Tech News: 5 Signs The VAR Guy Is A Bad Journalist, Nov. 18
The VAR Guy spent most of this week failing to follow up on some great news leads and story tips. In fact, here are five high-tech news tips The VAR Guy failed to pursue and confirm for the week ending November 18, 2011.
5. Rising Costs: The VAR Guy heard Dell, Zenith Infotech and other technology companies are struggling to manage rising prices for hard disk drives. Sounds like a flood in Thailand has impacted the global supply chain. Dell mentioned the challenges during its earnings call this week, and now there are signs that Zenith Infotech will need to temporarily raise prices. How long will these challenges remain? Alas, The VAR Guy didn’t follow up to find that answer because he’s a bad journalist. Probability of this rumor being true: 98 percent.
4. Did You See That?: Anybody else notice some key executive interviews taking place in the lounge at IT Nation? What if a major cloud storage specialist hired a well-known veteran of the RMM market? Sorry, can’t reveal names yet because the innocent need to be protected. Besides, The VAR Guy didn’t follow up on this rumor because he had to fly home. Probability of this rumor being true: 25 percent.
3. Coming to Manhattan: Watch for Hewlett-Packard to update its networking strategy sometime in early December in Manhattan. But The VAR Guy doesn’t have details because he’s booked to attend a Salesforce.com event around the same time. Probability of this rumor being true: 75 percent.
2. Going Home With Cisco Cius: The VAR Guy heard that roughly 300 Cisco channel partners received a free Cisco Cius tablet and media station this week at a conference in Miami. Did you miss out on the free giveaway? It sounds like Cisco will repeat the promotion at a European event in a few weeks. But The VAR Guy didn’t follow up because he was busy spell-checking the word Cius. Probability of this rumor being true: 85 percent.
1. Another Cisco Giveaway: Cisco was also in a giving mood at the recent ConnectWise IT Nation conference in Orlando, Fla., where HTG Peer Group members apparently received some free IT appliances and capabilities tied to the emerging Cisco OnPlus Service — a cloud-based system that may help MSPs remotely monitor SMB customer networks. But The VAR Guy didn’t follow up because he was on the other line ordering room service. Probability of this rumor being true: 88 percent.