Although I understand why you want more efficient coding, backwards compatibility and an all-inclusive operating system are important to users. If the primary installation of the machine is scaled down, it would require that users have an understanding to install new devices, applications, services, etc. I see trouble. The only way for the computer industry to maintain a positive momentum, and have Everyday Joe use the computer instead of fear it, is to make it as easy and foolproof as possible. --Michael Roark
The Vista project has really become the single greatest challenge facing Microsoft. Vista's resource requirements may call for a whole new hardware platform to run with acceptable performance. If that's the case, Vista adoption may be limited to new machine deployments and will have only limited utility for upgrades. The fallout of that would be a longer adoption cycle and lower revenue from Vista than initially anticipated. Also, it will put pressure on Microsoft to extend the life of Windows XP beyond what was initially planned. Ray Ozzie's big challenge is to get Vista out the door without too much more bleeding and then figure out what the next generation of operating system needs to look like. --Rich Powers
I refuse to carry a cell phone, and I only reluctantly answer my phone at home. I make answering messages a low priority, especially on weekends. Otherwise, I'd be constantly on the tether of work and have no time for peace and quiet, reflection, and sanity. I toyed with getting a Treo and then thought better of it. Our digital worlds lack serenity. --Doug Olena
The best solution I've found for becoming unwired is a weeklong cruise. This is because there isn't any cell phone service on the ship, and they want to charge you ridiculous sums of money for what amounts to dial-up 56-Kbps Internet access. --Scribe
Working too much is a sign that my time-management skills are rusty or that I'm taking too many coffee breaks. Either way, it's in my control--blaming my manager for not making me be a more rational and balanced individual is so ludicrous. What's next? I'm hung over--my manager made me get drunk--I want pain and suffering compensation now! Jeezzz. --Laritza
Just one more reason big government is a bad idea and why keeping our personal data out of its hands is the only way to protect consumers. You wrote: "One can only hope that the powers that be at both the agency and the contractor have the good sense to order up a postmortem..."--and you're right; it's only hope and little else. --David
Here's an alternative view of the facts: Earlier that week, the Education Department's site had technical problems that caused erroneous information to be published. The database, set up by the department to give students with loans access to their accounts, appeared to be displaying incorrect data. The contractor responsible for the database didn't want to give details of the nature of the problem until it was able to sort out and remedy the problems. --Bert
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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