invisible to search engines - and therefore consumers. Now, a Google search for products as generic as "black skirts" finds Avenue at the top of 20 million hits. The Web site has enjoyed a four-fold increase in its natural search revenue, and it's all thanks to an Adelaide-based start-up named YourAmigo.

Quantum cryptography networks unlock security issues

A team of researchers from Northwestern University in the US and BBN Technologies have demonstrated the world's first working <a href="index.php/id;1317119103">quantum cryptography network</a>. Northwestern University's Dr Gregory Kanter, who coordinated the demonstration, talks to Liz Tay about the basics of quantum cryptography and its potential for use in security systems of the future.

IT job ads surge in the past year

The number of jobs advertised online has risen by a massive 35.76 percent in the past 12 months, according to the Olivier Internet Job Index (IJI), released last week. Along with reflecting the state of the job market, the results reveal that the Internet is fast becoming the preferred medium for employers advertising job vacancies.

ITIL certification courses increase

ICT consultant and educator Pink Elephant said increased demand for ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) skills drove the addition of more certification courses this year in Australia.

Box Hill TAFE adds to intern choices

A newly signed agreement between Box Hill TAFE and global IT organization NIIT Technologies will provide ICT students with the opportunity to gain industry experience in advance of graduation.

Trainers take lessons in Novell GroupWise 7

System administrators, corporate trainers, helpdesk staff and power users of Novell GroupWise 7 will learn the skills to teach end users during a two-day train-the-trainer course in Sydney.

Melbourne SFD celebrants go for world record

In keeping with the philosophies of Software Freedom Day (SFD), three Melbourne teams are inviting the public to participate in their events for free on 16 September 2006. The teams join 12 others in Australia and about 150 teams worldwide in celebrating the virtues and availability of Free and Open Source Software.

Consumer education programs expand digital music market

Digital music that can be downloaded from wireless or online services will become more popular over the next five years, according to an IDC report released early this month. The combined revenue raised by music service providers (MSP) is expected to reach $202 million in 2010, contributing a whopping 30 per cent to total music sales that year.

Do employers prefer degrees or certifications?

There traditionally have been two routes for high school graduates looking towards careers in IT: University, or TAFE. But recent changes in employer preferences have given rise to accelerated training courses that present a third, more practical option.

Cisco updates recertification policy

Cisco Systems last week announced an update to its recertification policy that allows individuals to recertify their CCNP, CCDP, CCIP, CCSP or CCVP certifications upon passing any exam that is part of Cisco's professional level curriculum.