Show of 7-19-2003

  • Internet Tax Moratorium Will Be Extended by Congress
    • Current Tax Moratorium will end in November
    • Congress is expected to extend it indefinitely without much debate
    • Applies to Internet access fees and taxes only
    • Does not apply to Internet sales taxes
  • Internet Sales Tax Effort May Be Dead for 2003
    • Primary reason given for the delay is that two-thirds of the states have not completed Tax Simplification program
    • Will not be incorporated into the Internet Tax Moratorium Bill according to John McCain (R-Ariz), Senate Commerce Committee Chair.
    • Governor Warner (D-VA) is pushing for the collection of online sales taxes
    • Many vendors already are charging tax in anticipation of enforcement by states
  • Guilty Plea in Kinko?s Keystroke Caper
    • JuJu Jiang, 25 year old Queens resident placed Keylogger Stealth on the computers in thirteen Kinkos in NYC
    • Monitoring them for two years, he harvested over 450 online banking passwords
    • Caught when he logged onto a PC using GoToMyPC from Kinko?s on Seventh Avenue
    • Owner watched him take over the machine and log into accounts
    • Called police where he was traced to the Kinko?s store
  • Intel Supports UWB (802.16a) for Local Wireless Broadband
    • Seeking to standardize the industry like it did in the 80s and early 90s with modems
      • Created flash memory cards that would support all European standards as well as US
      • Go country by country approval, then it sold the flash memory to modem vendors
    • Intel wants built into a single wireless chip on your PC
      • Wi-Fi, UWB, GSM, CDMA, or any other standard
      • It will be reconfigured based on software demands.
  • Security Watch
  • Six Myths about IT Jobs according to Yahoo News
    • CIO Tenure is Threatened
      • CEOs and CFOs have had to rely on CIOs to work through the numbers, assess priorities, and focus on only the most important business-technology projects
    • Long term projects are dead
      • Executives now have projects that span multiple budgets, with incremental goals and short term return on investment targets. They are long term projects with intermediate outputs.
    • There is no future in IT jobs
      • Salaries have held their ground compared to other disciplines. The most sought after complementary skill CFOs want in accountants is IT knowledge.
    • Smaller Budgets equal less IT
      • Competition has pushed down the cost of hardware and software. You can do more for less.
    • IT is a commodity
      • MIS systems involve a constantly changing mix of people, business processes, and intellectual capital.? While components may be commodities, the business-process optimization, business-to-business collaboration, customer-driven decision making can become a commodity.
    • Innovation is Over
      • 2002 VC dollars actually exceeded that available in 1998
      • Forget the drop because of the bubble. We seem to be on-track
  • Telcos Duke it out in Iraq
    • Tecore Wireless Systems (www.tecore.com), a private company in Columbia, Maryland, said it would lay the groundwork for phone companies to offer wireless in Iraq.
    • Tecore sells cellular infrastructure and software to carriers in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and other parts of the Middle East. It plans to begin building a distribution center in Iraq by the end of summer, the company said.
    • US government awarded WorldCom a $45 million contract to build a cell network in Iraq
    • Pentagon also gave Motorola a $10 to $25 million contract — depending on options the company exercises — to install radio communications for security forces in Baghdad.
    • Iraq has never had a cell-phone system, but analysts say it would be easy and cheap to install.
  • UN Recommends Wi-Fi for Developing Countries
    • May enable them to leap frog developed nations
    • "It is precisely in places where no infrastructure exists that Wi-Fi can be particularly effective, helping countries to leapfrog generations of telecommunications technology and infrastructure and empower their people." Kofi Annan, UN secretary-general
    • Wireless Internet technology may help poor nations leapfrog into the future if they can get assistance to harness the new technology, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.
  • Tech Talk Mail Bag
    • More about Sun versus Microsoft (Daryl Foster)
    • More about IT job trends (John Cohen)
    • How do it set up a Wi-Fi community network (Steve Eunpu)
    • You?re wrong about Peoplesoft/Oracle (Fred Rosenfeld)
  • Stratford University News
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