Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Mac deserves coverage

Once again I walk away disappointed and maybe, if the truth be told, a little miffed by your article on notebook computers [GCN, July 12, Page 1].

Time and again, your paper fails to realize that the Apple Macintosh is very much alive in certain government facilities. In my division alone we have more than 400 of them, and nearly half of all new Macintosh purchases were PowerBooks.

Between your cartoons and your lack of Apple updates or side-by-side comparisons, it is obvious which platform you cater to.

Perhaps when you do an article about Linux on notebook units you will remember Apple. Boot up Linux on an Apple G3/400 notebook and you'll have the fastest Linux portable on the planet.

Also, you can convert a Mac OS lab to a Unix lab by simply converting operating systems. Try that with your PC platform.

Loren Senders
Macintosh manager, Beams Division
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Batavia, Ill.

Michigan pays on merit

I read your editorial, 'Ready, set, hike IT pay' [GCN, July 26, Page 16], on information technology pay increases and want to comment on your point about what government can and cannot do'at least in terms of a signing bonus.

The state of Michigan, in response to the critical shortage of IT personnel, is implementing a new IT broad-banding system for compensation that will allow for merit pay. In addition, we will have the ability to:

' Pay signing bonuses of up to $5,000 at the time of hire, depending on experience and technical knowledge

' Identify critical skills of staff members who can receive additional annual compensation because of the mission-critical nature of their job.

In total, an IT person could receive up to 15 percent additional compensation annually through a combination of signing bonus, merit and performance increases, and critical skills. So, government can offer signing bonuses'at least at the state level.

Let me also add that accepting the bonus requires the individual to commit to staying with us for one year. If he or she leaves before the year is up, the bonus must be returned.

Phyllis Mellon

Chief information officer

Michigan Department of State

Lansing, Mich.

Linux is always open

I read 'Tera Rex: How supercomputing is roaring back' [GCN, June 28, Page 1] with interest.

I wish, however, to point out one phrase that I think would better serve your audience in the future if reworded. Please consider changing 'Linux, Microsoft Windows NT or proprietary Unix' to 'Open Linux, proprietary Microsoft Windows NT or proprietary Unix.'

Many people selectively remember or forget these facts.

Kirby Thornton

Network administrator

Treasury Financial Center

Vienna, Va.

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