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June 11, 2012  12:06 PM

Mobile OS standardisation

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Fact or fiction?

The long hot summer of 1977, the Queen's Silver Jubilee, Mungo Jerry sang about being in the summertime and the two Steve's revamped their first Apple computer.

Apple brought out its amazing home computer in June 1977. But if we look back on the history of computing over the last 35...

February 15, 2012  10:57 AM

Saas flexibility comes at a price, but the numbers don’t add up

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CIO, Fact or fiction?, Licensing, Software Choices

It's been a few weeks since my last post. I've been busy attending conferences - Cloud Expo at Olympia and the Intellect Regent Annual Summit. Cloud computing is all the rage with the suppliers, but a survey from TechTarget,...


January 11, 2011  10:17 AM

Can cross-functional teams bridge the divide between IT and the business

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Evolutionary IT, Fact or fiction?

Brian Joyner got in touch last month regarding a blog post on how IT can take the driving seat for cultural change. However, when I recently interviewed Bill Jensen,co-author of Hacking...


October 19, 2010  4:32 PM

Office 365: now officially a Microsofty tax

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Microsoft says Office 365 for enterprises allows people to buy Microsoft Office Professional Plus desktop software on a pay-as-you-go basis, or $24 or 22.75 euros per user, per month - so if you buy the software for two years, you'll end up paying $576 per user over the term of the...


September 29, 2008  7:46 PM

PayPal money-laundering nonsense

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Fact or fiction?, rants, Security, an afterthought

I've had several PayPal moments over the last few days. Here's the first. Having sold a few items on eBay, PayPal informed me by email:


PayPal is required by law to comply with European Union Anti-Money Laundering regulations to collect information from customers...


February 11, 2008  7:10 PM

True Colours #2: Domino customer service takes a tumble

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Fact or fiction?

So a number of people have come out in defence of IBM. My question on Lotus Domino support came from a legitimate reader enquiry received by ComputerWeekly.com. I passed that question on through the appropriate channels hoping to clarify the situation....


September 19, 2007  9:52 PM

Is big business ready to take on Vista?

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In spite of the hype, we've seen little evidence of Windows Vista in the Computer Weekly office. IT directors I have spoken to in the last nine months have no intention to deploy the new Microsoft desktop operating system. I suspect things will change in 2008, when Microsoft releases the first...


June 25, 2007  4:02 PM

Virtualisation is cheap – you’re kidding

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Fact or fiction?

I raised the question about virtualisation in production a few daya ago because I've been researching an article for Computer Weekly about licensing following a podcast interview I conducted with Gartner's Alexa...

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June 21, 2007  6:15 PM

Bank cashes in on ID theft

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I received some junk mail last week from my bank. It was a letter warning me of the problems with identity theft and offering an insurance scheme for just £6.99 per month to protect me against identity fraud. Needless to say, the letter was junked. First, the banks appear to have...


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