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Two years later, it's clear we are still coming to grips with the scope of the changes wrought by Sept. 11, 2001.

Two years later, its clear we are still coming to grips with the scope of the changes wrought by Sept. 11, 2001. On the one hand, theres the example set by the New York Board of Trade. Days after the NYBOTs operations in Four World Trade Center were destroyed, Executive Editor Stan Gibson talked with NYBOT Vice President Pat Gambaro at the exchanges backup facility in Queens, where trading had resumed. One year later, Gibson spoke again with Gambaro as the NYBOT was building a new data center in lower Manhattan.

Last week, the circle was completed, as the NYBOT moved back to a new trading facility in the World Financial Center, one block from Ground Zero. "It was a seamless transition. There is no better word," Gambaro told Gibson.

On the other hand, somewhat less seamless have been the federal governments efforts to police terrorist threats on the home front. As Caron Carlson and Dennis Fisher report, the executive branch and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft are increasingly at odds with Congress about what to do with the USA Patriot Act, while network operators and ISPs are getting stuck in the middle trying to sort it all out. Meanwhile, as a growing grass-roots movement follows Ashcroft around on his road show to protest the governments proposed expansion of "domestic spying," the question remains: Are we safer now than on Sept. 11?

Terror tactics of a sort touched the IT world again last week when a bomb scare disrupted OracleWorld and Seybold Seminars San Francisco conferences at the Moscone Center, and 14,000 attendees were evacuated. Before that, Oracle executives, including CEO Larry Ellison, were busy launching the companys 10g database, mocking Bill Gates and telling anyone who cared that the mission to buy PeopleSoft is far from over.

Also on the Oracle front, it seems the company now has a bona fide partner in Red Hat. As Peter Galli found out, the companies are growing closer together, sharing code and resources to make Enterprise Linux 4.0 the platform of choice for Oracles Real Application Clusters.

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Scot Petersen

Scot Petersen

Scot Petersen is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Prior to joining Ziff Brothers, Scot was the editorial director, Business Applications & Architecture,...