In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Tech Overload
2. Today's Top Story: Browsers
- Mozilla Delays Firefox 1.5 RC1 To Stamp Out Late Bugs
- Microsoft Beefs Up IE 7 Security
3. Breaking News
- Intel Shuffles Chip Road Map, Jettisons Front-Side Bus
- Google Backs Colleges' Open-Source Efforts
- DOJ Probing Oracle Again, This Time Over Siebel
- VoIP Vendor Skype Divulges Flaws In All Clients
- Slow IT Growth Creates Software Consolidation, Report Says
- SureWest Delivers First HDTV Service Over IP
- Review: MindManager Pro 6
- OZ Takes E-Mail Client To Cell Phones
- Two Mass. Politicos Pick Microsoft In Format Battle
- Pace Of Government IT Spending Predicted To Slow
- 'Virtual' Change Management Pitched For Network Admins
- IBM Adds Patents To Open-Source Pool
- ICANN Settles With VeriSign
4. In Depth: Technology In Our Lives
5. Voice Of Authority: Google Print
6. White Papers: IT Services Management
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"Men have become the tools of their tools." -- Henry David Thoreau
1. Editor's Note: Tech Overload
I value the contributions information technology has made to our
lives probably more than most people. I make my living on the
Internet and spend the bulk of my time managing Web content and
technology projects, and really enjoy working in this
fast-evolving medium. IT--in the form of a wirelessly enabled
laptop computer and the omnipresent cell phone--has permanently
changed the lifestyle of my family, particularly as the
computer's value as an educational tool increases almost daily.
But personally, I'm not at all close to the leading edge. I just
got my first BlackBerry--only to support a narrowly defined,
though critical, business application. Watching the masses use
their BlackBerrys and Treos has merely been a curiosity for me,
and I've never really felt the urge to join the trend, even less
so now that BlackBerry Thumb has come to light. In fact,
I'm starting to get a little uneasy about technology permeating
everyday life and wondering where it will all end. It seems a day
never goes by that I don't have to tell my kids to shut off the
computer, a testament to the addictive power of the Internet.
My concerns about technology's influence on our nonwork lives
grew stronger yesterday, in response to this report on how Major League Baseball
games will be coming to cellular phones and other mobile devices
early next year through streaming video. For me, this story
didn't elicit excitement or anticipation, but rather bewilderment
at why someone would choose to watch a game on a tiny little
screen--at a cost, no less--when there are so many better
options: live in the ballpark, at home in front of your TV, at a
party, or in a bar with a group of friends. By the way, I'm not
that keen on watching TV shows on an iPod, either.
It gets better--or worse, depending on your perspective. Among
other new developments, kids also will have the ability to send
text messages from within a baseball stadium and see their edited
messages on the Jumbotron. I can only imagine the
education/entertainment value the 40,000 people in attendance
will derive from that wondrous application of text messaging.
What's the impact of all this dependence on technology? I fear
it's teaching kids they can't enjoy simple things like a baseball
game unless they have their PDA or cell phone in use the whole
time. I think we run the risk of making it impossible for kids to
ever learn how to focus on one thing--like a baseball
game--because they can never leave their gadgets at home.
It's certainly a smart move for Major League Baseball to
integrate its on-the-field product with mobile communications,
text messaging, and other technologies that have become such a
central part of our lives. I just wonder whether this is another
indicator that technology is taking over. Do you think technology
is becoming too ingrained in kids? Let me know what you think by
responding at my blog entry.
SureWest Delivers First HDTV Service Over IP
The company has linked more than 80,000 Northern California homes
to a fiber-optic network and plans to deliver 260 video and music
channels as well as voice and broadband Internet access.
Review: MindManager Pro 6
The latest version of this easy-to-use business tool can improve
both project planning and collaboration.
IBM Adds Patents To Open-Source Pool
The company is providing royalty-free access to its patent
portfolio for some health-care and education software
specifications built around Web services, electronic forms, and
open document formats.
ICANN Settles With VeriSign
The deal could pave the way for the revival of a controversial
search service VeriSign created in late 2003 for guiding Internet
users who mistype Web addresses.
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Sun Microsystems is working with an undisclosed beer distributor
to install an application based on radio-frequency identification
technology on cases and kegs. The RFID tags, which will help
track the age and temperature of the beer, are a sign of product
tracking to come.
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than forthright about its claim that it was only opening up
snippets of books to searches. Under challenge from readers,
Wolfe dug deeper and found that he could indeed still find more
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