Stories by Peter Young

  • Death knells and taxes

    Resellers grappling with the slippery realities of the conflicting tax packages on offer in this election have almost run out of time to make up their minds.

  • Sales tax shake-out continues

    The number of computer industry suppliers seeking accreditation for sales tax exemptions continues to fall far short of official expectations.

  • Data#3 readies PC dealer acquisition

    Armed with record revenues and larger than forecast net profits, QLD distributor Data#3 is hot on the acquisition trail. The business it wants to purchase will fall into one of three types: PC dealerships, services companies or a smaller version of Data#3's own multi-faceted model, said managing director John Grant.

  • New e-commerce book reveals tricks of the trade

    A new Australian book that takes a crisp authoritative look at the legal minefields surrounding online business has won praise from Commonwealth Attorney General Daryl Williams. At $145, Going Digital is not cheap. But for corporations immersed in electronic trading, Web developers and ISPs, it provides a timely snapshot of danger zones plus helpful hints.

  • Resellers flock to Q*Soft's "custom-build" site

    A Web site where resellers are ordering roll-your-own PCs online is proving a hit for distributor Q*Soft. The reseller reaction lends weight to Q*Soft's claim it is winning the unofficial race between Australian distributors to go live with a facility for buying custom-built PCs via the Internet.

  • Antivirus war erupts

    Accusing its bitter rival Network Associates of dirty discounting, Australian antivirus vendor Cybec is making its own channel foray.

  • Welcome to Woop Woop

    Nasty, brutish and short. Smaller independent computer resellers in Australia's regional and country areas fear those three words are an uncomfortably close description of their business life expectancy. For some, the situation is precarious enough that they can't help feeling that distributors in the big cities just don't care about the bush. Peter Young investigates

  • Government aims for 50 per cent success for SMEs

    The Federal Government taskforce formed to spur small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Australia into Y2K action is not aiming at a 100 per cent success rate. Its goals will be met if the Y2K Industry project can convince at least 50 per cent of all SMEs to address the issue seriously, according to project CEO Graeme Inchley.