Stories by Stephen Bell

NCR tests own RFID platform

NCR will launch programs designed to process the enormous amounts of data associated with radio frequency identification (RFID).

IBM back in NZ government's good books

The State Services Commission of New Zealand has chosen IBM as its preferred supplier of network management and service delivery for the Government Shared Network (GSN), but nobody will say how much the contract is worth.

Expectations high at Linux conference in New Zealand

John "Maddog" Hall will consider parallels between open source software and music, addressing the risk that patents "kill off ideas instead of promoting them" at this year's Australasian Linux conference, to be held in Dunedin this week.

NZ Web site lets voters change their mind

Many members of New Zealand's Parliament, according to inside sources, pay close attention to newspaper website polls canvassing public opinion on issues of the day, despite the fact that the respondents are a self-selected sample of those with internet access and a thirst for making their opinions known.

Move to Linux flattening, says Microsoft NZ

Movement towards open source is beginning to slow down, suggests Microsoft New Zealand's platform strategy manager, Brett Roberts. He claims some local customers are returning to Windows after tasting a Linux-based environment.

Novell strikes open-source license with NZ schools

Novell seems likely to increase its presence and that of open-source software in the New Zealand school market after concluding a nationwide agreement with the country's Ministry of Education last week.

Australian, NZ tax offices link info

New Zealand's Inland Revenue Department (IRD) and its Australian counterpart have linked pages on their Web sites to provide tax advice for companies planning to do business on both sides of the Tasman.

Veritas trials recovery from the browser

Storage software company Veritas Software is conducting a beta trial of a web browser-based data recovery tool designed to help users recover lost files themselves from backup copies.

New Zealand home to largest on-demand supercomputer

New Zealand is home to what Scott Houston, former CTO at Weta Digital, claims is the largest assembly of processors offered for "on demand" outside use in the world -- the Weta Digital array, now over 1,000 blade processors strong, each clocking 2.8GHz.

Invalid banking cert spooks only one user in 300

Up to 300 New Zealand BankDirect customers were presented with a security alert when they visited the bank's website earlier this month - and all but one dismissed the warning and carried on with their banking.

Sybase moves further into RFID

Sybase's growing venture into the hot market of radio frequency identification (RFID) is a logical development of the company's activity in the mobile data space, says Sydney-based marketing manager Julie Christie.

SSA Global to establish RFID center in New Zealand

ERP company SSA Global Technologies Inc. plans to set up a "center of excellence" in radio-frequency identification (RFID) in New Zealand, with Hamilton as a probable site. The center, designed to provide expertise and information-sharing for organisations to implement RFID effectively, is expected to open about mid-year.