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To Boldly Go Where No Mascara-Wearing Captain Has Gone Before

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: To Boldly Go Where No Mascara-Wearing Captain Has Gone Before
2. Today's Top Story
    - Lawmakers Criticize HP
    Related Stories:
    - UPDATE: Hewlett-Packard General Counsel Resigns
    - Ex-HP's Dunn Says She Assumed CFO Approved Probe
    - HP Director Says CEO Hurd Has Support Of Board
    - HP's Attempt To Trace Reporter's E-Mail One Step From Spyware
    - Timeline: Hewlett-Packard Board Leak Investigation
3. Breaking News
    - AT&T To Cut Hundreds Of U.S. Tech Jobs, Sources Say
    - Dell Dips Into No-Charge PC Recycling
    - Lenovo, IBM Recall ThinkPad Battery Packs
    - Zune Pricing Shows Microsoft Waging Market Share Gamble
    - LogMeIn Plans Remote 'Data Shredding' Service
    - Service Promises One-Stop Voice Mail Pickup
    - Kofi Annan Praises Silicon Valley, Speaks Of Digital Divide
    - Storage Gets A Spotlight At Intel Developer Forum
    - Yahoo Acquires Video-Sharing Site Jumpcut
    - Brief: Sony Working On Battery Replacement Program
    - Q&A: Intel Senior VP Pat Gelsinger
    - Computer Experts Renew Call For Secure E-Voting
4. Grab Bag
    - Dressing Smart Phones For Success (NY Times)
    - ID Thieves Turn Sights On Smaller E-Businesses (Washington Post)
    - Get Rich (Or At Least Paid) Quick (Wired)
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech
    - Review: Microsoft Office Live Basics Vs. Google Apps For Your Domain
    - Who's Calling? Just Check Your Watch
    - How To: Building A Viiv PC
    - Review: Seagate Packs 750 Gbytes Into A Single Hard-Disk Drive
    - Review: Increase Productivity With The Right LaserJet
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Is Apple's Pod-Squad Going Off The Deep End?
7. White Papers
    - Eliminating The Password Nightmare—A Comprehensive Review
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Television: A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done." -- Ernie Kovacs


1. Editor's Note: To Boldly Go Where No Mascara-Wearing Captain Has Gone Before

We'll forgive you if you want to start Cory Doctorow's latest column with the last paragraph on the second page. That's where Cory starts to talk about how Hollywood is unprepared to deliver video that takes advantage of the new high-definition TV screens. Most existing video looks terrible in high-def, and directors don't know how to use the new medium correctly.

I laughed out loud at Cory's description of Friends on HD: "It's all gaping pores, running pancake makeup, caked-on hairspray, and freakishly thin bodies with giant, tottering heads." Indeed, TVPredictions.com's Phillip Swann has been compiling an annual list of stars who look the best and worst in HD; this year's entries for stars who look great on regular TV, but awful in high-def, include Teri Hatcher and Britney Spears. Last year's list was funnier (and a little offensive, too--Swann seems to object to people over 40 who actually look like they're over 40).

Cory argues that high-definition TV isn't just regular TV but better, it requires an entirely new visual language, the way existing TV technology was different from movies and talking movies were different from silents.

You don't have to own a high-definition TV to experience this phenomenon. We have a 36-inch CRT TV, which we bought new five or six years ago. Recently, we've been enjoying the new digitally remastered Star Trek. Alas, the 40-year-old show just doesn't look that great on 21st century technology, even with digital remastering--indeed, digital remastering might even make things worse, by making the visual problems easier to spot. We've seen starship officers crushed to death by falling blocks of balsa wood weighing several ounces. We've seen furniture that looked like it was purchased at a garage sale.

But worst of all are the face close-ups, wherein we learn that Capt. James Kirk wore more make-up and mascara than Capt. Jack Sparrow.

For more comments on Cory's column, and to leave your $0.02, read the rest of this note on the InformationWeek Weblog.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Lawmakers Criticize HP
House committee members criticized former chairman Patricia Dunn and HP's current board for failing to intervene or be fully briefed on the probe they requested.

Related Stories:

UPDATE: Hewlett-Packard General Counsel Resigns
Ann Baskins, a 24-year HP employee, stepped down just before a House hearing into the media-leak investigation.

Ex-HP's Dunn Says She Assumed CFO Approved Probe
Patricia Dunn, the former HP chairman, said she believed the investigation into leaks had been authorized by the company's chief financial officer and the methods used were legal.

HP Director Says CEO Hurd Has Support Of Board
There have been no discussions about whether Mark Hurd might resign, according to Robert Ryan, an HP director since 2004.

HP's Attempt To Trace Reporter's E-Mail One Step From Spyware
The tracer tactic may not be illegal, but it's just one step away from the kind of criminal acts that have put people in jail.

Timeline: Hewlett-Packard Board Leak Investigation
A chronology of HP's investigation, which has also sparked an inquiry by California's attorney general.


3. Breaking News

AT&T To Cut Hundreds Of U.S. Tech Jobs, Sources Say
Company insiders claim AT&T is set to dramatically increase its use of India-based labor.

Dell Dips Into No-Charge PC Recycling
The program is not tied to a new or replacement purchase and includes home pickup of computers, monitors, and peripherals.

Lenovo, IBM Recall ThinkPad Battery Packs
The recall of more than a half a million rechargeable lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Sony follows a recent incident in which a battery overheated and caused a fire that damaged a Lenovo notebook computer.

Zune Pricing Shows Microsoft Waging Market Share Gamble
Microsoft releases pricing for Zune, the Apple iPod challenger that some analysts believe the software maker is selling at a loss to grab market share.

LogMeIn Plans Remote 'Data Shredding' Service
The service allows users to have their data encrypted or deleted if their notebook PC is stolen or lost. Customers can also opt to erase all traces of data from stolen laptop hard drives.

Service Promises One-Stop Voice Mail Pickup
The service aggregates multiple incoming phone lines into one number that customers can access through a Web interface.

Kofi Annan Praises Silicon Valley, Speaks Of Digital Divide
In 2004, only 7% of people in the developing world were connected to the Internet, compared with 54% of people in developed countries. The United Nations' goal is to get business leaders to help change that.

Storage Gets A Spotlight At Intel Developer Forum
Intel on Wednesday unveiled a line of storage processors designed with Emulex that are aimed at customers of all sizes.

Yahoo Acquires Video-Sharing Site Jumpcut
Financial details were not disclosed, but the San Francisco startup will become a part of Yahoo's Social Media group, which includes the portal's photo-sharing service Flickr and its bookmark-sharing service Del.icio.us.

Brief: Sony Working On Battery Replacement Program
The beleaguered supplier of lithium-ion batteries said it's working out the details of a global replacement program with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Q&A: Intel Senior VP Pat Gelsinger
Gelsinger, senior VP and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group at Intel, talks about Intel's relationship and involvement with Apple, Microsoft, Bill Gates, Xen, Windows Vista, and system builders, among other topics.

Computer Experts Renew Call For Secure E-Voting
E-voting security and reliability concerns re-emerged during recent primary elections and have helped fuel a push to create a paper audit trial.

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4. Grab Bag

Dressing Smart Phones For Success (NY Times)
New gear ranges from cases to scratch-proof shields and headsets.

ID Thieves Turn Sights On Smaller E-Businesses (Washington Post)
Criminals increasingly are targeting small, commercial Web sites, where anti-hacking measures can be weaker than those employed at larger sites.

Get Rich (Or At Least Paid) Quick (Wired)
A search startup comes up with a system for compensating its Web workers instantly, an idea that's aimed at the Internet's growing casual work force.


5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech

Review: Microsoft Office Live Basics Vs. Google Apps For Your Domain
The race is on, as Microsoft and Google vie for the attention of small businesses looking for free management applications online. Who is ahead?

Who's Calling? Just Check Your Watch
A Bluetooth-enabled cell phone accessory puts Caller ID on a wristwatch.

How To: Building A Viiv PC
Intel's Viiv entertainment PC platform is aimed at bringing the horsepower necessary to handle all the multimedia functions of the digital home.

Review: Seagate Packs 750 Gbytes Into A Single Hard-Disk Drive
A mere decade ago, 1-Gbyte hard drives were priced at nearly $1,000. Fast forward 10 years, and Seagate has introduced a 750-Gbyte hard drive, the Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB, for $590.

Review: Increase Productivity With The Right LaserJet
HP's LaserJet 1020 combines speed, competitive pricing and easy setup for individual office use in enterprise environments.


6. Voice Of Authority

Is Apple's Pod-Squad Going Off The Deep End?
It's tough to be a whale these days. Now, as if pollution, military sonar experiments, and the occasional boatload of idiots with harpoons weren't trouble enough, the planet's marine mammals may be forced to quit referring to their family groupings as "pods," thanks to Apple Computer's legal jihad against what it sees as interlopers on its "iPod" trademark.


7. White Papers

Eliminating The Password Nightmare—A Comprehensive Review
Ensuring the security and privacy of digital assets is one of the key concerns facing companies today. This paper proposes a new approach to improving security in today's organizations that involves eliminating the use of passwords among end users.


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