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Special Issue: Microsoft Turns Up The Heat On Windows 2000 Users

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1. Editor's Note: It's Getting Warm In Here
2. Today's Top Story
    - Microsoft Turns Up The Heat On Windows 2000 Users
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    - Review: Netgear's Powerline Adapter Offers An Alternative To Home Wireless
    - To BlackBerry Or Not To BlackBerry?
    - Do Phishers Take The Weekend Off?
4. Week In Review: Readers' Top 10 For The Past Week
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Quote Of The Day:
"With the number of organizations in this country that are still using Windows 2000, it's a dereliction of Microsoft's duty to its customers not to put out a patch for the time-zone issue." - Paul Chinnery, Michigan hospital network administrator

Editor's Note: It's Getting Warm In Here

At the risk of putting a damper on what could be a blissful weekend of holiday shopping, today's special weekend edition features an analysis of the tough choices facing Windows 2000 users as Microsoft manages the transition to Vista and its life-cycle policies increasingly put pressure on 2000 users to upgrade.

In the case of Windows 2000, "mainstream support," through which it still can add new features, ended roughly 18 months ago. Increasingly, new applications won't work with 2000.

Contributor Brian Livingston analyzes the tough choices some companies face, and details how the lack of a patch for new time-zone definitions is hurting a hospital. He also contrasts Microsoft's approach with the more-liberal support life cycles that Sun provides for its Solaris OS.

If this issue is causing major problems for your organization, sound off at my blog entry. Or if it's no big deal, please share that opinion as well.

Tom Smith

2. Today's Top Story

Microsoft Turns Up The Heat On Windows 2000 Users
Companies that rely on Windows 2000 face tough, end-of-life-cycle choices as Microsoft pushes upgrades to Windows Vista, 2003, and Longhorn Server.

3. More Timely Insights

Review: Netgear's Powerline Adapter Offers An Alternative To Home Wireless
The Powerline HD Ethernet Adapter HDX101 lets you use your home electrical system to create a network when wireless doesn't work.

To BlackBerry Or Not To BlackBerry?
Help a newbie decide how much he should stay accessible through the BlackBerry.

Do Phishers Take The Weekend Off?
Do Internet phishing scammers take weekends off? Symantec found that phishing e-mails drop 31% on Saturdays and Sundays.

4. Readers' Picks: The Top 10 Stories of the Past Week

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Inside Microsoft's Labs

Are iTunes Sales Up Or Down?

Blog: He Said, She Said, Apple Didn't Say

How To Spot Insider-Attack Risks In The IT Department

IBM And Yahoo Offer Free Enterprise Search Software

Pirates Spoof Vista's Enterprise Activation

Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing

How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In

IBM And AMD Unveil Breakthroughs In 45-Nanometer Chip Production

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