Itâ€™s that time of year, folks. Wal-Martâ€™s garden department has evaporated to make room for plastic wreaths and tacky inflatable elves, Target and Gap commercials have become (amazingly) more annoying than usual, and even though I havenâ€™t bought my Thanksgiving Tofurkey yet, my mailbox is filled with red-and-green flyers. Yes, weâ€™re entering into that cornerstone of capitalism, that green-eyed, debt-soaked time we call The Holiday Season (insert soap-opera-style dramatic swell here).
Besides the T.M.X. Elmo and the PlayStation 3, one of the most hyped product releases of this yearâ€™s spend-o-rama is Microsoftâ€™s Zune MP3 player, which was released Tuesday with more of a splat than a bang. Critics have attacked the Zuneâ€™s looks, size, controls, and download services in comparison with its target competitor, the Apple iPod. I have no opinion on this one way or the other. One thing that did catch my eye, though, was a report on Mary Foleyâ€™s ZDNet blog (http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=104) claiming that the Zune has been shown to be incompatible with Microsoftâ€™s new Windows Vista. (This report was confirmed by Microsoft this morning, according to VNUNet.com.)
Since Vista is going to be released to the general public as a stand-alone or standard preinstalled OS in January, the lack of compatibility is puzzling. Youâ€™d think it would have been a no-brainer for Microsoft. Perhaps both projects just got so big, the compatibility issue escaped them.
Now switch gears and think about your own security systems planning. When youâ€™re looking at a major upgrade or installation, or even a minor one, it can be easy to focus only on the project at hand and its immediate requirements. But take a moment to consider other plans in the works and other systems already in use. Gather all the stakeholders in your organization and talk with them to make sure youâ€™re not making an omission that someone might, after-the-fact, consider a no-brainer.Â