In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: This Am Bizarro Note About Microsoft
2. Today's Top Story
- Langa Letter: A Complete PC Maintenance Checklist
3. Breaking News
- Want To Beat Sony Copy Protection? Try A Dab Of Scotch Tape
- Texas Sues Sony BMG Over Anti-Piracy Software
- Sony Rootkits: A Sign Of Security Industry Failure?
- Intel, AMD Among Fastest Growing Chip Suppliers
- U.S. Senate Goes After Spyware
- Supercomputer Fights AIDS
- Mozilla Releases Latest Firefox 1.5 Preview
- Summit Ends With Internet Control Still In Question
- Give Your E-Commerce Web Site An Extreme Makeover
- Cisco Leaps Into Mesh
- How To Make And Enforce A Web-Usage Policy
- RFID Goes To The Races--In NASCAR Tires
- Google Launches Ad-Creation Site
4. In Depth
- Microsoft Wants To Be A Supercomputing Contender
- Unpatched IE Bug Now 'Extremely Critical'
- Q&A: Bill Gates On Supercomputing, Software In Science, And More
- Q&A: Microsoft Touts New Ajax Tools
- Security Exec Leaves Microsoft
- RIM Not Worried About Microsoft, Co-CEO Says
5. Voice Of Authority
- Oracle Challenge To SAP Nets Response: We Like SQL Server
6. White Papers
- Extended Connectivity For The Enterprise: The BlackBerry
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1. Editor's Note: This Am Bizarro Note About Microsoft
Today's news is dominated by stories about a world where
Microsoft is an also-ran, trying to steal market share away from
market leader Linux, and where Microsoft is trying to enhance its
users' experience by supporting the Firefox browser.
What strange world is this, you ask? Is it, perhaps, the Bizarro world, the square planet where everything is the opposite of what it is on
Earth, populated by deformed duplicates of Superman and Lois
Oh, no, silly reader! These things are happening here, today!
Aaron Ricadela describes Microsoft's plans to become a contender in the scientific and supercomputing
market, an area where Microsoft's market share doesn't even
move the needle, and Linux (as the young people say) r00lz. Check
out this list of the operating systems run on the top 500
supercomputers, as of this month. Almost three-quarters of
the systems are running Linux, and the other contenders are
varieties of Unix (including, strangely enough, Mac OS--a great
desktop operating system to be sure, but not what we usually
think of when we think of a high-performance operating system.
What's up with that?).
Be sure to check out Aaron's terrific one-on-one interview with Bill
Gates, wherein Gates describes how work done at Microsoft
Research can apply to science, medicine, and engineering; how
more-powerful desktop processors can improve user interfaces; and
his evolving role at Microsoft. I thought that one of the more
intriguing points that Gates raised was that computer programming
has become the language of science, the way math used to be.
Similarly, when Microsoft launched its Live portal a few
weeks ago, Firefox users received a warning when visiting the
site that Firefox was not supported yet. Now, the warning is
In and of themselves, that's not such a big deal--I'm a Firefox
user myself, and it's not exactly a lot of trouble for me to
switch to Internet Explorer when I need to download software from
Microsoft.com. And I really have no interest in using Microsoft
Live. But Microsoft supporting Firefox could be a signal of big
strategic changes at Microsoft, a warmer attitude toward open
source. Or it might simply be what it is, and nothing more.
What do you think? Will Microsoft succeed in becoming a contender
in supercomputing and scientific computing? Is Microsoft warming
toward Firefox in general, and open source in particular? Does
this tie go with this shirt? Leave a comment on the InformationWeek Blog and let us
Cisco Leaps Into Mesh
Dozens of cities are using mesh networks to give residents
wireless access. Now Cisco has joined the fray, with new products
and two wins.
How To Make And Enforce A Web-Usage Policy
Inappropriate Internet use by employees wastes time and creates
security and legal risks. Companies need to set fair policies for
employee Internet use and put in place tools to enforce that
policy. Here's how.
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Microsoft is in the supercomputing bush leagues. Changing that
will mean beating Linux and recruiting a new breed of employees.
Unpatched IE Bug Now 'Extremely Critical'
The flaw is another example of IE incorrectly initializing
certain objects, a security firm says; machines can be hijacked
by hackers who entice users to a malicious Web site.
Q&A: Microsoft Touts New Ajax Tools InformationWeek talks to Microsoft product manager Brian Goldfarb
about the trendy new Web technology called Ajax, and Microsoft's
plans for tools to make Ajax development easier.
RIM Not Worried About Microsoft, Co-CEO Says
The executive best known for the popular BlackBerry device told
attendees at a weekend conference that the future is about
event-driven workflows, faster networks, and contextualized
Charles Babcock says: When Oracle went into the applications
business, did it foresee how the move could affect its database
business? Reading between the lines of Microsoft's recent SQL
Server 2005 launch, maybe it underestimated the impact. For
example, during a Nov. 7 event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer kept referring to how well SQL Server could
shoulder the workload of the largest SAP applications. SAP, of
course, is the application supplier that Oracle has singled out
as its primary competitor.
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