Commentary
Content posted in February 2004
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  2/28/2004  | 
Taking Stock: UTStarcom's Growth In Emerging Markets
Commentary  |  2/27/2004  | 
Phone company isn't content with growing only in China
Life After Running A Porn Site
Commentary  |  2/25/2004  | 
The operator of an adult-content site is hanging it up as his son enters school, Parry Aftab says.
The Privacy Lawyer: Unscrupulous Marketing Practices Of Online Porn Purveyors
Commentary  |  2/25/2004  | 
The government is cracking down on operators of adult Web sites that use illegal and unethical methods to attract children to their sites, Parry Aftab says.
SmartAdvice: Cost Is Only One Factor In Outsourcing Decisions
Commentary  |  2/25/2004  | 
Outline very specific goals for outsourcing before you lock in an agreement, or be prepared to be disappointed, The Advisory Council says. Also, ways to get better customer service from PC vendors, and how to turn compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley into a plus.
Why Business Intelligence Matters
Commentary  |  2/22/2004  | 
The Web has simultaneously made data easier to gather and share, and also created new channels of information all its own. And emerging technologies on the horizon — radio frequency identification technology that it's hoped will track individual items within supply chains, for example — promise whole new mountains of data. Making better use of that data is your job, and we're here to help.
Linux's Biggest Problem? Neither Microsoft nor SCO
Commentary  |  2/21/2004  | 
Microsoft isn't Linux's biggest problem, and neither is SCO. Linux's biggest problem is the perception that the Linux community is a bunch of dreamers. A whole package of other assumptions goes along with that perception: that Linux is anti-business, that the Linux community doesn't care about profit and private property and that members of the community don't have what it takes to succeed in the real world.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  2/20/2004  | 
Taking Stock: Cabot Microelectronics Deserves Second Look
Commentary  |  2/20/2004  | 
Its fundamentals seem significantly less cyclical than rivals'.
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  2/20/2004  | 
Microsoft misplaces some source code and posters see the pettiness of the human spirit, an allegory for genetically altered crops, and a marketing conspiracy
On The Horizon: Internet's Openness Is What Makes It Work
Commentary  |  2/20/2004  | 
ICANN needs to walk the walk and focus on the Internet's plumbing.
Langa Letter: Cool And Quiet, Part 1
Commentary  |  2/19/2004  | 
Fred Langa finds ways to silence his PC's noisy fans while still keeping the PC well cooled.
Secret CIO: Who Should Lead The Fight Against Spam?
Commentary  |  2/19/2004  | 
To defeat spam, we must first agree on who owns the problem
SmartAdvice: Top-Down Strategy
Commentary  |  2/18/2004  | 
Business commitment, good project management, and an incremental approach can improve your chances for a successful supply-chain-management implementation, The Advisory Council says. Also, control the costs of computer hardware maintenance and avoid the pitfalls of corporate IT-abuse investigations.
Editor's Note
Commentary  |  2/18/2004  | 
Clinical Transformations
Commentary  |  2/18/2004  | 
Technology alone won't fix inadequate processes. It's critical to design processes to improve patient safety
Linux Is No Threat to the Economic Recovery
Commentary  |  2/18/2004  | 
With its Linux lawsuit foundering, SCO is trying to convince lawmakers that open source software hurts the U.S. economy and threatens national security. Opinion, by Network Computing editor in chief Rob Preston.
Real-Time Data Access Using BPM
Commentary  |  2/17/2004  | 
A look at BPM's capabilities and the current BPM market.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  2/15/2004  | 
The Observer: Nuts-Behind-The-Wheel Must Accept Blame--And Change Behavior
Commentary  |  2/15/2004  | 
We can lay the blame for buggy software and rampant viruses elsewhere, but Lou Bertin says individuals must step up and take responsibility for security, too.
Business Technology: Keep Apps Simple As Possible, No Simpler
Commentary  |  2/13/2004  | 
Bob Evans says keeping apps simple as possible, not simpler, is the solution to increasing software complexity.
Taking Stock: Juniper Deal Harkens Back To Bubbles Past
Commentary  |  2/13/2004  | 
The No. 1 rule is to always buy assets with overinflated currency
SmartAdvice: Tips For Turning IT From Cost Center To Profit Center
Commentary  |  2/12/2004  | 
CIOs must focus on increasing revenue, not just cutting costs, in moving IT from cost center to profit center, The Advisory Council says. Also, how to build a defensible business case for moving off obsolete Windows 98 PCs, and using the Future Search approach to jump-start a vision statement.
Langa Letter: Successful Updates Despite Very Slow Connections
Commentary  |  2/11/2004  | 
Fred Langa shows how some simple workarounds let you bypass bottlenecks when keeping your PCs up to date.
Linux on the Desktop: "Better" Isn't Good Enough
Commentary  |  2/11/2004  | 
Advocates of Linux on the desktop talk about Linux replacing Microsoft Windows, but of course, that's not the way the computer industry works. Users don't replace what they already have. PCs, minicomputers and Unix servers didn't replace mainframes, even though the vendors of those systems kept insisting that was going to happen any day now.
Productivity Grows, And So Does Our Stress Level
Commentary  |  2/10/2004  | 
It would be nice for someone to mention that individual workers are being asked to do a whole lot more these days.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  2/6/2004  | 
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  2/6/2004  | 
Angst about offshore outsourcing is evolving. Discomfort early on turned to racist-tinged anger and now appears to be morphing into a political movement.
Focus On Driving, Not Doing Business Via A Handheld
Commentary  |  2/6/2004  | 
It's not only illegal in many states and countries to use handheld phones while driving, says Carl Zetie, it's a bad idea. Companies must consider what demands they place on employees and their liability.
On The Horizon: Who's Best To Manage Internet Plumbing?
Commentary  |  2/5/2004  | 
If the Internet is key to economic development, everyone wants a say.
What's On The Privacy Horizon
Commentary  |  2/5/2004  | 
Some industry players share their predictions on upcoming privacy and security concerns with Parry Aftab.
The Privacy Lawyer: Balancing Act For Security And Privacy Issues
Commentary  |  2/5/2004  | 
Most security professionals agree they expect no surprises on the privacy front, Parry Aftab says, but continued focus and diligence in implementing policy are key.
Smart Advice: Under-Promise And Over-Deliver On ERP Projects
Commentary  |  2/4/2004  | 
To escape the Y2K spending hangover, IT must reverse the skepticism brought on by expensive ERP projects, The Advisory Council says. Also, look at business fundamentals before starting a CRM project, and create processes that implement and tie together local and global objectives to generate value companywide.
Extremism in Defense of Linux Must Be Condemned
Commentary  |  2/4/2004  | 
I've been doing a bit of Googling today, and I've discovered that there's something missing from the statements by Linux leaders about the MyDoom attack. It needs to be said: Vigilante action is wrong. The author or authors of the MyDoom virus should be prosecuted with the full vigor of the law.They are villains, they should be thrown into prison and made into examples to make the entire community of computer criminals afraid.


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