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Content posted in December 2003
Here Spot, Here Boy!
Commentary  |  12/30/2003  | 
Well, it looks like Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology (that's SPOT for short) equipped wrist watches will finally hit the streets in January, a full six months behind schedule. Still, I don't think the geeknorati among us will complain much...
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  12/22/2003  | 
Christmas is just a few days aways now, so while we envision sugarplums dancing in our heads, we invite you to peruse the last issue of this year -- our The Surivor's Guide to 2004. Divided into seven core markets,...
Proliferation...it's a job
Commentary  |  12/20/2003  | 
Here's a harmless little question from Nortel Network's VPN download page: Are you involved in any nuclear, missile, chemical or biological warfare proliferation activities? Do they honestly think anyone would answer in the affirmative? They are obviously overlooking those involved...
A Filter in Time Saves Nine
Commentary  |  12/19/2003  | 
Tuesday is the biggest day for outgoing E-mail, making Wednesday the biggest day for "NOT" reading E-mail, according to EmailLabs' "Delivery Trends Report," a quarterly newsletter observation post. In a second major finding, email recipients are tending not to "unsubscribe"...
The Return of Risk and Leverage
Commentary  |  12/19/2003  | 
2004 will be the year the IT also-rans are exposed while the scrappy visionaries are rewarded.
New Content Online
Commentary  |  12/15/2003  | 
Howdy Folks, It's Monday, and you know what that means. Aching backs from another weekend of snow shoveling. It also means the rest of our December 9th issue's content is online. Here's a snippet of some of the things you'll...
Security, Actually
Commentary  |  12/13/2003  | 
What do you get when you bring together computer scientists with a security bent from diverse universities such as Princeton, UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon and UC Davis? You get the Abusable Technologies Awareness Center (ATAC), a blog dedicated to...
Rocking the E-Vote?
Commentary  |  12/11/2003  | 
With the presidential election just a year away -- the sore topic of voting and voiting processes is rearing its ugly head once more. Some folks think that computerized voting is a recipie for disaster. Others believe that with the...
Spammers: Uncle Sam Wants YOU...Gone
Commentary  |  12/9/2003  | 
The Government took the next step in banning the most annoying, inbox clogging of junk e-mails Monday (December 8th, 2003) when Congress approved a bill that included jail time and/or extremely large fines (in the millions) for SPAM culprits. Now...
Yes, we have no Cell Phone Parts.
Commentary  |  12/8/2003  | 
Given the fact that everyone from grade-schoolers to my 70-year old mother have them, it's hard to imagine that there's a shortage ofcell phones. According to the manufacturers however, that's exactly what's looming before us. With low-priced models starting to...
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  12/8/2003  | 
Greetings folks, We're just about done digging ourselves out of our "Weekend Winter Wonderland." And while we apply heating pads to our backs and pop many a Tylenol, we thought you might like to check out the first half of...
Spam Rules
Commentary  |  12/5/2003  | 
The new spam legislation limits, but doesn't disallow spam completely.
The IT Agenda: Security: Set It, Don't Forget It
Commentary  |  12/5/2003  | 
Security vendors spend tons of money on sophisticated marketing programs, and we buy into it.
SCO's House of Suits
Commentary  |  12/5/2003  | 
SCO's strategy is based on litigation or the threat of it.
Master and Slave: The Dark Side of Tech Terms
Commentary  |  12/4/2003  | 
Folks in Los Angeles are hoping to make the tech field a little more politically correct -- they're asking computer equipment manufacturers, suppliers and contractors to stop using the terms "master" and "slave" when referring to primary and secondary hard...
Widgets for Christmas
Commentary  |  12/2/2003  | 
Yes, I know it's been a while but we've been really busy taking everything apart and putting it back together again. Finally, we're back up. Still have a couple minor tasks to complete, but you can order those Widgets for...
The Segway/Skynet Connection
Commentary  |  12/2/2003  | 
Good Ol' Uncle Sam -- always looking to take something relatively harmless and turn it into something the military can use (usually to blow things up). In this case, the government has their sights set on the Segway -- the...


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