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Another Windows User Brainwashed Into The Apple Cult

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Another Windows User Brainwashed Into The Apple Cult
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Patches 12 Vulnerabilities; 6 Of Them 'Critical'
    - Googleplex East: Inside Google's New York City Headquarters
    - My Second Life Safari
    - 3GSM World Congress 2007
3. Breaking News
    - Microsoft Launches New DRM, Bloggers Up In Arms
    - Microsoft, Novell Detail Their 'Lindows' Road Map
    - Microsoft Office 2007 Doubles The Sales Of Office 2003 In Launch Week
    - Xerox Chief Says Technology Will Challenge Google
    - Google Loses Copyright Case In Belgium
    - Blog: Is 'Voice-Over-Google' The Next Search Paradigm?
    - Study: 70% Of Web Sites Are Hackable
    - Missing Hard Drive Holds Sensitive Data On 535K Vets, 1.3M Doctors
    - Wikia Continues To Roll Out New Communities
    - Review: Four Desktop Hard Drives For Backup And Storage
    - More Executive Shake-Ups At Dell
    - Sun Tries To Dim Lamp With Solaris
    - Outsourcing Not Slowing Down: Study
    - Credit Suisse Outsources To BT In Deal Worth $1.1 Billion
    - RIM Co-CEO Doesn't See Threat From Apple's iPhone
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
    - Vodafone Stumbles On 1 Billion Potential Customers
    - Hunting For Google At 3GSM
    - Adobe Adds Video Support To Flash Lite
5. White Papers
    - Documents Are The Indispensable Foundation Of Every Important Business Process
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Another Windows User Brainwashed Into The Apple Cult

You wouldn't know it from all my kvetching, but I'm actually happy about making the switch from Windows to the Mac. However, if you're thinking about making the jump yourself, you should know that it's an enormous pain in the neck at first.

It's been about a week and a half that I've been using a Mac as my primary PC. Until then, I'd only used Macs for a few hours, compared with about 24 years on Windows and DOS systems.

At first, the transition was rough. Everything is slightly different on a Mac. Instead of using the control key for most keyboard shortcuts, you use something called the command key, which doesn't even exist on the PC. Except some of the time on the Mac you do use the control key -- just enough to keep you confused at first.

On the Mac, application menus appear at the top of the screen instead of as they do in Windows, in the title bar of the active window. Most of the time. Except when they don't.

And the Mac kept locking up on me hard when I ran Second Life -- and only when I ran SL -- and required a reboot.

By the end of my second full day as a Mac user, I had a screaming headache from having to think about, and remember, how to do things that just came automatically to me on the PC: cutting text, pasting text, moving the cursor a few words in one direction or another, and more.

But, gradually, I got things straightened out. My fingers learned the new keyboard shortcuts. I found new software equivalents for some of my favorite PC utilities. On the advice of some Mac Second Life users, I started using the new, experimental First Look client for SL, which solved my crash problem. And, a week and a half after switching, I'd have to say I'm happy I did it.

The key to understanding the difference between using a Mac and a PC is to first understand the similarities.

The most extreme Mac enthusiasts will lead you to believe that it's not just another brand of computer, it's another kind of machine entirely. That changing from Windows to Mac isn't just switching brands, it's a lifestyle change.

Neither of those things are true -- the Mac is just another kind of computer, and changing brands still leaves you the same person. The Mac does the same things as the PC: It runs word-processing, browses the Web, runs spreadsheets, does instant messaging, and so forth.

It just does those things better.

For more on how I got brainwashed into the Mac cult, and to add your $0.02, read the rest of this post on the InformationWeek Blog.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Patches 12 Vulnerabilities, 6 Of Them 'Critical'
In terms of urgency, one vendor says this patch release scores seven or eight on a scale of one to 10.

Hot Image Galleries

Googleplex East: Inside Google's New York City Headquarters

My Second Life Safari

3GSM World Congress 2007


3. Breaking News

Microsoft Launches New DRM; Bloggers Up In Arms
PlayReady for handsets and mobile devices would be available in the first half of this year.

Microsoft, Novell Detail Their 'Lindows' Road Map
Look for SLES 10 applications to run as a virtualized guest on Longhorn, for starters.

Microsoft Office 2007 Doubles The Sales Of Office 2003 In Launch Week
Office 2007 took in 106.3% more dollars for retailers than the previous version, the NPD Group said, and retailers sold 108.6% more units.

Xerox Chief Says Technology Will Challenge Google
Xerox chairwoman Anne Mulcahy says the company's R&D in natural language search is poised to eventually take on Google.

Google Loses Copyright Case In Belgium
A court ruled that Google violated the law by publishing copyrighted content without permission on Google News and ordered the infringing articles, pictures, and links removed.

Blog: Is 'Voice-Over-Google' The Next Search Paradigm?
Everybody's wondering the next big thing in search-engine technology will be. From the looks of a patent awarded to Google, it could be speech-driven searches.

Study: 70% Of Web Sites Are Hackable
A new study shows that majority of sites have medium- to high-level vulnerabilities, and more than 90% have some kind of vulnerability.

Missing Hard Drive Holds Sensitive Data On 535K Vets, 1.3M Doctors
The Department of Veterans Affairs issues an update on its investigation into the January loss of a hard drive. The employee who lost it is on administrative leave.

Wikia Continues To Roll Out New Communities
The three new communities -- for entertainment, politics, and local interchange -- let users blog, rate content, and contribute postings and news on topics of interest.

Review: Four Desktop Hard Drives For Backup And Storage
These four external desktop hard drives by Iomega, Maxtor, and Western Digital offer more than 750 Gbytes of storage for both PCs and Macs.

More Executive Shake-Ups At Dell
The company's chief global online and marketing executive and human resources senior VP become the fifth and sixth lead managers to leave in two months.

Sun Tries To Dim Lamp With Solaris
Releases include Solaris Express, Developer Edition; Solaris + AMP; and an expansion of Sun's Startup Essentials program.

Outsourcing Not Slowing Down: Study
Eighty-nine percent of respondents to a KPMG study say they plan to maintain or increase their present level of sourcing.

Credit Suisse Outsources To BT In Deal Worth $1.1 Billion
The bank says the deal will let it access state-of-the-art telecom technologies more effectively.

RIM Co-CEO Doesn't See Threat From Apple's iPhone
Apple's iPhone doesn't pose a threat to the consumer-oriented BlackBerry Pearl, RIM's co-chief executive said.

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4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
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Vodafone Stumbles On 1 Billion Potential Customers
Remember how InformationWeek reported that one of the main goals of this year's 3GSM World Congress was to bring more subscribers into the mobile fold? Well, Vodafone snagged the lion's share of potential wireless subscribers this week with its purchase of a majority stake in Hutchison Essar.

Hunting For Google At 3GSM
Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for Google at 3GSM. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed with Google at this year's show. Last year, it wowed the crowds with customer deals and announcements (I had to follow the news then online, since I wasn't here for the 2006 show). And for the last six months, it's been talking about wireless almost nonstop. So where is the Google news at 3GSM?

Adobe Adds Video Support To Flash Lite
Don't like browsing the Web on your mobile device because you can't stand missing all the video content that doesn't work on mobile phones? Adobe is looking to change that with a new and improved version of its Flash Lite product.


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