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Submission + - Missing MIS: 5 Old-School Ideas We Want Back (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Back before the age of the PC, men in computer science — and they were almost always men — wearing white shirts, ties and pocket protectors, spent their days punching data requests onto cards. On machines such as the IBM/System 360 was built the entire hierarchy of MIS — management information systems, writes Michael Fitzgerald. Today, both machine and management style look Neolithic, he writes. Storage space, processing speeds and data volume have expanded far beyond what few in the 1960s could have begun to imagine, and the stove-piped, glass-towered, heads-down MIS departments of old have given way to decentralized, service-oriented, business-focused IT organizations. Nobody wants to go back to punch-card programming, but some other old tech practices could stand a revival. Cobol, anyone?

Submission + - Why HP recruited Apotheker (silicon.com)

An anonymous reader writes: HP has announced that former SAP CEO Leo Apotheker will become its new CEO on 1 November. This article looks at the reasons why HP has made the surprise appointment with its software strategy likely to get a boost...

Submission + - Put Linux on the iPad (without a hack)? (hothardware.com) 1

Julie188 writes: StarNet Communications has found a way to put Linux apps — and Flash — on the iPad, without involving hacks that could bring out the ire of you-know-who (let's just call him Mr. SJ). For $15 they are selling an X11 client for the iPad via the App Store. It puts a virtual Linux desktop on the tablet, tapping into applications hosted on their own servers, which includes a version of Firefox that runs flash. You can also use it as a thin client to access your own hosted Linux or Unix apps. I haven't tried it yet, so can't say it will work as advertised, but the company claims it will let you run your virtual Linux apps at LAN-like speeds, even over a 3G connection. The virtual desktop also let's you do really unheard-of things, like cut and paste between applications on your iPad. Whodathought?

Submission + - BlackBerry's encryption hacked; backups now a risk (infoworld.com)

GMGruman writes: InfoWorld blogger Martin Heller reveals that a Russian passcode-breaker developer has broken the encryption used in BlackBerry backups. That can help recover data when passwords are lost but also give data thieves access to a treasure trove of corporate secrets. And the developer boasts that it was easier to crack the BlackBerry encryption than it was to crack Apple iOS's.

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