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If Apple Comes Out With An 'iPhone,' Will Anybody Care?
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If Apple does the same thing to the cell phone that it did to the MP3 player, I will blow my money on version 1.0. The present user interface for cell phones has almost no user-friendly considerations. I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do. --Jim H.

Maybe I bleed in six colors--which, to the unknowing, refers to the old logo for Apple computers--but if Apple came out with an iPod phone at a less-than-exorbitant price, I would be all over it like fur on a Wookie. I don't have a cell phone, because I can't use one at work for security reasons. I don't have an iPod for security reasons, plus I have insufficient personal justification.

There have been times that I needed a cell phone and didn't have one around. And, certainly, having my favorite tunes would be nice, though with family and bills, I couldn't justify the luxury. But both in one, from my favorite computer company, would be too cool for me to pass up. The only worry I have is that Apple would be so late to the party that whatever it brings out wouldn't do well in the marketplace. Kind of like Microsoft's Zune. --Kevin J. Weise

Why IBM Stands For India Beijing Machines
informationweek.com/1115/blog_ibm.htm

Welcome to globalization. Companies have to respond to market realities or perish. Gone are the days when all the major multinational companies were based in the West. As markets open up, the fundamental business principle is to do business where it makes sense. If IBM doesn't go to India and China, forget about being global, it won't even be a competitive American company.

India and China are the current flavors, but we will move beyond those and it will be a different set of countries. The sooner we accept this new reality, the better off we all will be. There's no denying the fact that it inconveniences people along the way, it always has, but we all should stop griping about it and find new opportunities in the new world. --Reality

Is it not "International" Business Machines? --Lone Ranger

IBM, contrary to the statement that it is a U.S. company, has always been an international company. More than 60% of its revenue has come from the outside the United States, and this has been true for decades. Compare India and China, with 40% of the world's population, to the United States, with 5% of the world's population--where do you think the growth opportunities are? --J.N.

Google Earth Pinpoints Weapons Of Mass Destruction
informationweek.com/1115/blog_googleearth.htm

What an irresponsible thing to do. They're quite knowingly weakening the national defense of the USA, vis-à-vis North Korea and China, in particular. I think that the locations of each of their residences should be made public information, too. --Ken

I wonder how accurate the maps are. I do a lot of work for the Defense Department and am constantly traveling to military installations. The Google Earth maps rarely reflect the current condition of these installations. --Meh, not really

Dell Gives Linux User Refund For Unused Windows
informationweek.com/1115/blog_refund.htm

One small step for a penguin, one big step for mankind. --M. Greneir

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