In Other Newz
An Opinionated Critical Look at Tech News
by Douglas Chick
Sun May go Supernova Soon
Unlike the sun that warms our planet, Sun Microsystems probably
doesn’t have two hundred million years before it burns out. My guess is
that Sun won’t even make it to 2000000 minutes. This popular Unix flavor is
famous for Solaris and has now been forced to consider a Sun Linux version
only to settle for supporting as many as four Linux distributors. Sun the
leader in expensive Unixware earnings fell short of estimates in its many
lawsuits against Microsoft. When left to its own resources, software sales,
it seems Sun finds itself having to compete in the computer market.
Allied Forces May Drop Windows 2003 On Baghdad
Although Microsoft released Windows Server 2003 to
manufacturing Friday, putting the newest server software on track for
release in April, its success is far from guaranteed, according to an
upcoming report from the Yankee Group. Fewer than 20% of the companies the
Yankee Group surveyed say they plan to install the new server software in
the next year, while 34% anticipate adopting Windows Server 2003 at some
point. Like with NT 4 when server hardware manufactures were no longer
allowed to sell NT 4 with their servers.
Files Sharing Helps Terrorist
U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and
Intellectual Property hearing Thursday did express fears that profits from
widespread copying of movies, music and software outside the U.S. were being
funneled into terrorist organizations, but the hearing produced no concrete
examples of that happening.
In a related
argument the U.S House believes that the Taliban may produce the “Girls
Gone Wild” videos. The Judiciary Committee says that they will create a
new sub-committee to look into these allegations.
has waged a war with Chinese router maker Huawei.
Cisco reps have been giving customers white papers describing Huawei's
rebuilding of Iraq 's information infrastructure. (Hint: a fiber network.)
What the patriotic company news failed to include was a mention of the
recent layoffs of American engineers, who were replaced by a call-center
force in India .
Tech Company Executives Forced Back To School
With investor’s afraid to place their money in tech stocks, many tech
companies are forced to rely on the sale of their products. CEO’s and
other company executives find themselves at a total lose on what to do.
While others believe that their companies produce and sell something called
AOL Cuts 420
Jobs at Customer Call Centers
America Online has laid off 420 employees
at customer service call centers as part of the firm's effort to slash
annual expenses by more than $100 million. The job cuts, which did not
affect employees at AOL's headquarters, were in Oklahoma City; Tucson;
Ogden, Utah; and Columbus, Ohio. It makes me wonder if they too are going to
outsource their support desk to workers in India. But AOL users can’t
understand English so it doesn’t really matter that the support staff may
not speak it.
Chinese hacker groups are planning attacks on U.S.- and U.K.-based Web sites
to protest the war in Iraq, the Department of Homeland Security warned in an
alert that it unintentionally posted on a government Web site today. This
may mean that the normal daily hack attacks by the Chinese will have to be