I really enjoyed Jim Gray (MSR) and Alex Szalay's (JHU) paper - Where the Rubber Meets the Sky: Bridging the Gap between the Databases and Science
Even though it's aimed at database folks - it I see it being very valuable for the scientists as well.
Looks like Dave Lifka already posted the link it to the SciData resource site.
Just returned from 3 days at Supercomputer 2004 (SC2004) - as usual a very impressive show. Only downside was the show floor was cold - they couldn't seem to get the heating/cooling correct.
Microsoft presented the forthcoming Windows Cluster Computing Edition product.
This Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data, tool is great anytime you need to send presentations/documents to others...