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Call For Participants: What's Your Opinion On Vista?

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Call For Participants: What's Your Opinion On Vista?
2. Today's Top Story
    - Man Burned By Cell Phone Meltdown
3. Breaking News
    - Intel Builds 80-Core Chip That Uses Less Power Than A Quad-Core
    - IBM Updates BladeCenter H System
    - Cisco's Digital Signage Line Bolsters In-Store Advertising
    - Microsoft, HP, First Data Offer Small Retailers POS Software-Hardware Package
    - Despite 100 Million IE 7 Installs, Microsoft's Browser Still Loses Ground
    - U.K.'s MI5 Enhances Security On Terror Threat E-Mail Service
    - Hotel And Gaming Mogul Chases Bill Gates For 'Richest American' Tag
    - New Coalition Giving U.S. Doctors Free E-Prescribing Software Services
    - SCO Group Launches Company To Deliver Wireless Services In India
    - Report: Apple Will Charge For 802.11n Access
    - Verizon Spins Off Northern New England Operations In $2.72 Billion Deal
    - 'White Listing' Repairs Broken Anti-Malware Model
4. In Depth: Product Reviews
    - Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System
    - Slide Show: 10 Hot Products From CES
    - Review: Under The Hood Of 5 MSP Platforms
    - Review: Toshiba Convertible Notebook Geared For Vista
    - Review: Build State-Of-The-Art Systems: Step One
5. Voice Of Authority
    - Podcast: 5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007
6. White Papers
    - Virtualizing Servers And Storage Across The Enterprise
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual." -- Terry Pratchett


1. Editor's Note: Call For Participants: What's Your Opinion On Vista?

OK, I realize that most of us have had news/features/reviews/blogs/videos/whatever about Vista pretty much up the wazoo and that a lot of you are thinking, "OK, already. Enough is enough! Just release the operating system to the public, let us decide what's good/bad/indifferent about it, and leave us alone!"

Sorry, folks. It's not quite that simple.

First of all, Microsoft is certainly not going to let you alone. There's going to be a huge--and well-publicized--blowout in New York City on Jan. 29 to which lots of reporters, bloggers, and other media folks are invited so that they can help Microsoft spread the good news.

And then, once this particular rabbit is out of the hat, we're going to see how well it actually operates. How will Vista work for people who buy new computers that come preinstalled with the new operating system? How many people are going to actually go out and buy it? And how many people are going to be reasonably sure that their systems can handle it? All this will not come from the media pundits who have been opining thus far, but from the thousands of users who now have to decide what they want to do.

So what we'd like to do is get a conversation going with some of the people who are actually going to be using Vista--or choosing not to use it. We're looking for corporate managers, IT staffers, small-business owners, and home users who have tried Vista, are thinking about trying it, or, after reading all the reviews, features, and blogs that have been cramming the Web, have decided to (at least for now) leave it alone. We're going to conduct an e-mail roundtable so that people can trade opinions, agree and/or disagree with each other, and let us (and you) know the impression that this brouhaha has left on them.

Are you interested? We're going to pull this together sometime in the next couple of weeks. We're looking for people who will be able to join in the conversation at least two or three times a day over the course of a few days. And, of course, who have an opinion on the matter. If you'd like to volunteer, send me an e-mail at bkrasnoff@cmp.com and let me know. We'll contact possible participants within the next few days.

Barbara Krasnoff
bkrasnoff@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Man Burned By Cell Phone Meltdown
Luis Picaso, 59, suffered burns over more than 50% of his body in a fire that was traced to a cell phone in his pocket.


3. Breaking News

Intel Builds 80-Core Chip That Uses Less Power Than A Quad-Core
Intel says the research prototype chip, which will take five to eight years to bring to market, uses less than 100 watts of power and has teraflop performance.

IBM Updates BladeCenter H System
The new tools and technologies are designed to increase the speed and efficiency of data transfer across blade servers and networks.

Cisco's Digital Signage Line Bolsters In-Store Advertising
As people move from mass-market advertising platforms, marketers are shifting to the consumer.

Microsoft, HP, First Data Offer Small Retailers POS Software-Hardware Package
The offering includes payment processing, inventory management, and sales tracking.

Despite 100 Million IE 7 Installs, Microsoft's Browser Still Loses Ground
Firefox's share of the U.S. browser market is at 14% and has continued to grow each of the last three months, says one research firm.

U.K.'s MI5 Enhances Security On Terror Threat E-Mail Service
MI5 was criticized for not using Secure Sockets Layer encryption and for using a U.S.-based server as the host for the sign-up script.

Hotel And Gaming Mogul Chases Bill Gates For 'Richest American' Tag
Through his Las Vegas Sands Corp., Sheldon Adelson was making $23.6 million a day and will pass Gates in 2012, according to many estimates.

New Coalition Giving U.S. Doctors Free E-Prescribing Software Services
The goal is to remove barriers—most notably cost and complexity—that doctors often cite as reasons for not using e-prescribing systems.

SCO Group Launches Company To Deliver Wireless Services In India
The company will sell technology that Indian companies can use to connect enterprise applications to mobile devices.

Report: Apple Will Charge For 802.11n Access
Apple will levy a $5 fee for software necessary to enable the 802.11n draft standard, which boasts five times the speed and twice the range of 802.11b/g.

Verizon Spins Off Northern New England Operations In $2.72 Billion Deal
About 1.5 million telephone access lines are involved in the spin-off, along with 180,000 DSL lines.

'White Listing' Repairs Broken Anti-Malware Model
White listing defines up front the programs allowed to execute inside one's corporate network and excludes everything else.

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4. In Depth: Product Reviews

Review: Six Rootkit Detectors Protect Your System
While many security suites have a basic level of detection, these standalone tools will do a search-and-destroy on the rootkits that may be hiding in your system.

Slide Show: 10 Hot Products From CES
The Consumer Electronics Show is awash with new products for the digital home and small business. Take a look at 10 hot products from the show.

Review: Under The Hood Of 5 MSP Platforms
The CRN Test Center takes a look under the hood of some popular vendor platforms.

Review: Toshiba Convertible Notebook Geared For Vista
Toshiba has unveiled a convertible notebook/tablet PC that's built to take advantage of some special features in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.

Review: Build State-Of-The-Art Systems: Step One
Antec's BK640B chassis provides a solid foundation on which to build state-of-the-art systems that adhere to MicroBTX specifications.


5. Voice Of Authority

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Podcast: 5 Disruptive Technologies To Watch In 2007 Listen to InformationWeek contributor David Strom describe how advanced graphics processing, RFID, Web services, virtualization, and mobile security will change the enterprise. David talks about why those technologies will be hot this year and what IT managers should be doing to prepare themselves.


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Virtualizing Servers And Storage Across The Enterprise
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