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 Mitch Wagner

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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in March 2006

Ethics Aren't Just For The Classroom

3/30/2006
My colleague Paul McDougall has been taking quite a beating in the comments section of the InformationWeek Weblog for suggesting that it's a bad idea for executives to take massive gifts from vendors bidding on company business. Paul is making the crazy, wild-eyed assertion that bribery is, perhaps, ethically speaking, the nonoptimal solution. You might even say it's wrong.

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Maybe It's Just That Nobody Gives A Cr-- Uh, Darn

3/29/2006
Nonprofits and political organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are campaigning against America Online's plan to give preferential treatment to some E-mail newsletters and other bulk mail, provided that the senders are willing to pay a fee. Bennet Haselton, of the political group Peacefire.org, posted an explanation on Slashdot. It's thoughtful--but demonstrates why Peacefire and the EFF are missing the

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The Stripper And Bill Gates

3/10/2006
Reading over the recent blog entry by InformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston, I found myself thinking of a certain ex-stripper from Texas, and wondering who's got more business sense--the stripper or Bill Gates?

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You Can't Be Steve Jobs, But This Is Close

3/10/2006
You want to be Steve Jobs. You can admit it. Everybody does. You want to wear the jeans, the black mock-turtleneck sweater, and the frameless eyeglasses. You want people to say your products are insanely great. You want to have a cult following. Well, you can't be Steve, but you can create your own Steve Jobs presentation using the Steve Jobs Soundboard, mixing and matching Steve-isms like "We're super-excited about it" and "But there is one more

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But What About The One-Man Helicopters?

3/9/2006
I think about the movie The Road Warrior whenever I pass through places where business users and students gather--coffee shops, airport gates, hotel lobbies, and trade show common areas. In The Road Warrior, Mel Gibson and groups of scruffy post-nuclear mutants wandered the Australian outback, clad in fabulous leather couture, fighting for dwindling supplies of gasoline. And that's the scene wherever people gather to use mobile computers. Those places are bleak, Darwinian lands

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Microsoft Will Stumble On Windows Vista And Office 2007

3/1/2006
The thing about the story of the boy who cried wolf is that the wolf eventually showed up. Every time Microsoft updates Windows and Office, pessimists say customers won't adopt the new version. This trend goes back more than a decade. It happened with Windows 95, with Windows 98, with Windows ME, and with Windows XP. And the pessimists have been wrong every time. But this time around, it's looking like the pessimistic view is the right one. Neither Vista nor the upcoming Office 2007 offers co

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