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Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow As NIST Bans Windows Vista

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Daylight-Saving Time: My Cable Box And PC Worked Better Than I Did
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow As NIST Bans Windows Vista
    Related Stories:
    - Microsoft's Windows Vista Marketing May Benefit Apple
    - Four Vista Motherboards Shipping With New AMD Graphics Chipset
3. Breaking News
    - Government Releases Transition Plan For End Of Analog TV
    - If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec
    - Poor Communications, Unrealistic Scheduling Lead To IT Project Failure
    - NEC Readies New Storage Architecture
    - U.S. Patent Office Says Free Music Downloads Harm Children, National Security
    - Verizon Business Launches Nationwide Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service
    - Maryland Porn Investigation Nabs Cops, State Workers
    - Microsoft Readies Updated ERP Apps And 'CRM Live'
    - IBM Looks Beyond India To Vietnam And China
    - ASI To Offer Seagate's Encrypting Hard Drive In Notebooks
    - Intel Unveils Its First Solid-State Drive
    - Tech Pros Are Worrywarts, Says Study
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - Nokia To Challenge Google And Yahoo With Mobile Ad Services
    - France, China, And Turkey Handcuff The Internet
    - Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
5. White Papers
    - Simply Stated: Hosted VoIP For SMBs
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Quote of the day:
"Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood." -- Henry Miller


1. Editor's Note: Daylight-Saving Time: My Cable Box And PC Worked Better Than I Did

News is trickling in that the three-week early shift to daylight-saving time was not the disaster many feared. Perhaps it was all the advance mass almost-hysteria about the havoc it was going to cause that made everyone -- from us ordinary PC and cell phone owners to senior IT managers -- prepare sufficiently, but the transition seems to have gone smoothly.

But in my household, our machines handled the change better (much better) than the humans did. We were supposed to meet another family for an outing at 8 a.m. Sunday. I got up at 7 a.m. (or so I thought) and roused everyone. My phone rang at the exact moment that I glanced at my cable box's time and realized it was really 8:30. Sure enough, on the other end of the line was my friend wondering what had happened to us.

Everything else worked fine. Cell phone, computer, PDA. So it goes.

As happens every spring when daylight-saving time surprises us (well, some of us), there's the usual debate about whether it's worth it. The reason Congress gave for moving it up, of course, was saving energy. But some studies say this is just bunk. The reason? Sure, we switch lights off earlier in the evening. But what about these darker mornings? The energy we use to illuminate our homes then balances out what we save late in the day. Purely anecdotal, of course, but all the parents I talked to at school this morning when dropping off our kids said they had to switch lights on to shake their sleepy children awake.

What about you? How did your business handle the change? Any disruptions? Any missed meetings? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow As NIST Bans Windows Vista
Tech staffers at NIST, a part of the Department of Commerce charged with promulgating technology standards, are scheduled to meet next month to discuss their concerns about the new operating system.

Related Stories:

Microsoft's Windows Vista Marketing May Benefit Apple
The new operating system's hardware upgrade stigma and other Mac factors are pushing some people to consider the Apple alternative, ThinkEquity analysts muse.

Four Vista Motherboards Shipping With New AMD Graphics Chipset
AMD has tested and certified the motherboards, which will be offered by Asus International, EliteGroup Computer Systems, Micro-Star International, and Gigabyte Technology.


3. Breaking News

Government Releases Transition Plan For End Of Analog TV
The government will provide coupons to help households buy analog-to-digital converter boxes so they can continue to receive over-the-air television for free.

If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec
Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes estimates that between 20% and 25% of all software used in the United States is pirated, but said some pirates end up becoming paying customers.

Poor Communications, Unrealistic Scheduling Lead To IT Project Failure
CompTIA czar John Venator notes that besides technical know-how, workers must have solid communications skills, both verbal and written, in order to complete projects.

NEC Readies New Storage Architecture
Hydrastor's DynamicStor software makes it possible to build a cluster of standard x86 servers that are presented as one large storage pool.

U.S. Patent Office Says Free Music Downloads Harm Children, National Security
The report states that peer-to-peer networks could manipulate sites so children violate copyright laws more frequently than adults, making them the target in most copyright lawsuits.

Verizon Business Launches Nationwide Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service
The service is designed to give U.S. businesses and government agencies the ability to link their Ethernet LANs that are scattered among various locations.

Maryland Porn Investigation Nabs Cops, State Workers
The majority of the 22 employees are Transportation Authority police officers, who patrol state highways, tunnels, and bridges, and maintenance workers.

Microsoft Readies Updated ERP Apps And 'CRM Live'
Four acquired enterprise application product lines begin to get a more common look and feel.

IBM Looks Beyond India To Vietnam And China
IBM also is enlisting industry partners in its globalization campaign and said Monday that it would work with Cisco Systems to provide a range of internationally consistent infrastructure support offerings.

ASI To Offer Seagate's Encrypting Hard Drive In Notebooks
ASI is the first computer maker to ship product with the Seagate security drive. Seagate expects other computer makers to offer the drive in the next several months.

Intel Unveils Its First Solid-State Drive
The drive, which has no moving parts and is available in 1-Gbyte to 8-Gbyte densities, will be used in a variety of Intel-based computing platforms for servers, notebooks, and low-cost PCs.

Tech Pros Are Worrywarts, Says Study
Why? Blame goes to the complexity of their companies' IT infrastructure and poorly defined goals.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
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Nokia To Challenge Google And Yahoo With Mobile Ad Services
Nokia plans to launch two mobile advertising services. What? Nokia is going to offer advertising? Does that mean Nokia is now a rival to Google? Yes, Virginia, it seems everybody is now in competition with Google.

France, China, And Turkey Handcuff The Internet
France, China, and Turkey have been in the news with wrongheaded attempts to handcuff the Internet. All three countries are trying to use regulation to control what they see as Internet-fueled damage to society. Sadly, all three countries are likely to find that the regulations are at best ineffective, and, at worst harmful.

Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
According to The Washington Post, Google recently held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several government agencies already use an enhanced version of Google Earth. That's right: Google is going deep into the verticals.


5. White Papers

Simply Stated: Hosted VoIP For SMBs
Speakeasy originally offered high-speed access that included DSL and T1 service to small and medium-sized businesses but has recently expanded its product portfolio to include hosted VoIP services over ADSL, SDSL, T1, and bonded T1. IDC does a thorough analysis of these offerings and how they satisfy the needs of the SMB market.


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