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Reincarnation, IT-Style

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Reincarnation, IT-Style
2. Today's Top Story
    - Gates: Microsoft Making 'Sea Change' In Software Strategy
    Related Stories
    - 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
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Diamonds are only chunks of coal/ That stuck to their jobs, you see." -- Minnie Richard Smith


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 invention.

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 these items:

  • 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 road.

    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?

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


    2. Today's Top Story

    Gates: Microsoft Making 'Sea Change' In Software Strategy
    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.

    Review: Microsoft Windows Vista's Latest Prerelease
    The October Community Technology Preview adds features for networking and system diagnostics, and hints at new controls for mobile users.

    Review: More New Internet Explorer 7 Features Revealed
    In the latest preview of Windows Vista, IE 7 offers some significant additions, including new capabilities for tabs, favorites, and security.


    3. Breaking News

    Internet Governance Squabble Expected To Hijack U.N. Meeting
    Growing resentment among other nations over U.S. control over the Internet is expected to spill over into a summit scheduled for mid-November. Both sides remain far apart on who should run the Web.

    Cognizant Is Latest Offshore Outsourcer To Report Big Growth
    The company said third-quarter revenue jumped 52% to $235.5 million from the year earlier, while net income rose 56% to $40.6 million.

    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.

    FaceTime Issues Worm-Free Guarantee
    Company backs up release 6.5 of IMAuditor with 100% guarantee against the proliferation of IM-borne threats.

    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.

    Mobile Application Security: Options For Keeping Your Data Safe
    Mobile data security is possible with a little planning during the development stage.

    Informatica Pushes Data-Integration Boundaries
    PowerCenter 8 links structured and unstructured data, offers integrated data-quality management.

    Startup Claims Breakthrough In Fuel Cells
    PolyFuel claims its fuel-cell membrane, based on hydrocarbon direct methanol, has passed the 5,000-hour mark in durability testing.

    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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    4. In Depth: Enterprise Servers

    Dell, IBM Add Servers With Dual-Core Xeons
    The new Xeon processors are the first to ship with Intel's built-in virtualization technology, which will be turned on using a BIOS switch in early 2006.

    HP Expands Blade Server Line To Include Itanium
    The BL60p is the first blade to support both the HP-UX 11i operating system and the Itanium 2 processor.

    Fabric7 Enters Enterprise Server Market
    The servers use Opteron processors from AMD and Fabric7's Q-Par technology to let customers create hardware-based partitions.

    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 research-and-development costs.

    Neterion, IBM Bring 10-Gbps Ethernet To xSeries
    IBM will begin offering Neterion's 10-Gbps Ethernet adapter as an option for use with its xSeries systems built around the X3 architecture and chipset.


    5. Voice Of Authority

    Business Technology: RFID Is Already Proving Its Value
    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.


    6. White Papers

    Enhancing Regulatory Compliance
    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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