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NetFlash: A Wider Net

Dec 12, 20033 mins

It certainly is an odd scenario when a company makes news for NOT doing something. But then again, Microsoft isn’t your average company.

On the front page of Network World this week you should take note of the first in a series of articles we are doing that twists the conventional who, what, where, why and how of traditional news stories.

You can call them the antidote to the mundane and boring. We call them A Wider Net.  In our story you’ll learn about everything you ever wanted to know, and likely a little more than you ever wanted to know about the ubiquitous beanie. 

Basically Wider Net stories take a look at the quirkier side of the industry. For example, this week we looked at the wacky world of propeller beanies (

In Monday’s issue we look at the Linux penguin, Tux. How did he (or she?) come into being? Did you know Linux creator Linus Torvalds thought about employing a platypus or even an albatross as the Linux ambassador?  

In the future we’ll be looking at vintage computers, wireless tower art and a variety other topics.

So sit down, relax and take a read.

SBC beefs up optical services to attract corporate customers

SBC this week expanded its metropolitan optical networking services as part of a national data strategy to gain share among enterprise customers.

IBM wheels away with $1 billion Michelin outsourcing contract

Tire maker Michelin has decided to hand over management and maintenance of its IT infrastructure in North America and Europe to IBM’s Global Services unit in an eight-year deal worth $1.22 billion.

Survey: Linux ramping up in 2004

A recent SG Cowen survey of more than 500 North American IT users found that more than 80% of respondents were currently using Linux and that more than half planned to increase their use of the open source operating system within the next two years.

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