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Getting IT

In their annual update of the Collegiate Dictionary, the editors at Merriam-Webster Inc. are finally getting it right. The latest edition of the dictionary is including "information technology" this year for the first time.

Nevermind that the phrase has been around at least since 1978 and that those of us in the IT community have been using it for years. With this official stamp of approval, it may become part of everyone's vocabulary.

Other high-tech words have taken a bit longer to catch on. High-speed Internet access via a Digital Subscriber Line has been available since 1982. But DSL is only now making its debut in the dictionary.

We are not holding our breath to see when "enterprise architecture" makes it into the dictionary.

Job hunt

Treasury Department officials are looking to fill the job of associate chief information officer for telecommunications management. The job pays between $105,000 and $145,000.

The successful candidate will be in charge of managing Treasury's telecom program, setting departmental telecom policy, managing the department's long-distance network and providing IT services to headquarters. Whew!

Let your fingers do the talking

The days of searching for someone's cell phone number are almost gone. Early next year, people will be able to call directory assistance to look up mobile phone numbers.

Not every number will be listed in the directory, which the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association is compiling. The trade group represents wireless carriers. And you'll have to call 411 because there won't be a printed directory.

But don't worry about telemarketers waiting to pounce. Congress is already working on legislation that would require the new directory to get permission before listing someone's number.

Georgia on my mind

Former President Carter may have been out of office for more than two decades, but now anyone can take a virtual tour of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum at www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. You can see what the Oval Office looked like when he was president and take a peek at his personal and political life.

"We are continuing to update the tour with additional photographs, documents and other materials, so visitors to our site should check back frequently," said Robert Bohanan, the library's deputy director.

One of the highlights is an electronic copy of the Camp David Accords, which was brokered by Carter.

Help is here to stay

This year's 2004 Industry Advisory Council Partners golf tournament Aug. 20 will be a special event. All proceeds will benefit U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who have been severely injured, many of whom are amputees.

The proceeds will support the continuation of a program that offers soldiers a weekly night out with their families includes a steak dinner at Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steak House. The weekly event is held in cooperation with the restaurant's owners, volunteers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a group of Vietnam veterans.

Are they or aren't they?

While Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been trying to assure voters that touch-screen voting machines are safe, his own party was sending fliers to Republican voters in Miami urging them to use absentee ballots.

"The liberal Democrats have already begun their attacks, and the new electronic voting machines do not have a paper ballot to verify your vote in case of a recount," the flier warned.

Both the governor and President Bush were unhappy with the flier, which neither of them knew about in advance, according to published reports. Party spokesman Joseph Agostini issued an apology within days.

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