In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Vista Vs. Mac: Round II
2. Today's Top Story
- Which PC Is A Windows Vista PC?
- Apple: None Of Our Products Is Windows Vista Compatible
3. Breaking News
- VoIP On Mobile Phones Is Inching Its Way Forward
- AMD Unveils Three Low-Power Opteron Processors
- Dueling RSA Keynotes: Security Vendors Chose Different Roads To The Future
- Bill Gates Publicly Passes The Microsoft Security Torch To Mundie
- What's Inside Apple's iPhone? Three ARM Processors
- Soldiers' Blogs Monitored; Group Sues For More Info
- Alleged Software Pirate Disappears From eBay
- Amazon Thinks Inside TiVo's Box
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
- Carriers Join Forces For Mobile Search
- What Happens When Your Mobile E-Mail Goes Down?
- Free Wi-Fi Hotspots For The Roaming Road Warrior
5. White Papers
- DNS/DHCP: Why Users Prefer Appliances
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1. Editor's Note: Vista Vs. Mac: Round 2
Bought a new computer lately? My colleague Mitch Wagner and I have both done just that. Mitch made the leap from PC to Mac, while Iunder a time crunch because of the "expiration" of my existing notebookbought an XP-loaded, Vista-capable PC in the days leading up to the late-January Vista launch.
Mitch details his startup process and first few days of use in this blog entry. One of his key conclusions: Getting up and running with the Mac is much easier than with a PC, but the Mac hasn't been quite as reliable as the pro-Apple hype suggests. His system has been prone to crashes during initial use.
My experience with the new HP Pavilion dv6000 (AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology, 2 Gbytes of RAM, and a 120-Gbyte hard drive) has been mostly positive. But the many decisions to be made around the transition are anything but painless. In the days leading up to the Vista launch, the retail PC cupboards were bare, the major vendors' Web sites were baffling at best, and whatever system I purchased was bound to induce lingering doubts about its Vista readiness.
It's likely I overbought (at least versus what I wanted to spend) just so I could one day run Vistaeven though I'm not sure I want to, given the various software incompatibilities already being reported. The migration 'path' that's been laid out requires that I do most of the work.
Because Vista can be so confusing, we're tacking a crack at sorting out how to decide which PCs can actually give you the Vista hardware you needand which can'tin this special report by David DeJean. I wish I'd had these insights two weeks ago. Please weigh in with your Vista upgrade or Mac switching experiences at our blog.
Which PC Is A Windows Vista PC?
It appears that PC vendors are nearly as confused as consumers when it comes to determining what is a Vista PC. Here's the lowdown on what's out there and what you really need when looking for hardware.
IT CultureOpen To Experimentation?
Are your IT professionals encouraged to experiment with new technology? Learn what more than 150 CIOs and VPs said about their companies' IT culture in this recent InformationWeek Research report, CIO Agenda: IT Culture.
Companies are gradually adopting server virtualization in the data center. Why are they making this shift? Examine how more than 250 firms plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
Carriers Join Forces For Mobile Search
A group of international carriers including Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia, and U.S. wireless carrier Cingular Wireless this weekend said they would work together to develop a mobile search engine they hope will keep Google and Yahoo from dominating the emerging mobile search market. That's all great, but does anyone actually use search on cell phones?
What Happens When Your Mobile E-Mail Goes Down?
OK, you spent tons of money and hundreds of hours equipping your workforce with mobile e-mail. Now they're always on and you can squeeze more hours of productivity from them. Everyone is happy, right? Until the mobile e-mail system goes down.
Free Wi-Fi Hotspots For The Roaming Road Warrior
Let's face it, we don't all have mega expense accounts to which we can charge Wi-Fi access, especially with it costing as much as $20 a day in hotels and airports, among other places. That doesn't leave a lot of options for road warriors on a budget. But what about free Wi-Fi? Here are some pointers to lead the way to wireless bliss.
5. White Papers: Network Identity Appliances
DNS/DHCP: Why Users Prefer Appliances
Many organizations spend little time or money on the network identity infrastructure that provides critical network DNS or DHCP services required to keep the network running. In this report, ESG interviewed numerous IT and network managers responsible for DNS/DHCP services to discuss the importance of DNS/DHCP appliances.
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