Stories by Computerworld Staff

Shark Tank

THIS MIDWEST OUTFIT is ready to go online. Wants to stick with Linux and existing hardware if possible. Sets up an audit. Consultant pitches an all-new, high-dollar setup. IT says no thanks. Get this: The jilted sales rep writes a report claiming IT is "recklessly endangering our corporate data and gives it to our corporate attorney," a pilot fish fumes. Happy ending: The business owner is furious at the end run. Pistol-whips the sales rep.

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Centralized Intruder Detection Tool

Shark Tank

THIS MIDWEST OUTFIT is ready to go online. Wants to stick with Linux and existing hardware if possible. Sets up an audit. Consultant pitches an all-new, high-dollar setup. IT says no thanks. Get this: The jilted sales rep writes a report claiming IT is "recklessly endangering our corporate data and gives it to our corporate attorney," a pilot fish fumes. Happy ending: The business owner is furious at the end run. Pistol-whips the sales rep.

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PeopleSoft Inc. in Pleasanton, Calif., has released an upgrade of its business analysis software with new support for accessing the applications from Web browsers. New applications are also being added for analyzing human resources data and for monitoring corporate performance using so-called Balanced Scorecard techniques. (To learn more about the Balanced Scorecard model, see Business QuickStudy, page 52.) PeopleSoft also released an Internet-enabled version of its development tools. Pricing wasn't disclosed.

Browsing on a Bandwidth Budget

Because of the severe communications and display limitations of handheld devices like smart phones and palmtop PCs, Internet access has to take a somewhat different tack to be even feasible, much less successful. Here's how WML contributes to that process:

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PeopleSoft Inc. in Pleasanton, Calif., has released an upgrade of its business analysis software with new support for accessing the applications from Web browsers. New applications are also being added for analyzing human resources data and for monitoring corporate performance using so-called Balanced Scorecard techniques. (To learn more about the Balanced Scorecard model, see Business QuickStudy, page 52.) PeopleSoft also released an Internet-enabled version of its development tools. Pricing wasn't disclosed.

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Win 2K Virus Detected

Briefs: Xerox Heads to Court

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed the validity of a Xerox Corp. software patent, clearing the way for the Stamford, Connecticut-based company to pursue a patent-infringement case against Santa Clara, California-based 3Com Corp. The lawsuit alleges that the handwriting-recognition software used in 3Com's Palm devices belongs to Xerox.

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BP Amoco in $200M Outsourcing Pact

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