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hyperLINK Issue 6, June 12

hyperLINK Issue 6, June 12

Here is this week's hyperLINK, your window on the local, national and international IT sector, brought to you by Canterbury Software Inc and editor Carol Webb. It includes news on the next CSI Tech BBQ and other CSI events, as part of promoting success through connections for IT products, services and people.

See the full version at http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/current.htm Sign-up options at http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/news.htm

+ Please forward this newsletter. You can freely re-use the feature stories, provided you acknowledge the credited feature story writer and hyperLINK as source.

FRIDAY TECH BB

qJUNE 13: Hosted by Kevin Scally at CANTERBURYfare Gallery, 24 New Regent street. Nibbles provided. kevin.scally@clear.net.nz

JUNE 20: Hosted by Alchemy (www.alchemy.co.nz). Contact: Howard Nicholls h.nicholls@alchemy.co.nz

For further information (and to see who got snapped by the CSI paparazzi at recent events) go to the Tech BBQ page at http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/bbq.htm

+ Canterbury Software Inc is keen to promote the Friday Tech BBQ as a meeting point for the Christchurch tech community. If it's been a while since you last checked out the BBQ scene, now could be the time. If you know of anyone who might be interested in coming along, especially those new to the sector or new to Christchurch, forward this to them. The BBQ is an informal social and networking event that takes place every Friday, 5.30pm to around 7.30pm. It gives members of the tech community a chance to meet other similar people in a relaxed environment, talk shop, network and get to know each other better.

hyperLINK contents: Issue 6, June 12 2003

+ PhD project set to take on apparel world + Jade scores UK banking technology award + Tech Newsbytes from all around + Incredibly useful website of the week + Online with CSI + Hot topics at the forum + Contact us, subscribe/unsubscribe etc

NEXT WEEK IN HYPERLINK: Export champions

*FEATURE STORY 1* PhD PROJECT SET TO TAKE ON APPAREL WORLD By Carol Webb

A former University of Canterbury student is turning his PhD project into an international software business that could save the apparel industry millions of dollars. [more here http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/current.htm#feature1 ]

*FEATURE STORY 2*

JADE SCORES BANKING TECHNOLOGY AWARD

Christchurch-based Jade Software Corporation is back in the news in Britain after winning a prestigious award for banking industry technology. [more here http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/current.htm#feature2 ]

*NEWSBYTES*

LOVE ME TENDER: Canterbury Software members are being offered an exceptionally good deal for subscriptions to the NZ-Australian electronic tender notification service TenderLink. Cluster facilitator James Saruchera says the regular TenderLink annual subscription cost for individuals is almost $900, but financial members taking advantage of a CSI umbrella cost can access the service at a fraction of that. The more members who sign up, the less they'll pay. For example, Saruchera says if 75 members join via CSI, they will pay only $37 each per year. It's a great reason to either join CSI or for existing members to get their membership fees paid, says Saruchera. TenderLink carries tenders, RFI and RFPs from more than 1000 newspapers and industry-related websites. Each year, TenderLink digitally publishes more than 60,000 tender opportunities, making it by far the most comprehensive and complete coverage available in New Zealand. Join CSI now and get almost 13 months membership for just $50: http://www.canterburysoftware.org.nz/join.htm ; check out TenderLink's website: http://www.tenderlink.com/explorer.htm ; email the facilitator if you're interested in this great deal: James.Saruchera@cdc.org.nz

BUGBEAR'S BACK: The BugBear.B worm, a descendant of the original BugBear which struck last year, is causing havoc worldwide. The worm can spread using network shares, directly over networks, or through email using its own email engine. The worm emails itself to addresses found on the local system (in files and email messages) and is believed to specifically focus on computers linked to certain Internet domains owned by banks and financial houses. Hard drives that are shared with an infected system are also in danger from the virus, which will append itself to more than 30 different programs and execute when those applications are run. The virus will open a "back door" on the PC, leaving Port 1080 open to intruders from the internet. Its nasties include a mass-mailer, network share propagator, keylogger, remote access trojan, polymorphic parasitic file infector and a security software terminator. See McAfee on Bugbear .B: http://vil.mcafee.com/dispVirus.asp?virus_k=100358

PATCHING OVER CRACKS: Microsoft has released a patch that fixes two newly discovered critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, each of which could allow an attacker to take control of a victim's system. The cumulative patch, released in Microsoft Bulletin MS03-020, contains all previous patches for IE versions 5.01, 5.5, and 6.0. - Information Week http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=10300145

*EXPORT FOCUS*

E-BUSINESS WITHIN NZ: E-Business uptake within New Zealand has been relatively slow compared to the uptake in some of New Zealand’s major trading partners, including the US, Uk and Australia. The main factors have been the perceived high costs of the technology and a lack of awareness of the benefits that e-Business can bring to the nation’s companies. Report by Brigitte Reed, Trade New Zealand eMarket Services national manager. http://www.emarketservices.com/reports_facts/articles/article030425.htm

*WEBSITE OF THE WEEK*

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ONLINE: Award winning magazine Software Development has a feature-packed website with a mix of strategic technology coverage and people management issues facing developers. There’s a lively forum and you can subscribe to a number of top class tech magazine websites in the CMP Media group. http://www.sdmagazine.com

+ Tell the editor (editor@canterburysoftware.org.nz) about any sites you'd like to share with hyperLINK's readers

*CSI WEBSITE HAPPENINGS*

It's never been easier to join Canterbury Software Inc, and the benefits for members have never been better. For just $50 annual sub you'll be able to tap into myriad ways to help your tech business succeed. CSI is the voice of the Canterbury Software Community and when it speaks on behalf of its members, the government and its agencies listen. There's a busy programme of practical workshops on topics members tell us they want to hear about; the resources section on the CSI website has material available only to members; the monthly Elevator Cafes are being seized upon by members keen to polish their presentation skills; and there's a great members-only deal available for TenderLink subscriptions (see Newsbyte above). Plans are for the annual general meeting to be held on Friday August 22 at 4pm (diary it now). Memberships taken out now will give 13 months value for the usual 12-month price of just $50. Join now at http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/join.htm

*MEANWHILE, AT THE FORUM*

WORKSHOPS - HAVE YOUR SAY: Last Thursday’s CSI-Biz workshop on marketing has drawn plenty of plaudits from those who attended. Now is your chance to have your say about what topics you’d like future workshops to cover. Air your views on the Forum, or email Jane Montgomery jane.montgomery@xtra.co.nz

The Forum is your online community, where you can: + air your problems and concerns about marketing your software internationally + get rapid and effective suggestions from others like you,who've already done it + raise and discuss subjects of general concern to members Go to http://canterburysoftware.org.nz/forum.htm


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