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Federal Government Beats Private Sector In Telecommuting

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: New Certificates And Neo-Nomads
2. Today's Top Story
    - Federal Government Beats Private Sector In Telecommuting
    - Defense Intelligence Agency Boosts Search Firepower
3. Breaking News
    - Alienware Squeezes More Speed Out Of Intel Quad-Core Processor
    - Google News Thinks 'Zune' Is A Typo
    - New Standard Seeks To Allow Services To Talk To Each Other
    - ICS To Bring Business Intelligence To The Warehouse
    - U.S. Judge Strikes Down Internet Porn Law
    - IBM Responds To Groklaw Web-Hosting Story
    - Oracle Sues Rival SAP, Charges 'Corporate Theft'
    - Shareholders Sue To Block ACS Buyout
    - Second Life To Transform Internet, Browser Tech By 2017
    - Microsoft, Fuji Xerox Agree To Share Technology
    - Microsoft Still Acting Like A Monopoly, EU Complains
    - HP Acquires Tabblo To Become The 'Print Engine Of The Web'
4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts:
    - RIP Wallnote, Not The Only Victim Of Vista
    - Simple Web Services Solve Simple Problems
    - Yahoo Takes Mobile Search Wars One Step Further
    - Streaming Mobile Video At Mobile Monday
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Understanding And Managing Supply Chain Risk
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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1. Editor's Note: New Certificates And Neo-Nomads

The technological revolution -- and let's face it, this is truly a societal revolution -- is attracting a wide range of reactions from various groups that are part of the movement. On the one hand, two industry organizations are trying to impose order on the chaos involved in getting support for home technology. On the other, an increasing number of tech workers are enthusiastically embracing a rootless, home-is-where-your-hard-drive-is lifestyle.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) are planning to offer certification for "digital home technology integrators." These are people who do installations of audio-visual equipment and computer repair, mostly for home users. There are a lot of them out there -- not only commercially organized services such as Best Buy's Geek Squad, but individuals who advertise on Craigslist and through word-of-mouth that they are available to help people set up their home networks or figure out why their printers aren't working. The new certification won't come cheap -- it will cost nonmembers $225, not including the price of third-party training classes -- so it remains to be seen whether this is a boon for consumers or simply a way to narrow the playing field.

And who are all these independent operators? They are, no doubt, part of the new tribe that Dan Fost of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bill Thompson of the BBC, and a mass of online pundits are calling neo-nomads -- independent workers in the tech industry who hang out in Wi-Fi-equipped coffeehouses, libraries, and other venues with only their laptops, cell phones, and MP3 players to keep them going. They administer Web sites, code, write, and do business deals -- all without being chained to the traditional desk. They are, you might say, a subset of the more traditional freelance worker, but with more of a tech bent.

It's not a bad lifestyle. It's independent, creative, and -- unlike many freelance home workers who can spend days without stepping outside their home offices -- social. But it's also limited to certain types of workers and is dependent on the availability of technology: If your favorite coffee shop goes out of business, for example, because most of its seated customers only buy two cups of java a day, then you're going to have to move your base of operations. But these days, what with outsourcing, layoffs, and other corporate upheavals, having an office isn't a lot more stable than a table in your neighborhood Starbucks.

What do you think? Are you part of the neo-nomad movement -- or would you like to be? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Federal Government Beats Private Sector In Telecommuting
A CDW survey finds that nearly half of U.S. government workers in the report got their jobs done from outside the main office.

Related Stories:

Defense Intelligence Agency Boosts Search Firepower
The U.S. military's latest maneuver could improve search efforts beyond basic keywords and apply search technologies that better help its personnel connect the dots.


3. Breaking News

Alienware Squeezes More Speed Out Of Intel Quad-Core Processor
The Miami-based computer maker has ramped up the default speed of 2.6 GHz in the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor to 3.2 GHz.

Google News Thinks 'Zune' Is a Typo
And Zune isn't really taking a bite out of Apple's share: Most of Microsoft's success has been at the expense of smaller players in the industry.

New Standard Seeks To Allow Services To Talk To Each Other
IBM, Microsoft, HP, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Intel, Cisco, CA, EMC, BEA Systems, and BMC rally around Service Modeling Language.

ICS To Bring Business Intelligence To The Warehouse
The product takes analytics to the warehouse, focusing on worker productivity, movement of goods, and job scheduling.

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Internet Porn Law
A 1998 law designed to block children from viewing pornographic Web sites violates free speech rights, a U.S. federal court ruled Thursday, in a blow to government efforts to restrict Internet smut.

IBM Responds To Groklaw Web-Hosting Story
In response to our recent story on Groklaw, IBM has provided a statement saying that it has no connection to the editorial content posted on Groklaw.

Oracle Sues Rival SAP, Charges 'Corporate Theft'
Oracle sued SAP on Thursday for "corporate theft on a grand scale," claiming its business software rival had stolen copyrighted software and other confidential materials.

Shareholders Sue To Block ACS Buyout
Two lawsuits claim the tech and business services outsourcer hasn't made sufficient effort to find more attractive alternatives.

Second Life To Transform Internet, Browser Tech By 2017
Mozilla's technologist predicts that in the next 10 years our avatars will attend virtual business meetings and chat with other shoppers as they browse for books in 3-D bookstores.

Microsoft, Fuji Xerox Agree To Share Technology
The patent contract includes integrating software based on Windows and Linux.

Microsoft Still Acting Like A Monopoly, EU Complains
The focus shifts from Microsoft's influence on the desktop to its dominance of the workgroup server market.

HP Acquires Tabblo To Become The 'Print Engine Of The Web'
The company plans to make Tabblo's offerings widely available to Internet users.

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4. The Latest Personal Tech Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/consumerpersonal_tech/index.html

RIP Wallnote, Not the Only Victim of Vista
Adobe's decision not to upgrade its applications for Vista makes it the most visible software maker to struggle with the incompatibilities. But it's hardly the only one. The one David DeJean will miss the most: Wallnote, a nice little Web-based note-taking app that's dying.

Simple Web Services Solve Simple Problems
A few interesting Internet services focus on doing one thing very, very well. These include the Twitter blogging service, Jott for recording and transcribing 15-second voice messages, and Remember The Milk and Imified for to-do list management.

Yahoo Takes Mobile Search Wars One Step Further
Yahoo expanded the number of handsets that can use its oneSearch service. The search function is available on Yahoo's mobile Web page or through its Yahoo Go platform. Is it better than Google's mobile search?

Streaming Mobile Video At Mobile Monday
Stephen Wellman is something of a cynic when it comes to mobile video. This is not to say that he doesn't think that mobile video has a future, but he does think several developments are needed to make it work, including better battery life and enhanced screen sizes.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Deloitte Consulting seeking Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA

Toyota seeking Information Systems Specialist - Server Development and Support in Georgetown, KY

ITT Corporation seeking Sr. System Analyst in Fort Wayne, IN

Agilent seeking IT Manager MA&D Program Management in Santa Clara, CA

Agilent seeking IT Technical Support Specialist in Spokane, WA

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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