Articles By John Saunders

Hitting the messenger

I used to work with a guy who really hated the office printer. And the fax machine. And the photocopier. More often than not, you'd hear him screaming at some poor piece of

Published on: March 22nd, 2002 John Saunders

You can’t count on me

Whether you run your IT in-house or farm it out, no approach is invulnerable to hacks and theft these days, according to a spate of recent reports.First off, IDC claims that one-quarter of

Published on: March 8th, 2002 John Saunders

Let it Be over, already

Call it the return of the living dead operating system.Or call it BeOS BS. Whatever the case, this week's announcement that the company formerly known as Be Inc. is suing Microsoft Corp. for

Published on: February 22nd, 2002 John Saunders

Farewell to Solaris on Intel, hello to Lintel

Technology workers, despite their zeal for all things new, are prone to bouts of nostalgia.Over the years, readers have confided in me their appreciation for the old System/3, or somesuch other minicomputer--punch cards

Published on: January 25th, 2002 John Saunders

Here’s to a boring year

Business as usual never sounded so good.After sloughing through various predictions for the coming year, I've noticed a certain lack of excitement about the prospects for the industry in 2002 -- and that's

Published on: January 11th, 2002 John Saunders

Knucklehead security lets the backbone slide

In the tech press, certain topics tend to generate reader feedback.Writing about Linux, pornography, spam or security are all sure-fire ways to find out if anyone out there actually notices the work you

Published on: December 7th, 2001 John Saunders

Inspecting gadgets

Ever since I was a kid, I've been interested in electronic devices.I remember opening up my table-top PacMan game, curious to see its inner workings, although I never really figured them out. (I

Published on: November 23rd, 2001 John Saunders

Echoes of boom and bust

So you got caught up in the dot-com bubble. You paid for way too much bandwidth, storage and processing power, only to see all your plans collapse. Your dreams of growth have become

Published on: October 26th, 2001 John Saunders

Technology talent search turns enterprises to outsourcers

For many human resource departments, the current economic downturn is anything but a blessing. Faced with increasing demands, limited resources and a growing pool of potential workers, many HR managers are looking for

Published on: October 19th, 2001 John Saunders

Flash in the PAN

The world gets smaller every day. Just consider the personal-area network (PAN). Through cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), e-mail pagers and laptop computers, soon we'll all be able to plug into IT

Published on: October 12th, 2001 John Saunders

Shaw reels in IT infrastructure

Sometimes the best way to get things done is to do them yourself.At a time when companies are carving out part or all of their IT services, Shaw Communications Inc. is taking its

Published on: October 5th, 2001 John Saunders

Novell enters i-Planet’s orbit

Score one for the underdog. Just two weeks ago, Novell Inc. won Yahoo's stamp of approval for its directory server technology, which will become the default directory for the latter's corporate portal services.That's

Published on: September 28th, 2001 John Saunders

Integration 101

It may look bigger and bolder, but the jury's still out on whether it'll be any better. After acquiring Compaq Computer Co. two weeks ago, Hewlett-Packard Co. now faces the Herculean task of

Published on: September 14th, 2001 John Saunders

Video game pits IT managers against hackers

This is one time-waster your boss might actually want you to play. Part video game, part viral marketing, Verado: The IT Security Game lets system administrators virtually blast away at a host of

Published on: September 6th, 2001 John Saunders

IT’s long-term training plan

In the wake of ITI's collapse, there's been a lot of talk about the value of technology training. What troubles me, however, is the silence about long-term plans for training IT workers. How

Published on: August 31st, 2001 John Saunders