Archive of November 2003

Cnn: ‘Master’ and ‘slave’ computer labels unacceptable, officials say

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms “master” and “slave” on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive. The request — which has some suppliers furious and others busy re-labeling components — came after an unidentified worker spotted a videotape machine […]

USA Today: Big companies get on board with Net calls

Big companies are putting their might behind Internet phone service, which could drive prices down and quality up in the emerging industry. (full story) My spin: Voice over the Internet telephone calling saves companies money and makes it much easier to manage the infrastructure. Since one can use the same network infrastructure, adding one telephone […]

MSNBC: Bridging the digital divide, cheaply

On Nov. 21, the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced yet another blowout quarter for online shopping. E-commerce sales hit $13.3 billion, rising 6.6% over the prior quarter. That outpaced the overall retail sales growth of 1.6%. Even more impressive, the online tally increased 27% year-over-year from the third quarter of 2002. While online shopping still represents […]

News Factor: New IE Flaws Labeled ‘Extremely Critical’

A handful of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities could give hackers a new means to compromise PCs using the Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) browser, Danish security firm Secunia has revealed. The five site scripting errors are “extremely critical,” the firm’s bulletin says. So far, they have been found in IE version 6, but other versions of the browser […]

eOptimize(R) Unveils Smart Scheduling for Small Business

About:Time(TM) for Small Business Server Equips Channel Partners Targeting Small Business eOptimize Advanced Systems Inc. (TSX-VEN:EOP –, the leading provider of next- generation scheduling and resource management solutions, today announced its wholly owned subsidiary, eOptimize Inc., has released About:Time for Small Business Server, a smart scheduling product designed for OEMs, VARs, resellers, and solution […]

SearchWin2002: Make patching less of a grind

Software patching is a way of life today, and there is nothing in the near term to suggest that will change. But there is much that administrators can do to make the job less difficult and grueling, according to one security expert. (full story) My spin: Software patching is a PAIN. A necessary evil if […]