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WinHEC 2007 Gets Under Way

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: A Civil Society -- Online
2. Today's Top Story
    - WinHEC 2007 Gets Under Way In Los Angeles
    - Gates Sees PC And Web Evolving Together
    - Vista Sales Near 40 Million, Gates Says At WinHEC
3. Breaking News
    - Motorola Seeks To Recapture Its Mojo With New Phone Blitz
    - Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims
    - SAP Gets Cozy With Microsoft, Takes Aim At Oracle
    - New Software Fine-Tunes Access To Data And Apps
    - How Good Is Your Web Site's Online Reputation?
    - U.S. Attorney General Gonzales Says IP Theft Convictions Jumped 57% Last Year
    - Verizon Wireless Captures Top Rank In Customer Survey
    - Apple Upgrades MacBook Line Of Notebooks
    - CompTIA Says Maine Net Neutrality Bill Would Dumb Down Internet
    - Market For Handheld Devices Continues To Shrink
    - Senators Charge Indian Outsourcers With Visa Abuse
    - One-Third Of All Software Installed In 2006 Was Pirated
4. The Latest Mobility Blog Posts:
    - You Can Order The iPhone Today On eBay For $1,000
    - RIM CEO's Mea Culpa Over-Reaches
    - My Cousin In Mumbai Could Have Written That
    - Will The CIA Censor Google Earth?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Gartner Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude."
-- Oscar Wilde


1. Editor's Note: A Civil Society -- Online

Back in the old, forgotten days BTW (Before The Web), when screens were green and text was all you had to work with, I spent a couple of years as the sysop of an local online forum called the Women's BBS -- a discussion group where women (and men) could feel free to discuss political, personal, and technical issues without having to deal with the obscene pickup messages, virulent insults, and other pleasantries that we got from folks uncomfortable with our presence.

We got a lot of drive-bys, of course. I spent much of my online time performing various forms of housecleaning, ranging from simple warnings to moving messages into an area we called "The Battleground," to outright deletion. But we were also able to maintain a lively, interesting, and welcoming area for a variety of viewpoints.

As a result, I was fascinated by Corey Doctorow's article "How To Keep Hostile Jerks From Taking Over Your Online Community," in which he talks about how to keep trolls and other Internet beasties from invading an online community and poisoning the waters so that only others like them want to live there.

Corey says (and I agree) that there are no simple answers to this problem. You can't just ignore trolls, because that won't necessarily make them go away. You can't just confront them, because that could encourage them toward higher realms of obnoxiousness. And you have to be very, very careful that you're not discouraging or eliminating those users who are truly part of the discussion and the community. It's a tightrope walk that takes tact, judgment, and a thick hide. I'd recommend that anyone who runs a community or a blog give Corey's recommendations careful consideration.

Of course, the Internet is always changing, and the latest form of communication is so quick that tact is pretty much beside the point. The most recent phenomenon is Twitter, which lets you advertise your current (as in right this minute) activities. But Twitter isn't the only service out there that lets you keep your friends and fans informed -- there are a number of others out there that perform similar functions. David DeJean checked out a few of them for his latest review roundup
"Tangling With Twitter -- 8 Alternative Services."

What do you think? Do you think there are effective ways to keep online discussions civilized? Or do you feel that nothing should get in the way of anyone's speech? Leave a comment at the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

WinHEC 2007 Gets Under Way In Los Angeles
At the annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference -- better known as WinHEC -- engineers, developers, and product designers get the lowdown on how to make their hardware work with Microsoft's software.

Related Stories:

Gates Sees PC And Web Evolving Together
Microsoft's Gates sees future innovations in the PC industry as revolving around 64-bit computing, the development of more humanistic interfaces, unified communications, and Web services.

Vista Sales Near 40 Million, Gates Says At WinHEC
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates also revealed that the official name of the next version of the company's server operating system, heretofore code-named Longhorn, will be Windows Server 2008.


3. Breaking News

Motorola Seeks To Recapture Its Mojo With New Phone Blitz
Motorola is building on its current platforms and improving music, multimedia, voice fidelity, messaging, and data handling capabilities across multiple handsets lines.

Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims
The holder of the Linux trademark suggests Microsoft should name the patents it alleges have been violated so the claims can be tested in court.

SAP Gets Cozy With Microsoft, Takes Aim At Oracle
SAP's recent acquisitions, a customer win, and a warming relationship with Microsoft show how it intends to stave off Oracle in the enterprise software business.

New Software Fine-Tunes Access To Data And Apps
Securent Entitlement Management Solution can be used to manage entitlement privileges not only to applications but to databases as well.

How Good Is Your Web Site's Online Reputation?
Secure Computing launched its Domain Health Check, a free service that offers users a report on their sites' good or bad reputation.

U.S. Attorney General Gonzales Says IP Theft Convictions Jumped 57% Last Year
The administration has proposed a bill that would make attempts to infringe on copyright a crime, and would increase the maximum penalty for counterfeiting offenses from 10 years to 20 years in some cases.

Verizon Wireless Captures Top Rank In Customer Survey
Researchers note that even though customer satisfaction has improved overall, the rate at which wireless customers say they are satisfied has slowed.

Apple Upgrades MacBook Line Of Notebooks
The new computers offer faster processors, more memory, and roomier hard drives.

CompTIA Says Maine Net Neutrality Bill Would Dumb Down Internet
CompTIA warns that a state bill would "heavily regulate innovative broadband services and keep computing technology companies, as well as Internet users, in the dark ages."

Market For Handheld Devices Continues To Shrink
Shipments plunged to 919,916 in the first quarter, compared to 1,549,199 the year before. IDC said the sharp downward trend in the market was accelerated by Dell's decision to leave the market.

Senators Charge Indian Outsourcers With Visa Abuse
Two senators claim that Indian outsourcers are skirting H-1B rules and using the visas to stock their U.S. operations with low-paid Indian nationals.

One-Third Of All Software Installed In 2006 Was Pirated
Global piracy losses increased in 2006 by 15% over 2005. Of the 102 countries covered in this year's study, piracy rates dropped moderately in 62 countries but went up in 13.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts:
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You Can Order The iPhone Today On eBay For $1,000
Do you have $1,000 sitting around for the iPhone? If so, you can buy the most-coveted cell phone of the 21st century from some retailers on eBay.

RIM CEO's Mea Culpa Over-Reaches
In a recent interview about last month's BlackBerry e-mail service outage, Research In Motion co-chairman Jim Balsillie said, "It shouldn't have happened, and it won't happen again." Jim might have to eat those words eventually.

My Cousin In Mumbai Could Have Written That
It's every reporter's secret nightmare: a rival in Asia, connected to the West by mobile phone and by modem, who can do your job just as well as you can for a fraction of the salary.

Will The CIA Censor Google Earth?
This week, Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, told AP that commercial satellite services may need to be edited or censored to protect U.S. interests. Is this someone else who can't deal with the reality of the Web?


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

American Home Mortgage seeking Build Manager in Melville, NY

Agilent seeking IT Consultant in Roseville, CA

Toyota seeking Central Operations Specialist in Georgetown, KY

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island seeking Systems Analyst in Providence, RI

American Home Mortgage seeking Systems Developer Associate in Melville, NY

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


6. White Papers

Gartner Magic Quadrant for SSL VPN, North America
Read Gartner's recently published SSL VPN Magic Quadrant, which reports, "SSL VPNs have superseded IPsec as the easiest choice for casual and ad hoc employee VPN access requests and also for business partners, external maintenance providers, and retired associates."


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