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I read a story the other day about "the 10 poorest countries" in the world. The writer examined poverty statistics to determine this list. Some of the countries are known for terrible governments (eg, Zimbabwe), some had high per-person income levels - usually due to abundant mining -- but abysmal income disparities (eg, Burundi), while others (eg, Madagascar) were just poor through and through. But there's always hope. Madagascar, for example, has landed on our radar screen in the Top 10 "raw" ranking among 22 African nations we've surveyed. What does that mean? We started our research at the Tau Institute with the struggles of developing countries - "the world's poorest" - in mind. How could we develop a truly relative ranking, one that shows which countries are doing the best with what they have? We've integrated several publicly available sources of information ... (more)

Exclusive Interview with Robert A. Clyde, CTO Symantec

The recent RSA Conference in San Francisco was well-attended by IT pros and the industry's leading security experts and executives. Among the crowd was Rob Clyde, the CTO at Cupertino, CA-based Symantec, one of the world's leading security software companies. Q: Where is IT security going in a general sense? Rob Clyde: Threats continue to increase in frequency, complexity, and speed. In 2003, we saw 900 million malicious code attempts and 140,000 network intrusion attempts. There were also seven new vulnerabilities discovered per day. We've reached an inflection point where today’... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: SUNset?

Related Links: Sun and Microsoft's Interoperability Efforts Delayed Once More IBM Exec Slams Sun's JavaOne/SunNetwork Merger Plans Sun Microsystems famously grew from start-up mode to $1 billion in annual sales without spending one cent on advertising its products. It established early on a reputation for good performance, good pricing, and the latest in a software environment that appealed to technically oriented users who were writing software, designing bridges, and taking over Wall Street with what was then a new category of "technical workstations."more)

HP Analysis: "Ding, Dong, the Witch is Gone" - Why Was Fiorina Fired?

Carly Finally Gets the Boot; Critics Dance On Her Grave SYS-CON West Coast Bureau Chief, Roger Strukhoff, writes: And the long knives come out. Or, keeping the metaphor intact, water has been thrown all over HP's grand experiment.   (Please go to and answer our quick one-question poll, "Why was Carly Fiorina fired?") The wicked paraphrase in this story's headline comes from an former high-level HP executive from the "old days" at HP, one who firmly believes that the HP Way and all it entails was obliterated under the six-year regime of Carly Fiorina. "B... (more)

An Exclusive Interview With Doug Wilson On SYS-CON.TV

WebSphere Journal recently interviewed Doug Wilson, Distinguished Engineer and CTO of IBM's Lotus Software Division in Westford, Massachusetts. Doug Wilson Speaks About His and Lotus's Background... WebSphere Journal: Doug, could you please provide our audience with a little bit on your background and what path you took to your current job and responsibilities with the Lotus Software Division. Doug Wilson: Like many people, my career path is a bit checkered. I started some time ago working at MIT as Director of Systems Operations and Systems Development for Project Athena, which, ... (more)