In This Issue: Personal Tech & Reviews
1. Editor's Note: Helping Hands, Peer-To-Peer
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft, AOL Discuss Online Partnership Related Stories
- Microsoft Windows Vista Will Use USB Flash Drive For Memory
- Microsoft Previews Security Features Of Upcoming Windows Vista
- Microsoft Delivers SQL Server Preview
3. Breaking News
- Third-Party Vendor To Support Tiger Operating System For
- Mozilla Readies Patched Firefox
- New Program Aims To Woo More Kids Into IT Careers
- Are IT Departments Security Risks?
- FCC To Probe Katrina Telecom Failures
- Verizon Wireless Wins Injunction Against Data Thieves
- Finding Flaws In Old Application Code
- Google Personalized Home Page Moves Out Of Labs
- Credit Union Fights Patch-Management Nightmare
- Index Shows Online Job Expansion Before Katrina Hit
- Studies Show Promise, Challenges Of Computerized Medical Records
4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews
- First Look: Firefox 1.5 Beta 1
- Review: IPod Nano--Small, Sleek, And Superior
- Review: Intel Joins The Dual-Core Wars
- Hot Apps: Camtasia Studio 3
- Review: QuickBooks Premier Edition
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- For SCO, Value Is In The Eye Of The Litigator
6. White Papers: HIPPA
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1. Editor's Note: Helping Hands, Peer-To-Peer
We usually talk about the latest headlines in this section, but
today I'd like to direct your attention to a recent blog entry
about an effort to mobilize the IT community behind a request for
hurricane aid. I realize many of you have probably hit the
saturation point with Katrina news coverage, but I hope you'll
read this brief note from one of your peers, a CIO in the thick
of Katrina's aftermath. If you can help or have any advice,
please contact Freddie Manint, a CIO within the Louisiana court
system. Here is his brief, but again, urgent plea:
"Distinguished Technical Colleagues,
"I am sure you can appreciate the extreme damage levied on the
lion's share of Southeast Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. I
know as a country you have been extremely gracious with items
germane to human comfort and survival.
"However, we can't forget the many businesses and governmental
agencies that have been affected by this biblical catastrophe.
Louisiana is extremely grateful to Bruce Claflin, CEO of 3Com
Corporation, for the much-needed infrastructure gear this
organization graciously donated. If other industry titans were
willing to offer professional services, hardware, or software
contributions to this region, it would bring expeditious relief
to a very devastated infrastructure. Thanking you in advance for
Freddie, CIO/CJIS Division State District of Louisiana, can be
reached via these numbers: 225-445-4938 and 225-572-2144.
Let me add three cheers for 3Com; the various Silicon Valley
relief efforts; and all the other vendors, resellers, and IT
personnel who have already stepped forward with donated
equipment, expertise, and time. This is truly leading by example.
Just announced Thursday is an example of one more provider
reaching out a help hand, as Monster.com launched a free job-posting service for Katrina
victims, who also get free access to Monster's online tools.
On a broader scale is Advanced IP Pipeline editor Paul Kapustka's
suggestion that it's time for a permanent "Geek Corps", which
is more directed at being ready to help in a proactive, instead
of after-the-fact, fashion during the next disaster requiring
some high-tech know-how. It's a great idea, and apparently many
readers chimed in with suggestions, noting there are already some
versions of a Geeks Corp that could be adapted. You can read more
about that, and how interested parties can keep in touch, by
reading Paul's follow-up posting. At least one branch of
the government is thinking likewise. The FCC has proposed
creating a sub-bureau of sorts inside the agency charged with
coordinating planning and response actions for communications
services during national disasters, which speaks more to the
issues raised in my last Editor's Note on securing the
nation's critical infrastructure.
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