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Microsoft Releases Windows Vista To Manufacturing

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
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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 then—we elected them." — Lily Tomlin


1. Editor's Note: Progress Report: Rural Broadband

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 analysis—a direct response to reader comments about the rural broadband struggle—finds 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 companies—not exactly bastions of affordable, innovative solutions—are 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.

Tom Smith
tsmith@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story: Vista

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista To Manufacturing
Microsoft on Wednesday released Windows Vista to manufacturing, in advance of an expected official unveiling on Nov. 30.

Related Story:

Processing Vista: Is Your CPU Up To The Task?
Vista is coming and will probably cause a big change in your computing real estate. The question is: Will this include a new processor?


3. Breaking News

Apple Upgrades MacBooks With Core 2 Duo
Apple's notebook line got an upgrade when the company introduced three MacBook models that run the new Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Mozilla Updates Older Firefox, Fixes Flaws
Three patches were issued for older versions of both the Firefox browser and the Thunderbird e-mail client to quash serious bugs in each.

HP's New Outsourcing Chief: We Need To Boost Offshore Sales
The new head of HP's technology and business services group plans on creating a new sales team that will focus exclusively on selling U.S. customers on the benefits of outsourcing work to HP's technology centers in India.

Samsung Unveils Multifeatured PDA With WiMax
The PC, cell phone, and music player combo weighs slightly more than a pound.

Image Gallery: Microsoft Virtual Earth Incorporates 3-D Mapping
The goal is to beef up local search traffic by offering photo-realistic 3-D models of buildings and landscapes in cities including Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and Dallas.

Microsoft To Pay Novell $348 Million Under Linux Pact
The payout includes $240 million in up-front subscription fees and $108 million for use of Novell's patents.

Dell Ships First Commercial Desktop With AMD Processor
The addition of AMD processors to Dell's commercial desktop PC product line will help the company offer customers more options. But it's not the only step the company needs to take, analysts say.

Second Life Residents Build Stores Around Amazon.com
Residents of the virtual world hope to make real money by selling real products using services and capabilities provided by e-retailing giant Amazon.com.

SiCortex Supercomputers Beat The Heat With Unique Processor Design
The machine plugs into a standard wall outlet and is sufficiently cooled by a typical window air conditioner, according to the firm.

Now Hear This: Google Preparing To Boost Radio Advertising Sales
The firm said it plans public tests of Google Audio Ads this year as it outlined its second thrust into offline advertising.

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.

VMware Launches Marketplace For Virtual Software Appliances
Over the last six months, the list of software appliances available for download from VMware's Web site has increased from near zero to 330.

Progress Report: Broadband In The Sticks
If you live in a rural area, there's a good chance that you don't have access to broadband. What's the problem? And what can you do about it?

All Our Latest News

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Everything You Hate About IT—And 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."

Then dive deep and check out the results of 25 poll questions on topics including software pricing trends, vendor support shortcomings, and the causes of failed IT projects.
http://www.networkcomputing.com/gallery/2006/1109/1109f1poll1.jhtml

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4. Grab Bag: Web 2.0 And Wii

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.

E-Voting Security Scrutinized During Midterm Elections
Project Vote predicts voting troubles in 33 urban jurisdictions in nine states.

Scattered E-Voting Glitches Reported In Eight States
The bulk of the problems were reported using touch-screen voting, rather than optical scanning gear.


6. Voice Of Authority: Mac Envy

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.


7. White Papers: Anti-Piracy Software

Unified Anti-Piracy Software Protection: Strategies For Securing License Management And Ensuring Software Revenues
This paper examines the challenges independent software vendors face protecting their intellectual property and ways they can maximize the benefits of anti-piracy solutions. It shows how a consolidation of software protection techniques allows ISVs to actively monitor the sources of piracy and stop them at their source.


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