• Revolving door. Jim McGuirk, e-government veep at Siebel Systems Inc., last month expressed hope that the Office of Management and Budget will soon let vendors zero in on its 23 approved e-gov projects. McGuirk said he hired OMB IT chief Mark Forman years ago to work at Unisys Corp. Now, he says, he's hoping Forman hires him.

  • Tailhook. GCN reader Al Nord commented on a recent article about joint efforts by the Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration to build interoperable, automatic landing systems for aircraft, using the Global Positioning System [GCN, Nov. 5, Page 14]. In his own Navy career, Nord said, he was stationed on two aircraft carriers. 'Navy aircraft have to land aboard carriers in varying conditions,' he wrote, 'and the Navy tested automatic landings. Problem was, they were too accurate. The aircraft always would trap [land] on the same wire, which wore out while the other three wires would not get used. It seems like the USAF is reinventing the wheel some 20-odd years later.'

  • Dear Abby. The 17-year-old Operation Dear Abby letter-writing campaign to overseas military personnel died because of anthrax concerns, but the Navy has set up public message forms on the Web, at AnyServiceMember.navy.mil and Lifelines2000.org. To avoid spam, Defense Department spokesman Maj. James Cassella advises not to leave a personal e-mail address for replies.

  • The fur is flying. Another GCN reader writes: 'If the Rat had more closely examined all those gift sweaters his late aunt used to knit from fur balls [GCN, Nov. 5, Page 50], he would have noticed they came from his aunt's cat, who truly was after the Rat.' Why not knit a few yarns'no hair balls, please'for buzz@postnewsweektech.com.
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