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  • Can spyware be stopped?

    Posted August 4, 2005 - 2:23 pm

    Spyware and adware not only clog up and slow down computers -- they also can collect information about an individual or organization without their knowledge and use it for malicious purposes, such as identity theft. While all eyes are currently on the government to see what effect recent legislation will have against spyware and adware, there are some things you can do to keep these security risks from affecting your computers.
  • Buy versus lease: What you need to know

    Posted August 1, 2005 - 7:10 pm

    Two SMBs weigh in on the debate over whether to buy or lease computers. For one, which considers its business to be tied to cutting-edge technology, buying was the way to go. For the other, which is more tied to cash flow, leasing made the most sense.
  • In search of talent

    Posted July 25, 2005 - 9:11 pm

    While it isn't universal, demand for IT pros with select skill sets is growing, driving up salaries and, in some cases, perks reminiscent of the dot-com boom, such as signing bonuses and relocation packages. But sending jobs offshore isn't diminishing either, so the outlook for IT pros remains mixed.
  • Security threats make staying safe a great race

    Posted July 25, 2005 - 1:24 pm

    IT security, like housework, is one of those ever-recurring things. Just when you think you have everything in top form and ship-shape, somebody else comes along and makes a mess. Unlike housework, however, securing an IT infrastructure pits the skills of IT departments against an increasingly sophisticated brand of criminal, working as hard and fast on threats as IT does on securing against them.
  • IBM's project financing attracting SMBs

    Posted July 20, 2005 - 5:08 pm

    IBM Corp.'s project financing service is proving popular not only among enterprises but also with the small to midsize business (SMB) sector, according to a Big Blue executive. The service provides a customer with complete financial backing from IBM for an entire IT project from the design phase to system deployment.
  • Spyware threat drastically changes users' online behavior: Report

    Posted July 11, 2005 - 1:01 pm

    A whopping 91 percent of Internet users say they have changed their online behavior because of the threat of spyware and adware, according to a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
  • Just a minute, boss--my cell phone is ringing

    Posted July 11, 2005 - 1:01 pm

    Should you answer your cell phone during a meeting or conference call? What's the correct etiquette for cell phone usage in the office? The debate has moved from libraries, museums and restaurants to the workplace.
  • Who's your buddy?

    Posted July 5, 2005 - 10:59 am

    Send a robot to do a marketer's job? CMOs may be forgiven for raising a skeptical eyebrow. After all, who would want prissy C3PO marketing their company's products or services?
  • Blogs grow as business tools

    Posted June 22, 2005 - 1:29 am

    With the growing popularity of personal blogs, companies are now turning to them as a means of communicating with employees and customers, according to a panel at the Supernova 2005 technology conference.
  • Microsoft targets 'new world of work'

    Posted June 13, 2005 - 11:52 am

    Microsoft's vision of a new workplace characterized by collaboration between companies, increased business regulations and greater reliance on offshore outsourcing is shaping it product development plans for MS-Office, the SQL Server database, its BizTalk Server workflow engine and other products, says CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • High-stakes start-ups

    Posted June 13, 2005 - 11:51 am

    Many entrepreneurs are turning to creative new ways of bootstrapping their start-up ventures. Take, for example, the San Francisco-based software company ClearContext, whose three employees earn money to pay the bills by playing online poker.
  • The incredible VoIP solution

    Posted June 8, 2005 - 8:59 am

    A large display that shows a corporate and personal phone directory, and enables users to run third-party applications, is one of the features of the perfect VoIP phone. Four experts weigh in on the ultimate VoIP solution.
  • Get ready for the 9-to-5 notebook

    Posted June 6, 2005 - 12:15 pm

    New developments in battery materials and power consumption could double notebook battery life from today's four-hour average to a full eight hours, experts say. Intel, in fact, is pushing notebook makers to produce eight-hour laptops by 2008.
  • Is tape winding down as a backup option?

    Posted June 6, 2005 - 12:14 pm

    The publicity surrounding the loss of back-up tapes by the likes of Bank of America and others has accelerated a trend toward tapeless and online data back-up solutions.
  • Top 100 private companies in North America

    Posted May 19, 2005 - 11:08 am

    Red Herring's annual listing of the Top 100 Private Companies in North America confirms that, in some sectors at least, entrepreneurs continue to prosper. Information technology companies dominate the list.
  • The Linux Longhorn challenge

    Posted May 15, 2005 - 9:21 pm

    Within the Linux community, the attitude toward Longhorn, Microsoft's next-generation Windows operating system, is, "Bring it on." They see the pending release, expected around the end of 2006, as a prime opportunity to cherrypick customers that, faced with revamping their desktop systems, will be willing to consider alternatives.
  • Move over, Blue Screen of Death?

    Posted May 12, 2005 - 5:45 am

    Longhorn Beta testers are reporting in various blogs that they have encountered a "Red Screen of Death" that's associated with the Windows Boot Manager in the operating system.
  • IBM courts SMBs with iSeries

    Posted May 2, 2005 - 2:45 pm

    IBM is repositioning its iSeries servers, formerly known as the AS/400 line, for the SMB customer, stressing that the iSeries can run multiple operating systems, including i5/OS, Linux, Windows and AIX, from one box.
  • Born again

    Posted May 2, 2005 - 2:43 pm

    Start-ups in Silicon Valley are thriving once again, but unlike the companies that rose and fell in the dot-com boom-and-bust days, these entrepreneurial ventures are focused on solid business ideas like technology management and exhibit greater self-discipline than their predecessors.
  • Tech innovation at the Microsoft Research Tech Fair

    Posted April 28, 2005 - 9:25 am

    The Microsoft Research Tech Fair at the Library of Congress featured a number of innovative projects such as the virtual desktop on a keychain -- a flash-based device that could capture your desktop in a specific state and display it later on a public kiosk -- and a mobile application that can predict traffic jams.
  • Longhorn will run on some older PCs too

    Posted April 28, 2005 - 9:01 am

    The new version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, will require new, souped-up PCs to operate as intended, but a Microsoft developer has revealed that the OS will function on older machines, as well; it will just look and feel distinctly different than on new-generation PCs.
  • Shifting auto parts service into high gear

    Posted April 27, 2005 - 8:44 am

    Spending $195,000 on a supply chain management system may seem like an extraordinary IT investment for an SMB, but within one year it saved $500,000 in redundant inventory costs for auto parts distributor Star Sales and Service, a $6 million company based in Bay City, Mich.
  • Rising to the compliance challenge

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 12:22 pm

    Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to allocate an additional 23 percent of their budgets to IT compliance, according to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey of business executives. For CIOs, this new regulatory landscape means implementing changes in people, processes, and technology to ensure IT controls are operating in compliance with internal policies and regulatory mandates.
  • The birth of the notebook

    Posted April 20, 2005 - 2:04 am

    What a long, strange trip it's been for the notebook computer. From Alan Kay's cardboard prototype for the Dynabook, created in 1968 at Xerox PARC; to IBM's 50-pound 5100 Portable Computer, widely considered the first production model of a mobile PC; to Epson's HX-20, introduced in 1982 as the first PC described as a "laptop," the ultra-lightweight notebooks that crowd Starbucks tables today owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneers of the past.
  • Beyond passwords part 2: Implementing the vision

    Posted April 18, 2005 - 1:32 pm

    The second half of a two-part series, this article provides an in-depth look at various authentication methods that can bolster network security, including digital certificates, tokens and biometrics.
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