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  • Are cryptography tools really only for crooks?

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 3:34 pm

    I WAS THINKING ABOUT cryptography the other day while reading about the rift between Phil Zimmerman and Network Associates over just how much of the PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) source code will be published. For crypto fans, this is the equivalent of Martin Luther nailing his Theses to the cathedral door. For the rest of us, it's just another corporate fight. But bigger questions in my head won't go away. Why haven't we taken more interest in encryption and digital signing of e-mail? More importantly, why aren't we using the tools we already have? Even I, your Security Watch guru, can't be bothered to use the crypto and signing features of my e-mail.
  • The push toward Web services

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 3:16 pm

    Web services are software components representing business functionality that can be accessed using standard protocols. A number of big industry players -- including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Sun, and HP -- are fully behind the idea, but what will it take to get IT aboard?
  • Boeing shows how XML can help business

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 12:02 pm

    XML is more than just an attempt to settle on standards for e-commerce. It's a viable component for re-engineering the procurement process.
  • Serializing Data Members

    Posted March 12, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Write your own serialization functions for any class. COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS * Windows Application Development: Accessing the Windows registry.

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  • New support packs

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 5:13 pm

    Novell has rereleased the support packs for NetWare 5 and 5.1 (sp6a and sp2a, respectively). Turns out that there was a communications problem.
  • IBM issues advisory on Websphere vulnerability

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 3:15 pm

    IBM has issued an advisory that warns users of a new tool that lets malicious hackers exploit a previously known vulnerability in the company's WebSphere Commerce Suite software.
  • Access to Internet domain databases to be simplified

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 12:05 pm

    EXPERTS HAVE RECOMMENDED that access to the Internet's Whois service that allows users to look up ownership information on Internet domain names in the .com, org, and .net TLDs (top-level domains) be made simpler.
  • IBM e-commerce servers vulnerable to hacks

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 11:31 am

    BOSTON -- IBM Corp. on Wednesday posted an advisory on its Web site that alerted customers to a tool that could potentially decrypt administrator and customer passwords residing on servers that use some IBM e-commerce software.
  • IBM algorithms boost b-to-b e-commerce

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 10:42 am

    IBM research has developed two powerful algorithms specifically designed for business-to-business e-commerce applications that allow vendors to conduct advanced auctions as part of their procurement processes.
  • Who will use SOAP?

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 10:38 am

    The Simple Object Access Protocol is a much-discussed but little-seen scheme to make XML a more potent computing element. The tools to ease SOAP implementation are beginning to appear, but it is not clear yet who will use them. The maker of a new XML server suggests script jockeys and business analysts may play an important role.
  • Apache software available

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 10:33 am

    If you haven?t done so already, you can check out the NetWare versions of the Apache Web server and an Apache authentication module at the Novell developer site.
  • Looking ahead to BrainShare

    Posted March 9, 2001 - 10:15 am

    Novell's BrainShare conference is about two months away (March 18-23), but it is not too soon to register and start planning your week at the conference.
  • FTP substitute

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:50 pm

    This has happened to me, and it may have happened to you. I?m on the road, ready to make a special presentation, when I discover that the slideshow file on my laptop has been damaged -- or worse, I forgot to bring it!
  • Expectations Divided on Oracle's AppsWorld

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:12 pm

    Although some analysts and users have some reservations about AppsWorld, others feel it's a chance to see Oracle's road map for the future.
  • United to honor dirt-cheap online ticket fares

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:07 pm

    In an about-face, United Air Lines said that it has decided to honor 142 cut-rate tickets that were incorrectly priced on its Web site last month because of a software problem.
  • Clinton calls for more government spending on IT at Oracle conference

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:05 pm

    In a keynote speech at a conference for users of Oracle's business applications, former president Bill Clinton said the federal government has a greater role to play in encouraging the growth of technology.
  • Napster: You Can't Go Home

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 5:01 pm

    Despite offer, legal maneuvering, Napster's fate is sealed -- though competitors may be beyond the law.
  • HP Closes Middleware Gap With Netaction Suite

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:31 pm

    Hewlett-Packard's Netaction suite announced last week plugs an important hole in the company's software portfolio.
  • Assessing directory rights

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:24 pm

    In networks that have leaped beyond the traditional client/server environment to intranets and extranets, assigning rights to users is becoming complex. How do you really assess who has access to what?
  • Web Tool Makes for Good Conversation

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 4:08 pm

    NativeMinds Inc.'s support software uses a natural language interface to answer customer support questions over the Web.
  • Sun says Java hole leaves some computers vulnerable

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 3:48 pm

    Sun Microsystems disclosed that a vulnerability in certain components of its Java software could allow an attacker to execute malicious commands on a victim's computer.
  • Hole Found in Sun's Java

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 3:30 pm

    A vulnerability in Sun's Java software could allow an attacker to execute malicious commands on a victim's computer, the company revealed last week.
  • PGP Inventor Resigns From Network Associates

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 3:20 pm

    Philip Zimmermann, the inventor of the widely used Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) encryption protocol, says he and Network Associates no longer agree about the future of PGP.
  • Open source handheld computers

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 3:15 pm

    It wasn?t so long ago that a few brave pioneers experimented with running Linux on servers in actual production environments. Up until then, Linux was more for the 'recreational user,' the guy who played around with servers and open source operating systems at home just for the fun of it. Who would have guessed then that by the year 2001, Linux would be a commercial success and companies like IBM and Oracle would be building major strategies around this operating system?
  • Purchase of middleware developer extends Palm's reach into enterprise

    Posted March 8, 2001 - 3:11 pm

    Palm acquired mobile middleware developer Extended Systems for $264 million in a deal that will give handheld device maker the ability to integrate mobile devices with back-office systems.
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