It’s a long, long road to Open Source nirvana

Don MacAskill calls himself a "huge fan" of open-source software in general, and the MySQL database in particular. MySQL is one of the core technologies used at SmugMug Inc., an online photo-sharing service,

Published on: March 25th, 2008 Todd R. Weiss

Old-school apps get a Web 2.0 makeover

While the launch of Google Apps last month offered corporate users an online alternative to Microsoft Office, old standbys in the personal productivity space are trying to make sure they don't get left

Published on: April 4th, 2007 Shane Schick shows off the IT behind Canada’s answer to Netflix

Today, through its commitment to hardcore proprietary software development (and a few word-of-mouth-friendly Web 2.0 strategies), it's succeeding in keeping its virtual shelves stocked.Today, through its commitment to hardcore proprietary software development (and

Published on: March 26th, 2007 Briony Smith

Second Life online craze leads businesses into virtual worlds

Chris Lassonde, president of Millions of Us, a company that helps businesses bring their brands into virtual worlds, said that Second Life really took off in mid-2006, spurred by a Business Week article

Published on: March 20th, 2007 Briony Smith

Programming made agile

Choosing how to develop an application is almost as much of a personal preference as the type of music you listen to. One programmer might prefer simpler, cleaner methods of writing code such

Published on: March 6th, 2007 Sarah Lysecki

Microsoft unveils

Microsoft Corp. says that its upcoming 2007 Office System represents the most significant productivity enhancements in over a decade. The second beta of the suite, consisting of both client and server components, was

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Lynn Greiner

In brief-Sun, Microsoft perform a tango

At the end of last year, Microsoft and Sun embarked on an internal project code-named Tango, which is part of ongoing Web services interoperability efforts between the two companies. Sun's Java Web services

Published on: June 20th, 2006 Sarah Lysecki

Vendors offering soup to nuts? That’s just nuts

You know what? Oracle doesn't need an OS. When Larry Ellison mused about coming up with his own Linux distribution recently, he was dreaming about his company's stack. It's an ego-stroking fantasy not

Published on: June 2nd, 2006 Shane Schick

Alert – you’re boring your listener

Researchers at MIT have developed a mind-reading machine. OK, so it doesn't reveal its targets' innermost thoughts, but it does gauge their emotional state. It's called an Emotional Social Intelligence Prosthetic (ESP), and

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Lynn Greiner

Team Foundation Server evaluation version available for trial

TORONTO - A month after Microsoft Corp. made parts of its workflow collaboration engine for Visual Studio 2005 available to developers, Microsoft Canada announced the availability of an evaluation version of Team Foundation

Published on: May 31st, 2006 Sarah Lysecki

Microsoft puts the brakes on the Vista operating system

Microsoft Corp. said its highly anticipated Windows Vista operating system will miss the holiday shopping window this year while the company irons out any remaining quality issues. Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platforms

Published on: April 13th, 2006 Neil Sutton

A thin client by another name

Somewhere along the line personal computers stopped being primarily business tools and became consumer devices, and now consumer applications often show the way for business use. Take streaming - one immediately thinks of

Published on: March 22nd, 2006 Grant Buckler

Beta test numbers skyrocket

Before the days of the Web, a company would send out pre- release versions of software to a select set of technically adept testers who would run it through its paces, feeding back

Published on: March 2nd, 2006 Danny Bradbury

Office users should be able to do simple functions such as map a shared drive

Every craft or tradesperson knows that to do a good job, you have to know and respect your tools.A dull, rusty saw can injure its user and make the job harder. Not knowing

Published on: December 7th, 2005 Lynn Greiner