As a hands-on IT worker, I don't think my job could be outsourced, although the brief on how the 65,000 cap for H-1B visas had already been hit for 2005 makes me wonder ("Cap On H-1B Visas Quota Reached," Oct. 18, 2004).
I've always been of the mind that sending American jobs overseas was somehow an act of treason, but I'm not a Fortune 500 VP, CFO, or CIO. I can still remember when Made In Japan applied to cheap toys, Commies lived in Russia, and India was an exotic, far-away place that made lots of rattan furniture and copper knickknacks.
Network Analyst, California State University Long Beach
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I've installed SP2 on all three of my machines and experienced no problems ("Windows XP Service Pack 2: Is It Time Yet?" Oct. 19, 2004). Without realizing I was going through the checklist, I did all the steps except No. 4.
I left Norton Internet Security running. As the install was wrapping up, it gave me a message box that indicated that Windows saw Norton was active and offered to replace it. I chose no.
Lead Programmer, American National Insurance, La Marque, Texas
I enjoyed Herbert W. Lovelace's article on outsourcing, particularly his comments about using technology as a tool rather than the solution ("Outsourcing Isn't Always The Answer," Oct. 4, 2004). I see many instances where technology and automation aren't utilized correctly. Automation is used to enhance a job and make an employee more productive, not do away with the employee completely.
Information Assurance Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency, Ogden, Utah
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