News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in June 2005
Is THIS The New iPod Phone?
Commentary  |  6/29/2005  | 
The Apple sites are notorious for rampant rumors, speculation and -- famously -- "leaked" mockups actually created by Apple fans with Photoshop. Sometimes, however, even the most unlikely rumors -- such as, for example, that Apple would use Intel chips -- turn out to be true. This image, posted on the Apple Insider site, may or may not be from Motorola a
Living The Future
Commentary  |  6/28/2005  | 
Through the miracles of modern technology I am posting this using a Wi-Fi connection on a bus rolling down the Massachusetts Turnpike, headed for New York and the C3 Expo. (It's the mobile connectivity that's the future. Going to a tradeshow seems seriously retro.) 8:24 a.m., Leaving Boston I'm in seat 9B on the LimoLiner's 8 a.m. run from Boston's Back Bay Hilton to the New York Hilton on 6th Avenue. It's a bus fitted out like an airline shuttle -- leather seats, a restroom and gal
RSS Feeds Beef Up Longhorn
Commentary  |  6/26/2005  | 
It's a great idea. RSS processing may actually be something that belongs in the operating system. (As opposed to Web browsers and media players, which I'm still mad at Microsoft about.) If you use an RSS reader to you know how handy it can be to effortlessly collect information from blogs and Web sites. Microsoft says it's going to build an RSS reader into Longhorn, and add a special database and API
Longhorn vs. OS X?
Commentary  |  6/17/2005  | 
The results of the Longhorn poll don't give me the feeling that a lot of you are eagerly awaiting the release of Microsoft's next version of Windows. In fact, it sounds like at least some of you are looking for -- or have already found -- alternatives. Staying with existing Windows versions was mentioned, along with Linux, and Apple's OS X:
  • " I run XP Pro at work, on a 2003 Citrix box frequently, and a lean install of Fedora Core 3 at home. Guess which is easiest to keep clean and
How Clever Is Too Clever?
Commentary  |  6/14/2005  | 
You begin to get a feeling for how complex Longhorn is going to be when it takes one Microsoft engineer to explain what another Microsoft engineer really meant when he tried to explain a new feature. The feature wasn't even in Longhorn, but in the future version 7 of Internet Explorer. Gordon Mangione, corporate vice president of Microsoft's security group, at the MS Tech Ed conference last week in Orlando, revealed some details of a "low
More Famous 'Ware
Commentary  |  6/7/2005  | 
The Software Hall of Fame contest underscores something I think is very interesting: the tremendous change the World Wide Web has made in how we use software and what we think is good software. The history of PC software isn't that long. It goes back only about 25 years, to 1980, give or take a couple of years. For the first 15 of those years, software was productivity-oriented and kinda geeky: the big hits were
FBI IT: Lessons To Live By
Commentary  |  6/7/2005  | 
After more than three months chasing this week's cover story on the FBI's IT woes, I read with great interest a similar account in yesterday's Washington Post. The main difference between our stories is the Post's ability to get their hands on a confidential report to the House Appropriat


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