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My background is that I'm a long-time Windows user, MVP for 12 years, and know Windows inside-out, except Vista, to which I have so far kept my exposure low.
I just got a batch of oldish 700 MHz / 256 MB / 15 GB computers and decided, just for fun, to put xubuntu on them, a lightweight Ubuntu variant. I guess this makes me a good source of well-founded newbie impressions.
The first impression is excellent. xubuntu 8.04 installed quickly, without fuzz, and ran just fine.
By Dennis Fisher, Executive Editor
LAS VEGAS -- Two security researchers have developed a new technique that essentially bypasses all of the memory protection safeguards in the Windows Vista operating system, an advance that many in the security community say will have far-reaching implications not only for Microsoft, but also on how the entire technology industry thinks about attacks.
CherryPal's cloud-based computer is unique because it offers the technology without subscription costs
By Randy Alfred 05.01.08 | 12:00 AM
1964: In the predawn hours of May Day, two professors at Dartmouth College run the first program in their new language, Basic.
Mathematicians John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz had been trying to make computing more accessible to their undergraduate students. One problem was that available computing languages like Fortran and Algol were so complex that you really had to be a professional to use them.
Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime
The Seattle Times
By Benjamin J. Romano
Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that may have been used in crimes.
The researchers damn Windows in current form, urge radical changes
By Gregg Keizer
Calling the situation "untenable" and describing Windows as "collapsing," a pair of Gartner analysts yesterday said Microsoft Corp. must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been.
Many Windows Vista users worldwide have been able to use their sound adapters only because of the efforts of Daniel_K, a talented programmer who modified Creative Labs' drivers, enabling many functions that were not compatible with Vista.
Creative looked on, but when Daniel_K began to enable functions that were deliberately blocked, they stepped in and are now trying to shut him down.
In the heavy-handed fashion that is typical for bigger companies they did not contact him directly, but instead published their demands, which was quite detrimental to the company's reputation.
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