In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Beating Back 'BlackBerry Thumb'
2. Today's Top Story
- Intel Launches Quad-Core Processors
- AMD Shakes Up Top500 Supercomputer List
- New Opteron-Based Supercomputer Designed To Break Petaflop
- AMD Turns Graphics Chip Into High-Performance 'Stream' Processor
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft Patches Critical XML Flaw, 12 Other Bugs
- Microsoft Unleashes Forefront Security Suite
- Microsoft Forms Interoperability Alliance With Other Tech Vendors
- IBM Unveils $100 Million Innovation Agenda
- CSC Wins $180 Million Outsourcing Deal
- Need An Occasional Boost In Bandwidth? AT&T Has It
- Livermore Labs Turns To Linux-Based Supercomputing Clusters
- Former HP Chair Patricia Dunn To Be Arraigned Today
- Court Shutters Spyware Outfit, Freezes Assets
- Microsoft May Deploy Wireless Patch
- Zune Sales No Sellout
- Aperture's Vista 500 Aims To Give IT Managers More Control Over Data Centers
- Java Look-Alike Project Pushed Sun To Make Java Open Source
4. Grab Bag
- The Business Side Of Web 2.0 (Wirednews.com)
- Building A Better Computer (BusinessWeek)
- Slideshow: Next Year's Coolest Gadgets (Fortune.com)
- Tech's Got Pals On Capitol Hill (Business 2.0)
5. In Depth: China
- Where Research, Startups, And Endless Opportunities Are Changing The IT World
- Special Report: Live From China
- CIOs In China
- Photo Essay Image Gallery
- Video: Chinese To Overtake English As Top Internet Language
- Blog: Report From ChinaChairman Hu And Chairman Gates
- IBM To Help Educate China's Outsourcing Pros
6. Voice Of Authority
- Web 3.0 Bombs Among Bloggers
7. White Papers
- Three Steps To Getting A Grip On Development Costs
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1. Editor's Note: Beating Back 'BlackBerry Thumb'
Uh-oh, time to call the lawyers? Come to think of it, better make that HR, too! One of the latest cautions making the rounds has "Crackberry" addicts suing their employers down the road over repetitive strain injuries attributed to overuse of the popular handheld e-mail device and similar devices.
Of course, users of computer keyboardsincluding many users of the Atex publishing systemhave spent years unsuccessfully trying to sue over carpal tunnel injuries incurred from nonergonomic setups and typing on uphill keyboards. (So employers have that going for them.)
But carpal tunnel is quite real, and it's pretty painful. I know. So while you might be safe from lawsuits, you still might want to take some steps to keep those worker bees healthy enough to keep working, which in our industry more often than not, means typing away on some device.
According to some reports, the repetitive motion involved in using BlackBerrys, which requires typing with your thumbs, and other handhelds with tiny or awkward keyboards is particularly bad. The overreliance on your thumbs to type is trouble enough, but the fact that mobile handheld devices by definition are not being used in a normal office settingon a flat, appropriate-height deskcontributes greatly to this budding problem.
Not that this will give most users pause. Many people are as addicted to their handhelds as they are to their cell phonesthey want their e-mail and their data, and they want it now, wherever that might find them. Which means few will be parted from the very devices that are giving them a pain in the hand, wrist, and elbows.
Not to panic, though. Just as the industry developed ergonomic standards for desktop computing in response to repetitive strain injuries, so, too, are guidelines emerging for the all-thumbs crowd.
For example, you might want to check out the American Physical Therapy Association, which has released a series of hand exercises that can reduce the chances of developing "BlackBerry thumb."
Or, you could just counsel users to give the ole' BlackBerry a rest every now and then.
Kidding! I know that's not going to happen. After all, I have already undergone (fairly successful) carpal tunnel surgery on one hand, and even knowing I'm going have to do the other hand as well, you'll still have to pry the keyboard from my cold, numb, tingling fingers before I'd switch to (shudder) manual writing or the annoying choices in voice-activated systems out there. I love word processing!
So I know what you're up against. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ah, if only I'd had the ergonomic setups way back when that I have now...
So silly as it may sound, don't slough this one off. IT should be teaming up with HR and spreading the word on preventive care. And as for all you thumb pounders and handheld users, take it seriously. Type away, but take steps to give yourself a break, because if you don't, you're going to find yourself frustrated by nights of pain and hands that just won't do what they used to do.
Are you a BlackBerry, Treo, or Sidekick devotee? Can you feel the effects on your hands and arms, and are you taking any steps to mitigate the impact of your usage of these devices? Do you think companies should be sued over injuries incurred from using these devices? Let me know, by commenting on my blog entry.
Microsoft Unleashes Forefront Security Suite
The software giant is looking to edge out third parties with its big new foray into security, which includes antivirus and anti-spyware for the client and two server offerings. Analysts say it's a good first step.
IBM Unveils $100 Million Innovation Agenda
CEO Sam Palmisano says the company has opened its labs, its "crown jewels," to help create 10 offerings that will support advanced consumer and business products and services.
CSC Wins $180 Million Outsourcing Deal
CSC will manage IT operations for all of Newmont's global shared services operations and regional gold mining facilities, including locations in Denver, Nevada, Ghana, Peru, and Australia.
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Video: Chinese To Overtake English As Top Internet Language
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Blog: Report From ChinaChairman Hu And Chairman Gates
It's my last round of interviews in China, and I'm sitting on a black leather chair across from Harry Shum, the head of Microsoft's Asia research lab, on the day (Nov. 8) Microsoft finally released Windows Vista to manufacturing.
IBM To Help Educate China's Outsourcing Pros
IBM will work with China's Ministry of Education to introduce a curriculum that will focus on case studies of real businesses and scientific programs and draw on computer science, operations research, industrial engineering, management sciences, and other disciplines.
6. Voice Of Authority
Web 3.0 Bombs Among Bloggers
Web 3.0 is dead on arrival. In Sunday's New York Times, respected technology journalist John Markoff detailed the coming of Web 3.0the movement to imbue digital data with meaning so that it can be better understood by computersand the blogosphere shot the idea down in cold prose.
7. White Papers
Three Steps To Getting A Grip On Development Costs
The Standish Group estimates that 30% of software projects are canceled, almost 50% are over budget, and 60% fail because of coding errors, bugs, and failure to meet deadlines. Development managers may think they don't have an impact on profitability, but they directly impact the risks of system outages, application failures, and exploding project schedules.
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