Stories by David Hellaby

  • NETWORKS UNPLUGGED: Home - not alone

    SOHO networking is a boom waiting to happen - the technology is available and costs are coming down. However, consumers remain confused and broadband providers must improve their performance.

  • GOVERNMENT: Enemy @ the gate

    Commercial credit card systems work efficiently with minimal fraud and remove the need for a mountain of paperwork. But could a similar system be created, secure enough to allow online transactions between businesses and government? Enter project gatekeeper.

  • SECURITY: Cashing in on security

    Even in times of economic hardship there are some industries that continue to boom out of necessity. IT security is one of them. But what does the channel need to know to make money out of security?

  • EDUCATION: Boning up on XP

    Contrary to a common misconception, Windows XP is a desktop (client) product and not a foundation or server technology in the same way that Windows NT is and Windows .Net will be in the future. Therefore, there will be no certification program for Windows XP. However, XP training will be closely associated with the Windows 2000 and Windows .Net certification programs.

  • DIGITAL STORAGE: The world of few digits

    Australia is now well into its third year of the digital revolution. It began quietly enough with the gradual introduction of digital mobile phones and has spread to digital cameras, MP3 players and a variety of other devices.

  • UPS: Interrupted sales supply

    This time last year, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) industry had high hopes for an ongoing boom, driven mainly by new telecommunications companies. But rather than the flood of hoped-for sales, the industry has had to watch helplessly as startup telcos drown in a sea of debt.

  • What is left of WAP?

    IT has been a tough year for Telcos. Despite starry-eyed predictions of a billion mobile Internet subscribers by 2004, users have turned their back on WAP and the forecast growth of handsets Europe, the United States and Australia has slowed markedly.

  • WEBSHOP: Printing smart - Brave new ink

    The concept of communicating with a printer over the Internet is not new. Most network printers that can be assigned an IP address technically can be accessed via the Net. However, most system administrators will not allow this for security reasons.

  • NET APPLIANCES: Who's afraid of the talking fridge?

    Only 18 months ago Australians were being told they would soon have free Internet terminals in their homes linking directly to their local grocery store or stockbroker. IBM and others were rolling out flat screen, bare-bones devices they hoped big companies would sponsor - intending to lock in the expected business-to-consumer boom created through these appliances.

  • KITBAG: Running scared

    For several years many companies, particularly small businesses, had a blasé attitude towards computer security. The apparent lack of concern was partially caused by ignorance, and partially by cost and a misguided belief that "it will never happen to me".

  • Monitor market still flattening

    For some time now, consumers have been promised a day when everybody has slimline flat-screen monitors with clear liquid crystal displays in their home and on their desk at work. Bulky, heat and radiation generating cathode ray tube (CRT) monitors would be a thing of the past. But the reality is that it has not happened and it is likely to be at least a few more years before it does.

  • e-markets-boom or bust?

    A monopsony is a marketplace dominated by a single buyer. It is a place where only the most efficient vendors survive; where margins are slashed and often the little player is eliminated. It benefits the buyer but rarely the seller and while the end consumer usually benefits from lower prices, the economy suffers through the collapse of vendors and the loss of jobs.

  • Play it again

    Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Australia chief executive Michael Ephraim predicts he can sell up to 750,000 units of SCE's soon-to-be released PlayStation 2 home entertainment unit in Australia by Christmas next year. That is more than 20 times the sales its predecessor achieved in the period - even though it is much more expensive.

  • Broadband channel to take off

    There seems little doubt that the days of the 56Kbps modem are limited. Analysts worldwide are forecasting that over the next five years broadband - whether it be digital subscriber line (xDSL), satellite or cable - will become the dominant method of connecting to the Internet for desktop and notebook computers.

  • Golden Gateways

    Analysts predict electronic payment gateways will provide the confidence boost needed to entice more people to purchase from the Net. David Hellaby reports on how the growing demand for safe gateways is a potential goldmine for innovative resellers