Apple shares have fallen, although not as steeply as many traders had imagined, after CEO Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a six-month medical leave of absence. My first reaction was surprise. Six months? That sounded serious. Then disgust, as Internet trolls had Jobs on his death bed. As The New York Times reports, Jobs’ condition isn’t related to his bout with pancreatic cancer. According to The Times, it’s for a different medical disorder where his digestive system is having difficult processing food. Again, pretty serious stuff, but not the terminal disease that so many rumor-mongers and speculators were …

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Tom Wolfe once wrote that “you can’t go home again.” In the computer world, at least, Wolfe has been proven wrong. Prodigal son Steve Jobs was shown the door at Apple and returned to strike gold with the PowerMaC, the iPod, and the iPhone. Now it’s Michael Dell’s turn to rule the roost for a while – Dell Inc. investors certainly hope so. Dell, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of personal computers, has never been a particular favorite of mine. The company’s computers are mediocre, service (once a linchpin of the Dell brand) has suffered, according to recent consumer surveys, and …

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It scares me that, even if I do the duty to protect my personal information, some IT "professional" might be asleep at the switch and be the leak that sinks my ship. So, just when I thought I was going to go a whole day without feeling beat-down, I ran across this gem of a statistic: [B]Eighty-one percent of companies surveyed reported the loss of one or more laptops containing sensitive information during the past 12 months, according to the survey, which queried nearly 500 information security professionals.[/B] First, I'd like to know which companies are included in this survey, …

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