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Pricing Is Key

All that's mentioned in the article "Next-Gen Wireless Will Threaten Landline Broadband, Study Claims" could come true if, and only if, the wireless service offerings are competitively priced (Jan. 5). We all witnessed how slowly landline broadband entered into households because of its pricing.

Joe Piette
Multimedia Producer
We Energies, Milwaukee

Beware Backup Quick Fix

Business-continuity plans need to deal with all threats, but simply mirroring your data isn't the be-all-and-end-all solution to disaster recovery ("From Good To Great (Maybe)," Jan. 3). Beware the quick fix. Data mirroring also entails mirroring of viruses and corrupt data, since it tends to happen within a few seconds. Sometimes you just have to go back to the old tried-and-true--magnetic tape backup.

Chris Bryant
Senior Distributed Computing Analyst
Fidelity Information Services
Jacksonville, Fla.

A Different Approach

I agree with the anachronism of the code cowboy, which has led to much of the current junk in the IT industry ("Get That Team Spirit," Dec. 6).

The problems we face include worms, viruses, identity theft, and spam, which all rely on an ability to invade the code developed by the cowboys.

By using a numerical approach to application development that uses very little code, you can eliminate the above named problems. It also lends itself to on-demand applications.

Bernie Hodson
President, Genetix Software
Ottawa, Ontario


In "RFID: The Plot Thickens," Ace Hardware Corp. will begin testing RFID and by year's end hopes to pilot the technology at one of its 15 distribution centers (Jan. 3).

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