ComputerWorld tapped IT vets to come up with The Seven Deadly Sins of Outsourcing. Nice timing, given that ZDNet launched a piece on the 15 IT Commandments and then subsequently updated it with 12 more (from readers) in the last couple of weeks.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Right about now, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is flicking his nose with his thumb at the music industry and saying "Whose your Daddy now?" In addition to getting the top four music labels to knuckle under to his rules for selling music on the Internet, Jobs has beat back a challenge from Apple Corps: the record label made infamous by The Beatles.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette regarding how one MacBook Pro user shared his overheating notebook experience on the Internet: Apparently, Apple's own service manual shows the sloppy manufacturing process that is causing the heat problem. So Apple immediately acknowledged and offered to fix the problem, right?
A story made the rounds last week about how various colleges have either banned notebook computers from their classrooms, shut down their wireless networks, or are considering such moves in an effort to keep students focused. This type of knee-jerk reaction reminds me of the sort of spirit that the company Websense kindles amongst its current a prospective customers (see Questionable $178B loss: Employee's fault?
Prefaced by a foreward that's written by Lawrence Lessig, a Podcasting Legal Guide was made available by Creative Commons, Vogele & Associates, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard's Law School. The guide which was apparently inspired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Guide for Bloggers covers some of the typical gotchas that could result in legal trouble for podcasters.
If you've spent any time with Sun's director of Web technologies Tim Bray (either in person or virtually, with his blog), then you'd probably get the same impression that I have of Bray. Smart.
Perhaps the International Organisation of Standardization (the ISO) should rename itself to something more appropriate like the IMSO: The International Organisation of Multiple Standards. After all, why bother issuing standards at all if, after ratifying one standard, it ratifies another for the same thing.
For the better part of three decades now, IBM's mainframes -- often referred to as big iron -- have been coming under assault from smaller iron: minicomputers and servers that may not by themselves have the sheer horsepower to keep up with a mainframe but can often get the job done, especially when a bunch of them work together on the same tasks (a technique known as scaling out).
When most people talk about the integration of .NET and Java, the first thought that comes to mind is the XML-based services oriented architecture that Microsoft and IBM first had in mind when they formed the Web services Interoperability Organization (the WS-I).
The Internet Identity Workshop ended Wednesday afternoon and I've had a day to decompress. This was really an outstanding event and one I'm proud to have been a part of.