“I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but Elvis keeps crashing my computer,” user tells IT. And she’s right — when she puts a CD-ROM in the drive, the screen turns blue and Elvis starts singing. IT finally figures it out: “Apparently, she put an Elvis CD in the drive on top of another CD, and it got stuck on the plunger of the CD-ROM drive,” he sighs. “When she took out any CD, Autorun worked its magic, and the King lived again.”

An Australian study of employees working in IT and engineering found that people who effectively deal with emotions in the workplace tend to have better physical health and reduced stress. Survey author Lisa Gardner of Swinburne University said people with higher emotional intelligence were less likely to suffer sleeplessness, headaches, muscle pains and other physical symptoms associated with stress. She said the study was the first of its kind in Australia looking at stress, health and emotional intelligence.


Putting economics into simple terms, Paul Strassmann of consulting company Strassman explained the rules of business.”The golden rule is, he who holds the gold, rules.” The problem, he said, is that the CIO doesn’t hold the gold and that what we are seeing now is not a technology recession “but one induced by CFOs”.

Australian enterprises get spam at every level, be it casual call centre staff or CEOs. One CEO fed up with unsolicited offers to improve his sex life is none other than Telstra CEO Ziggy Switkowski. Waiting in vain at a recent function for the appearance of our Commander in Chief of the War Against Spam, Richard Alston, CW chit-chatted with the Telstra CEO, who admitted he is targeted regularly by the Viagra brigade. “No, I do get some spam, Viagra mostly. Just one or two a day. Somehow it gets through the firewall,” Switkowski confessed. Is no one safe?


Cisco Systems and Huawei Technologies are close to ending a lawsuit Cisco brought in January that claimed Huawei had copied Cisco’s software and other intellectual property. The companies said they had signed an agreement to stay the litigation pending an expert’s independent review of changes that Shenzhen, China-based Huawai had already made to some of its router and switch products. However, most of the terms of the agreement were kept confidential. 3Com, which is in the process of receiving Chinese government approval to become a joint venture partner with Huawei, intervened in the lawsuit and is hopeful the litigation is over.

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