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Microsoft Corp. is the company people love to hate, but it also makes the software people love to use. The Justice Department, which has engaged in a long and sometimes rancorous tussle with Microsoft about alleged violations of anti-monopoly laws, appears to be yet another convert. Information technology officials at DOJ have decided to fix a department- wide office automation program by deploying a solution, that is based largely on Microsoft technology, including the Windows NT operating system and Exchange messaging software.

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Spam alert

Ever wondered what J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary former director of the FBI, would have thought about the Internet? Chances are he would have seen in it a lot of potential for collecting information. But somehow we have trouble imagining him as a user of the Internet for information dissemination. Yet that's exactly how the FBI is using the Internet these days. In February, thousands of e-mail accounts were reportedly "spammed" by the FBI, which used the Internet to warn parts of the American populous against possible attacks by Islamic militants (see www.firstbase.com/spam.htm). The spam bore the subject line "Militants call for anti-U.S. attacks worldwide." Sounds a little zany, but we guess the feds figured it would be better read than one that said, "Make millions by working one hour a week!"

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Mixed signals

Maybe it's not too surprising that the Defense Department is having trouble getting vendors to register in its Central Contractor Registration database, which is a repository that contains information such as taxpayers' identification numbers and electronic funds transfer data. On March 31, DOD released two notices regarding vendor registration in the CCR. In the Federal Register, DOD released a final rule that would make May 31 the last day for vendors to register in CCR if they wanted to get paid for DOD services and awarded new contracts after that. However, in a Commerce Business Daily notice issued the same day, DOD said the deadline had been postponed indefinitely. Our advice to vendors would be to register by June 1, unless of course they want to register afterward.Justice pays the Bill (Gates)

Microsoft Corp. is the company people love to hate, but it also makes the software people love to use.The Justice Department, which has engaged in a long and sometimes rancorous tussle with Microsoft about alleged violations of anti-monopoly laws, appears to be yet another convert.Information technology officials at DOJ have decided to fix a department-wide office automation program by deploying a solution, that is based largely on Microsoft technology, including the Windows NT operating system and Exchange messaging software.

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Spam alert

Ever wondered what J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary former director of the FBI, would have thought about the Internet? Chances are he would have seen in it a lot of potential for collecting information. But somehow we have trouble imagining him as a user of the Internet for information dissemination.Yet that's exactly how the FBI is using the Internet these days.In February, thousands of e-mail accounts were reportedly "spammed" by the FBI, which used the Internet to warn parts of the American populous against possible attacks by Islamic militants (see www.firstbase.com/spam.htm).The spam bore the subject line "Militants call for anti-U.S. attacks worldwide." Sounds a little zany, but we guess the feds figured it would be better read than one that said, "Make millions by working one hour a week!"

***

Mixed signals

Maybe it's not too surprising that the Defense Department is having trouble getting vendors to register in its Central Contractor Registration database, which is a repository that contains information such as taxpayers' identification numbers and electronic funds transfer data. On March 31, DOD released two notices regarding vendor registration in the CCR. In the Federal Register, DOD released a final rule that would make May 31 the last day for vendors to register in CCR if they wanted to get paid for DOD services and awarded new contracts after that.However, in a Commerce Business Daily notice issued the same day, DOD said the deadline had been postponed indefinitely. Our advice to vendors would be to register by June 1, unless of course they want to register afterward.

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