Stories by Todd R.Weiss

Philadelphia CIO’s job move spurs ethics review

Just days after Philadelphia’s CIO resigned to take a job with a company that has done business with the city, Philadelphia’s Mayor John Street asked the city’s board of ethics to look at the job switch to be sure it was appropriate.

New Opera version released

Opera software has unveiled the Opera 9 web browser, which offers new features such as thumbnail preview panes, a built-in content blocker, integrated BitTorrent peer-to-peer file distribution and transfer capabilities, and "widgets" — small web applications such as multimedia add-ons, newsfeeds, games and more that can be used to customise a user's desktop.

Overall global software piracy rate still 35%, but declining

While the overall software piracy rate worldwide remained at a high 35% last year — the same as in 2004 — the piracy rate in 51 of the 97 countries surveyed declined, according to a new joint-study from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and market research company IDC.

AOL lays off 1,300 workers in the US

Faced with greater competition and a maturing online audience, internet and interactive services provider AOL says it will lay off 1,300 workers at AOL customer service call centres in Arizona, Utah and Florida.

Amazon to offer data storage

With its business already firmly entrenched in the e-commerce marketplace, online retailer Amazon is now looking to leverage its massive and capacity-rich IT infrastructure by renting out storage capacity to independent and corporate software developers.

Data theft incident costs IT workers their jobs

One employee has been fired and three others have resigned in connection with the theft in late December of backup computer tapes and disks containing personal information and the medical records of about 365,000 hospice and home health care patients from a parked car in Portland, Oregon.

‘Big Bang’ global grid moves a step closer

A huge 100,000-PC grid-computing network being built to help research the origin of the universe passed the third of four major tests recently when it reached a data-transfer milestone, with up to 1GB/s of physics data sent over the global grid.

Power utility uses broadband over own lines to boost customer service

A Houston-based electric and gas utility company is using new technology from IBM to make its power grid more efficient by enabling it to automatically report power outages, component failures and other information over a real-time, IP-based broadband-over-powerline system.

Y2K redux? PTC software date glitch requires patch

It began innocuously enough on December 12 when a customer was unable to enter a 2004 date into product life-cycle management software from Needham, Massachusetts-based vendor Parametric Technology (PTC).

Oregon bill touts open-source option

Frustrated by budget woes and incompatible IT systems among state agencies, an Oregon legislator has introduced a bill requiring the agencies to at least consider open-source software when making future IT purchases.

Key app gap keeps Linux from desktops

The vision of running Linux on corporate desktops has gained ground during the past 18 months, as full-featured office productivity software has become a reality and improvements have been made to the Linux kernel and to installation and administration tools.