Technology Pundit Bob Metcalfe to Host Weekly Webcast Series from ITworld.com and InfoWorld

SOUTHBOROUGH, MASS. — 03/09/2000 — Could all-optical Internet become a reality? What is the future of network management? Can Linux really give Microsoft a run for its money? ITworld.com and InfoWorld provide you with these answers and a host of other insights, in an interactive webcast series, Live From the Ether, featuring noted columnist and technology pundit Bob Metcalfe . Launched earlier this month, ITworld.com – the IT problem-solving network(TM) – begins webcasting this weekly series, every Wednesday, starting today, at 1:00 pm EST at http://www.itworld.com/metcalfe.

In each informative half-hour show of this joint arrangement, Metcalfe will address current trends as well as highlight companies and technologies that are reflective of his weekly InfoWorld column, "From the Ether." InfoWorld and InfoWorld.com define technology for business and focus on editorial coverage of key technologies, products, and trends to assist IT professionals in leveraging technology for business advantage. Each week, more than half a million U.S. information technology professionals read Metcalfe's internationally syndicated column. He has written on such germane topics as the pay-as-we-go Internet, dismantling telecom monopolies, and the role of governments in shaping the convergence of technology markets. Each webcast will be based on his InfoWorld column that will appear online on Saturday (prior to the Wednesday webcast at http://www.infoworld.com/metcalfe), in print on Monday, and as an e-mail on Tuesday.

In addition to his introductory editorial on the ITworld.com Web site, Metcalfe will profile and interview notable guests from across the technology and business world. The webcast will also feature an open-audience dialogue where attendees have the opportunity, via e-messaging, to quiz Metcalfe and his guests, as well as join the dialogue through a toll-free telephone link.

Said Bill Reinstein president and CEO of ITworld.com, "For years, Bob Metcalfe 's widely read predictions on Internet security and privacy, the telcos, Linux, and Internet stocks have provided him with a loyal following of IT professionals and placed him in the pantheon of tech pundits. As such, this webcast series featuring Metcalfe will serve as a unique reflection of the real-time insight that we bring to the site's visitors on an ongoing basis and another reason why ITworld.com is the Internet's premier IT problem-solving network."

ITworld.com will use its innovative ITwebcast platform to produce the series, which includes streaming audio, live-from-tape video clips, a slide presentation, live Web pages, and audience interactive polling. ITworld.com packages content in this format and delivers other resources, including product reviews, whitepaper and analyst reports, industry news, career solutions, training tools, and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange in one easy-to-navigate network to the entire enterprise team – from CIOs to software engineers.

About ITworld.com

Launched on February 15, 2000, ITworld.com is the Internet's most comprehensive Web-based information network for enterprise IT professionals, providing a wide array of informative content and business services necessary to stay current and competitive in today's market. A business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading IT media and information services company, ITworld.com is the IT problem-solving network(TM).

At the core of the ITworld.com Network lies content from the IDG News Service and relevant articles from the IDG family of trusted brands, including CIO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, and Network World. The site also provides original developer content from JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, and SunWorld. As such, ITworld.com users have a direct path to a multi-dimensional spectrum of resources – including vendor-supplied whitepapers and product information, industry news, career solutions, and training tools – providing the user with IT peripheral vision.

For more information, please see http://www.itworld.com.