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There Is A Season

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: There Is A Season
2. Today's Top Story
    - New Cybersecurity Center To Warn Law Enforcement Of Critical Infrastructure Attacks
    Related Story:
    - Microsoft: Windows XP PCs Could Be Vulnerable To Zotob-Like Attack
3. Breaking News
    - Intel Seeks To Create Standard For Business PCs
    - Travelers Can Soon Book Trips From Microsoft Outlook
    - Boston Stock Exchange Launches E-Trading Venture
    - How To Protect Yourself Against Domain Name Hijackers
    - NYC Transit Plans $212 Million Security System
    - IBM Ships Workplace Designer, Preps Notes/Domino 7
    - Intel's Mobile Centrino To Go Dual-Core In First Quarter
    - Japanese House-Sitter Robot Hits Stores
    - Worm Targets Online Gamers To Steal Virtual Stuff
    - Observers Debate Microsoft's Latest Visual Studio Delay
    - Broadband Boom Opening Doors For Portals
    - Fuel-Cell Developer Claims Methanol Advance
4. In Depth: Digital Rights Management
    - Microsoft Buffeted By Criticism Over Vista DRM
    - Sun Launches DRM Initiative
    - Apple Revs iTunes With Support For Podcasting
    - OMA Reiterates Concerns In Wireless DRM Licensing War
    - Digital-Rights Management A Key Theme At RSA Conference
5. Voice Of Authority
    - SmartAdvice: Planning Ahead For Disaster Recovery
6. White Papers
    - Putting Grids To Work
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." -- Douglas Adams


1. Editor's Note: There Is A Season

Time, as my father used to say, heals all wounds and wounds all heels.

Dad may have been an optimist, but I think he was right, at least as applied to the technology industry. Given enough time, questionable or even criminal vendor policies are caught and stopped, old and "boring" jobs are once again seen as vital, and the wheel comes 'round in other aspects.

For your consideration:

Customer disservice: While not admitting any wrongdoing, naturally, America Online has agreed to pay $1.25 million to New York and will change some customer-service policies. Seems AOL rewarded employees who essentially ignored or overruled customers who wanted to stop AOL service, and a bunch of consumers complained as a result. AOL will stop paying bonuses to employees based on the so-called "save" rate. This reminds me of a mainframe software company that, after years of complaints from customers about its software-licensing policies, finally changed its stripes. Both examples show that, eventually, the customer is always right.

Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf? It wasn't too long ago that Microsoft was the industry heavyweight that everyone else was measured against. Today it's Google, or at least it is in some areas. And it took Google only around half the time it took Microsoft to achieve that pinnacle--five years versus a decade or so. Recently, both Microsoft and VoIP leader Skype have made announcements meant to beat Google, the former in instant messaging and the latter in voice over IP.

Are mainframes hot again? OK, it took 20 years, but there's some renewed energy around the notion of mainframe computing. This is being created by a confluence of different forces, not least of which is that Big Iron continues to chug away at the core of the computing infrastructure of most large companies, the related notions of server and data-center consolidation, and that Corporate America rarely, if ever, throws away anything that expensive. Most recently, IBM and its primary mainframe user group, Share, have joined up to help lure young folks into filling the 20,000-person gap expected as today's mainframers begin to retire. There's clearly university interest in training the next generation; more than 650 schools have signed on to offer curricula. But it will be interesting to see if IBM and friends can sell the notion to a generation used to jobs that change often, offer a clearly defined career ladder upward and onward, and demand new skills learned fairly frequently. These are not typically traits associated with mainframe computing, so we shall see. Convincing the youngsters that Big Iron is for them will be as much a PR job as it is anything.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

New Cybersecurity Center To Warn Law Enforcement Of Critical Infrastructure Attacks
Several businesses and organizations are testing a new process for anonymously sharing cyberthreat and attack data with their peers and government agencies without being subject to law-enforcement audits.

Related Stories:
Microsoft: Windows XP PCs Could Be Vulnerable To Zotob-Like Attack

Microsoft advises XP users to be sure to upgrade to SP2, or at least apply the appropriate patch.


3. Breaking News

Intel Seeks To Create Standard For Business PCs
The 2006 Professional Business Platform for desktops will be built around a dual-core Pentium processor manufactured with 65-nanometer technology and will include Intel's virtualization and active-management technology.

Travelers Can Soon Book Trips From Microsoft Outlook
The trend toward providing travelers with travel-booking desktop interfaces that link directly to reservation systems is expected to accelerate. Next up: booking trips from cell phones and PDAs.

Boston Stock Exchange Launches E-Trading Venture
New Boston Equities Exchange will compete with Nasdaq and NYSE E-trading systems.

How To Protect Yourself Against Domain-Name Hijackers
Companies overlook the threat of getting their domain names stolen from under them. Here's how to protect yourself.

NYC Transit Plans $212 Million Security System
The setup will include video cameras and motion sensors in subway and train stations, as well as software to help analyze what's going on and link the new system to back-end police computers.

IBM Ships Workplace Designer, Preps Notes/Domino 7
Designer is an Eclipse-based tool for building J2EE-based applications.

Intel's Mobile Centrino To Go Dual-Core In First Quarter
New chips for notebook computers will consume less power, offer stronger security, and communicate better over wireless connections.

Japanese House-Sitter Robot Hits Stores
Stores across Japan started taking orders for the Roborior, a watermelon-sized eyeball on wheels that glows purple, blue, and orange. It's a house-sitter robot that can sense break-ins using infrared sensors, notify homeowners by calling their cellular phones, and send the owner's cell phone videos from its digital camera.

Worm Targets Online Gamers To Steal Virtual Stuff
The keylogger-equipped worm steals user names and passwords from the massive role-playing game "Priston Tale." Crooks use the access to steal virtual assets like armor, money, and weapons to trade for hard cash in the real world.

Observers Debate Microsoft's Latest Visual Studio Delay
There are different takes on Monday's announcement that the Team Foundation Server piece of Visual Studio will be pushed back until early next year. Some believe it's just delays as usual; others wonder if there's inherently more risk in this piece of the puzzle.

Broadband Boom Opening Doors For Portals
Broadband use has reached a critical mass, giving portals and content Web sites a chance to gain market share, a market research firm says.

Fuel-Cell Developer Claims Methanol Advance
The cell will be available next year for commercial mobile applications.

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Doug Henschen on The Speed of Security

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4. In Depth: Digital-Rights Management

Microsoft Buffeted By Criticism Over Vista DRM
Microsoft is taking a few hits over a digital-rights-management feature in its upcoming Vista operating system.

Sun Launches DRM Initiative
Sun's Open Media Commons is designed to develop a royalty-free digital-rights-management standard.

Apple Revs iTunes With Support For Podcasting
Apple says its new Podcast Directory in iTunes lists some 3,000 free audio programs, including ABC News, BBC, Disney, ESPN, Newsweek, and NPR member stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles and WGBH in Boston.

OMA Reiterates Concerns In Wireless DRM Licensing War
For the second time in just a few weeks, and responding to what it says are ongoing industry concerns about licensing terms proposed by MPEG LA for the Open Mobile Alliance Digital Rights Management, the alliance has reiterated that it wants to distance itself from MPEG LA and its licensing terms for OMA DRM.

Digital-Rights Management A Key Theme At RSA Conference
Authentica, Liquid Machines, and Microsoft were among the companies offering new or enhanced versions of DRM software.


5. Voice Of Authority

SmartAdvice: Planning Ahead For Disaster Recovery
Planning ensures a business will have in place a road map and people to give direction, The Advisory Council says. Also, managers have to work on "soft skills" to get ahead.


6. White Papers

Putting Grids To Work
Oracle 10g allows organizations to deploy grid computing as a foundation for business-oriented transactions, content management, and business-intelligence applications.


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