Articles By EDGE Staff

Don’t fear freedom

Cory Doctorow isn't scary - just scary-smart. He dropped out of university in 1992 to program CD-ROMs and design Web sites, founded an open source peer-to-peer software company that sold for $17 million

Published on: April 9th, 2007 EDGE Staff

The business case for biometrics

Biometrics - using a physical characteristic such as an iris map, fingerprint, voice or hand geometry to verify identity - is going mainstream.Driven by falling prices, rising performance and growing public willingness to

Published on: April 9th, 2007 EDGE Staff

We’re not in the boardroom yet, soom CIOs say

The Waterloo area is already known as a hotbed of successful Canadian technology startups such as Research In Motion and Open Text, and Google has established its Canadian presence there. Communitech, however, wants

Published on: April 9th, 2007 EDGE Staff

Voice over IP on the slopes

Tomorrow, I'm off to Ottawa to attend a conference on the state of Voice-over-IP technology. It's hard to believe that it's been about 10 years since the hype over this technology began in

Published on: February 26th, 2007 EDGE Staff

Pointless measures of Canada’s competitiveness

You've all read the stories. “Canada lags in the implementation of (INSERT NAME OF THE TECHNOLOGY HERE) and risks falling behind competitively.”I've been reading this type of headline for years and years.And I

Published on: February 16th, 2007 EDGE Staff

Home, sweet home office

For a Friday, from a reader, responding to an earlier blog of mine, regarding the tumbling down of traditional office walls and the advent of a new work-at-home era. My comments are ALL

Published on: February 9th, 2007 EDGE Staff

A full-page scanner inside a pen

There are quite a few portable scanners on the market, but Planon's $350 DocuPen RC800 is unique. The size and shape of a breadstick, it isn't really a “pen” that you drag over

Published on: January 31st, 2007 EDGE Staff

CIOs face critical talent shortage

The latest evidence comes from CNC Global which released its “2006 in Review: IT Staffing Requirements in the Canadian Market,” a compilation of national statistics including year-end numbers that confirm the demand for

Published on: January 31st, 2007 EDGE Staff

Windows Vista-readiness low

Roughly half of those users are unable to meet the basis system requirements for the operating system, Softchoice said, while 94 per cent would be unable to meet the requirements for Vista's premium

Published on: January 31st, 2007 EDGE Staff

I’ve got the power, what’s the point?

The go-to tool used for everything from team meetings to sales pitches, however, can be time-consuming to organize and build.And the ability to add multimedia files such as video, audio and images makes

Published on: January 31st, 2007 EDGE Staff

Most CIOs not ready to retire – yet

Fifty-two per cent of CIOs say they are somewhat likely or very likely to consider consulting work as a transition to retirement, according to a recent survey by HR firm Robert Half Technology

Published on: December 13th, 2006 EDGE Staff

Why small firms don’t have CIOs

Unless their company employs more than 40 people, IT managers who want to play a more prominent role in the decision-making process should look elsewhere, according to the results of a survey.London, Ont.-based

Published on: December 13th, 2006 EDGE Staff

Voicing Your Concerns

But when it comes to voice-over-IP, which promises greater efficiencies and reduced costs by putting all forms of communications over one network, things stand to get even murkier.Just ask Peter Gapp, senior vice-president

Published on: December 13th, 2006 EDGE Staff

Taking the pain out of printing

The university, which is on the cusp of huge growth because of the oil boom in the province, took a hard look at the cost of producing the equivalent of a 32,000 ft.-high

Published on: December 13th, 2006 EDGE Staff

IT succession planning: Have you started yet?

About two-thirds of IT executives are taking steps to prepare workers for leadership roles, according to a recent survey by Robert Half Technology.The firm surveyed 270 Canadian CIOs about succession planning and moulding

Published on: December 13th, 2006 EDGE Staff