In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Linux On Your Mind
2. Today's Top Story
- New MacBook Pros, Touch-Screen iPods In Coming Months, Analysts Expect
- Related Story:
- Apple Releases Security Update
3. Breaking News
- Amendment To Hike H-1B Fees Passes In Senate
- Windows Mobile Drove Handheld Computer Sales In 1Q
- Web 2.0 Site Becomes Lobbying Tool For Campaign Appearances
- Paul McCartney Premieres Music Video Via YouTube
- Spam Scam Fakes Better Business Bureau Complaint
- Kids Don't Tell Parents The Truth About Online Activities
- OLED TVs Have A Rough Road To Market
- Online Gambling Firm Pleads Guilty To Racketeering Charges
- Business Objects Acquires Inxight Software
- Avis Rent A Car Is Also Avis Rent A Wi-Fi Connection
- FBI IT Security Vulnerable To Insider Attack, GAO Finds
- More Vendors Latch On To SaaS Model
4. The Latest Digital Life Blog Posts
- Linden Lab Needs To Bring In Professional Management
- Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale Talks About Identity, Anonymity, And Preserving Freedom In Second Life
- Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
- Why People Still Use Microsoft Office: Saving Time And Peace Of Mind
- Why Pay For Microsoft Office When OpenOffice.org Is Free?
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- Protect Your Small Business With A Business-Continuity Plan
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"Cure for an obsession: get another one." -- Mason Cooley
1. Editor's Note: Linux On Your Mind
It's always informative to look at our most heavily trafficked stories to see what topics you're most interested in. No, it's not a scientific survey, but it certainly provides pretty powerful anecdotal evidence of what technologists are currently buzzing about. And judging from our numbers, you're rather obsessed with Linux -- Ubuntu Linux, to be precise.
A case in point: our feature-by-feature comparison of Ubuntu versus Vista has been among our top five stories for more than a month now -- a fact that I must admit surprised me. Granted, it's a terrific piece: Our reviewer, Serdar Yegulalp, performs an exhaustive analysis of the two desktop operating systems, ultimately offering his opinion that Ubuntu works best at handling ordinary day-to-day applications that don't require a particular operating system to work well, whereas Vista is more polished and contains a number of convenient features that most of us can't live without. In short, although getting close, Ubuntu doesn't yet pass what Serdar calls "the Granny test," of being easy enough to
to pass muster with the general population.
What do you think? Are you one of the ones clicking through to our Linux stories? If so, why? Do you have Linux installed? Are you contemplating it? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.
More Vendors Latch On To SaaS Model
Lawson, Cognos, and Sterling Commerce are just three of many companies announcing software-as-a-service offerings. Still, SaaS has only so much sizzle with customers.
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Windows Vista: Meeting Expectations Or Falling Short?
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Linden Lab Needs To Bring In Professional Management
Linden Lab is a wonderful company that's working miracles every day. But it doesn't have experience managing a booming business, and that shows. It needs to bring in people who know how to take a company from emerging startup to billion-dollar giant.
Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at Demo but didn't release a public version until last week.
Why People Still Use Microsoft Office: Saving Time And Peace Of Mind
Reader Alex Wieder writes to describe why people pay for Microsoft Office -- saving time and peace of mind. His letter suggests something I'm coming to suspect: that Microsoft's Office monopoly persists on inertia and could well disappear in a few years as OpenOffice.org and other alternatives become more attractive.
Why Pay For Microsoft Office When OpenOffice.org Is Free?
I've given NeoOffice, the Mac port of OpenOffice.org, a workout recently, editing and annotating word-processing documents, printing them out, and sharing the files. It's got me wondering: Why do otherwise sane people pay for Microsoft Office?
Protect Your Small Business With A Business-Continuity Plan
If you don't think your business will be affected by some kind of disaster, think again: The American Red Cross has estimated that as many as 40% of small businesses that experience a disaster never reopen. But you can protect yourself with a business-continuity plan.
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