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New PC Hangs From Ceiling, Chills Beer

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: New PC Hangs From Ceiling, Chills Beer
2. Today's Top Story
    - TRW To Consolidate On Dell And Linux
    Related Stories--Infrastructure Management:
    - Microsoft Updates Office 2003 With SP2
    - EMC Kicks Off Storage Administrator For Exchange
    - Cisco Promotes Network-Centric Utility Computing
3. Breaking News
    - Yahoo Desktop Search Exits Beta, Goes Wide
    - Password Overload Makes Enterprise Systems Less Secure
    - CA Leads Charge To Augment Microsoft Data-Protection Tool
    - The $100 Laptop PC
    - Microsoft Pushes Kid's Programming Language As Basic Replacement
    - User Group Rolls Out Red Carpet For HP Faithful
    - In Wake Of Hurricanes, Inmarsat Pitches New Satellite Service
    - 'Fast Lane' Airport Security Test Ends
    - One In 10 Consumers Reads Blogs
    - Gates, Jobs Lampooned In New Off-Broadway Musical
    - Cisco Leads In LAN Switches, But Users Grumbling: Survey
4. In Depth: Mobile Data
    - Wireless Carriers Squeezing More From Data Users
    - Most Wireless Subscribers Unlikely To Pay For Information Services
    - Vendors That Sell Mobile Data Don't Always Use It: Survey
    - RIM To Use Intel Chip In Next-Generation BlackBerry
    - Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
5. Voice Of Authority
    - How Broadband And The Internet Kept Me Out Of The Morgue
6. White Papers
    - Sybase's Approach To Business Intelligence
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Innovators are inevitably controversial." -- Eva Le Gallienne


1. Editor's Note: New PC Hangs From Ceiling, Chills Beer

OK, nothing about that has yet crossed my desk, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it does, and someday soon.

At least such a device would be more useful to me than many of the other things I've recently been reading about. Heck, something that can compute and deliver multiple types of frosty adult beverages and can, say, slide down to my desk by means of a pulley--now we're talking! Just imagine the, um, creative writing that would result. And I could slide the thing back up to free up desk space and get some sleep.

But like I said, I'm not aware of anything like that actually existing--and if you are, could you please send me order information? In the meantime, I'm going to have to content myself with some of the actual bizarre announcements of late, including a cell-phone TV from Japan that also includes a camera and that can be used as a digital wallet to pay for stuff.

This gizmo isn't yet available yet, and it's a good thing. I'm going to need time to prepare myself to be able to talk on the phone, watch TV, snap photos, and pay for my pizza at the same time. I don't know about you, but my brain's multitasking chip has been failing a bit lately--I can walk and chew gum simultaneously, but I can't walk and chew gum and think at the same time anymore. Been there, done that. Need to rest.

With apologies to Andy Rooney, I am also compelled to point out the following:

<Rant on>

- A new music format is coming out. Oh, please, somebody help me. I think all of my eight-track tapes have finally gone to the last Garage Sale in the Sky, but our house is still a home for a couple of hundred vinyl albums (anyone who could throw out "Mary Poppins" is just heartless, and "Woodstock" may be scratched beyond listening to, but it's a remnant of my misspent youth), and about the same number of audio tapes and CDs. And now... now a $40 fingernail-sized audio card is about to land. When I'm around 80 years old and have finally finished converting all my music to CDs, come on over to the nursing home and remind me, OK?

- Another new gizmo is billed as "a portable, personal-navigation device." Hey, I've already got one of those--a road map! Yes, it folds (well, sometimes) and comes along with me quietly. I like that in a "personal navigation device." But this new thingie includes voice-guided directions, kind of like my mother screaming from the backseat. No, no--that won't work for me. I'd only wind up arguing with the thing and driving off the road. Oh, wait, I already do that--with my mother screaming from the backseat--so this won't help in any event.

<Rant paused, for now>

So now I've had my turn. Please check out my blog entry for even more ranting--and let me know what in the industry you've found ridiculous, absurd, or just plain funny as of late. We could all use a laugh around now.

Ginsu knives to follow.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

TRW To Consolidate On Dell And Linux
The supplier of automotive safety systems will purchase 24,000 Dell desktop computers, laptops, and workstations, hundreds of servers, and dozens of storage systems.

Related Stories--Infrastructure Management:
Microsoft Updates Office 2003 With SP2

The update is designed to improve security and stability.

EMC Kicks Off Storage Administrator For Exchange
EMC enhanced technology it gained when it bought Allocity last year to work with both Fibre Channel and iSCSI-based Clariion disk systems.

Cisco Promotes Network-Centric Utility Computing
Cisco introduces an InfiniBand-based server fabric switch portfolio that, when combined with its VFrame 3.0 data-center-virtualization software, will bring a new approach to utility computing.


3. Breaking News

Yahoo Desktop Search Exits Beta, Goes Wide
The software indexes content from over 300 different file types, including Microsoft Office applications, Adobe PDF, and assorted music and video formats.

Password Overload Makes Enterprise Systems Less Secure
The stricter security managers get with passwords, the more users work to undermine the effort, according to a study by RSA Security, which makes authentication technology that beefs up password protection.

CA Leads Charge To Augment Microsoft Data-Protection Tool
Computer Associates, Yosemite Technologies, and CommVault Systems are among the companies touting new software for use alongside Microsoft's just-released System Center Data Protection Manager 2006.

The $100 Laptop PC
To be distributed free to children, the laptop is seen as a tool to help kids educate themselves, a more cost-effective alternative than hiring additional teachers.

Microsoft Pushes Kid's Programming Language As Basic Replacement
The Kid's Programming Language is designed to be a learning tool, sowing the seeds for the next generation of .Net developers.

User Group Rolls Out Red Carpet For HP Faithful
The 100,000 members of the now-defunct Interex Hewlett-Packard user group have been invited to join the HP Encompass and OpenView Forum International user groups.

In Wake Of Hurricanes, Inmarsat Pitches New Satellite Service
Inmarsat has asked for FCC approval to launch a spacecraft for the service by 2010 to provide global voice, data, multimedia, and a communications network in times of crisis.

'Fast Lane' Airport Security Test Ends
The trial run proved the need to continue gathering information about airline passengers, a government official said this week.

One In 10 Consumers Reads Blogs
RSS feeds and social networking are also getting more popular.

Gates, Jobs Lampooned In New Off-Broadway Musical
"NERDS: A Musical Software Satire" is sold out, and includes such potential future classics as "Let's Merge," "Windows Rap," and "I am Just a Nerd."

Cisco Leads In LAN Switches, But Users Grumbling: Survey
Customers are unhappy with Cisco's pricing policies and give the vendor lower ratings this year than last year, according to a new survey of 180 companies from Infonetics Research.

-More News-

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4. In Depth: Mobile Data

Wireless Carriers Squeezing More From Data Users
Subscribers who bought a data package paid on average nearly 5% more in the second quarter than the first.

Most Wireless Subscribers Unlikely To Pay For Information Services
Just one in five consumers are willing to pay for directory service on their cellular phones, and only 7% would pay for local search.

Vendors That Sell Mobile Data Don't Always Use It: Survey
Around 30% of survey respondents at a trade show for mobile-data providers said they had not downloaded any content in the last month--and 15% said they've never downloaded content.

RIM To Use Intel Chip In Next-Generation BlackBerry
Intel's focus on speed and extending battery life will likely help Research In Motion make its devices more attractive.

Mobile Users Are Lax On Security: Survey
Even savvy mobile telecommunications users have been slow to use security technologies on their mobile devices, according to a survey of attendees at a trade show this week.


5. Voice Of Authority

How Broadband And The Internet Kept Me Out Of The Morgue
Darrell Dunn wonders in his most recent blog entry: How did the world ever sufficiently spin on its axis and remain in its proper orbit without the Internet and broadband connectivity? He's been pondering these questions as a home-office move required that he spend about two weeks working with a 56K dial-up connection--or basically no connection at all.


6. White Papers

Sybase's Approach To Business Intelligence
This paper from Bloor Research explains why the column-based approach advocated by Sybase will provide substantially better performance at lower cost than traditional analytical, reporting, and data warehousing environments.


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