Daily Links: Sarbox, Managing Demo Expectations, Slow adoption for Vista, iTubes Clogged, IT expertise, VoIP hacking, Muni-broadband, Asian Quake

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NPD: A critical look at Sarbanes-Oxley
The end effect of this legislation is that U.S. sole proprietorships and partnerships are less likely to pursue an IPO. Instead, growing companies look to be acquired. This dearth of IPOs makes the U.S. less competitive in the global markets – it limits innovation and economic growth that new public companies have historically provided.
The new American Dream: Own your own business, work your fingers to the bone, and sell so you get marginally rich while big companies get significantly richer
Passionate: Don’t make the demo look done.
He goes on to add corollaries including: “If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface that is 90% worse, they will think that the program is 90% worse.” and “If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface which is 100% beautiful, they will think the program is almost done.”
Of course, there’s always the third category, where you show the nonprogrammer a screen with a bash prompt, and they just look at you blankly.
Security.ITworld.com: After one month, no rush to adopt Vista.
“I say Microsoft never intended anybody to run Vista prior to January,” he said. “What works on Vista, beyond Office 2007?” he asked.
Solitare 2007.
CNN Technology: Music denied — shoppers overwhelm iTunes.
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Swarms of online shoppers armed with new iPods and iTunes gift cards apparently overwhelmed Apple’s iTunes music store over the holiday, prompting error messages and slowdowns of 20 minutes or more for downloads of a single song.
Remember when it would take you 20 minutes or more just to drive to and from Tower Records?
Enterprise Architecture: Thought Leadership: How to become an expert on enterprise architecture.
For the superior performer, the goal isn’t just repeating the same thing again and again but strive for higher levels of control over every aspect of their performance and interactions with others. Within the IT ecosystem, I often hear developers complaining that all architects do all day is draw pretty diagrams that no one pays attention to. While this may be true, reality says that they are cheating themselves out of making themselves better at their own profession.
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is called insanity. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results is called monotony. I’d rather be insane than bored – which is why I’m a professional blogger.
Computer Weekly: VoIP hacking exposed in new book.
For example, if a company’s VoIP system is under a denial-of-service attack and someone tries to send an email, that email could take several hours, Endler said, because the network is flooded with additional traffic.
In an ironic twist, the subject line would probably be: “RE: How To Patch Our Vulnerability to VoIP based DOS attack.”
TechDirt: Muni Fiber Keeps Helping Economies Grow
However, if you set it up right, a muni-broadband offering can actually be a very, very good thing. The key is recognizing two things. First, there isn’t a competitive market in most of these places. Second, that’s often because of the natural monopoly issue. It’s simply inefficient to have every new competitor rip up a city to place their own network infrastructure in the ground. As with the highway system, sometimes it just makes sense to work out a deal to get a single top-notch fiber network in the ground and let everyone compete on it. You get true competition, which leads to better services, and you get much faster broadband.
If Austin’s broadband was as clogged as Austin’s highways, it would take an hour and a half to send an e-mail across town.
Techdirt: Quake Reminds Asia that they Need More Tubes
With the serious disruption in fiber connectivity caused by the quakes in Asia this week, there’s again the collective realization that yes, technology — and in particular Internet connectivity — can be fragile. Outages from the magnitude 6.7 quake off Taiwan’s coast briefly rattled financial markets and communications in multiple countries.
6.7 quake? I’m still running Quake 4. They really do have better video games in Japan!

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