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  • Analysis: Boeing IT not all shook up by quake

    Posted March 2, 2001 - 10:24 am

    With more than 400 offices around the world, Boeing's datacenters can't go offline -- ever. That's why backup power is only the first step in preparing the company for the unexpected as Boeing vice president Christopher Kent leads an ongoing server consolidation effort.
  • Oracle hit by users' IT spending delays

    Posted March 2, 2001 - 10:09 am

    DB leader Oracle Friday said software sales in the fiscal quarter that ended yesterday were affected by IT spending delays at "a substantial number" of its corporate users. Larry Ellison, Oracle's chairman and CEO, said that the company was taken by surprise by a last-minute slowdown in orders from users in the US.
  • Sun readies latest model of J2EE

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 6:02 pm

    SUN MICROSYSTEMS ON Tuesday will throw a coming-out party for J2EE (Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition) in San Francisco to detail the latest dot release of the Java-based programming environment for enterprise applications.
  • Microsoft debuts .NET tool for Web apps

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 5:49 pm

    MICROSOFT ON TUESDAY unveiled a .NET programming technology, Visual Studio for Applications (VSA), which will give developers more flexibility to create customizable Web applications. Microsoft made its announcement at the VSLive conference in San Francisco.
  • Developers dream of a robot in every home

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 5:13 pm

    BERLIN -- Visitors to Berlin's Museum of Communication, stepping into the grand entry hall, are met with a rather other-worldly greeting. One of three robots, about chest-high to an average adult, comes rolling up and offers an introduction to the museum and its exhibits. It's pretty much a sci-fi show, full of flashing lights and synthesized voices, just like the robots in Hollywood movies. And it's fun for the kids -- one of the robots is even programmed to play ball. But the three machines have a serious purpose.
  • Essential reading: My top 10 books

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 3:11 pm

    Network guru Bob Currier sifts through his small warehouse of books and recommends 10 must-have tomes for survival in today's harried IT environment.
  • E-business moves toward wireless devices

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 2:41 pm

    AS E-BUSINESS BEGINS to migrate from the desktop to a wide range of wireless devices, organizations must start to consider ways to carve paths from both legacy and Web data to emerging wireless environments.
  • The CTO of Voxeo, Jonathan Taylor, talks about the merging of the Internet and telephony applications

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 2:18 pm

    AS THE PRESIDENT and CTO of a start-up company that is trying to pioneer a new space as a telephony service provider, Jonathan Taylor has his work cut out for him. The core mission of Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Voxeo is to lay an interface based on Internet standards on top of the maze of interfaces that drive most of today's telecommunications applications.
  • The Info Warrior

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 1:47 pm

    Major Marcus Sachs is a member of this country's advance guard in the new field of battle known as information warfare. It's a role that requires top technology skills combined with a thorough understanding of military strategy and history.
  • Sun outlines J2EE strategy

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 1:21 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Sun Microsystems here on Tuesday outlined its J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) strategy for the next year, gave a glimpse of its Web services strategy, and detailed a new release of the J2EE platform.
  • Groove signs 100 partners in three months

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 1:16 pm

    GROOVE NETWORKS, A peer-to-peer startup founded by Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie, appears to be off to a fast start. The company announced Wednesday it has signed up 100 partners in its first three months of operation.
  • Silverback stands out among MSPs

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 12:26 pm

    Last year?s trendy new acronym was MSP -- for Management Service Provider -- a market that now looks cluttered and confused, but also still holds promise.
  • Iona to add 'Forte for Java' to J2EE app server

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 12:26 pm

    SUN MICROSYSTEMS AND Iona Technologies announced a deal Monday enabling Iona to integrate Sun's Forte for Java toolkit with Iona's J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) application server.
  • BEA touts support for Web services standards

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 12:22 pm

    BEA Systems officials voiced support for a wide range of emerging de facto standards for Web services, but like many of its competitors, BEA's plans are works in progress, industry observers said.
  • Managing lots of users

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 12:18 pm

    To better conduct e-business, many companies are extending their networks to grant partners and customers access. But as the number of people accessing applications and data increases, trying to track who has access to what gets extremely complex.
  • Bring in the branches

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 11:59 am

    Does your organization have more than one site? Are you hoping to tie them all together using Windows 2000 networking and Active Directory? Do you realize how complicated that can get?
  • The year that was, Part 2

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 11:49 am

    We're taking a look back at the year 2000, highlighting the important developments in Windows networking. Last newsletter, we reviewed the major news out of Redmond, Wash.; this time we'll look at some major partners.
  • FastLane tool helps administrators manage rights

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 11:15 am

    With Windows NT domains, there was no way to delegate a subset of administrative rights -- it was an all-or-nothing proposition. That's one of the reasons why products such as FastLane's DM/Administrator were so successful.
  • DNS questions

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 11:02 am

    Last week I talked about Microsoft's trouble with Domain Name System servers causing its sites to be off-line for most of a day. Right after I filed that newsletter ('Microsoft learns the hard way'), it was revealed that a denial-of-service attack had further reduced the availability of Microsoft's servers. It?s now widely reported that Microsoft has thrown in the towel and outsourced its DNS servers to Akamai Technologies.
  • BEA stays the server-centric course

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 10:41 am

    As others move up the applications stack, app server maker BEA plans to keep its focus on basic server functions. But that may not bode well for the company's growth.
  • Context is Everything

    Posted March 1, 2001 - 1:00 am

    * Putting your fuctions and operators in context. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION * Scripting Languages: When is a shell script preferable to Perl? SERVICES * Webcast: Application Development - Can You Carry Your Weight?

  • Industry leaders sponsor nonprofit Linux development lab

    Posted February 28, 2001 - 4:05 pm

    THE OPEN-SOURCE LINUX community was awarded a fairly sophisticated workshop on Wednesday with the opening of the industry's first independent, nonprofit developer's lab.
  • Microsoft officials hail "orchestration"

    Posted February 28, 2001 - 3:51 pm

    MICROSOFT OFFICIALS, TOUTING their BizTalk Server 2000 business process integration package, hailed "orchestration" as the next critical phase in integrating software systems.
  • Bowstreet CEO Bob Crowley discusses dynamic Web services and the future of application development

    Posted February 28, 2001 - 3:31 pm

    BOWSTREET IS A relatively small company that today carries a very large stick in the world of application development. As software developers begin to migrate to component architectures that will enable new classes of Web services, companies such as General Electric, AIG, Metropolitan Life, Pitney Bowes, Northwestern Mutual, and CNA are calling on Bowstreet to provide the platforms that enable these types of applications. In an interview with InfoWorld Editor in Chief Michael Vizard, Bowstreet CEO Bob Crowley talks about the impact these new classes of Web services will have on how IT approaches application development.

  • LinuxWorld set to roll

    Posted February 28, 2001 - 3:26 pm

    WITH THE FRESHLY-MINTED 2.4 version of the Linux kernel now in their hands, dozens of vendors will be showing it off with their products at next week's LinuxWorld Expo in New York.
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