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Special Issue: Make Your PC Into A Media Center

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Looking Ahead, And Back
2. Today's Top Story
    - Make Mine Media: How To Upgrade Windows Media Center Edition
3. More Reviews
    - Review: openSUSE 10.2 Earns A Seat At The Head Of The Table
    - How Microsoft Botched Marketing The Ultra-Mobile PC -- And Why You Might Want To Buy One Anyway
    - Review: Windows Live Writer Beta Makes Blogging Better
4. Year In Review: Our Top 10 Stories Of 2006
5. Last Week's Top Blog
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Beware of the young doctor and the old barber." -- Benjamin Franklin


1. Editor's Note: Looking Ahead, And Back

As we kick off a new year with a special Saturday edition of the InformationWeek Daily, we present new reviews content; ask you to weigh in on 2007 priorities, especially your plans for legacy systems; and take a look back at readers' favorite stories of 2006:

New reviews: Bill O'Brien explains how to use Windows XP MCE to make your PC into a media center. Eric A. Hall delivers an upbeat analysis of openSUSE 2.0.

A look ahead: HP CIO Randy Mott is applying the 80/20 rule to legacy systems. He says in a video interview that his goal is to have his IT organization spending 80% of its time on development, 20% on maintaining and operating its legacy systems. That's an audacious plan. Is that balance between development and maintenance possible in your company, or is the legacy monster totally out of control? Is that goal even on your priority list for the new year? Weigh in at my blog entry.

A look back: Check out the list of headlines and links below: our top 10 most-viewed stories of 2006.

Here's wishing you lots of professional and personal success in 2007.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Make Mine Media: How To Upgrade Windows Media Center Edition
Windows XP MCE is supposed to be OEM-only. But why should the manufacturers get all the fun? Here's how to make your PC into a full-fledged media center.


3. More Reviews

Review: openSUSE 10.2 Earns A Seat At The Head Of The Table
Columnist Eric A. Hall was looking for a Linux distro that combines stability with the capabilities needed to test bleeding-edge technology. After a long search, he found that openSUSE 10.2 was up to the job.

How Microsoft Botched Marketing The Ultra-Mobile PC -- And Why You Might Want To Buy One Anyway
Microsoft's mobile product, code-named Origami, generated a lot of buzz when it was just a rumor, but consumers lost interest when it hit the streets as an Ultra-Mobile PC. Here's why a UMPC is still worth considering.

Review: Windows Live Writer Beta Makes Blogging Better
Microsoft's free application offers bloggers some convenient tools and freedom from their browsers' limitations.


4. Readers' Picks: The Top 10 Stories Of 2006

What's The Greatest Software Ever Written?

Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option

Next Sober Attack Slated For Jan. 5

Five Ways To Keep Your Google Searches Private

IE7 For XP Beta 2: Has Firefox Met Its Match

Accidental Tech Entrepreneurs Turn Their Hobbies Into Livelihoods

Google Revealed: The IT Strategy That Makes It Work

Safety First: Five Firewalls For Your Desktop PC

Is Your Computer Killing You?

In Depth: Five Things You Must Know About VoIP


5. Blog Of The Week

Reason Number Six Why IBM Outsources: Those High Electricity Rates In Vermont
In addition to a hangover, Vermonters rang in the new year with higher electricity rates thanks to a 9% increase by Green Mountain Power Corp., which supplies much of the state's electricity. Among the opponents of the hike was that bastion of populist outrage--IBM.


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