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Technology News Archive - November 28, 2004

Users rave; FedEx says OS rekindles interest in Sun WHILE SUN Microsystems Inc.

The vendor's expected OpenVMS Itanium version should be death knell THE VENERABLE AlphaServer is fading as a source of revenue for Hewlett-Packard Co. as the company readies the general release of OpenVMS, one of Alpha's primary operating systems, for its Integrity server line.

Room-based and desktop videoconferencing gear is improving. Here are the latest enhancements. Forty years after AT&T first showed a video-phone at the New York World's Fair, video telephony, also known as videoconferencing, remains a niche application with limited availability in most enterprises.

Part 1: "Fire!" or, "IP-PBXs are just Ethernet devices." mplementing IP-PBXs is easy, but getting them to work consistently, all the time and for all the right reasons isn't.

Proponents want WiMax to be as successful in the metro as Wi-Fi has been on the premises. Is that possible? Metro-area microwave has been around for decades, supporting everything from point-to-point private links to video-on-demand.

MICROSOFT CORP. will support only x86 processors with 64-bit extensions when it releases a version of Windows Server 2003 for high-performance computing (HPC) applications next year, putting off support for Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 chip to a still-undefined date.

AN IRISH firm has won a prestigious two-year research and development contract with the Euro-pean Space Agency. Fibrepulse Limited will assess the feasibility of using fibre optic tech-nology on satellites.

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration opposed security measures for new microchip-equipped passports that privacy advocates contended were needed to prevent identity theft, government snooping or a terror attack, according to State Department documents released Friday.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'