Commentary
Content posted in October 2001
Langa Letter: The End Of Anonymous Surfing?
Commentary  |  10/30/2001  | 
Microsoft's Passport and its competitors are making it harder than ever for computer users to keep a low profile, Fred Langa says.
Business Technology: A New Definition Of Privacy
Commentary  |  10/26/2001  | 
There's lots of talk these days about privacy--what is it; what does it mean; what is it worth
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  10/26/2001  | 
"Microsoft's ability to track, profile, and monitor 165 million Passport users has far-reaching and profound implications for privacy protection."
Taking Stock: When Bankruptcies Are Good For A Company's Bottom Line
Commentary  |  10/26/2001  | 
Epiq's software helps bankruptcy trustees administer cases.
Can IT Bring Some Certainty Back To This Quirky World?
Commentary  |  10/26/2001  | 
With the ongoing sluggish economy, there are few certainties in business. The attacks of Sept. 11 have raised awareness about other types of uncertainties.
The Write Stuff: Q&A With The Resum? Expert
Commentary  |  10/24/2001  | 
It's not always easy to figure out what prospective employers are asking for. But sometimes they do provide understandable clues.
Ask The Secret CIO: Attention Spans, Metrics, And School Daze
Commentary  |  10/23/2001  | 
Herb responds to reader mail: how to get the attention of a CIO, the importance of performance metrics, which company he does not work for, and whether it's better to get a technical or liberal arts degree.
Quantum Spookiness
Commentary  |  10/22/2001  | 
Scientists have demonstrated that teleportation is possible, at least with a photon or two. Wendy Wolfson spoke with noted physicists about teleporting something a little larger, using quantum computing techniques. Say, an iguana.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  10/19/2001  | 
Companies scramble to adjust as IT personnel begin to receive call-up notices.
Taking Stock: Unisys Has Sound Fundamentals And Looks Good For Patient Investors
Commentary  |  10/19/2001  | 
Weak vertical markets will offset Unisys' outsourcing growth.
Two Ways To Build A Pyramid
Commentary  |  10/17/2001  | 
The outcome of large software projects depends on factors that are beyond the control of the development team. That's why our guest columnist, John Mayo-Smith, VP of Technology at R/GA, recommends that teams finish the design, coding, and debugging of each component before beginning work on the next.
Industry Comment: Whither The Electronic Book?
Commentary  |  10/16/2001  | 
Columnist Bob Rubin is cynical about the future of E-books. Gadgets are great, he says, but their staying power depends on value, not hype.
Paradigms Shift, But Architecture Is Forever
Commentary  |  10/16/2001  | 
Each technology wave has been touted as the ultimate in application architecture, says Giga Information Group's Carl Zetie. But IT organizations with a strong architectural core take a different view.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  10/12/2001  | 
Taking Stock: Accenture's Diversification And Structure Should Serve It Well
Commentary  |  10/11/2001  | 
Consulting firm is well-positioned for a turbulent market.
Emerging Technologies: Closing The Integration Gap
Commentary  |  10/10/2001  | 
Integration technologies is an old topic, but Karyl Scott may be seeing something new. Next-generation enterprise integration lets you recycle existing application components to create flexible, modifiable Internet-aware applications.
Langa Letter: Fine-Print Follies
Commentary  |  10/9/2001  | 
The current flap over FrontPage is just part of the story, Fred Langa says. The fine print is far more damaging in other companies' end-user license and terms-of-service agreements.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  10/8/2001  | 
"We've been cooperating fully with the DOJ for the past two and-a-half years, and we're extremely disappointed by their actions."
Ask The Secret CIO: Cut Back On The Staples, Would Ya?
Commentary  |  10/7/2001  | 
Herb listens to (and comments on) the experiences of readers faced with management that imposed cuts in benefits--but, of course, not on themselves.
Decision Support: Critical Need Is A Bright Spot In Market
Commentary  |  10/5/2001  | 
Businesses look to Web content-management systems to gain a competitive edge.
Taking Stock: The Bottom Is In Sight For Enterprise-Software Companies
Commentary  |  10/5/2001  | 
This quarter will likely be the worst for many companies.
The Observer: Microsoft's Slap In The Face
Commentary  |  10/2/2001  | 
Lou Bertin isn't too keen on Microsoft's Software Assurance. In his view, Microsoft has told its corporate customers that they'd better buy software upgrades now (economic conditions be damned), or face being shut out of the program. And, by the way, get ready to pony up in the future.
Matter Of Fact: Truth Or Consequences
Commentary  |  10/2/2001  | 
Quick hits, strange wit, and a pot full of bits. InformationWeek Research editor Rusty Weston looks for truth in all the wrong places.
Industry Comment: Will National Identity Cards Be The Next Step?
Commentary  |  10/1/2001  | 
It's technically possible to build "smart cards" to identify citizens. But Bob Rubin wonders whether Americans would accept such a measure?


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