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  • Falling PC Prices Pit Microsoft Against PC Makers

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    Last week, research firm Gartner released a PC sales forecast that initially sounded like good news for Microsoft and its hardware partners, but likely indicates trouble ahead.
  • SIEM: Security Info and Event Management Dos and Don'ts

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Advice from the front lines on choosing and using a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) product
  • Botnet continues massive H1N1 malware campaign

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    A massive spam campaign that poses as a message from the Centers for Disease Control asking people to register for H1N1 vaccinations remains a big problem today, a security researcher said.
  • Evaluation Criteria for SIEM

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    Mike Mahoney, manager of IT security and compliance at Liz Claiborne Inc., used the following evaluation criteria when choosing a SIEM product, eventually deciding on Q1 Labs' QRadar. He asked several teams within the organization to rank these criteria in terms of their importance to getting their jobs done, both for statistical work (trending, historical, matrices and reporting) and for correlation (normalization and analyzing). (Also see the companion article Choosing SIEM: Security Info and Event Management Dos and Don'ts.)
  • Oracle/Sun behemoth makes customer negotiations tricky

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    The combination of Oracle and Sun raises many questions for customers, who should tread carefully in negotiating with the combined company.
  • Mozilla adds extra Firefox 3.6 beta, still plans to ship final in 2009

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Mozilla last week slipped in a fourth beta of its upcoming Firefox 3.6 browser, but said this week that it is still shooting to ship the final code by the end of the year.
  • Pandemic 'rehearsal' uncovered glitches for firm

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Data aggregation vendor QL2 Software Inc. already follows best practices to prepare for the worst. It has redundant systems and regularly reviews its plans for both disaster recovery and business continuity. But when it comes to the ongoing H1N1 pandemic, company executives admit, they were a bit worried.
  • Security firm retracts 'black screen' claims, apologizes to Microsoft

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Prevx, the U.K. security company that started a firestorm after claiming recent Windows security updates caused a widespread "black screen" lock-out of users' PCs has retracted its claims and publicly apologized to Microsoft.
  • Experts scrutinize 2009’s most notable IT apologies

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    We asked the team at Perfect Apology to rate the quality of the apologies issued by top tech companies and executives this year (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, among them) for their assorted mistakes and misdeeds. And yes, we did this BEFORE Tiger Woods issued his apology today.
  • Black Screen of Death: A Lesson in FUD

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    The reports of the Windows "black screen of death" seem to be greatly exaggerated and hardly worth mentioning. The FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) and sensationalism that have surrounded the issue are a bigger story than the actual black screen of death at this point, and highlight the need for clear communication and ethical disclosure.
  • Remove a Windows 7 Dual Boot, Part II

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 3:10 pm

    Don and Gladys set up Windows 7 to dual boot with an older version of Windows. Now they just want Windows 7.
  • The Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    Should we hire criminal hackers as security experts? This is the second of a two-part attack on the idea from a 1995 debate in which I participated.
  • Acer: We'll Be First to Launch a Chrome OS Netbook

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Acer may be the first manufacturer out of the gate with a Google Chrome OS netbook in the second half of next year, according to the latest Internet rumors. JT Wang, the computer manufacturer's chairman recently told DigiTimes that he was confident his company would be "the first vendor to launch [a] Chrome-based netbook" by next year.
  • Psystar stops selling Mac clones with Apple's OS

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 9:09 am

    Mac clone maker Psystar has agreed to pay Apple nearly $2.7 million in a partial settlement approved today by the federal judge who has overseen the 17-month case.
  • H-1B demand spike may signal improving outlook for skilled pros

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 8:39 am

    Demand for H-1B visas has accelerated over the last six to eight weeks after being flat for months. This comes as the number of companies planning to increase college hiring is also on the rise. Together, the trends may be early indicators of an improving economy for skilled professionals.
  • Three Tips to Avoid the Windows Black Screen of Death

    Posted December 2, 2009 - 7:39 am

    It doesn't take much to ignite FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) against Microsoft--especially with news of a critical flaw affecting Windows 7. News that a Microsoft update is causing "millions" of PC's to experience a "black screen of death" is both exaggerated and wrong. Apparently, its much ado about nothing.
  • Google's Paid YouTube TV Would be Better Than iTunes

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 11:10 pm

    Google's ever-expanding presence could mean trouble for Hulu and iTunes, as YouTube may one day let you buy streaming TV shows the day after they air. If a report by All Things D's Peter Kafka is correct, Apple and Hulu should worry because Google is well-positioned to be a network TV streaming powerhouse, and this time it's no joke.
  • Microsoft: Don't Believe the Black Screen of Death Hype

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    Move over, BSOD: There's a new screen of death in town. The frightful-sounding "black screen of death" is striking Windows machines worldwide, if recent media reports are to be believed, and Microsoft itself is the one who unleashed the beast.
  • Microsoft denies blame for 'black screens of death'

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Microsoft today denied that its November Windows updates are causing a widespread "black screen" lock-out of users' PCs.
  • Five Great iPhone Photography Apps for the Holidays

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Old friends, family gatherings, homeward-bound travel all go hand-in-hand with the holiday season--and, of course, so does taking photos of these special moments.
  • Ten quick Calculator tricks

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    The lowly Calculator sits there in your Applications folder. It's so unassuming you barely notice that it has menus and little interface details that make it not quite so lowly after all. These tips work for the Basic calculator. Many also work for the Scientific and Programmer versions available through the Calculator's View menu.
  • Top data center challenges include social networks, rising energy costs

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 8:10 pm

    Rising use of social networks, rising energy costs, and a need to understand new technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing are among the top issues IT leaders face in the evolving data center.
  • Why Chrome OS Is No Threat to Windows

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    When Google first announced its Chrome OS project, many commentators assumed that the Internet giant was challenging the dominance of Microsoft Windows. The truth is, Chrome is not a threat to Windows, OS X, or any distribution of Linux--nor is it meant to be.
  • IBM's analytics center focuses on financial services

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 5:59 pm

    The latest center is part of a worldwide push by IBM into the business analytics market.
  • Crunching data on the cheap

    Posted December 1, 2009 - 5:55 pm

    Data warehousing vendors are offering free, open-source versions that actually pack some heat.
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