Stories by IDG

  • Pfeiffer's dismissal damaged Compaq

    By IDG | 03 March, 2000 12:49

    The first impression may be deceptive. But in conversation with Eckhard Pfeiffer, it appears that Compaq's former top man hasn't quite gotten over being fired last April. Online auctioneer's chairman of the board spoke with IDG about the past and commented on future economic and business models shaped by the Internet

  • Schmidt dictates a directory future

    By IDG | 16 February, 2000 12:49

    Novell CEO Eric Schmidt last week attempted to take the network software industry's centre stage - with a large product splash of his own - a week before Microsoft officials do the same with the launch of Windows 2000. Schmidt, who outlined a series of new technologies involving everything from directories to net management to e-commerce, spoke with IDG

  • Inprise/Borland chief refocuses company

    By IDG | 02 February, 2000 11:46

    Turmoil is no stranger to Inprise, the software vendor best known under its former Borland name for the Delphi, C++Builder and JBuilder development tools. Over the last 10 years the company has undergone seemingly endless strategy shifts, CEO changes and political coups, all of which have contributed to a perception of instability. In a recent interview with IDG, Inprise/Borland interim CEO Dale Fuller spoke candidly about the mistakes made and lessons learned by the company in recent years

  • Around the world with John Chambers

    By IDG | 15 December, 1999 12:56

    It seems as though people have always listened when Cisco CEO John Chambers spoke, and now they have even more reason to listen, given that Cisco has become just the third company ever to reach $US300 billion in market valuation. In an exclusive interview last week, Chambers shared his views on a host of issues with ID

  • HP's CEO Fiorina talks e-services

    By IDG | 01 December, 1999 13:43

    After a difficult period of restructuring that has seen Hewlett-Packard record the slowest year of growth in its history, the company says it's ready to move on. As a keynote speaker at Comdex Fall, HP CEO Carly Fiorina was out to change the stodgy image that many industry observers have of her company. As part of that effort, Fiorina announced the $US200 million rebranding exercise that, she believes, will push the reinvented Hewlett-Packard logo, `hp invent' to the forefront of Internet-related product and services brands. Fiorina also demonstrated a number of pervasive computing technologies that are under development in HP's Cool Town laboratory. In an interview with IDG, Fiorina outlined her strategic vision for HP

  • COMDEX: Let StarOffice be free

    By IDG | 01 December, 1999 12:56

    The most arresting Comdex-related billboards in Vegas last week would have to have been: `Let software be free' and `Scott McNealy doesn't want your money'. Both billboards were advertising Sun CEO McNealy's keynote speech at the show and his emphasis on the free software movement through Sun's office productivity suite StarOffice and its upcoming StarPortal software. Sun acquired the company behind both products at the end of August when the vendor bought German-based StarDivision for $US73.5 million. IDG met with Marco Boerries, StarDivision's founder and now Sun's vice president and general manager of Webtop and application software

  • The end of the world as we know IT

    By IDG | 24 November, 1999 12:56

    A self-described technology critic, David Shenk is nevertheless an unabashed fan of computers. `I wouldn't characterise myself as being on the cutting edge of technology, but I'm certainly an aficionado,' says the New York-based author and commentator who has contributed articles and opinion pieces to most leading technology publications over the years. So why has Shenk built a career sounding a warning to the public about the downside of IT? Shenk is aware of the toll technology can take: social isolation, information overload, a peripatetic attention span, to name a few of technology's unwitting side-effects Shenk has dealt with firsthand. Shenk expounded on his misgivings in The end of patience: More notes of caution on the information revolution (Indiana University Press, 1999), a collection of essays, commentaries and conversations. In it, Shenk acknowledges the liberating, empowering and educational potential of technology. But he points out, correctly, that technology's upside has a flip side as well. Among technology's unintended consequences: rampant consumerism, social fragmentation and a less literate and tolerant populace. And with an all-encompassing group of professionals - including politicians, business leaders and educators - extolling the virtues of the Internet, a cautionary voice from the likes of Shenk needs to be heard. IDG spoke to Shenk about his recent observations

  • Trend Micro keeps vandals at bay

    By IDG | 17 November, 1999 12:56

    IDG talks to Eva Chen, co-founder and chief technology officer at Trend Micro, about protecting companies from a growing legion of cybervandals

  • Compaq explains move to drop NT for Alpha

    By IDG | 10 November, 1999 12:56

    Compaq's vice president Marion Dancy discusses with IDG why the company decided to end development of Windows NT on Alpha and Compaq's plans for the customers affected

  • Cerfing the Net

    By IDG | 03 November, 1999 12:56

    The Internet engineering community is promoting a new version of the Internet Protocol - Version 6 - as the answer to the address shortage predicted for the current Version 4. However, migrating a large network to IPv6 is so difficult that few organisations have committed to it. In an interview with IDG, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf argues that network managers need to start making the transition to IPv6 immediately