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Articles by Cora Nucci
posted in September 2007
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Would you be interested in a rugged laptop that comes with a camera, built-in wireless, flash memory, an open source operating system from Red Hat, a web browser, a word processor, and more, all for about $200?
Thirty years ago, rap music was considered little more than a fad. "Ignore it and it will go away," was the mainstream music industry's stance. A few years later, Apple Computer made a splash with its Mac Classic computer.
Why is America losing the accounting wars? Outdated software? Slow servers? Legacy reporting systems? Wake up, people. It's because our business schools don't teach students how to add columns of numbers as quickly and accurately as the young woman in this video clip from Japan.
How often are you peppered with questions like this from your company's accounting department: "What happened to such-and-such transaction? Why didn't it go through?" Or maybe you find yourself spending hour after hour troubleshooting security, network, or compliance issues. If only there was a better, faster way to search your company's data -- a search engine, say. Just for IT data.
Steve Andriole, a professor of business at Villanova University and contributor to Datamation, ruffled executive feathers last month with Ten Things the IT Department Should Tell Management. Readers from the management ranks "argued that while being a smart ass was entertaining, it wouldnï¿¼t sell on mahogany row."
"Within the next three to five years, all data centers are going to run out of either space, power, or cooling, and face some sort of resource crisis," says Mark Monroe, director of sustainable computing at Sun Microsystems.