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Confessions Of An E-Mail Junkie

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Confessions Of An E-Mail Junkie
2. Today's Top Story: Chips
    - Dual-Core Processors Promise Unprecedented Performance Gains
    - AMD, IBM Plan To Extend Their Cooperative Research
3. Breaking News
    - Apple Releases Mega-Fix For Mac OS X, Patches 43 Vulnerabilities
    - Zotob Proves Patching 'Window' Nonexistent
    - Researchers Challenge Yahoo's Claims On Search Results
    - Yahoo Closing In On Google For Customer Satisfaction
    - Dell Dips In Customer Satisfaction
    - Amazon's A9.com Mixes Maps And Images
    - Mobile Users Are Less Mobile, Survey Finds
    - India Blocks Chinese Telecom Expansion, Citing Security
    - 'Dirty Silicon' To Enable Cheaper Solar Cells
4. In Depth: CEO Speak
5. Voice Of Authority: Silicon Valley And Washington, D.C.
6. White Papers: CRM
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Men have become the tools of their tools." -- Henry David Thoreau


1. Editor's Note: Confessions Of An E-Mail Junkie

This week I got one of those "holy crap" numbers thrown in my face that makes me seriously evaluate how I live my life. It didn't come from my savings account, cholesterol test, or bar tab. It came when I got a pop-up warning saying my E-mail system had exceeded capacity. So I cleaned out my Sent file, doing a select-all function. And there was the evidence: I sent 4,270 E-mails at work between February and July. That's 711 per month. At 22 working days a month, that's 32 E-mails every day. Four every hour, spewing out an E-mail every 15 minutes I'm on the job. And the calculation gets much, much worse.

Nearly every one of those 32 messages a day had at least one person cc'd--many of them had 10, 20, even 30 people on the E-mail group--so it's very conservative to multiply that number by five. That's 160 messages a day. So I interrupt 20 people every working hour with some bit of information. On average, someone gets an E-mail from me every three minutes.

Most of the research data on this issue works the other way: It tallies how much E-mail the average employee receives. It's cast in the "woe is thee" tone--poor information worker, getting thy productivity sapped by all this E-mail pouring into in-boxes. That's why this number is so depressing. I'm the E-mail villain. Apparently, the problem is spammers and me, Mr. E-Mail Every Three Minutes.

Does sending out 160 E-mails a day sound like a person with a phone phobia, who also thinks too much of his opinions? Or does it sound, I can only hope, like every other person you work with? Or even a bit like you? Let me know by responding to my blog entry.

Chris Murphy
cjmurphy@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Chips

Dual-Core Processors Promise Unprecedented Performance Gains
Intel's dual-core chip introduction promises substantial performance gains and, possibly, changes in software licensing for applications taking advantage of the new technology.

Related Stories:
AMD, IBM Plan To Extend Their Cooperative Research

AMD and IBM are extending to the year 2011 their existing cooperative agreement in which AMD has been paying IBM more than $200 million, according to published reports in the United States and Europe.


3. Breaking News

Apple Releases Mega-Fix For Mac OS X, Patches 43 Vulnerabilities
The patches update the last two editions of Mac OS X, Panther and Tiger, to fix more than 40 vulnerabilities, its most ever. Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia ranked the fixes for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.2 as "highly critical," its second-highest threat level.

Zotob Proves Patching 'Window' Nonexistent
The speed with which the latest effort to exploit a week-old vulnerability in Windows was launched has security experts alarmed. They're urging users to move as quickly as possible to defend against hackers, once patches are released.

Researchers Challenge Yahoo's Claims On Search Results
Several researchers expressed doubt about Yahoo's announcement that its search index is nearly twice as large as Google's, labeling the claim "suspicious."

Yahoo Closing In On Google For Customer Satisfaction
Customer satisfaction among Yahoo users is rising, narrowing an edge held by Google, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Dell Dips In Customer Satisfaction
U.S. consumers put Apple on a pedestal of customer satisfaction, according to a survey released Tuesday. Dell, however, was kicked off its prior perch to put it in a tie with the rest of the PC market.

Amazon's A9.com Mixes Maps And Images
Trying to play serious catch-up with name players in the online search market, Amazon.com's search subsidiary unwrapped an online map service with a strong focus on images.

Mobile Users Are Less Mobile, Survey Finds
Mobility has a new, more static meaning, according to a study released Tuesday by market-research firm Strategy Analytics.

India Blocks Chinese Telecom Expansion, Citing Security
Fearing cyberwarfare and the exposure of its strategic network, the Indian government has pulled the plug on a planned expansion into India by a Chinese telecom company.

'Dirty Silicon' To Enable Cheaper Solar Cells
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new technique based on "dirty silicon" that could reduce the cost of solar cells.

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Watch More News
The News Show's John Soat has his usual offbeat take on the latest IT headlines. Watch The News Show.

John Soat On Online Consumers Get Stingy

Eric Chabrow On Spammers Play Dirty

Ivan Schneider On Chinese Company Looking For Partners


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4. In Depth: CEO Speak

IBM Exec Scans The Open-Source Horizon
Is that Linux on the desktop ahead--or a mirage? IBM's top software exec talks about the many ways the company is embracing open source, and why.

EMC Tells Wall Street About Recent Successes
Among the messages: its new VMware acquisition will step up its drive into server virtualization, and EMC as a whole will beat analysts' 2006 revenue estimates.

Oracle Bigwigs: Discounting No Big Deal
Oracle spent more than $10 billion for a hunk of the apps business, but it's unclear whether it will ever be as lucrative as its bread-and-butter databases.

Ballmer: Microsoft Poised To Compete In New Areas
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the company's financial analyst meeting, said the software maker is poised to compete in new areas such as search and music delivery over the Internet.

HP's New PC Chief Sees Opportunities
Todd Bradley has the daunting task of competing against Dell and the new Lenovo in the cutthroat PC market.


5. Voice Of Authority: Silicon Valley And Washington, D.C.

Blog: Silicon Valley Needs More Beltway Muscle
When Cisco CEO John Chambers--a big Republican contributor--can't understand why the FCC would heap regulations on new markets like voice over IP, one thing is clear: Silicon Valley is still not the power broker in Washington, D.C., that it ought to be.


6. White Papers: CRM

How Customer-Relationship Management Can Give You Competitive Edge
True CRM integration provides simplified access to customer information, purchasing trends, and other account information such as order status, A/R, and A/P. Read why INFOtrac for AccountMate offers substantial evidence of the inherent advantages made possible when CRM functionality is leveraged through its integration with an accounting solution.


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