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  • Review

    SDExplorer

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 5:10 pm

    SDExplorer (née SkyDrive Explorer) isn't complex, but it's free and it's handy--greatly simplifying access to the storage on your Windows Live account. During its rather short installation, SDExplorer creates an icon within Windows Explorer (at the level you'll see when you first double-click My Computer) under Other storage. Double--clicking on this icon invokes the SDExplorer dialog which asks you for your Windows Live user name and password. Assuming you entered both correctly, you'll be taken to the root level of your Windows SkyDrive storage and from that point on, on you may treat SkyDrive as you would any other storage device on your system. You'll need to log on again only after you reboot the computer.
  • The 10 Coolest Experiments from Google Labs

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 4:57 pm

    When you've got thousands of the world's most brilliant engineers spending 20% of their time on whatever takes their fancy, cool software is the result.
  • Outlook Harnesses Social Networking

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Microsoft is transforming Outlook from an e-mail client, or messaging platform, to a social networking hub with the addition of social connectors. The integration of social networking is a huge benefit for Outlook users, and may even help drive adoption of Outlook as others look for a tool to help sift through the social network noise.
  • SOA: Think Business Transformation, Not Code Reuse

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 4:04 pm

    From responsiveness to flexibility, the benefits of SOA should go well beyond software reuse and into the realm of strategic business transformation, says Forrester's Randy Heffner. Here are some ways that your IT department can use SOA to do more for the business.
  • Windows Phone 7 Spotlights SharePoint Collaboration

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:08 pm

    An application that many users have never seen--Microsoft's SharePoint--plays a key role in Windows Phone 7 Series' Office Hub, the center of business activities in the new smartphone operating system.
  • Sony PlayStation on Your Windows Phone 7?

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:07 pm

    No one's jaw hit the floor when Microsoft demoed Xbox LIVE running on its new Windows Phone 7 platform earlier this week, but what about a similar connection to Sony's PlayStation Network?
  • Windows Phone 7 Pits Microsoft Against Carriers

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    In pushing for a standard Windows Phone 7 experience across many devices and carriers, Microsoft is likely to run into problems. For as much as Microsoft wants its smartphone OS to look and act the same across many devices, carriers and hardware makers want to make their own marks, too. At stake is control of the user experience and, ultimately, of customers themselves.
  • Review

    Review: Databases primed for social networks

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 10:01 am

    Neo4j, Cassandra, and FluidDB represent a breed of databases that swiftly search social networking data.
  • Microsoft says rootkit caused Windows blue screens

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Microsoft confirmed that a rootkit caused Windows PCs to crash after users applied a security patch issued last week.
  • Oracle set to merge Java virtual machines

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 9:56 am

    The plan to meld HotSpot with JRockit is evolving, and a single JVM based on both technologies is expected within two years
  • Amazon puts Kindle e-book reader on US BlackBerries

    Posted February 18, 2010 - 3:10 am

    Amazon.com has released a version of its Kindle application for BlackBerry users, giving them access to their e-books without a Kindle device.
  • LogMeIn previews more solutions for remote access on the run

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:47 pm

    There's quite a market for apps that allow you to control your computer remotely from your iPhone. Some are relatively simple, like apps that simulate Bluetooth number pads, or provide convenient access to keyboard shortcuts for professional-grade software. But for software that lets you control your computer from anywhere in the world--as though you were right in front of the monitor--LogMeIn Ignition is a very strong contender.
  • Tuning Snort with Host Attribute Tables

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:23 pm

    Having trouble finding malicious activity during Snort scans? Your Snort implementation may need a tune up. Joel Esler tells you how to do it using host attribute tables.
  • CodePlex open source group moves beyond Microsoft

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:20 pm

    The group has announced its first non-Microsoft undertaking, the MVC Contrib project.
  • Most Windows 7 PCs max out memory

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:09 pm

    Most Windows 7 PCs max out their memory, resulting in performance bottlenecks, a researcher said today.
  • Active Directory: 10 years old and thinking cloud

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 11:02 pm

    Ten years ago, Microsoft released its Active Directory technology to skepticism that it could build an infrastructure technology to anchor user management and access control. Today the software is an integral part of nearly every corporate network and stands ready for its next frontier: public and private clouds.
  • Facebook boosts application privacy controls

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    Facebook has made it possible for its members to assign, on the fly, a wider variety of access levels to content they post using third-party applications and Web sites, the company said Wednesday.
  • Microsoft security exec leaves for Amazon

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 6:40 pm

    The Microsoft executive who managed the company's Trustworthy Computing security program has left for a new role at Amazon.
  • Saving Money, Space and Energy With Blade Virtualization

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    In 1986, Attorney Nicholas Barrett founded Nicholas Barrett & Associates with just himself and an assistant running the business. But over the last 24 years, that small two-person office has grown into a bustling 45-person law firm specializing in litigation, real estate law, collections, and loan servicing.
  • LinkedIn Lands In Microsoft Outlook

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 6:00 pm

    The social network for business professionals, LinkedIn, released a beta version of its Microsoft Outlook add-on Wednesday. LinkedIn Outlook Connector allows you to keep up to date with your LinkedIn connections, integrates their contact information into Outlook, and allows you to add new LinkedIn connections right from your desktop.
  • HTC Desire is 'Best Yet' Android Phone: Droid Overload?

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:56 pm

    The Google Nexus One is no longer the king of the Android hill anymore. The HTC Desire, unveiled Tuesday, is the latest must-have Android phone. The handset is basically a Nexus One on steroids and is sure to put a pit in the stomach of any new Android owner who thought their phone was the coolest.
  • Mac users damn, defend 'ribbonizing' of Office 2011

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Some Mac users blasted Microsoft's plan to "ribbonize" the next version of Office for the Mac, while others -- many of whom said they also use the productivity suite on Windows -- defended the move.
  • Salesforce.com launches private beta for Chatter

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 5:52 pm

    Salesforce.com on Wednesday announced a private beta program for Chatter, the enterprise collaboration platform first announced last year, positioning it as an alternative to Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Lotus Notes.
  • Oracle making new push into social services software

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 4:40 pm

    Oracle has its heart set on dominating the social services software market, in which its rival SAP has historically had a strong hand.
  • Apache Beehive project retired

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 4:13 pm

    The Java programming model effort derived from BEA technology suffered from a slowdown in contributions.
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