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Tuning in to technology

There are two things in which you would definitely be interested, if you were into technology (as a technology freak or as a serious user of technology — how to get good technology free and how to ensure that viruses don't get at it. In the past, this column has dwelt on free software and interesting sites and the like, as well as on anti-virus sites that aid you.

Time now to look at two sites that belong to categories different from those said above, but two that you will find useful.

  • One tells you as to what is happening in the world of technology, particularly on the licensing front, globally, and

  • Another that actually scans users' e-mails (legally, we presume) as to what havoc new viruses are wreaking the world over.

    The first,, is a good source of information. Check it out regularly and you wouldn't miss out on the fun. eWorld first came to know about Gartner's and Meta Groups' recommendations to users against the pricing policies of Oracle at this site.

    The latest at the time of going to press is that a US federal court has ordered Dell Computers to hand over e-mail records of 14 of its executives to the Netherlands-based Tulip Computers on a patent infringement case filed by Tulip.

    Want to know more? Just get into the site.

    Tracking viruses is a problem for you. And you are probably grateful for the e-mail alerts that anti-virus companies send you.

    But if you want to get to information faster than that, you should may be try which says that it has a global service that scans millions of e-mail messages across its 700,000 user base, sniffing for new and unidentified viruses.

    Its product, VirusEye, is a live, virus-information service. Messagelabs claims the service has live data feeds from its global network of "Control Towers", which scans millions of e-mails everyday, and provides comprehensive virus news.

    Compiled by Bharat Kumar

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