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  • 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.
  • Unix Tip: Use your Unix scripting skills to write a batch file

    Posted July 18, 2007 - 9:35 pm

    Attaching a remote drive or directory on a Windows box is called "drive mapping" though the process is essentially the same as what we call mounting in the Unix world. While I rarely spend any significant time working on the Windows end of a Samba connection, I recently had an opportunity to assist a user who was tired of repeatedly having to manually connect directories from a couple of Solaris servers equipped with samba for sharing directories with select Windows desktops. The solution was to whip up a batch file that mapped the drives on login. Batch files, though far less sophisticated than their Unix shell script counterparts, nonetheless have many of the important features that I have become accustomed to working with on my Unix systems. These include such things as redirection, testable return codes, the ability to test for the existence of a file and the equivalent of /dev/null for discarding command output, errors and all.
  • Windows Tip: More fun with Outlook 2007

    Posted July 18, 2007 - 9:10 pm

    Last week, I started sharing some Outlook 2007 tips based on our recent migration to the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Judging from reader response, this is obviously a hot topic so let's continue along this path for awhile. One of the difficulties users often have when their applications are upgraded is finding new ways of performing old tasks. For example, I have a lousy memory and so I often find myself searching mail folders for a particular keyword or subject. In Outlook 2003 this was easy -- simply right-click on a mail folder and select Advanced Find and then enter your search parameters.
  • Oracle 11g for Linux to debut in August

    Posted July 11, 2007 - 3:54 pm

    While Wednesday marked the official unveiling of Oracle Corp.'s 11g database and a look at its new features, pricing and availability information was pretty thin on the ground. All the vendor would confirm is that the Linux version of 11g will ship this quarter, probably in August.
  • MS WPC: Microsoft to launch next product wave in February 2008

    Posted July 11, 2007 - 5:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday said it would formally unveil the next wave of its enterprise products -- including the long-awaited "Longhorn" version of Windows Server -- in February 2008 at a launch event in Los Angeles.
  • Windows Tip: Fun with Outlook 2007

    Posted July 9, 2007 - 1:19 pm

    So last week we took the plunge and migrated our workstations to Office 2007, mainly so we could take advantage of the new Outlook and the cool ribbon bar or ribbon or whatever you want to call it. Very nice, but after only a few days, I found myself in trouble. I was trying to do something , and accidentally deleted the Unread Mail folder under my Favorite Folders. This raised the question of how to get it back. It's easy to create a new favorite by dragging a folder from the Mail Folders pane into the Favorite Folders pane, but unfortunately there's no Unread Mail folder in the Mail Folders pane
  • Microsoft to release six security updates next week

    Posted July 6, 2007 - 8:52 am

    Microsoft Corp. will release six groups of security patches next week including three critical updates for Windows and Excel users.
  • Google argues for right to comment on Microsoft case

    Posted July 4, 2007 - 8:18 am

    Google Inc. still hopes to influence changes that Microsoft Corp. plans to make in Vista's desktop search function, even after the parties involved in Microsoft's 2002 antitrust settlement agreed to alterations to the search system.
  • Windows Tip: Another classic Active Directory mistake

    Posted June 29, 2007 - 11:09 am

    Say you do regularly scheduled backups of the system state on your domain controllers, but you still feel nervous and want to make sure you can recover your forest should your schema somehow become corrupt. You set up an additional domain controller on a separate subnet (that is, a separate Active Directory site) and then scheduling inter-site replication to occur only once a week with the rest of your forest. This idea sounds reasonable af first blush, but it's not. Here's why.
  • Windows Server 2008 makes hosting debut at Microsoft.com

    Posted June 27, 2007 - 9:17 am

    About 2,600 Web sites are already running Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Server 2008, a small but increasing number that indicates rising interest in the OS, according to new statistics from Netcraft Ltd.
  • Microsoft kills continuation of Longhorn client project

    Posted June 25, 2007 - 10:25 am

    Microsoft Corp. has forced developers to close down a project aimed at reviving the original Windows client code-named "Longhorn."
  • Microsoft kills continuation of Longhorn client project

    Posted June 22, 2007 - 3:16 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has forced developers to close down a project aimed at reviving the original Windows client code-named "Longhorn."
  • Windows Tip: Building a supportable enterprise, part 2

    Posted June 22, 2007 - 11:25 am

    IT pros are by nature people who like to "mess around" with things. They're basically creative people who are easily bored, who enjoy challenges, and who usually prefer to tweak than to leave well enough alone. At least, that's me in a nutshell -- maybe I'm just a frustrated entrepreneur. Unfortunately, tweaking can easily get you in trouble, even when the best of intentions are involved.
  • Microsoft clears antitrust hurdle in Iowa

    Posted June 21, 2007 - 8:15 am

    The latest status report on Microsoft Corp.'s compliance with an antitrust settlement in the U.S. has cleared the company of a separate accusation of not complying with orders to disclose information to make its products more interoperable.
  • Microsoft to change Vista desktop search by year end

    Posted June 20, 2007 - 2:26 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will change how desktop search works in its Vista operating system by the end of the year, in response to an antitrust complaint by rival Google Inc., the company said in court documents released late Tuesday.
  • California gets Microsoft to change Vista

    Posted June 20, 2007 - 8:27 am

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp. has agreed to make "significant changes" in its new Vista operating system to stay in compliance with a U.S. court agreement in Microsoft's antitrust case.
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