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April 27, 2009

Living on Air

Windows expert Preston Gralla was challenged to work with Apple's OS X for two weeks. Will he ever go back to a PC after the Mac Air?

Customers and Clients and Consumers, Oh My!

Why the labels you use to identify your users matter.

Recycle Your Tech Gear: It's Easier Than You Think

There are a lot of places online that can make it easier to sell, recycle or give away those old monitors, computers, phones and cameras.

Review: Free Sites Help You Manage Your Money

These personal financial management sites will help you manage your finances, set a budget and get out of debt.

Who Wins, Who Loses in an Oracle-Sun Deal?

Oracle, certainly, and to an extent, Sun. Users? Not so much.

April 20, 2009

The Worst OSs of All Time

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols names 10 real stinkers.

Windows 7 Tips, Tricks and Tweaks

Testing out the Windows 7 beta? We've got a handful of ways to get around the interface and make it act the way you want.

Review: 3 Partition Managers Take On Vista's Built-in Tools

Partitioning your hard drive can be useful for trying out a new OS or managing several terabytes of data.

Beyond 'Just Say No'

Users want to use their shiny new smartphones with your network. Work with them, says Michael Gartenberg, but set strict criteria.

Used IT Gear: Good Stuff Cheap -- Just Not Always

IT shops can save at least half of the costs of buying new -- but customers need to be careful about technology obsolescence, warranties, lack of documentation and the ability to get replacement parts.

April 13, 2009

How to build your own Windows Home Server rig

Windows Home Server makes light work of sharing files, streaming media and performing automatic backups from multiple PCs. Here's how to build your own home server with WHS.

Is Uncle Sam your next boss? Making the move to government IT

Public-sector positions are more stable than corporate jobs, but they require patience and diplomacy. And then there's the pay problem.

Reputation scoring as security game-changer

Scoring a sender's reputation is already working for anti-spam services. Now the idea is to use that technique in the firewall and other perimeter devices.

The ROI of e-document delivery

Automating the delivery of high-volume documents such as invoices, financial statements, letters and reports can yield high, and immediate, paybacks.

Merry Widow in the land of milk and honey: An acquisition disaster

Acquisition due diligence should include an in-depth IT assessment as a matter of course. So, what were we thinking when we left IT on the sidelines as we set about acquiring a technology-based company?

April 6, 2009

Inside HP Labs: 8 Cool Projects

Not surprisingly, much of the research at Hewlett-Packard's labs is tied to printing, imaging and server technology. On tap: a color thesaurus, photonics and a way to eliminate red eye from photos of pets.

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

These open-source browsers, development tools, mobile apps and more promise that 'Oooh, cool!' sense of discovery.

10 OSes the World Left Behind

From CP/M to OS/2, AmigaOS to NextStep, we honor 10 operating systems that made a big splash but went the way of the dodo. Or did they?

Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11: A True Windows Replacement

It's your best choice for a practical business desktop replacement OS.

Premium Netbooks: Good Value or Oxymoron?

We look at four of them.

Tired of Waiting for Windows to Boot? HyperSpace and Splashtop Can Help

A hands-on examination of two Linux-based 'instant-on' environments that live side by side with Windows.


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