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It's Plain To See: LCDs Are Better Than CRTs
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I work as a LAN administrator and have a different perspective on LCDs vs. CRTs.

People always ask for an LCD (mainly because of a status issue) and cite the desk space savings. However, once they get their LCDs, they usually place them exactly where their old monitors used to sit, and they move them forward so they sit where the front of their old CRTs used to be. This creates the situation where the area behind the LCD just collects dust. Hardly a space savings.

You won't hear me complaining when CRTs are no longer used in the office. When it comes to moving employees from one cube to another, I'd much rather heft a large LCD around than a 21-inch CRT. The weight savings on my back is far and wide the best thing going for LCDs. --Jasen Hicks

Lessons From IT Security Trial
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Until your organization is ready to implement security and make it real--day in and day out--then enforce its use, it's your fault when you get screwed! Get it? It's you. It's the guy in the next cubicle. It's your boss for not keeping a lid on it. You're the hole in security. Fix it. Get the attention of the uppity bastards. Write some memos. Attach some news clippings. It does happen here. You wanted a career in IT. So now what? Ball's in your court. --James Earl

No policy can be bulletproof. A policy can go only as far as what's currently known to be a threat. You cannot create a policy against the unknown but at best make contingency plans for the unexpected or even the highly unlikely. --Kerry

Secret To Indian IT Success
informationweek.com/1097/blog_datatheft.htm

Of course, Indian IT workers are riding piggyback on the Indian masses. They can live well on what would be starvation wages in the United States because 82% of their neighbors are living on less than $2 per day. The misery of the Indian masses is the basis of the Indian cost advantage. --Puddleglum

Our Data Isn't Secure, So What Are We Going To Do?
informationweek.com/1097/blog_secure.htm

I don't think this will get resolved, not by our current or future leaders, because the business community has found one area (among many) where it doesn't claim responsibility. And since the government is now for the business community, there won't be a solution. At some point we will all have been violated, and the data that the business community works off of will all be corrupted at more or less the same level, at which point they'll blame us. --DW

Protect The Rights Of Media Consumers
informationweek.com/1097/blog_rights.htm

Consumers of music, movies, and the like believe they have the right to convert formats. An album owner should have been able in the past to convert that album to an eight-track, then a cassette, then a CD, then a DVD. It's a copy of the original. But the corporate system wants every format conversion to require a repurchase. In the end, the general consumer attitude will prevail. Personal-use copying and format conversions ought to be perfectly legal. Distancing yourself from your customers and portraying them as pirates isn't good business. --Brian

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