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TECHREPUBLIC COMMUNITY NETNOTE NEWSLETTER for October 11, 2005
TR’S HOT TOPICS: CONTROL OF THE NET, AD ADMINISTRATION
This week’s TechRepublic community keyword is politics, as in the
politics behind who should control the root servers of the Internet,
the United States or the United Nations? This topic roused the ire of
dozens of TechRepublic members, many of them predicting a politically
driven Internet balkanization.
Meanwhile, in Technical Q&A, managing domains seems to be keeping users
up at night, particularly as it pertains to moving workstations,
undoing a workgroup migration, and creating roaming profiles.
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FIRESTARTER: MY PROBLEM WITH ‘INTERNET FEDERALISM’
Congress should stay out of the antispam, antispyware, antismut, and
anti-video-game-violence arena, according to TR’s TRIVIA GEEK. “Action
is not the same as progress. State and federal legislators need to take
a breath and figure out where the law can do the most good, rather than
where legislation can score the easiest political points.” In
particular, he rails against centralizing Internet law at the federal
level, creating a one-stop shop for accommodating special interests,
and one set of crude language for scammers and spammers to evade,
exploit, and loophole. Should the federal government stay on the
Internet sidelines, or take the lead in sanitizing the Net? Share your
thoughts in this week’s firestarter.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: SONJA THOMPSON
TechRepublic’s IT News Digest is among our five most popular e-mail
newsletters, and the editor responsible for compiling all the top tech
tidbits for that mail (among various and sundry other tasks) is TR’s
own SONJA THOMPSON. Sonja’s not just about objective journalism either;
she has her own opinions, which you can ogle at her blog, Newsworthy
View SONJA THOMPSON’s complete profile here.
TAG, YOU’RE IT: POLITICS
Considering that “Why I’m voting for George W. Bush” was the second
most active (and bitterly contested) thread in the history of
TechRepublic, it should come as no surprise that politics has become
the topic du jour in the TR forums. Your gateway to the current trend
is, as always, the politics tag, which you can view here.
LAST WEEK’S MOST ACTIVE TECHNICAL Q&A QUESTIONS
Member SHAUNDYC needs to strip 15 workstations from his local domain,
set them up in a new location, and assign them to a new physical
server. The questions: should this server be part of a new domain or
the old domain, and what’s the best way to configure either setup?
2. ROAMING USER PROFILES
3. RECOGNISING 4 IDE HARD DRIVES
4. SYMANTEC VS. TREND MICRO
5. RE-JOINING DOMAIN AFTER CHANGING TO WG
LAST WEEK’S MOST ACTIVE DISCUSSIONS
POWER GRAB COULD SPLIT THE NET
Apparently, TechRepublic members have some pretty strong feelings about
the U.S. giving up exclusive control of Internet root servers. Words
like “balkanization,” “corruption,” “socialism,” “totalitarian” and
“idiotic” were thrown about, and those were from the polite postings.
Take a long, hard look at the face of contemporary IT paranoia and
discontent in this discussion.
2. PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
3. WHY IS IT NEARLY ALL MALE?
4. FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE OFFICE SUCK-UP
5. WHAT WAS EVERYONE’S FIRST JOB THAT STARTED YOUR IT CAREER?
“TOO HOT FOR TR”
The following discussions were sufficiently non-technical or
controversial to be suppressed from TechRepublic’s Hot and New
MARRIAGE IN THIS DAY AND AGE
Member DRAGO762 is having second thoughts about looking for a wife: “It
seems that marriage is a HUGE risk for a guy these days considering
that more than half end in divorce. The laws seem to favor the women
and the men are financially screwed. There are lots of marriages that
end merely because the woman is no longer happy and ’emotionally
fulfilled’. This kind of stuff didn’t happen 50 years ago. How many of
you guys are happily married? Unhappily married? Or single by choice?”
2. THE NEW TEN COMMANDMENTS
3. WHAT FADS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE AGAIN AND WHICH ARE YOU GLAD ARE
4. DOES RELIGION DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?
5. WELL, NOW WE HAVE PROOF