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  • Microsoft to EMEA: Guess Vista ship date, win prizes

    Posted February 7, 2006 - 10:08 am

    In an effort to promote the next release of Windows Vista outside of the U.S., Microsoft Corp. is offering a chance for users in Europe and the Middle East to win prizes if they can guess the launch date of the next version of its Windows OS, according to a company Web site.
  • Protecting Your Network Against Spoofed IP Packets

    Posted February 3, 2006 - 3:16 pm

    These days, the vast majority of administrators go to great lengths to protect the files on their network. Typically, elaborate firewalls are used to keep outsiders away from file servers. The files residing on those servers often lie behind an intricate permissions scheme and are often encrypted. Complex auditing mechanisms might even monitor access to files. The point is that in this day and age, most administrators take security very seriously. What you might not realize though is that all of this security can be easily undone through the simple action of a user accessing a file through legitimate means. In this article, we'll look at how this is possible and what you can do to fight back.
  • Novell demonstrates its Linux Desktop 10 in Paris

    Posted February 1, 2006 - 11:06 am

    A demonstration of the next release of Novell Inc.'s Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months.
  • Allchin: Services, software will coexist

    Posted February 1, 2006 - 10:19 am

    In an interview with the IDG News Service last week, Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms, Products & Services Division, said that offering services will add new business models to Microsoft's repertoire, but even 10 years from now it will not replace software licensing.
  • Linux in the data center: The next wave

    Posted January 30, 2006 - 5:36 pm

    As new advances in technology come first and faster to Linux platforms, this open source operating system will gain greater acceptance as the preferred option for enterprise computing. With heterogeneous availability, performance, virtualization, and automation software already available for Linux, organizations can fully leverage Linux to control IT costs while maintaining the high performance, interoperability, flexibility, and reliability demands of production workloads in the data center.
  • Analyst: No effect from tardy XP service pack

    Posted January 18, 2006 - 6:03 pm

    Microsoft's plan to release a third service pack for Windows XP later than expected should not have much effect on sales of Windows Vista, the company's upcoming desktop upgrade, according to a market analyst.
  • Motorola buys Linux set-top box platform developer

    Posted January 17, 2006 - 10:50 am

    Motorola plans to expand its range of digital television set-top boxes with the acquisition of a Swedish specialist in Internet Protocol television equipment for an undisclosed sum.
  • Developers put OpenSolaris on PowerPC

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 11:51 am

    Developers working on the OpenSolaris project have taken a step closer to bringing their Unix operating system to the PowerPC processor used by Apple's Macintosh computers. On Sunday, developers announced that they had built the first OpenSolaris kernel for PowerPC.
  • Windows Media Center to go mainstream in Vista

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 11:20 am

    Windows XP Media Center Edition OS may not yet be the standard home entertainment hub that Microsoft hopes it will be, but analysts said that could all change once the company releases the next consumer client version of the Windows OS later this year.
  • Flaws in Windows trail open-source vulnerabilities

    Posted January 6, 2006 - 2:01 pm

    US-CERT recorded more than 5,000 security vulnerabilities in 2005, with nearly half of the total affecting the Linux, Unix and Unix-based Mac OS X platforms. Linux/Unix bugs outnumbered Windows flaws by nearly three to one, according to US-CERT.
  • CES: Microsoft tuning Windows Live for digital media

    Posted January 6, 2006 - 11:21 am

    A broader plan for Microsoft's Windows Live services portal is slowly emerging, as a Microsoft spokesman Thursday detailed the link between Microsoft's Internet-based services and its Windows Media Center Edition OS, intended to give users more access to content on their Media Center PCs.
  • DCC Alliance 'close to end' claims Ubuntu founder

    Posted January 5, 2006 - 5:59 pm

    The attempt to bring several Linux distributions together under a single core is doomed. That's according to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the startlingly popular Ubuntu distribution of Linux, who has predicted that the DCC Alliance initiative will ultimately fail.
  • Ballmer, Gates take on CES

    Posted January 5, 2006 - 5:36 pm

    Shortly before Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates gave the opening keynote address at the CES show Wednesday, IDG News Service Executive News Editor Marc Ferranti sat down with company Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer to explore how the software giant's new emphasis on Internet services, particularly via Windows Live, plays in the consumer market. Gates sat in and reviewed aspects of the company's Vista pitch to corporate IT.
  • PC maker Mirus offers line of $299 Linux PCs

    Posted January 4, 2006 - 11:45 am

    Computer maker Mirus Innovations and software vendor Linspire have teamed to offer a line of Linux-based desktop PCs starting at US$299.
  • Separating the cart from the horse

    Posted January 2, 2006 - 11:24 am

    Imagine a world in which carts full of goods are designed to be pulled by a single horse. If the horse slows down, the cart moves more slowly. If the horse dies unexpectedly, the cart comes to an immediate halt and a lot of time and money is expended, pulling all the contents out of the cart for transfer to a second horse-and-cart combo. Insane right? Now switch out the word "cart" for the word "data" and the word "horse" for the word "operating system". Data designed to be accessed by a single operating system. Data tied to a particular copy of an operating system in such a way that failures in the operating system result in time and money being expended moving the data somewhere else.
  • Hunting for the perfect Linux Media Center

    Posted January 2, 2006 - 11:22 am

    A Linux replacement for Microsoft's Windows Media Center -- is that so much to ask? One tech pundit doesn't think so, though the idea's been tried before without success.
  • Choosing Whether to Run Performance Monitor Locally or Remotely

    Posted December 27, 2005 - 10:28 pm

    The Performance Monitor is designed to measure what
  • Gartner warns of metadata troubles with Vista OS

    Posted December 23, 2005 - 9:53 am

    Microsoft does not adequately address metadata management in its upcoming Windows Vista OS, posing risks that documents with potentially embarrassing data could inadvertently be revealed to customers or partners, Gartner Inc. warned in a report.
  • Quick hits: Palm against Palm, Windows Vista, and Sun's Server Giveaway

    Posted December 21, 2005 - 11:15 am

    So much news, so little space. Here's a quick roundup on three recent stories and how they could impact solutions integrators.
  • Implementing File Screening in Windows Server 2003 R2

    Posted December 19, 2005 - 1:13 pm

    Administrators can use file screening to easily prevent users from saving audio and video files to their network folders to avoid having their folders fill up and exceed their quota and to deter employees from storing illegally copied media files on company servers. You can even configure file servers to send email notifications to administrators when users try to save files that are blocked by file screens, and you can create templates that can be used to simplify deployment and management of file screens across multiple shared volumes and folders. In short, file screening clearly is an administrator
  • Analysts: Marketing Vista key Microsoft hurdle for 2006

    Posted December 16, 2005 - 10:48 am

    A research firm has identified its top 10 concerns facing Microsoft in 2006, putting the challenge of making Windows Vista appeal to enterprise customers at the top of the list.
  • Windows earns Common Criteria certification

    Posted December 15, 2005 - 10:42 pm

    Several of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows platform products have achieved a Common Criteria certification of 4+, a rating that bolsters their profile among government and other vertical-market customers that have high-security needs for IT products, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft releases Windows Server 2003 R2

    Posted December 6, 2005 - 7:28 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday released to manufacturing a long-awaited interim update to the current version of Windows Server OS, Windows Server 2003 R2.
  • Setting Up a DHCP Server for your Organization

    Posted December 2, 2005 - 12:25 pm

    One of the most basic processes on a network is that of assigning IP addresses to network clients. Although there are many different types of DHCP servers that can do the job, you can configure Windows Server 2003 to act as a DHCP server. In this article, I will show you how.
  • Microsoft under pressure for timely Vista release

    Posted December 1, 2005 - 11:16 am

    Microsoft's business customers may have come to expect delays in product releases, but the company is going to be under pressure over the next year to deliver its Vista OS on time.
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