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Mitch Wagner
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The InformationWeek Weblog Community Sounds Off

The community discusses the death of outsourcing advocate Sunil Mehta, tools for getting the most from two PCs, outsourcing security, upgrading Windows, and getting around Windows activation.

The community discusses the death of outsourcing advocate Sunil Mehta, tools for getting the most from two PCs, outsourcing security, upgrading Windows, and getting around Windows activation.

India Loses An Outsourcing Advocate

  • Martin Conboy, FoobooOnLine.com: "India will miss one of its outsourcing champions. It is a tragedy when a man so young is taken from his family at the very point in his life when he had everything to live for."

  • Barb: "The 'win-win' concept of outsourcing sounds great, but how often was it implemented in practice? The gap between how we should be treating each other and how we do is often a deep canyon. I also grieve for the competent, high-performing American IT workers who made this country an international technology and innovation leader, long before outsourcing became a managerial fad, and who were then discarded like last week's trash."

Tools For Getting The Most From Two PCs

  • Thomas: "In case you haven't already - check out the Firefox extension Foxmarks. Synchronizes bookmarks without the social sharing stuff that you don't seem to want... simple and sweet."

Person Of The Year: Hey, It's The Digital You!

  • Peter Altschuler: "It wasn't the You-ness of Time's perspective that was so irksome. It was the fifteen photos with only one person (maybe two) over thirty, and the fifteen profiles with only two in their thirties, one 43-year-old, and one person over 50. Given the ever-increasing number of people over 65 who use the Internet, the proliferation of 50-and-older visitors to YouTube, and the simple fact that much of the technology on which Web 2.0 is built was developed by people who are now over 40, it's an odd imbalance."

Outsource Security Carefully, And Carry A Big Audit Plan

  • R. Lawson: "Why on Earth would you give away the keys to your company's data for a third party to manage?"

Ready Or Not, Time To Upgrade Windows

  • Carl: "Even IBM, paragon of supporting stuff way longer than you'd expect, does eventually end support. And W2K is OLD. What would be nice is Microsoft making a current OS that's as simple and reliable as W2K. XP is almost there, but XP Pro is so expensive that IT depts have been reluctant to upgrade."

  • Jeffrey: "Forever? Wouldn't that require an infinite number of employees to cover an infinite number of OSs? Do we really have to support the spinster refusing to move from Windows 3.1 or a DOS box? How about users of the Commodore C-4 and 128? Microsoft did write that OS also."

Windows 2000: The Heat Is On

  • Lee: "I would imagine that for most of us techies, this is just the natural evolution of the platform and fortunately, I transitioned out of 2000 a few years ago."

  • william moss: "Lack of support for W2K has no meaning for me except to prove that MS is a greedy monopoly; imagine if the car manufacturers changed their tire every 5 years and the old tires were no long available. Would you tolerate that kind of nonsense?"

Craigslist Flummoxes Financial Analysts

  • Frank: "Craigslist looks at doing one thing and trying to do it as simply as possible, which in turn is what makes it so successful."

  • How To (Partially) Get Around Windows Activation

  • Matt:: "Anybody looking for a 'license to steal' at least with XP, would be using a pirated copy of XP and the most current WGA workaround, which is at least as easy as installing a legit copy of XP, to say nothing of also jumping through the hoops with Narrator. This 'information' seems of rather dubious use to pirates, so I don't feel there's any harm in publishing it."

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