Archive for February, 2007

2006's worst security threats, trends for 2007

February 28th, 2007 | No Comments »

BitDefender has announced that the widest spread viruses in 2006 were still the ones propagated via e-mail. The top 10 of these viruses posed such a big threat that they accounted for 55 percent of the total number of infections detected by BitDefender. According to local BitDefender distributor, Grayford Holton, the infamous Netsky virus was [...]

Sentech ups its wireless challenge

February 28th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Sentech today announced their new broadband offerings which will be available from the beginning of March. The wireless broadband supplier has upped the amount of data available on their current packages, making theirs the most cost effective wireless broadband offering available in South Africa. The cost of modems have also been significantly reduced, making the [...]

International IT companies still prefer Mother City

February 28th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

Foreigners are still looking favourably at South Africa as a launchpad into Africa but, according to one new entrant, Cape Town is proving far more popular than Johannesburg for international IT companies. Integration specialist, Bluescribe has recently opened its African offices in business accelerator, Bandwidth Barn. This marks its first foray into what it describes [...]

Third snapshot of upcoming KDE 4

February 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

The KDE project has announced the availability of the third development snapshot of the upcoming KDE 4. This version is meant for developers who want to experiment with parts of KDE 4, start porting their applications to the new KDE 4 platform or want to start to develop applications based on KDE 4. It is [...]

VoIP operators turn up the heat on African telcos

February 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

Over the last year, the cost of phoning from Africa to international destinations in Europe and North America has fallen dramatically under pressure from cheaper prices available in the grey market using Voice over IP (VoIP), according to a new report published by Balancing Act this month. In 2005 almost all African telcos sampled in [...]

Get a virtual Richard Stallman

February 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

Not sure of the line between free and proprietary software or are you worried that your machine is becoming infested with less-than-free software? Then ask that stalwart of free software Richard Stallman what he thinks. A virtual version of the man, called Virtual Richard M. Stallman (vrms). This handy, strident, tool comes via Ubuntu Geek [...]

KnowledgeTree document management with Web 2.0

February 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

KnowledgeTree on Monday announced the release of version 3.4 of the KnowledgeTree Document Management System. This new version includes various Web 2.0 collaboration features such as tagging, tag Clouds and Really Simple Syndication (RSS). KnowledgeTree aims to provide a simple yet powerful, low-cost and open source alternative to existing proprietary document management systems which can [...]

Apache creator for Western Cape Freedom Expo

February 26th, 2007 | No Comments »

Brian Behlendorf, the creator of the leading open source Apache Web server, has confirmed he will speak at UWC’s Digital Freedom Expo to be held in Cape Town on April 19 and 20. Behlendorf, regarded as a key figure in the history of free and open source software, initiated the Apache project in 1994 as [...]

Clipmarks – double-edged FireFox extension

February 26th, 2007 | 2 Comments »

Looking for a useful note taking tool I tried out the Clipmarks extension for Firefox. As a large part of my job entails keeping up to date with the latest news on the net, I thought it would be handy to have something that would allow me to compile and store any snippets of interesting [...]

Joburg municipality seeks broadband partner

February 23rd, 2007 | No Comments »

The City of Joburg today launched a Request for Information (RFI) process to identify a partner for the development of the Joburg Broadband Network Project (JBNP). The aim of the JBNP is to bring down telecommunications costs for the City while enabling improved service delivery in diverse areas ranging from traffic control to library services. [...]

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