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The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 5

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Gates Takes Immigration Case To Washington
2. Today's Top Story
    - The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 5
    Related stories:
    - Windows Vista Diary: New Mac Ad Pokes Fun At Vista Security
    - Windows Vista Security At 90 Days: How's It Doin'?
    - Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 1
    - Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 2
    - Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 3
    - Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 4
3. Breaking News
    - The Web Can Humiliate Dumb Companies. Can It Make Them Smarter?
    - Sony Unveils Online 3-D World For PlayStation Fans
    - Apple, Microsoft Users Differ On Age And Bias
    - City IT Contractor Arrested For Defrauding Cisco Of Millions
    - Microsoft Launches Public Beta Of Its New VoIP System
    - Ambulances Access Multiple Wireless Nets, Speed Up Patient Care
    - Google Releases Google Desktop 5 Beta
    - Amazon Launches Video Download Service On TiVo
    - The Digital Universe Created 161 Exabytes Of Data Last Year
    - Windows Vista Launch Hurts Yahoo, But Not Google
    - Pornographic Spam Hits All-Time Low
    - Cisco And IBM Partner On New Open Standards Communications Platform At VoiceCon
4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
    - Exposing Second Life's Data Centers
    - Got Time?
    - Vigilante Hacker -- Hero Or Menace? Your Call ...
    - Making Up For A Data Breach
5. White Papers
    - The Performance Manager: Turning Information Into Higher Business Performance
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"Work is an essential part of being alive. Your work is your identity. It tells you who you are. It's gotten so abstract. People don't work for the sake of working. They're working for a car, a new house, or a vacation. It's not the work itself that's important to them. There's such a joy in doing work well." -- Kay Stepkin, baker, as quoted in Working, by Studs Terkel


1. Editor's Note: Gates Takes Immigration Case To Washington

Do you believe Bill Gates' message that the United States has a tech-talent shortage -- near term and long term? The answer should shape your reaction to three main issues Microsoft's chairman discussed during congressional testimony this week: H-1B visiting worker visas, tech education, and immigration.

Short term, expect the chorus for increasing the H-1B cap to get louder over the next month, writes Marianne Kolbasuk McGee, with the approach of the April 1 date when companies can submit petitions for visas. In recent years that cap has been filled in a matter of months. Gates, in calling to raise the cap, says this year's visas will run out before degree candidates graduate. "So for the first time ever, we will not be able to seek H-1Bs for this year's graduating students," he told Congress.

On the education front, Gates' message is that we need to pour resources into math, science, and tech education: double the number of graduates by 2015 and add 10,000 teachers in those fields. Again, expect more on this theme -- business groups are rallying behind these numbers. In his testimony, though, Gates leaves one big question hanging. Why, if science, math, and tech offer the world's most dynamic and promising education and career path, do kids not want to go into those fields?

We've taken up this issue in the past, and last week InformationWeek editor in chief Rob Preston laid some of the blame on tech employers.

Gates' third major point is perhaps the most interesting of all, and one less often discussed: immigration. People rail against H-1B temp workers taking jobs, and they nod in agreement for better U.S. education, but permanent immigration is less often discussed. Gates urges two major reforms: making it much easier for foreign students to study here and stay here, and expediting the process of getting permanent residency for highly skilled workers. Immigration is more complicated policy work than raising the H-1B caps or adding 25,000 science/math scholarships. Which is why it's more likely to be neglected. If Social Security is the dreaded third rail of politics, immigration is the downed electrical wire of politics: a problem everyone knows about, but no one's sure how to fix, so they just walk away.

The tech talent pool is one of the most critical issues we cover, and we have one of our signature research projects, our Salary Survey, under way now, with results next month. Please participate, like 10,000-some IT pros did last year, at informationweek.com/salary. Count on us to analyze those results with concerns over a labor shortage issue as a backdrop.

Chris Murphy
cjmurphy@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 5
The Vista Roundtable participants offer a few last words on the future of Vista and its adoption by individuals and companies.

Related Stories:

Windows Vista Diary: New Mac Ad Pokes Fun At Vista Security
The commercial pokes fun at Vista's persistent pop-up User Account Controls dialog boxes, which appear pretty much every time you want to install an application, attach a thumb drive, or do anything new. In theory, this is good. In practice, Vista's UACs are the software equivalent of the boy who cried wolf.

Windows Vista Security At 90 Days: How's It Doin'?
Security firms say it depends on whether you believe Microsoft should be judged on how far it's come or how far it has yet to go.

Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 1
What do IT managers, consultants, programmers, and everyday users really think about Vista? We invited six of our readers to give their opinions -- and we got an earful. Here is Part 1 of our five-part series.

Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 2
A discussion on whether the adoption of Vista as a standard is inevitable, how soon it will happen, and whether there are any real alternatives.

Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 3
Six of our readers talk about stripping Vista down for development, problems running XP apps, and dealing with Windows Mobile Device Center.

Windows Vista Roundtable: Part 4
Is there really any "Wow!" in Vista? Our panel of experts talks about increased security, and discusses the role of operating systems.


3. Breaking News

The Web Can Humiliate Dumb Companies. Can It Make Them Smarter?
Dysfunctional consumer companies know only two modes of customer service: abusive contempt or slobbering, cringing remorse. Cory Doctorow describes how broken companies can make good customer service the standard.

Sony Unveils Online 3-D World For PlayStation Fans
Similar to Second Life, users can build their own virtual apartments, including custom furniture, floors, and walls.

Apple, Microsoft Users Differ On Age And Bias
Internet metrics firm Hitwise reopens a discussion into which of the companies has a monopolization of "cool."

City IT Contractor Arrested For Defrauding Cisco Of Millions
In the second case in a week, a New Jersey man was arrested for defrauding Cisco Systems of $10 million in a scheme that lasted five years.

Microsoft Launches Public Beta Of Its New VoIP System
Millions of users are expected to test Office Communications Server 2007 to make sure the transition from traditional phone technologies will be easy for end users.

Ambulances Access Multiple Wireless Nets, Speed Up Patient Care
The In Motion technology reportedly improved prehospital patient care by improving dispatch times and reducing mobile data communications costs.

Google Releases Google Desktop 5 Beta
The sidebar now blends into the image on a user's desktop, and the various Google Gadgets sport interface and design improvements.

Amazon Launches Video Download Service On TiVo
To entice potential customers, Amazon is offering $15 worth of free movie or TV show downloads to TiVo subscribers who register for the new service by April 30.

The Digital Universe Created 161 Exabytes Of Data Last Year
The amount of digital information created last year alone is equal to 3 million times the amount of information in all the books ever written.

Windows Vista Launch Hurts Yahoo, But Not Google
Yahoo and Ask have lost market share, dropping from 23% to 21% and from 4% to 3%, respectively.

Pornographic Spam Hits All-Time Low
After years of reigning as the king of unsolicited e-mail, pornographic spam has dropped to its lowest levels yet.

Cisco And IBM Partner On New Open Standards Communications Platform At VoiceCon
Cisco is teaming up with IBM to promote industry adoption of unified communications and collaboration via a platform based on open standards like Eclipse and OSGi.

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New Video Programming: Three Takes On SOA
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4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
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Exposing Second Life's Data Centers
Today InformationWeek undresses Second Life and leaves it naked and trembling. We lift up its skirts and peer at its naughty bits. We open up its dresser drawers and paw through its unmentionables. In other words, we go inside the data centers and describe some of the server and software technology that keeps the virtual world running.

Got Time?
That whole time-change thing that has everyone rolling their eyes -- you know, early daylight-saving time? OK, it's not Y2K. (What could be?) And as I noted in a recent column (which goes into this issue in greater detail), no one is talking disasters of biblical proportions. But there is a little more to this than the momentary irritation of missed appointments and calendars being off an hour.

Vigilante Hacker -- Hero Or Menace? Your Call ...
The jury's out on a controversial hack job. Oh, one man is already going to jail in this tale. The question is whether the hacker who helped put the bad guy away was the hero of the story or just another bad guy. What's your take on this one?

Making Up For A Data Breach
Do companies really care about the security of their customers' data? Quite frankly, not as much as they should, based on what's in the news.


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