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Ruby shines over .Net for school portal

Scripting languages like PHP, Perl and Python may have taken the Web by storm but the lesser-known Ruby has stepped up to overthrow the might of Microsoft's .Net at search portal schoolseek.com.au.

IT, networks on Telstra's chopping block

Telstra wasn't very open on how many ICT jobs would be lost as a result of its strategic review announced today, but CEO Sol Trujillo did indicate IT systems and networks would continue to be rationalized in order for it to remain competitive.

Sensis eyes enterprise search

Sensis' wireless content delivery ambitions will extend beyond the consumer space and into the entperise with a new corporate directory search product to be unveiled next month.

Desktop apps coming to the Web: Google

While rumours still abound about whether Google plans to offer its own online office suite to compete with Microsoft Office, at least one of the search giant's engineers is forecasting a time when today's native client applications will be delivered ...

Microsoft snubs IBM's Power offer

Industry hype surrounding Microsoft's decision to go with IBM's Power processors over Intel for its next generation Xbox, won't translate into Windows for Power servers in the near future, despite a pledge by IBM to support the operating system.

Selective sourcing hints at jobs lift

Terms like outsourcing and offshoring may have become synonymous with local job losses but as the new paradigm of selective sourcing emerges the potential for IT hiring looks brighter.

Lack of developers delays OpenOffice.org

Open source productivity suite OpenOffice.org may be touted as a viable alternative to Microsoft Office, but there are claims its pace of development and adoption of new features is being stifled by a "monolithic" code base and a developer community ...

User groups find leverage in online tide

Many IT user groups blame the onslaught of free information over the Internet for the decline in membership numbers over the past seven years, but some have used online activities to boost their profile and reverse the trend.

New APAC supercomputer aims for top 30

The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) has announced details of its next generation supercomputer, which according to executive director John O'Callaghan, has a chance to be one of the top 30 in the world.

Anti-fraud crusader sets sights on spam

After boasting a 100-fold productivity improvement in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's detection of investment scams using their creation, Sydney University researchers are turning their attention to the spam pandemic.

Developer skills face bidding war

CIOs finding it difficult to find and retain software developers should consider what their work environment offers over and above a weekly pay cheque, according to Eagle Datamation International's (EDI) CEO Richard White.

SP2 can’t save users from stupidity

Microsoft Windows XP’s service pack 2 (SP2) may go along way to improving the security of the operating system, but the ease with which it grants users administrator access is still a concern for network managers.

Longhorn to flaunt many new colours

Despite already facing end user scrutiny over its delayed release and the possibility forcing another hardware refresh, Microsoft’s next generation of Windows - codenamed Longhorn – will sport a multitude of enhancements, according to the company’s s...

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