Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Stick with what matters

Your review on portable storage [GCN, Aug. 2, Page 23] was pretty bad. Really, who compares transfer rates on parallel devices? They're all slow.

Now we have your latest blunder, 'Minitowers score with maximum power' [GCN, Aug. 30, Page 31]. First off, a question to your readers: If your network interface card fails, would you rather buy a new computer or just buy a new NIC? Well, GCN's review docks points for nonintegrated system components. The reasoning is that they use up otherwise free system resources.

Does GCN really think that just because a sound card or NIC is not plugged into a PCI slot that it doesn't take up any resources?

And with so much of the score going toward looks and accessibility, one would think that the reviewer wanted every end user to go ahead and take his case apart.

Although it's important to cover aspects of computer decision-making, such as cable routing and case cooling, things such as trying to figure out the use of the interior panel on a computer are nowhere near as important and should just be left out of the review.

GCN also didn't mention other potentially important things such as the chip sets used by the video cards, or the manufacturers of the hard drive or network cards. But I guess these things aren't as important as thumbscrews and locking tabs.

I can only wait in suspense with the lid off my recycling bin for GCN's next review of cable and digital subscriber line service.

Dustin Sellinger

Computer specialist and information technology manager

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District

Birch Bay, Wash.

Defense is a step ahead

In your article 'CIOs get their own university' [GCN, Aug. 30, Page 1], I kept looking for a reference to the National Defense University's chief information officer certificate program.

I am a graduate of the CIO certificate program administered through the Defense Department, and have taken advantage of Syracuse University's offer to extend credit for the course.

I will complete the requirements for a master's degree in information management before the year is out.

The courses mentioned in your article build on core competencies that NDU already teaches. Surely the CIO Council must be aware of that program.

The University of Maryland and Syracuse University grant credit toward full graduate degrees upon completion of the certificate program.

I tried to determine the added value of the universities named in the article and could not find any.

The only comment I found was that the CIO University will be a training program for busy senior executives.

Again, NDU also provides that opportunity. And the price is right.

What am I missing here?

Tom Bennett

Staff member, Resource Management Department

Defense Information Systems Agency
Arlington, Va.

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