In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Keeping Your Best Employees On The Job
2. Today's Top Story
- Langa Letter: A Must-Have Repair And Recover Tool
- Langa Letter: Converting Audio Files? Let 'Er Rip!
- Langa Letter: How To Build Better Passwords
3. Breaking News
- AMD, Intel Slash Prices
- Security Software Company Discovers Possible ID-Theft Ring
- Microsoft Will Reissue Windows 2000 Rollup
- Six Windows Security Fixes Slated
- Internet Agency Reassigns Iraq Domain
- Soap Opera For The *Really* Small Screen
- NEC Develops Backup Battery With Organic Compounds
- As Threats Loom, Audible Keeps Building
- Logan Airport, Continental In Spat Over Free Wi-Fi
- Opinion: Why The Symantec-Veritas Merger Didn't Lead To Other Security Megadeals
4. In Depth: Reports From India And China
5. Voice Of Authority: 'It Is What It Is'
6. White Papers: Taming E-Mail Management
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1. Editor's Note: Keeping Your Best Employees On The Job
It's easy to see our story on the latest job opening at Google as
nothing more than frivolous, but there's some meat to it. So to
Google feeds its employees free breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And
from the looks of things, Google employees eat pretty well.
According to our article, a sample menu includes "ahi tuna and
avocado poke, vegetarian tamale casserole, and seared day boat
scallops in green coconut curry sauce."
I don't even know what half those foods are.
Google's lavish meal plan is more than just a frivolity, though.
Hanging onto employees is always a tough task. Even during a
bust, when there are hundreds of applications for every job
opening, it's hard to hang onto the good employees.
What do employees want? Well, money and bennies, sure, but they
also want to be treated with respect. Like people, not "human
resources." And one of the best ways to show people you value
them is to shovel good food into them.
But that's not the only way. Financial analysts are critical of
warehouse store Costco, saying Costco pays its
employees too well, according to the New York Times.
(You have to pay the Times to access that article.)
"Costco's average pay, for example, is $17 an hour, 42 percent
higher than its fiercest rival, Sam's Club. And Costco's health
plan makes those at many other retailers look Scroogish. One
analyst, Bill Dreher of Deutsche Bank, complained last year that
at Costco 'it's better to be an employee or a customer than a
shareholder,'" the Times wrote.
But CEO Jim Sinegal argues that its good pay and benefits
actually help keep prices down and deliver value for
stockholders. Well-treated employees lead to low turnover, low
recruiting and retraining costs, and reduced theft by employees.
I can testify personally that CMP Media, the company that
publishes this newsletter, is a great place to work; I've been
here 13 years.
The company cafeteria? It's OK. But it does a surprisingly good
breakfast burrito; check it out if you ever come visit us for a
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repair and recovery. If you ever have to recover files from an
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free, zero-footprint tool you shouldn't be without, Fred Langa says.
Microsoft Will Reissue Windows 2000 Rollup
The company is at last agreeing that it needs to release a new
Windows 2000 rollup, because the last one prevented some
third-party applications from working, among other problems.
Six Windows Security Fixes Slated
Microsoft says it has six security bulletins on deck for
Tuesday's monthly packet of patches, twice the number released in
July. At least one will carry the "critical" tag.
Internet Agency Reassigns Iraq Domain
ICANN assigned the ".iq" domain to the country's new government.
The previous manager, Texas-based InfoCom, lost control of the
domain after it was convicted on charges of funneling funds to Hamas.
Logan Airport, Continental In Spat Over Free Wi-Fi
The Boston airport is trying to stop Continental Airlines from
giving free wireless Internet access to its frequent fliers. The
airport charges $7.95 a day for Wi-Fi and says Continental's
offering is unsafe.
Low costs and high skills tempt businesses to outsource to China.
Microsoft Adds To Investments In China
A new venture with a Chinese company could help Microsoft learn
more about the market. But CEO Steve Ballmer warned recently that
software piracy is holding back Microsoft's revenue in China.
Google Expected Fight Over Microsoft Hire
Google agreed to pay Kai-Fu Lee's full salary and let his stock
options vest even if an agreement he signed at Microsoft
prevented him from being able to work for up to a year.
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