In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Things I Never Thought I'd See
2. Today's Top Story
- Apple CFO: 1,000 Apps Running On Intel Mac Platform
- Related Story
- Hack-My-Mac Challenge Leaves System Shipshape
3. Breaking News
- IT Hiring Outlook Improves Along With The Economy
- Citibank Customers Shaken By Data Breach
- Google Says Mistakenly Put Old Ad Outlook On Web (Reuters)
- Mozilla Confirms Firefox Taking In Millions Of Google Dollars
- IBM To Move All Solutions Development Work To India
- IBM Switches Linux Desktops, But Isn't Dumping Windows
- Security Researchers Terminate Sites Selling Trojans
- Current Flash Technology Should Hold To 2010
- Intel Unveils Next Mobile Platform
- Bell Labs Test Reaches 100 Gigabits Per Second
- Cloudmark Upgrades Messaging Security For Exchange
4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
- Photo Essay: Life In The Googleplex (Time Magazine)
- Yesterday's Transport Of Tomorrow (Independent Blog)
- 'Cyberviolence' Plagues South Korea (Associated Press)
5. In Depth: Microsoft
- EU May Hit Microsoft With New Antitrust Inquiry
- Microsoft Tweaks Its Toolbar With Onfolio Acquisition
- Microsoft Tests Revamped Windows Live Search Engine (Reuters)
- Microsoft Acquires Apptimum
- The Six Flavors Of Windows Vista
6. Voice Of Authority
- Rootkit Evangelist Holy_father Abandons His Mission
7. White Papers
- A CIO's Playbook For Software Agility
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote of the day:
"Live out of your imagination, not your history." -- Stephen Covey
1. Editor's Note: Things I Never Thought I'd See
Yes, I'm sounding like my own grandmother, but some recent events
remind me it's wise not to get too cynical about stuff--because
you just never know. One of the many things about the computer
industry that I enjoy, besides all the cool toys, is that
companies and the business as a whole are continually being
reinvented, sometimes even for the better.
- My colleague Mitch Wagner attended the O'Reilly ETech
conference. He wrote a nifty blog entry from there about the notion
of paying attention. In it, he notes that Linda Stone, one of the
speakers at the conference, says CEOs are now asking people to
"disarm"--to drop their PDAs, cell phones, and pretty much
anything that beeps or interrupts--before they enter a meeting
space. It made me wonder if, in the maturity cycle of this
industry, we're finally beginning to go backwards--but in a good
way. Just maybe we're starting to see that being present and
fully attentive is a good thing. Multitasking to the point of
insanity, where nothing gets done well, isn't to anyone's
advantage, and we've been pretty much delusional to think that
the idea of keeping 47 things going at once is doable in any kind
of quality way.
- Hearing the words "Microsoft" and "open source" in the same
sentence still gives me pause. Yes, I realize there have been
bits and pieces that Microsoft has made available as open source
over the years, but there's a difference between code that's
ultimately meant to benefit Microsoft and code that might do
everyone else some good, too. But now comes a tool that allows
users to cut-and-paste across Web sites. Microsoft is making the
software, called Live Clipboard, available under Creative Commons license. This sounds like the real thing to me, but I
confess I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop.
- When I first started hearing about "Web services" around five
years ago, followed by "service-oriented architectures," I think
I probably rolled my eyes and thought, oh no, not another
development paradigm. But now I'm beginning to think this whole
Web services thing might really be catching on. eBay has created
an entire Web services ecosystem on its site, and now
MapQuest has released tools that let
developers create a Web service with maps and directions.
Has anything about this industry surprised you lately? To read
more, or to comment, please see my blog entry.
Hack-My-Mac Challenge Leaves System Shipshape
A university systems engineer who said a Swedish hack-my-Mac
contest was too easy closed down his own challenge Tuesday,
saying that even after 4,000 log-in attempts and two
denial-of-service attacks, his Mac mini remained untouched.
Intel Unveils Next Mobile Platform
Intel's new technology, code-named Robson, promises system boots
that take half the time of notebooks on the market today, and
application launches that are five times as fast with its NAND
Bell Labs Test Reaches 100 Gigabits Per Second
The goal of 100 Gbits/sec is within reach, but not ready for
commercial deployment, according to Lucent Technologies' Bell
Labs, which says it has successfully tested the super-high-speed
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Yesterday's Transport Of Tomorrow (Independent Blog)
Tinselman (also known as Myst co-creator Robyn Miller) has
written an interesting essay, in which he fondly presents the
history of novel ways to move people from point A to point B. He
talks quite a bit about Walt Disney's ideas along these lines.
'Cyberviolence' Plagues South Korea (Associated Press)
Kim Hyo-bi doesn't want her picture taken anymore. Not after the
22-year-old student's portrait wound up on a photo-sharing Web
site last summer with her face colored and distorted to make her
look silly, titled alongside the original as "Before and After."
Rootkit Evangelist Holy_father Abandons His Mission
His mission unfulfilled, Holy_father has nonetheless stopped
offering his Hacker Defender rootkit anti-detection services.
Larry Greenemeier explains more about Holy_father's "calling,"
which he says is to challenge the IT security industry by
providing hackers with rootkits that can be used to install
malware, and why he's stepped down.
7. White Papers
A CIO's Playbook For Software Agility
Rally, Ken Schwaber, and the ScrumAlliance share their
experiences on how executives are applying Scrum across large and
distributed organizations. They talk about the challenges and the
rewards, and suggest five ways to transition your development
teams to agile programming.
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