In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Getting Things Done
2. Today's Top Story
- Mozilla Creates For-Profit Unit But Insists It's Not
- Fewer Defects Found In Latest Linux Kernel
- Once-Flawed Firefox Extension Fixed
3. Breaking News
- Cisco Web Site Breached, All Passwords Reset
- Microsoft Offers CIA-esque Tool For Word
- Silent, Deadly Forms Of Phishing On The Rise
- Computer Associates' Backup Line Sports Big Bug
- Overstock.com Moves Reports To Data Warehouse
- Consumer Products To Be Chip Driving Force, Panel Says
- Some MySpace Users Skittish About Fox
- McAfee Offers Free Trial Of Vulnerability-Management Service
- Yahoo Releases Shopping APIs
- Microsoft: Bug Fixes, Security Support To Be Top Priority In IE 7
4. In Depth: I, Robot
5. Voice Of Authority: CIOs
6. White Papers: Identity Management
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is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who
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1. Editor's Note: Getting Things Done
Generation Y has always been on the cutting edge of finding
interesting ways to use technology. They were teenagers during
the dot-com boom of the late '90s. They were the first generation
to take cell phones and Internet access for granted. They were
the generation that drove the popularity of blogs,
social-networking services, instant messaging, podcasting,
digital music, and all the other cool stuff that's now becoming
big business and driving social transformation around the world.
Now they're hitting their mid-20s, and they're starting to take
on concerns that'll be with them the rest of their lives:
balancing work, family and personal interests, and in general
finding the time to get things done.
As Generation Y faces new problems, they're turning to familiar
tools to solve those problems: blogs, Web sites, cell phones, and
PDAs. There's an entire culture of productivity on the Internet.
The centerpiece is a book: Getting Things Done. I
write about GTD and where to find interesting Internet
productivity resources on my blog entry.
We're doing our part to enhance your productivity, with a story
by Ted Kemp about how IT managers can help their staffs become more
productive. People who go into IT are often smart, highly
motivated, hard working--and disorganized. And so the manager's
problem is to keep the group focused, on track, and
goal-oriented. We've got some advice to help.
Interestingly, the popularity of GTD and related productivity
philosophies has spawned a sort of backlash against Palm Pilots
and other PDAs. Or, if not a backlash, then a growing
appreciation of those old-fashioned tools, pen and paper, and how
they can enhance productivity. Did the resurgent popularity of
pen and paper kill the PDA? Peter Clarke at EETimes seems
to think so; he writes that he's not surprised the PDA market is moribund, he's surprised it
took so long.
Of course, Clarke's essay is somewhat contradicted by a Gartner study showing PDA sales are up 32%.
However, Gartner's study included devices such as the Research In
Motion BlackBerry; other studies showing a decline in PDA sales
excluded connected devices. I'm with Gartner on this one: To say
the PDA is dying simply because more devices are connected is,
well, silly; it's like saying the PC market died when PCs got
The Mozilla Foundation launches a for-profit subsidiary to
develop Firefox and Thunderbird, and it's scrambling to assure
the open-source faithful that it hasn't "sold out."
Related Stories: Fewer Defects Found In Latest Linux Kernel
Although the size of the code increased over a six-month study,
one company said it found a significant decrease in the number of
potentially serious defects in the core Linux kernel.
Once-Flawed Firefox Extension Fixed
The popular Firefox extension Greasemonkey has been rereleased in
a beta version that fixes the severe bug that earlier forced its
developer to recommend that everyone uninstall the Web
Silent, Deadly Forms Of Phishing On The Rise
While the social-engineered scams typical of phishing aren't
going away, they're being replaced by more dangerous and less
directly deceptive technologies like keyloggers and site
redirectors. These more sophisticated types of scams are growing
at a faster rate.
Most companies bring consultants in to provide some sort of
knowledge transfer to their employees. Compare your company's
consulting initiatives and achievements to the practices and
successes of 360 of its peers in Consultant Conundrum, Optimize
magazine's latest executive research report.
Creative companies value new ideas and encourage the people who
generate them. Find out if you're working for an organization
that appreciates employee creativity with this quick online quiz
Researchers are developing robots that run on Linux to do search
and rescue in environments unsafe for people.
Philips Research Develops Cat-Shaped Robot, Remote Control
Philips has followed in the path of numerous Japanese electronics
companies and started investigating the possibility of robotic
companions as consumer electronic products. Philips Research has
been demonstrating the "iCat," a prototype user-interface to
consumer electronics in the shape of a yellow plastic cat.
Poker-Playing Robots Battle For $100,000 Pot
It's not just fun and games and cash. The winner of the World
Series of Poker Robots will help artificial intelligence meet a
tough challenge: solving problems in the face of incomplete and
If you're finding that costs and lost productivity from
supporting your organization's compliance initiatives are causing
elevated stress levels, you're not alone. Many enterprises are
choosing identity-management solutions among their top
initiatives to help them manage their compliance with numerous
government, industry, and internal regulations.
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