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Upgrading To Vista? No, Say 30% Of Businesses

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: If E-Mail Is Old School, I Must Be Ancient
2. Today's Top Story
    - Survey: 30% Of Businesses Have No Plans To Upgrade To Windows Vista
    - Microsoft's Quarterly Earnings Report Due Today
    - Microsoft Sued Over Windows, Office, And SQL Products
3. Breaking News
    - Attention Cellular Customers: It's Time To Speak Out!
    - New E-Mail Scam: Pay Assassins Or Be Killed
    - Eben Moglen Steps Down From Free Software Foundation
    - Dell Swaps Hard Drives For Flash On More Notebooks
    - Banks Hit T.J. Maxx Owner With Class-Action Lawsuit
    - Iridium Satellite Phone Per-Minute Prices To Drop To 15 Cents
    - Mozilla Extends Firefox 1.5 Support For One More Security Update
    - Google, Intel, and Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
    - Verizon Wireless Unveils A BlackBerry For Americans Traveling Overseas
    - CollabNet Sells Stake To Former Competitor SourceForge
    - IBM Boosts Dividend, Adds $15 Billion To Buyback Fund
    - Study Finds You Don't Have To Be Smart To Get Rich
4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
    - Pop Quiz: Who's Got Access To The Government's Student Loan Data?
    - Data Dumpster Diving, Anyone?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Secure File Access: The Alternative To VPNs
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: If E-Mail Is Old School, I Must Be Ancient

The rapid pace of change can sometimes make a person feel old. That's how I felt this week when I read about the LG National Texting Championship.

Don't get me wrong. I have texted, and I can appreciate that the younger generation has found a new way to communicate and stay in touch. And I don't think that just because kids leave out vowels and punctuation it means they're illiterate. But the popularity of texting has some people upset.

An Irish education commission expressed concern this week that texting could harm the ability of the younger generation to learn how to write. "Text messaging, with its use of phonetic spelling and little or no punctuation, seems to pose a threat to traditional conventions in writing," the commission said.

That may be true. But I also believe that language -- and writing styles -- evolve as times change, and that smart kids will adapt and adjust as necessary to succeed in the business world. So I don't get too worried about kids who spend a lot of their time texting on cell phones.

What I find fascinating in this regard is how quickly new technology can become old. As my colleague Stephen Wellman discussed recently in a blog post, e-mail is now considered an old-fogey form of communications. For kids used to social networking sites, instant messaging, and texting, e-mail is their equivalent of "snail mail," the insult many of us use for physical, hard-copy communications delivered by a real person who visits our home or office most days. If e-mail is old school, I'm starting to feel ancient. After all, I remember when fax machines were a revolutionary new form of instant communications.

Paul Travis
ptravis@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Survey: 30% Of Businesses Have No Plans To Upgrade To Windows Vista
Concerns about compatibility and cost are driving less-than-stellar adoption rates, despite security enhancements in the new OS.

Related Stories:

Microsoft's Quarterly Earnings Report Due Today
The world's largest software maker reports results today for its fiscal third quarter ended March, with earnings expected to get a boost from about $1.7 billion in deferred revenue from the second quarter tied to software upgrade coupons.

Microsoft Sued Over Windows, Office, And SQL Products
Texas inventor James Taylor contends that the Microsoft products infringe on a patent titled "Post compile optimizer for linkable object code."


3. Breaking News

Attention Cellular Customers: It's Time To Speak Out!
Most of us, if not all of us, use mobile devices, whether it's a cell phone, a smartphone, or a Pocket PC. We all pay the monthly fees, the necessary taxes, and sometimes even those obscure charges that show up on our bills. We all deal with dropped calls, "dead zones," and lack of features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 3G. But it's time for us -- the consumers -- to speak out and confront the cellular carriers with our frustrations.

New E-Mail Scam: Pay Assassins Or Be Killed
The FBI is investigating a new scam aimed at extorting tens of thousands of dollars from wealthy professionals.

Eben Moglen Steps Down From Free Software Foundation
Moglen will return to teaching at Columbia University and spend much of his free time on the Software Freedom Law Center.

Dell Swaps Hard Drives For Flash On More Notebooks
The computer maker is hoping the solid state's faster boot time and improved system performance will be selling points for its corporate customers.

Banks Hit T.J. Maxx Owner With Class-Action Lawsuit
The Massachusetts Bankers Association is being joined by at least two other groups in a lawsuit that is seeking "tens of millions of dollars."

Iridium Satellite Phone Per-Minute Prices To Drop To 15 Cents
The company said its North American service providers offer prepaid six-month plans. Iridium added that new subscribers can obtain bonus airtime incentives.

Mozilla Extends Firefox 1.5 Support For One More Security Update
Support will run through mid-May to accommodate one more security and stability update, but Mozilla is recommending users upgrade to Firefox 2.0 now.

Google, Intel, and Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
Money from the three companies has enabled researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a series of Internet-connected robots that almost anyone can build using off-the-shelf parts.

Verizon Wireless Unveils A BlackBerry For Americans Traveling Overseas
The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone, which can automatically detect and switch between CDMA and GSM wireless networks, will be available next month.

CollabNet Sells Stake To Former Competitor SourceForge
CollabNet will continue to offer centralized project development software and has hired the developers, support staff, sales force, and field service team of SourceForge Enterprise Edition.

IBM Boosts Dividend, Adds $15 Billion To Buyback Fund
As a result of the buyback program, IBM increased its forecast for 2007 earnings-per-share growth to between 12% and 14% -- one to three percentage points higher than its previous estimate.

Study Finds You Don't Have To Be Smart To Get Rich
The study did find one benefit of intelligence: People with higher IQ scores tend to get paid more.

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4. The Latest Security Blog Posts
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Pop Quiz: Who's Got Access To The Government's Student Loan Data?
It wouldn't surprise me if Sen. Edward ("Ted") Kennedy -- well, his staff, really -- had a bad case of writer's cramp. The senator's office last week alone issued four public statements criticizing the misuse of student data by student loan lenders, guarantors, and other members of that $85 billion-a-year industry. He's also made very specific requests of the U.S. Education Department and certain members of the student loan industry, asking them to explain a number of their recent actions and apparent conflicts of interest. Speaking as someone with extensive experience with student loans, I say, "It's about time."

Data Dumpster Diving, Anyone?
Do you know where your paper customer records are? Better yet, does the state attorney general's office know? As both RadioShack and CVS/Caremark Corp. have found out this year, being in control of the former situation is so much better than ceding control in the latter.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

The Chamberlain Group seeking SAP Web/Portals Architect in Elmhurst, IL

Ohio University seeking Director, Information Security in Athens, OH

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Telerik seeking Developer - Support in Newton, MA

Associated Bank seeking Business Systems Analyst in Green Bay, WI

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


6. White Papers

Secure File Access: The Alternative To VPNs
VPNs enable users to securely access a network from remote locations. SSL VPNs, based on the SSL protocol that secures e-commerce transactions worldwide, have gained market acceptance but also have some drawbacks. This paper addresses seamless file access and how to offer a Web interface so that users can securely access files.


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