If no one ever bought anything from an unsolicited E-mail or even opened an unsolicited E-mail, we probably would see a dramatic reduction in spam ("Readers' Ideas Take A Bite Out Of Spam," Dec. 20/27, 2004).
Unfortunately, too many of us are gullible enough to believe that we can meet sexy housewives in our neighborhood.
Managing Partner, W.E. Powers & Associates, Dallas
PeopleSoft Users Beware
Oracle has finally purchased PeopleSoft ("Oracle Gets PeopleSoft, At Last," Dec. 13, 2004). This does not bode well for those who use PeopleSoft applications.
Yes, there are guarantees from Oracle about continued support, and all the niceties and promises.
But companies using PeopleSoft should be wary. Within 18 months, Oracle will inform PeopleSoft users that they will need to start redesigning their applications to conform to a more Oracle-oriented design. This will cost companies much money for redesign and implementation. Never fear, though. Oracle will gladly help in the redesign, for a "consulting" fee.
Software Engineer/ Consultant, Cornerpost Software, Kingsport, Tenn.
Kudos For Lycos
It's amazing that the ones who scream the loudest for justice are the criminals ("Lycos Europe Appears To Have Canned Its Spam War," Dec. 3, 2004). Why don't the Internet service providers block them or sue them for their criminal activities? The deluge of spam messages I get costs me several hours a week in maintenance time trying to block them because my ISP won't.
Are there any lawyers out there who will take this on? Probably not--not enough money involved. I applaud Lycos for its efforts. I hope someone else picks the gauntlet up and runs with it.
Programmer, SuperNovaCreations, North Ogden, Utah
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
2017 State of IT ReportIn today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.