Articles By John Saunders

Aliant blasts through The Rock to build wireless network

Be it through solid rock or suspended from utility poles, planners with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador hope a new network will help keep students in school. A new Frame-Relay system built

Published on: March 17th, 2003 John Saunders

Handheld computers will look like low-end PCs in five years

In contrast to slumping desktop sales, handheld computing devices are still a hot-ticket item in Canada. For the second quarter of 2002, shipments reached 91,000 units, up 20 per cent compared with the

Published on: November 22nd, 2002 John Saunders

PDAs find niche among municipal users

From the board room to the sewer system, personal digital assistants (PDAs) may soon offer municipal workers a range of ways to get the job done.In municipalities across the country, traditional uses such

Published on: November 22nd, 2002 John Saunders

Cutting the wires could lead to an IT shakeup, says IDC report

Wireless local-area network (LAN) technologies are set to become the ""next disruptive technology,"" according to one research firm.In a report issued earlier this year, IDC predicted that wireless LAN products will dramatically affect

Published on: October 31st, 2002 John Saunders

Wireless LANs face hard sell among public sector customers

Home users and small businesses may be gobbling them up, but don't expect to see wireless local-area networks (LANs) implemented on a broad scale throughout government offices any time soon.Citing concerns over security

Published on: October 31st, 2002 John Saunders

Advice for the jobless

Over the past few months, a few readers have sent in requests for help in finding an IT job. These aren't the just-out-of-school trolls I wrote about at Comdex Canada this year, who

Published on: August 9th, 2002 John Saunders

Open Source security flaws transcend personal biases

Call it equal-opportunity vulnerability: In recent months, open source software has faced a growing number of security threats, in the form of hacks, cracks, viruses and worms. It seems like no network or

Published on: July 26th, 2002 John Saunders

Comdex as career fair

This year's Comdex struck me as particularly lean and mean. Attendance was down, but griping was up.Exhibitors kvetched about bum deals and weak turnouts, while visitors I spoke with complained about having to

Published on: July 12th, 2002 John Saunders

Comdex Canada faces a hard sell

The gamut of emotions on the floor of this year's Comdex Canada trade show runs from tepid to temperamental, judging from interviews with visitors and exhibitors.With attendance from both camps down 20 to

Published on: July 11th, 2002 John Saunders

Security standard gains a new ally

It used to be called ""co-opetition,"" but it's really just smart planning.This week, Sun Microsystems decided to go along with IBM, Microsoft and VeriSign by supporting the Web Services Security (WS-Security) standard. Sun

Published on: June 28th, 2002 John Saunders

When you wish upon StarOffice

Here we go again. The never-ending battle of the titans -- Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. -- entered a new phase recently as Sun launched the latest version of its desktop productivity

Published on: June 14th, 2002 John Saunders

Expect more e-business envy

Having worked with a Web venture in the past, I've seen (and felt) firsthand the animosity that can arise as resources are hived off from parts of a company to fund online projects.

Published on: May 17th, 2002 John Saunders

An S.O.S. for SLAs

So you’re going to outsource. You've been given a mandate to either reduce costs or improve efficiency and now you've got to find a service provider (or 10) who'll make your dreams come

Published on: May 3rd, 2002 John Saunders

Get a grip on handheld security

I consider this column to be a democratic forum. By that, I try to make sure everyone -- or issue -- gets a turn on the hot seat.For example, in the past, I've

Published on: April 19th, 2002 John Saunders

Goofing off 101

This past week, stories about Scouts Canada's ""investing crest"" appeared all over the news. You're never too young to learn about RRSPs, I guess, but there's another story here, as yet untold (at

Published on: April 5th, 2002 John Saunders