Microsoft Going Down? Don't Tell the 10,000 New Workers
Sure the stock is in the #!*&%er, major products are late, Google is cleaning
its clock, and Gates is leaving the company bit by bit. But Redmond is still
clearly on the move. How else could it afford to hire
10,000 new employees
, nearly half of which are charged with building new
technologies? On the flip side, thousands are in sales and marketing, so expect
some fresh-faced, cheese-eating recent college grads to knock on your door and
try to sell software you may or may not need.
Schmidt Is Just Busting Chops
Google CEO and overall smart guy Eric
Schmidt has joined Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and overall smart guy on the Apple
board. I haven't seen much going on between these two, as Google is far more
hooked into Web services and open source. This leads me to think that these
two tech superstars are just messing with Gates, getting to him to wonder what's
up. If Schmidt and Jobs truly joined forces, then Gates would have a reason
to be worried -- and maybe retire even earlier!
Are You on XP SP1? You Are So Last Year
If you aren't on XP SP1, you ain't squat, at least as far as Microsoft support
is concerned. It's
cutoff baby! The good news: SP1 is just a download away!
What Do Directory Pros Do All Day?
Directory vendor NetPro (there are a lot of great companies in this space, like
Desktop Standard, Scriptlogic and Full Armor) just did a survey
[PDF] to find out what its customers do all day. Not surprisingly, they
spend nearly all their time (outside of restroom breaks) working with directories.
Administration is the No. 1 chore, followed by troubleshooting, supporting users
and dealing with security. A relatively new task taking up IT's time is
dealing with compliance. That can take up more than 15 percent of a directory
Who's you favorite AD vendor? Let us all know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cable vs. DSL: Which Do You Hate the Least?
I just ditched DSL for the high-priced glory that is cable Internet. I'm cheap
so I had DSL installed in three different houses at which I'm known to spend
time, and in each I had a monthly ritual of calling tech support and spending
up to three hours getting it back online. In one case, old, salt-corroded phone
lines were to blame, but heck, it only took Verizon 18 months to figure it out.
What do you use, and what is your worst horror story? Tell us at email@example.com.
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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.