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Pre-Halloween Jitters

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Pre-Halloween Jitters
2. Today's Top Story
    - Sites Laid Low By Katrina Traffic
    Related Stories:
    - Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
    - Allstate Fields Mobile Vans To Link Adjusters To HQ After Katrina
    - Katrina Batters BellSouth's Phone Service
3. Breaking News
    - Accused Zotob Hacker May Be Behind 21 Other Worms
    - The Ameritrade IT-Business Alignment Model
    - Atos Origin Officials Mum On Possible T-Systems Merger
    - Brits Pack Laptops To Beat Vacation Boredom
    - Fuel Cells Available For Rent
    - Microsoft Acknowledges Threats From Firefox And Security Lawsuits ...
    - ... As Microsoft Insiders Disclose Details Of Commerce Server 2006
    - Security Gateway Helps Braxton Schools
    - OpenOffice Launches Second Beta
    - British Government Proposes Internet Pornography Ban
    - In The Future, Lights May Communicate
    - Japanese Theater Offers 'Geeks' Cheap Tickets
    - Primer: 10-Minute Guide To Network Security
    - Offbeat: Smart Golf Clubs
4. In Depth: Catching Crooks
    - Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Microsoft Source Code
    - Pakistan Deploys Facial Recognition To Battle ID Fraud
    - Service Tracks Florida Sex Offenders, Issues E-Mail Alerts
    - FBI Reveals 16 More Suspects In Zotob Worm
    - Three Indicted For Violating Anti-Spam Law
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Trump To Outsourcing Critics: You're Fired!
6. White Papers
    - Best Practices In Enterprise Planning
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"I will show you fear in a handful of dust." -- T.S. Eliot


1. Editor's Note: Pre-Halloween Jitters

We're a fair ways off from the autumnal equinox on Sept. 22, and here I am already getting the creepies. Perhaps the idea germinated when the kids and I recently went shopping for school clothes; many stores already have Halloween decorations up and are selling pumpkin-themed candy. Can it be considered child abuse to hand out 3-month-old treats?

But I digress.

A few of the other reasons I'm probably thinking ahead to the night when tradition holds that the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest:

- My colleague Thomas Claburn discusses the new concept of "slogging," or slanderous blogging, about someone you know or wish you didn't. In my youth, we used to call this "gossip," and the cardinal rule was never to put anything in writing for fear our ill-tempered musings would be forever etched in stone and, worse, overheard or seen by the person being dissed. But getting "caught" by the subject is apparently the entire point of slogging, as I understand it. I would have thought in our overlitigated society that the voice of reason (if not politeness and/or basic human decency) would trump that of nastiness, but I would have been wrong.

- The notion that cost savings are spurring software outsourcing. I'm planning to say lots more on this subject in a blog later this week, but for now let's just leave it that I believe this to be wrong-headed and sure to blow up within, say, five years, as customers become disenchanted and the expected ROIs don't materialize.

- Not that I can afford the $14,300 this gadget costs, but if the prices ever come down, the thought of being woken up by a child-sized robot scares the bejesus out of me. In case this ever happens, I'm hoping that the robot is dent-proof and that "Ouch! That hurts!" is not part of its 10,000-word vocabulary.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Sites Laid Low By Katrina Traffic
Demand shut down the Weather Channel site for three hours and caused slowdowns for other sites, including CNN.com, ABCNews.com, and USAToday.com.

Related Stories:
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans

Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.

Allstate Fields Mobile Vans To Link Adjusters To HQ After Katrina
Wireless connections between headquarters and adjusters on the scene of the devastation help insured people get their claims resolved faster, Allstate says.

Katrina Batters BellSouth's Phone Service
Areas of the Deep South have been hit so hard by Hurricane Katrina that BellSouth doesn't even know how many phone lines were downed by the storm.


3. Breaking News

Accused Zotob Hacker May Be Behind 21 Other Worms
Farid Essebar, 18, also known as "Diabl0," may have written 20 variations of the Mytob mass-mailed worm and one version of the MyDoom worm.

The Ameritrade IT-Business Alignment Model
The company's chief operating officer, speaking at a Gartner conference this week, says the recent TD Waterhouse acquisition is spurring close collaboration between IT and operations.

Atos Origin Officials Mum On Possible T-Systems Merger
Combined companies could better compete for global IT services deals.

Brits Pack Laptops To Beat Vacation Boredom
Brits with time on their hands turn to their laptops to watch DVDs, listen to music, surf the Web, and E-mail their pals. When that gets dull, they have a blazing fight with their partner, according to a study.

Fuel Cells Available For Rent
Sandpiper Technologies lets customers rent methanol-powered fuel cells for evaluation.

Microsoft Acknowledges Threats From Firefox And Security Lawsuits ...
In a filing to the SEC, Microsoft for the first time ever acknowledged that Mozilla's browsers pose a competitive threat. The company also said that security vulnerabilities in its own products leave it open to litigation.

... As Microsoft Insiders Disclose Details Of Commerce Server 2006
In new Weblog postings, various Microsoft insiders are talking up the upcoming release and its promised tight integration with BizTalk Server 2006 and ASP.Net 2.0.

Security Gateway Helps Braxton Schools
Braxton County Public Schools in West Virginia are deploying security gateways introduced this week by Symantec to fight off security threats.

OpenOffice Launches Second Beta
OpenOffice is an open-source competitor to Microsoft Office. The new version features a redesigned interface and includes a database application.

British Government Proposes Internet Pornography Ban
In what would be a first for any country, downloading and possessing "violent and abusive" pornography would be illegal.

In The Future, Lights May Communicate
Inventors are working on "smart" home, office, and car lights that will help improve health and become a new means of communication. They could incorporate LEDs to, say, help link your living-room computer to the Web.

Japanese Theater Offers 'Geeks' Cheap Tickets
If you don't mind muttering the 'g' word in public, it's a cheap date--but only with yourself.

10-Minute Guide To Network Security
Keeping your network secure is a time-consuming job. But it needn't be that tough--for help, follow our 10-minute guide to get you started on keeping your network safe.

Offbeat: Smart Golf Clubs
The Intelligent Club from SmartSwing is a golf club that has the smarts built in to analyze the speed, acceleration, and swing plane of a golf swing.

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4. In Depth: Catching Crooks

Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Microsoft Source Code
William Genovese Jr. admitted to selling the source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

Pakistan Deploys Facial Recognition To Battle ID Fraud
The country is looking to clamp down on identity fraud among passport holders.

Service Tracks Florida Sex Offenders, Issues E-Mail Alerts
The services analyze, map, and monitor the locations of registered offenders using public information.

FBI Reveals 16 More Suspects In Zotob Worm
The FBI delivered the update during a speech to more than 650 cybersleuths gathered in Monterey, Calif., to share the latest tools and techniques for fighting high-tech crime.

Three Indicted For Violating Anti-Spam Law
James R. Schaffer, Jeffrey A. Kilbride, and Jennifer R. Clason have been charged with running a huge spam operation.


5. Voice Of Authority

Trump To Outsourcing Critics: You're Fired!
The latest voice to argue that offshore outsourcing boosts economic prosperity in the United States comes from Mr. Apprentice himself, Donald Trump. Paul McDougall explains more about it.


6. White Papers

Best Practices In Enterprise Planning
Traditionally, companies have managed performance by intently scrutinizing and analyzing past results. But that's simply not enough.


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