Stories by Rick Cook

Data-center security tools to not overlook

Protecting a corporate data center is like trying to keep an elephant safe from a swarm of flies. Despite your best efforts, bites happen. As the staples of security -- such as firewalls, antivirus software, spam and spyware filters -- come together in suites of products that allow for sophisticated management, there are other security tools either emerging or worth a rethink.

Java, Linux trim the fat at Omaha Steaks

Omaha Steaks is an experienced mail-order firm that sold premium meats for years before the Internet existed. The company wasn't slow in recognizing the new medium's potential, and started advertising on AOL in the early '90s. Its Website went live several years ago. During 2000, about 10 percent of Omaha Steaks's annual revenues came from Internet sales, up from about 3 percent last year.