5. Macworld Expo: For a change, Apple didn't announce any consumer-electronics-quaking news at this year's installment of Macworld, but there was still plenty to write about.
6. Wall Street Beat: IT faces tough start to 2009: Lenovo, EMC, On Technologies and Logitech are laying off employees, and Intel and Time Warner have issued earnings warnings ahead of upcoming quarterly financial result announcements. So, the new year is off to its expected dismal start with regard to the economy.
7. Satyam chief quits, admits faking financial results and Indian outsourcers face scrutiny after Satyam debacle: The chairman of Satyam Computer Services, the Indian outsourcer in the news lately because of various troubles, resigned and admitted the company exaggerated its financials. Satyam's balance sheet includes inflated figures, nonexistent accrued interest, understated liabilities and overstated credit amounts, B. Ramalinga Raju confessed. His brother, B. Rama Raju, the company's managing director, also resigned. The news is sure to lead to increased scrutiny of other Indian outsourcers.
8. CES 2009 and Computerworld @ CES: New netbooks, PCs, digital cameras, digital camcorders, MP3s, HDTVs, home theater systems, car audio systems and assorted other gear -- as well as the hotly anticipated Windows 7 beta -- are on show through this weekend at CES. IDG reporters are at the show in force, checking out the new gadgets and gizmos and offering first impressions.
9. 'Leap second' snafu affects Oracle clusterware: Scientists added an extra second to 2008. It seems like a harmless thing to do, but it ended up having a big effect on Oracle's CRS clusterware, causing nodes to reboot. Oracle has posted fixes for any nodes thrown off by the extra second.
10. Outlook '09: A lot of us were glad to be rid of 2008, and although 2009 is expected to be a fasten-seatbelts sort of year with a lot of bumps along the way, there's still something to be said for a new year and its possibilities. Network World offers tips for how to budget in difficult times and takes a look at IT forecasts for the year, hot startups and interesting people in IT to keep an eye on.