In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Pre-Halloween Jitters
2. Today's Top Story
- Sites Laid Low By Katrina Traffic
- 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
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"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
Demand shut down the Weather Channel site for three hours and
caused slowdowns for other sites, including CNN.com, ABCNews.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.
Farid Essebar, 18, also known as "Diabl0," may have written 20
variations of the Mytob mass-mailed worm and one version of the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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