Articles By Patricia MacInnis

The engineering of a female pioneer

When Monique Frize enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Ottawa in the early '60s, the dean called her father and asked him to talk his daughter out of it. After

Published on: May 5th, 2004 Patricia MacInnis

Don’t play with firewalls

Microsoft's security executives recently told Computing Canada it is investing a ""good portion"" of its US$6 billion research and development budget to ensure its customers' computing environments are resilient in the presence of

Published on: April 22nd, 2004 Patricia MacInnis

To Catch A Thief

I once worked for a company that didn't give a second thought to distributing illegal software throughout the organization. Management justified it as a cost-cutting measure, and besides, they reasoned, who was it

Published on: December 12th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Manulife installs Lotus for enhanced e-mail

Price and simplicity were the selling points for Manulife Financial when the insurance and financial giant decided to roll out Lotus Workplace Messaging as its e-mail platform for 3,500 sales agents in Japan.

Published on: November 20th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

No lock on security

If there's one topic IT types don't easily tire of it's security. A rash of virus and worm activity this past summer underscored, yet again, how critical security is to the smooth running

Published on: November 19th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

What’s in a name?

There are more than 500,000 technology workers in this country, yet only a fraction of them possess a professional IT designation. In industries with more established histories, professional designations have evolved as a

Published on: October 27th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Say goodbye to software audits: Sun

SAN FRANCISCO — Companies tired of battling viruses and the costs of maintaining their Windows environments got an alternative this week when Sun Microsystems took the wraps off new suites of desktop and

Published on: October 9th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Sun: MadHatter, Orion mean no more software audits

SAN FRANCISCO – Companies tired of battling viruses and the costs of maintaining their Windows environments got an alternative this week when Sun Microsystems took the wraps off new suites of desktop and

Published on: September 17th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Hitting the e-books

Most IT professionals can't afford to take time out of the office to upgrade their skills, despite the fact that keeping their skills up to date is a priority. Instead, techies are turning

Published on: September 7th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Passing grade for truckers

Training employees in standards and safety practices at Arrow Transportation used to be a costly item on the trucking company's balance sheet. The Burnaby, B.C.-based firm, which transports a variety of products —

Published on: August 26th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Intern Lottery

Students hoping to land careers in information technology got another door slammed on their aspirations recently. The federal government-sponsored internship initiative, Youth Science and Technology Program, which provided on-the-job experience for more than

Published on: July 23rd, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Sun raises stake in mobile enterprise

SAN FRANCISCO — Sun Microsystems outlined initiatives its executives say will simplify life for developers creating wireless Java applications. During its eighth annual JavaOne conference here this week, company officials also announced programs

Published on: June 24th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

The Gender Gap

If the pundits are right, the IT sector will be facing round two of a skills shortage in the next few years. And if that's the case, it makes good sense for all

Published on: June 18th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Sun gets moving on mobile Java strategy

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sun Microsystems said it hopes to unite the wireless Java community and accelerate the development of mobile data services at its eight annual JavaOne conference this week. Sun has created

Published on: June 11th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis

Online crime hits home

CHARLOTTETOWN — IT security weighted heavily on the minds of the more than 200 IT professionals from across the country who gathered here for Informatics 2003, the Canadian Information Processing Society's annual professional

Published on: May 26th, 2003 Patricia MacInnis