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Stories by Lachlan Colquhoun

Squaring up: Fighting for the best deals

Software licensing has always been something of a power play between users and vendors, a tug of war reflecting the state of the IT market.
In the older model of perpetual licensing, users paid a large initial fee with maintenance and support provided - up to a certain point. For users, the downside was being locked in and incurring related costs in areas such as training, storage and customisation.

Written by Lachlan Colquhoun10 July 07 22:00

Scoring tries off the field

Shocks, surprises and disappointments – the hallmarks of the Rugby World Cup before even a game has been played.
When New Zealand lost its sub-hosting rights because it couldn’t guarantee stadiums free of advertising, commentators described it as the “cock-up of the year”. Then there was the risk the All Blacks would be banned because 50 players hadn’t been signed by the deadline, the bonus payment disagreements, the International Rugby Board (IRB) slamming NZ officials for their “wholly inappropriate behaviour”, the impact of the Eichelbaum Report and ensuing changes to the New Zealand Rugby Football Union (NZRFU)’s representation on the IRB.

Written by Lachlan Colquhoun30 Sept. 03 22:00