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PlayStation 3 ... It's All About The Games

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Why Windows Vista Shouldn't Crash In 10 Seconds Or Less
2. Today's Top Story
    - Sony PlayStation 3 Price Cut Is Nice, But It's Still About The Games
    Related Stories:
    - Sony Cuts Price On PlayStation 3 By $100
    - Live Earth Sets Internet Record With 10 Million Viewers
3. Breaking News
    - AMD Cuts Prices For Desktop Processors
    - New Image Spam Threat Uses PDF Files
    - Five Networking Pet Peeves
    - Linux Kernel Update Includes Small Fixes, No Sign Of GPLv3
    - Chinese Develop New Search Technology As E.U. Waits For Google, MSN, Yahoo Data Privacy Changes
    - Homeland Security Vacancies Called 'Enormous' Security Risk
    - Google Strengthens Its Enterprise Play With Purchase of Postini
    - Intel Invests $218 Million As VMware Prepares For IPO
    - One-Time Passcode Generator Launched For Mobile Devices
    - Fujitsu Siemens Plans Notebooks With Integrated 3G Cellular Capabilities
    - Google To Buy Web Security Company For $625 Million
    - Seeing Red, Sun Shifts Into Utility Computing Era
    - FTC Clears Microsoft's $6 Billion Deal For aQuantive
    - Bear Stearns Selects Ajax To Power Trading Services Portal
    - Prototype Interfaces For Firefox Proposed
4. The Latest Windows Blog Posts
    - Microsoft Fan Names Daughter 'Vista'
    - Why Apple-Style Secrecy Won't Work For Microsoft
    - Gates' Legacy Also Transforms A City
    - Will The iPhone Support Microsoft Exchange?
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Maximizing Site Visitor Trust Using Extended Validation SSL
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." -- Winston Churchill


1. Editor's Note: Why Windows Vista Shouldn't Crash In 10 Seconds Or Less

My recent blog post, "How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less," provoked a firestorm of responses, mostly from people daring to suggest that the operating system shouldn't tank if you persist in holding down the Windows key and the letter "E." That sequence will open up Windows Explorer windows ad infinitum, and in short order your system will stop responding. In the situation I described, it's a relatively simple matter to write code that says: "If keystroke W + E is held down for time > N sec, ignore all commands after the first Y, until keystroke input stops; then reset counter."

Read more and share your thoughts at the InformationWeek Blog.

Alexander Wolfe
awolfe@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Sony PlayStation 3 Price Cut Is Nice, But It's Still About The Games
Analysts say that whether Sony's $100 PS3 price cut actually moves more units depends on the diversity and exclusivity of the platform's games.

Related Stories:

Sony Cuts Price On PlayStation 3 By $100
Sony cut the price of the PlayStation 3 by $100, or 17%, in the United States on Monday, a move that should boost the video game console's lackluster sales.

Live Earth Sets Internet Record With 10 Million Viewers
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, MSN had delivered more than 10 million video streams, the company said.


3. Breaking News

AMD Cuts Prices For Desktop Processors
The reductions are the second for AMD in three months; in April, the chipmaker similarly cut prices across its line of desktop processors.

New Image Spam Threat Uses PDF Files
The PDF image spam is just one of a litany of creative attempts to fool e-mail users into downloading malware or visiting phishing sites, Symantec says in its monthly spam report.

Five Networking Pet Peeves
Here are some of the more frustrating unsolved networking problems that can get your blood boiling, in the opinion of our expert.

Linux Kernel Update Includes Small Fixes, No Sign Of GPLv3
Linux version 2.6.22 includes several fixes for driver and networking issues, as well as small architectural changes.

Chinese Develop New Search Technology As E.U. Waits For Google, MSN, Yahoo Data Privacy Changes
The Taiyuan University of Technology is testing software agents that crawl through any search engine looking for searched keyword results as well as any personal data that's been collected about the surfer.

Homeland Security Vacancies Called 'Enormous' Security Risk
The chairman of the committee is rankled after a report showed that nearly one-quarter of senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security are empty.

Google Strengthens Its Enterprise Play With Purchase Of Postini
Google aims to convince corporate IT managers that its software-as-a-service model can accommodate corporate security and compliance requirements.

Intel Invests $218 Million As VMware Prepares For IPO
As underwriters review the numbers, the virtualization software company released version 2.5 of its Lab Manager product.

One-Time Passcode Generator Launched For Mobile Devices
The software authentication tool is designed to work on the BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows platforms.

Fujitsu Siemens Plans Notebooks With Integrated 3G Cellular Capabilities
Fujitsu Siemens said it will offer models that will target both entry-level and midrange professionals as part of its new Esprimo Mobile Series of laptops.

Google To Buy Web Security Company For $625 Million
Google said Monday it has agreed to buy Web-based security provider Postini for $625 million, expanding its package of online applications to compete with Microsoft's Office.

Seeing Red, Sun Shifts Into Utility Computing Era
The company shows how building out massive server farms using hundreds of low-end machines is soon going to give way to projects like Blackbox and Constellation.

FTC Clears Microsoft's $6 Billion Deal For aQuantive
The deal is widely seen as an attempt to improve Microsoft's ability to compete against Google as a provider of search advertising.

Bear Stearns Selects Ajax To Power Trading Services Portal
The "Bear View" is an attempt to put into the hands of its largest trading customers an investment workstation that consolidates many trading and asset management functions.

Prototype Interfaces For Firefox Proposed
After decades of GUI development and inspiration from Google and other search engines, Mozilla suggests the command line is again part of the interface discussion.

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4. The Latest Windows Blog Posts
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Microsoft Fan Names Daughter 'Vista'
Where are all the Microsoft fanatics? Oh, they're around, and one of them has just named his daughter "Vista." If she had been a boy, she was going to have the initials DOS. No kidding.

Why Apple-Style Secrecy Won't Work For Microsoft
One of the hallmarks of Apple's current cachet, along with pure stylishness, is its secrecy. Products don't get announced until very close to release date, features sometimes even later, and Apple's public relations department isn't exactly the most open. Apple's caginess certainly breeds intrigue, but it wouldn't work as a corporate policy at a place like Microsoft.

Gates' Legacy Also Transforms A City
After reading the articles on Bill Gates' legacy by my colleagues John Foley and John Soat, I have to add an aspect that they left out: the profound reshaping of Seattle that was a direct result of Microsoft's ascendance. Has any individual (well, pair of individuals, since you have to count Paul Allen in this calculation) ever had a more profound effect on a large American city?

Will The iPhone Support Microsoft Exchange?
For much of the last six months, bloggers and reporters operated under the assumption that the iPhone would not support major enterprise platforms like BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Microsoft Exchange. That may change, though, if Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley is correct. According to her, the iPhone will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Monsanto seeking IT Team Lead in St. Louis, MO

ITT Corporation seeking Manager, IT Business Systems in Fort Wayne, IN

University of Idaho seeking Server Systems Analyst in Moscow, ID

Monsanto seeking Application DBA in St. Louis, MO

Monsanto seeking Java Developer in St. Louis, MO

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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Maximizing Site Visitor Trust Using Extended Validation SSL
Web business faces a crisis in confidence. Trust in site security is declining, and an increasing number of consumers are scaling back their online transactions. Extended Validation SSL Certificates can facilitate online commerce by increasing visitor confidence in legitimate sites and greatly reducing the effectiveness of phishing attacks.


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