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In Emergencies, People Turn To Web 2.0, Not Traditional News
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
When danger is at their door, people turn to social media sites, blogs, and instant messages, rather than the mainstream news media, for necessary information. Twitter and Google mashups in particular prove far more useful than traditional government channels, according to a report prepared at the University of Colorado. I learned that the hard way myself last year.
Sun And Adobe, Both Opening Up
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
Two major announcements in the past day or so both caught my attention: the inclusion of an open source version of Java with Linux, and an effort on Adobe's part to open up the proprietary nature of Flash.  Both are potentially huge, and they both cover about as much territory as they overlap.

8 Dirty Secrets Of The Security Industry
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
An IBM security expert ripped the scab off the dirty little secrets of the security industry in a highly entertaining presentation Wednesday at Interop. Joshua Corman, principal security analyst at IBM Internet Security Systems, highlighted the gaping divide between what customers think they're buying (safety) versus what security vendors are most intent on selling (stuff that'll bring in the bucks). Here, in condensed form, is his list.
'Compliance' Is a Dirty Word
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
If there is one word I hate to hear used in this industry it's "compliance." To me it's like fingernails down a blackboard, and frankly if I never hear it used again then I would be a happy man... Let me be among the first to point out that the Compliance Emperor often has no clothes.
iPhone Users Get Free Wi-Fi Access At Starbucks
Commentary  |  5/1/2008  | 
Since AT&T is providing Starbucks locations with their Wi-Fi networks, it decided to do iPhone users a solid and give them free access to the Wi-Fi. The only caveat is that you have to be an AT&T subscriber.
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