Cruising for deals across the pond

Last year ARsystems International was looking to cut software development costs. The Toronto-based firm, which sells services and software to trade-show producers, has an in-house IT staff of 11 developers, says Michael Morton,

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Grant Buckler

Don’t believe the hype — even if it comes straight from my keyboard

I have a confession to make. I’ve been over-hyping a number of Web-based technologies that I think have amazing potential — specifically blogs and podcasting. I was about to add RSS feeds to

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Charles Whaley

A tale of two mergers — and the lessons they offer

Two mergers in the news recently —from opposite ends of the spectrum of the IT industry — nicely demonstrate where it’s worth focusing one’s attention in order to understand our business.Oracle gobbling up

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Tim Warner

Google steps into Sun’s galaxy

But the tide may finally be turning in Sun’s favour. It has been demonstrating a lot of innovation prowess of late, so, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that it has aligned

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Patricia MacInnis

Palm shakes hands with Microsoft

Former rivals Palm Inc. and Microsoft Corp. unveiled a partnership that will see the software giant’s operating system run on the Treo handheld device.The companies made the announcement via Webcast from San Francisco

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

NCR tests fingerprint technology for ATMs

Next time you walk up to an automatic teller machine, instead of having to remember a PIN, imagine if all it takes to access your account is the touch of a finger.While this

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

Teradata to support Linux OS, Siebel applications

At its annual user conference, Teradata announced support for the Linux operating system and the release of Teradata Warehouse 8.1.The data warehouse vendor, which is a division of Dayton, Ohio-based NCR Corp., also

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Poonam Khanna

Symantec releases MS backup product

Symantec, which recently acquired storage vendor Veritas, announced Backup Exec 10d for Window Servers, which includes Backup Exec Continuous Protection Server, a disk-based continuous backup solution. The offering is designed to eliminate backup

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Poonam Khanna

Google toolbar available for JRE

Sun and Google executives said they would also jointly promote the Java runtime environment (JRE), which is used to run Java-based programs on the desktop, as well as open source technologies such as

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Shane Schick

Lifetime product support for Oracle customers

Oracle Corp. attempted to reassure thousands of customers that its aggressive acquisition strategy would not disrupt their businesses by promising lifetime support on its entire product line.Speaking to an estimated 35,000 attendees at

Published on: October 20th, 2005 Shane Schick

The Human Machine

The future of both computers and communications is clear in rough terms, even if the details are obscure. First, no matter what technology is used (quantum or genetic computers, or something even better),

Published on: September 27th, 2005 Richard Worzel

North of the 49th Parallel

When it comes to IT innovation, Canada has always been at the forefront since Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone.This country has excelled in the areas of telecommunications and communications in general,

Published on: September 27th, 2005 Kathleen Sibley

Back in the ’70s, computers had personalities

There’s something about an anniversary that brings back memories. Computing Canada’s 30th birthday got me thinking about the computers I knew when the publication first appeared, and how much things have changed.It was

Published on: September 27th, 2005 Lynn Greiner

Y2K: The Disaster that Wasn’t

To say Mark Brown was worried would be understating the situation. It was June 1998 and the biomedical engineering staff member of the Sudbury, Ont., regional hospital had just come out of a

Published on: September 27th, 2005 Howard Solomon