I was at a party a few years ago, where someone advanced this idea: people don't age in a linear fashion. Rather, we stay the same age for a period of time - even years - until some major event, good or bad, 'snaps' us up to our proper chronological age.
In which case we're all at our right age now. Let's hope we have the wisdom to match.
As before, our coverage of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath, including the news from CRN's magnificent issue this week, can be found in our Dealing with Disaster News Center. In particular, see the fine personal perspective from our editors -- Robert Faletra's look at how we're uniting as Americans, Robert C. DeMarzo's take on the re-opening of the stock markets, Rich Cirillo's caution about prejudice, Eric Hausman's account of life on the streets in Manhattan, and Kelley Damore's editorial discussing CRN's stark cover.
My headline is taken from last night's presidential address. Answering the question, "What is expected of us?", President Bush said, "America is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise of our people. They were the true strengths of our economy before September 11, and they are our strengths today." Let's go.
On a happier note, we are marking a bit of a milestone today at the ChannelWeb network: we now have put more than 30,000 articles into our two-and-a-half year old web publishing system. Credit (1) goes to John Hodge, the designer of our web system and leader of our crack development team. Credit (2) goes to the reporters and editors who are supplying more than a thousand articles a month focused specifically on solution providers. Thanks, everyone.
On Deck: The Annual Report Card
Next week, VARBusiness presents its Annual Report Card awards issue. The winners were announced last month at Breakaway XChange, but now we'll present the complete results, along with our writers' analysis of each category, and what made each of the vendors a winner or loser, in the eyes of their partners. Personally, I've spent much of the week working on our application to display this year's complete data, as well as search the past six years of Annual Report Card results.