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November 17, 2008

Windows 7 In-Depth Review and Video: This Time Microsoft Gets it Right

In his hands-on review of the Windows 7 pre-beta, Preston Gralla decides that Microsoft's upcoming OS shows great promise.

Preview: Windows Server 2008 R2

There are many useful changes in this incremental upgrade, Jonathan Hassell says, but the kernel-level enhancements make testing time even more critical.

Control All Those Tiny PCs Ringing in Your Users' Pockets

Opinion: Smart phones are miniature PCs that are being connected to your network. Shouldn't you start to exercise some real control over them? (And no, that doesn't mean banning them.)

Twitter for Business: 5 Ways to Tap The Power of The Tweet

Much more than a way to tell friends what you're doing, Twitter can be a valuable business tool -- if you know what you're doing. Here's how to juice it for all it's worth.

Cheap Laptop Batteries: Good Deal or Risky Business?

In our tests, aftermarket notebook cells match the originals' specs and run just as long while costing significantly less. But if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

November 10, 2008

Which Smart Phone OS Works Best?

Review: Considering a smart phone? Will it do what you want it to? We tested four major platforms to see which is best for specific tasks.

There's Nothing Easy About Letting Apple into the Enterprise

Even Mac veterans say Apple doesn't always act like other technology partners and that doing what it takes to mix Apple into the environment takes time and research.

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Elgan: Why Netbooks Will Soon Cost $99

Prediction: The era when subnotebooks are subsidized like cell phones is here -- almost.

Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Review: The software introduces a wide scope of virtual platform support, performance and resource optimization -- for both Microsoft and VMware infrastructures.

Q&A: FEC's Effort to Make Campaign Data More Accessible Adds IT Complexity

For the Federal Election Commission, enforcing campaign finance laws and making financing data publicly accessible requires a vast server farm, multiple levels of databases and a variety of security tools.


No ID Required: Inviting Voter Fraud

Forget e-voting, data security and a mess of other technological worries. We need to implement the basic step of verifying voter identity, blogs Computerworld editorial director Don Tennant.

More Reasons Windows 7 Will Kill Linux

For users Microsoft Vista has failed to woo, Linux has proven a viable alternative. But Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 7, may put a nail in Linux's coffin, predicts Preston Gralla.

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Glowing Reference?

A college instructor offers himself as a personal reference to students beginning their careers. But it comes with strings attached.

How To Get A Girlfriend If You're A Hopeless Nerd

Do you spend more time with computers than with people -- especially those of the opposite sex? If so, this snarky video may be just the advice you need.

November 3, 2008

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Opinion: 10 Best Features in Windows 7 for IT Professionals

New troubleshooting, security and federated search functions promise to make Windows life easier for both IT staffers and end users alike, says Jonathan Hassell.

Too Old for Tech? Not These Silicon Valley CEOs

Despite Silicon Valley's infatuation with youth, a few savvy CEOs have stayed in the game into their 60s -- to the great benefit of the companies they lead. They could teach the rest of us a thing or two.


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