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Domo Arigato, Mr. Editoro

Loved your February editorial ("Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto," page 6)! It really made me laugh, but also think, "how true" – often I wonder if technology is really improving the quality of life, and how much is enough. I think that folks, like us, who are involved in the high-tech business are probably more apt to question its value than anyone else.

Malissa Williams

I really enjoyed your editorial, "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto." I received many chuckles and smiles from reading it. I think we need to keep all of the technology in perspective and realize all the good, positive benefits of it. Recognizing it as tools to accomplish tasks and not feeling compelled to use it for every need. I don’t need a jet airplane to get to the end of my street, a bike or two legs will get the job done in a relaxing and enjoyable way.

Wayne Bileci, Eaton Corporation

Behind the Stats

Thanks for the great article ["The Emerging Enterprise Information Portal Market,"] (January ESJ, page 32). Could you tell me who did the survey of 1,000 IT professionals that found that "60 percent were still in the conceptual stage of EIP deployment?"

Dzin Dzilna, Xceed Inc.

Editor’s note: The survey was published by Delphi Corporate Portals 2000, just recently.

Hogging the Remote

Enjoyed [Joe McKendrick’s column] ("A Healthy Alternative to Dial-Up Access," February ESJ, page 8). Remote connectivity is definitely looming on the horizon as the next elephant to eat. The example and strategy you layout in the article, I think, will be the model used for other major company intranetworks to make data available to their employees.

R. Lawson

Thank you for your kind words on my Web-to-Host column. The column runs every month, and I endeavour to explore all aspects of the technology, from a management and technical standpoint.

I’d love to hear more about your own experiences with the technology. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Joe McKendrick

Searching for 3270

I read [Joe McKendrick’s] Web-to-Host column in ESJ each month and have found it to always be a very informative and an unbiased source of information. I’d like to link to this column from, a public repository of information about the telnet standards for 3270 client to server communications.

Let me know if you have any questions. Also, please pass this along to anyone that you feel can contribute or benefit from the site.

Anna Hunt, ICOM Informatics

Thank you, Anna, for your kind words about the column. I’ve been to and find it to be a great portal of information.

Joe McKendrick

Editor’s note: Forward your requests for URL links to Editorial Director Charlie Simpson.

Forgetting the Basics

I’m a little upset by something I read in the Feb. 2001 ESJ ("Living Applications: E-Business Applications that Span the Business Life Cycle," by Arun Gupta, page 22). It’s a minor thing, but it made me upset, none the less.

On page 26, Arun states that, "In order for the industrial revolution to take shape, management science had to be invented. Engineering had to be invented." I can only guess that Arun did not intend to slight the works of civil engineers pre industrial revolution. But, he did.

It always make me angry when technophiles dismiss the amazing works that are present in everyday life. Things that aren’t built from, by or use a "64-bit chip."

Maybe the cause of the problems in today’s society (including its insane fascination with robots) is the industrial revolution and the loss of individuality that it bought to people. Maybe going forward with all these "advances" in science is actually a bad thing. Maybe people should enjoy life a bit more than they do now.

Ashley M.