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  • When Windows Update won't update

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 10:03 am

    When Windows Update gets a bee under its bonnet and simply refuses to work, the problem rarely goes away on its own and the exact cause isn't always easy to diagnose and fix. Here are some solutions to a very specific, very common, Windows XP specific Windows Update problem.
  • HP to do it right by doing it itself?

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Or: What happens when you suddenly realize that your business depends on somebody else's.
  • Twelve unnecessary Vista features to disable

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 11:24 am

    Vista packs a lot of code--more than any version of Windows ever--and some of it is just plain unnecessary. You can regain some PC performance by removing the 12 Vista features listed here. Some are shiny baubles that slow down graphics performance, while others are optional utilities that hog memory when they shouldn't. A few can actually be quite useful, though they play a major role in bogging down your PC.
  • Sony Ericsson courts Windows Mobile developers

    Posted September 3, 2008 - 1:57 pm

    Sony Ericsson wants Windows Mobile developers to start working on applications for its Xperia X1 and on Wednesday it announced a tailor-made SDK (software development kit) for the upcoming cell phone.
  • Microsoft looks to build one-stop mobile apps market

    Posted September 1, 2008 - 8:03 pm

    Microsoft is preparing to launch in the next few months a Web site called Skymarket to sell Windows Mobile OS applications, a job advertisement suggests.
  • Linux end-user summit planned

    Posted August 26, 2008 - 8:46 pm

    The Linux Foundation on Wednesday plans to announce an event enabling Linux users to interact with the Linux community, including high-level maintainers and developers.
  • Bugs & fixes: Fixing a connect to server error

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    When attempting to access a server via the Connect to Server command in the Finder's Go menu, you may get an error message that states: "The text entered does not appear to be a recognized URL format." The message may appear even if the server address you entered is entirely correct.
  • Researcher warns of Vista vulnerabilities

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    A New Zealand security researcher is exploring several scenarios in which Windows Vista could be attacked and warns more protection is needed for users.
  • Vista may still have its day

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    What do we know about Vista? That home users hate it, businesses are uninstalling it, and still it will be more popular at the end of this year than Windows XP was at a similar juncture -- with 28% of the PC operating system installed base worldwide, vs. 22% for XP at the end of 2003.
  • Microsoft lists Windows 7 in patching tool

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 11:05 am

    Microsoft has already seeded its most popular patching tool for corporate users with a reference to Windows 7, its planned successor to Windows Vista.
  • Apple's MobileMe lacks key security feature

    Posted August 20, 2008 - 10:58 pm

    Users of Apple's MobileMe have already discovered that the US$99-per-year service is sometimes slow and unreliable, and they're now talking about another shortcoming that was intentional.
  • Review

    Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 12:02 pm

    Getting your friends and family to try Linux just got a lot easier. With the 3rd edition of Ubuntu for Non-Geeks and a desktop with spiffy visual effects, they might become easy converts!
  • Microsoft PDC, WinHEC will be Windows 7 coming-out parties

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 8:18 pm

    Microsoft has been fairly reticent about the development of the next client version of its Windows OS, code-named Windows 7. But in a blog entry Thursday, Microsoft said it will finally give developers their first in-depth look at the OS at its forthcoming Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October.
  • Launch System Preferences with a keyboard shortcut

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 3:40 pm

    You may need to open System Preferences from time to time to adjust network settings, change user account options, or some other task. If you don't keep System Preferences in your Dock, you can set a keyboard shortcut to make it launch.
  • Windows' Days May Be Numbered

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 12:53 pm

    Some very interesting documents have been leaking out of Microsoft. They clearly indicate, believe it or not, that Microsoft is considering shifting its users from Windows to a new operating system: Midori.
  • Linux patent pool to push for 'defensive publication'

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 11:09 am

    A tech vendor-backed company that buys up patents in an effort to protect the Linux community from intellectual property litigation will soon launch a Web site to help inventors file defensive publications -- documents that make details of an invention public, preventing others from later making patent claims on it.
  • Don't move system files onto removable media

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 6:07 pm

    Want to quickly bring your Windows system into an unsupportable state? Try moving system files to removable media and then removing the media!
  • IBM exec on Linux apps: 'I'm tired of waiting'

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Open-source software may not make major inroads into industry-specific enterprise applications, according to an IBM open-source guru.
  • Long listings for the ps command

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 12:15 pm

    If you've ever been frustrated by ps output that is truncated at the edge of your 80-column terminal window, let's take a look at the options that various Unix systems provide for showing you what you really want to see.
  • Samsung, Microsoft in talks to speed up SSDs on Vista

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 11:31 am

    Samsung isn't just pushing the envelope in storage capacity of SSDs (solid-state drives), it is also working with software makers to boost SSD performance on operating systems.
  • Put new life into Windows XP

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Microsoft may have given up on Windows XP, but that doesn't mean you have to. While there's plenty of life in the old operating system, there's also a good chance XP may start looking long in the tooth to you. The good news is you don't have to live with an XP that feels sluggish or looks and acts outdated. In this article, we'll show you plenty of ways to spiff up XP -- and make it faster and more reliable -- without spending a penny. So come along and get your free DIY Windows XP upgrade.
  • OpenCL: What you need to know

    Posted August 6, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    But based on Apple's public statements about the next version of OS X, we know that Snow Leopard features some new technology that promises to more thoroughly utilize the potential processing capability of the powerful graphics processors included with many Macs. Apple is promoting the technology, OpenCL, as a new open standard for graphics. But what is OpenCL exactly?
  • U.S. loses out in Lenovo's Linux netbook push

    Posted August 6, 2008 - 10:26 am

    People in most markets Lenovo serves, including Singapore, China and the U.K., will be offered the company's new IdeaPad netbooks with either Microsoft Windows XP or a Linux OS, but users in the U.S. won't have that option.
  • Google pushing software to low-cost Linux PCs

    Posted August 6, 2008 - 10:05 am

    With an eye for larger adoption of Linux, Google is actively working with open-source developers to integrate its applications in the OS, a Linux developer said on Tuesday.
  • Analysts predict win for Linux in MID market

    Posted August 5, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    In a report released this week, ABI Research says that the Linux operating system appears positioned to take the lion's share of the market for devices that are bigger than a cell phone but smaller than a laptop.

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