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Content posted in June 2006
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Why U.S. Tech Firms Need More, Not Fewer, Indian Workers
Commentary  |  6/20/2006  | 
Less than one-half of IBM's revenues derive from sales to customers in the United States. Earlier this week, Indian outsourcer TCS bagged two deals worth more than $30 million in Latin America. Here's why these two facts combined show why American tech services firms have no choice but to continue adding staff in India and China while trimming down their more expensive U.S. workforce.
Bill Gates Waves Goodbye Earlier Than Planned
Commentary  |  6/20/2006  | 
The first utterance out of a reporter's mouth when Bill Gates disclosed plans to ease out of day-to-day management at Microsoft was to question whether Gates was leaving the company earlier than expected. Microsoft officials should have been prepared for that, but they weren't. "I don't remember ever making a prediction about a particular timeframe," Gates replied. In fact, however, Gates did make such a pred
Introducing InformationWeek Download
Commentary  |  6/19/2006  | 
Here at InformationWeek, we know you don't have a lot of time. You're trying to do five things at once, working 16-hour days, constantly being interrup-- -- Oh, wait, sorry. The phone is ringing. I need to see who that is. Can you hold on one minute? -- -- I'm back now. Where was I? Oh, yeah. Busy. Constant interruptions. No time. You don't have a lot of time. You don't have time to go hunting around through billions of documents on the Internet, looking for the information you need to mak
The Exciting And Dangerous World Of USB Memory Drives
Commentary  |  6/19/2006  | 
In the world of gadgets and technology, you would think that the dullest possible category would be USB flash memory drives -- those ubiquitous pocketable diskette-replacements that generally do nothing but store data. But you'd be wrong.
Pew Report On Internet Penetration
Commentary  |  6/19/2006  | 
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  6/16/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  6/16/2006  | 
Down To Business: The Data Center: Where The Action Is
Commentary  |  6/16/2006  | 
Changing technology is remaking data centers. No longer is the byword 'Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.'
IT Confidential: A Government Eye High, Very High, In The Sky
Commentary  |  6/16/2006  | 
Is it bad or good that Lockheed Martin's High Altitude Airship project is behind schedule?
Can Microsoft Now Finish Growing Up?
Commentary  |  6/16/2006  | 
With Ray Ozzie taking the software development reins and given his past experience at Lotus and IBM, I'm thinking he might be able to help Microsoft not only understand, but really embed into its cultural DNA what large customers need, want, and expect in a technology vendor.
Could Microsoft's Interoperability Council Help BI?
Commentary  |  6/15/2006  | 
Interoperability remains a serious bottleneck for IT. Nearly all computer systems would run a lot better if business applications would communicate whether they're running on Linux, Windows or Unix. Improved interoperability would also make life a lot easier for companies engaged in business intelligence projects.
The Failure Of Search
Commentary  |  6/15/2006  | 
Is Google killing the Internet? Seth Jayson at Motley Fool claims Google is killing the Internet by making Web spam and click fraud profitable. Scott Karp at Publishing 2.0 contends, "Pay-per-click advertising is destroying the economics of content, making it more profitable to create entire site
Netscape Is Dead. Let Go Already.
Commentary  |  6/15/2006  | 
Remember in the '80s when actress Bette Davis was in her 70s and used to appear on talk shows in a miniskirt, tight blouse, and heavy makeup? The whole thing was ghastly, unsettling, and embarrassing.

Watching AOL attempt to revive Netscape is like that.

Are You Seriously Considering Switching To A Mac?
Commentary  |  6/15/2006  | 
I've been using Windows since the Dark Ages, and never in a million years did I think I'd ever switch to a Mac. Oh sure, I admired the sleek lines and solid construction of Apple hardware, not to mention the cutting-edge look and features of OS X. But we live in a Windows world that depends on Windows apps, and for most of us it simply hasn't been practical to consider owning a Mac as our sole computer.
Desperately Seeking Neutrality
Commentary  |  6/15/2006  | 
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would amend the Communications Act of 1934 (that's the law's original date; it's been amended and revised several times since then). Missing from the bill was any explicit requirement for what advocates and ideologues have come to call "net neutrality." You'd hardly know it from most of the coverage, but if you actually read the bill and associated regulations, such a mandate is shown to be entirely unnecessary.
The Case For More H-1Bs
Commentary  |  6/15/2006  | 
Yahoo Mail Exposure Left Plenty Of Opportunity For JavaScript Worm
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
The Yahoo Mail worm exploited a JavaScript on-load function for HTML images, a function intended for Web applications to deliver a specific image-handling instruction to a browser. The on-load tag leaves space for 3 to 4 Kbytes of JavaScript to run in the browser. That's more than enough...
Brownie Troop Field Trip Into The Privacy Jungle
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
My grade-school-age daughter came home with a permission slip needing a signature in advance of her Brownie troop's field trip to a local tutoring center. But I bristled when I saw the information required. The center, a commercial business, wanted to know her name, address, age, grade level, school, favorite subject, and academic proficiency in math, reading, and spelling.
Homeland Security Chief Devises His Own Spam Solution
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff no longer has a problem with spam. Not wanting to be deluged with lots of garbage, Chertoff no longer uses e-mail.
Blade Servers Are Hip, But Do They Meet Customer Needs
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
For what is now in many ways a niche technology segment, blades servers are getting a lot attention, effort, and investment from the major server vendors. Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced a complete revamp of its blade server architecture, IBM recently revealed that a venture capital
IBM Chief Palmisano Says Offshore Outsourcing Could Help Save World from Terrorism
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
In a letter to the Financial Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano says his multi-billion dollar investments in offshore production facilities are part of a campaign to transform the company from classic multinational (read: evil, exploitive, outdated, bad for world peace) into "a new actor" known as "the globally integrated enterprise." The GIE, says Palmisano, is a benevolent form of industrial organization that creates lasting wealth and meaningful jobs around the world. It can even disarm te
Mr. Spreadsheet, Dan Bricklin, Teaches A Master Class
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
Google got all the press last week with its Google Spreadsheets with Web-based collaborative features. But at the same time the man who invented the spreadsheet, Dan Bricklin, unveiled wikiCalc, his own version of a Web-based collaborative spreadsheet. Bricklin has historically been one of the most interesting minds at work in our business, and wikiCalc is a master class in the importance of getting the details right.
Is This The Future iPod Phone?
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
A Mac enthusiast Web site has pointed out and detailed a recent patent that appears to be a "stealth" patent by Apple for an iPod video smartphone that does it all: cell phone calls, wireless videoconferencing, wireless P2P networking, video playing, picture taking and much more. It even sports the famous round Apple Click Wheel on the front.
Let The UBS Trial Be A Warning To You
Commentary  |  6/14/2006  | 
Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option
Commentary  |  6/13/2006  | 
Fred Langa shows you how to completely rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data, and without having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup.
Brightest Cell Phone Innovation Ever
Commentary  |  6/13/2006  | 
Cell phones are the "black hole" of gadgets. Other stand-alone gadgets get sucked into phones, their functionality duplicated in phones, and replaced -- PDAs, wristwatches, calculators and, in the future, MP3 players, TV remote control units and more. But the best feature you could possibly put into a cell phone -- or any other gadget for that matter -- is technology that would enable it to charge itself without being plugged in.
Andrew McAfee on Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/13/2006  | 
Forget Paper Trails: The Internet Has A Longer Memory
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
Should employers be entitled to look up their prospective hires' profiles on MySpace.com and other social networking sites? Or has an important line been crossed--both ethically and legally? A career counselor at New York University, who routinely deals with recruiters from major corporations, said dozens of companies were checking out social networks and personal Web sites before deciding who to hire, according to a
Flex Your Buying Muscle
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
Tips for getting the same deals on IT products and services as companies that can buy in bulk.
Microsoft's Dexterous Dance Toward Atlas
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
Ajax caught both the Java and Microsoft .Net communities by surprise as it swept through the ranks of Web developers. But Microsoft isn't backing off its Web application turf, even though pushed by upstarts like Exadel, Backbase, and Laszlo Systems.
H-1B Debate About More Than Numbers
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
Every time InformationWeek writes about the emotional issues of IT employment, such as H-1B visas this week or career planning against offshoring in April, some readers zero in on the numbers and debate their relevance and veracity with a fire-spitting passion. And bless them for it.
It's Security Deja Vu All Over Again
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
MacBook Owners See Red After Laptops Turn Yellow
Commentary  |  6/12/2006  | 
I blogged May 17 that less than 24 hours after Apple unveiled its new MacBook laptop, some users started reporting that the black matte finish on the notebooks was peeling off. Now it turns out that users of the white version say the white finish is turning yellow on the top. One person
The Dawn of the Knowledge Economy
Commentary  |  6/11/2006  | 
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
Community Feedback
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
IT Confidential: Adware Vs. Spyware: Who's Making The Money?
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
What's the hottest growth area these days? It's the intersection of Technology, Privacy, and The Law.
VoIP: It's Security Deja Vu All Over Again
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
Our report on Voice over IP security hazards should send a chill through any business or consumer relying on the technology.
Teen-Only Ringtone -- Can You Hear Me Now?
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
This is a story about the use of technology used by both sides in the ancient and ongoing battle between teenagers and adults. It starts with a clever bit of entrepreneurship. A company called Compound Security Systems developed what amounts to a "teenager repellant" designed to drive kids away from malls, stores and other places where teens congregate and annoy paying customers. Called the Mosquito, the electronic box produces an ultra-sonic to
Down To Business: When In Trouble, Sue Microsoft
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
The world's most dominant software company isn't a Boy Scout, but litigation is fast becoming the path of first resort for rivals.
Singin' The Beta Blues
Commentary  |  6/9/2006  | 
Microsoft Shakes Up BI Market
Commentary  |  6/8/2006  | 
Microsoft has sparked lots of chatter among business intelligence vendors. The software giant this week unveiled its technology roadmap for BI, and it looks like the upcoming products could present quite a challenge for competitors.
Wristwatch Is Peripheral Device For Your Phone
Commentary  |  6/8/2006  | 
Citizen announced a new wristwatch this week called the Citizen VIRT W700. The watch stays in contact with your cell phone via Bluetooth. If you get a call, the watch vibrates, flashes a light and displays Caller ID info. Best of all, if you leave your phone somewhere, the watch alerts you immediately.
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