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Content posted in October 2004
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IT Confidential: Spim, Spam, Spyware, And The Flu Vaccine
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
'Popping a pill from a spammer is akin to online Russian Roulette.'
Business Technology: Microsoft And Its Blind Spot: Linux
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Steve Ballmer's letter to customers said nothing about the widespread reality of tens of thousands of Microsoft customers who are eager to deploy BOTH Windows and Linux.
Linux More Expensive? Maybe
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Something about this time of year makes me even more suspicious of spin than usual. So when I read Steve Ballmer's e-mailed message to customers and partners, I wanted to find out a little more about the research he used to defend his position against Linux.
Taking Stock: Slow And Steady ADP Wins Earnings Race
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Back-office processing for many firms often runs on ADP support.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
On The Horizon: Securing Borders With Information Analysis
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Risk-assessment and supply-chain analysis are paramount to safety.
Scoping Out The Real Costs of RFID
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
Much of the focus surrounding the cost of RFID has been on the price of RFID chips or tags. But implementing a fully functional RFID system incurs multiple costs including technology, consulting, recurring fees and many others. By some estimates, costs for big companies can be $25 million for mandate compliance.
SmartAdvice: Small Banks Should Use An ASP And Their Agility To Differentiate Service
Commentary  |  10/29/2004  | 
As more banking moves online, small and midsize banks must use their agility to keep customers, The Advisory Council says. Also, Google has to sharpen its focus to be competitive in enterprise search; and a CIO must develop staff leaders to enhance the business.
Congratulations, Mr. Internet! This Is Your Life.
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
NYU economics professor Nicholas Economides finds that the best way to describe the Internet is to look at the industries it's displacing.
Quick Look: The Treo 650 Gets Even Better
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
A quick look at the new Treo 650 smartphone finds some significant improvements over its popular predecessor.
The Pieces Fall Into Place
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
All the pieces seem to be falling in place for Oracle's hostile takeover bid for PeopleSoft.
EDS In Employment Fight?
Commentary  |  10/28/2004  | 
We received a call today from a former EDS worker laid off last year from one of the company's New Jersey facilities. She reports receiving a letter the other day from the state's employment commission indicating EDS is contesting her unemployment insurance payments.
High-Tech Ambulance Chasers
Commentary  |  10/27/2004  | 
Patent lawsuits and other intellectual property conflicts are grabbing plenty of headlines lately. Yet I don't see this subject as just another hot news item--I consider it the biggest threat the open-source software community has ever faced, and it may be the most serious threat the U.S. technology industry as a whole has ever faced as well.
EDS Takes Another Hit
Commentary  |  10/27/2004  | 
On Monday, EDS said it would delay its third quarter earnings announcement until November 3rd. It seems the company is mulling whether to write down some assets related to its NMCI Intranet contract.
Sun Gets The Patent Treatment
Commentary  |  10/26/2004  | 
Can you blame Kodak for asserting its patent rights? After all, lawsuits like this are a proven source of income.
Taming The IP Monster
Commentary  |  10/26/2004  | 
It's time to fix intellectual propety laws that stifle innovation instead of encouraging it.
Getting Serious About Enterprise Open Source
Commentary  |  10/26/2004  | 
If you think that Open Source software is just for wild-eyed, idealistic revolutionaries, it's time to think again.
The Big Newbies
Commentary  |  10/25/2004  | 
How well will analytical tools from enterprise software giants pan out against technology from firms that specialize in -- and pioneered -- business intelligence?
Secret CIO: Winning Projects Must Flow To Bottom Line
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
In getting support, remember that bonuses depend on profits.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
Outsourcing Has A Place In Business
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
IBM Earnings Offer Industry Overview
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
Revenue for Global Services increased by 10% from a year ago.
Business Technology: Cyberinsecurity And A Hot Job Market
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
Nietzsche, who would no doubt have worshipped hackers, said that out of chaos comes order. Bob Evans says he doesn't know about that, but does know that unless software companies and their customers begin to think very differently about security, then out of today's cybersecurity chaos will come massive job opportunities for computer-security majors.
Linux In Your Lap?
Commentary  |  10/22/2004  | 
The Linux parade is headed for Main Street. Finally, after years of nay-saying (and the occasional grumpy analyst report), we're seeing more evidence that open-source software is ready to become more than an asterisk in the mainstream market. Yet the true test for mass-market Linux isn't the desktop--it's the laptop. And while desktop Linux keeps moving towards the head of the class, its laptop cousin still has some homework to do.
A Challenge For The Ages
Commentary  |  10/20/2004  | 
Government agencies on the national, state and local levels want to build a means of effectively sharing and analyzing homeland security data. The full difficulty of that task will rival anything the government has ever accomplished.
SmartAdvice: Write IT Plan For Nonprofit That Incorporates Values
Commentary  |  10/19/2004  | 
Measure the value of IT to a nonprofit in a plan with definable standards, The Advisory Council says. Also, plan around security concerns when implementing RFID; and protect confidential HR information the same way as other company data.
The Privacy Lawyer: The Checklist For Cybercommunications
Commentary  |  10/18/2004  | 
The right--and wrong--ways to make sure your E-mail gets its message across.
You Can Learn A Lot From A Pig
Commentary  |  10/18/2004  | 
A fairy tale about three little pigs--alopng with some unrelated discussion about Microsoft vs. open source security. Really. Completely unrelated.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  10/16/2004  | 
Putting The Future Into Perspective
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
The Public's Bipolar Take On Technology
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
Just the mention of RFID implants gives most people the creeps.
Taking Stock: Intel's Stock Appeal Starts To Look Good
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
Intel's stock has fallen more than 34% since the first of the year.
Business Technology: Looking Ahead: Getting To Know You, Faster
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
As we look back at the world InformationWeek has covered for the past 25 years, it's also worth a glance into the future to see what the next quarter-century might bring.
SmartAdvice: Consider Limited RFID Adoption As The Technology Sorts Itself Out
Commentary  |  10/15/2004  | 
Don't retool your factory, but consider limited RFID use as it moves into the supply-chain mainstream, The Advisory Council says. Plus, there's room for blade servers and rack-mounted servers in many IT architectures; and weigh cumbersome against secure in deciding on passwords, biometric-based ID, or some combination for security.
Langa Letter: Favorite Tools, Utilities, And Add-Ons
Commentary  |  10/14/2004  | 
What ''must have'' software do you install on your PC? Here's Fred Langa's list of his personal favorites.
Beyond The CEO Dashboard
Commentary  |  10/13/2004  | 
The lower-level, indispensable folks who actually run things at most businesses are stepping up and taking charge of business intelligence.
Enterprise Open Source: Big Names, Bigger Money
Commentary  |  10/13/2004  | 
There's a new game in town for unemployed software executives who need a new gig: enterprise open-source services. Judging from the money and management talent moving into this market, it's less likely to be a gold rush than a no-holds-barred cage match. And that's great news for firms that need a clear technology roadmap before they venture into open-source territory.
The Enduring Magic Of Software
Commentary  |  10/12/2004  | 
My optimism for the future of computing has never been greater
Peer-To-Peer Payoff
Commentary  |  10/12/2004  | 
Editor's Note
Commentary  |  10/12/2004  | 
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
IT Confidential: Bang For The Buck: TV, The Internet, Or Oracle
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Internet ads have been used to raise money, not persuade voters.
Taking Stock: The Companies To Buy Are Those People Hate
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Professional investors jump in and out based on fear and greed.
Business Technology: Bloggers, Fuzzy Logic, And The Search For The Truth
Commentary  |  10/8/2004  | 
Our columnist gets caught in a blog from hell (or does he?) on the subject of software mega-mergers, meatloaf gravy, databases, The Lord of the Rings, and many other savory and unsavory morsels from the teeming table of the blogosphere.
SmartAdvice: Align IT Outsourcing With Business Goals
Commentary  |  10/7/2004  | 
Develop an IT outsourcing model that takes management and business goals into account, The Advisory Council says. Also, don't even think of hiring convicted ex-hackers to run security tests when security experts offer the same service.
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