Finally, Some Time To Think

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Yes, I exist. Can you believe all these mergers? Sometimes I prefer sleep or singing with my a cappella quartet to blogging, if I may be forgiven. But now that our office is deserted in anticipation of the long holiday weekend, I spent some time visiting my favorite blogsters and news sites. And here are my impressions on the eve of Christmas Eve.

Given that I know our readers enjoy updates on open source, especially its legalities, I refer you to CRN friend Dan Bricklin's latest entry about a panel he sat on last week. My impression is that as we enter 2005 and the age of heightened corporate governance, the open source question may come up more with your customers. By the way, if you've never heard of the company Black Duck Software, it's definitely worth a look-see on your part.

Hmmm. Linux at retail? (And, I'm not just talking about what's powering the cash register.) You've gotta love this item from Silicon Valley pundit Dan Gillmor. Walmart apparently is taking preorders for a $500 Linux-based notebook. Those of you who wind up servicing a lot of these systems that are bought at retail had best beware or at least be aware.

As I sit in my home office giving thanks for my wireless network, this item about the government's plans for public spectrum and the implications for mobile services companies caught my eye.

And, as a parting thought, another non-tech Wired item caught my eye as I was browsing the site and I dedicate this one about story embargoes to the entire CRN editorial team. We live this tale every week. I'm not sure I come down on the side of the columnist totally. When you write for an audience as specialized as CRN, having extra time to bounce a particular development off readers and being able to provide the story in context when it breaks is a priority. But I, for one, am starting to find embargoes annoying, especially when they're for something as basic as a product launch. And, yes, we've broken a few, never intentionally and almost 100 percent of the time because someone mistimed the article's release in our Web publishing system.

Let's face it, even though CRN is a weekly in print, it's a news organization, and that means our readers thrive on daily scoops. Our reporters are capable of digging them up, and the more a company wants us to wait before publishing something, the more eager we are to share it with you. Something to think about as the new year looms.

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