In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Who Inspires You?
2. Today's Top Story
- Samsung To Pay $300 Million Fine For Price Fixing
3. Breaking News
- Another Security Flaw Found In Symantec's Veritas Backup
- U.S. Spending On IT Expected To Rise Modestly Next Year
- Comcast, Google Reportedly In Talks Over AOL
- Cisco Unveils WAN-Optimization Products, Business Unit
- Mobile Workforce Increasing Quickly
- Skype, Linksys Team Up For Cordless Handset
- Study: 32% Of Adults Offline
- University, Los Alamos Team Up for Advanced Nanoscale Studies
- VoIP: Europe Not Really Interested, Study Says
- Burma Latest Country To Use U.S. Technology To Control Internet Access
4. In Depth: Personal Technology And Reviews
5. Voice Of Authority: Spyware Proliferates As Feds Crack Down
6. White Papers: Predictive Service Level Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription
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1. Editor's Note: Who Inspires You?
Ask me as a journalist who inspires me and I'll have a list of
answers: Edward R. Murrow, who broadcast from London's rooftops
during the Battle of Britain and later helped bring about the
downfall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy; Tom Friedman, whose columns in
the New York Times on globalism and foreign affairs,
particularly the Mideast, never fail to educate and impress; and
yes, even Barbara Walters, mostly for the impressive roster of
folks she's been able to interview in the course of her career.
Of course, it's also burned into my mind how she became the
highest-paid journalist, male or female, back in the '70s when
she moved to ABC and signed on for a million-dollar salary. You
go, girl! (If my boss is reading this, feel free to make me the
same offer at adjusted-for-inflation rates. If Barbara is reading
this, the answer to what kind of a tree I would be is "weeping
cherry"--but I'm not going to cry about that.)
As an IT professional, you probably have your own list of role
models, your own thoughts about who in the industry inspires you
most. And we want to hear about that. InformationWeek once
again is undertaking our "Chief of the Year" nomination process,
soliciting entries for the honor from our own staff and from you,
our readers. So here's your chance to tell us about the CIO who
you think should walk away with the title this year. We're
looking for the innovators, the deep thinkers, the clear-sighted
visionaries who know how to align IT with the business. Hey, it
doesn't even have to be someone you work for!
It's easy to nominate your candidate. Just click on our nomination page, from which you can send an E-mail to the editor
managing the project. It doesn't have to be lengthy--a few
sentences highlighting your candidate's achievements will do.
We look forward to hearing from you and about your nominee for
the Chief of the Year!
Cisco Unveils WAN-Optimization Products, Business Unit
The new products include the Cisco Application Velocity System, a
line of acceleration, security, and monitoring appliances for the
data center, and another appliance that provides similar services
to branch offices.
VoIP: Europe Not Really Interested, Study Says
Fewer than half of the European organizations surveyed have spent
anything on IP telephony, and less than a third expect to
increase spending this year, according to a new Forrester study.
SOA And Web Services
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Review: Hawking's HBB1 Broadband Booster
Wouldn't it be nice to have a crossing guard sitting on your
modem, making sure all your Internet traffic just got along?
That's exactly the premise of Hawking Technology's HBB1
An Alternative To Existing Office Suites
ThinkFree Office suite uses the same file formats as Microsoft
Office and similar programs, and runs equally well on Windows,
Mac, and Linux. Best of all: the $50 price tag.
Review: NetGear Storage Center SC101
Storage Center is a credible addition to any SOHO or home
network, with a level of installation and operational simplicity
a relative novice or work-weary IT admin will appreciate.
What makes spyware particularly ominous, Larry Greenemeier says,
is its ability to infect PCs even when users are operating within
the parameters of their companies' security policies. Mustang
Engineering got tired of numerous help-desk calls that couldn't be
resolved, and took steps to rid itself of spyware once and for all.
A proactive set of practices can help IT organizations deliver
the best balance of service level and investment, reducing
firefighting and increasing resource utilization. This Forrester
study examines the business value of service-level management.
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