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Web Development Articles
(October 2002)

Study: For Site Cred, Looks Matter (internet.com, October 31st)
When consumers assess a Web site's credibility, looks tend to sway their judgment more than information quality, according to research by Stanford University.

Checking the Pulse of US B2C E-Commerce (eMarketer, October 31st)
This week, both comScore and Forrester released their numbers for US B2C e-commerce in Q3 -- $17.89 billion and $17 billion, respectively. What could these findings mean for the fourth quarter and 2002 in general?

I'll Gladly Pay Tomorrow, for My Online Purchase Today (E-Commerce Guide, October 31st)
'Buy now, pay later.' The mantra that has sold everything from cars to higher education is coming to e-commerce. Could it be just the ticket for helping increase online sales during this period of financial blahs?

Opera Releases FreeBSD Version, Updates Linux (internet.com, October 31st)
The alternative browser makes headway in the Unix world and gets ready for an Opera 7 for Windows launch by year's end.

Why Can't Hackers Be Stopped? (NewsFactor, October 31st)
The battle between malicious hackers and system administrators is a never-ending tug-of-war between constantly evolving adversaries. Every time administrators seem to have gained the upper hand, their nemeses change in surprisingly agile ways.

Pressure Grows For IT Security Pros (Datamation, October 31st)
In 2003, IT departments will have to stay on top of system patches and merge their technical efforts with straight-up business thinking -- all under the tight constraints of a flat IT budget.

Making Dynamic and E-Commerce Sites Search Engine Friendly (E-Commerce Guide, October 30th)
Many dynamic and e-commerce web sites are unwittingly part of the invisible web, but there are several strategies for making them more search engine friendly.

Could Micropayments Add Up To Real Money For ISPs? (ISP Planet, October 30th)
ISPs connect subscribers to the Internet, but many are still searching for a way to make money from the content that traverses these connections. An Austrian developer may have the solution for turning content into commerce.

Apache 2: Improvements Are Obvious, But Upgrade Choices Aren't (CrossNodes, October 30th)
With Apache version 2 out and about, you might be confronting the question of an upgrade. Carla Schroder reports that for all the improvements, it might be best to wait a bit and let the dust settle.

Anatomy of a Search Engine: Inside Google (SearchDay, October 30th)
Search engines aren't just black boxes - they are programs continually updated to improve indexing, search responsiveness and relevance ranking. Here's an insider's look at Google.

Online Holiday Retail Sales to Grow (eMarketer, October 30th)
The US economy continues to show signs of weakness. However, as the all-important holiday shopping season nears, there is a bright spot -- eMarketer estimates online retail sales will grow to $13 billion this season.

Dressing to Kill at Amazon (internet.com, October 30th)
Online retail kingpin Amazon.com, which quietly began beta testing sales from third-party print catalog marketers last May, reportedly is set to launch a new apparel store featuring clothing from name-brand apparel companies.

Some Say ICANN Loses Legitimacy (internet.com, October 30th)
ccTLDs and RIRs are beginning to think they can do better on their own, rather than take guidance from an organization they feel is shutting them out of any policy decisions affecting the domain name business.

Image Management With TrueSpectra Image Server (ServerWatch, October 30th)
With all the complicated server software on the market, it's a treat to find a server that does something that can be described in a single sentence: The TrueSpectra Image Server dynamically renders images.

Promise of P3P Stalls as Backers Regroup (CNET News.com, October 29th)
Six months after its recommendation as an Internet standard, a major privacy initiative is entering an awkward adolescence as software heavyweights adopt it and individual websites leave it to languish.

Real's Helix Finds Big-Name Partners (internet.com, October 29th)
On the day the source code for the Helix DNA Client is released, RealNetworks announces partnerships with big-name electronics and chipset firms using the open-source technology.

Register.com Fires its COO (internet.com, October 29th)
About a year and a half after joining domain name registrar Register.com as chief operating officer, Rajiv Samant has been shown the door.

E-gifting: The 'E' Stands for Europe (internet.com, October 28th)
Europe, not North America, is expected to lead the world in online holiday spending this season, albeit not by much, says a new Internet sales forecast. The reason? Better sales channel integration by retailers.

Assertions in Java (Java Boutique, October 28th)
Benoy Jose explores the concept of assertions and how they can add to the flexibility of the Java language.

Letter: Free Software Hurts U.S. (Wired News, October 25th)
An attack on the software license behind the Linux operating system has stirred up a free software controversy in Washington.

The Secret World of Triangle Rendering Technology (NewsFactor, October 25th)
In a techno-economy in which the next "killer app" may be a sophisticated game called Doom 3, makers of graphics chips and video cards must stay several steps ahead of mouse-wielding, saber-bearing gamers bent on nothing less than total domination of perfectly rendered virtual worlds. In this special report, NewsFactor takes a look at the mind-bending technology of triangle rendering, vertex manipulation and pixel shading that turns PCs into dream machines. Intrigued?

Whopping Revenues at Amazon, But... (internet.com, October 25th)
The online retailer is likely to struggle with the low price vs. volume equation; for now the free shipping promotion remains, as does the question of making profits on a GAAP basis.

Can Helix Deliver the Real Stuff? (internet.com, October 25th)
That loud, revving sound you hear is most likely RealNetworks pushing the envelope in its high-stakes race with Microsoft for control of the digital media sector.

Suit Up or Ship Out? (ZDNet Australia, October 25th)
Leave the jeans at home, get a haircut and shave those sideburns because the IT industry is tightening its grip on the “dot-com culture” and everything it stands for as managers know that they don’t need to compete to hold on to their best employees.

E-Mail Response Time Lags (CyberAtlas, October 24th)
E-businesses looking for a competitive edge, customer loyalty and high satisfaction scores may want to pay closer attention to their inboxes. Research is finding that e-mail response rates among online companies leaves a lot to be desired.

Online Message Boards: An Enterprise Powerhouse (NewsFactor, October 24th)
The humble bulletin board - one of the first Internet applications and still one of the most popular - has come into its own over the last few years. Once no-frills tools that enabled a few like-minded souls to exchange ideas, today's bulletin boards host millions of participants, offer a wide range of configuration options, and have both commercial and noncommercial uses.

Online Content: Define and Conquer (eMarketer, October 24th)
Do you think you know what online content is? The research you're reading may disagree. Find out what the research firms are measuring when assessing their market projections.

Rhapsody Gets CD-Burning Clearance from Labels (internet.com, October 24th)
Listen.com scores deals with Warner and Universal to allow pay-per-song CD-burning from its subscription service.

Viruses, Worms Up The Ante (eSecurity Planet, October 24th)
Security analysts are warning corporate administrators to stay vigilant and keep their software patched and up-to-date as viruses and worms continue to grow in sophistication and potential for damage.

Terra Lycos Cuts 21% of U.S. Staff (internet.com, October 24th)
Once-mighty internet portal company Terra Lycos has reportedly laid off 174 U.S. employees, or 21 percent of its U.S. staffn in a move indicative of the continued pressure placed on tech company budgets.

Massive DDoS Attack Hit DNS Root Servers (internet.com, October 23rd)
A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack of unknown origin briefly interrupted Web traffic on nine of the 13 DNS "root" servers that control the Internet but experts on Wednesday dismissed the overall threat as "minimal." The severity of the attack has led to the White House launching an investigation to track down the people and systems responsible, as noted within this Reuters article. A further article responds to the crude yet effectice attack by highlighting the needs for greater security surrounding corporate DNS systems. Find out how best to protect your firm's infrastructure against a large-scale assault in this piece.

Why Pay for Your Database? (NewsFactor, October 23rd)
Despite the availability of open source databases that can be downloaded for free or purchased cheaply with documentation and support, most enterprises choose to spend big bucks on the big guns - Oracle's 9i, IBM's DB2 or Microsoft's SQL Server - for mission-critical applications.

Sound the Alarm With SNIPS (CrossNodes, October 23rd)
System and Network Integrated Polling Software can monitor over 25 network services on up to 2,000 devices and send outage alerts to a Web page, e-mail, or your pager. Carla Schroder covers the essentials of this useful Unix tool.

Maximizing Holiday Revenues (E-Commerce Guide, October 22nd)
With only five weeks left until Black Friday, online merchants' thoughts should be turned toward implementing the most effective strategies possible for maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks this holiday season.

Web Vandalism on the Rise (internet.com, October 22nd)
Web vandalism is on the rise around the world, underscoring the shoddy state of affairs in IT security, according to the owner of a Web site that tracks such information.

Drag and Drop In Internet Explorer (WebReference, October 22nd)
Add personality to your pages. Learn how to use JavaScript to tie into and customize IE drag-n-drop events.

Google Sued by Search Optimism Company (The Register, October 22nd)
Google Inc has been sued by a search engine optimization company, which claims Google deliberately altered its ranking when it realized the SEO company was competing with it. Search King Inc, of Oklahoma City, wants an injunction and $75,000 damages for alleged loss of business.

Building an XML and XSD Schema Validation Tool (15 Seconds, October 22nd)
In this article, Jeff Gonzalez explains how to build a C# class library and client application that validates given XML documents to associated schema or XSD documents.

Should Testing Report To Development? (Datamation, October 22nd)
Making test equal and complementary to development, instead of subordinate, is the best way to ensure software quality.

Selecting A Colocation Data Center (EarthWeb, October 22nd)
Once an organization decides to locate all or part of its IT operations offsite in a colocation processing center, choosing which facility best meets its requirements requires considerable analysis.

Growth in US Affluent Online (eMarketer, October 21st)
According to Nielsen, the fastest growing income group online is making between $100,000 and $149,999, growing by 20% over the year through September. But which income group has the strongest presence online? In a related article, eMarketer finds that nearly one-quarter of US internet users in households earning $75,000 or more engage in online banking. Financial services firms could strike gold by engaging this net-loving demographic.

Small Web Radio Stations to Pay Lower Royalties (Reuters, October 21st)
Smaller Internet broadcasters won a stay of execution over the weekend as musicians and record labels agreed to accept lower royalty payments that could prevent many from going out of business. For more on this, see internet.com.

CMGI Dropped to The Nasdaq SmallCap Market (Yahoo Finance, October 21st)
The incubator/tech investor that was once valued in the 10s of billions of dollars while trading above $200 a share, and which held controlling stakes in all manner of net marketing firms, has been dropped from the Nasdaq National Market after wallowing in the sub-$1 range for months. Read discussion about this event here, and a witty commentary on the company's historical rise and equally precipitous fall here.

'No Ad Network' Brings Micropayments to Life (NET-ADS, October 20th)
It has been a tough year for indie publishers. Not only have hosting prices failed to fall in line with optimistic expectations, but the online advertising market has remained painfully depressed; to the point at which the publication of content-based websites has become a truly risky endeavour. B.U.D.S. Inc. has responded to this trend by debuting a product that hopes to take some of the risk out of publishing - particularly for bandwidth-intensive properties. Their product, the aptly-named 'No Ad Network' serves as an intermediary between publishers and their visitors in the facilitation of micropayments in exchange for content.

Searching Retail Sites Successfully (eMarketer, October 18th)
An e-tailing group survey of 25 retail websites finds that 72% yielded correct results when they were searched with name specific searches, but only 28% yielded correct results when searched with words that were not spelled correctly.

Mozilla 1.2 Beta Emerges (internet.com, October 18th)
The lizard crowd over at Mozilla Wednesday released its latest beta version of is open source Web browser.

VoiceXML Developer Tools Roundup (VoiceXMLPlanet, October 18th)
Here's a quick guide to the salient features of some VXML development tools, along with recommendations on criteria you should use when selecting your next VoiceXML development tool.

Red Hat Boosts Network Performance (ZDNet News, October 18th)
Linux seller Red Hat has acquired NOCpulse, a start-up whose server-monitoring software is expected to bolster the services offered through the Red Hat Network.

CMGI Sells Equilibrium Stake (internet.com, October 18th)
Continuing to pare its portfolio to a few key properties, Internet investor CMGI has sold its controlling interest in rich media software maker Equilibrium Technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Progeny Evolves Beyond Distribution Model (LinuxPlanet, October 18th)
Progeny has come out with its new Platform Services program, a service model that may change the way customers will interact with Linux and the open source community.

Redesign Time? (ClickZ, October 18th)
Companies are taking a hard look at their Internet initiatives. Many have decided it's redesign time as soon as the busy holiday season is over.

Yahoo! Gets Its Game On (BusinessWeek Online, October 18th)
Though the portal's new high-speed game service runs well, hidden charges are irksome, and most titles are too old.

Can a Hacker Outfox Microsoft? (Wired News, October 18th)
Microsoft only announced Palladium - its initiative to build anti-copying technology into the hardware and operating system of a PC - a few months ago. It's already causing a great deal of consternation among cypherpunks and hackers.

Monetizing Internet Traffic: Look to the Community (eMarketer, October 17th)
Yahoo! claims 1.5 million paying subscribers, and they represent a growing percentage of its revenue base. Several companies successful with paid content have discovered net users love to reach out and touch someone.

UK Firm Touts Alternative to Digital Certs (The Register, October 17th)
Two factor authentication, using secure tokens is being backed as an alternative to digital certificates by a UK company, which is enjoying support from the Parliamentary All Party Export Group.

W3C Advances XML 1.1 to Candidate Draft (internet.com, October 17th)
The World Wide Web Consortium takes controversial changes in the XML specification one step closer to becoming a recommendation.

GlobalSCAPE Secure FTP Server: Not Just Another Cute Face (ServerWatch, October 17th)
This product is aimed at organizations using FTP on a mission-critical basis, providing some of the best control and protection tools found in any FTP server on the market.

'Dot-USA' Seller to Refund Fees (MSNBC, October 17th)
A British entrepreneur has agreed to give back $350,000 to customers who bought internet domain names with a “.usa” suffix that did not work on most computers, parties to the deal said Thursday. U.K. resident Thomas Goolnik agreed to the refund as part of a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which earlier this year filed a deceptive-advertising suit that shut down his business.

Big Blue Busting to Break Out WebSphere V5 (internet.com, October 17th)
IBM is gearing up to take WebSphere V5 live, as the company offered a sneak peek this week of some of the upgrades over previous versions.

SQL Server Privilege Level Flaw Fixed (internet.com, October 17th)
In a security advisory issued Thursday, Microsoft issued patches to plug holes in the SQL Server 7.0, SQL Server 2000, Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0 and Desktop Engine (MSDE) 2000.

Senate Approves Almost $1B for Cybersecurity Research (internet.com, October 17th)
The U.S. Senate Wednesday night unanimously passed legislation that would more than triple the federal funding commitment to cybersecurity research, to about $978 million over five years. The bill authorizes grants for basic research and industry partnership programs.

Net Nanny Adds Public IM Protection (Instant Messaging Planet, October 17th)
The popular Internet security/filtering software also adds safeguards against file sharing, online gaming, and pop-up advertising.

Web Shoppers Worry About Online Security (MSNBC, October 16th)
Americans are spending more time on the Internet than a year ago and are generally satisfied with their online experiences. But worries about online security remain a barrier to the growth of e-commerce, according to an Internet consumer survey released by the Conference Board Wednesday.

Is Linux Really Going To Rule the Desktop? (NewsFactor, October 16th)
Outside of the areas in which Linux has already made headway -- financial services, education and government -- it will be hard for the operating system to gain ground in fields that depend heavily on Microsoft Office.

More Users, Less Trust (CyberAtlas, October 16th)
Even though fewer Americans trust the Internet now than they did at the end of last year, they are spending more money and engaging in more financial transactions.

Political Journalists Turn to the Web (eMarketer, October 16th)
A survey from the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet finds that over 50% of political journalists in the US go online for political news.

Yahoo's Overture Economy (CNET News.com, October 16th)
Last November, Yahoo CEO Terry Semel laid out a broad recovery plan to return the battered Web portal to profitability. Along with a general plan to diversify from its reliance on advertising, a significant part of the revised strategy involved the fostering of an increasingly intimate relationship with Overture Systems, whose pay-per-click search product has become a major revenue driver for Yahoo.

Security Hole Discovered in Symantec Firewalls (IDG.net, October 16th)
A flaw discovered in a common component of Symantec Corp.'s firewall technology leaves a number of that company's products vulnerable to denial of service attacks, according to a bulletin released by the company and by Advanced IT Security AS, a security services firm with headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

MPEG-4 Emerging as a Hub in Streaming-Media Wars (PC Magazine, October 16th)
MPEG-4 is emerging as an important standard inside and outside of the media player wars, according to Frank Casanova, director of QuickTime marketing at Apple. "We think people want a standard going forward, and we think MPEG-4 is going to be it," said Casanova.

Will Consumers Play Grinch? (CNN Money, October 16th)
Consumer spending has helped keep the economy afloat. But it may not save the holiday season. An additional report that takes a similar stance in response to the publication of negative consumer sentiment data may be found here.

The Safe Sysadmin: Tools to Save Your Body (CrossNodes, October 16th)
You've locked down your firewall and secured your IT perimeter. Now it's time to assess how safe your shop is for the people who work in it.

Linux Goes Mainstream (The Washington Post, October 15th)
The open-source operating system Linux continues to bite at the heels of Microsoft. A recent Yankee Group report said 40 percent of corporations are looking for operating-systems alternatives and that the interest in seeking alternatives to Microsoft is at its highest peak in a decade.

Firm Reports New Internet Explorer Flaw (internet.com, October 15th)
GreyMagic Software details an Internet Explorer browser flaw that lets attackers steal cookies from any site, forge content, read local files and execute arbitrary programs.

Cracking Down on Deadbeat Bidders (E-Commerce Guide, October 15th)
Caveat emptor may take on a new meaning as new solutions are in the works for larger auction sellers who have to deal with a rising tide of deadbeats who win an auction and then never pay for the goods.

Start-Up Offers Linux Server for Non-Geeks (vnunet.com, October 14th)
UK start-up Jool has launched a complete open source web server starting at under £800 aimed at those without Linux skills who want to move away from Microsoft or Sun Microsystems.

Internet Society Wins Control of '.Org' Domain (Reuters, October 14th)
A group of computer professionals known as ISOC on Monday formally won control of the ".org" internet domain, home to millions of nonprofit and community groups, in a battle fought against ten other players. Controversy continues to rage in response to the decision, though, with some questioning whether the non-profit domain is best served by a group comprising big business and government players.

To Beta Test or Not To Beta Test (NewsFactor, October 14th)
By becoming a beta tester, a user or company can establish a place on the leading edge and get a leg up on assessing new technology. But with those benefits come the risks of fouling up machines or networks, as well as reporting requirements connected with software testing.

Sticky Strands of Web Services Uncertainty (internet.com, October 14th)
As Microsoft and Sun joust for leadership in the hyped Web services arena, .Net and Java are expected to pace roughly neck and neck. Still, uncertainty about security and standards looms.

DMCA Critics Get Chance to Object (The Register, October 14th)
The US Copyright Office has tentatively opened the door to exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by inviting comments on the controversial law. More on this development is noted within this Wired News article. Info on one party's objections to the act may be found here.

Dueling Launches from AOL, MSN (MSNBC, October 14th)
Rivals America Online and Microsoft Corp.’s MSN have entered the ring again — this time with dueling launches of their new Internet services planned for within about a week of each other.

C# Standardization Moves Ahead (CNET News.com, October 11th)
Microsoft and its allies have quietly expanded an effort to gain acceptance for C#, the software giant's competitor to Java and a foundation for its next-generation Internet services.

Developers Turn Xbox Into Linux System (InfoWorld.com, October 11th)
A group of developers has released a version of the Linux OS for Microsoft's Xbox game console in Europe, promising to turn the device into a fully-featured PC.

What Surfers Are Doing on the Net (BBC News, October 11th)
Over half of Europe will be online by 2007 according to a new survey but there are still question marks about what surfers will be prepared to buy on the net.

Hijacking & Fraud Plague eBay Users (internet.com, October 11th)
Imagine that you're a seller on eBay. Your business is going along just fine, and one morning you turn on your computer and you can no longer access your auction management account. You look on, dumbstruck, at listings that you didn't put up. People are bidding on them. Yes, your auction account has been taken over. It's called account hijacking, and it's eBay's dirty little secret.

Users don't want Passport or Liberty (vnunet.com, October 10th)
Identity management systems, such as Microsoft's Passport and the proposed Liberty Alliance standard, are not wanted by most consumers, according to panellists at RSA Security's European conference in Paris, but may be better suited to business use. Meanwhile, Microsoft has announced a plan to share portions of the Passport source code with developers in an effort to boost adoption of the system among corporate developers.

Searches Mostly Entertainment-Related (CyberAtlas, October 10th)
The top U.S. search terms for the last week reveal that many Internet users are looking for Halloween, recording artists, games, and sports.

Massive Multiplayer Gaming Gains Mega Revenue (eMarketer, October 10th)
Though massive multiplayer online gaming is still rather meager with 6 million global users, Zona and Executive Summary Consulting estimate the market will generate $2.7 billion by 2006.

Patty Seybold: The Customer Still Comes First (eMarketer, October 10th)
Tesco and Lands' End have earned a thumb's up from a tough critic. For a glimpse into the future of e-commerce, here's what a couple of trendsetters are doing right.

Is HTML on Its Way Out? (NewsFactor, October 9th)
Although HTML is widely used, it has several deficiencies, largely stemming from its origins as a no-frills tool rather than a power user's panacea. This article examines how CSS and XML are increasingly serving to complement, and in some cases supplant, handy-old HTML.

CERT: Sendmail Hacked (internet.com, October 9th)
Internet security experts issued a warning Wednesday that some copies of the source code for Sendmail have been hacked by an intruder and now contain a Trojan horse.

Microsoft Shows Off New Office XML Tool (internet.com, October 9th)
XDocs, which allows businesses to create electronic forms using Web services, is the latest tease from Microsoft in advance of Office 11's launch.

Replication Optimization Tips (Database Journal, October 9th)
Here are twenty little known tips that you can use to ensure your replication operations are performing in the most efficient manner possible.

Search Engine Standards, Please! (SearchDay, October 8th)
Search engines should set standards and adhere to them, say webmasters, advertisers and a senior attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. Uniform standards would serve both web site owners and searchers.

Sony Takes Stake in PalmSource (internet.com, October 8th)
Hoping to defend its market share in the personal digital assistants operating systems arena from encroachment by Microsoft, Palm Computing won a ringing endorsement from Sony, which agreed to make a $20 million investment in PalmSource, the Palm operating system unit, in return for a 6 percent stake.

Blocking Wi-Fi Tresspassers (TechTV, October 8th)
Worries about wardriving and warchalking are providing business for Internet security companies, who say Wi-Fi network owners have good reason to be concerned about hackers tapping their systems.

Microsoft Unveils E-Business Game Plan (internet.com, October 8th)
Code-named 'Jupiter,' next year's server suite will feature integrated developer environments and more support for XML-based standards.

Building Better Retail Websites (eMarketer, October 7th)
Research on online shopping has ameliorated the consumer experience. User-friendly, secure, reliable websites are a must.

VeriSign Settles Marketing Lawsuit (internet.com, October 7th)
Domain registrar giant VeriSign Monday has settled its lawsuit with smaller Scottsdale, Ariz.-based rival Go Daddy. According to terms of the settlement, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company will no longer send "renewal notices" to customers of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Go Daddy Software, a smaller, discount-priced competitor in the aggressive field for domain name registration.

Microsoft Debuts Content Management Server 2002 (internet.com, October 7th)
With an eye on the lucrative market for managing Web content, Microsoft released its new Content Management Server 2002 on Monday, boasting the server makes developers' jobs easier by more tightly integrated with Microsoft Office and Visual Studio.Net.

Officials: Webcasters, Record Industry Reach Net Radio Deal (USA Today, October 7th)
The two sides in the debate over online music royalties agreed to set lower fees for small Webcasters, who argued that heftier rates would have put their fledgling industry out of business. More on this issue may be found at vnunet.com.

Amazon Hopes for Christmas Bonus (BBC News, October 7th)
Online store Amazon looks set to repeat its performance of 2001 and record a profit in the closing quarter of the year.

Yahoo Turnaround Looking More Secure (Reuters, October 7th)
Its days as the Internet darling with the golden touch are long gone, but when Yahoo Inc. reports earnings this week it could earn a different distinction, as the media company that pulled off a turnaround in one of the toughest business climates in years. Celebration of the portal's long-awaited return to the black may be found here.

M-Commerce: What's in It for Business? (E-Commerce Times, October 7th)
Many companies are holding out for more powerful devices before making a commitment to provide employees with mobile access to enterprise applications on a large scale.

Liskov’s Substitution Principle (Java Boutique, October 7th)
That Java is an Object Oriented language does not necessarily mean that the code written in Java is always Object Oriented. If this statement surprises you, then this tutorial series is for you.

Game Makers Are Feeling Cheery (MSNBC, October 6th)
Holiday sales are expected to be chilly all around, but demand for video games and consoles should be hot. Not only are the video game boxes $100 cheaper than last year, but a rash of new versions of blockbuster titles are hitting the stores in the next couple of months.

Inside the Serious Business of Online Gaming (E-Commerce Times, October 4th)
Purveyors of interactive online games have hit upon an audience-pleasing business model, featuring methods like subscription plans that give users unlimited access for a monthly fee. But gamers are an avid and demanding clientele, and industry experts say firms in other areas of e-commerce will be hard-pressed to emulate gaming companies' success using the same tactics.

Apache Fixes Bugs in Server Upgrade (internet.com, October 4th)
Fixes to three security vulnerabilities and several new features have been added to the latest release of the Apache HTTP Server.

A Rosy Outlook for Holiday E-Commerce (internet.com, October 3rd)
With only six official Christmases under its belt, e-commerce is finally finding a place in consumer holiday shopping plans, say analysts, and despite the ailing economy, sales are expected to ring in at an all-time high.

Value of Online Content Not Related to Bandwidth (eMarketer, October 3rd)
Just because a consumer has broadband access, it doesn't necessarily mean he or she will pay for premium online content. So what will induce consumers to "pay to play?" eMarketer posits an answer.

Should You Hack Your Own Network? (CIO Information Network, October 3rd)
Whether it's a hacker on the outside, or the Bugbear virus inside, your network is constantly being probed for vulnerabilities. If there are holes in your security, you should find them - before the bad guys do.

Network Vulnerabilities Surge In Q3 (Datamation, October 3rd)
The aggressive nature of recent worms, persistent and increasingly sophisticated, added to a 65% increase in network vulnerabilities in the third quarter of this year.

SMEs Concentrate on IT Security (eMarketer, October 3rd)
Security is on everyone's mind since 911, and US SMEs are no exception -- AMI Partners reports that 62% of mid-sized and 23% of small-sized enterprises believe it is important to enhance their IT security, up from just 44% and 12% in 2001 respectively.

'Critical' Windows Help, SQL Flaws Patched (internet.com, October 3rd)
Microsoft plugs 'critical' security holes in the Windows HTML Help facility and the SQL Server products.

FAST Searches for an Edge With Upgrades (internet.com, October 3rd)
Taking aim at rival Google, Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) has made several improvements to its AlltheWeb.com search engine and is planning more for mid-November.

Data Theft Reaches Estimated $59 Billion (internet.com, October 3rd)
U.S. corporations lost $59 billion in proprietary information and intellectual property during the past year, according to a report released by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), PricewaterhouseCoopers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

eBay, PayPal Tie the Knot (internet.com, October 3rd)
After months of trying to cram the two companies together, eBay said it has now officially acquired PayPal.

Improve Web Site Performance Without Buying More Servers (ServerWatch, October 3rd)
Looking to improve website performance as much as ten-fold, but don't want to buy more servers? The Redline T|X 2200 Web I/O Acceleration appliance may be just the ticket. But with a ticket price in the vicinity of $20,000, it certainly isn't for everyone.

Submitting To Directories: Yahoo, LookSmart & The Open Directory (E-Commerce Guide, October 2nd)
Web directories differ from search engines in that they use real humans to determine which sites are listed, rather than mathematical algorithms and data crawlers. Getting listing with the major directories is very important, since they still hold positions of substantial visibility, but the process differs from that used to submit a site to regular search engines. Find out how in this article.

The OS Wars: BSD vs. Linux (NewsFactor, October 2nd)
While the BSD operating system, an open source variant of Unix, enjoys a loyal following, is freely available in several flavors, and has potential for wider deployment in the future, that is where its similarities to Linux end. In terms of industry acceptance, Linux has an edge over BSD, which lacks the enterprise applications and market noise Linux has generated.

US Gov't Websites Concentrate on Security, Privacy (eMarketer, October 2nd)
The number of US state and federal government websites with security policies posted rose from 5% in 2000 to 34% this year, reports Brown University's Taubman Center.

SANS/FBI Names Top 20 Network Threats (internet.com, October 2nd)
Realizing many IT departments don't have the time, resources or inclination to plug up breaches in its network, a new report points out the biggest vulnerabilities by operating system.

'ClickWrap' Ruling Could Allow Privacy Suits (internet.com, October 2nd)
A federal appeals court ruling in a 'spyware' suit against Netscape paves the way for privacy lawsuits and helps define the validity of online 'clickwrap' agreements.

Washington to Host Open Source Security Summit (internet.com, October 2nd)
The summit will provide an open forum to discuss and explore how open source technologies, methodologies, tools, and support processes meet the challenges of securing networks and computer systems.

Tap Java HTTP Authentication (ZDNet Australia, October 1st)
Support for proxies and HTTP authentication is an essential aspect of Web development. Java 1.2 provides native support for both technologies.


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