• March 28, 2007 28 Mar'07

    OpenOffice.org vs. Microsoft Office 2007

    An office suite expert explains why users are considering OpenOffice.org with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 and how it compares to OpenOffice.  Continue Reading

  • March 28, 2007 28 Mar'07

    Is there a mainframe skills shortage?

    As baby-boomer IT professionals retire over the next five to seven years, mainframe shops are going to have great difficulty managing their mainframe environments. But how serious is the mainframe skills shortage?  Continue Reading

  • March 28, 2007 28 Mar'07

    Dell services target the hyperscale data center

    Dell is eyeing large cloud computing data centers with built-to-order hardware, capacity planning and deployment services.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    SMP (symmetric multiprocessing)

    SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) is the processing of programs by multiple processors that share a common operating system and memory.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    sysplex and Parallel Sysplex

    A sysplex is IBM's systems complex (the word sysplex comes from the first part of the word system and the last part of the word complex), introduced in 1990 as a platform for the MVS/ESA operating system for IBM mainframe servers.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    supervisor call (SVC)

    In computers, especially IBM mainframes, a supervisor call (SVC) is a processor instruction that directs the processor to pass control of the computer to the operating system's supervisor program.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    hard drive overwriter

    In e-cycling, a hard drive overwriter is a program or utility that repeatedly overwrites the data on a computer's hard drive with gibberish.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07


    E-waste is any refuse created by discarded electronic devices and components as well as substances involved in their manufacture or use.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07


    E-cycling is the practice of reusing, or distributing for reuse, electronic equipment and components rather than discarding them at the end of their life cycle.  Continue Reading

  • March 27, 2007 27 Mar'07

    field-replaceable unit (FRU)

    In electronic hardware, particularly computer systems, a field-replaceable unit (FRU) is a circuit board or part that can be quickly and easily removed and replaced by the user or by a technician without having to send the entire product or system ...  Continue Reading