In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Reincarnation, IT-Style
2. Today's Top Story
- Gates: Microsoft Making 'Sea Change' In Software Strategy
- Microsoft To Offer Online Versions Of All Its Apps
- Office 12 Preview Leaks To Web
- Review: Microsoft Windows Vista's Latest Prerelease
- More New Internet Explorer 7 Features Revealed
3. Breaking News
- Internet Governance Squabble Expected To Hijack U.N. Meeting
- Cognizant Is Latest Offshore Outsourcer To Report Big Growth
- Your Next IM Could Be Your Network's Last
- FaceTime Issues Worm-Free Guarantee
- Apple Updates Mac OS X With 60 Fixes
- Level 3 To Buy WilTel
- Mobile Application Security: Options For Keeping Your Data Safe
- Informatica Pushes Data-Integration Boundaries
- Startup Claims Breakthrough In Fuel Cells
- IBM Supports Utility Upgrades In Michigan
4. In Depth: Enterprise Servers
- Dell, IBM Add Servers With Dual-Core Xeons
- HP Expands Blade Server Line To Include Itanium
- Fabric7 Enters Enterprise Server Market
- Unisys Exits Hardware Assembly
- Neterion, IBM Bring 10-Gbps Ethernet To xSeries
5. Voice Of Authority
- Business Technology: RFID Is Already Proving Its Value
6. White Papers
- Enhancing Regulatory Compliance
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1. Editor's Note: Reincarnation, IT-Style
In the world of IT, great ideas don't ever *really* die. Rights
are acquired by another company that incorporates the idea into
its own product, or the notion comes back under another name
entirely, biding its time until market demand catches up with the
Granted, sometimes it takes awhile. Like a decade or more, in the
case of "software-on-demand," which Microsoft is making a big
play for these days. Some may remember when rented software used
to run on mainframe computers. Back then it was called
"timesharing." Nowadays the concept has been updated via the Web,
with friendlier interfaces that people other than die-hard
techies can understand. But the notion is more or less the same:
You don't want the hassle of running your own software? No
problem--a vendor will do it for you, for a fee.
Open source is another old idea whose time has come. Now accepted
into the back rooms--if not front offices--of most large
companies, open source is pretty much everywhere you turn these
days. There's even an open-source business-intelligence effort
being launched, and Microsoft is feuding with Massachusetts over
the state's adoption of open-source office
software. Meanwhile, Red Hat is developing a new version of
the Linux operating system it's hoping will be more appealing for
the data center.
All of this is not to suggest for a moment that there's nothing
new under the IT sun. Of course there is, and as proof I offer
A new survey says that there are more modern ways of getting
into trouble these days. Many teens are reporting that they're able to do some
very bad online things--in the comfort of their own homes.
This includes the ability to IM or E-mail with strangers,
download illegal music, and check out other forms of, um,
entertainment. This should serve as a wake-up call to parents
everywhere that stricter rules--or at least more active
oversight--might be useful here. (And sure, some of this might be
akin to my watching The Bowery Boys on Sunday mornings
when I should have been in church, but as far as I know I wasn't
breaking any laws other than my mom's.)
This one's both scary and cool: Ford has come out with a
version of its F-250 truck that it's touting as a mobile office, complete with touch-screen
PC, wireless printer, and other tech options. I'm hoping the
built-in GPS will alert the driver before he winds up in a ditch
because he's checking E-mail instead of paying attention to the
To read about more IT wares that are making a comeback, or to
share your thoughts, please check out my blog entry. What's your favorite
resurrected and/or brand-new IT item?
By developing new Windows Live and Office Live products and other
online offerings, Microsoft is betting it can build a business on
software supported by advertising instead of licensing and leverage
the millions of programmers proficient in Microsoft technology
to help the company go up against Google and other competitors.
Related Stories: Microsoft To Offer Online Versions Of All Its Apps
Over time, virtually every piece of Microsoft's software lineup
will be offered as a server or a service, according to chairman
Bill Gates. He and CTO Ray Ozzie unveiled the company's Windows
Live and Office Live offerings Tuesday in San Francisco.
Office 12 Preview Leaks To Web
An early version of Office 12, Microsoft's next-generation
application suite, has been leaked and is available from several
sites, a Windows enthusiast Web site reported Tuesday.
Your Next IM Could Be Your Network's Last
A significant rise in instant-messaging threats will eventually
lead to an automated worm that will strike hundreds of thousands
of machines in seconds, IM security firms warn. Of particular concern
is the recent big boost in the maliciousness of the IM exploits.
Apple Updates Mac OS X With 60 Fixes
The Macintosh operating system was updated to fix 60 flaws in the
operating system and bundled applications. Even for Apple, which
traditionally has handled numerous bugs in any given update,
October's was a record.
Level 3 To Buy WilTel
The deal gives Level 3 some 3,000 more route miles of backbone, a
video-services subsidiary, and an existing contract WilTel holds
with SBC Communications.
IBM Supports Utility Upgrades In Michigan
The idea is to prevent massive blackouts like those that hit the
Northeast in August 2003 and help the utility meet reliability
standards imposed by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005.
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second annual Blog-X Awards. Nominate your favorite tech blog
now, and be sure to return when it's time to vote for the winner!
Unisys Exits Hardware Assembly
Following days of damage control, Unisys CEO Joe McGrath last
week had something to be optimistic about: a deal with NEC that
promises to reduce Unisys' manufacturing and
The adoption of radio-frequency identification has reached such a
critical mass across a diverse range of applications that we're
about to see indisputable evidence of the power of RFID and
related technologies, Bob Evans says.
Many organizations faced with growing demands to comply with
government regulations are turning to their existing ERP systems
as a cornerstone of their compliance efforts.
Document-process-automation solutions allow ERP to integrate
electronic copies of documents.
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