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E-ZPass For Airports: Sign Me Up


In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: E-ZPass For Airports: Sign Me Up
2. Today's Top Story: Salaries
    - Database Architects Lead Pack As IT Wages Rise
3. Breaking News
    - Upgraded Google Desktop Emerges From Beta
    - Microsoft Confirms That Some Patches Can Stymie IE
    - Microsoft Acquires Swiss VoIP Company
    - Oracle Losing Another CFO
    - Cisco Fixes Critical Router Security Hole
    - Fliers Sign Up For Airport Security Pass
    - IBM Researchers Use Silicon Waveguides To Slow Light
    - Wyse, AMD Join Forces To Bridge Digital Gap
    - Scalent Enters Data-Center Virtualization Market
    - Sun, Wyse Team On Thin Clients
    - Nordstrom Mixes Online Entertainment With Shopping
    - Adware Purveyor Claims Extortion By Own Distributor
4. In Depth: Reviews Of Vista, IE7, The Latest BlackBerry
5. Voice Of Authority: Justices Mull IT...Over Cigarettes?
6. White Papers: IT Services Management
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1. Editor's Note: E-ZPass For Airports: Sign Me Up

Here in New York and other northeast states, we have a wonderful system called E-ZPass that lets those with prepaid accounts buzz through highway and bridge tolls with little or no wait. If you've ever driven through any of the bridges in and around New York City, you can appreciate the time this system saves.

Where I live near our country's border with Canada, there's a similar express system for preapproved, low-risk people who frequently travel between the States and Canada.

Now, there's more than one initiative in the works for letting frequent fliers get through airport security in an expedited way. One is an Orlando, Fla., airport program called Clear, which is a privately operated version of the government's recently ended "Registered Traveler" test. In both cases, about 10,000 travelers signed up and, in the former case, paid $79.95 for a one-year "pass" that lets them complete security checks with little or no delay.

A few thoughts on this system, which relies on finger and iris scans as well as background checks:

1. When will it be broadly available and where do I sign up? I don't travel that frequently, but I do travel enough to see immediately the appeal of this system. And if they wanted to charge $150, I'd still be first in line.

2. Undoubtedly, some privacy advocates will be unwilling to have the government or a private company collect and maintain this information about them. My past and present aren't all that interesting, so if volunteering this information saves me a 15-minute wait in a security line, I'll tell them everything they want to know.

3. This is an excellent, practical, real-world use of technology to solve a problem that stands to benefit business and leisure travelers alike.

4. The system's prospects for broad deployment are anything but a slam dunk; even key figures in the Homeland Security Department haven't been big proponents. I, however, would like to see the Transportation Security Administration, and the federal government more broadly, use its authority to make travel safer and easier.

Would you be willing to submit personal information and agree to finger and iris scans? Weigh in at my blog entry, and share your thoughts on the pros and cons of this concept.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Salaries

Database Architects Lead Pack As IT Wages Rise
Other sought-after positions include embedded-systems and Java developers, according to the Yoh Index of Technology Wages.


3. Breaking News

Upgraded Google Desktop Emerges From Beta
But how many people use Google's answer to the desktop? The company won't say.

Microsoft Confirms That Some Patches Can Stymie IE
The trouble starts after users install patches from the MS05-038 and MS05-052 security bulletins, which were released in August and October, respectively.

Microsoft Acquires Swiss VoIP Company
The acquisition of Zurich-based Media-streams.com will give Microsoft engineering talent, technology, and intellectual property it can apply to products for Internet phone calls that work in conjunction with E-mail, Web conferencing, and SMS software.

Oracle Losing Another CFO
Greg Maffei, Oracle's third CFO in less than two years, says his resignation "is not a reflection" on Oracle or its management.

Cisco Fixes Critical Router Security Hole
The problem became known at the Black Hat conference in July, when security expert Michael Lynn showed how to take control of Cisco routers using the security flaw.

Fliers Sign Up For Airport Security Pass
Federal officials are evaluating the results--some 10,000 frequent fliers have signed up so far--before deciding how to proceed.

IBM Researchers Use Silicon Waveguides To Slow Light
The discovery could lead to faster information delivery and less data traffic congestion in computers and other electronics systems, IBM says.

Wyse, AMD Join Forces To Bridge Digital Gap
The program aims to connect 50% of the world's population through affordable Internet access and computers by the year 2015.

Scalent Enters Data-Center Virtualization Market
Scalent Systems offers software to improve utilization of servers, networks, and storage systems.

Sun, Wyse Team On Thin Clients
Sun plans to bundle its Secure Global Desktop Software on Wyse's Windows CE, Windows XPe, and Linux terminals.

Nordstrom Mixes Online Entertainment With Shopping
The retailer calls the interactive desktop software a "new way to connect" with customers, combining music and pop culture with shopping.

Adware Purveyor Claims Extortion By Own Distributor
The admission by 180solutions identified the American company that Dutch law-enforcement officials said had been victimized by a trio of men arrested last month.

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4. In Depth: Reviews Of Vista, IE7, The Latest BlackBerry

Review: Microsoft Windows Vista's Latest Prerelease
The October Community Technology Preview adds features for networking and system diagnostics, and hints at new controls for mobile users.

Review: More New Internet Explorer 7 Features Revealed
In the latest preview of Windows Vista, IE 7 offers some significant additions, including new capabilities for tabs, favorites, and security.

Review: BlackBerry 8700
RIM's first BlackBerry overhaul in three years is smaller and lighter, yet sports an innovative keypad, an MP3 player, digital camera, double the memory, twice the battery life, and a much more brilliant screen. Is it better than Palm's Treo 650? You be the judge.

Review: Three Ultra-Portable DLP Projectors
Can these 2-pound projectors from NEC, Optoma, and Dell handle both high-quality PowerPoint and HD images?

Review: Software For Managing Server Config Changes
MValent's configuration file manager lets you consistently maintain config changes across your application, Web, and database servers.


5. Voice Of Authority: Justices Mull IT...Over Cigarettes?

IT Confidential: A Low-Key Moment With The High Court
Supreme Court justices are smoking over BlackBerrys, the Patent Office, and intellectual-property issues.


6. White Papers: IT Services Management

Using IT Services Management Software To Streamline Service Provider Operation
IT services management software, delivered on-demand, has emerged specifically designed to deal with the key challenges facing IT consulting and service providers. This white paper describes how IT services management software can help automate and streamline the key business functions critical to most IT providers.


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