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Windows Vista Roundtable: Part Three

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Second Life's Data Center Secrets Exposed
2. Today's Top Story
    - The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part Three
    Related Story:
    - Seven Windows Vista Features That Depend On Longhorn Server
3. Breaking News
    - Inside Second Life's Data Centers
    - The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care
    - VMware Accuses Microsoft Of Restricting Its Customers
    - HP Touch-Screen Computer Sparks Debate
    - Down To Business: Talent Shortage? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap
    - It's The End Of The Business Intelligence World As We Know It
    - Palm Speculation Builds As Its Share Price Rises
    - Computer Trading Snags Put Wall Street On Edge
    - AMD Unlikely To Meet First-Quarter Revenue Target
    - Death And (Telecom) Taxes Are Certain, And Some Are Rising
    - RIM Expects Accounting Errors To Reduce Stated Earnings By $250 Million
    - Microsoft Boosts Size Of Xbox Memory Unit
    - American Airlines Outsources HR To IBM
    - Z Corp. Unveils More Affordable 3-D Printer
    - HP Sharpens Its Blades
    - Mobile Devices Need Updates, Too
4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
    - Windows Vista Diary: Caught In A Vicious Update Cycle
    - Microsoft Declines Ad-Supported Enterprise Software
    - Join The Windows Vista Roundtable
    - Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
5. White Papers
    - Five Key Business Intelligence Tactics
6. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
7. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Second Life's Data Center Secrets Exposed

Today InformationWeek undresses Second Life and leaves it naked and trembling. We lift up its skirts and peer at its naughty bits. In other words, we go inside the data centers and describe some of the server and software technology that keeps the virtual world running.

For those of you who are too hot and bothered to read the complete article, here are some highlights: The software architecture is an extension of the virtual world metaphor of Second Life. Each instantiation of the server architecture of Second Life controls a specific area of virtual real estate and is assigned to a specific server or a specific processor on a larger server. The server software -- called "simulators," or "sims" -- moves around, based on server crashes or downtimes. Still, at any time, it's possible to walk into one of Second Life's two data centers, pat one of the rack-mounted servers, and say that particular server is running virtual New York or San Francisco or ancient Rome.

Linden Lab, which develops and maintains Second Life, runs 2,000 Intel- and AMD-based servers in two co-location facilities in San Francisco and Dallas.

Read the article for more on Linden Lab's open source plans (although not too much more -- it's not saying much) and how Linden Lab is coping with the explosive growth of Second Life.

What else would you like to know about Second Life technology? Do you know any Second Life secrets you'd like to share with our readers? Let us know on the InformationWeek Blog.

Mitch Wagner
mwagner@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

The InformationWeek Windows Vista Roundtable: Part Three
Six of our readers talk about stripping Vista down for development, problems running XP apps, and dealing with Windows Mobile Device Center.

Related Stories:

Seven Windows Vista Features That Depend On Longhorn Server
From security to management, there are some notable tricks Vista can't do without the not-yet-available Windows server version.


3. Breaking News

Inside Second Life's Data Centers
As Second Life strains to keep up with recent popularity, InformationWeek looks at the real-world technology foundations of the make-believe world and developer Linden Lab's plans to stay on top of growth.

The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care
Both camps are making waves in the industry, which is poised for dramatic IT growth.

VMware Accuses Microsoft Of Restricting Its Customers
Microsoft's virtualization technology shuts out third parties, the vendor claims.

HP Touch-Screen Computer Sparks Debate
Is the TouchSmart IQ770 the beginning of a new generation of computers or a flash in the pan?

Down To Business: Talent Shortage? Employers Must Take Some Of The Rap
Many tech pros are demoralized, thanks to knee-jerk offshore outsourcing and the post-bubble malaise. Employers must move beyond the "you should be happy you have a job" mentality.

It's The End Of The Business Intelligence World As We Know It
Oracle's deal to buy Hyperion Solutions is just the latest in a series of market-changing developments.

Palm Speculation Builds As Its Share Price Rises
Treo smartphone maker Palm Inc. could bring a buyer a decade's worth of digital assistant design and mobile phone know-how, but at a hefty price for a company no longer viewed as cutting edge.

Computer Trading Snags Put Wall Street On Edge
Can last week's glitch-aided market collapse happen again? It's still early days for stock market automation.

AMD Unlikely To Meet First-Quarter Revenue Target
CEO Ruiz blames the "blip" on pressure to meet obligations to PC makers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

Death And (Telecom) Taxes Are Certain, And Some Are Rising
Municipalities are asking carriers Verizon and RCN to pay up because wireless signals also travel over landlines.

RIM Expects Accounting Errors To Reduce Stated Earnings By $250 Million
The maker of the BlackBerry mobile device also said that co-chief executive Jim Balsillie had voluntarily stepped down as chairman of the board, but would retain his CEO job with co-CEO Michael Lazaridis.

Microsoft Boosts Size Of Xbox Memory Unit
The new offering is eight times bigger than the current memory unit and is expected to have a retail price in North America of $49.99.

American Airlines Outsources HR To IBM
The agreement worth $217 million covers the airline's U.S. and Canadian employees.

Z Corp. Unveils More Affordable 3-D Printer
Long used for prototyping, 3-D printing is increasingly being employed for manufacturing as well.

HP Sharpens Its Blades
The purchase lets HP tie network-attached storage to its fast-growing blade server business.

Mobile Devices Need Updates, Too
The early switchover to daylight-saving time could affect your mobile device, but vendors are coming up with fixes.

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4. The Latest Microsoft Blog Posts
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Windows Vista Diary: Caught In A Vicious Update Cycle
When we last left our hero, he was grappling with an annoying Vista activation problem (eventually solved by a Microsoft patch). This week, he's caught in Windows Update hell, and he's apparently not alone.

Microsoft Declines Ad-Supported Enterprise Software
Microsoft's slowly getting into the ad-supported software game for consumers and small businesses with its Live services. That might be a necessary strategy in the Google era, but chief software architect Ray Ozzie says software for big business is a whole different ballgame.

Join The Windows Vista Roundtable
Have you heard enough about Windows Vista yet? Unless you still use an Underwood typewriter to produce your daily reports, you've no doubt been bombarded with analysts, journalists, bloggers, and other pundits who have offered their opinion and advice about Microsoft's new operating system. But what about the people out there in the trenches -- the ones who will actually have to install, implement, and support Vista?

Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered By Microsoft
Microsoft said it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.


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