Science & Technology

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Sunny future for cloud computing

2009-03-19 MORE and more companies are getting into cloud computing as it offers a much cheaper way for businesses to acquire and use IT. Industry analyst company IDC expects the adoption of cloud computing technology to be amplified with spendings reaching an...

Breaking boundaries with mega computers

2009-03-19 ABRAHAM LINCOLN said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt." This often comes to mind when famous men make confident predictions which turn out to have been fatuous misjudgments. One thinks...

Help! I'm stolen!

2009-03-19 WHEN a thief opens your laptop, he could get a shock when it starts to shout "Help, I've been stolen!" or, perhaps, something ruder. But that's one of the options provided by Front Door Software's US$30 Retriever programme for Windows XP...

Website lists worst Irish accents on film

2009-03-19 JUST in time for a certain Irish holiday, a website has arrived offering, among other things, Irish-American news and a list of the 10 worst Irish accents on film (Sean Connery tops it, and along with Julia Roberts, appears twice).The man behind the...

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Quarter century of Word

2009-03-12 MORE than 25 years since the birth of the extraordinarily popular Microsoft Word, this wordprocessing programme has quite literally changed the computing world with a history older than this possibly biased journalist. Such is the enormity of its...

MySpace bragging lands cop in court

2009-03-12 IN PICTURES, Vaughan Ettienne is a champion bodybuilder of surreal musculature. In conversation, he is polite and thoughtful. And in the looking glass of his computer screen, he becomes a man of fierce, profane views on how to keep law and order. A...

A rugged laptop to take on hiking or camping trips

2009-03-12 MOST people beat up their laptops and eventually pay the price. But not so with an emerging class of so-called rugged laptops. Dell is releasing its second-generation fully-rugged model, the Latitude E6400 XFR, and the company says it provides even...

Suffering from broadband envy

2009-03-12 I'VE been writing about the debate about how the government might encourage more high-speed Internet use and American readers have complained loudly that people in other countries have faster, cheaper, more widely available broadband service. Even...

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Love to shop till you drop? Go online!

2009-03-08 WITH the advent of theInternet, and it being so accessible to most people, it's just a matter of time before one clicks into an e-shopping site. But, you ask why shop online when Brunei is so small, when it's just a matter of minutes that you can...

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Taking over a virtual world

2009-03-05 AT LEAST 11.5 million people try to take over the world regularly albeit they're trying to conquer a virtual one. Their numbers reflect how many players pay monthly subscription fees for the online Role Playing Game (RPG) World of Warcraft. Yet...

Professionals leave US for home

2009-03-05 THE hiring of immigrant high-tech workers was a heated issue well before the economy went into a tailspin. So it's no real surprise that the bank bailout legislation includes language to discourage banks from recruiting skilled foreigners on work...

Google on global search for authors in ebook campaign

2009-03-05 LAST month an email message washed up at the offices of The Cook Islands News in the South Pacific. It was a request to place a half-page advertisement in the newspaper, which has a circulation of 2,500. The cost was US$370 ($573). "We were...

Microsoft testing Kumo search engine

2009-03-05 MICROSOFT on Tuesday confirmed it is testing a new Internet search engine it hopes will power the US software giant out of distant third place in a market do-minated by Google.A Kumo.com search engine being privately tested by Microsoft workers is...

Crooks trawl social- networking websites

2009-03-05 COMPUTER security spe-cialists warn that Face-book users have been hit with a series of data-stealing attacks in the past week as cyber crooks increasingly stalk social-networking websites. Facebook has become prime hunting ground for tricksters and...

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Digital revolution's negative side effects

2009-02-26 BARONESS Su-san Greenfield, the cross-bench peer who is also a distinguished neuroscientist, was speaking in a debate about social net-working sites and asking a question that is far more important than who leads a political party: is the new way of...

Cyberterrorism in context

2009-02-26 HAVING a Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII) is crucial to any nation because the destruction or disruption of its IT systems and communication networks would significantly affect its economic strength, image, defence and security,...

Exploring a Deep Web that even Google cannot grasp

2009-02-26 ONE day last summer, Google's search engine trundled quietly past a milestone. It added the one trillionth address to the list of Web pages it knows about. But as impossibly big as that number may seem, it represents only a fraction of the entire...

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Breaking the rules for a Twitterific time

2009-02-19 WRITING can be solitary work, but not when you write a tech column. Feedback pours in so quickly by email, on blogs, in online comments that its almost real-time performance art.For the longest time, my readers kept nagging me to check out this...

Collins looks to Bebo generation for 'piff' ideas for new dictionary

2009-02-19 ANYONE over 21 might struggle on Bebo, the social networking site that's as popular with UK teens as Facebook is with office workers. Maybe you're being mugged, but plenty of Bebo's users think the bare piff words on the website are totally seen.For...

Silver surfing offers new lease of life

2009-02-19 THE older generation are using the Internet to help them stay connected and mentally active. But it is tough to keep abreast of progress.Margaret Koroidovi is searching the Internet for information about the black American GI father she has never...

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