Colin Barker

Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Computing and was also the London editor for Byte magazine. Colin is pleased to report that apart from ZDNet at least two other sites/magazines he has worked for are still in business. Colin did also live for five years in Boston, Mass.,and as a result became a dedicated Red Sox fan.

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Micro Focus signs with Microsoft's Azure

Micro Focus signs with Microsoft's Azure

Micro Focus has said that applications developed using its implementation of COBOL will be able to work with the Microsoft Azure Service Platform.The aim is for the two companies to deliver applications running Micro Focus software as software-plus-services on the Microsoft platform.

published October 28, 2008 by

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Storage Expo back again

Storage Expo back again

If it is October it must be Storage Expo and the annual UK show for all things storage is back again. This year the show is dominated by the large vendors.

published October 15, 2008 by

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VMware out with results and free deal

VMware out with results and free deal

It is busy days at VMware as the company said goodbye to its president and chief executive, faced rumblings from investors worried about the company's strategy and then decided to come up with a radical strategy to fix the latter point and fight off Microsoft and others at the same time.Dianne Green, the former chief executive and president, left earlier this month, and Paul Maritz, a former long-standing Microsoft executive stepped into her shoes immediately.

published July 23, 2008 by

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HP and IBM tussle in servers

HP and IBM tussle in servers

On Wednesday, HP launches a system that doubles the number of blades that can be fitted on one unit, less than a month after IBM introduced the iDataPlex range which also doubled the number and likewise doubled the servers in one any one system.The move continues the industry trend of increasing the density of systems to get more efficiency, especially in the use of space in data centres as well as power usage.

published May 30, 2008 by

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Dell readies ultra-portable?

Dell readies ultra-portable?

The Gizmodo site writes that one of their number bumped into Michael Dell who was carrying a brand new ultra-portable.“He was nice enough to show me this laptop that he was carrying that he said no one's seen before.

published May 30, 2008 by

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Citrix launch faster web delivery controller

Citrix launch faster web delivery controller

Citrix has given something of a boost to the performance of its web application delivery controllers with the addition of two NetScaler MPX controllers. The 17000 and 15000 slot in above the 12000 range and offer what the company is claiming is much improved performance within controllers that, according to Citrix, fit in the same form factors.

published May 9, 2008 by

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Gartner: chip spending to fall 20 percent

Gartner: chip spending to fall 20 percent

Capital spending on semiconductor manufacturing equipment is set to fall by 20 percent this year, according to analysts Gartner.The analysts say that a weakening US economy and a collapsing dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market will result in worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending to total $47.

published April 16, 2008 by

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Citrix goes virtual with Xen Desktop

Citrix goes virtual with Xen Desktop

Desktop virtualisation promises the ability for corporations to rationalise their huge farms of desktop PCs by switching users into the virtual world. Citrix is hoping that its Xen Desktop product, which it launched on Monday, will do just that.

published April 14, 2008 by

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Gartner: If there's one thing you should do

Gartner: If there's one thing you should do

The analysts at Gartner gathered together some of the IT industry’s finest brains for a keynote on Tuesday at the Gartner Symposium and IT Expo in Las Vegas to look into some of the future innovations we should look out for. In a wide ranging session, researchers from Sun Microsystems, HP, Cisco and Xerox talked about the projects their labs are working on.

published April 8, 2008 by

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Gartner: Analysts always get it right

Gartner: Analysts always get it right

The Gartner Symposium and IT Expo for Spring 2008 kicked off on Monday. Held in the home of US trade shows, Las Vegas, around 2,000 delegates sat down on Monday to four days of analysis and future predictions along with perhaps a little gambling thrown in.

published April 8, 2008 by

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HP tries to squeeze everybody out

HP tries to squeeze everybody out

Is HP getting too big for the footware?HP proudly boasts now of being the largest IT company in the world and that thrilling breakthrough as inspired HP execs to come out with bigger and more grandiose claims.

published March 19, 2008 by

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