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  • iPhone OS 2.2 update doesn't fix key business flaws

    Posted November 24, 2008 - 10:42 am

    Unfortunately, the iPhone OS 2.2 update released this weekend doesn't address the gaps in what business users need from the iPhone. That may give the new BlackBerry Storm a real chance to push the iPhone out of the enterprise.
  • Symantec sees spike in dangerous Microsoft attacks

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 10:26 pm

    Symantec is warning of a 'dramatic rise' in attacks exploiting a critical Windows bug.
  • Unix commands: The best tool for the job

    Posted November 19, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    With Unix, there are always many ways to do a single thing, but sometimes one approach is just a lot better! Let's look at a couple examples of commands that are right for the job.
  • The Microsoft-Novell Linux deal: Two years later

    Posted November 18, 2008 - 12:33 pm

    Two years ago this month, Microsoft forged its controversial partnership with Novell that, among other things, had the two companies agreeing not to sue each other over intellectual property issues. Just how well that deal worked out depends on who you talk to.
  • Does Microsoft Need to Ship Windows 7 in 2009?

    Posted November 17, 2008 - 11:39 am

    Microsoft officially says it will ship the Windows 7 operating system within three years of the January 2007 consumer release of Windows Vista. But speculation abounds that the software giant is gunning to ship halfway through 2009 to be on machines for the back-to-school and holiday seasons.
  • A Linux iPhone? It is to laugh!

    Posted November 14, 2008 - 4:22 pm

    The Papermaster-Fadell saga just keeps giving to Apple rumor junkies.
  • Review

    Windows 7: This time Microsoft gets it right

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 10:51 am

    Microsoft may call the newest version of its operating system Windows 7, but you may want to think of it as Windows 6.5. In overall look and feel, it mimics Vista, although there are enough changes to make it far more than just a juiced-up service pack.
  • Programmer unlocks hidden Windows 7 features

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 10:21 am

    A programmer has unlocked several still-unfinished features of Windows 7 that Microsoft Corp. has hidden from users who received the alpha build at two recent developer conferences.
  • Microsoft fixes critical Web bugs with security updates

    Posted November 11, 2008 - 3:45 pm

    Microsoft released two security updates for its Windows operating system Tuesday to patch flaws that could give attackers new ways to install malicious software on a victim's computer.
  • Leopard One Year Later: 5 OS Lessons Learned

    Posted November 10, 2008 - 10:08 pm

    When Apple released Mac OS X 10.5, frequently referred to by its code name "Leopard," the company immediately had to deal with scattered technical problems. Now, one year later, Apple has weathered the problems, morphed both its iMac and MacBook systems to aluminum cases with clean lines, and plans to release the sixth revision, code named "Snow Leopard," to its flagship operating system.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7 will run on SSD netbooks

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 11:20 am

    Netbooks equipped with solid-state drives (SSD) sporting as little as 16GB of storage capacity will be able to comfortably run Windows 7, Microsoft says.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 to support up to 256 CPU cores

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 4:52 pm

    Microsoft Thursday said the next upgrade of its Windows Server operating system will scale up to 256 logical processors.
  • Ballmer doesn't see Google Android as competitor yet

    Posted November 6, 2008 - 3:18 pm

    Google's Android mobile platform doesn't "bubble up to the top" of Microsoft's list of toughest competitors to Windows Mobile in the market for smartphone OSes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday.
  • If Windows is a dead end, what's next?

    Posted November 5, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    The writing is on the wall. Despite a major push to sell the much-maligned Windows Vista, customers aren't buying. And if Windows 7 is more of the same, then maybe it's time to conclude that Windows is a technology dead end.
  • Is Windows Vista Like Windows 2000 or Windows ME?

    Posted November 4, 2008 - 12:24 pm

    Windows ME was the last gasp of the Windows 9x model. It came out seven months after Windows 2000, but failed miserably while Windows 2000 provided a nice upgrade from Windows 98, and a quick stepping stone to Windows XP, Microsoft's most popular and well received OS ever.
  • IBM, Sun release OpenSolaris OS on mainframe

    Posted November 3, 2008 - 6:12 pm

    A mainframe version of the OpenSolaris operating system is now available for download, IBM and Sun announced Monday.
  • Review

    Which smartphone OS works best?

    Posted October 31, 2008 - 2:32 pm

    With so many smart phones available now, it's hard to know which one is right for you. To help you at least narrow down your choices, we tested four smart phones, each based on a different operating system, to find out which platform is better for particular tasks.
  • How to set up a cross-platform network

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    Linux, Mac OS, and Windows can communicate and coexist on a single network. By using suitable off-the-shelf networking equipment and the various operating systems' built-in tools, you can connect your heterogeneous hardware to the universe in short order.
  • Squeezing out the white space

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 11:22 am

    Ever need to clean up some sloppy text? You can squeeze out extra white space with some very simple Perl commands. Let's take a look at how this works.
  • Video

    Microsoft Details More Windows 7 Vaporware

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 11:02 am

    Computerworld plays Microsoft fanboy in “Opinion: 10 Best Features in Windows 7 for IT Professionals.” The Windows developer conference underway now will generate a tidal wave of “inside information” which is Microsoft PR speak for “vague promises” with little connection to reality.
  • Create easy screen-sharing shortcuts

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 3:43 pm

    I use OS X 10.5's screen sharing feature a lot to work with machines that don't happen to be sitting where I am. While there are many ways to start screen sharing, here's one of my favorites.
  • More Messaging Moves to the Cloud

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 12:06 pm

    E-mail lends itself well to hosted services providing services to users across the Internet. All the early free e-mail services, like Yahoo and Hotmail used the hosted model.
  • Shuttleworth: Canonical may need 3-5 more years of funding

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    Canonical, the commercial backer of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system, is not yet turning a profit, but founder Mark Shuttleworth said Monday during a teleconference that he is prepared to bankroll the company for three to five more years.
  • Economy, more than Apple, leads to Windows laptop price drops

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 2:55 pm

    The dream of an $800 Mac notebook has been deferred. So what are Windows manufacturers going to do about it? Industry watchers predict they will keep cutting prices, but Apple is only part of the reason.
  • A keyboard shortcut for parent window navigation

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 2:48 pm

    While I generally prefer to work with only one or two Finder windows, this new shortcut is very useful for those times when I need to see both the parent and child folders at the same time.

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