Windows provided the impetus for our advocacy initiative of the year, the Save Windows XP petition campaign, conceived by Executive Editor Galen Gruman. We argued that Windows users should have a choice -- and license Windows XP instead of being forced to license Vista -- after the June 30, 2008 deadline. The petition we delivered to Microsoft in June garnered more than 210,000 signatures. We consider ourselves partly successful: Microsoft will allow "low-power" systems to ship with Windows XP until 2010, and major vendors offer "downgrade" options that allow customer to revert to XP.
A surprise opportunity for advocacy arrived in July of this year when the Terry Childs saga unfolded. From the beginning, Contributing Editor Paul Venezia sensed something funny about the case of the network administrator who locked everyone out of the City of San Francisco's new FiberWAN network, only to be clapped in irons and held on $5 million bail. Venezia's insight was rewarded with a 3,000-word e-mail from an anonymous source inside the city's IT department, who laid out exactly what had happened. That led to an outpouring of sympathy from InfoWorld readers, none of whom condoned Childs' misdeeds but did understand that his case symbolized the widening gap between management demands and what IT can humanly deliver. Since that incident, we've delved further into the everyday challenges faced by IT than ever before.
[ Follow the Terry Childs saga with InfoWorld's special report: Terry Childs: Admin gone rogue. ]
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