In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: IT Clunkers We Have Known
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Patches Critical Bugs In Internet Explorer
- Microsoft, MCI Plan VoIP Service
- Microsoft Ships Lightweight Communications Client
3. Breaking News
- Cisco Leaps Into Network Management
- 100 Million Mobile E-Mail Users In Four Years, Exec Predicts
- VMware Partners With Mozilla On Virtual-Machine Player
- Obsolete Computers Are Piling Up And The EPA Should Act, GAO Says
- Green PC Comes With Disposal Coupon
- Biometric Readers Fooled With Fake Fingerprints
- Integration Promises Still Haunting Oracle
- Feedburner Service Adds Tags, Links To RSS
- Honda Turns Asimo Robot Into Speedy Errand Assistant
- Toshiba Delays Next-Gen HD DVD Debut In Japan
- Container Store Breaks Out Demand-Forecasting Software
- Massachusetts Open-Doc Champion Cleared
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- 'Secret Santa' Exchanges Made Easier Online
- Italian Internet Cafes Must Record ID
- HarperCollins Will Create A Searchable Digital Library
5. In Depth: E-Mail Security
- E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets
- Don't Overlook Internal E-Mail Monitoring
- Blogger, Movie Studio Spar Over E-Mail List
- Risky Employee E-Mail Habits Threaten Business
- Coalition Reports Wide Adoption Of E-Mail Authentication
6. Voice Of Authority
- Outsourcing Has Paved Way For GM's India Push
7. White Papers
- Buyer's Guide For Federated Identity
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Quote of the day:
"Experience is the name that everyone gives to their mistakes." -- Oscar Wilde
1. Editor's Note: IT Clunkers We Have Known
The holidays are often a time of reflection, when thoughts turn
to joys and sorrows of years past. So naturally I've been
thinking about some products that were introduced to ITers with
great fanfare, only to meet, shall we say, with less than success
in the market.
I sure hope that HP's new videoconferencing system fares better
than some have in past years. Videoconferencing is one of those
things that should do really well, given how expensive and how
little fun travel has become. Back in the day when flying was a
giant airborne party, with newfound friends buying drinks for
each other and generally whooping it up in the smoking section in
the back of the plane, employees used to really want to be the
one chosen to go to a particular conference or represent the firm
at a given function. But not anymore; geez, most airlines these
days don't even hand out mystery meals in cabin class, which is a
shame because at the very least it gave seatmates something to
talk about. ("What do you think this is?" etc.)
Given all this, and given how most well-adjusted adults have an
aversion to being frisked on the security line, you'd think
videoconferencing would be the method of choice for collaboration
in this techno-decade. But this technology, along with
videophones, has pretty much bombed out from widespread usage.
True, video systems in years past had problems with jerky
pictures that made everyone around the table feel like they had a
giant joint case of morning sickness. And sure, it's got
something to do with meeting people in person and shaking their
hands, etc. But I think that the biggest clunker factor here has
to do with not wanting to have to dress up like a TV anchorperson
every time we go to work. ("Hey, Jones, got a minute? Fujiyama in
Tokyo would like to have a word about that sushi project...")
Excepting the people in the executive suites who are always
expected to have that freshly blow-dried hair thing going, most
of the rest of us are lucky to have matched socks and clean, um,
shirts on a daily basis. You know what I'm talking about.
Other less-than-widespread products of days gone by:
Diskless PCs: In a world where we want all our "stuff" with
us at all times, to paraphrase George Carlin, is it any wonder
that a tech gadget that put us on a forced diet wouldn't do so
Then there are the products that, while they have a devoted
following in a specific industry or two, never quite made the
huge dent their manufacturers hoped: IBM's OS/2 operating system,
Banyan's Vines, pretty much anything by Xerox outside of printers
and copiers all come to mind here.
To read more about this, to comment, or to suggest other
ill-fated wares, check out my blog entry.
Microsoft Patches Critical Bugs In Internet Explorer
Microsoft on Tuesday released two security bulletins that patched
four vulnerabilities in its Internet Explorer browser and one in
its Windows 2000 operating system. Two of the vulnerabilities
were tagged by Microsoft as "critical."
Microsoft, MCI Plan VoIP Service
A test run is planned for next week, with widespread availability
set for next year--but at first only outbound calls will be
Cisco Leaps Into Network Management
With what it deems a more granular approach to network
management, Cisco's Network Application Performance Analysis
suite will compete with offerings from Network General, NetIQ,
Green PC Comes With Disposal Coupon
Computer Technology Link has introduced an environmentally
friendly PC that uses less energy, has a lead-free mainboard, and
comes with an "end-of-life" disposal coupon.
Integration Promises Still Haunting Oracle
Oracle on Tuesday said it's pushing ahead on promises to deliver
tighter integration among applications acquired in a buying spree
during the past 12 months. The software maker has certified
Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise applications with Oracle Fusion
Middleware 10g Release 2 and introduced a middleware suite for
PeopleSoft enterprise customers.
Toshiba Delays Next-Gen HD DVD Debut In Japan
The company, which had hoped to beat the rival Blu-ray format to
market, attributed the problem to the unavailability of Advanced
Access Content System digital-rights-management software.
Massachusetts Open-Doc Champion Cleared
The Massachusetts state IT chief who promoted the OpenDocument
Format over proprietary software from Microsoft had been under
investigation about whether he violated state regulations and
attended conferences sponsored in part by proponents of open software.
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Italian Internet Cafes Must Record ID (CNN)
A new Italian law requires businesses that offer Internet access
to the public to ask clients for identification and log the
owner's name and the document type. Some say it's hurting business.
E-Mail Spills Corporate Secrets
Some 6% of workers admitted that they've E-mailed confidential
company information to someone they shouldn't have, according to
a study released Monday, while 62% said they've used their
personal accounts for business purposes to circumvent controls
placed on their business accounts.
Outsourcing Has Paved Way For GM's India Push
General Motors' announcement this week that it intends to triple
the number of cars it produces and sells in India while
substantially adding to its labor force there provides another
example of how outsourcing will help boost the U.S. economy. Yes,
you read that right. Paul McDougall explains.
7. White Papers
Buyer's Guide For Federated Identity
Organizations look to federated identity technologies to link
their partners and other constituents without the burden of
managing their identities and credentials. Read about Oracle's
browser-level federation in COREid Federation, the industry's
first standalone, multiprotocol federation server.
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