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Getting Things Done
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Getting Things Done
2. Today's Top Story
- Mozilla Creates For-Profit Unit But Insists It's Not 'Selling Out'
- Fewer Defects Found In Latest Linux Kernel
- Once-Flawed Firefox Extension Fixed
3. Breaking News
- Cisco Web Site Breached, All Passwords Reset
- Microsoft Offers CIA-esque Tool For Word
- Silent, Deadly Forms Of Phishing On The Rise
- Computer Associates' Backup Line Sports Big Bug
- Overstock.com Moves Reports To Data Warehouse
- Consumer Products To Be Chip Driving Force, Panel Says
- Some MySpace Users Skittish About Fox
- McAfee Offers Free Trial Of Vulnerability-Management Service
- Yahoo Releases Shopping APIs
- Microsoft: Bug Fixes, Security Support To Be Top Priority In IE 7
4. In Depth: I, Robot
5. Voice Of Authority: CIOs
6. White Papers: Identity Management
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Quote of the day:
"I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?" -- Anonymous 15-year-old
Generation Y has always been on the cutting edge of finding interesting ways to use technology. They were teenagers during the dot-com boom of the late '90s. They were the first generation to take cell phones and Internet access for granted. They were the generation that drove the popularity of blogs, social-networking services, instant messaging, podcasting, digital music, and all the other cool stuff that's now becoming big business and driving social transformation around the world.
Now they're hitting their mid-20s, and they're starting to take on concerns that'll be with them the rest of their lives: balancing work, family and personal interests, and in general finding the time to get things done.
As Generation Y faces new problems, they're turning to familiar tools to solve those problems: blogs, Web sites, cell phones, and PDAs. There's an entire culture of productivity on the Internet. The centerpiece is a book: Getting Things Done. I write about GTD and where to find interesting Internet productivity resources on my blog entry.
We're doing our part to enhance your productivity, with a story by Ted Kemp about how IT managers can help their staffs become more productive. People who go into IT are often smart, highly motivated, hard working--and disorganized. And so the manager's problem is to keep the group focused, on track, and goal-oriented. We've got some advice to help.
Interestingly, the popularity of GTD and related productivity philosophies has spawned a sort of backlash against Palm Pilots and other PDAs. Or, if not a backlash, then a growing appreciation of those old-fashioned tools, pen and paper, and how they can enhance productivity. Did the resurgent popularity of pen and paper kill the PDA? Peter Clarke at EETimes seems to think so; he writes that he's not surprised the PDA market is moribund, he's surprised it took so long.
Of course, Clarke's essay is somewhat contradicted by a Gartner study showing PDA sales are up 32%. However, Gartner's study included devices such as the Research In Motion BlackBerry; other studies showing a decline in PDA sales excluded connected devices. I'm with Gartner on this one: To say the PDA is dying simply because more devices are connected is, well, silly; it's like saying the PC market died when PCs got network connections.
The Mozilla Foundation launches a for-profit subsidiary to develop Firefox and Thunderbird, and it's scrambling to assure the open-source faithful that it hasn't "sold out."
Fewer Defects Found In Latest Linux Kernel
Although the size of the code increased over a six-month study, one company said it found a significant decrease in the number of potentially serious defects in the core Linux kernel.
Once-Flawed Firefox Extension Fixed
The popular Firefox extension Greasemonkey has been rereleased in a beta version that fixes the severe bug that earlier forced its developer to recommend that everyone uninstall the Web site-changing tool.
Security at Cisco Systems remained front and center as the company confirms that it had to reset all passwords to its Web site because of a vulnerability in the search tool at Cisco.com.
Microsoft Offers CIA-esque Tool For Word
The so-called redaction feature allows users to black out sensitive sections before E-mailing or printing a document.
Silent, Deadly Forms Of Phishing On The Rise
While the social-engineered scams typical of phishing aren't going away, they're being replaced by more dangerous and less directly deceptive technologies like keyloggers and site redirectors. These more sophisticated types of scams are growing at a faster rate.
Computer Associates' Backup Line Sports Big Bug
A critical vulnerability has been discovered in another enterprise backup product, moving several security firms to urge users to patch pronto.
Overstock.com Moves Reports To Data Warehouse
Faced with rapid growth, Overstock.com is building a data warehouse for operational reporting to reduce the strain on its transactional systems.
Consumer Products To Be Chip Driving Force, Panel Says
The "Jetson society" and "video everywhere" were among the predictions of a panel of chip-company executives at a conference this week.
Some MySpace Users Skittish About Fox
Members of the counterculture blogging set are nervous about potential privacy problems, not to mention possible fees.
McAfee Offers Free Trial Of Vulnerability-Management Service
McAfee is betting that if customers try its hosted service, they'll buy it.
Yahoo Releases Shopping APIs
Yahoo unveils interfaces for developers who want to search the portal's shopping database and display prices and other information for products on their own Web sites.
Microsoft: Bug Fixes, Security Support To Be Top Priority In IE 7
Microsoft plans to add support for cascading style sheets in the upcoming Internet Explorer 7, but other standards will take a back seat to critical bug fixes.
Most companies bring consultants in to provide some sort of knowledge transfer to their employees. Compare your company's consulting initiatives and achievements to the practices and successes of 360 of its peers in Consultant Conundrum, Optimize magazine's latest executive research report.
Creative companies value new ideas and encourage the people who generate them. Find out if you're working for an organization that appreciates employee creativity with this quick online quiz from InformationWeek.
Researchers are developing robots that run on Linux to do search and rescue in environments unsafe for people.
Philips Research Develops Cat-Shaped Robot, Remote Control
Philips has followed in the path of numerous Japanese electronics companies and started investigating the possibility of robotic companions as consumer electronic products. Philips Research has been demonstrating the "iCat," a prototype user-interface to consumer electronics in the shape of a yellow plastic cat.
Robot Competition Kicks Off In Osaka
RoboCup 2005 has gathered nearly 400 teams of humanoid robots from more than 30 countries.
Poker-Playing Robots Battle For $100,000 Pot
It's not just fun and games and cash. The winner of the World Series of Poker Robots will help artificial intelligence meet a tough challenge: solving problems in the face of incomplete and inaccurate information.
No single executive has more visibility across more business processes than the CIO. It's time for companies to recognize the importance of this position, says Network Computing editor Rob Preston.
If you're finding that costs and lost productivity from supporting your organization's compliance initiatives are causing elevated stress levels, you're not alone. Many enterprises are choosing identity-management solutions among their top initiatives to help them manage their compliance with numerous government, industry, and internal regulations.
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