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Newsletter Archive: 2005
Ballmer On Google, Ads, And Technology
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had a lot of opinions for a Canadian publication on several topics, notably dismissing any inroads Google's supposedly made on the world's top technology company. A reporter for the Ottawa Citizen...

Web-based Project Management
Are you managing projects with e-mails, spreadsheets and desktop applications? Calling team members for status updates, copying and pasting information to create separate reports, and sifting through e-mails to find the latest documents?

How Effective is Your AV in Detecting Spyware?
Your antivirus software will protect your organization against viruses and it will probably even do a good job against worms, but what about keyloggers, backdoor trojans, adware and spyware

Hey Google, Where's The Linux Apps?
A member of a Denver Linux development shop wonders why Google hasn't made its applications available for Linux systems.

Why Soft Skills?
Technical skills have little value if you have poor soft skills. Don't get me wrong, your tech expertise matters. But don't be fooled by your tech skills. King of Linux, champion of Oracle? You've got it made, right? Give me a break! Tech skills alone are no guarantee of success.

Regulatory Security Compliance Helpful Or Distracting?
Ernst & Young conducted a survey which found that the biggest security concern in the IT industry is being able to comply with regulatory standards.

Biotech Joins Maryland To India
Government agencies from Maryland and India have taken a step toward collaborating on technology issues, like biotech. Where there is overlap, there is potential for benefiting from collaboration. India's Ministry of Science and Technology and Maryland's...

Register Today - nCircle Webinar Series
News reports remind us weekly that security is a moving target and despite best efforts, most enterprises remain a step behind the problem. Current thinking about security assumes that our network will be kept safe if we apply enough layers of protection in front of our information assets. However, these layers of protection are largely reactive and can only respond to attacks after they occur. What's needed is a balanced security ecosystem - one that is both proactive and reactive.

Microsoft Securing Its Own Software
Software leviathan Microsoft aims to produce a product in 2005 that will offer a protective barrier against spyware, viruses and rootkits. This test product, Microsoft Client Protection, will provide protections for business file servers, desktops and laptops against the traditional enemies of the computer world.

Windows Development Processes Torn Apart
It's interesting to watch the reactions to the Wall Street Journal article about how messed up Windows development processes were.

HP Aims To Improve Data Protection And Archiving
At Storage Networking World in Europe, HP introduced some new products and services for the archiving and protection of data. "HP has been a sleeping giant for a while but quietly they have been assembling ingredients for some powerful solutions in the data...

Veritas Flaw Exposes Systems To Attacks
Symantec, which now owns Veritas, has issued a Critical alert and a patch for Veritas Backup Exec and NetBackup for NetWare. Left unpatched, the flaw could allow a remote attacker to gain access to data on a system.

Technology In The Workplace: The Benefits Of Video Conferencing
What once required the physical presence of a number of individuals in a common location is now being accomplished through video conferencing. Thanks to the technological leaps of the past several years, any number of people can attend the same meeting from all points around the globe at any given time.

DVD Wars Heat Up: Toshiba Brings Microsoft In For Backup
Toshiba adds a little Microsoft firepower to the high-density DVD war going on with Sony. The two companies announced today they would further their recent collaborations as they both work to develop the future of the HD-DVD format.

Make Sure Your Intranet Is Well Perceived By Staff
Many intranets are only now beginning to show their true potential. However, many staff, having had unsatisfactory previous experiences of the intranet, may need quite some convincing that the intranet is now genuinely useful.

Microsoft's Doom: Open Source
Microsoft may be in trouble. Right now, Windows dominates the PC market and it has for a while but Linux has developed its following that following may grow if the British government has its way.

Now is the time to change hosting providers
Imagine a managed hosting provider that's as concerned with your uptime as you are. Rackspace Managed Hosting offers a low-cost, rapidly-deployable, scalable hosting solution... and these people are absolutely crazy about customer service!

Meet The Community At OSBC
Panel with Brian Behlendorf from Apache/Collabnet, Josh from PostgreSQL, Chris Hoffman from Mozilla, Larry Wall from Perl and David Wheeler from Bricolage. Moderated by Christian Einfeldt, "How these communities result in 1 + 1 = 5..."

HP: Financials of Manageable Apps White Paper
HP would like to offer you a complementary white paper that will give you critical insight into the financial implications of developing manageable applications.

Information Technology And Productivity In Your Business
On March 21, 2005, Germany's prestigious Ifo Institute at the University of Munich published a research report according to which "More technology at school can have a detrimental effect on education and computers at home can harm learning".

Workplace Obligations
Wouldn't it be nice if every boss came with a standard API? It would be so easy to look at the interface specifications and know exactly what he expected, in what format he expected it, when you should deliver it, what predictable events would result from your input and how you should handle error conditions.

Great News for Active Directory Users
Namescape has just launched three new editions of rDirectory (one is FREE) that enable you to leverage Active Directory in new ways.

Microsoft Exchange Server Utilities ESEutil & ISinteg
They are limited, complex, tedious, and time consuming when compared to the functionality contained within GOexchange. The best time to learn how to use these tools is in a lab environment before you need them. Like firearms and prescription medications, these tools can be dangerous if you don't understand how they work and when to use them.

Clustering Solutions And Zero Downtime Hosting Pitfalls

There are a number of benchmarks, which we may use to evaluate hosting companies. One of these is, reliability.

Like most things in this life, reliability in web hosting is typically a function of how much we are willing to spend for it. In essence, a "cost-effectiveness" equation needs to be determined and solved.


Learning Management Systems
These apparatus are fast evolving as must-have tools in the e-learning scenario. These are preferred as they are fast, convenient, consistent, effective and demonstrate high retention. But these systems are expensive and selecting the right system for an organization can be a challenge.

The Year Of Spyware
In retrospect, the year 2004 made significant milestones that will forever change the future of internet spyware related issues. Various spyware issues were addressed and a fast growing market evolved around spyware.