In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Good News/Good News
2. Today's Top Story: Virtualization
- VMware Player Runs Virtual Machines For Free
- XenSource Poised To Reshape The Virtualization Market
3. Breaking News
- Opera Releases Browser Preview
- Another Wi-Fi City Rollout, Another Headache For Telcos
- Panel Criticizes Technology, Other Changes Sought After 9/11
- Navy Blocks Commercial Web Mail
- CA Preps Unicenter r11
- Dutch Botnet Bigger Than Expected
- Broadcom Gains Win In Video IPod
- Cisco Pledges $50 Million More For Bangalore Campus
- Voice Over WLAN To Triple By 2007
- Out-Of-Band Systems Management Helps Businesses Expand
- Wiki Inventor Leaving Microsoft
- Free OpenOffice.org 2.0 Suite Launches
4. In Depth: The Power Of Google
5. Voice Of Authority: Google's Book Search
6. White Papers: Mobile Computers
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"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible
worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true." -- James Branch Cabell
1. Editor's Note: Good News/Good News
Last week was a tough one. Coastal regions braced for another
potentially monster hurricane, the former House majority leader
was indicted on charges of violating campaign-finance laws,
mortgage rates are rising, and the stock market is moving
sideways at best. Closer to home, InformationWeek writers
and editors continued their lively, but at times discouraging,
debate about the state of the IT profession. Most recently,
Patricia Keefe spelled out the anger evident in so many IT
professionals as they struggle with their evolving roles in
But for some good news, look no further than our industry and
several developments from last week that suggest competition is
thriving in areas where it hasn't in the past, while spending is
on the rise in some key sectors that are driving technology
innovation. At worst, the glass is half full:
There's a growing set of viable alternatives to Microsoft
Office. That's a positive development for business customers and
users alike. Perhaps the prospect of a meaningful competitive
push will force Microsoft to focus on making Office easier to use
for people who don't need dozens of unwanted features imposed on
them when they simply need to generate a memo. An open-source
group launched the final version of OpenOffice.org
2.0, a free suite that's drawn attention from governments
interested in breaking away from Microsoft's office application
bundles. Judging by Friday's strong reader response, this suite
is drawing attention from a lot of your peers. Still, the claim
by Sun president Jonathan Schwartz that "OpenOffice.org is on a
path toward being the most popular office suite the world has
ever seen" has little credence.
Reviewers, including those at our sister
sites, are giving high marks to Sun's StarOffice 8, which
shares a code base with OpenOffice.org. These experts find that
the functional difference between Microsoft Office and these
alternatives is shrinking, and with Google poised to begin
promoting StarOffice, a real challenge appears likely for the
first time in many years.
It's not just Sun and OpenOffice, but other alternatives that are now in the mix and
Also in the new-competition-for-Microsoft space, Firefox has
reached 100 million downloads, albeit amid findings
that it's actually losing ground in the market-share war.
Market-share losses or not, 100 million users are worth taking
Amid ongoing concern (by ongoing, I mean, since 2000) about
the overall health of the IT sector, Google and Yahoo continue their breakneck growth,
showing once again why they're the companies to watch when it
comes to gauging the overall health of the tech sector.
My personal favorite development: "Famed" hacker DVD Jon's
decision to get an honest job. It's great when kids
take your advice.
The new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux users includes
improved E-mail and stability, support for additional Web
standards, and changes to the user interface designed to make it
easier to switch from Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Panel Criticizes Technology, Other Changes Sought After 9/11
The privately funded "Report on the Status of 9/11 Commission
Recommendations" criticizes the president for making "minimal
progress" in leading national security institutions into the
information revolution, and the FBI for making minimal progress
in its analytic capability.
Navy Blocks Commercial Web Mail
Citing security and viral risks, the Navy's decision discharges
Yahoo, Microsoft, Google, America Online, and others from its
CA Preps Unicenter r11
The latest rev of the network-management suite will provide a
common data repository and user interface, making it easier to
manage storage and security under a single enterprise infrastructure.
Voice Over WLAN To Triple By 2007
Infonetics Research claims that over the next two years, 31% of
companies surveyed for its study will have implemented the
technology, compared with 10% today.
Out-Of-Band Systems Management Helps Businesses Expand
Uplogix introduces a version of its network-management software
for centralized and remote management that makes use of
out-of-band techniques to gain access to servers and other IT
systems that have crashed, lost power, or have faulty network connections.
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Consistency of service and inexperienced consultants are two
challenges facing companies working with consultants. Other
issues and how consultants are contributing to business
success--according to the experiences of 360 U.S. companies--are
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The company described in more understandable terms what it does
with user data, but remains mum on how long it hangs onto the information.
Mitch Wagner's Blog: Google's Magic Pixie Dust
I definitely want some of the magic pixie dust that Google uses.
Google gets away with stuff that other companies--particularly
Microsoft--get hammered for. But Google gets a free pass. Because
it's Google. And everybody loves Google.
Google isn't being completely forthright in making the argument
that it should be allowed to scan and digitize millions of books
without permission from publishers. Let me amend that: Google is
being downright devious. I was able to view 44 pages of a $133
book, all in about five minutes with not much effort.
This paper will explore the goals behind one-to-one initiatives,
the fundamental issues to consider before rolling out a program,
and analysis of successful one-to-one programs that have
transformed classrooms--and communities--using technology.
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