Articles By Zachary Houle

RCMP urges hacker victims to press charges

OTTAWA -- Executives at ProPharm Ltd., a pharmaceutical computer systems maker, got a surprise last year when their security consultant was found in the company’s boardroom well before a scheduled meeting.The IBM consultant,

Published on: September 25th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Cyber-Sabotage delegates grapple with risky IT projects

OTTAWA -- There’s a modern-day retelling of the tortoise and the hare going on between business and government in the race to address security and privacy concerns. At least, that’s what one industry

Published on: September 18th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Hackers head back into hiding, Cyber Crime event told

OTTAWA — Security threats are getting harder to identify now that hackers are fleeing to the digital underground, presenters told the audience at Cyber-Sabotage 2002 conference Tuesday.Kirby Kuehl, an information security architect with

Published on: September 17th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Linux group hatches plans for the public sector

OTTAWA — After giving Linux the cold shoulder for years, there are signs from the federal government that it might be slowly flocking to the free operating system and open source software. In

Published on: September 6th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Rat race refugees set up IT firms in rural Canada

Dennis Ambrose lives a lifestyle some IT professionals would kill for. His commute to work lasts five minutes in sparse traffic, and he has more job security than some of his colleagues because

Published on: August 30th, 2002 Zachary Houle

One to Watch: Seaway Networks Inc.

One to watch is a series that profiles young technology companies. It is not an endorsement, but an exploration of the firm's potential.Stephen Goodman envisions a day in the not-too-distant future when an

Published on: August 16th, 2002 Zachary Houle

When is a tax break not a tax break?

OTTAWA—A Conference Board of Canada survey says that executives at foreign and domestic firms, both big and small, are starting to grow somewhat wary of the country’s R&D tax credit program.Though considered by

Published on: July 30th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Can DaVE help Procreate?

OTTAWA -- At 30 tons and 65 feet long, DaVE might seem a bit heavy set for superstar status, but he’s already causing a big splash among the glitterati. He’ll be appearing at

Published on: July 26th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Feds define Web look and feel standard

Though Canada’s government is considered to be No. 1 in providing online service, visiting federal Web sites can sometimes feel like wading through a river of paper. It's often hard to find what

Published on: July 18th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Wireless freenets challenge corporate dominance

Ian Howard dreams of a day when everyone will have access to free high-speed Internet through wireless technology -- at next to no cost.The UNIX systems administrator at the University of Waterloo is

Published on: March 15th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Separate biometric fact from fiction, expert says

OTTAWA -- When John Siedlarz was in the U.S. Air Force 30 years ago, things like fingerprint scanners and iris readers were so shoddy that the machines needed repair after 45 minutes of

Published on: February 27th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Tim Bray charts new course with the W3C

Vancouver’s Tim Bray first showed the world what the Web looks like on a 3D map in 1995 and is arguably the Internet’s primary cartographer. Now, the map-making skills he's acquired over the

Published on: February 8th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Microsoft supercookies tough to swallow

Though Microsoft seems to have changed its tune about the importance of its users' privacy in the past month, a company spokesman says the song could still remain the same for a few

Published on: February 7th, 2002 Zachary Houle

FBI warns Canadian CIOs of corporate spies

Speakers at an IT security briefing in Ottawa Tuesday said companies should not only ensure their networks are safe from external attacks, but they should now be concerned with the growing risk of

Published on: January 15th, 2002 Zachary Houle

Worth Keeping: Oracle 8i

Worth Keeping is an occasional glance at technology that has been upgraded, replaced or phased out but still has a valuable place within the user community.Eight is enough, or so goes the cry

Published on: January 11th, 2002 Zachary Houle