Sun also rises, redux
It was the middle of a brutal recession, the IT industry was in upheaval and everyone was talking about Sun Microsystems. The only difference is that it was 2001, not 2009.As merger talks between IBM and Sun reportedly collapsed over the weekend, I got thinking about a piece I wrote the better part....
Free help desk software
MacsDesign Studio LLC of Fremont, Calif. has released Web Help Desk, a portal that lets users submit service requests through a Web interface.It is written in Java and works on Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X Server and Linux.Web Help Desk lets support staff add notes to their service tickets and can be....
Smartphone remote network controller
StarTech.com has launched the Conyx Enhanced Serial Console Server , which allows users to remotely monitor, troubleshoot and control remote networks and attached equipment using virtually any mobile computing device with a Java-enabled browser. The 16 port Enhanced Console Server provides consolid....
JMS Adapter for Bridgetalk server
Interoperability software maker JNBridge is shipping an update to its Java Messaging Service Adapter for Microsoft Corp.’s BizTalk Server.It can be configured as an end point bound to send and receive ports, which lets them connect to specific JMS queues and topics.The Boulder, Calif.-based vendor ....
Federal Government Secure Channel boondoggle finally being made visible
An article by Kathryn May of The Ottawa Citizen exposes the "Secure Channel" boondoggle. This is the same project that was mentioned in the 2003 Auditor Generals' report (Chapter 1—Information Technology: Government On-Line, The Secure Channel project ), but this chapter was overshadowed by the ....
Google strips for new browser
Is it just me, or is documentation for end-users, shall we say, inconsistent in quality? (There's a shorter way to put it, but this is a family blog.) It seems to range from a four-page flyer with pictographs -- it's fortunate that most of my home is from Ikea, otherwise I probably wouldn't have a ....
End users developing for end users
Like many vendors of applications for the end user, SAP AG is striving to tailor its products to meet shifting demands. That is, the worker who wants more data and access control, less IT administrator involvement, and the ability to work on a platform or interface that grants consumer-like or Web ....
US appeals court confirms that conditions of a liberal FLOSS license are enforceable
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (considered THE US court for patent, copyright, trademark and related law) ruled on August 13'th (08-1001.pdf , Jacobsen v. Katzer) that the FSF and OSI approved "Artistic License" was enforceable. This license is best known for its use by....
Angry IP Scanner
This one gets the thumbs-up on the basis of the name. It scans IP addresses and ports, returns NetBIOS information and detects Web servers. Anyone proficient in Java can write plug-ins to extend the functionality. It's open source and free from creator Anton Keks. Download it here..
A simple way to improve IT usability: the flanker test
Every time I get my eyes checked I’m just waiting for bad news. It doesn’t help that every time I visit the optometrist, they seem to have installed a new piece of equipment to test another aspect of my visual abilities. Some of them are really hard to cheat. The most recent one (which added an ext....
That's JAVA, in really big, capital letters
There's subliminal advertising, and then there's what Sun has decided to do: replace the traditional SUNW with which it is traded on stock exchanges like NASDAQ with the more simple, direct JAVA. As crass as it might sound, it's better than trying to come up with another pop-up ad, and it says a lo....
Systems/Software Application Tester
The Systems/Software Application Tester’s role is to plan, design, architect, and deploy effective test suites and regimes for in-house product development, software application development, information system launches, and operations systems enhancements. This individual will apply prove....