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by Monte Enbysk

April 26, 2006

E-mail provides a window into your workplace status, work habits, stress levels, even your personality. E-mail is an extremely valuable communication channel for today's managers, but it can be abused if used carelessly or too much.

E-mail is an extremely valuable communication channel for today's managers, but it can be abused if used carelessly or too much, Owens says. Here are 10 basic tips for better e-mail use and management.


by Charles Shaw

April 21, 2006

As America responds to its oil addiction, the biotech industry is once again promising to save the world. And this time, they just might mean it.

BIO 2006, the annual convention of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, held last week in Chicago. Nearly 20,000 attendees converged on the city to hawk new technologies, hook up with investment opportunities, or pitch their city or state as the perfect destination for the burgeoning biotech and life-science sector, which, according to the Department of Commerce, will comprise 18 percent of the U.S. GDP by 2020, or nearly 3 trillion dollars. And this year, "biofuels" -- renewable fuels made from plant materials -- were the center of attention, with biodiesel and ethanol as the industry's two leading hopes for spurring renewed interest and investment.

Information Week

by Paul McDougall

April 5, 2006

[Caution - propaganda alert] As Congress considers a massive expansion of the H-1B visa worker program, opponents of the plan should consider this:

Failure by federal lawmakers to allow more skilled IT workers into the country will result in more U.S. corporations simply outsourcing their computer work to India or some other offshore locale where skilled help is plentiful and cheap. Is that what you really want'

News With Views

by Selwyn Duke

April 3, 2006

One reason we're supposed to rejoice at the pitter-patter of illegal feet is that foreigners are only coming here to "do jobs Americans won't do." It's one of those basic assumptions upon which the argument in favor of forgetting we have borders rests.

I have to ask, if I paid you $800 an hour to pick fruit, would you do it? Except for the silk and satin set, I have a feeling most would beat a path to my orchard. And this brings us to what is a true law of economics. There are no jobs Americans won't do. There are only wages Americans won't work for.

Information Week

by Paul McDougall

March 13, 2006

Meet the new face of IBM software. Siddharth Purohit lives in Bangalore, India, and is an expert at developing the kind of reusable code on which the company is staking much of its future.

IBM is on a hiring binge in India. The company employs about 39,000 people in the country, up 70% from 23,000 a year ago. That rate of growth should continue "for quite some time," says Amitabh Ray, who heads IBM's global delivery operations in India. At that clip, IBM will have at least 55,000 workers in India by next year. And the figure could easily pass 60,000--or 20% of its current worldwide workforce of 300,000.

Monsters and Critics News (Germany)

by James Wray and Ulf Stabe

March 12, 2006

Hanover - Car keys could become obsolete in the not too distant future, according to Japanese technology concern Hitachi, which is working on a replacement system that recognizes the driver's veins.

Vein-pattern recognition technology is more reliable than fingerprint-based identification, which has already replaced ignition keys in some models, the company says. 'If the finger is dry, or is injured, it can be very difficult to recognise the print,' according to Hitachi's chief strategist for information technology and communications, Mitsuo Yamaguchi.

News With Views

by Bill Sizemore

March 8, 2006

The first time I heard this story, I assumed it was a rare, isolated event. After all, there are good people and bad people in pretty much every walk of life from secretaries to carpenters; from politicians to preachers.

If a person is dishonest, that lack of integrity will be exhibited, whether it's at work or at the friendly Wednesday night poker game. Over time, however, I have come to believe that due to the nature of public sector work there may be a lot more stealing going on there than one might think. I want to begin by telling you about a lady who used to work as a carpenter in the maintenance department of the Portland Public School District. I will call her Terri.

The Seattle Times (WA)

by Benjamin J. Romano

March 7, 2006

The Seattle area's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in January as the area added an estimated 8,600 new jobs since December, according to a Washington Employment Security Department report released today.

The national unemployment rate in January was 4.7 percent. Seattle's January unemployment rate of 4.3 percent is the lowest since December 2000. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from December and compares to a statewide rate of 4.6 percent for January. The statewide figure was released last week and has since been adjusted down one-tenth of a point to reflect effects of Hurricane Katrina, the state said.

The Badger Herald (WI)

by Ann Babe

March 7, 2006

A state lawmaker announced plans Monday to introduce a bill allowing state colleges to refuse employment to convicted felons.

The announcement came in response to a state audit released last week disclosing the University of Wisconsin System employed 40 felons as of the September 2005 payroll. According to bill author Rep. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, the measure would give the UW System - as well as the technical college system - the discretion to employ or fire individuals based on their past criminal activity.

Industry Week

by Kevin Prouty

January 31, 2006

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is quickly gaining prominence in the global market, hastened by recent Department of Defense and major-retailer mandates that require suppliers to provide them with RFID-tagged products.

The technology is almost certain to co-exist with existing bar code technologies for several years. RFID portals can be placed on shelves and at entrances so that companies know where a product is, from the dock door to the point of sale. RFID enables companies to better control their inventory, reduce shrinkage, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction and sales through better availability. The global RFID market will increase from $2.2 billion in 2005 to $10.9 billion in 2009.

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