In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Seeding IT's Future
2. Today's Top Story: Apple
- Apple Introduces Video IPod
- Apple Revenue, Profit Soar On iPod Sales
- Palm Unveils New High-End, Low-End PDAs
3. Breaking News
- Windows XP To Get Vista's 'Gadgets'
- Analysis: Microsoft, Yahoo Alliance Takes Aim At IM Competition
- Free Wi-Fi? What's Google Up To, Anyway?
- Customers Shocked By Level 3's Internet Disruption
- Litigation Skyrocketing Among Tech Companies
- IBM, Novell To Offer Licensing For Linux On Blades
- IBM Taking Rational Software Toward Open Source
- IBM Boasts Strides In Virtualization
- Oracle Upgrades Recently Acquired TimesTen In-Memory Database
- India's Tata Enjoys Strong Second Quarter
- AMD Smashed Estimates For 3Q
- Yahoo To Bar Pedophile Chat Rooms
4. In Depth: Security
- Exploit Already Out For New Windows 2000 Bug
- Expect Bigger Attacks After Microsoft, Yahoo Connect IM Networks
- Microsoft Updates Worm-Detection Tool
- Security Firm Offers Free Win2K Vulnerability Sniffer
- Corporate Users: IT Falls Short In Fighting Spyware
- Blog: Spyware Proliferates As Feds Crack Down
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1. Editor's Note: Seeding IT's Future
The burning question of the moment for our readers, columnists,
and vendors seems to be that while salaries and job openings are
at their highest peak in years, fewer and fewer kids are showing
an interest in IT. We've written a number of blog entries
addressing the whys, which I think we all know by heart, so I
won't repeat them here. You can instead go here, here, or even here to read lots of the commentary on
My colleague Johanna Ambrosio brings up the very
issue I've been mulling for a while--so what are we gonna do
about it? She pitches some interesting ways of addressing pieces
of the problem: offering telecommuting and rehiring retired baby
boomers as consultants. InformationWeek's editorial
director, Bob Evans, zeroed in on the role universities play in
contributing to this problem and offered up some suggestions in terms of what he thinks
they should be doing.
All good stuff, but I think we can go further. We need to,
because it's not just the next generation of IT workers that
employers need to be worried about. It's clear there are some
very unhappy members within the existing base of IT workers. They
aren't sure they're going to stay, and they certainly won't be
encouraging anyone else to get in.
The people who really hold the key to addressing this problem are
the very people who created much of it--the vendors and user
companies that, for whatever reasons, put thousands of IT workers
out on the street over the last decade. Downsizing, outsourcing,
the advent of permatemps--whatever. The message came through loud
and clear: You are not valued, and you are not needed (just take
a look at the reader posts on the blog). Those workers lucky
enough to keep their jobs feel massively overworked and
underappreciated. And now that the chickens have come home to
roost--job openings have picked up--we're seeing a lot of
hand-wringing over this supposedly inexplicable shortage of IT
What's astounding, really, is that these captains of industry
can't see that they're reaping what they've sown. And
universities can offer all the computer-science classes they
want, but if it's not the right stuff, then it won't matter one
whit at the end of the day.
Instead of mocking students who pragmatically abandon computer
science for more promising job prospects, frustrated employers
need to get off their duffs and do two things: get involved much
earlier in the process of creating interest in IT as a career,
and work with existing staff both to change their work
environments for the better and to provide the incentives and
career guidance they need to take a more positive view of their
You can get a better idea of the specific actions I think
companies can and should be doing to reverse the tide of
uninterest by reading the rest of my blog entry. There's quite a lot that can
One analyst wonders how Microsoft will convince customers to move
to the newer operating system if such visible chunks of Vista are
available in older wares.
Analysis: Microsoft, Yahoo Alliance Takes Aim At IM Competition
Microsoft and Yahoo said they would provide customers in the
second quarter of next year with the basic communication services
of text communication, computer-to-computer voice calls, and
presence, which is the ability to see who's available on the network.
Customers Shocked By Level 3's Internet Disruption
Level 3 Communications said it warned partners before pulling the
plug on some of the pieces of the Internet backbone that it
controls. Although the connections are back on, temporarily, the
company remains in a snit over shared bandwidth usage.
AMD Smashed Estimates For 3Q
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices reported sales of $1.523 billion
and net income of $76 million for its record-breaking third quarter.
Yahoo To Bar Pedophile Chat Rooms
As part of an agreement with the New York and Nebraska state
attorneys general, Yahoo also will bar people under 18 from
participating in its chat rooms, although it's unclear how it
will be able to enforce that provision.
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Microsoft Updates Worm-Detection Tool
October's edition of the tool adds four new pieces of malware to
the growing list of targets: Antiny, Gibe, Mywife, and Wukill.
The tool runs on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003.
Blog: Spyware Proliferates As Feds Crack Down
As the business of spyware proliferates and grows in complexity,
companies are looking for ways to quickly rid their PCs of a
problem that has evolved from a pesky problem that slows
performance to an outright security threat for corporate data.
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