In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Discernment Takes Time
2. Today's Top Story
- Hackers Demonstrate Their Skills In Vegas
- When Networking Wirelessly, Beware The Microwave
- Cybercrooks Target ATM And Debit Cards, Steal Billions
- Spyware Costs Weigh Heavily On IT
3. Breaking News
- Second Unsanctioned 'Service Pack' For Windows 98 SE Debuts...
- ...As Nonprofits Join Dispute Over Microsoft's Windows Vista
- Flexible Financing Options Help IBM Customers Fund Complex Projects
- Lucas Plans Animated 'Star Wars' TV Show
- Startup To Offer Software That Combines Predictive
Analytics And RFID
- Technology Both Benefit And Trial To Judicial System
- Experts: Preventing SSN Abuse Could Prove Tricky
- Judge Dismisses Lawsuit In Passenger-Data Case
- Soldier Punished For Allegedly Posting Classified
Information On Blog
- Researchers: Costs Of Electronic Health Records Could Hit
- Java Dives Into Real-Time Role
- Motorola Invests In Wireless LAN Vendor
4. In Depth: Printer Particulars
- Fujitsu Shows 'Electronic Paper' Display
- HP Debuts Faster Inkjet Printers
- Pain-Free Printing
5. Voice Of Authority
- Printer Prices Tumble, But At A Cost
6. White Papers
- Taming The Growth Of E-Mail: An ROI Analysis
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Quote of the day:
"Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once." -- Graffito
1. Editor's Note: Discernment Takes Time
Technology decisions, at their core, are about tradeoffs. Often
these decisions have many layers of complexity that require more
than a few minutes to contemplate.
Unfortunately, time is something not in abundant supply in many
IT shops. A few recent examples of what can happen when rushing
- The Senate is considering how to tighten access to Social Security numbers, but some worry that
the restrictions could actually worsen the problem of identity
theft. One suggestion has been to continue to sell or issue the
last four digits of any given number, but it turns out that the
last four digits are the only ones that are totally random. If a
thief knows something about when and where the ID number was
originally issued, he could actually guess the first five
digits--but not the last four. It's going to take a lot more than
political pandering to fix this one.
- Even given all the mighty hacking talent at the recent Defcon
show in Las Vegas, it turns out that interference and not programming acumen was
the biggest threat to the show network, according to at least one
participant. Could your wireless network be brought down by the
microwave in the company cafeteria?
- Technology is both a blessing and a beast to the judicial system, it seems. Although
computers have certainly helped the trial process, it's also
tricky to do things like figure out E-voting and keep private the
kind of data that comes up as part of most legal proceedings.
Given the rushed nature of business today, it's no wonder so many
software-development projects--50% or more, by different
estimates--are total failures. Some things you just can't hurry
The mantra in most organizations these days is "doing more with
less"--and that means less of everything, including time needed
to think something through. It's too bad that a typical IT
staffer's life is made up pretty much entirely of fighting fires
large and small--and fixing problems doesn't leave a lot of time
for discernment. The essential conundrum here is this: The more
complex our world becomes, the more time we need to sort it out.
To read more about this issue, check out my blog entry. I invite you to take some
time to consider the questions at the end and (hopefully) share
Spyware Costs Weigh Heavily On IT
Rampant occurrences of unsanctioned apps in the enterprise are
nibbling away at IT resources, to the tune of an average of $130K
a month, a survey of IT managers reveals.
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit In Passenger-Data Case
JetBlue did violate customer privacy by turning over passenger
lists--including addresses and phone numbers--to the government, a
federal judge said, but the people involved aren't entitled to damages.
The film-based, flexible color display is different from flat
screens and could replace paper in a number of applications, from
information boards and posters to point-of-purchase tags.
HP Debuts Faster Inkjet Printers
Hewlett-Packard unveils faster inkjet printer technology designed
to deliver high-performance printing for high-volume users, and
it rolled out the first printers using the new print head and inks.
A properly configured cross-platform printing environment can
save you time and money on hardware and maintenance. We'll show
you how to set it up.
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