As a computer nerd, I hold this truth to be self-evident:
All new software contains bugs and design flaws
Thus, from a defensive computing standpoint, the latest is never the greatest. Someone who depends on his or her computer, in a serious way, is always best served by avoiding software that has just been released. With that as a backdrop, here are some thoughts as to what this means to you, in terms of current software choices.
Mac OS X Leopard 10.5
For one thing, it means don't buy a Macintosh computer--at least not now. I have nothing … Read more
HP never saw a "Vista moment at any time over the past year" declared HP CEO Mark Hurd in yesterday's earnings call. Think about what that means for HP, and what it means for Microsoft. As it turns out, it means essentially the same thing:
Microsoft's dominance of the PC industry may well be fading.
For Microsoft, this is a Very Bad Thing. For everyone else on the planet, it is a Very Good Thing.
King Research has issued the results of a survey of IT executives that finds that 90% of IT workers have concerns with Vista, which piles on similar results from a Forrester study which found that more than 50% of IT executives have concerns with rolling out Vista (and that only 32% will do so in 2008).
In fact, the upgrade to Vista is painful enough that "44% have considered non-Windows operating systems, such as Linux and Macintosh, to avoid the Microsoft migration." (Interestingly, 9% of those saying they have considered non-Windows operating systems already in the process of switching and a further 25% expecting to switch within the next year. I can tell you that my own company went from being 100% Windows two years ago and is now 50-60% Mac.) If you're Windows, you're concerned at this point. Very concerned.
But not necessarily with these rival operating systems. As is the case in many open-source companies (where their own software working too well is their biggest competition to their for-fee products), the Microsoft's XP may well be its biggest competitor, as Dave Rosenberg writes:… Read more
Are you kidding me? ZDNet takes something that has been common knowledge for years and treats it as if it was news?
I'm speaking of the dog and pony show that Tom Espiner wrote about on November 13th with the eye catching headline Microsoft exec calls XP hack 'frightening'. Great headline, it got my attention.
The computer in question was running Windows XP with Service Pack 1 and was connected to an unsecured wireless network. Adding more vulnerabilities to the mix, "The machine was running no antivirus, firewall, or anti-spyware software..." according to Mr. Espiner.
I'd … Read more
Microsoft is hoping that with some of Vista's wrinkles ironed out, customers will start noticing more of the advantages the year-old operating system has over its predecessor.
In an interview Wednesday morning, Corporate Vice President Mike Nash acknowledged that the initial experience for many consumers was a frustrating one as they found their old software might not work right or that their hardware lacked the proper driver.
But, he insists, the situation is much better now. Not only are the hardware drivers out there, they are readily available.
"You don't have to go on a scavenger hunt,&… Read more