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Week in review: Mainframes, SCO, and Longhorn

Maybe you were too busy counting your trick-or-treat haul, maybe you were too busy deploying Office 2003. Either way, here are some of the things you might have missed last week on TechRepublic.

Halloween has already come and gone, but there are lots of things that can scare the wits out of an IT professional. Putting out fires and facing the day-to-day routine makes it easy to let potentially important or interesting news and information slip through the cracks. So, to kick off this week, here's a recap of some of those things you may have missed last week:

Monsters
If there are any monsters in the IT industry, it's mainframes. Gartner took a look at the short and long term future for mainframes. One TechRepublic member opined that mainframes were here to stay.

Ugly users
Users can turn into a bunch of little monsters, especially when there's new equipment to be had like flat screens or new laptops. Becky Roberts discussed how you should handle users that turn ugly and start breaking old equipment just to get new stuff.

Take what you like, leave the rest
When we take our daughter out trick-or-treating, we often leave a bowl of candy on the front porch so that children we may have missed can still grab some. TechRepublic's Scorp voiced his opinions on software piracy and the RIAA, showing what happens when you leave software and music lying around like candy. Not content to listen to just one opinion, TechRepublic members voiced their own opinions on the issue.

Another week, another SCO report
What could be scarier for the Halloween season than yet another story about SCO? As if attacking Linux in general wasn't enough, News.com reported that SCO has decided to go after the GPL (Gnu Public License) as part of its response to IBM's countersuit. Meanwhile a TechRepublic member asked the question: Who's sick and tired of hearing about SCO/IBM/Linux?

Just wait until next year
Windows Server 2003 has barely shipped, and Microsoft is already touting the next version of Windows, Longhorn. News.com reported that Microsoft has decided to ship a server version of Longhorn, which was to have once been a client-only operating system. News.com also reported on the developer's release version of Longhorn as well as interviewing Bill Gates about the upcoming OS. Meanwhile, Tim Landgrave posted an article defending Microsoft.

Don't bite off more than you can chew
After trick-or-treating, it's tempting for kids to sit down with a big bag of candy and just eat it all the first night. Likewise, when you're going for a CIO position, Peter Woolford suggested that you take a look at the size of the company and the issues you'll face before jumping at a CIO position.

Stop 'em dead
PCs come equipped with all sorts of peripheral devices such as floppy drives, CD-ROMs, and ports-a-plenty that allow users to connect things to their computers that you might not want. Brien Posey reported on how you can use DeviceLock to lock down users' PCs and prevent them from doing things they shouldn't while not having to go to all of the trouble of deploying complicated group policies.

You've got answers, we've got questions
TechRepublic members may enjoy debating issues in the Discussion Areas, but they also like to help each other with technical problems in the Technical Q&A area, earning TechPoints for each answer. Some of the questions asked last week include:

From the forums
TechRepublic's Discussion Center was buzzing as usual last week. As Windows Server 2003 becomes more popular, TechRepublic members have been discussing it, trying to figure out the best way to deploy it and how to keep it secure. Judy Mottl started a discussion asking TechRepublic members what they thought about TechRepublic itself. As expected, they pulled few punches. Off-topic discussions were very much in evidence as well. TechRepublic members carried on spirited debates about what America would be like if the British had won, the final flight of the Concorde, and, to go with the demise of the Concorde, TechRepublic members also mourned the loss of Geek Trivia.
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