In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Travel Restrictions: The Ripple Effect
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Issues First Patch For Vista
3. Breaking News
- Dell Recall May Cost Sony Up To $430 Million: Analysts
- U.S. Agency Reviewing All Sony Laptop Batteries
- Apple Updates Boot Camp Windows-On-Mac Software
- Creating A Windows XP Recovery Console CD Image
- Philadelphia CIO Resigns
- Hewlett-Packard Net Surges After Year-Ago Tax Cost
- Hoosier Daddy? Indiana Schools Adopt Linux
- Seagate To Keep Maxtor Brand
- AOL Wants Spammer's Gold
- Safety First: Five Firewalls For Your Desktop PC
- Lessig Seeks To Transform Linux Support Into Political Action
- YouTube Suffers First Unplanned Site Outage
4. Grab Bag: Entanglements; A Late-Blooming YouTuber
- Trademarking 'POD' A Bad Idea (DailyTech)
- Pensioner Is YouTube Star (Monsters And Critics)
5. In Depth: Blogs
- Blogs, Wikis, Forums Sway Consumer Opinion, Research Shows
- Google Launches Blogger Upgrade In Beta
- Microsoft Opens Beta On WYSIWYG Blog-Writing Tool
6. Voice Of Authority: Apple And Open Source
- Are Apple's New Open Source Efforts Enough?
7. White Papers
- Security And Risk Management
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1. Editor's Note: Travel Restrictions: The Ripple Effect
Last week's foiled airline bomb plot, and the subsequent fallout for business travelershere and abroadgot me to thinking that necessity isn't just the mother of invention, it's also a driver of change, and sometimes, the spark needed to ignite struggling markets and launch new trends.
While the most draconian travel restrictions have so far been limited to the United Kingdom, domestically we also saw a tightening of carry-on policy and subsequent confusion about whether portable electronics, chief among them laptops, could be carried on board. After banning gels, liquids, and some solids in carry-ons last week, FAA and Homeland Security officials made it clear that more changes will likely be in the offing, though no hints were given as to what they might be or when they'd be announced.
Corporate America needs to think this through, as far in advance as it can. Remember all those passengers who showed up for their flights last Thursday, only to find out that they couldn't carry on what they had brought with them? No one wants to be caught that flat-footed-especially when expensive equipment is involved. Since we don't know when the next attack will be, we need to plan ahead.
Various scenarios and questions are already running through my head:
Will a huge window of opportunity open up for the overnight delivery companies as travelers unable to carry on their laptops and other digital tools, and unwilling to check them, mail them on ahead? It's not so far fetched. We travel with laptops for a reason: so we can give presentations and demos, crunch numbers, respond to memos, write reports and stories, etc. And if we can't fly with them in our possession, and we can't be sure they'll arrive when we do, then we'll have to find an alternative mode of delivery. The Fed-Exes, UPSes, and DHLs of the world, meanwhile, would have to come up with packaging and procedures that will guarantee the safety of all those laptops, ironically winging their way through the same airspace as their owners in many cases.
Will we see a new market opportunity open up for ruggedized or "field" laptops and other equipment? Ever watch baggage being loaded or unloaded? If laptops and other handhelds are banned, and if we have to pack them in our suitcases, it might well be prudent for companies to consider whether it's time to invest in sturdier equipment.
Will we see exploding growth in the nascent biometric security industry? With all those laptops floating around between checked luggage and overnight packages, some are bound to get lost or stolen. Companies may play it sloppy and loose with our personal data, but I'm certain they'll be a lot more interested in protecting their own information. Biometric access controls on laptops and other gadgets should keep most bad guys out and corporate risk down.
And what about virtual laptops and e-mail? From online software that gives users a desktop in the browser window through any PC (Sun is a good example) to hard drives that can be slipped into generic machines to online services that provide access to key office applications (Zimbra is one example), options already exist for travelers who don't want to deal with the hassles of traveling with a laptop. Such services could even be cheaper than outfitting everyone with a laptop and applications. This is a market opportunity that could take off regardless of whether laptops are banned on board.
Please follow this link to a more complete set of my ideas for possible outcomes, and weigh in with your own thinking on how traveland your business productivitywill be impacted by potential new restrictions.
Microsoft Issues First Patches For Vista
Microsoft confirmed that two of last week's 12 security bulletins are for Vista, and it posted instructions for downloading security updates for the new Windows.
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4. Grab Bag: POD Entanglements; A Late-Blooming YouTuber
Trademarking 'POD' A Bad Idea (DailyTech)
In an effort to protect its very well known iPod brand, Apple has begun sending out legal threats to companies that use the letters P, O and D together in any service or product.
Pensioner Is YouTube Star (Monsters And Critics)
A British pensioner has become an international online star thanks to the global popularity of video-sharing site YouTube. The pensioner, whose first name is Peter, has attracted hoards of fans after posting his own homemade videos on the site with the aim of having a general grumble about life from the perspective of an old person.
Are Apple's New Open Source Efforts Enough?
Apple recently announced a handful of initiatives aimed at revitalizing its open source development efforts. In particular, the company stated that Darwin on Intel would be released as open source (something Apple had thus far refused to do) and also said that it would put up a hosting system for Mac open source projects. This follows on the fairly public breakdown between Apple and some parts of the Mac open source community, and it's probably safe to assume that these announcements represent some kind of outreach to that community. But are the efforts enough to salve the wounds and bring those developers back into the fold?
7. White Papers: Remote Access In Disaster Recovery
5 Things Every CISO Needs To Know About Information Security And Risk Management
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