Articles By Grant Buckler

Ottawa ISP installs 802.11 hotspots in Ontario highway service centres

Wireless hotspots hit the road in late May as Ottawa-based BOLDstreet Wireless Internet announced installations at nine highway service centres across southern Ontario. Using the IEEE 802.11b or WiFi wireless networking, the hotspots

Published on: July 4th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Family service agency installs Citrix MetaFrame

Kinark Child and Family Services is Ontario's largest non-profit children's mental health centre, with 10 offices across the province and about 700 employees. Each time a case worker visits a child, he or

Published on: July 4th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Working from afar

Remote access used to mean dialing up from home using a personal computer with special software for connecting to corporate servers. Now it can mean connecting from home, a client's office, an airport

Published on: July 4th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Paper is as addictive as coffee

For more than 20 years now, we've been hearing about the promise of the paperless office. And for nearly as long, people have been debunking the idea. Way back in the early 1980s,

Published on: June 20th, 2003 Grant Buckler

From mountains to molehills

Standards are a very paper-intensive business. The Standards Council of Canada — the federal Crown corporation that represents Canada on international standards bodies and approves Canadian standards — spent an average of $19,000

Published on: June 6th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Dressing up tech announcements

Recently I was asked to take part in a Webcast designed to promote the products of a well-known computer company. Not many people will sit still for a straight-out commercial, the promoter explained,

Published on: May 28th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Canada Life Financial users management tools to spot problems early

A mixture of tools gives Canada Life Financial Corp. a view of its network.""Each has its own function,"" says Arkadi Chekhtman, network specialist with the Toronto-based insurance company.Lucent Technologies Inc.'s VitalNet performance management

Published on: May 5th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Waiting for the network just won’t do

As information systems and networks become more important to organizations, the task of making sure they do their jobs is increasingly vital. Since some applications are more important than others, that can mean

Published on: May 5th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Internet neutrality

What if you tried to connect to a Web site and discovered you couldn't because you have the wrong Internet service provider? This is not likely to happen today, but there are concerns

Published on: April 30th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Brantford-area school board upgrades to 5 GHz gear

Ontario's Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant counties are not far southwest of Toronto, but they are largely rural, and in much of the area there is no optical fibre infrastructure. So to provide high-speed

Published on: April 9th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Prices have yet to come down to earth

The satellite communications market has not lived up to the expectations set for it a few years ago. Satellite data traffic hasn't grown as much as some analysts projected in 2000; a drop

Published on: April 9th, 2003 Grant Buckler

The changing face of the healthcare system

It's not easy working in health care, especially these days. There are shortages of doctors and nurses in many areas. Money is scarce almost everywhere. Yet having the time and resources to do

Published on: March 17th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Carriers and wide-area network providers among early adopters

It seems 10-Gigabit Ethernet is following a different path than its predecessors. When the 100-Mbps version of Ethernet — then known as Fast Ethernet — first appeared, it was adopted first in local-area

Published on: January 29th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Anesthesiology facility using wireless network with VPNs

KINGSTON, Ont. — Pioneering work at Kingston General Hospital is making up-to-the-minute medical data available to physicians at the bedside or in the operating room — and testing wireless network security. The Queen's

Published on: January 15th, 2003 Grant Buckler

Guarding against threats from within

You've installed a firewall. Is your network is secure? Think again. A firewall is not enough. Proper network security requires at least one (if not several) firewalls, anti-virus software and intrusion detection. That's

Published on: January 15th, 2003 Grant Buckler