In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Incisive Insight Into Vista
2. Today's Top Story
- Windows Vista In A Nutshell: Chapter 2, Using Windows Vista
- Related Stories:
- Apple Releases Vista Compatibility Patch For iTunes, But Problems Remain
- Review: Laplink's PCmover Transfers Windows XP Data To Vista
3. Breaking News
- Google Planning Presentation Software
- High Five: Meet John Miano, Founder Of The Programmers Guild
- More Than One In Five Teens Watch Online Video Regularly
- Novell: 'No One Can Stop Us From Selling Linux'
- Dell Suspends Bonuses, Streamlines Management
- Microsoft Warns Of Excel Hack
- Startup Unveils Power-Efficient Chip
- Gartner: Deploy Office 2007 File Converters Now
- VA Loses Another Hard Drive, Vet Data At Risk
- Apple Settles Beatles Lawsuit
- Nokia, Motorola Field QWERTY-Friendly Handhelds
- AMD Aims Fusion Chip At Laptops In Bid To Outgun Intel
4. In Depth: Open Source
- How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers
- PostgreSQL Shows How Open Source Support Can Be Hard To Come By
- Hartford Borrows Open Source Concept
- One Company's Search For The Perfect Open Source Software
5. Voice Of Authority
- An iPhone By Any Other Name? Surely Not
6. White Papers
- DNS/DHCP: Why Users Prefer Appliances
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1. Editor's Note: Incisive Insight Into Vista
Preston Gralla has been around the technological block more than a few times. An amazingly prolific author, he has written more than 35 books that explore, explain, and enlightenusing plainspoken and easily accessible prosethe intricacies of a broad range of technologies.
Most recently, Gralla's been focused on Windows Vista. And, as with everything he writes, the results are superlative. We're lucky to have snagged permission to reprint a chapter from his latest book, Windows Vista In A Nutshell, which is bound to rise above the wave of Vista books crashing onto the shores of a world already saturated with Vista information.
The excerpt we're running gives you a succinct overview of the Vista user interface. That might seem simplistic, as nearly everyone on the planet is familiar with Windows. But there are enough significant differences between previous versions of Windows and Vista to make this chapter a gold mine of information, even for more advanced readers, as you'll then get a sense of the features that will be consistently employed throughout the rest of the operating system. Not incidentally, you'll also be forewarned about those features that are inconsistentthanks, Microsoft!so you won't be dismayed when faced with interface idiosyncrasies as you begin to use Vista in earnest.
Go ahead, read through Gralla's book, and let us know what you think of it by responding to my entry at the InformationWeek blog.
High Five: Meet John Miano, Founder Of The Programmers Guild
John Miano launched the Programmers Guild, an advocacy group, in 1998, concerned about foreign workers replacing programmers like himself. Miano earned a law degree in 2005 and is building a legal practice suing companies that violate H-1B rules by hiring foreign workers without considering U.S. job candidates.
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Hartford Borrows Open Source Concept
James McGovern believes in open source software. And he believes in open source techniques, which his employer, The Hartford insurance company, is testing to develop a custom, industry-specific application.
An iPhone By Any Other Name? Surely Not
David DeJean points out that last Thursday's New York Times Business section included a full-page ad for the iPhone -- but not the iPhone you're thinking of. This page showed three Cisco/Linksys VoIP phones, and it looked suspiciously like Cisco marking its territory in the battle with Apple for the right to use the name "iPhone."
6. White Papers
DNS/DHCP: Why Users Prefer Appliances
Few organizations possess a sufficiently robust network identity infrastructure to support the critical network DNS or DHCP services required to keep their networks running. In this report, IT and network managers responsible for DNS/DHCP services discuss the importance of DNS/DHCP appliances.
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