RIGHT BACK AT YA
Sighting spam as “a high-priority security issue for businesses,”
Stuart McIrvine, IBM director for corporate security strategy, recently
announced a free program IBM will make available that will identify
computers that originate unwanted e-mail and bounce it back to the
The software is called FairUCE for fair use of unsolicited commercial
e-mail, and is designed for large businesses frustrated with the amount
of spam they receive. An IBM survey indicates that 75 percent of e-mails
received by businesses in February were spam. The good news is that
figure is down from 80 percent in January.
Other surveys, reports the Chicago Tribune, have found that
spam accounts for as much as 95 percent of Internet traffic.
VALUE DIFFERENCES CREATE
One in three Americans may be making themselves sick just by going
to work each day. Differences in the way men and women are managed—fueled
by differences in what they value most at work—put both genders
at risk for cardiovascular problems, depression and a high susceptibility
to infectious diseases.
That was the conclusion of “Creating Healthy Corporate Cultures
for Both Genders,” a study conducted by LLuminari, a national
health education firm. The disconnection between what men and women
value at work creates on-the-job stress, which can lead to major health
issues for employers, the study reports.
Polling more than 1,100 men and women at companies with 1,000 or more
employees, the study found that men value pay and benefits, achievement
and success and status and authority. These values also were important
to women, but ranking higher in importance were friends at work and
relationships, recognition and respect, and communication and collaboration.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH HOME
Have Americans become home improvement junkies? Just flipping through
all the home improvement shows on television might give you a clue.
But a recent study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing
Studies makes it official.
“Remodeling expenditures by homeowners and rental property owners
totaled $233 billion in 2003, accounting for 40 percent of all residential
construction and improvement spending and more than two percent of
the U.S. economy,” it says.