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VoIP: Five Things You Must Know About It

In This Issue:

1. Editor's Note: Accidental Entrepreneurs
2. Today's Top Story
     - In Depth: Five Things You Must Know About VoIP
3. Breaking News
     - Google Says Bill Could Spark Antitrust Complaints
     - Georgia Tech Device Disables Digital Cameras
     - In Depth: Intel's Chip Plans Give WiMax A Mighty Push Forward
     - Blogger: Mac 'Phones Home' Too
     - Tech Pros Aren't Worried About Losing Jobs, At Least For Now
     - Brief: Lenovo Starts Pension Plan For Chinese Employees
     - Researcher Promises Browser Bug A Day
     - Apple Retargets Education Market With $899 iMac
     - ING Group Latest To Tap An Outsourcing Tag Team
     - USA Today Retreats From BellSouth, Verizon Report
     - Analysis: CRM Is The Next Billion-Dollar Baby For Microsoft
     - Analysis: Government Data Security Guidelines Could Lack Teeth
     - The Basics: Outsourcing Managed Security
     - Microsoft's WinFS File System Is Gone But Not Forgotten
     - Salesforce Adds Service To Manage Sales Partners
     - Oracle Says Application Integration Efforts Are On Track
     - IT Managers Are Down On Economy, Up On IT Investments
     - Government Groups Get Data Sharing Right—Finally
     - Virtual PC Takes On VPN Hassles
     - Major ISPs Commit Money And Expertise To Fight Child Porn
4. Grab Bag
     - The Urban Etiquette Handbook: Cell Phone And iPod Etiquette (New York Magazine)
     - All Bets Off As Casino Refuses To Pay Jackpot (CBC News)
     - New Casino Business Model: Any Time Someone Wins, Blame The Software (Techdirt)
     - Windows Vista Capable, Or Windows Vista Weakling? ([H] Consumer)
     - A Search Engine That's Becoming An Inventor (New York Times)
5. In Depth
     - 20 Years Of PC Viruses
     - Malware Responses: What To Do Before, During, And After An Attack
     - Early Days On The Anti-Virus Front: A Personal Perspective
     - The 10 Most Destructive PC Viruses Of All Time
     - A Brief History Of Viral Time
6. Voice Of Authority
     - Why Recycling Should Be A One-Way Trip
7. White Papers
     - Ensuring Data Integrity While Maximizing Performance In Tape Drive Operation
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote Of The Day:
"The harder I work, the luckier I get." — Samuel Goldwyn


1. Editor's Note: Accidental Entrepreneurs

If you're at all dissatisfied with your job, this is a tough week for you. You've got a four-day weekend behind you, and the height of the long, hot summer ahead of you. Plenty of time to sit and daydream about telling the boss to take a hike and making money doing what you love.

Many of you have personal Web sites you work on in your spare time, either blogs or little e-businesses or software-as-a-service applications. Wouldn't it be great if you could just make a living on that stuff and leave the paycheck-to-paycheck grind behind?

The subjects of our article on accidental entrepreneurs did just that. InformationWeek interviewed five people who run successful Internet-based businesses that started out as hobbies. These are people who started out holding day jobs or unemployed and saw their hobbies bring in enough money that they could support themselves. A couple of our subjects got rich off it.

We interviewed Kevin Rose, founder of the Digg online news site; Joshua Schachter, founder of the del.icio.us social bookmarking service; Mena Trott, co-founder of Six Apart, the blogging software and service company that produces Movable Type software; Tom Davis, who wrote information management software called Zoot; and Heather Armstrong, who writes the popular blog Dooce.

Our article describes for you the history of their projects and how they evolved from hobbies into paying businesses. It required hard work, ambition, supportive spouses, and a little luck.

By the way, when I say InformationWeek did the interviews, I mean me. Yes, back before I was the glamorous editor-type you see before you today, I was a reporter. I did interviews and wrote articles. I decided to dust off my reporter's notebook and fedora with the PRESS card in the band to see if I still had the chops. I'm pretty pleased with the results, if I do say so myself.

One particularly interesting theme running through all the interviews was how the Internet makes it cheap to start a business. Web hosting is cheap nowadays, and the software to publish and manage a Web site is cheap or free.

So when am I going to turn my hobby into a business? Well, last I checked, there wasn't much financial demand for people who lie on the couch watching Homicide: Life in the Streets DVDs while eating Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches. But as soon as that market takes off, I'm going to be filthy rich.

What are the Diggs and del.icio.uses of tomorrow? What's the most interesting emerging business you see on the Internet today? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Weblog and let us know.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com


2. Today's Top Story

In Depth: Five Things You Must Know About VoIP
Ready to bring VoIP into your business? Getting pressure to implement it, but trying to avoid it? Here's our five-point take on the state of the technology.


3. Breaking News

Google Says Bill Could Spark Antitrust Complaints
If Congress continues to turn a deaf ear to requests for equal Internet access, Google's Vint Cerf said on Tuesday, "We will simply have to wait until something bad happens, and then we will make known our case to the Department of Justice's antitrust division."

Georgia Tech Device Disables Digital Cameras
A system that uses off-the-shelf equipment—camera-mounted sensors, lighting equipment, a projector, and a PC—can scan for, locate, and disable digital cameras.

In Depth: Intel's Chip Plans Give WiMax A Mighty Push Forward
Intel's influence won't be enough, though, to spur a widespread U.S. rollout or business uptake.

Blogger: Mac 'Phones Home' Too
The Mac OS X update released June 27 adds a three-times-daily connect to Apple servers, blogger Daniel Jakult says, to check whether Dashboard Widgets are up to date.

Tech Pros Aren't Worried About Losing Jobs, At Least For Now
Technology professionals are more confident about their jobs than they've been in years, one survey finds.

Brief: Lenovo Starts Pension Plan For Chinese Employees
The pension plan is unique in China and the first in that country to register with the authorities.

Researcher Promises Browser Bug A Day
H.D. Moore, lead developer for the Metasploit Framework open-source exploit project, wrote on the group's blog that he intends to document at least one Web browser flaw each day during July.

Apple Retargets Education Market With $899 iMac
The 17-inch, widescreen LCD machine replaces the discontinued eMac and lacks some features of the $1,299 base iMac.

ING Group Latest To Tap An Outsourcing Tag Team
ING has hired a group of outsourcers in deals worth about $1 billion.

USA Today Retreats From BellSouth, Verizon Report
No physical documentation can be found to back up the newspaper's May story that the telecom vendors had supplied phone records to a secret government anti-terrorism program. The paper is standing by its story nonetheless.

Analysis: CRM Is The Next Billion-Dollar Baby For Microsoft
Microsoft already claims 7,000 CRM customer accounts and 180,000 CRM users worldwide. The big challenge will be enticing large customers to help the software move beyond its SMB roots.

Analysis: Government Data Security Guidelines Could Lack Teeth
Federal agencies have until Aug. 7 to comply with new security "recommendations" following the VA laptop theft, although there's no indication of repercussions for noncompliance.

The Basics: Outsourcing Managed Security
Companies looking into managed security services need to weigh the cost savings against the risks that come with handing over their data to a third party.

Microsoft's WinFS File System Is Gone But Not Forgotten
After years of development, Microsoft pulls the plug on an advanced PC file system that was once slated for Windows Vista.

Salesforce Adds Service To Manage Sales Partners
Combined with the vendor's CRM services, customers can get a single view into their direct and indirect sales channels.

Oracle Says Application Integration Efforts Are On Track
The company touts the major upgrade of PeopleSoft apps and progress on Oracle-Siebel integration.

IT Managers Are Down On Economy, Up On IT Investments
InformationWeek's quarterly IT Confidence Index fell 7.6% this past quarter. Still, 61% of our respondents are upbeat about their own companies' prospects over the next three months.

Government Groups Get Data Sharing Right—Finally
Several public sector groups are successfully sharing information to combat crime and make the government run better.

Virtual PC Takes On VPN Hassles
Sentillion's vThere is a complete virtual PC on a remote user's computer, operating system and all.

Major ISPs Commit Money And Expertise To Fight Child Porn
They'll work with the National Center for Missing And Exploited Children to stop the transmission of child porn across the Internet.

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4. Grab Bag

The Urban Etiquette Handbook: Cell Phone And iPod Etiquette (New York Magazine)
A witty look at when and how to use your cell phone and iPod in public places.

All Bets Off As Casino Refuses To Pay Jackpot (CBC News)
Two men from Manitoba have hired a lawyer and are threatening legal action after a Winnipeg casino refused to pay out more than $209,000 in slot-machine winnings. The casino is blaming a software error.

New Casino Business Model: Any Time Someone Wins, Blame The Software (Techdirt)

Windows Vista Capable, Or Windows Vista Weakling? ([H] Consumer)
[H] Consumer tests three different retail computer systems sporting the "Windows Vista Capable" badges and tells you if it's a gimmick to move systems, or if you can really expect an acceptable user experience. The reviewers even throw in a bit of a preview of Vista's features as well.

A Search Engine That's Becoming An Inventor (New York Times)
Google is a solid member of the Fortune 500 with $9 billion in cash, but it's stubbornly sticking to its do-it-yourself approach to technology.


5. In Depth

20 Years Of PC Viruses
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first PC virus. We look back at the highs and the lows (well, mostly the lows) of the ongoing struggle against malware.

Malware Responses: What To Do Before, During, And After An Attack
Don't let a malware attack ruin your business. A little planning and the right responses can make it a minor annoyance instead of a major catastrophe.

Early Days On The Anti-Virus Front: A Personal Perspective
An anti-virus programmer reminisces about the people and the organizations that were pivotal in the earliest days of the war against computer viruses.

The 10 Most Destructive PC Viruses Of All Time
Causing close to $100 billion in damage to businesses worldwide, PC viruses have brought the world a massive headache. We name the 10 most destructive of the past 20 years.

A Brief History Of Viral Time
From simple viruses that spread via floppy disk, to worms that hitch a ride on the Internet, to today's back-door Trojans and spyware, the past 20 years of malware have been a bumpy ride indeed.


6. Voice Of Authority

Why Recycling Should Be A One-Way Trip
John Soat says: My next-door neighbor's name is Henderson. He's an accountant or something like that. He's got a wife and two kids. The other day, I noticed Henderson was digging a hole in his backyard. There was PC equipment piled up next to the freshly dug earth. I went over to see what was going on. It's that kind of neighborhood.


7. White Papers

Ensuring Data Integrity While Maximizing Performance In Tape Drive Operation
Data integrity is critical to backup, archiving, and recovery. This technical white paper discusses the techniques used in Linear Tape Open technology to ensure data integrity without adversely impacting performance.


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