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  • Looking at the changes to Snow Leopard's top command

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    I often use top in Terminal as a quick-and-dirty version of Activity Monitor. top can report on CPU and memory usage, and much more. Because I have Terminal running all the time, top is only a few keystrokes away when I'm curious about what my system may be up to.
  • Apple issues week's second patch set, fixes 7 Safari flaws

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Apple on Wednesday issued its second security update in three days, patching seven vulnerabilities in Safari, including one in the Windows version that the company fixed two months ago for most Mac users.
  • Report: Chrome for Mac Beta may appear in 'early December'

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    The developer preview versions of Google's Chrome Web browser for OS X have slowly been improving to the point where they probably won't kernel panic your machine five minutes after launch. But still, we don't have an official release for the Mac, and goshdarnit, Sergey's been asking for it since last year. What gives?
  • Crashing Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2 with SMB

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Something seems off with Microsoft's networking quality assurance in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. Yet another SMB bug has shown-up.
  • Windows 7 Copied from Mac? Don't Flatter Yourself

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    It is the statement that has re-ignited the near-religious debate about whether the Windows user interface was copied from Mac. Define 'copied'. Adopting features that work is not new to Windows 7 or unique to the Windows / Mac debate--its just the way the world works.
  • Facebook Tips: Staying Safe While Using Games and Apps

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    The maker of the popular FarmVille game has agreed to change its practices that subjected Facebook users to some scammy offers. But the more games and apps that you use on Facebook, the higher your risk for malware, phishing scams and hacking. Here are four tips for staying secure.
  • iPhone Sync Problems? Try This

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    I spent the better part of yesterday trying to resolve a problem with my iPhone: After migrating iTunes to Windows 7, it wouldn't sync properly.
  • H1N1 drives demand for secure remote access

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:40 pm

    Vendors of remote access technologies are reporting an unexpected increase in demand for their products over the past several months as a result of companies' H1N1-related concerns.
  • Google's Go is promising, but still in diapers

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Google's Go could improve on existing programming languages by simplifying development without sacrificing application performance, but it will likely take years for Go to attain an established position that will allow it to have a noticeable impact.
  • Microsoft Stole Mac OS Aesthetics? So What!

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    A magician never reveals his tricks, but that seems to be precisely what Microsoft's partner group manager Simon Aldous did when he supposedly uncloaked the aesthetic inspiration behind Windows 7. However, there are a lot of problems behind this "leak."
  • TomTom, Navigon update iPhone apps

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Navigation vendors TomTom and Navigon this week announced significant updates to their respective turn-by-turn navigation apps for the iPhone.
  • Amazon Web Services to expand into Asia-Pacific

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Amazon Web Services will expand its footprint to Asia-Pacific during the first half of 2010, the cloud-computing infrastructure vendor said Thursday.
  • Review

    Firefox Addon Shortens Lengthy Browser Tasks

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    Want to automate common Firefox browsing tasks, such as logging into your Web-based mail, or tracking a package online? Then you'll want to give the free DéjàClick a try. It's a simple-to-use recording program that will record your actions, let you save them as a script, and then run them for you.
  • For the enterprise, Google Apps fights uphill battle with Microsoft

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 11:10 am

    While companies are starting to seriously look at the hosted applications from Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., the latter's incumbent status gives it a leg up, according to some CIOs.
  • Intel says shape-shifting robots closer to reality

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 11:10 am

    Researchers at Intel and Carnegie-Mellon University are using distributed computing and robotics to make shape-shifting robots a reality.
  • Microsoft rebukes exec for Mac inspiration comment

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Microsoft disowned a company executive who said his company's Windows 7 was inspired by Apple's Mac operating system, calling his comments "uninformed" and "inaccurate."
  • Sun shuts down zembly social apps development effort

    Posted November 12, 2009 - 12:10 am

    The environment for building and hosting social applications will be taken down on November 30
  • In-Flight Entertainment on a Netbook

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    Last week, while I was jet-setting off to Dell HQ to get a gander at the Adamo XPS (you did read our exclusive look at prototype laptops that'll never make it to market, right?) I found myself with a lot of free time at the airport. I could have been productive and done some writing--but that was prime time to marry my love of laptops with my love of goofing off. This week, I'm telling you how to make the most of a low-powered PC, be it a netbook or humbly equipped business machine.
  • Apple releases Safari 4.0.4 update

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    You're going to have restart your Mac again. Apple on Wednesday released Safari 4.0.4, an update that addresses "performance, stability, and security."
  • SAP: Outreach to Oracle about Java, not help with Sun deal

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    SAP said Wednesday it contacted Oracle and its CEO, Larry Ellison, in recent months over concerns about the future of the Java programming language and competition in the database market, not to offer help facilitating Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems, which is being held up by a European antitrust review.
  • Unpatched SMB bug crashes Windows 7, researcher says

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    A security researcher unveiled a new unpatched bug in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 that, when exploited, locks up the system, requiring a total shutdown to regain control.
  • Oracle support portal woes could erode users' trust

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 6:39 pm

    Oracle's seemingly botched migration to a new My Oracle Support portal this week has users worldwide hopping mad over what they are calling severe performance and access issues.
  • Oracle/Sun: Why European Union jurisdiction matters

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Previous cases show that European regulators have broad powers over American companies that do business in Europe.
  • Secure your jailbroken iPhone with a password change

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    So, you've jailbroken your iPhone, for whatever reason--because you want some functionality that's not available from Apple, or because you're a rebel--but you're feeling a little wary after this week's announcement of not just one but two exploits that affect jailbroken iPhone.
  • CRM: How Marriott Broke Down Customer Data Siloes

    Posted November 11, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Make every interaction meaningful: It's the Marriott philosophy. This is not an easy task given the multitude of Marriott brands and the plethora of campaign management tools used to contact customers. By partnering with brand leaders and marketing leaders, Marriott's IT department built a unified framework for engaging with customers. The project enabled Marriott to exceed its revenue goals while sending customers fewer, more targeted communications.
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