Amidst the carnage that is Wall Street this year (the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 20% since last October, classifying the stock market as being in official “bear” territory), there are glimmers of good news, and a good portion of it is coming from the tech sector. The latest manifestation of that is with the latest numbers from the personal computer market, which is performing better than expected. I would say “much better than expected”. According to the technology research firm iSuppli, global PC shipments are up 12% for the first quarter of 2008 – perfectly matching the 12% …

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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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