IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 19/4/1999

IT News Review - Week Ending Monday 19/4/1999

Gartner warns most vendor software not OK for Y2K With 259 days to go until the year 2000 ball drops in Times Square, an astounding 81 per cent of vendor software applications still aren't millennium-ready, according to a Gartner Group report recently released.

Furthermore, testing shows that 6 per cent of vendor software that shipped following year 2000 patches isn't completely compliant.

Click on the link below for the full story content sets precedentMaterial posted on an Adelaide Web site by an Australian historian arrested in Germany for disputing the Holocaust may be used against him at his trial. The case could set a bad precedent for individuals whose Web sites offend governments other than their own, according to cyber liberties watchdog Electronic Frontiers Australia.

Click on the link below for the full story enters the date debateBefore you rest on your laurels after licking the Y2K problem, think about the effect your actions will have on future generations of IT professionals. Make that around 267 generations. That's right, in 8000 years time, it appears our descendants stand to encounter another IT crisis - the Y10K problem.

Click on the link below for the full story blames market for earnings shortfallCompaq Computer experienced an earnings shortfall in the first quarter as a result of general industry slowdown and reduced pricing, Eckhard Pfeiffer, chief executive officer of the company, said. "The shortfall happened both in sales as well as in reduced pricing throughout the quarter, obviously affecting the top line as well as the bottom line," he said.

Click on the link below for the full story and ACCC pull on the glovesTensions between Telstra and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have escalated sharply due to a fresh ACCC allegation of anticompetitive conduct by the carrier. The ACCC announced it had issued its fourth notice against the carrier alleging it engaged in anticompetitive conduct by "failing to implement an efficient and effective local call transfer process (known by the industry as 'commercial churn')".

Click on the link below for the full story aims to address NT crash tendenciesThe two biggest complaints about Windows NT - the need to constantly reboot servers and systems failures that lead to the blue screen of death - are two issues that Microsoft expects to resolve to most customer's satisfaction with the release of Windows 2000 later this year. After gathering data from an extensive survey of its customers, Microsoft this week said it expects to eliminate most of the conditions that lead to configuration reboots, while at the same time make use of new driver verifier technology to prevent system crashes.

Click on the link below for the full story Internet market still up for grabsThe Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) has around 13 million Internet users now, a figure set to rise to 57.5 million by 2003, and the market is still wide open for vendors to establish a leading presence here, according to Pete Hitchen, senior analyst for the Internet program at market analyst IDC Asia-Pacific. Vendors who succeed in Asia-Pacific will be able to exploit an electronic commerce market which will be worth $US32.59 billion in 2003, up from $723.4 million today, according to IDC figures.

Click on the link below for the full story and Wireless files suit against MCICable and Wireless didn't exactly set the world on fire after buying MCI's Internet backbone last year. But Cable and Wireless now has an explanation: It says MCI ripped it off. But the company may not be able to entirely pass the buck for its misfortunes. In a complaint filed against MCI last week, Cable and Wireless detailed a litany of broken pacts, dirty tricks and unfulfilled promises it says it suffered after completing the deal with MCI.

Click on the link below for the full story calm about Compaq earnings warningTen users and partners polled at random during the first day of Compaq's Innovate Forum '99 here said that they aren't too worried by the company's announcement that its first quarter earnings will fall below expectations. In its announcement on Friday, Compaq officials said it expects to post revenues of $US9.4 billion. That would result in earnings of 15 cents per share, less than half of the 31 cents per share forecast by analysts polled by First Call.

Click on the link below for the full story 'bite back' after Internet shutdownThe company that calls itself the "dot com people" needs to work on its people skills, an influential analyst shop specialising in information technology complained on Wednesday. Network Solutions, the company that -- until May, at least -- enjoys a virtual monopoly on .com domain-name registration, infuriated Boston-based Aberdeen Group by pulling the plug on its Web presence this month.

Click on the link below for the full story not a bottom line bonanza: Meta GroupA belief by many organisations that outsourcing the IT function will lead to cost savings is false, according to a Meta Group survey. The global research organisation recently polled several hundred Asia/Pacific-based organisations about IT outsourcing trends, beliefs and gripes, and found that many still regard farming out an IT function as a godsend to the bottom line.

Click on the link below for the full story reports on Y2K complianceYesterday saw the release of new information on the Y2K readiness of individual commonwealth government agencies, and statements on the readiness of several industry sectors from federal government ministers. The report, containing Y2K compliance details on 108 commonwealth agencies, reveals the percentage of systems that are compliant, the percentage under assessment, the percentage under repair and testing and the percentage of completed contingency plans for individual agencies.

Click on the link below for the full story says Internet just a startThe revolution occurring in computing today is about much more than the Internet, according to Lucent CEO Rich McGinn.

The revolution is about building a single mega-network that carries everything from voice to data, McGinn told attendees of his Spring Internet World keynote on Wednesday.

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