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Helping Hands, Peer-To-Peer

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 Older Macs
    - 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
5. Voice Of Authority
    - 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 your help."

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.

Patricia Keefe
pkeefe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft, AOL Discuss Online Partnership
Once bitter rivals, they're now looking to fend off competition from Google and Yahoo.

Related Stories:
Microsoft Windows Vista Will Use USB Flash Drive For Memory

Users will be able to add more memory to their computers by plugging in USB-based flash drives.

Microsoft Previews Security Features Of Upcoming Windows Vista
The company plans to beef up protection for Internet Explorer, firewalls, and anti-spyware, as well as hardening the operating system so that some tasks require administrator-level privileges to execute.

Microsoft Delivers SQL Server Preview
But it's delaying release on "data mirroring," which boosts database availability.


3. Breaking News

Third-Party Vendor To Support Tiger Operating System For Older Macs
Other World Computing will introduce technology to run the latest version of the Mac operating system on old PowerMacs, laptops, and iMacs.

Mozilla Readies Patched Firefox
Mozilla posted new versions of its Firefox and Mozilla browsers that fix a recent vulnerability that could let attackers take control of a PC.

New Program Aims To Woo More Kids Into IT Careers
Microsoft and the Society for Information Management are teaming up to counter the view that all IT jobs are being outsourced offshore and IT salaries are shrinking.

Are IT Departments Security Risks?
Workers are more likely to indulge in dangerous behavior on the Internet when they know they have an IT department to get them out of trouble, according to a study.

FCC To Probe Katrina Telecom Failures
Members of the federal 9/11 Commission called the lack of interoperable communications across the Gulf region after the storm a "scandal."

Verizon Wireless Wins Injunction Against Data Thieves
The injunction is against a Tennessee "private investigation" company that reportedly uses a number of techniques to obtain private subscriber information.

Finding Flaws In Old Application Code
Two risk-management and auditing service providers next week will unveil a framework to help customers deal with vulnerabilities in old application source code.

Google Personalized Home Page Moves Out Of Labs
Google has placed a personalized home page link on its search-engine home page, giving users the option of adding at-a-glance information to their own start pages.

Credit Union Fights Patch-Management Nightmare
A system from Blue Lane Technologies helps to protect Western Corporate Federal Credit Union while providing time to test software patches.

Index Shows Online Job Expansion Before Katrina Hit
In the pre-storm weeks, all but two of the 28 metropolitan areas Monster tracks saw a jump in online recruitment for sales jobs.

Studies Show Promise, Challenges Of Computerized Medical Records
There's debate in the health-care community over who exactly would benefit from a nationwide network and what the investment would cost.

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4. In Depth: Personal Tech & Reviews

First Look: Firefox 1.5 Beta 1
Mozilla's popular browser Firefox undergoes its first major upgrade, but the company is being careful to tweak rather than overhaul.

Review: IPod Nano--Small, Sleek, And Superior
Apple's new iPod nano has a few problems, but overall it is a light and lovable gadget with cool features that far outweigh the annoyances.

Review: Intel Joins The Dual-Core Wars
The new HP Compaq dc7600 is one of the first systems to employ Intel's new dual-core Pentium D CPU. How does it compare to AMD's X2?

Hot Apps: Camtasia Studio 3
Capture, edit, and publish videos of everything from your screen, Webcam, microphone, and multimedia files.

Review: QuickBooks Premier Edition
Get a quick start accounting for your small business by using QuickBooks' industry specific packages.


5. Voice Of Authority

Business Technology: For SCO, Value Is In The Eye Of The Litigator
SCO Group should give customers software that delivers business value, not lawsuits, Bob Evans says.


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