Stories by David Watson

MasterTrade unplugs Linux

A prominent New Zealand Linux site is to ditch the open source operating system over the next 12 to 18 months, but not for reasons of performance.

Westpac CRM project extends to NZ

The New Zealand arm of Westpac will have input into a $A200 million CRM and analytics upgrade being carried out by its Australian parent.

The ultimate D-I-Y PC

You've heard of open source software, but what about open source hardware? It's closer than you think, says Econz software engineer Vik Olliver.

Utopian solutions out, says HP man

The days when CIOs would buy the latest hot box or "utopian" solution are gone, says Hewlett-Packard global network storage head Howard Elias.

'Big players' respond to Antarctic proposal

A call for expressions of interest in providing broadband to the US research station at the South Pole has attracted more than a dozen responses. Gordon Hamilton, a professor at the University of Maine, who is involved with the project, says a request for information which closed in September sparked "about 15 industry responses", some from joint ventures and some from consulting companies.

Auckland wireless net lures Asians

A firm planning a large wireless network around downtown Auckland is already claiming interest from Asia and the Pacific islands in its distance-boosting technology.

Mobile JetStream high spot for vexed Lucent

The hard-hit telecommunication vendor which supplied the network that runs Telecom New Zealand Ltd.'s Mobile JetStream now gets over half of its revenue from mobile services.

Will 802.11g get off the ground?

Matthew Brown, technical director of Nelson network builder and leaser B&R Holdings, says there is talk in the industry that the emerging 802.11g wireless standard, which will allow wireless LANs a theoretical maximum speed of 54Mbit/s, will flop.

Site 'hypes' Linux hacks

A New Zealand Linux consultant is sceptical of a British survey which suggests hacks of Linux-based web servers are on the rise and those on Microsoft IIS-based servers are declining.

E-drugs on cards after clinic pilot

A pilot project that provides wireless access to patient records at Dunedin Hospital may lead to a system of automated drug prescription, according to the doctor heading the trial.

Our CDMA patents are sound says Qualcomm

Qualcomm Wireless and Internet Group President Paul Jacobs says the company's many CDMA (code division multiple access) related patents are sound and that Qualcomm won't fall into the mire of litigation that sometimes faces companies which derive income from licensing their intellectual property.