Stories by Peter Young

  • Warranty woes a worry

    What chance do resellers have of judging the reliability of PC suppliers and their equipment when one of the world's largest warranty underwriters can't get it right?

  • The best things in life are free

    Free software grown organically on the Internet is starting to create intriguing commercial possibilities for resellers. Under the names "freeware" or "open source code", its developers freely distribute their source code, typically via the Internet. If a program strikes the Internet community as useful, it kicks off a ceaseless stream of improvements, modifications, bug fixes and ports. Since these are also in the public domain, the cycle rolls on, seemingly unstoppably. Freeware developers collect public domain enhancements from the user community and maintain the master copies.

  • Win 98: the verdict

    End users have been prodding, pinching and pulling Windows 98 for several weeks now. So what's the verdict? One common complaint revolves around the old bugbear, add-on peripherals that won't.

  • Network Associates buying spree continues

    Network Associates' planned $1.1 billion purchase of Dr Solomon's Group will consolidate its position as the leading global vendor of antivirus products. But the network management and security tools vendor, which absorbed McAfee Associates last year, is still looking to snap up more competitors and further drain the market.

  • Resellers must embrace e-commerce

    The new generation of online order entry systems being deployed by distributors is seen by some resellers as having the potential to encroach on their turf. However, in the short term, use of Internet-based product information and ordering tools to bypass resellers and tap the end-user market is unlikely.

  • Resellers must embrace e-commerce to remain competitive

    The new generation of online order entry systems being deployed by distributors is seen by some resellers as having the potential to encroach on their turf. However, in the short term, use of Internet-based product information and ordering tools to bypass resellers and tap the end user market is unlikely in the short term.