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What's A Wiki?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: What's A Wiki?
2. Today's Top Story: LinuxWorld Show Coverage
    - IBM To Unveil Grid-Computing Bundles At LinuxWorld
    Related Stories:
    - Dell To Sell Support For JBoss, MySQL
    - IBM Offers Enterprise Search To Open-Source World
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft's Piracy Check Hacked Again
    - Welch Foods Overhauls IT, Puts In First ERP System
    - SAP Countering Oracle In ERP Services Arena
    - Dell Expands Dual-Core Server Portfolio
    - U.S. ITC Bars Import Of Fortinet Products With Antivirus Features
    - Microsoft's HoneyMonkeys Show Patching Windows Works
    - VMware Offers Free Code, Targets Virtualization Standard
    - Symantec Details First Product To Include Veritas Technology
    - Nigerian Police Crack Down On E-Scams, To Some Effect
    - Emerging Graphics Technology Shown Off
    - Diebold Adds Software To Keep Cash Machines Safe
    - AMD To Release Virtualization Simulator
4. In Depth: Identity Theft
    - New Bill Proposes Tougher Punishments For Identity Theft
    - Poll: ID Theft Worrying, But Consumers Still Don't Protect Themselves
    - Security Software Company Discovers Possible ID-Theft Ring
    - ID Theft: Meeting The Problem Head-On
    - Blog: Tony Kontzer: Ethical Data Collection Matters
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Tracking Open-Source Code In Proprietary Apps
6. White Papers
    - The Five Costliest Mistakes In Online Training--And How To Avoid Them
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: What's A Wiki?

Poll: What's A Wiki?

1) A Hawaiian fish that most non-natives wouldn't eat on a bet
2) A rare but curable skin problem
3) An effective way of collaborating on projects and/or documents

You've probably guessed it. A wiki is a collaboration tool that has sprung from the open-source community, and it might well be the killer app that will spur more open-source adoption in Corporate America.

Many large enterprises have viewed open source with some degree of skepticism because of intellectual-property issues, support and service questions, and so forth. And then there's the old standby, as one open-source practitioner at a global banking concern explained it to me once, of "not having anyone to blame when things go wrong."

And sure, open source has made strides in major companies, though not usually for the bet-the-business types of apps. If anything, it's been a slow, painful struggle by the techies to introduce open-source operating systems to run some of their servers (OK, we're talking mostly Linux here) or bring in software tools to do some programming and do other important but behind-the-scenes kinds of things.

That might all change, as more companies are bound to embrace the wiki.

For a great starting point, you might want to check out this article that serves as a primer to why and how businesses might use wikis.

One use is as an all-singing, all-dancing corporate content-management system. A great example here is the Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia comprising almost 675,000 articles. Subjects range from science and history to society and technology. The English version--there are also versions in Dutch, French, and other languages--was started in 2001. And here's the beauty: Using simple tools, anyone, technophobe and programmer alike, can edit an article or start a new one.

A simpler, more targeted use is like what's going on at the Global IP Alliance, which has started a VoIP-related wiki.

For more corporate applications, another place to check out is SourceLabs, which recently revealed a catalog of open-source IT projects. Updates about projects can be shared via Really Simple Syndication, a language based on XML. (For more on RSS, check out InformationWeek's RSS page.)

If you're already among the wiki-converted, please visit my blog entry, drop a note, and let your IT colleagues know what you're doing and how it's going.

Johanna Ambrosio
jambrosio@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: LinuxWorld Show Coverage

IBM To Unveil Grid-Computing Bundles At LinuxWorld
At LinuxWorld, IBM plans to introduce a new bundle of hardware, software, and services to help move grid computing into the mainstream.

Related Stories:
Dell To Sell Support For JBoss, MySQL

As the LinuxWorld lovefest kicked off in San Francisco on Monday, Dell said it will sell and support both MySQL databases and the JBoss application server.

IBM Offers Enterprise Search To Open-Source World
IBM is providing its UIMA text-search and analytics framework to the open-source world via a SourceForge posting.


3. Breaking News

Microsoft's Piracy Check Hacked Again
Yet another hack that claims to circumvent Microsoft's mandatory Windows Genuine Advantage piracy check has been posted to the Internet.

Welch Foods Overhauls IT, Puts In First ERP System
The century-old icon of grape juice and jelly is in the midst of a multiyear replacement of its mainframe-based IT infrastructure.

SAP Countering Oracle In ERP Services Arena
TomorrowNow subsidiary hires senior support engineer from Oracle as it expands its PeopleSoft application-maintenance services.

Dell Expands Dual-Core Server Portfolio
The computer maker introduces two new servers and is pushing forward with a dual-core server portfolio based on Intel's Pentium D processor.

U.S. ITC Bars Import Of Fortinet Products With Antivirus Features
The U.S. International Trade Commission's order, which allows the company to support existing customers, stems from an earlier ruling that Fortinet's antivirus software violates a Trend Micro patent.

Microsoft's HoneyMonkeys Show Patching Windows Works
Microsoft's Strider HoneyMonkey research project sniffs out sites hosting malicious code and turns the information over for patching or legal action.

VMware Offers Free Code, Targets Virtualization Standard
VMware wants to share its code with a powerhouse lineup of vendors as part of its bid to establish itself as the virtual-machine standard.

Symantec Details First Product To Include Veritas Technology
Symantec's security products are still physically separate from the storage, backup, and recovery products of recently acquired Veritas Software, but interoperability testing is complete.

Nigerian Police Crack Down On E-Scams, To Some Effect
Pretty much everyone has received those E-mails that promise millions of dollars, as long as you provide your bank account numbers and some up-front cash. Here's how some of those scams originate.

Emerging Graphics Technology Shown Off
Last week's Siggraph conference highlighted applications from NASA's Mars landing to facial emotions used in sports cameras and videoconferencing.

Diebold Adds Software To Keep Cash Machines Safe
A new version of Sygate Enterprise Protection software will help Diebold secure internal systems as well as bank ATM networks and systems.

AMD To Release Virtualization Simulator
SimNow, an AMD64 processor simulator, will help developers get to know the company's Pacifica virtualization technology before it appears in chips starting next year.

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4. In Depth: Identity Theft

Poll: ID Theft Worrying, But Consumers Still Don't Protect Themselves
People under 30 years old are the most frequent targets, but they still don't take safety seriously--online or off.

Security Software Company Discovers Possible ID-Theft Ring
Sunbelt Software says a server it discovered during research work may be harvesting ID information using keylogging technology.

ID Theft: Meeting The Problem Head-On
For consumers, the scariest part of identity fraud is not knowing they've become victims until six months afterward. For businesses facing the threat of legislation, they can no longer afford to just react to the theft of consumer data. Preventive measures are mandatory for both.

Blog: Tony Kontzer: Ethical Data Collection Matters
It's been weeks since the University of Southern California revealed that a hacker had gained access to more than a quarter-million records of past applicants, and trust me when I say that the next big revelation is just around the corner. Somewhere, there's a big-name company wringing its hands over how to handle disclosing a breach of customer data that already occurred. when it comes to customer information, this has been the year of the fumble.

New Bill Proposes Tougher Punishments for Identity Theft
The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would require enterprises with more than 10,000 customers to implement a security and auditing plan and to notify their patrons when there's a suspected breach.


5. Voice Of Authority

Tracking Open-Source Code In Proprietary Apps
Licensing problems can result if open-source code is used and it doesn't meet a company's acceptable-use policies, The Advisory Council says. Also, unhappiness abounds with custom software packages when cost outweighs project satisfaction.


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