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The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part One

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Time's A Wastin'
2. Today's Top Story
    - The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part One
    - Windows Vista's Color-Coded Security Messages Can Be Spoofed, Symantec Warns
3. Breaking News
    - A $10 Wok Replaces A $20,000 Satellite Dish
    - U.N. Courts Silicon Valley To Close The Digital Divide
    - Industry, Regulators Pushing To Meet DTV Conversion Deadlines
    - AT&T Accelerates Its Fiber TV Rollout In Wisconsin
    - Storm Worm Attacking Blogs, Bulletin Boards, And Webmail
    - Google Mashup Helps You Avoid Traffic Backups
    - CRM Comes To Google Business Apps
    - IBM Heiress' Ex-Partner Sues For Stake In Family Fortune
    - Qualcomm-Nokia Patent Trial Delayed
    - States From Maine To Oregon Brace For Daylight-Saving Time Computer Bug
    - CompUSA Says It's Closing 126 U.S. Stores
    - Microsoft Says Google Success Was 'Wake-Up Call'
    - China Online Addict Dies After Marathon Session
4. The Latest Inside Technology Blog Posts
    - Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington, D.C.
    - T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
    - Quick Look: Remember The Milk
5. White Papers
    - Virtualization: A Utility Approach To The Data Center
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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"Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all." -- John F. Kennedy


1. Editor's Note: Time's A Wastin'

Are you ready for daylight-saving time? Unless you're living in a cave, you know that the new, improved schedule for daylight-saving time begins March 11. So you and your business will spring ahead two weeks earlier than last year, which will result in an extra hour of light at the end of the day. Maybe we'll save some energy in the process.

The media attention this is getting is widespread; all of it seems to imply that this is coming upon us all of a sudden. For example, according to a statewide poll in Oregon, agency heads on average gave their departments a rating of 3.59 out of a possible 5 in terms of readiness for the daylight-saving bug. And we hear, too, that enterprise applications are likely to trip on the daylight-saving change. Talk about procrastination: President Bush signed the bill that extended daylight-saving time into law in August 2005.

But despite all the hoopla and instances of waiting until the last minute, we aren't facing anything close to the scale of the notorious Y2K crisis. While the Y2K problem threatened to shut down computers completely, this problem is a low-level frustration that could cause computers to have the incorrect time. Calendaring and manufacturing systems could cause confusion and chaos in an organization if nothing is done to resolve the problem.

Of course, it's in the best interest of companies to just make the appropriate adjustments, rather than manually change the dates on every computer four times a year. Any time-sensitive documents could fail if the changes aren't made.

I talked about the problem recently with David A. Milman, CEO of Rescuecom. "There is an easy fix for Windows 2K and XP; Vista is ready with the new updates already," he said. "For Windows 2K and XP, just turn on automatic updates in the control panel. ... This does require some savvy user to accomplish this task, but it does not require a technician." Seems it really requires the ability to read a calendar.

For other information on how users are approaching Vista in the trenches, check out today's top story, The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part One.

Jennifer Bosavage
Jdalessa24@yahoo.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part One
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.

Related Stories:

Windows Vista's Color-Coded Security Messages Can Be Spoofed, Symantec Warns
A Symantec security researcher says malicious code can "trick" Windows Vista into generating a green light when it should be holding up the stop sign.


3. Breaking News

A $10 Wok Replaces A $20,000 Satellite Dish
A software programmer substituted a $10 Chinese cooking wok for a $20,000 satellite dish on behalf of his New Zealand television station.

Kaspersky Report: Targeted Trojans Will Plague 2007
As worldwide worm epidemics fade, Trojan attacks aimed at specific companies will take their place as the predominant malware menace this year.

U.N. Courts Silicon Valley To Close The Digital Divide
Intel spearheads efforts to reach out to businesses, academia, and the venture capital industry to help build up developing countries on three continents.

Industry, Regulators Pushing To Meet DTV Conversion Deadlines
Some 73 million television sets are reportedly at risk of going dark without help in meeting the February 2009 deadline for digital television.

AT&T Accelerates Its Fiber TV Rollout In Wisconsin
The phone conglomerate is hoping that its new offerings will keep customers away from similar services from cable companies and home satellite network providers.

Storm Worm Attacking Blogs, Bulletin Boards, And Webmail
A variant of the Storm worm is able to analyze network traffic and insert a link to a malicious Web site into text posted in blogs, Webmail, and bulletin boards.

Google Mashup Helps You Avoid Traffic Backups
The search engine company debuts an add-on to its Google Maps application for a handful of metro areas.

CRM Comes To Google Business Apps
One company is adapting its Web-based enterprise customer relationship management software to fit Google's Apps Premier Edition.

IBM Heiress' Ex-Partner Sues For Stake In Family Fortune
Patricia Spado was Olive Watson's domestic partner for more than 10 years until 1992.

Qualcomm-Nokia Patent Trial Delayed
The judge gave no reason for placing the trial on hold, but the delay gave rise to hopes that Qualcomm and Nokia are trying to reach a settlement on their licensing agreements.

States From Maine To Oregon Brace For Daylight-Saving Time Computer Bug
State IT leaders have been bombarding subordinates and end users with memos and bulletins outlining their concerns and detailing courses of action to deal with what's been called a mini-Y2K.

CompUSA Says It's Closing 126 U.S. Stores
The PC retailer is also set to receive a $440 million cash capital infusion.

Microsoft Says Google Success Was 'Wake-Up Call'
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, talks about Windows Live and other efforts to mine the business potential of the Web.

China Online Addict Dies After Marathon Session
An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington, D.C.
Google has beefed up its sales operations in the area in the past year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies.

T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
At the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites, and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati at an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset.

Quick Look: Remember The Milk
A current user of Google Calendar relates her happiness at finding a site with the absurd name of Remember The Milk.


5. White Papers

Virtualization: A Utility Approach To The Data Center
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