Stories by Ana Orubeondo

  • Pendragon powers up Palm

    Not long ago, Palms and other handheld computers were seen as little more than fancy day-planners for geeks and executives, with very little to offer in the way of business communications. Even today, the real power of these devices often remains untapped.

  • The new face of Web collaboration

    It is a paradox that despite the increasingly distributed nature of the corporate work force, workers still must rely on centralised file servers to share files - a method that was convenient in the days when office-bound workgroups were always connected by a LAN. Today, remote and mobile workers need a means of sharing files and information directly, and overburdening e-mail servers isn't the answer.

  • Blind to the brand name

    The open-source development project, Jabber Enterprise instant messaging solution is intended to allow users to chat not only with other Jabber users but also with users of AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger. Currently it is the only product on the market to support multiple IM clients.

  • WebShield protects against e-born viruses

    The requirements placed on network availability by e-businesses make the threat of a virus, such as LoveLetter, Melissa, and Bubbleboy, particularly disastrous to virtually every IT organisation. Today a virus outbreak will not only disrupt the flow of an organisation's business activity but will also affect profitability directly proportionate to the cleverness of the virus' programmer.

  • Palm pops up with revamped, hip design

    By now, every CTO has witnessed firsthand how valuable handheld computers are in the business environment, keeping an increasingly distributed workforce organised. On August 7, Palm announced a new model that you might consider for your mobile workforce to cut down on losses of productivity while users are out and about. The Palm M100, the latest in Palm's pioneering line of handheld devices, offers impressive features to keep users on track at a very competitive price.

  • Easy-to-use EthIR LAN keeps road warriors working

    By now, it seems like everyone carries a handheld computer and works from everywhere but the office. Mobile users need - and expect - their IT administrators to find an easy-to-use way for them to connect to the Internet and corporate networks with their handhelds. Regardless of their location, employees must be able to access critical data to remain productive. And to be a feasible investment for the IT department, the device that gets these users connected must be affordable and require little maintenance.

  • Visio 2000 Enterprise diagrams networks automatically/AMD's Duron beats Intel's Celeron on speed

    The more complex your enterprise becomes, the more difficult it gets to create a logical, readable network and database diagrams, and the more important it is that those diagrams communicate ideas effectively. Your IT staff needs a powerful program that facilitates designing and documenting changes to your network, databases, software, and Web site and Visio 2000 Enterprise Edition delivers the goods.

  • SurfinShield defends against attacks

    As your users gain wider access to the Internet, you run the risk of exposing your enterprise's computing resources to a new hazard: harmful bits of code that can hitch a ride with downloadable mobile code, such as Java applets and ActiveX controls. Mobile-code attacks are no small worry.

  • ipMux offers budget traffic management

    As users demand more bandwidth, it becomes increasingly vital that you can secure data while allocating bandwidth to the users who need it most. IMC Networks ipMux TP/5 is a 10Base-T, five-port, SNMP-manageable Ethernet IP multiplexer. It can operate in half-duplex or full-duplex mode. This device - which sits on the network like a router, but has performance-tuning features - provides a low-cost, high-speed, secure interface between users and the Internet backbone.

  • Despite gains . . .speech recognition still a niche

    For years, speech recognition has been a solution for special needs, such as those of disabled individuals and medical and legal transcribers. The rise of computer-related repetitive-stress injuries has created a new class of users who might see speech recognition as a godsend, but, as Ana Orubeondo found out, the technology still struggles for mainstream acceptance.