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Re: Fredericton to furnish residents with free Wi-Fi (Nov. 18)

Great news that Fredericton will be offering this service to its citizens. They deserve congratulations, but it’s not

the first city in Canada to do so. The Wireless City Showcase Hotspot has been operating in Calgary since June 23, 2003.

Richard Belzil
Wireless City

Re: Telus launches managed VoIP service (Nov. 17)

Just great.

Telus can’t deliver its core business in B.C. and Alberta where it started. They can’t deliver land line, cellular (Telus Mobility) or ADSL reliably.

But hey let’s impress a few people in the press. Why don’t you do an in depth article about how badly they fulfill their promises? You want ’em, you keep ’em. Sign up for their services, but don’t say you weren’t warned.

Michael Mills

Re: The buck stops over there (Nov. 13)

Your description of “”claptrap”” reminds me of a 73-page “”Procedure Manual”” which a colleague in our branch distributed. All that was really required were the last two pages. The rest was a read-only-once-and-fall-asleep explanation.

Len Beecroft

Re: The war on error (Nov. 13)

It’s a real shame that a corporation like MDS has to be forced by legislation to protect the privacy of personal health records of their customers. You’d think they’d want to do that because it’s the right thing to do. I wonder if they are notifying their American customers to that effect.

Karen Lopez
InfoAdvisors, Inc.

Re: Patch management costs spiral to US$19 million: ISS (Nov. 13)

There is a company in the U.S. called New Boundary Technologies that has pioneered the “”Patch Management”” software. Theirs is called Prism Patch Manager. Similar to their flagship product Prism Deploy, PPM doesn’t require scripting or command line instructions. Three keystrokes and you can push out any patch to thousands of PC’s. You might want to check it out.

Jeremy Wallis

Re: Linux group starts petition over RBC’s SCO investment (Nov. 9)

I’m getting rather frustrated with the presentation of the following without the other side of the issue, that IBM, Novell, and many others feel that SCO is lying/incorrect about owning the source code. Just parroting what’s said below makes it sound like Linux is built on stolen IP, and this is not the case (and certainly not proven in court).

The misleading quote from SCO is: “”When you own the core Unix source code and the core Unix operating system and you’re licensing it out to third parties, you have to expect that they will abide by the terms of their contract,”” SCO Group spokesman Blake Stowell said. “”I suppose the only thing we could do to stop the flow of Unix into Linux is to simply stop licensing Unix, but that’s simply not something that the company’s going to do.””

Those who don’t know all of the facts might read articles like this and think that the Linux community is just pissed off because they got caught. This is the entire purpose behind quotes such as these from SCO, as they wage an immense disinformation campaign to pump up their stock prices. I suggest you look at the fact that their executives have been selling stock ever since this “”war”” started. If they were sure they had a strong case, wouldn’t they be holding on to their stock so they could profit after winning against IBM and the rest of the world?

Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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