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Windows Vista In A Nutshell

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
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Knowledge signifies things known. Where there are no things known, there is no knowledge. Where there are no things to be known, there can be no knowledge." -- Frances Wright


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 enlighten—using plainspoken and easily accessible prose—the 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 inconsistent—thanks, 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.

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


2. Today's Top Story

Windows Vista In A Nutshell: Chapter 2, Using Windows Vista
Preston Gralla's new book, from O'Reilly, thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Windows Vista. Here, as a free excerpt, is the complete second chapter: Using Windows Vista.

Related Stories:

Apple Releases Vista Compatibility Patch For iTunes, But Problems Remain
Apple's iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0, posted to the computer maker's Web site, is designed to repair problems in playing songs downloaded from the iTunes Store.

Review: Laplink's PCmover Transfers Windows XP Data To Vista
Verdict: The product effectively moves applications and associated data from previous versions of Windows over to Windows Vista.


3. Breaking News

Google Planning Presentation Software
Google refused to confirm or deny that it is working on presentation software that could compete with Microsoft's PowerPoint application.

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.

More Than One In Five Teens Watch Online Video Regularly
Overall, 53% of online teens watch video at least occasionally, a reflection of how young people tend to be savvy about online media, said JupiterResearch.

Novell: 'No One Can Stop Us From Selling Linux'
The company comes out swinging after the Free Software Foundation expresses concerns over the Novell/Microsoft partnership.

Dell Suspends Bonuses, Streamlines Management
Dell said bureaucracy had become the new enemy of his company and called on employees to eliminate redundancies throughout the business.

Microsoft Warns Of Excel Hack
The zero-day vulnerability's danger could extend beyond malicious Excel files.

Startup Unveils Power-Efficient Chip
P.A. Semi debuts samples of a 64-bit, dual-core chip that the company claims is 300% to 400% more power efficient than competing processors.

Gartner: Deploy Office 2007 File Converters Now
Trying to mix prior versions of Microsoft's suite with the new Open XML default will leave workers bemused and befuddled, analysts predict.

VA Loses Another Hard Drive, Vet Data At Risk
Investigation revives data security debate eight months after a similar incident involving a stolen laptop.

Apple Settles Beatles Lawsuit
Under the agreement, which replaces a 1991 deal, Apple will own all of the trademarks related to the name, and license some of those to Apple Corps, the companies said.

Nokia, Motorola Field QWERTY-Friendly Handhelds
The Q from Motorola and the E61 from Nokia are poised to attack RIM's BlackBerry.

AMD Aims Fusion Chip At Laptops In Bid To Outgun Intel
The advanced Fusion processors will merge x86 and graphics cores and will ship in 2009.

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4. In Depth: Open Source

How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers
Businesses must know what to look for in a project's leadership, community, and level of innovation. The wrong choice can cost you.

PostgreSQL Shows How Open Source Support Can Be Hard To Come By
When companies embrace an open source project, getting good support is one of the key factors.

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.

One Company's Search For The Perfect Open Source Software
H&R Block knew it wanted open source document management. That didn't make it an easy search.


5. Voice Of Authority

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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