Stories by Paul F. Roberts

Systems management startup gaining traction

Many a successful startup owes its creation to a wild gamble that paid off. Think about Andy Bechtolsheim’s US$100,000 (NZ$137,000) bet on Google, a promising search company that didn’t even have a bank account at the time he made the investment.

Windows Defender lets spyware onto Vista

Users who put their faith in Vista’s new security features and Microsoft’s Windows Defender anti-spyware product may find themselves under attack from spyware all the same, according to a study by anti-spyware vendor Webroot.

Vista hole opens door to 'shout hacking'

The honeymoon ended early for Microsoft's Vista operating system, after word spread Wednesday about a flaw that could allow remote attackers to take advantage of the new operating system's speech recognition feature.