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  • The mainframe turns 50, or, why the IBM System/360 launch was the dawn of enterprise IT

    In many ways, the modern computer era began in the New Englander Motor Hotel in Greenwich, Connecticut.

  • Alan Turing and the stage he set for computing

    Without Alan Turing's work, computers as we know them today simply would not exist, says Robert Kahn, co-inventor TCP/IP protocols. In a world without Turing, "the computing trajectory would have been entirely different, or at least delayed," he said.

  • Your IT security action plan for 2012

    Rather than a comprehensive list of everything an IT security organisation should plan on doing in the new year, I'm going to share with you some of the things that many probably haven't even considered for their 2012 action lists.

  • Top business applications for iPad

    So far, Apple has sold more than 3 million of its iconic iPads, making it the bestselling tablet on the market. A runaway success? Absolutely. But an out-of-the-box iPad can be a disappointment for business tasks. Its rudimentary word processor, email client, contacts directory and calendar are slim pickings, especially for those who want to use the device for work on the road.

  • Intel Itanium at a crossroads

    Intel reaffirmed its commitment to developing the Itanium processor, but also said it wants to grab market share with Xeon server chips in high-performance computing, where Itanium also plays.

  • Will the cloud take your IT job?

    As software becomes more complex, and demands the scalability of the cloud, IT's auto mechanic of today, the sysadmin, will disappear. Tomorrow's sysadmin will be more like a physician, says's Bernard Golden.

  • Now is the time to buy a new mainframe

    Mainframe customers haven't always had much leverage to negotiate with Big Blue, but now may be the perfect time to strike a new contract with IBM.

  • Cisco and HP gear up for battle in data centre

    Cisco's foray into the server market has been talked about for some months now. What has not been so widely discussed is HP's attack on Cisco's territory with a new range of ProCurve switches - it all adds up to a tasty battle.

  • Get tough on telecommuting: 6 questions to ask before you say yes

    Proceed cautiously - teleworking can change office dynamics in ways you hadn't anticipated.

  • The LAN is 30

    The idea behind ARCnet - the first LAN - came to an engineer while he was eating a meatball sandwich.

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