NetFlash: Dunn, four others, indicted in HP scandal

* Dunn, four others, indicted in HP scandal * IBM puts up $100 million to simplify mainframe operations * HP inks seven-year deal with Pepsi * Massachusetts CIO Louis Gutierrez resigns * Google helps programmers find code online * Buzzblog: Woz on Woz? Plus, another blogger self-destructs * Today on Layer 8

Dunn, four others, indicted in HP scandal

Ousted HP Chairman Patricia Dunn, a former company lawyer, and three outside investigators were indicted Wednesday in California on felony charges related to the conduct of an investigation to track down news leaks from the HP board that allegedly broke state law. Click here for more.

IBM puts up $100 million to simplify mainframe operations

IBM this week unveiled a program, tools and services the company hopes will make the mainframe easier to manage, program and administer. Click here for more.

HP inks seven-year deal with Pepsi

HP, struggling under a boardroom spying scandal, continues to gain new business and on Wednesday announced that it has signed a seven-year deal with PepsiCo to provide data center management services for the soda and snack maker’s international division. Click here for more.

Massachusetts CIO Louis Gutierrez resigns

Massachusetts CIO Louis Gutierrez has resigned his post, effective Nov. 3, saying concerns about state funding for IT projects led to his decision. Click here for more.

Google helps programmers find code online

Google has created a specialized search engine designed to find software source code publicly available on the Web. Click here for more.

Buzzblog: Woz on Woz? Plus, another blogger self-destructs

A post to another blog yesterday posed a question about Steve Wozniak that Wozniak, or someone posing as Woz, went to great lengths to answer. Genuine introspection? Or book-tour labor? Click here for more. Meanwhile, we've got yet another example of a blogger opining himself right out of a paying gig - this time a now-former freelance security columnist for Network World. Click here for more.

Today on Layer 8, where it's always the bottom of the ninth:

Readers abandoning newspapers for the Web; are PlayStation 3s literally too hot to handle?; columnist says Zune will drive users to the iPod; and why net pros are worse at password protection than users; all this today and more at your home for not-just-networking news.

Networking costume contest

OK, we know that most of the time, you're pretty quiet out there - scrambling from your desk to put out fires across your enterprise leaves little time for fun, eh? But come on, Halloween is approaching. We know you've unleashed your Inner Geek in the past. Show us how! We're running a networking costume contest. Send us a photo of you in your best ever costume - preferably one proving you are an Alpha Geek (yes, show us your racks in the background!).Adam Gaffin. Click here for details and rules.

E-mail your photo by witching hour, um, midnight, Oct. 20, to

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