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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.

Government Says 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.

Cisco Saves America
Cisco, 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 a widget.

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 Hack Attacks Likely
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 postponed.

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