Stories by China Martens

Sun executive riffs on Solaris, OpenSolaris

Sun Microsystems expects to release the first update to its Solaris 10 operating system next month, according to the company's software head. Sun recently announced plans to add a new file system, the 128-bit Zetabyte File System or ZFS, to Solaris 10 as well as the ability for users to run applications designed for other operating systems on top of Solaris via segmented containers.

Written by China Martens23 Nov. 05 10:00

SAP buys more retail software expertise

SAP plans to acquire Khimetrics, a U.S. customer-demand management software vendor with a focus on the retail market. The move follows the Germany-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) company's September announcement that it would purchase retail player Triversity, which specializes in selling customer-centric, point-of-sale software.

Written by China Martens23 Nov. 05 08:19

Sun's Java middleware to support Windows, HP-UX

Sun Microsystems made a flurry of announcements centered around its Solaris 10 operating system Wednesday. The news included the release of a new version of its Java Enterprise System (Java ES) subscription-based enterprise middleware, which will now support additional non-Sun operating systems.

Written by China Martens27 Oct. 05 07:53

Flying Spaghetti Monster soars

It all started with a humorous, but pointed, letter to a U.S. state school board protesting their decision to vote on whether to include the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolution in science classrooms. From there, the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) has become a veritable industry, with T-shirts, mugs, car emblems, artwork and even jewelry all celebrating his Noodly Appendage.

Written by China Martens26 Oct. 05 21:00

Google hit with second lawsuit over Library project

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has filed suit against Google over the search company's Google Print Library Project, the organization announced Wednesday. The project, which involves scanning library books without seeking copyright holders' permission, has proved controversial with publishers. This is the second suit to be filed against Google by a US body representing writers and publishers.

Written by China Martens20 Oct. 05 08:34

MIT to launch $100 laptop prototype in November

The MIT Media Laboratory expects to launch a prototype of its US$100 laptop in November, according to Nicholas Negroponte, the lab's chairman and co-founder. The facility has been working with industry partners to develop a notebook computer for use by children in primary and secondary education around the world, particularly in developing countries. The laptops should start appearing in volume in late 2006.
"In emerging nations, the issue isn't connectivity," Negroponte said at the Emerging Technologies Conference on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Cambridge campus. "That's not solved, but lots of people are working on it in Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, etc. For education, the roadblock is laptops." He and his colleagues believe that equipping all children in the world with their own laptop will greatly improve the level of education and help stimulate children to learn outside of school as well as in the classroom.

Written by China Martens28 Sept. 05 22:00

Innovation on x86 to appear across Sun's hardware

Sun Microsystems unveiled the first three members of its 64-bit "industry-standard" server family, formerly code-named "Galaxy," at its quarterly product roll out in New York Monday. Although Sun executives spent much of the launch positioning the new servers, they did reveal that technologies debuting in the Sun Fire X2100, X4100 and X4200 machines will appear in the rest of the company's hardware, including its Sparc line of servers.

Written by China Martens13 Sept. 05 08:10

CA makes next storage management move

Computer Associates International (CA) is expected to announce general availability of BrightStor r11.5, the second release of the company's bundle of integrated intelligent storage management applications, this week. The new version of the bundle provides support for additional devices and applications along with streamlining disk and tape backups, according to a company executive.

Written by China Martens06 Sept. 05 07:23

'Loverspy' program creator indicted, on the run

The creator of Loverspy, software to surreptitiously observe individuals' online activities, has been indicted for allegedly violating US federal computer privacy laws, local and federal authorities announced Friday.

Written by China Martens30 Aug. 05 08:40

Sarbanes-Oxley seen as biggest IT time waster

IBM Corp. users expect compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley rules governing U.S. public companies to prove to be the least effective or the most wasteful use of their IT resources, according to the results of an online poll of Share members.
Share, the oldest independent IBM user group, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this month, polled individuals between Aug. 4 and 15, who were preregistering for its Boston conference. The organization received 444 responses to a short online survey containing five questions. The conference is taking place in Boston through Friday Aug. 26.

Written by China Martens22 Aug. 05 22:00

IBM to offer virtual training for startups

IBM Corp. is to give developers at startup companies access to virtual workshops on Big Blue hardware and software under a new initiative IBM plans to unveil Monday. Although the company is specifically targeting developers in Brazil, China, India and Russia, their peers elsewhere in the world will also be able to access the courses from their desktops, according to IBM executives.

Written by China Martens22 Aug. 05 04:04

Interview: Becker on Linux, clustering, grid

More work needs to be done on Linux at the operating system level, grids will have limited appeal, and there will be a mass movement to embrace clustering software among organizations large and small. These were some of the conclusions and predictions of Don Becker, cofounder of the Beowulf clustering project and a significant contributor to the Linux kernel.
Becker is the founder and chief scientist of Linux clustering vendor Scyld Software, a subsidiary of Linux workstation and server vendor Penguin Computing Inc. Privately held Penguin acquired Scyld in June 2003. Becker founded Scyld (pronounced "scaled" or "skilled') back in 1998, building on work he did while at NASA (the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration) where he started the Beowulf Parallel Workstation high performance clustering computing project. NASA was interested in his project for helping in the modeling of climate data.

Written by China Martens11 Aug. 05 22:00

Novell issues strong answer, counterclaims to SCO suit

Novell has fired back strongly against an amended complaint filed by The SCO Group in its slander of title lawsuit against Novell, rejecting SCO claims that it holds the copyright on Unix and demanding a jury trial.

Written by China Martens02 Aug. 05 08:14

IBM unveils new mainframe, talks virtualization

IBM has unveiled its System z9 mainframe, the first in a new generation of machines focused on easing security and systems management.
At a wide-ranging event in New York, under the three themes of openness, virtualization and collaboration, Big Blue also debuted Virtualization Engine 2.0 and talked up the company's plans to establish an industry community based on BladeCenter, dubbed

Written by China Martens26 July 05 22:00

EMC announces Symmetrix 7, rebrands as DMX-3

EMC unveiled its Symmetrix DMX-3 high-end, storage-array system, previously code-named Symmetrix 7, Monday. The system will begin to ship in early September, according to company executives speaking on a conference call.

Written by China Martens26 July 05 09:21