In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Vegas BBQ -- Burn PC Burn
2. Today's Top Story
- Bill Could Force H-1B Employers To Fund U.S. Scholarships
- Senator Skeptical About Permanent Internet Tax Break
- Why Tech Employers Hate Congress' New Immigration Reform Bill
- Business-Consumer Coalition Calls On Congress For Universal Broadband
- No Child Left Behind Could Get Boost For Tech
3. Breaking News
- Court Ruling Impacts Liability For User-Generated Content
- Estonian Attacks Raise Concern Over Cyber 'Nuclear Winter'
- Electronics Industry Outlines Plan For National E-Recycling Program
- Google Reportedly Ready To Buy FeedBurner
- Microsoft Says It Has All It Needs For Ad Business
- Microsoft-Novell Pact Good For Novell; Is It Good For Open Source?
- The Move To Web 2.0 Increases Security Challenges
- Web 2.0: Workers See Friend, Employers See Foe
- IBM, Others Join To Develop 32-Nanometer Microprocessors
- Dell Releases Linux Desktops, Notebook
- Radiation Fears Drive Sales Of Protective Gear
- Lawsuit Claims Microsoft Xbox Sparked Fire That Killed Baby
4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
- At Interop, Security Talk Is Largely About Network Access Control
- (Missing) Without A Trace: The IBM Tapes
- The Top 10 Most Influential Security Visionaries Of All Time
- Why Do Workers Steal Data?
- More Than A Quarter Of Companies Do Not Enforce Wireless Security
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1. Editor's Note: Vegas BBQ -- Burn, PC, Burn
Picture a beautiful sunset over the desert, the glow of the Vegas skyline in the distance. Then a towering wave of flames leap into the air that crackles with the heat -- a man just set his computer on fire.
And I'm not talking about a little fire. This was a 1,700-degree blaze that engulfed ioSafe's network-attached storage device with four hard drives inside.
Come on ... how many of us have had violent fantasies about setting our computers ablaze at one time or another? Well, this wasn't one of those situations, but it sure was a heck of a lot of fun to watch. And what was more interesting was that once they put the fire out and cooled the box down a bit, the ioSafe guys were able to retrieve the data that was on the hard drives inside.
No, seriously. I'm not even kidding. They put the hard drives in a new machine, fired them up (pun intended), and pulled up the information. Good as new.
I have to say it was the best damn demo I've ever seen. All the other companies hitting Interop with PowerPoint presentations and funky costumes need to rethink their marketing plans a little. The ball of fire in a vacant lot outside of a place called Screw Balls was one nice touch.
Here's the deal... ioSafe is a small company that makes disaster-proof hardware that's supposed to protect data from fire or flood. Why does this matter? As CEO Robb Moore put it, "It's the one thing you can't get insurance for to get it back. You have a fire and you can get new desks and chairs but you can't get your data back." To read more about the company, its products, and how exactly this really cool demo went down, go to my blog entry here.
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