2004: Year in Review From budget angst, CIO turnover and offshore outsourcing to technology's continued advance to sci-fi heights, 2004 gave us a little bit of everything. Here's Government Technology's revisit of the year gone by. Flying High Helicopter pilot defies death and initiates GIS mapping system. STATEments STATEments Government IT projects make headlines. Education Digging Deeper Six New Hampshire school districts hope a universal database to track student performance will improve education. Electronic Government Cashing In The Virginia Department of Transportation turns its Right of Way and Utilities Management System into a revenue-generating product. Hold Your Fire Massachusetts deploys the most comprehensive gun licensing and verification system in the country. Custom-Built Montgomery County, Ohio's Office of Family and Children First enables courts, law enforcement agencies and social service providers to collaborate securely. Point of View Cautious Optimism Cautious Optimism Product News Product News Aruba Wireless Networks, Novinit, Motion Computing, Lexmark Spectrum GT Spectrum Reports from the IT horizon. Viewpoint European Court's Ruling Against Microsoft Senseless and Damaging, Says Taxpayer Watchdog http://www.govtech.net/?pg=magazine/channel_story&channel=17&id=92582 Tech Focus Sharp Actius PC-AV18P Lightweight laptop packs plenty of features and a few quirks. CIO Profile Paul Roybal CIO, Metropolitan Court, Bernalillo County, N.M. Local Government Back in Business A consortium of cities works to improve economic development efforts in Washington.