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
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"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
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.
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
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.
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.
The cost of radio-frequency identification deployment is often
underestimated as hidden costs such as ERP and database upgrades
aren't accounted for. Examine this and other problems facing RFID
adopters in InformationWeek Research's report, RFID--Wisdom Of Pilots.
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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.
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
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