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January 19, 2012  10:46 AM

Trustworthy Computing has made MS a better company

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On January 15 2002, Bill Gates announced to the world that Microsoft would completely change how it developed software, putting quality as the main priority. Given its Windows and Office software runs on the majority of the world's desktop and laptop computers, any quality issues affected millions...

September 20, 2011  5:47 PM

IBM third-party maintenance breathes new life into mainframes

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The European Competitions (anti-trust) Commission has ruled that IBM must publish information on mainframe spares for third party maintainers.

It's fair to say the mainframe is not going away. Some systems, such as the core banking and insurance applications, are...


August 30, 2011  2:52 PM

VMWare puts Windows in a browser

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At this year's VMWorld, VMWare is killing off desktop computing. Well, it is at least trying to convince the world, that thin client virtual desktop infrastructure is the way forward.

There have been plenty of attempts at getting users to dump desktop PCs in favour of thin client. As a...


July 20, 2011  7:09 PM

Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Software testing firm in Glasgow offers work opportunities

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A few years ago I attended a presentation given by Thorkil Sonne, the founder of Specialisterne, who formed the Danish software company in order to make use of the...


June 30, 2011  3:37 PM

Cloud will remain a tiny proportion of overall IT market

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New research from Gartner shows that businesses are beginning to spend on IT again after a freeze on spending due to the economic downturn.

I spoke to Richard...


April 28, 2011  2:35 PM

Micro Focus take-over bid

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Micro Focus has carved a niche in helping organisations modernise mainframe applications. According to its website, it has 18,000 customers inlcuding many bluechips including HSBC and Tesco.

The company made a killing during the Y2K period, with software to migrate mainframe software...


March 28, 2011  12:16 PM

Packet switch pioneer, Paul Baran, dies aged 84

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US scientist Paul Baran, whose work in the 1960s helped pave the way for the internet, has died aged 84, the BBC is reporting today.

Baran, is regarded as the father of packet switching. During his time working for Rand...


March 25, 2011  3:38 PM

Nortel sells 667k IPv4 addresses to MS for a cool $7.5m

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Nortel, which filed for bankruptcy protectection in 2009, has sold its IPv4 address allotment for a cool $7.5 million to Microsoft, which equates to a price of $11.25 per IP address. reports the Internet...

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March 20, 2011  5:59 PM

Programming skills most in demand in Media

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This interactive table below shows what skills are most in demand in the Media industry, based on vacancies advertised during Q4 2010. Click on a skill in the table to see how demand has changed since 2007.

 


March 2, 2011  10:49 AM

Top skills in Financial services

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The interactive graph below shows what programming skills are in top demand in financial services firms. If you want to to get by in financial services IT, then SQL database skills are the most sort after skill. Clicking on a skill brings up a graph showing how demand has changed since...


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