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1. Editor's Note: Taking A Break This Summer? Or Taking The Laptop?
2. Today's Top Story
- The MySpace Dilemma: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
- School Safety Index Shows Progress
3. Breaking News
- Review: Samsung's Q1 Ultra -- Mobile, Yes, But Is It Fully Functional?
- Review: Movable Type 4.0 Beta Offers Radical Changes For Dedicated Bloggers
- Imeem Launches Ad-Supported Streaming Music Service
- Rumored Google, Grand Central Deal Shows Increasing Rate Of Acquisitions
- Apple Now Third-Largest U.S. Music Retailer
- With Hype High, iPhone May Have To Fight A Flop
- Cisco Dropping Iron Curtain On Web And E-Mail Attacks
- Google Seeks Microsoft Antitrust Decree Extension
- Computers Read News, And Trade On It Quickly
- Addiction Experts Say Video Games Not An Addiction
- Boingo Offers Worldwide Wi-Fi For $39 A Month
- Nokia Counterpunches iPhone With E-Phones For U.S.
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
- What We Think Of Bill Gates
- Microsoft Freshman Course: How To Monetize Patents
- Microsoft Lets A Wizard Help Sell More Dynamics
- Don't Shut Off Vista UAC, There's A Better Way
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- Content Engine Scalability Using HP Integrity Servers
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1. Editor's Note: Taking A Break This Summer? Or Taking The Laptop?
Yes, I'm doing that increasingly rare thing: having an untethered, nontech vacation. No electronic leash for me for the next two weeks. I'm even leaving my cell phone at home (what the heck, it wouldn't work where we're going anyway).
Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't willing -- or able -- to do the same. According to CareerBuilder's annual survey about vacation plans, 27% of workers say they plan to stay in touch with the office during vacation time this year using some kind of electronic device. An AP-AOL poll found that of the people who took a vacation in the last 12 months, approximately one out of every five adults said they took their laptops with them; twice that number checked e-mail regularly.
And, believe it or not, those were the lucky ones. The AP poll found that 41% of respondents don't plan to take a vacation at all within the next 12 months.
Been there. Because of a summer rife with conflicting events, my family just couldn't get it together to go somewhere last summer. The previous year, we got away, but I worked every day. This year I was determined to do it differently: all my editors know I'm off -- really off -- my stories are filed (well, they will be by the time I board my plane), the cat has a sitter, the tomatoes a waterer ... yes, I think the checklist is about complete.
What are your plans? Do you ever get away from your e-mail and voice mail? Or is your laptop the first thing that goes into the bag? Drop me a line and let me know -- bearing in mind I won't get it until mid-July.
Google Seeks Microsoft Antitrust Decree Extension
Google on Monday asked a federal judge to extend the consent decree that settled the landmark antitrust case against Microsoft in order to address competition concerns centering on Microsoft's computer search function in Windows Vista.
Computers Read News, And Trade On It Quickly
It takes a person about 10 minutes to read a 2,500-word feature story. Computer programs increasingly being used by investors to parse news stories can process one in about three-one-hundredths of a second.
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Windows Vista: Meeting Expectations Or Falling Short?
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What We Think Of Bill Gates
He's analytical, driven, calculating, irritable, confident, inquisitive, opportunistic, boyish, wealthy, generous, smart, and competitive. Microsoft's co-founder and chairman has been called many things, some flattering, others unprintable.
Microsoft Freshman Course: How To Monetize Patents
I watched Microsoft as a leading-edge company make has-beens out of those who couldn't keep up with its frenetic pace of Windows development. WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 spring to mind. Now Microsoft, a little longer in the tooth itself, has found a way to make has-beens out of a new set of companies -- those that agree to pay Microsoft royalties on open source code.
Microsoft Lets A Wizard Help Sell More Dynamics
After a year of educating its partners on the benefits of Dynamics, Microsoft is extending the accounting and CRM business software to more customers with the help of a third-party IT integrator called Wizard ... pointy hat and wand not included.
Don't Shut Off Vista UAC, There's A Better Way
One of the most annoying things about Microsoft Windows Vista is User Account Control and all the warnings it pops up to ask if you just did something you really wanted to do. Like, either (a) it wasn't you who pressed the Enter key, but the ghost of your grandfather standing at your shoulder, or (b) you really are too stupid to be trusted to know you want to install a program or open an attachment. The temptation is strong to turn off UAC warnings by disabling the controls, but that causes more problems, like making it even more difficult to do some things in Vista. Fortunately, there's a better way.
Content Engine Scalability Using HP Integrity Servers
This paper presents the results of a series of performance tests of IBM FileNet's Content Engine on a Hewlett-Packard Integrity server running HP-UX 11i that was particularly focused on assessing the vertical scalability of the IBM FileNet P8 Content Engine in the HP environment.
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