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Ideal bedtime reading for IT pros: Safari Books Online

I've recently discovered that Safari Books Online is a great way to keep myself up-to-date on the ever-changing world of IT. For US$60 a month, you get over 20,000 books online, covering the latest programming tools and languages, the newest software packages, and even useful books on soft skills such as:Savvy: Dealing with People, Power and Politics at WorkWhy are some people so hard to work with?

April 30, 2012 by

Can ERP vendors save the world?

Enterprise resource planning software vendors have the tools---if used correctly---to make a huge impact on sustainability efforts and possibly even save us from global warming. Talk about total cost of ownership.

June 2, 2009 by

Strike another blow to Education IT

Why doesn't the White House understand that our future rests in the hands of our youth. Without the tools (and the knowledge to use them) and without training in twenty-first century skills, our students are doomed to fall even further behind their counterparts overseas.

November 19, 2007 by

Groovy 1.0 is out

Groovy is a dynamic language that integrates seamlessly with the Java platform. It offers a syntax that mixes ideas from Java, Smalltalk, Python and Ruby, and lets your reuse all your Java libraries and protect the investment you made in Java skills, tools or application servers. Version 1.0 was released this week.

January 3, 2007 by

A new 'language' for surgery?

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University have decided to borrow ideas from speech recognition research to build what they're calling a 'Language of Surgery.' In speech recognition, basic sounds are called phonemes. For surgery tasks, such as suturing, dissecting and joining tissue, the basic steps have been named 'surgemes.' The mathematical models used by the researchers have several goals: evaluate a surgeon's work and help doctors to improve their operating room skills. They also want to 'enable robotic surgical tools to perform with greater precision.'

December 8, 2006 by

ACT! 6.0

ACT! 6.0 adds a bevy of new features, including integration with Outlook. For first-time customer relationship management users, it's a solid and usable choice, but GoldMine remains the more powerful program.

September 23, 2002 by

It's a long, hard road to homeland security

The proposed Department of Homeland Security is a daunting project. Its success will demand the tools and skills to compete with tech-savvy terrorists, a global IT strategy and top-notch executive leadership.

June 13, 2002 by

It's a long, hard road to homeland security

The proposed Department of Homeland Security is a daunting project. Its success will demand tools and skills to compete with tech-savvy terrorists, a global IT strategy, and top-notch executive leadership.

June 10, 2002 by

Ford expands PeopleSoft contract

Ford Motor has expanded its software contract with PeopleSoft, agreeing to purchase applications to help its information technology department keep track of projects and activities of more than 6,000 IT staff and contractors, the companies said Monday. Ford already uses PeopleSoft's human resources and accounting applications. This new software licensing arrangement is a coup for a division of PeopleSoft that competes in the so-called professional-services automation market. PSA software helps consultants and service-oriented companies, as well as service units within larger companies, to better organize projects by keeping an inventory of staff with needed skills and their availability for projects. It also provides tools for tracking budgets and project management tools for collaborating with contractors and suppliers. --Alorie Gilbert, Special to ZDNet News

April 9, 2002 by

I know what you did on your PC last summer...

Thought you'd deleted that personal file? Think again. Even reformatting your hard drive isn't enough to completely erase your data--and someone with the right tools and skills can bring it all back to life, warns Rob Vamosi.

October 16, 2001 by

Hackers learning to can spam

Several small Internet service providers have been shocked to see some of their most unlikely users turn into spammers. But it turns out the users are unwitting tools of a new virus that via which hackers are finding a way to commercially exploit their skills.

July 4, 2001 by

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