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Red Hat Won't Cut Prices Because Of Oracle: CEO

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Commonsense Systems: Not!
2. Today's Top Story
    - Red Hat Won't Cut Prices Because Of Oracle: CEO
    Related Stories:
    - The Linux World Learns How Larry Ellison Does Business
    - Red Hat Tumbles As Oracle Targets Linux Customers
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Mandates Office Piracy Check
    - Apple Posts Fix For MacBook Sudden Shutdowns
    - Google Blogger Service Outages Spark User Firestorm
    - Nearly 1.5 Million Back-Office U.S. Jobs Seen Moving Abroad
    - Sun Micro Posts Narrower Loss As Revenue Rises
    - Private Conversation Is Aim Of New Blog Software
    - McAfee Reports Preliminary Q3 Results
    - Online Metrics Service Predicts Pirates, Sexy Women Will Be Popular Halloween Costumes
    - IBM Technology Keeps Future Chips Cool
    - Brief: U.S. Supreme Court To Review Microsoft Patent Case
    - Nasdaq Gives Apple De-Listing Reprieve
    - Vinyl Vaults Into Digital Age With New Devices
4. Grab Bag
    - Most Countries Meet E-Passport Deadline (InternetNews)
    - Public Radio Seeks Recall Of FM Devices Used In Cars (Baltimore Sun)
    - Sony Laptop Battery Injures User (Associated Press)
5. In Depth: Smartphones
    - Smartphone Buyer's Guide
    - Smartphones Fall Short In Several Areas
    - Mobile Devices Are Ready To Take Their Place Alongside PCs In Businesses
    - What's The Most Frustrating Thing About Smartphones? Take Our Poll
    - Nokia Wants Your Cell Phone To Tell You Where You Are
    - New BlackBerry 'Pearl' Comes With Expandable Memory
6. Voice Of Authority
    - 5 Steps To Getting A Handle On The Smartphone Explosion
7. White Papers
    - IT Governance Solutions For The Federal Government
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -- Albert Einstein


1. Editor's Note: Commonsense Systems: Not!

So I went to renew my driver's license and was told that the Registry's computer couldn't handle my multisyllabic, hyphenated last name and that I'd have to work with the Social Security Administration to change my moniker or figure out which one the U.S. government will know and tax me by.

To be clear, this isn't a limitation on the license itself. No, there's plenty of room on the little laminated card for what I was requesting. Instead, it was the computer system that ran out of space. Apparently, if your last name is longer than, say, 17 letters, something's gotta give. And it isn't the Registry's computer.

Surely I'm not the only person to have gotten married in, let us say, advanced middle age. I still use my maiden name for business and go by my husband's name for everything else. Especially when traveling with the kids—using different surnames on airplane tickets tends to make the Homeland Security guys very unhappy. And it's been a bit unhinging to have those little intimate talks in the side room with armed, unhappy people each time we travel together. (Happy vacation, kids! Pay no attention to that large man with the pistol!)

After 10 years of marriage, I thought the time had come to add my husband's name to my driver's license. After all, it was renewal time anyway. Well, the Registry didn't think it was a swell plan the first time I tried, so off I went to the Social Security office with approximately 947 pieces of documentation, my mother, and my dog to prove my "new" identity. Then back to Registry for the second time.

The upshot: The surname on my license is now 16 letters long (my maiden and married names all smooshed into one). I'm looking forward to more of those little chats with the Homeland Security folks. I dare them to try to pronounce my name.

Have you run into inefficient or downright stupid computer-related issues lately? Share them on my blog entry.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Red Hat Won't Cut Prices Because Of Oracle: CEO
Matthew Szulik said he welcomed the competition and that Red Hat would continue to work with Oracle to sell products alongside Oracle databases and software designed to work on the Linux operating system.

Related Stories:

The Linux World Learns How Larry Ellison Does Business
In his bold play for Red Hat Linux customers, the Oracle CEO shows how important the operating system is to his company.

Red Hat Tumbles As Oracle Targets Linux Customers
Red Hat shares plunged 24% to close at $14.83 on Nasdaq, suffering the company's biggest one-day share drop since the open source Linux software distributor went public in 1999.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Mandates Office Piracy Check
Users of Office XP and 2003 must prove to Microsoft that their software is legitimate to download add-ons from the Office Web site.

Apple Posts Fix For MacBook Sudden Shutdowns
Apple released a firmware update and recommends all users install it, after hundreds of users reported sudden shutdowns to their MacBooks and had to ship the computers to Apple for repair.

Google Blogger Service Outages Spark User Firestorm
What happens when bloggers get angry over outages and slow response times? They blog about it, of course, and they aren't happy.

Nearly 1.5 Million Back-Office U.S. Jobs Seen Moving Abroad
The Fortune 500 could save $58 billion annually if it shifts about half of its general and administrative workforce abroad over the next decade, a Hackett Group research study finds.

Sun Micro Posts Narrower Loss As Revenue Rises
Sun's net loss was narrower than analysts expected. The company noted a 15% revenue increase at its computer systems products business, which includes servers.

Private Conversation Is Aim Of New Blog Software
Instead of requiring bloggers to write for a public stage as most current publishing tools do, the new move focuses on private conversations among friends and family.

McAfee Reports Preliminary Q3 Results
McAfee's large-enterprise business brought in $110 million, a 16% year-over-year jump, as its SMB business generated $73 million, a 5% year-over-year drop.

Online Metrics Service Predicts Pirates, Sexy Women Will Be Popular Halloween Costumes
Hitwise looked at the popularity of Internet search terms to predict which costumes will be big this year. Among the winners: Pirate costumes, Tinkerbell, Wonder Woman, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Playboy bunnies.

IBM Technology Keeps Future Chips Cool
As more powerful chips turn up the heat, IBM hopes its so-called "high thermal conductivity interface technology," which is said to allow a twofold improvement in heat removal, will help systems chill out.

Brief: U.S. Supreme Court To Review Microsoft Patent Case
The company is appealing an appeals court ruling that says AT&T can seek royalties from Microsoft products found to have infringed upon an AT&T patent.

Nasdaq Gives Apple De-Listing Reprieve
Apple wins a two-month extension to file its tardy Form 10-Q quarterly report with the SEC.

Vinyl Vaults Into Digital Age With New Devices
Got a huge stack of wax warping in the attic? Albums that never saw the inside of a CD? With some effort, time, and money, you can convert that vinyl into digital tunes suitable for playing on your iPod.

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4. Grab Bag

Most Countries Meet E-Passport Deadline (InternetNews)
Electronic efforts to verify citizenship of persons entering the United States move into high gear.

Public Radio Seeks Recall Of FM Devices Used In Cars (Baltimore Sun)
Citing widespread interference on broadcast frequencies used by its member stations, National Public Radio has asked the Federal Communications Commission to order recalls of millions of FM modulators that drivers use to play satellite radios and iPods through their car stereos.

Sony Laptop Battery Injures User (Associated Press)
A Sony-made battery in a Fujitsu laptop overheated and gave off sparks, injuring the user, as a Fujitsu worker was visiting to retrieve the laptop as part of the company's recall of Sony batteries.


5. In Depth: Smartphones

Smartphone Buyer's Guide
Smartphones are building a loyal fan base and connecting to company networks. Here's our in-depth investigation into the top smartphone vendors' strategies, strengths, and weaknesses.

Smartphones Fall Short In Several Areas
Small screens, subpar browsers, and short battery life are among the shortcomings of currently available smartphones.

Mobile Devices Are Ready To Take Their Place Alongside PCs In Businesses
Some 85% of companies will provide more access to applications via mobile devices next year, and three out of four will increase spending on devices such as smartphones and other handhelds.

What's The Most Frustrating Thing About Smartphones? Take Our Poll

Nokia Wants Your Cell Phone To Tell You Where You Are
Nokia began a major push to transform cell phones into personal navigation devices last week as the company began integrating GPS technology into its handsets.

New BlackBerry 'Pearl' Comes With Expandable Memory
Research In Motion says it's determined to develop one of the smallest and lightest smartphones in the world that has all the capabilities of a traditional BlackBerry.


6. Voice Of Authority

5 Steps To Getting A Handle On The Smartphone Explosion
With new models coming out so often, different form factors, and tons of new features, choosing the right smartphone can be overwhelming. If you're an IT manager looking to equip your workers with one of these, Elena Malykhina gives you some advice to make the process a little easier.


7. White Papers

IT Governance Solutions For The Federal Government
IT governance can help your agency establish rigorous controls among your people, processes, and technology, while addressing OMB and congressional compliance requirements including OMB A-123, FISMA, and OMB A-11 Exhibits 300 and 53.


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