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
- 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
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"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 kidsusing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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