Computer News - In Brief


- There appears to be tough time ahead for software pirates as the Software giant, Microsoft Nigeria, in conjunction with the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) have formed a coalition to fight piracy in the Nigerian IT sector said to growing at geometric progression despite regulations. Accordingly, Microsoft will work with CAPDAN and the law enforcement agents to drive anti-piracy efforts across the country through a sophisticated system of business intelligence, forensics and education.

- A university of the Western Cape (UWC) academic is one of a group of five academics worldwide who plan to open a new kind of online university. The Peer2Peer University (P2PU) had no intentions of registering as a university. It saw itself as a "vibrant community in which groups of self-learners and tutors work together to emulate some of the functions of an academic institution in a peer-to-peer fashion".

- Though approximately 197 million PCs were retired in 2007, just 44 percent of those entering the secondary market will be reused, according to Gartner. Import demand is highest in the Middle East, Africa and Asian/Pacific markets, China in particular. The top exporters of secondary PCs are North America, Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

- The Kenyan Government plans to set up two digital information storage centres by June next year to help support electronic data management both in Government and the private sector. The $200 million project to be implemented through a public/private partnership initiative will see the storage centres put up in Nairobi and Mombasa.