In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Blogging About Work? Play Nice
2. Today's Top Story
- Windows Vista Beta 1: A Guided Tour
- Microsoft Initially Released Corrupted IE Patch
3. Breaking News
- Spammers Scare To Sell
- Hackers Break Into Two Universities, 100,000 Identities At Risk
- In-Flight Cell-Phone Use Closer To Technical Feasibility
- IBM Puts Podcasting To Work
- RFID Stakeholders Propose Patent-Licensing Consortium
- Service Targets Web Ads To Specific Geographic Areas
- HP, Gateway Tussle Over Intellectual Property
- 'Grand Theft Auto' Maker Patches Against Unsanctioned Sex
- This Mouse Is A Beach, Boat Buddy
- AOL To Give Away Spammer Loot
- Donald Trump Launches Blog As Latest Media Venture
4. In Depth: Linux Trends
- IBM Exec Mills Scans The Open-Source Horizon
- OSDL Creates Repository Of Open-Source Patents
- Companies Snub Linux Desktops
- LinuxWorld Showcases Open-Source Growth, Expansion
- Virtualization Big At LinuxWorld
5. Voice Of Authority: Shut Off Options At Your Own Risk
6. White Papers: What Is Rich-Media Communications?
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Quotes of the day: Manners
"Politeness and consideration for others is like investing
pennies and getting dollars back." -- Thomas Sowell
"One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to
beat him at politeness." -- Josh Billings
"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength." -- Eric Hoffer
1. Editor's Note: Blogging About Work? Play Nice
There's a tsunami building, fed by a combustible mix of
incredibly stupid (and apparently mean-spirited) workers, public
blogs, and nervous companies.
I'm referring to the growing numbers of folks fired or
reprimanded in the workplace for either exposing company plans or
posting negative comments about co-workers in public blogs.
The latest example comes from the Southern California branch of
AAA, which last week fired 27 workers over their postings on the
MySpace social-networking Web site, according to an Associated
Press report. The postings came to light after one of the
targets--a co-worker of the bloggers--complained. The posts were
a mixture of insulting observations, and, according to an auto
club spokeswoman, discussion about how the bloggers planned to
slow down roadside assistance at work.
(Yikes. Can't you just picture a road sign urging:
"Caution--stupid employees up ahead!")
As noted by my colleague Rick Whiting, this issue is a prime
example of technology outpacing human-resources programs. Simply
put, corporate HR and legal departments have been caught napping
on this one. Even among companies that actively encourage
employees to blog, most of them, as recently as six months ago,
lacked blogging guidelines for their employees.
There are several issues here, first and foremost being freedom
of speech. But nowadays free speech is not so free, hemmed in as
it is on one side by slander and libel laws, and by harassment
policies on the other. My blog entry examines the other issues
likely to surface in the debate over firing bloggers and
addresses some fundamentals of the apparently dying art of
This Mouse Is A Beach, Boat Buddy
If you must bring work on vacation, this story is for you. For
those whose offices extend to where the surf meets the sand--or
to other places where dampness meets sensitive electronic
devices--comes a mouse that can stand up to splashing, spraying,
and flat-out wetness.
AOL To Give Away Spammer Loot
America Online on Wednesday said it has collected a Hummer and
nearly $100,000 worth of gold bars and cash as part of a
settlement in a multimillion-dollar spam lawsuit.
Intelligence Fine Tuning
Training, compatibility, and data-quality problems are curbing
the effectiveness of business-intelligence tools. Find out what
300 companies are doing to overcome these issues in
InformationWeek Research's Business Intelligence 2005 report.
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Is that Linux on the desktop ahead--or a mirage? IBM's top
software exec talks about the many ways the company is embracing
open source, and why.
OSDL Creates Repository Of Open-Source Patents
In a move to create a war chest of patents for the open-source
software community, the Open Source Development Labs is creating
a central repository of patents to benefit the Linux universe.
Companies Snub Linux Desktops
Linux desktops, which seemed to hold some promise a few years
ago, have failed to capture the hearts or pocketbooks of
corporations, a market-research firm said Wednesday.
Virtualization Big At LinuxWorld
Virtualization is being heard all over the LinuxWorld Expo this
week, with several established and startup vendors touting new
ways to make the data center more virtual.
Analysts predict that only a technology that incorporates audio,
video, and application sharing in a single platform can address
the requirements of the global enterprise. Arel Spotlight
combines the critical aspects of verbal and visual communications
with rich content, collaboration, discussion groups, application
sharing, and live interaction.
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