Computer briefs


- The Chief Executive Officer of Computerise Nigeria Project, Mrs Vivian Abii has expressed concern that a large number of the 3.5 million computers imported into Nigeria annually are refurbished. Abii in a chat with newsmen in Lagos reiterated that many of the imported systems found their way into the country through unauthorized channels.

- Acer Computer, the Middle East and Africa's leading supplier of notebook computers, has signed a deal to supply Tunis Air with high-end Acer desktops.

Acer has committed to delivering almost 500 units of high-end Veriton commercial desktops to the airline. Maintaining its strong presence in the country, the IT vendor already has existing contract to supply desktops to the Tunisian Ministry of Education.

- Support for PHP4, the popular web programming language will stop at the end of this year, the development team has announced.

- Kenyan IT services company Openview Business Systems has become a Gold status member of the Network Appliances (NetApp) partnership programme, a certification that enables it to offer a combination of services including NetApp's storage technology.