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The Review Is In: Windows Server 2008 Beta CTP Is A Major Move Forward

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Verizon Wireless Subscribers Send 10 Billion SMS Messages In June, Probably Have Carpal Tunnel
2. Today's Top Story
    - Review: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta CTP -- A Major Move Forward
    - Windows Vista Sales Show Slow But Steady Growth
3. Breaking News
    - S.F. Power Outage Ripples Across The Web
    - Motorola To Build Tiny Projectors Into Mobile Devices
    - How Low Can PC Prices Go?
    - HP Offers Thermal Mapping To Cool Off Data Centers, Cut Power Costs
    - AMD, Partners Plan To Extend Memory Footprint In Opteron-Based Systems
    - AT&T iPhone Sales Disappoint Apple Investors
    - iPhone Sales Miss But Apple Earnings Surge On Mac, iPod
    - New York Cabbies May Strike Over GPS Tracking
    - Hardly Working? Survey Exposes The Mind Of A Time Waster
    - Vodafone Shareholders Vote To Keep 45% Stake In Verizon Wireless
    - Microsoft Xbox 360 Hit With More 'Disc Scratch' Lawsuits
    - Microsoft, EA Sign Sports Game Ad Deal
    - Facebook Names Former YouTube Finance Chief As New CFO
    - Corning Quarterly Profit Slips, Stock Dips
    - P2P Networks Turn Up Sensitive Corporate, Government Documents
4. The Latest Open Source Blog Posts
    - Blindness To Perceptions Of Average User Is Real Linux Handicap
    - What's Linux Gonna Cost You?
    - Linux For Writers
    - Open Sources, Open Notebook: Why Oracle Should Worry
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Turn Compliance Into Profit: Learn How An Integrated Compliance Strategy Can Help Your Financial Institution Grow
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1. Editor's Note: Verizon Wireless Subscribers Send 10 Billion SMS Messages In June, Probably Have Carpal Tunnel

My thumbs hurt just thinking about it. While I'm sure the bulk of those text messages were sent by teenagers, I contributed my fair share. The 10 billion figure represents a 100% increase in the amount of SMS traffic since September. So, do you think text messaging has finally caught on?

I did a little bit of math. Ten billion text messages in one month breaks down to 333.3 million per day, 13.9 million per hour, 231,481 per minute, and 3,858 per second. That's a lot of bits of data flying around through the air at any given moment. But that's not all. Verizon's subscribers also sent 200 million multimedia messages (MMS), which include picture and video messages. (That's 46,296 per minute for those keeping count.)

What about the other carriers? C'mon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Alltel. Tell us how many messages your subscribers sent so we can get a clear pictures of how many messages are sent each month across the entire spectrum of U.S. wireless subscribers.

In the meantime, if we do some more creative math, I think we can get an approximation.

There are 240.5 million wireless subscribers in the United States. Verizon has about 61 million, or about one-quarter of the total. If we assume that other wireless companies' subscribers send and receive messages at the same rate as Verizon's (average of 164 per user per month), that's 39.4 billion total SMS messages in the United States per month.

I think it's safe to say that anything people are doing 39 billion times per month has reached general acceptance and widespread use in the market. I just hope that the subscribers have buckets of messages and aren't paying per message...

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Eric Zeman
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2. Today's Top Story

Review: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Beta CTP -- A Major Move Forward
The new server OS heralds a new age in Windows computing -- one that will finally see a massive move to virtualization as well as major improvements in automation.

Related Story:

Windows Vista Sales Show Slow But Steady Growth
Market watcher Net Applications says 4.52% of all computers connected to the Internet were running Windows Vista in June, up from 3.74% in May.


3. Breaking News

S.F. Power Outage Ripples Across The Web
Power fluctuations Tuesday set off a chain reaction that took down a data center that hosts Craigslist, Six Apart's blog sites, Technorati, Yelp, and others.

Motorola To Build Tiny Projectors Into Mobile Devices
The technology would allow people to share movies, personal videos, mobile TV, photographs, and presentations on a larger screen.

How Low Can PC Prices Go?
Everex is offering its full-featured PC in Wal-Mart stores for $298, which isn't much more than a proposed $350 consumer laptop.

HP Offers Thermal Mapping To Cool Off Data Centers, Cut Power Costs
The Thermal Zone Mapping service can help customers reduce annual data center energy costs by 10% to 45%, HP said.

AMD, Partners Plan To Extend Memory Footprint In Opteron-Based Systems
Socket G3 Memory Extender is expected to boost the performance of enterprise-class servers, such as those used for databases, virtualization, and multicore computing.

AT&T iPhone Sales Disappoint Apple Investors
Apple released iPhone sales on Wednesday as part of its quarterly earnings report.

iPhone Sales Miss But Apple Earnings Surge On Mac, iPod
Apple said it sold a total of 270,000 iPhone handsets in stores and through its U.S. carrier AT&T in the last 30 hours of the quarter.

New York Cabbies May Strike Over GPS Tracking
Cab drivers complain that they don't want to be tracked by GPS and can't afford the installation expense, which is estimated to range from $3,000 to $5,000 per vehicle.

Hardly Working? Survey Exposes The Mind Of A Time Waster
The average employee spends 1.7 hours on unrelated work activities, but taking a break can help people recharge their batteries to make it through the day.

Vodafone Shareholders Vote To Keep 45% Stake In Verizon Wireless
Vodafone chairman Arun Sarin argued the ECS proposal would have put the company's dividend policy in jeopardy.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Hit With More 'Disc Scratch' Lawsuits
Some bloggers have suggested that the scratches occur only when the Xbox 360 is moved from the horizontal to the vertical position while in use.

Microsoft, EA Sign Sports Game Ad Deal
Microsoft said Wednesday it will pipe advertisements into a slate of popular sports video games from Electronic Arts, including its best-selling "Madden" football franchise.

Facebook Names Former YouTube Finance Chief As New CFO
Fast-growing social networking site Facebook named former YouTube CFO Gideon Yu as its new CFO, replacing Michael Sheridan, in the latest step toward a potential IPO.

Corning Quarterly Profit Slips, Stock Dips
Specialty glass maker Corning said Wednesday quarterly profit fell 5%, hurt by softer-than-expected sales of its telecommunications products, pushing its stock lower.

P2P Networks Turn Up Sensitive Corporate, Government Documents
A House committee hearing shows that the security danger of file sharing over peer-to-peer networks is still a major problem.

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4. The Latest Open Source Blog Posts
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Blindness To Perceptions Of Average User Is Real Linux Handicap
I've beaten up on Linux in a couple of recent posts, arguing that there are too many distros and that it's a myth that Linux is technically superior to Windows. From the 300-plus responses I received, a new thread emerges: Linux supporters seem more interested in preaching to the converted than in doing the hard work required to make the open source operating system attractive to Windows users.

What's Linux Gonna Cost You?
If there's one thing about Linux that everyone, even detractors, must admit is a good thing, it's the price tag. Linux is free -- free to download, free to run on as many PCs as you like, free to modify as needed and redistribute under similar conditions. This doesn't mean it's not going to cost you anything, though.

Linux For Writers
Mitch Wagner's post about writer's tools for the Mac got me thinking about whether or not similar things exist for Linux. Like Mitch, I'm also an aspiring fiction writer (emphasis on the "aspiring"), and after some digging I found entire distributions devoted to writers and writing.

Open Sources, Open Notebook: Why Oracle Should Worry
Will open source databases make incursions into Oracle? Not likely, is the view that extends far outside the circular towers of the Oracle campus. Consider then, the experience of Jason Weiss, software architect at national florist supplier FTD. He thinks Oracle should be worried. Actually, he said, "terrified."


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

McFadyen Consulting seeking eBusiness Project Manager in Vienna, VA

Talent Mindset Resources seeking Senior QA Manager in Hartford, CT

The NPD Group seeking Computer Operator in Port Washington, NY

University of Maryland seeking PeopleSoft Tech Lead, Student Administration in Adelphi, MD

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