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Former President Corners Microsoft Korea

Who will be the last man to promote open-source programs here _ the No. 1 enemy of Windows operating system of Microsoft Korea? The answer may be the president or ex-presidents of the firm. But such an implausible thing is now happening in this country as a former president of Microsoft Korea is leading the government initiative to boost open-source programs in place of Windows. Ko Hyun-jin, president of the government-sponsored Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA), is the man who is making the hard-to-believe story.

The Venezuelan Model of Development: The Path of Solidarity

  • The Jamaica Observer; By Felipe Perez Marti (Posted by tadelste on Sep 25, 2005 6:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If one were to define the model of development using a standard terminology, one would say that what we have is "development from below," or "trickle up" economics, as opposed to "trickle down" economics.

eBay's Bet: The Skype's the Limit

When I talked to Meg Whitman last week, we used plain old telephones. But since both of us belong to the 54 million-member Skype community—a global society one joins simply by signing up to use that company's voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service—we could have had the conversation free via laptops and our Net connections. Or she could have Skyped me (yes, it's a verb) from her computer to my land line, paying a couple of cents a minute. It would have been appropriate because eBay CEO Whitman has just spent $2.6 billion of her company's cash and stock to buy Skype, a move that seems destined to become a marker of cataclysmic change.

Facilitating e-governance (Cover Story)

  • Express Computer; By venkatesh (Posted by tadelste on Sep 25, 2005 3:56 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
With several deployments in state government departments, Oracle has made substantial inroads in the Indian e-governance space, says Venkatesh Ganesh.

Polish student wins Google Code Jam contest and $10,000 prize

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Sept. 23, 2005 - LAWFUEL - The Law News Network - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Marek Cygan, a student at Warsaw University, as the grand prize winner of the 2005 Google Code Jam, Google's annual computer programming competition. Cygan competed against 14,500 registrants from around the world, more than double the number of competitors from years past, to bring home the $10,000 grand prize.

Initial Lightning Roadmap Published

An initial roadmap for the Lightning calendar project has been created by Dan Mosedale. The document, which is currently rather sparse, sets out the basic plan for the Mozilla Thunderbird calendaring and scheduling add-on, specifying the aims for Lightning 0.1 (targetted for November this year), Lightning 0.2 and the future.

It's a Wiki World

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 15 years ago, he always intended that it should be easy for people to write to it, not just read from it. But if websites are opened up to anyone, they often get vandalised by people with axes to grind. Now, a researcher from Manchester has brought together two of computing's current buzzwords - the Grid, and Wikis - to overcome this problem. A Wiki is a web site where users can easily add and edit its content. Although some Wikis ask contributors to pick a username and password, people running the sites have no idea who their users really are, and the better known Wikis have to be constantly on the look out for offensive or just irrelevant additions. The new open source software, GridSiteWiki, combines the functions of a Wiki with user authentication based on security tools developed for Grid computing. Dr Andrew McNab of Manchester University, who developed the new software, will be speaking on Grid security at the UK e-Science All Hands Conference in Nottingham on Thursday.

Freescale To Set The Pace For Automakers

  • CXO Today; By Sohini Bagchi (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
On the auto-market trend, Guruswamy pointed out that today, traditional body, chassis and safety applications, from climate control to power steering, have in some cases exceeded the performance scope of existing microcontrollers solutions. A drift, which would shoot up in the days to come, is the usage of embedded Linux in car infotainment systems.

Making good on Unix

  • Austin American Statesman; By Dan Zehr (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 8:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
After boldly investing billions, IBM has its rivals on the defensive. With a subpar product in a dying market, IBM Corp. simply did what any rational company would do — double its billion-dollar investment.

Marcel Gagne from Addison-Wesley and Paul Shomo from Diskeeper are guests on Let's Talk Computers ®

NASHVILLE, TN - September 23, 2005 - Guests from Addison-Wesley and Diskeeper will appear on radio talk show "Let's Talk Computers". Addison-Wesley, a unit of Pearson Technology Group, an operating unit of Pearson Education, which is a part of Pearson plc, the international media company. In recognition of Diskeeper's 19-year leadership position as the number one automatic defragmenter in both the Windows® and OpenVMS® markets, Executive Software has now focused that leadership by becoming Diskeeper Corporation. Let's Talk Computers ranks as one of the longest-running computer radio talk shows, and airs on multiple radio stations weekly - and 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the Internet.

Middle East region's leading technology users gather in Dubai for fourth CIO Conference

IBM has kicked off this morning the fourth Middle East CIO Conference hosting over 50 of the leading players in corporate technology deployments in Dubai as part of the company's strategic initiative to work more closely with customers across the region.

Microsoft Dealt Big Blow

  • Smart Office - Australia; By David Richards (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 7:54 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Microsoft has been dealt a massive blow in the USA with the US state of Massachusetts requiring that by 2007 all documents produced by the state's executive branch must be stored in a new universal format that is not compatible with Microsoft Office.

Battling Google, Microsoft Battling Google, Microsoft Changes How It Builds Software

  • The Wall Street Journal - Online; By ROBERT A. GUTH (Posted by Abe on Sep 24, 2005 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
"It's not going to work," Mr. Allchin says he told the Microsoft chairman. The new version, code-named Longhorn, was so complex its writers would never be able to make it run properly. [Jim Allchin] The news got even worse: Longhorn was irredeemable because Microsoft engineers were building it just as they had always built software. Throughout its history, Microsoft had let thousands of programmers each produce their own piece of computer code, then stitched it together into one sprawling program. Now, Mr. Allchin argued, the jig was up. Microsoft needed to start over.

Linux is at the top of the world's Top 500 List of World's Fastest Supercomputers, but does it have what it takes to stay there?

  • NewsForge; By Jay Lyman (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 2:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How will Linux be leveraged in next-gen supercomputers?

Security Update of Debian Saturated Hosting Provider Network

The recently released security update of XFree86 in DSA 816 for sarge and woody had caused the host of to saturate its 100MBit/s network connection entirely this past week. Due to the large number of X packages, the gross size of these packages and the high number of users who need to install the update, the server was busy sending out updates which exhaust its total outgoing bandwidth.

Aaron Seigo on the upcoming OSDW in San Diego

Earlier in the week, I conducted a lengthy phone interview with Aaron Seigo about the Open Source Desktop Workshop being held in San Diego on October 13th and 14th. Fast approaching, we discuss the workshop's inception, target audience and expectations. Read on to learn more about the first in a series of workshops planned for North America.

Graphics Company Xara, Sponsors Open Source Project

Xara is pleased to announce it is sponsoring an Open Source project for a 'universal vector graphics translator' to help facilitate the conversion between various vector graphic file formats. The Uber-converter is a universal vector graphics translator that can convert between numerous different vector formats. It is an Open Source software project produced by Scratch Computing. Converting between graphics file formats is a nightmare for both users and developers. Each new format results in a factorial increase in the number of converters needed to directly convert from one format to all the others.

Independent prep school switches to Linux to save costs

The independent Mall School in Richmond has replaced its aging Windows 2000 PCs with a Linux thin-client network rather than going for an upgraded Microsoft-based solution.

Novell Launches Enhanced PartnerNet Program

Novell introduced its new PartnerNet program in India. The company said that the program will enable unified, effective synergies between the company's global solutions, technology and training partner relationships. Novell will integrate the existing Indian partners into the new partner program. Novell will have three tracks in its PartnerNet program: solutions providers, technology partners and training partners.

Linux Foe to Embrace Open Source

  • Linux News; By James Hein (Posted by tadelste on Sep 24, 2005 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
One excellent open-source program that often gets overlooked in the focus on products like Linux is The Gimp. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is freely distributed software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

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