In This Issue: 1. Editor's Note: Deflating The Wireless Bubble 2. Today's Top Story - Review: Apple's Boot Camp Lets Macs Do Windows - Vista Runs On OS X-Free Macs 3. Breaking News - Red Hat Buying JBoss - San Fran Wi-Fi To Put Google's Ad Strategy To The Test - Google's Wi-Fi Plan For San Francisco Stirs Privacy Debate - Gartner: Half Of Corporate PCs Can't Run Vista - Court Records Reveal Adware Firm's Hardball Tactics - Sun Lays Off 200 From High-End Server Group - Rapport Unveils Chip With 256 Cores - Careers: Confronting Reality About IT Jobs - Boise Cascade Turns Customer Data Into A Valuable Asset - Five Questions For Johnathan Wendel, Professional Gamer 4. Grab Bag - A Laptop Comes Preloaded With The Web, Abridged (New York Times) - Proposed FEC Rules Would Exempt Most Political Activity On Internet (Washington Post) - Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room (Wired News) 5. In Depth - Research Revolution - Microsoft's Support Of Linux Shows Rising Importance Of Virtualization - Bursting The Hype Bubble Of Wireless Technologies - Nothing's Easy About Mobile App Development - Dual-Mode Handsets Require Wi-Fi Investments - Wi-Fi For Tracking Is Pricey And Imperfect - Municipal Wi-Fi Faces Multiple Tests - Ultra Wideband Plagued By Vendor Infighting - Don't Count On Your Cell Phone To Replace Your Wallet - WiMax Won't Be Everywhere Anytime Soon - The Sound Of Podcasts 6. Voice Of Authority - Down To Business: The Outsourcing Chronicles, Part II 7. White Papers - Synchronize Your Supply Chain With RFID 8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek 9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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1. Editor's Note: Deflating The Wireless Bubble
Mobile and wireless computing are among the most hyped technologies available. My colleagues Elena Malykhina and Andy Dornan do a great job today describing both the potential and the problems of wireless and mobile computing, including the following:
- Enterprises looking to deploy applications to mobile devices find the job challenging. Applications designed for use with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor don't adapt well to cell phones and PDAs. One solution: Just put the essential parts of the application on the mobile version.
- Ultra Wideband shows promise as a standard wireless technology to replace the tangle of cords on the desktop currently used to connect CPUs with monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, and other peripherals. Everything's perfect except for the vendors, which are more interested in yet another stupid standards war than in getting products out to the user.
- Likewise, cell phone service providers are proving to be roadblocks in getting great new features like Bluetooth telephony, electronic payments, and digital music out to customers. The service providers, such as AT&T and BellSouth, are the real customers of the handsets made by hardware vendors like Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola. And the service providers are only interested in features that require users to spend more time on the network.
Disruptive technologies like wireless computing go hand-in-hand with hype. It's a frustrating, depressing cycle, actually: Vendors make outrageously inflated claims about technology, which are repeated dutifully by overly credulous journalists and analysts.
Next comes the bust cycle, when the journalists and analysts go too far in the other direction, declaring new technology to be a fraud, a scam, or phony, believed only by suckers and used only by child molesters, terrorists, drug dealers, and people who talk on their cell phones in the theater.
I'm proud to be associated with InformationWeek this week because of that mobile computing package and several other articles that look candidly at the benefits and pitfalls of several emerging disruptive technologies and business practices, including virtualization, podcasting, and innovation itself.
We're informative and analytical, without falling into either excessive hype or excessive cynicism. You'll come away from these articles enthusiastic about the potential benefits, knowing it'll be a big job to achieve those benefits, but ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
P.S. When I say "we" did these things, what I actually mean is that other people did all the work, and I'm just coming in at the last minute and sharing in the credit.
P.P.S. Also, when I say "roll up your sleeves and get to work," I do not exclude those of you who are wearing short-sleeved shirts.
Gartner: Half Of Corporate PCs Can't Run Vista If you want to get Windows Vista when it comes out, you probably should be thinking about new hardware, according to the research firm. It estimates that about half of corporate PCs aren't powerful enough to run the forthcoming operating system.
John Soat With 'TV Or Not TV?' Disney offers TV shows over the Internet, Google looks for IPTV engineers, and SOA gets set to drive the enterprise software market.
Eric Chabrow With 'Dell Understands' Watch excerpts from Larry Bossidy's keynote at the InformationWeek Spring Conference. Also, a former Honeywell CEO explains why he thinks Dell is a great company.
Laurie Sullivan With 'Fix The Internet!' In a speech to entertainment executives, Gibson Guitar CEO says the Internet has to clean up its act--phishing, spam, viruses, and worms have too big of an impact on security.
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Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room (Wired News) AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls and shunted its customers' Internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company.
5. In Depth: Innovation
Research Revolution A handful of hotshots at Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft are changing how tech innovation is incubated--and delivered.
Nothing's Easy About Mobile App Development There's much more to porting software to a mobile device than simply shrinking a PC application. And IT support gets tricky when employees use mobile devices of their choosing.
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