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
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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
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
- 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
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
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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.
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.
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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