In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Traveling Light
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Releases Exchange 2007 To Manufacturing
3. Breaking News
- Internet Video Revenue Expected To Top $7 Billion In Four Years
- Senate Passage Of Phone Records Privacy Bill Likely
- A Third Of Jailed Journalists Web-Based, Numbers Increasing
- IBM Mashup Tool + AccuWeather Data = New Applications
- Sony Blu-Ray Gets 'General Dislike' Among Web Posters
- Spam 2.0 Tactics Will Boomerang, Symantec Predicts
- Microsoft Seeks Ad-Targeting Patent for DVRs
- 'Laptop Lag' Hinders Getting Work Done On The Road
- Pirates Spoof Vista's Enterprise Activation
- The MacWorld Rumor Mill: No Phones, Maybe iTV
- Oracle Bids For Larger Stake In Indian Software Vendor i-Flex
- Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Seymour Papert In Coma In Hanoi
4. In Depth: Personal Tech
- Return Of The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
- Windows Media Player Sports Critical Bug
- Looking For Love? Consumer Reports Tests 5 Online Dating Sites
- Google VP Calls for Personal Health URLs
- OMG! Teens Use IM More Than E-Mail :)
5. Voice Of Authority
- You May Not Run Vista, But Your PC Actually Might
6. White Papers
- Global Sourcing A Competitive Advantage
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Quote Of The Day:
"Men have become the tools of their tools." Henry David Thoreau
1. Editor's Note: Traveling Light
Recently, a MetaFacts study stated that most mobile PCs are used at two locations rather than all around town. The reason? Lack of Internet connections and, according to principal analyst Dan Ness, "the weight and hassle of carrying around a notebook."
You said it.
I like having a notebook with me. I'm a writer, a Web surfer, an e-mail addict, and a constant note-taker and I take notes a lot faster when I can type them. However, dragging around my six-pound ThinkPad (more when you add the power brick) is not something I can do casually unless I plan to spend the next few weeks popping painkillers for an aching back.
I've tried other solutions. Way back in the early days of PCs, I was the proud owner of a Gateway Handbook, a very early DOS ultraportable that weighed less than three pounds. Later, I carried around a Psion Revo, a European PDA that came with a surprisingly usable keyboard.
After Psion dropped support for its PDAs, I gave up on the idea of a take-it-everywhere PC. However, I've started making plans for January's Las Vegas CES, one of the only trade shows left that can be described as "huge," and I'm going to need a blogging tool. Should I start looking into some of the really small ultraportables now out there, such as the 14-ounce OQO or Sony's 1.2-pound Vaio UX280P? Or should I investigate the lighter three-pound-plus notebooks like Gateway's E-100M or Lenovo's ThinkPad X60s? The former work nicely as lightweight additions to existing computer setups the latter offer more bang for the buck, and don't require separate keyboards for normal typing.
What do you do if you want to surf or scribe on the go? Are ultraportables a practical computer subgenre or something that most serious users leave alone? Let me know at my blog post.
Pirates Spoof Vista's Enterprise Activation
The software spoofs a Key Management Service server, one of the two technologies that Microsoft debuted last month that let businesses activate a large number of copies of Windows Vista.
Learn what more than 500 companies are planning regarding their company's wireless and mobile computing strategies in InformationWeek Research's Wireless/Mobile Computing report. Use this report to examine your wireless adoption plans and learn what challenges might affect your deployment.
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You May Not Run Vista, But Your PC Actually Might
The headline is back: More Than Half Of All Business PCs Can't Run Vista, Survey Says. It's a story that's taken on a life of its own. David DeJean thinks it's more scare-mongering than truth-telling.
6. White Papers
Global Sourcing A Competitive Advantage
How to manage the cyclical process of software product development by utilizing Global Resourcing Options to address competence management and portfolio management in a multiproject environment.
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