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No Rush To Vista
informationweek.com/1095/blog_vista.htm

I bought a Mac six weeks ago, so no more Windows, and my old PC moved to Linux.

What an improvement! I should have done it sooner. --Serge Bureau

I'm a CPA who also makes recommendations to clients on computer hardware and software. I like to see new versions tested in the real world before recommending them to shake out the bugs. I see no compelling reason to move to Vista for existing machines. Clients will soon enough get it as they replace machines. --Creighton

I work as a Windows system administrator for a large aerospace company, and it will be a minimum of two years after Vista is released before we deploy. Our enterprise license agreements will cover the cost and might even push us toward deployment. However, the labor cost of developing new processes that cover deploying and managing Vista will be a major factor. A hardware issue that might be a real challenge to many companies is the requirement for significantly higher-performance video and more system memory. This factor may require the use of middle- to high-end machines instead of the low-end integrated video that has been a large part of keeping new workstations cost effective. --John Davis

I'm advising my employer to completely avoid Vista until or unless Microsoft removes the built-in spyware known as Windows Genuine Advantage. In fact, we've even restricted updates of XP because of the gaping security hole Microsoft's new spyware creates. As the Department of Homeland Security told Sony, "It may be your intellectual property, but it isn't your computer." Anyone upgrading to Vista is just asking for problems as that gaping hole is exploited. --Mark Casazza

The Case For More H-1B Visas
informationweek.com/1095/blog_h1b.htm

My hope is that every person in favor of these things is replaced by an H-1B visa person at half salary. --Abouttobe

H-1B is a tool to exploit foreign labor and replace American labor. There are no enforced safeguards--the LCA is a rubber stamp with less than 0.01% denied. Enough is enough. Publications like this should present the H-1B as it is. --Roy Lawson

If we continue to oppose H-1Bs, soon the United States will lose its technological supremacy. There's a pool outside containing millions of people with brilliant ideas. If you don't take them, someone else will. Remember, if there had been no immigrants, probably there would have been no Sun, no Java, no CA, and probably some other company would have been dominating the operating system world instead of Microsoft. --Think Logical

Putting Tuition Money Where Your Mouth Is
informationweek.com/1095/blog_tuition.htm

There's no shortage of tech workers. There's a shortage of young, inexperienced kids who employers think are cheap to hire. Yes, you can pay them less, but they'll cost you more unless you mix in experienced workers. My job involves mopping up a mess left by the last batch of kids, who all bailed as soon as the job market unlocked a bit. There are millions of old guys like me out of work. --Mark

I'm competing with overseas IT salaries while paying off a private American student loan. Because I have a limited driving history, my car insurance is high. Because I have a limited credit history, my credit score is mediocre, and my interest rates are higher. What a wonderful country for young people--I feel deeply indebted. --PM

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