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  • Microsoft sneaks Longhorn delay news in with SP1 details

    Posted August 31, 2007 - 9:27 am

    When Microsoft Corp. unveiled the long-awaited details of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Wednesday, the company also quietly pushed back the release date for another highly anticipated product, Windows Server 2008.
  • Sun seeks developer help to make Solaris ubiquitous

    Posted August 31, 2007 - 9:24 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has ambitious plans for the commercial and open-source versions of its Solaris operating system, hoping to achieve for Solaris the kind of ubiquity already enjoyed by Java. To come close to reaching that goal, Sun needs to reach out more to developers and endeavor to overcome some long-held prejudices against the OS.
  • Windows Tip: Rebuilding the Outlook search index

    Posted August 30, 2007 - 4:24 pm

    If you're using Outlook 2007, and searching for a contact in the Outlook Contacts list, and coming up empty, try rebuilding the index on your machine. It worked for me. Here's how.
  • Microsoft blames human error for WGA glitch

    Posted August 29, 2007 - 3:49 pm

    Microsoft Corp. blamed human error for a problem that identified legitimate Windows users as pirates last week.
  • Microsoft: Vista SP1 due in Q1 2008, beta in September

    Posted August 29, 2007 - 12:15 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has finally broken its silence on the timing of the release of the highly anticipated Windows Vista Service Pack 1, saying the software updates should be in final release in the first quarter of next year, with the company shipping off a beta next month to 10,000 to 15,000 testers.
  • Windows Tip: Building a supportable enterprise, part 4

    Posted August 27, 2007 - 2:25 pm

    By now you've probably learned at least one important thing about keeping your Windows infrastructure supportable, namely: leave well enough alone. Last time I touched on this topic, I highlighted the dangers of trying to "harden" your network by disabling so-called "unneeded" services. The result of doing this without a proper understanding of what Windows services actually do can lead to broken applications and other mysterious problems. Let's look at another common "hardening" technique that often has more downside than upside -- changing the Access Control Lists (ACLs) on your boot/system volume.
  • Microsoft revises anti-Linux campaign with new site

    Posted August 24, 2007 - 12:59 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has replaced its controversial anti-Linux "Get the Facts" Web site with a kinder, gentler site explaining how its Windows Server operating system compares to open-source Linux as well as other competitive OSes.
  • IBM extends support for Sun's Solaris

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 3:25 pm

    IBM Corp. is extending its support for Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris operating system to cover more of its x86 servers and blades, the two vendors announced.
  • The upgrade you never want to do

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 2:44 pm

    Forrester Research has published an informal follow-up to an earlier study it conducted in May that showed limited adoption of Microsoft's latest operating system among big businesses. It's not that everyone was saying no, but 31 percent were putting it off for a few months and another 53 percent scheduling it sometime within the next two years. After checking in with 45 of those IT managers this summer, however, most of them are now waiting for Service Pack 1, which won't come out until early 2008.
  • SCO to partners, customers: It's business as usual

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 2:08 pm

    If The SCO Group Inc.'s future looks grim, CEO and President Darl McBride apparently hasn't gotten the memo. In a letter to partners and customers filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, McBride said SCO is still committed to doing business as usual even after the company was dealt a crushing blow in its ongoing litigation over Unix copyrights.
  • Sun, IBM ink OS agreement

    Posted August 16, 2007 - 9:39 am

    Longtime rivals IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have signed an agreement related to operating systems technologies, the two companies said Wednesday.
  • Windows Tip: Beyond the run box

    Posted August 13, 2007 - 5:09 pm

    I like to use the keyboard as much as possible and avoid using the mouse, but if I use my Run box for so many different purposes, my RunMRU key fills up with too many saved entries for me to make useful use of this feature. My main priority is for frequently-used UNC paths to be easily accessible from the Run box, so it would be nice if there was an alternative way for me to easily open Web site URLs by simply typing them.
  • SpikeSource CEO: Linux all grown up

    Posted August 13, 2007 - 10:40 am

    The recently concluded LinuxWorld Conference & Expo looked like any other big tech industry conference as the logos of HP, Intel, Dell, IBM and other big names filled the exhibit hall at San Francisco's Moscone Center. That's a change from LinuxWorld shows of a decade ago, when open source was a renegade, even subversive, concept. In this interview, Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource, talks about the open-source movement and new products SpikeSource introduced at LinuxWorld.
  • Windows Tip: Annotating web content

    Posted August 10, 2007 - 3:12 pm

    Now it's easy to annotate a Word doc with Ink, but what if I need to annotate a Web page? For example, say there's a long Microsoft Knowledge Base article I need to read through and annotate -- how I can I annotate a Web page? I've been doing it the hard way until I discovered this trick.
  • How to sneak Linux into your office

    Posted August 9, 2007 - 2:52 pm

    Now that Dell and Lenovo are running the distribution on some of its machines, and Novell is promoting a desktop version of Suse, the stage is set for a serious change in expectations. I'm actually beginning to picture a day when users start to ask their IT departments why they can't run Ubuntu Linux at work, the way they do at home.
  • LINUXWORLD: Dell offers virtual path to Linux on desktop

    Posted August 8, 2007 - 5:14 pm

    Dell Inc. hopes to push the open source Linux operating system into the corporate desktop environment using virtualization so alternative Linux operating systems can more easily be run alongside Windows systems from Microsoft Corp.
  • LINUXWORLD: Oracle opens up latest Linux enhancements

    Posted August 8, 2007 - 3:34 pm

    Oracle Corp. is busy at LinuxWorld, Wednesday opening up its latest work with the Linux community to improve the enterprise capabilities of the open-source operating system.
  • Vista, wireless kept off core Olympic IT roster

    Posted August 8, 2007 - 1:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s newest OS, Vista, has been relegated to waterboy status at the 2008 Olympic Games, while wireless networking won't even play a supporting role in Beijing.
  • Microsoft releases service-pack previews for Vista, XP

    Posted August 7, 2007 - 5:19 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has quietly released pre-beta code to two forthcoming Windows service packs to testers in the past week, but the company continues to remain vague about when the final code for Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista SP1 will make it to end users.
  • LINUXWORLD: Lenovo and Dell sneak Linux on to new PCs

    Posted August 7, 2007 - 10:40 am

    Open source software has made further inroads into Microsoft's heartland this week as both Lenovo and Dell announced Linux-based PCs.
  • Red Hat's SMB desktop Linux delayed

    Posted August 6, 2007 - 9:39 am

    Red Hat has released more details about its plans for Linux on the desktop, including news of a launch delay.
  • Microsoft cuts Windows Vista price to $66 in China

    Posted August 3, 2007 - 10:37 am

    Microsoft Corp. has dramatically cut the price of Windows Vista in China in a bid to boost sales of its new operating system. The new prices, which were introduced Wednesday and outlined in a statement from the company on Friday, represent a steep discount compared to what users in the U.S. and elsewhere are charged for the software.
  • Windows Tip: Building a supportable enterprise, part 3

    Posted July 30, 2007 - 1:43 pm

    It's called the law of unintended consequences -- you do "A" to take care of "B", and then "C" unexpectedly happens. In a previous tip[1], I talked about "leaving well enough alone" and gave the example that when you uninstall Outlook Express from your domain controller (Why not? Who needs an email client on a domain controller? What could go wrong?), an unintended consequence can occur: it breaks your CDO interfaces on your server. While this example might seem a bit obscure to some, there are many more such "hidden dependencies" in Windows, and casual tweaking (in the name of "hardening") can often cause you to run up against these dependencies.
  • Windows Tip: Two Outlook migration tips

    Posted July 30, 2007 - 11:37 am

    Here are two Outlook migration tips I thought readers might want to know about. The first tip has to do with upgrading ANSI .pst files to UNICODE files.
  • Sources: Windows Vista SP1 beta due this week

    Posted July 19, 2007 - 9:12 am

    Microsoft Corp. could pull the trigger on putting out a beta of the first service pack for Windows Vista any day, with a final release by November, sources close to the company said.
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