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- SAP Cuts Fees For Bankrupt Delta
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- Ex-UBS Systems Admin Sentenced To 97 Months In Jail
- Image Gallery: Electronic Wonderland At Holiday HackShop 2006
- Demand For Elmo Doll Downs Wal-Mart Site
- Zero-Day Attacks Loom As Biggest Security Threats
- Mozilla Delivers Thunderbird 2.0 Beta, Preps Firefox Update
- Microsoft Posts, Then Pulls Mac Office Update
- Wii Beats PlayStation For Search Popularity Before Holidays
- MySpace Dethrones Yahoo As Page-View Leader
- Insurers Push Patients Toward E-Health Records
- Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing
- NYC Preps For Information Sharing
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- The Role Of Analysts
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"If giving the maximum for this crime doesn't send a message to people with the ability to commit a crime and to the people who employ them, they're not paying attention. The potential for the impact of an insider is uncalculable." Assistant U.S. Attorney V. Grady O'Malley, following the 97-month prison sentence given to a former UBS systems administrator
1. Editor's Note: Learn From And With Your Peers
Last week, I asked for your input on events that you've found the most valuable in recent years and are planning to attend in 2007. As expected, there were lots of conferences and trade shows I wasn't aware of, including one event that was recommended by many readers the Colorado Software Summit.
Rather than try to explain the event's appeal, I'll let readers tell it in their own words:
"It's more like a technical grad school than a trade show. The organization of the event, by Wayne and Peggy Kovsky, makes it more like a family gathering than trade show. That atmosphere has consistently attracted some of the most talented folks in the world, including a number of luminaries ... and some of the most talented programmers I've ever met." Donald B. Altman, Singular Technologies
"The sessions are 90 minutes as opposed to 45 and the session rooms have tables, which makes it much easier to handle laptops and taking notes. There are more working demos at CSS than JavaOne. And did I mention no trade shows, which means no vendor hype/pressure?" Bob Walker, AutoZone Inc.
"It costs just shy of $2,000. I pay that money out of my own pocket each year because Wayne Kovsky, the conference organizer, has a real knack for spotting what is hot in software development and enterprise engineering two to five years before the trend becomes mainstream." Kevin McGrath
Several other readers made passionate arguments in favor of attending the Colorado Software Summit as well. Check out the agenda for the 2007 conference, scheduled for Oct. 21-26.
Other writers said they've gotten loads of value from events run by Microsoft, including its TechEd conference and its Mid-Size Enterprise CIO Summit.
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Ban The Analysts! Or Not?
It looks like the sometimes raging debate over whether journalists should quote industry analysts be they technology or financial specialists has flared up again, this time in an interesting story on a U.K.-based IT publication. Check it out they're talking about whether to quote the same analysts that U.S. publications talk to. The article notes the New York Times has banned quoting analysts, and then violated its own ban.
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