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Innovate Or Perish, Gartner Prods IT Pros

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Safari Vs. Firefox On The Mac
2. Today's Top Story
    - Gartner Calls On IT Heroes To Innovate
3. Breaking News
    - IBM Introduces x86 Linux Virtualization On System P Servers
    - Microsoft Sued Over .Net Technology
    - RIM To Roll Out 'Virtual BlackBerry' Software
    - 10,000 Jobs To Move Offshore Under Barclays' Merger Plan
    - Coca-Cola Launches Ambitious Technology Project With Bottlers
    - NEC Claims To Solve Thin-Client Problems
    - Time Warner Cable Teams Up With FON For Home-Based Wi-Fi
    - Nortel Warns Users Of 3 Critical Vulnerabilities
    - YouTube Posting Could Result In Huge Cell Phone Bill
    - Owner Of 'Massive' Software Piracy Site Gets 2 Years In Prison
    - Simonyi Back On Earth After Two Weeks In Space
    - All Eyes Will Be On SAP At Its Sapphire Customer Conference
    - Hillary Clinton Says She Would Cut 500,000 Federal Contractors
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Got Any Good Windows Vista Tips?
    - Dell's Move Raises Question: Will Windows XP Compete With Vista?
    - Microsoft News And Notes From A Redmond Visit
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers: Search
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself." -- Albert Einstein


1. Editor's Note: Safari Vs. Firefox On The Mac

I switched from Firefox on the Mac to the Safari browser over the weekend. So far, after a couple of hours on Safari, I'm concluding that they're both fine browsers. On the other hand, each one has limitations. I really wish there were a browser that combines the best of both.

Mac zealots seem to prefer the Mac's native Safari over Firefox, citing speed and the way Safari handles text as primary reasons. I've found no problems with Firefox's performance or text rendering on the Mac, perhaps because I have a new (and, therefore, relatively powerful) system.

But I switched to Safari because of my Quicksilver addiction. Quicksilver is a text interface to the Mac that's quickly become my primary way of opening documents, launching applications, and performing a whole lot of other functions. (Lifehacker has a good explanation and introduction to Quicksilver.)

One thing I hadn't been able to do with Quicksilver is integrate my browser history and Del.icio.us bookmarks, so that I could start typing the name of a bookmark and have it automatically come up in Quicksilver. Quicksilver has a plug-in called Social Bookmarks that's supposed to provide that capability, but I'd never gotten it to work right. I did some googling around last night and discovered I'd only partially installed Social Bookmarks. The blog LifeClever has the complete instructions. I'd neglected to enter my Del.icio.us user name and password. Silly mistake! But I corrected the error and now Quicksilver and Del.icio.us integration is working great.

For more of my analysis of the pros and cons of Mac browsers, or to weigh in with your own views, visit my blog entry on this topic.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Gartner Calls On IT Heroes To Innovate
"Most IT organizations can't deliver new value because their DNA is fundamentally about control," says Gartner fellow Jennifer Beck.


3. Breaking News

IBM Introduces x86 Linux Virtualization On System P Servers
IBM hopes the software will capitalize on its customers' needs to use Linux for their back-end server functions, as well as implementing virtualization in the data center.

Microsoft Sued Over .Net Technology
Vertical Computer Systems claims Microsoft is violating a patent it owns and uses in its SiteFlash product.

RIM To Roll Out 'Virtual BlackBerry' Software
Research In Motion is set to roll out new software that will let users turn smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform into virtual BlackBerrys.

10,000 Jobs To Move Offshore Under Barclays' Merger Plan
Barclays said it would also cut outright 12,800 staff positions if its plan is approved by ABN Amro shareholders.

Coca-Cola Launches Ambitious Technology Project With Bottlers
Coke wants to get all of its worldwide bottling franchises to adopt common business processes, using SAP's service-oriented architecture as the technology platform.

NEC Claims To Solve Thin-Client Problems
NEC says its Virtual PC Center costs from 30% to 35% less to maintain over a three-year period than desktop PCs, but without the performance lag typical of many thin clients.

Time Warner Cable Teams Up With FON For Home-Based Wi-Fi
FON provides users with a wireless modem that generates a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can be used for free by other FON users and for $3 a day by others.

Nortel Warns Users Of 3 Critical Vulnerabilities
The bugs cross Nortel's VPN router line and give hackers unauthorized remote administrative and network access.

YouTube Posting Could Result In Huge Cell Phone Bill
An unemployed programmer's "reach out and touch someone" idea stemmed from similar campaigns on the video posting site.

Owner Of 'Massive' Software Piracy Site Gets 2 Years In Prison
An FBI undercover agent infiltrated the man's subscription racket to take down the illegal business.

Simonyi Back On Earth After Two Weeks In Space
U.S. space tourist Charles Simonyi returned safely to Earth on Saturday, touching down with a Russian-U.S. crew in the steppe of Central Asia after paying for a two-week round trip into space.

All Eyes Will Be On SAP At Its Sapphire Customer Conference
SAP execs probably won't spend a lot of time talking about the legal battle with Oracle. They'll instead focus on gains the company has made in the past year.

Hillary Clinton Says She Would Cut 500,000 Federal Contractors
Sen. Clinton says such a move would save the federal government between $10 billion and $18 billion per year.

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Got Any Good Windows Vista Tips?
Have you got your feet wet with Microsoft's new operating system? If you're like me, you don't have it at work, but you've been spending an untoward amount of time with it on your home PC. That's where I came up with my Top 5 Windows Vista Tips To Personalize Your PC.

Dell's Move Raises Question: Will Windows XP Compete With Vista?
Dell's plan to reintroduce Windows XP as an option on its consumer and home-office PCs adds a powerful counterbalance to the tale of unimpeded Vista uptake.

Microsoft News And Notes From A Redmond Visit
Recent on-campus meetings cut across business and product lines, and I was able to get a bunch of good insight, as well as some bits and pieces that I find newsworthy and interesting, including some release dates and/or new details about Windows Live, security, management, and developer tools. So, on to a blog of news and notes.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

The Chamberlain Group seeking SAP Web/Portals Architect in Elmhurst, IL

Ohio University seeking Director, Information Security in Athens, OH

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Telerik seeking Developer - Support in Newton, MA

Associated Bank seeking Business Systems Analyst in Green Bay, WI

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

How To Choose The Right Business Search Engine
This white paper identifies 10 critical questions you need to ask a search vendor before buying and details the benefits you can expect from effective intranet and site search. It also describes the capabilities offered by Ultraseek, a powerful, downloadable enterprise search engine.


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