Google annoyed administrators when it made changes to Google Apps "Start" portal pages without letting them know it was updating layout and functionality of those pages. Some administrators reported at a discussion forum that they were swamped with angry calls from end-users who couldn't access Gmail accounts. On a slightly brighter note, there are some IT jobs that persevere even in the face of financial difficulty, and Apple unveiled new notebooks to much fanfare. Meanwhile, Mozilla continues work on its mobile browser, code-named Fennec, which was released in alpha this week for use on Nokia Internet tablets.
1. Recession-proof IT jobs: Believe it or not, some IT jobs are still in high demand even in this slumping economy. Unlike some other industries that have been hit hard, IT is seen as a core area that nearly every company needs. As such, there are still plenty of IT skills that can lead to new jobs -- or just keep you secure in the job you have now.
2. Apple's new notebooks answer the call for innovation: As expected, Apple showed off updates to its laptop lines this week, with a new MacBook and MacBook Pro. InfoWorld's Tom Yager got a good look at them and came away with a positive impression of the updates in both technology and pricing.
3. Google Apps portal pages malfunctioning: Google Apps "Start" portal pages have become malfunction junctions for some administrators, who complained over two days this week at discussion forums that changes Google made to those pages are making their working lives miserable. The company apparently updated layout and functionality of those pages without telling admins what they were about to do, leading end-users to flood administrators with complaints and issues, including not being able to access Gmail.
4. E-voting report: Several states still vulnerable: E-voting systems will fail on Election Day, Nov. 4, somewhere in the United States, with multiple states that use such systems ill-prepared for the upcoming election, according to a report from three voting-rights advocacy groups. While the report noted that there have been improvements in e-voting systems and election preparations since the last presidential race in 2004, it also found that some states still have not taken even the most basic precautions against technical problems and fraud.
5. Mozilla offers alpha version of mobile browser for N810: An alpha version of Mozilla's mobile browser, code-named Fennec, was released for Nokia's Internet tablets, marking the first public release of the software. Mozilla hopes the release will bring in feedback leading to the next step in its browser road map, which is "optimizing for performance," according to Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's vice president for mobile.