In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Productivity And Security To The Max
2. Today's Top Story
- Rising Energy Prices Drive Consumers Online
- E-Retailers Step Up Discount Offers
- Item-Level RFID Tagging Aims To Curtail Counterfeiting
3. Breaking News
- MTV, Microsoft To Develop Online Music Service...
- ...As Microsoft's SUS Bug Makes Admins Go Manual
- E-Prescribing Push Intensifies As Medicare Prescription-Drug Plan Nears
- Explosive Growth Expected For VoIP Monitoring Tools
- It's Still 'Employer's Market' For Jobs
- RFID Market To Reach $3 Billion By 2010
- Major Internet Search Engines Still Growing
- Intel's Next-Gen Mobile Platform Promises Efficiency
- General Dynamics Buys Anteon International For $2.2 Billion
- White House, Congress Flunk On Cybersecurity, Group Says
- DirecTV To Pay Record $5.3 Million To Settle Telemarketing Charges
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Tokyo Exchange Struggles With Snarls In Electronics
- BlackBerry Patent Fight Spooks Some Customers
- Scientists Question Possible Nanotech Risks
5. In Depth: IT Workplace Trends
- New Masters Program Could Help Tech Pros Navigate Legal Issues
- Opinion: Self-Evaluation: How'd You Do In 2005?
- Tech Careers Need Makeover
- Fewer, More Versatile IT Pros Needed
6. Voice Of Authority
- AMD Declares Victory, But Battle Will Continue
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Quote of the day:
"There's a big difference between busy and real work." -- Tom
McGreal, Iowa farmer
1. Editor's Note: Productivity And Security To The Max
My colleague Larry Greenemeier posted a blog entry about Microsoft's plans in the
This is the part of Larry's missive that stopped me cold: "If
Microsoft has its way, you may never again be able to duck
another phone call or claim that your company's spam filter
gobbled up an important E-mail." In the "new and improved" world
that Microsoft foresees for us all, we're going to be able to
collaborate and communicate 24-by-7 and never again face a
situation where a co-worker is gone for coffee, engaged in a
hallway conversation with the boss, or, heaven forfend, taking a
lunchtime walk around the building to clear his or her head.
I have to wonder: How much "productivity" is a good thing? Is
productivity measured by always doing something, no matter
how well it's done, or by achieving something that's actually
worthy of doing? Are we now going to have to worry about our
computer "watching" us--so now we'll have to "look busy" at all
times? Quick, type something!
Microsoft's new tool, called Office Communicator Web Access and introduced
at this week's Interop show, is all about group facilitation.
That's a large potential market for Microsoft, with its bid to
become an even bigger player in the world of enterprise
applications. (For more about the company's plans in this arena,
check out this Q&A with the head of Microsoft's
collaboration software group.)
Just like there are limits to collaboration, I feel there's no
such thing as totally foolproof security unless one lives in a
locked vault. And even then, it can be harmful to set up an
expectation of such. Along these lines, there's an interesting
story about something going on in Japan, where technology often
debuts long before it's available here. Some children in Yokohama
City are wearing RFID chips on their clothing and
parents can track the kids as they walk to school. If there's a
problem, the kids can press a call button on the tag to alert
What do you think? To read more about these issues, or to
comment, check out my blog entry.
E-Retailers Step Up Discount Offers
Online sellers are offering deals a bit ahead of schedule, but
nontravel spending is already up 23% over last year--and this,
the busiest E-shopping week, has yet to be tallied.
MTV, Microsoft To Develop Online Music Service...
The service, dubbed Urge, will be integrated into the next
version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player and will offer more
than 2 million tracks for sale individually or as part of a
RFID Market To Reach $3 Billion By 2010
A Gartner analyst pegs the industries with the greatest
opportunities to use RFID as retail, aerospace, and defense,
while the health-care, logistics, and pharmaceutical industries
will adopt the technology the fastest.
Scientists Question Possible Nanotech Risks (CNN)
Sure, scientists manipulating matter at the molecular level have
improved on hundreds of everyday products in recent years and are
promising dramatic breakthroughs in medicine and other
industries. But relatively little is known about the potential
health and environmental effects of the tiny particles--just
atoms wide and small enough to easily penetrate cells in lungs,
brains, and other organs.
AMD Declares Victory, But Battle Will Continue
Advanced Micro Devices has declared itself the winner of the
self-proclaimed "dual-core duel challenge" it issued to Intel
back in August. Although the win comes in some respects by
default, or TKO, as Intel has declined to be drawn into the
skirmish, and is indicative of the growing momentum at AMD, the
microprocessor championship belt remains in Intel's grasp.
Darrell Dunn explains.
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