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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 21 March 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Frank March
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: IT Sector 'standstill'

You apprear to have failed to read beyond the headline
which is quite misleading.  We have been accustomed to
unabated headlong growth in the ICT sector for so long that
the idea that such growth might slow to mere normality cf
the rest of the economy is perhaps a surprise, but hardly a
disaster.  In fact over the past year there has been
shrinkage in some overseas markets, while the NZ market has
continued to expand at roughly the same rate in 2000 and
2001 (5% and 4% respectively).

IDC have predicted growth to fall to just under 1% next
year; they are probably right as there was actually a small
decrease in the value of computer imports in calendar year
2001.  But note that thisis expected to be the bottom of a
trough with small increases from then on.

The really good news in 2001 as that NZ exports of computer
and communications hardware and software expanded by 12% to
reachover NZ$770 million.

Source:  www.stats.govt.nz

Frank March
Senior Specialist Advisor
Ministry of Economic Development

From: Soaringjunkie
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Lotus & ORBZ

From what I understand, the legal action that resulted in
the closure of ORBZ was not from Lotus Software - rather it
seems from a/some sites that were effected by the "Lotus
Domino" issue...unfortunately at this stage the details are
sketchy at best...

What a pitty that they (the Domino sites) had such a knee
jerk reaction to an issue that could be resolved simply
by "correcting" setup or upgrading to release 5.0.9!

Given the sketchy nature of the details, I almost wonder if
Ian Gulliver used this as an excuse to exit? (oh what a
suspicious mind I have!)

Not good press for Lotus - however if we look at their
track record, they are still head and shoulders above MS in
the security stakes.

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