Articles By Scott Foster

Corel CEO promises interoperability with Microsoft

In a bid to prove that Corel Corp.’s software can interact with that of its largest competitor, the firm’s chief executive went before federal government clients Tuesday.Along with other employees of the Ottawa-based

Published on: May 4th, 2004 Scott Foster

Cell phones aren’t for sensitive information, CSE warns

OTTAWA -- As more wireless devices edge their way into the daily grind of the business world, users need to be hyperaware of the security threats they pose, an IT conference heard Tuesday.

Published on: April 27th, 2004 Scott Foster

Semiconductor in a can: the future is fluid

The printing of plastic transistors will turn the current semiconductor paradigm on its head, making it possible to manufacture integrated circuits for millions, instead of billions, of dollars, industry experts predict.Carbon-based semiconductors that

Published on: April 23rd, 2004 Scott Foster

Telestroke service to link specialists to rural centres

Driven by an Ontario-wide shortage of neurologists and the need for speedy diagnoses of stroke patients, a telemedicine program is sweeping across the province. Soon, Telestroke will link Ottawa experts with patients who

Published on: April 22nd, 2004 Scott Foster

Electricity monitor breaks down power usage

Business owners in the Ottawa Valley are testing a power-saving technology that promises relief from escalating hydro rates. The electricity monitor, which is developed by Almonte, Ont.-based Triacta Power Technologies, surveys each circuit

Published on: April 15th, 2004 Scott Foster

FundServ amps up automation for investment industry

In a bid to keep pace with the escalating level of automation in the investment fund industry, Toronto-based FundServ has turned to Sajus Technologies Inc.FundServ was looking for a business process management solution

Published on: April 13th, 2004 Scott Foster

Terra Payments moves off browser, onto Flex

Terra Payments Inc. have outgrown the capabilities of a garden variety browser.Some of the Montreal-based company’s real-time operations require a ""richer experience"" than Web browsers are capable of delivering, explains David Jokinen, the

Published on: April 12th, 2004 Scott Foster

GPS system is lifeline to firefighters

For remote firefighters that find themselves in the centre of towering infernos, a certain global-positioning device could be a lifesaver. The same device could also improve the overall management of wildfires, keeping vulnerable

Published on: April 5th, 2004 Scott Foster

IT workers create forum to brainstorm job creation strategy

Louis Barsony anxiously waited by the door as several hundred unemployed high-tech workers filed into one of Ottawa's west-side auditoriums a few weeks ago. ""I've been planning this event for so long,"" said

Published on: April 2nd, 2004 Scott Foster

‘Idealized’ Linux reshaped by corporate pragmatism

While it’s a valiant cause, the ""idealized social movement"" that promotes the purity of open source software is losing out to a more ""pragmatic, balanced approach,"" according to a Canadian legal expert.Marcus Bornfreund,

Published on: March 29th, 2004 Scott Foster

Nanotechnology expert predicts death of chip foundries

A more cost-effective method of manufacturing microchips will gradually replace multi-billion-dollar foundries with table-top boxes, marking the end of the silicon era and the potential death of many factory-floor jobs, a nanotechnology expert

Published on: March 24th, 2004 Scott Foster

Pharmacists prescribe industry portal to reduce errors

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is constructing a massive Web portal of drug information that will eventually support e-prescription and electronic health records systems.Managers of the e-Therapeutics project say the central portal, which will

Published on: March 22nd, 2004 Scott Foster

Ontario phone company installs multi-loop DSL product

Wightman Telecommunications, an independent telecom company in southern Ontario, has adopted digital subscriber line (DSL) technology that it says provides at least eight times the capacity of typical DSL without resorting to expensive

Published on: March 17th, 2004 Scott Foster

Legal experts mull copyright ruling’s IT implications

A recent copyright ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada could have lasting implications on software development and related research, according to one industry expert. ""It now seems safer for software developers to

Published on: March 15th, 2004 Scott Foster

Telecom Ottawa adopts high-speed metro architecture

A high-speed metro (HSM) architecture could save telecom service providers ""oodles"" of money, according to Telecom Ottawa. In fact, the HSM technology developed by Ottawa-based Meriton Networks could allow a service provider to

Published on: March 8th, 2004 Scott Foster