News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in July 2005
Shake 'N Bake Your RSS Feeds
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
FeedShake lets you merge multiple RSS feeds, then sort and filter them. (Via LifeHacker.)
Find Cell Towers With Google Maps
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
The popular blog BoingBoing pointed to a site today that combines cell phone tower location information registered with the FCC with Google Maps, enabling you to look zero in on cities and see where the towers are. Can you hear me now?

A Rose By Another Name . . .
Commentary  |  7/25/2005  | 
A brief article on TechWeb says Microsoft registered domains related to several potential real names for Longhorn before it settled on Windows Vista. Apparently the company considered calling it "Windows '07" because it registered "" and "" Maybe wiser heads decided that was risky at both ends -- it would mean they'd have to ship it before the end of 2007, which right now doesn't look like a sure thing, and
Bye-bye Longhorn, Hello Vista
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
This just in: Redmond, Washington, July 22, 2005 -- Today Microsoft Corp. announced the official name of its next-generation Windows client operating system, formerly code-named "Longhorn:" Windows Vista. And the delivery date of Beta 1, targeted at developers and IT professionals, has been officially pegged for August 3. Get those fingers on the download buttons. Official marketing slogan: "Bringing clarity to your world." Official Web site:
Technology: Can't Leave Home Without It
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
As my wife, Laura, and I head north to Quebec for a vacation in a few weeks, we'll have a traveling companion: a laptop PC. We aren't alone. Lots of people bring their laptops on vacation.
Bill Gates Wants You -- Maybe
Commentary  |  7/20/2005  | 
Bill Gates wonders why more students don't go into computer science. Salaries and job openings are on the rise, he says. Why heck, Microsoft can't hire as many people as it needs, he says. Yesterday Hewlett Packard said it would lay off 14,500 people. Maybe that should give him a clue. Out here in the real world, computer jobs are still hard to come by, and really good computer jobs have just about become extinct since the Internet bu
Two Versions of Vista?
Commentary  |  7/19/2005  | 
I read over the list of feature that Microsoft is promoting in the first official beta-test release of Windows Vista (the OS formerly known as Longhorn) and was struck again by how little personal interest I had in them: the article mentions "user account protection services, simplified corporate image deployment, secure startup for protecting laptops and a Windows System Assessment Tool to analyze performance." I run two PCs and a co
Beta-Testing the Marketing?
Commentary  |  7/18/2005  | 
The first official beta-test version of Microsoft's Longhorn, the next version of Windows, will omit several of the sexier features the company has been honking its horn about for the last six months -- and that throws the spotlight on what is going to be in the beta -- IT features such as user account protection services, simplified corporate image deployment, secure startup for protecting laptops and a Windows System Assessment
Make Mine Hardcover, Please
Commentary  |  7/14/2005  | 
Never a fan of science fiction in my voracious book-inhaling youth, I have nonetheless developed a love of sci-fi movies and TV series. I loved The Jetsons as a kid, and more recently, have been an enthusiastic viewer of the entire family of Star Trek spin-offs (TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise),
The Wedding's Off
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
The Web is buzzing this morning with rumors that Microsoft's rumored acquisition of Claria, the Adware Behemoth Formerly Known As Gator, has been deep-sixed by somebody at Microsoft -- probably the first adult who heard about the idea. I liked Ed Bott's take on it best. He quotes the very apropos Stupid Mantra. The big question, of course, is what will happen to the classification of Claria in Microsoft's Anti-Spyware app --
H-1B Visa Exemption Not Ready For Prime Time
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Perhaps America no longer is the land of opportunity for many highly skilled foreigner workers.
Forgive me--I, too, have stolen Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
With word that someone is being prosecuted for stealing Wi-Fi access, I just can't keep it in any longer. Yes, I feel a confession coming on. Do you have a tale of stolen Wi-Fi you need to get off your chest? Read mine, then share your own tale of misbegotten Wi-Fi access. We'll get through this together.
What Wasn't Said, And What Was
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Is Microsoft fiddling its Anti-Spyware product to give a free pass to adware from a company it intends to buy? Microsoft's "clarification" leaves two key points absolutely unclear, but we can draw some conclusions -- one because of what the company didn't say, and one because of what it did say. The "Response to questions about Claria software" posted on the Microsoft Web site on Friday and addressed to "
Feds Accuse Respected Corporate CEO Of Downloading Kiddie Porn
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Bowne & Co. can serve as an example of what companies should do when their CEO, or some other high-powered exec, is charged with using corporate resources to download kiddie porn. Unfortunately, it's a bad example. Bowne is a financial printing firm with 18th century roots. According to our story by John Foley, Bowne's former CEO, Robert Johnson, was charged with downloading child pornography. The
The iPod Is The New Desktop
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
As editor of the Desktop Pipeline, I think a lot about -- naturally -- the desktop. And what do I think? That the desktop is splintering. That's not exactly a deep insight. The so-called "desktop PC" is just as likely to be a laptop these days. The Palm, the Pocket PC, and the Blackberry have all grabbed a piece of the action that used to happen exclusively on the desktop. And now, of course, there's the iPod,
Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
The United States government took two wrong turns this week in its stewardship of the Internet. Both will have long-term negative impact on the Internet's value here in the United States and around the world, and both could easily have been avoided. The first was the Supreme Court's regrettable decision in MGM vs. Grokster. The second, and arguably more serious, misstep was the Bush administration's announcement that it had changed i
CIO Rolled Over By Passenger Train
Commentary  |  7/5/2005  | 
Transportation CIO Dan Matthews and his aides could be job hunting if the Senate agrees with the House of Representatives.
The Good, The Bad, The Microsoft
Commentary  |  7/1/2005  | 
It has been another Microsoft week in desktop computing news -- and The World's Largest Software Company and Legend In It's Own Mind didn't even hold one of those week-long infomercials it's thrown so many of this spring. (We've had the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, the CEO Summit, the Management Summit, and most recently TechEd, to name just those I can remember at the moment.)

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