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The hot seat. At a recent meeting of the President’s Management Council, President Bush wanted to review agencies’ progress on his management agenda. When council members walked into the room, it took them less than 10 seconds to realize that the best-performing agencies were seated closest to Bush, while the worst performers were seated further away. Everyone had two minutes to discuss their progress, then Bush commented on their scores. Talk about accountability.

If only IT shops had a similar problem. According to the World Future Society, at ,a href= "http://www.wfs.org">www.wfs.org, we’re in for a worm shortage. No, not the malicious software worms that wreak havoc on networks. Evidently, demand for bait is up and anglers are snagging all the night crawlers. WFS says “high-tech worm-storage methods” may be necessary. Don’t expect an RFP. 8CRM run amok. The Oklahoma Transportation Authority set up a customer service number for users of its electronic toll payment system. But 41,000 drivers were mailed the incorrect number. One wrong digit led surprised callers to reach out and touch a phone sex service. Authorities mailed out the correct number. A spokeswoman told Reuters, “We’re not that exciting here at the authority.”

Mobile haute couture. X2 Corp. of Irvine, Calif., has launched a series of slim notebook PCs just for women, or daring men. The StyleBook 2000 comes in chic colors such as pink, pistachio and piano white. And you can get a matching laptop bag (in microfiber, faux croc, leather or suede) that “can also be used as a purse,” the company said. Got news hidden in your bag? Share it at [email protected].

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