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No room for mediocrity: Entrepreneurs must make sacrifices

By Eliot Burdett

Re: Francis’s Ottawa inferiority complex theorem

Gues Blogger 2There is no question Ottawa has its own culture – the prevalence of government, where success is measured differently, probably has a lot to do with it. There are no free rides in a world of entrepreneurship and being mediocre usually means you are fighting to stay alive. Perhaps there hasn’t been a consistent stream of great successes here to regularly inspire everyone? No question this city doesn’t have a wild west, “shoot ‘em or die” spirit.

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Networking’s 50 greatest arguments

Network World - 50 greatest arguments

By inmedia

A piece entitled “VoIP vs. TDM voice” in this morning’s ComputerWorld newsletter caught my eye. The clickthrough led me to discover Network World’s list of the 50 greatest arguments in the history of the networking industry. The fact that it’s currently the most read story on Network World’s web site shows that the audience is interested in these debates. Here’s hoping that some passionate yet insightful comments will provide compelling pros and cons for those readers debating between deploying competing technologies. The comments section on the article should be an interesting read in the days ahead.

Phishing for millions

Computerworld

By inmedia

Wow. I thought only grannies and the gullible fall for those dodgy phishing emails. A Computerworld article tells the tale of a scam that took a grocery chain for $10 million before it was discovered. Although I’m sure the guys behind this one are slightly more adept than that Nigerian guy who keeps bombarding me with his ridiculous emails.

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Electronic health model rising

By Linda Forrest

Both government and enterprise are getting in on the move to an electronic health model. With Microsoft acquiring an enterprise-grade health information software company in the hopes that it “will allow international hospitals to achieve improved workflow and patient safety through information technology” and President George Bush offering incentives to 1,200 doctors to make the move from paper-based systems to electronic health records, e-health is beginning to take hold. Implementation will no doubt take years, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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Even the statues are BoSox fans

General George Washington cheers the BoSox

By Francis Moran

I couldn’t resist snapping this picture earlier this week of the eponymous statue outside my hotel, the Sheraton Commander, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When a statue of the commander of the Continental Army, old George Washington himself, is rooting for the Boston Red Sox, you know they’re going to go all the way. As of Tuesday, when I took this picture, the BoSox had won only the American League pennant; as of writing this post, they’re two games up on the Colorado Rockies and clearly the favourites to win the Fall Classic as it moves to mile-high country.

George would be proud.

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