In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Why We Need IT Workers
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft: Unauthorized Windows XP SP3 'Preview' Bad News
- Microsoft Befriends Some Competitors
- Review: Contenders Challenge The Microsoft Office Monopoly
3. Breaking News
- Indian President Worries About Terrorist Activity Around
- Tracking Mobile Phones For Real-Time Traffic Data
- HP Renews Pledge To Evolve, Not Change
- New Deal Adds Flexibility To BlackBerry And Treo Deployments
- Trojan Poses As Skype Client
- Phishing Attacks Slip For Second Straight Month
- Siebel Pushes New Products, But Stays Quiet On Oracle Integration
- SAP 'Safe Passage' Program Targets Siebel's Base
- Analyst: Intel To Hit 3Q Forecast Despite IC Shortages
- In-Flight Phone Demo Rings True
- Motorola Unveils First Of Rugged Handhelds
- Online Consumers More Guarded In U.S. Than In Europe
4. In Depth: Video Vantage
- Future Bright For Online Video
- Microsoft Updates Media Center PC 2005
- Opinion: Apple Rides Online Video Boom
- Next-Generation Cinema Steals iGrid Spotlight
- Blinkx TV Gets Personal
- Yahoo Stokes Search-Engine Rivalry By Propelling Video Search
5. Voice Of Authority: The Observer: Treating Customer Data Like
The Gold Mine It Is
6. White Papers: Making Storage Simple
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"Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers." -- Voltaire
"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the
answers." -- James Thurber
"Look at all the sentences which seem true and question them." -- David Reisman
"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education." -- Wilson Mizner
1. Editor's Note: Why We Need IT Workers
I received lots of sharp, thoughtful, and sometimes funny
feedback to my last blog entry, Seeding IT's Future. Some readers
applauded, some snorted, and some wanted to know what I was
smoking and whether they could have some, too. In between, some
interesting questions were raised, and points posited, that I'd
like to address, along with what I think are some erroneous
assumptions about where my blog was coming from.
First, my commentary wasn't driven by or about unemployed or
disaffected workers. It was fundamentally a direct response to
the kvetching that's starting to ratchet up from businesses that
fear an IT worker shortage. Sorry, kids, but you'd have to be
blind not to see some irony here. The same people who ship jobs
offshore, however rightly or wrongly, who hire permatemps to duck
having to pay benefits for full-time work, and who post job
openings that specify what one writer summed up as asking for
"21-year-old graduates with 10 years of .Net experience who will
work for journeyman wages," are wondering aloud why no one wants
to go into, or stay in, IT? Why not ask what they're smoking? If
they want American workers--and the interviews, stories, and
Webcasts I've seen indicate that they do--then yes, businesses
have to provide some incentive, some evidence that there is life
left in this field. Otherwise, they should stop complaining,
start lobbying for even higher H-1B visa caps, and focus even
more of their recruiting overseas.
Second, IT does too matter. For those who will immediately whip
out the "Why do we have to protect this job category, or
industry, when we didn't protect other job categories or
industries?" argument, I understand what you're saying, but I
think IT is a little different. Reader Tom Recane ticked off a
host of industries that were shipped overseas with barely a
whimper of protest from anyone but the impacted workers, citing
steel, textiles, shoes, and consumer electronics. He also said
that "we have to explain why our industry should not be packed up
and shipped to Bangalore." Of course, Tom is right. It's true
that employment needs change, technologies move on, and
fundamentally, no one is entitled to a job--unless you subscribe
to communist theory, are a lifetime appointee, or a political
hack, I guess. But to answer his question about what
differentiates IT, I think it is this: At the end of the day,
ownership of none of those industries he cited was critical to
the country's future.
You can read more about why I think IT is a big part of
our future even as a colleague cautions me that lots of people
(erroneously) thought steel was the end all be all in its heyday,
too, by reading my blog entry.
The so-called service pack is a collection of updates that
Microsoft has released since the debut of SP2 more than a year
ago, and it's available on a third-party site even as Microsoft
is warning customers to stay away.
HP Renews Pledge To Evolve, Not Change
"Here is the big announcement: There isn't going to be one," said
Ann Livermore, executive VP of HP's Technology Solutions Group.
"We're not going to make any fundamental shift in HP."
SAP 'Safe Passage' Program Targets Siebel's Base
The program offers Siebel customers training, services, a road
map to integration with other enterprise applications, and up to
75% credit on previous Siebel purchases to put toward SAP
licenses and software.
In-Flight Phone Demo Rings True
A weeklong test allowed airline passengers to sample high-speed,
real-time Internet service, including four channels of live TV
and the ability to make and receive calls on mobile phones.
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Blinkx TV Gets Personal
My.blinkx.tv weds the startup's well-regarded video search engine
with user personalization and participation features. It's just
one example of the growth of IPTV, which is drawing the attention
of companies like Google, Verizon, and Microsoft.
Yahoo Stokes Search-Engine Rivalry By Propelling Video Search
Yahoo's engine searches both the Web and the content of its media
partners and those companies that distribute video via Media Really
Simple Syndication, a self-publishing specification that enables
publishers to distribute audio and video to Web-content aggregators.
This high-level white paper surveys the needs of today's midsize
companies and small to medium businesses and concludes that
storage practices are a major IT priority. Drawing from research
data, IDC analysts provide a clear picture of the evolving
information-management needs of these key businesses.
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