In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Progress Report: Rural Broadband
2. Today's Top Story: Vista
- Microsoft Releases Windows Vista To Manufacturing
- Processing Vista: Is Your CPU Up To The Task?
3. Breaking News
- Apple Upgrades MacBooks With Core 2 Duo
- Mozilla Updates Older Firefox, Fixes Flaws
- HP's New Outsourcing Chief: We Need To Boost Offshore Sales
- Samsung Unveils Multifeatured PDA With WiMax
- Image Gallery: Microsoft Virtual Earth Incorporates 3-D Mapping
- Microsoft To Pay Novell $348 Million Under Linux Pact
- Dell Ships First Commercial Desktop With AMD Processor
- Second Life Residents Build Stores Around Amazon.com
- SiCortex Supercomputers Beat The Heat With Unique Processor Design
- Now Hear This: Google Preparing To Boost Radio Advertising Sales
- HP Pledges To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- VMware Launches Marketplace For Virtual Software Appliances
- Progress Report: Broadband In The Sticks
4. Grab Bag: Web 2.0 And Wii
- Intel Announces Web 2.0 Suite (Red Herring)
- Disney Bets On Wii (IGN)
5. In Depth: Tech In The Election
- E-Voting Tested On Election Day
- E-Voting Security Scrutinized During Midterm Elections
- Scattered E-Voting Glitches Reported In Eight States
6. Voice Of Authority: Mac Envy
7. White Papers: Anti-Piracy
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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Quote Of The Day: Election Edition
"Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy 2% that get all the publicity. But thenwe elected them." Lily Tomlin
As a longtime home office employee living just outside a midsize city, I've been spoiled with access to broadband, using it as my sole means of connectivity to my employer since 1995, when I was very early user of ISDN. Since 1999 or so, I've been using a cable modem and am about 99% satisfied with how it's performed over that period. That's a pretty good track record.
I got a good reminder, however, that not everyone is so broadband-blessed through contributor Richard Hoffman's rural broadband progress report. Hoffman's analysisa direct response to reader comments about the rural broadband strugglefinds there's progress being made to put rural users on the broadband map, but high-speed service availability is inconsistent at best. For those with access, limitations in how it's deployed, pricing considerations, and other factors pose challenges that those in big cities have rarely had to think about.
The biggest problem, of course, is that the big telcos and cable companiesnot exactly bastions of affordable, innovative solutionsare loath to build broadband infrastructure in places where the population density won't yield an extremely quick payback.
Use our blog comments field to share your rural connectivity experiences. Or, hopefully, you've conquered some challenges and can enlighten some compatriots with your strategy, your technology of choice, your workarounds, or any other insights that those in the "sticks" can learn from.
HP Pledges To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Green must be the new black. Hewlett-Packard pledges to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in its worldwide facilities, while also working to make its products more energy efficient.
Everything You Hate About ITAnd Weren't Afraid To Say
For Network Computing's annual reader poll, we asked some hard-hitting questions: Which tech buzzwords do you despise? Who does your IT group regularly bang heads with? What do you really think about SOA? Our readers responded with blunt honesty; our favorite: "Virtualization makes me want to punch the next salesperson who mentions it."
Intel Announces Web 2.0 Suite (Red Herring)
Intel has partnered with a group of Web 2.0 companies to form a suite of Web software that will help small and medium businesses share information, the company announced Tuesday.
Disney Bets On Wii (IGN)
Mickey Mouse & Co. form new studio to make titles exclusively for Nintendo's videogame platforms.
5. In Depth: Tech In The Election
E-Voting Tested On Election Day
Poll watchers and voters in 10 states reported jammed phone lines, overloaded servers, voting machine glitches, poll worker difficulty operating the machines, and slow computer systems.
Mac Envy At Web 2.0
It's 11 a.m. I'm sitting in the audience of a session at the Web 2.0 Conference, and I'm terrified. The power cord for my IBM ThinkPad snakes across the aisle, barely visible on the blue carpet, to one of the few power outlets in the eastern wall of the room. A woman sitting behind me plugged her laptop into the same outlet. She has a MacBook Pro, which features a magnetic power cable connection that's designed to detach when pulled. She too catches the foot of a passerby, but rather than having to hold on to her computer as if she'd just caught a swordfish, she barely notices when the cord snaps from her laptop. She casually reaches down, reconnects the cord, and resumes her note taking.
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