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Vista Lagging, XP Unflagging

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Vista Lagging, XP Unflagging
2. Today's Top Story
    - USB Developers Approve Micro-USB Connector Specification
3. Breaking News
    - Make Mine Media: How To Upgrade To Windows Media Center Edition
    - Online Shopping Report: Sales Up 24% In 2006
    - Internet Explorer Vulnerable To Adobe XSS Bug
    - Former Medco Sys Admin Pleads Not Guilty To Sabotage Charge
    - eBay Raises Seller Fees
    - Flash Or Hard Drives For Laptops? Why Not Both? Manufacturers Ask
    - Mogopop Lets iPod Owners Share Content Over The Web
    - Microsoft Schedules Eight Bug Fixes Next Week
    - Amazon CEO Bezos Looking For Engineers In Space Venture
    - First Mac Tablet Set To Be Unveiled At Macworld Next Week
    - Managers Have Too Much Information, Do Too Little Sharing, Says Study
    - Review: openSUSE 10.2 Earns A Seat At The Head Of The Table
4. In Depth: Google
    - Google Search Appliance Gets New Technology
    - Google Calendar Shows Major Market Share Gains
    - China Mobile Uses Google Search
    - Google Vulnerability A Sign Of Web 2.0 Weakness
    - Macworld Buzz: Will Google-Apple Alliance Make Waves Next Week?
5. Voice Of Authority
    - CES 2007: Turn On The Power
6. White Papers
    - Instant Messaging For Business: A Tough Transition
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, infancy is perpetual." -- George Santayana


1. Editor's Note: Vista Lagging, XP Unflagging

Cost of upgrading to business versions of Vista: $199, $299, or $399, depending on which edition you choose.

Cost of staying with Windows XP? Apparently priceless.

That's one logical conclusion based on the stories that InformationWeek readers are clicking on fast and furiously these days.

Take two of our most popular stories this week (both by Fred Langa): XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option, in which Langa shows you how to completely rebuild, repair, or refresh an existing XP installation without losing data or having to reinstall user software, reformat, or otherwise destructively alter the setup; and XP On Your Thumb Drive, in which he offers a step-by-step guide on how to boot XP from an ordinary USB drive.

These stories about an old operating system are no spring chickens themselves: The first was published seven months ago, and the latter a full year ago. Perennial news about what appears might be a perennial operating system.

The XP lovefest doesn't stop there. This week we also published Bill O'Brien's very helpful hands-on piece Make Mine Media: How To Upgrade To Windows Media Center Edition, in which he berates Microsoft for only releasing Windows XP MCE to OEMs—and shows you how to turn your XP PC into a full-fledged media center. XP MCE! You can just hear the crowds chanting.

And the seemly inexhaustible delight that pollsters take in asking CIOs about their Vista upgrade plans continued this week with Deutsche Bank Equity Research surveying IT chiefs about their 2007 plans. The majority (63.6%) say they have absolutely no intention of upgrading to either Vista or Office 2007 in 2007. Only 10% definitely say they will upgrade to Vista this year. Sounds like it's XP for dinner again tonight.

What do you think? If you're not thoroughly exhausted from being asked about your Vista plans, give us your opinion by responding to my entry in the InformationWeek Weblog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

USB Developers Approve Micro-USB Connector Specification
The Micro-USB specification will support USB technology in mobile phones as well as in a new generation of ever-smaller portable devices.


3. Breaking News

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

Online Shopping Report: Sales Up 24% In 2006
Online spending during the 12-day holiday period leading up to Christmas totaled $24.6 billion, according to comScore.

Internet Explorer Vulnerable To Adobe XSS Bug
Adobe says that Reader 8.0, which was launched a month ago, was invulnerable to the cross-site scripting bug and recommended that all users update to that version immediately.

Former Medco Sys Admin Pleads Not Guilty To Sabotage Charge
A New Jersey man is charged with computer fraud for allegedly writing and planting malicious code that could have crippled a network that maintained customer health care information. A co-worker found the logic bomb on the system before it went off.

eBay Raises Seller Fees
On Wednesday, company president Bill Cobb announced across-the-board listing fee increases, and sellers immediately blasted the hikes.

Flash Or Hard Drives For Laptops? Why Not Both? Manufacturers Ask
The hybrid drives enable users to boot up directly from a flash memory chip and also facilitate quick recovery from hibernation mode.

Mogopop Lets iPod Owners Share Content Over The Web
Mogopop has launched a Web service that lets iPod owners share audio, video, images, text, and podcasts.

Microsoft Schedules Eight Bug Fixes Next Week
Microsoft announced it would issue three updates for Windows, three for its Office productivity suite, one that affects both Windows and Office, and another that impacts both Windows and the Visual Studio development platform.

Amazon CEO Bezos Looking For Engineers In Space Venture
Blue Origin hopes to substantially lower the cost of spaceflight to appeal to the average citizen.

First Mac Tablet Set To Be Unveiled At Macworld Next Week
The ModBook was developed by hardware manufacturer Axiotron and Other World Computing, a Mac product manufacturer and reseller.

Managers Have Too Much Information, Do Too Little Sharing, Says Study
Managers spend two hours a day looking for information they need, and almost half the data is useless once they get it, according to a study from Accenture.

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.

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4. In Depth: Google

Google Search Appliance Gets New Technology
Google updates its top-tier enterprise search hardware with several new capabilities designed to appeal to corporate users, including search results clustering and administrative source biasing.

Google Calendar Shows Major Market Share Gains
Is Google Calendar threatening Yahoo's dominance?

China Mobile Uses Google Search
Google technology is being tested on China Mobile's handset-accessible portal to search a variety of content, including sports, entertainment, news, ring tones, games, images, and video.

Google Vulnerability A Sign Of Web 2.0 Weakness
Managers must weigh security risks and protect systems as employees use Web applications from workplace computers.

Macworld Buzz: Will Google-Apple Alliance Make Waves Next Week?
Google watcher Steve Arnold says Steve Jobs is likely to announce that Apple will use Google's video search capability as part of its iTV plans.


5. Voice Of Authority

CES 2007: Turn On The Power
Mitch Wagner points out that poor battery life is the bane of portable electronics, and has rounded up some vendors at CES who are on a mission to change that.


6. White Papers

Instant Messaging For Business: A Tough Transition
Business instant messaging can provide tremendous benefits to enterprises. Yet unmanaged use of IM can cause tremendous problems. Here are the factors that CIOs must address as their organizations move to implement enterprise-grade IM capability across the company.


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