Windows

  • MacBook Air cracked in two minutes

    MacBook Air cracked in two minutes

    IPhone hacker Charlie Miller compromised a MacBook Air in a mere two minutes at CanSecWest security conference. He won $10,000 in prizes by hacking the Air after the judges visited a web site Miller created for the contest. None of the contestants were able to hack into the MacBook, a Sony VAIO running Linux, or a Fujitsu U810 on the first day because the rules state they could not induce… Read More

  • NVIDIA makes up a manly slice of Vista Crash Pie

    NVIDIA makes up a manly slice of Vista Crash Pie

    Now THAT is a delicious looking piece of pie. That’s the size of slice I like when everyone else at the table’s on a diet. “Yeah, you know what?,” I’ll say, “Gimme a huge piece, like a real man-piece. You went to all this trouble to bake this delicious pie and I’d love to eat almost 29 percent of it in one sitting if nobody else minds.” Anyway… Read More

  • Is your life better or worse with Windows Vista SP1?

    Is your life better or worse with Windows Vista SP1?

    So how are things? Everything go okay with the service pack installation? I’ve certainly been critical of Vista in the past but I’m happy to admit that my upgrade went through without a hitch. The fan on my notebook seems to have settled down a bit and programs seem to be opening more quickly, so I’m happier than I was before SP1. The general consensus from around the web… Read More

  • Sabotage: Safari bundled with WiniTunes

    Sabotage: Safari bundled with WiniTunes

    If you’ve downloaded iTunes for Windows, you might get a window encouraging you to download a software update — really the entire package — for the latest version of Safari. This seems a bit disingenuous and smacks of bundling and the only thing I can imagine is that iTunes needs some sort of Safari DLLs to visit the iTunes store. That, however, is fairly bogus because why… Read More

  • The zzzPhone is real, on its way soon

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    I just got back from checking out the zzzPhone and I can say without a doubt that it’s real. It’s definitely not a scam, but the first generation ran into some problems with the manufacturer and they don’t work stateside. I’m told the newest generation is on its way very soon. Maybe within a month. The OS is still uncertain… Read More

  • Vista SP1: Things to fix in tomorrow's service pack

    Vista SP1: Things to fix in tomorrow's service pack

    Joe Wilcox has an article over on Microsoft Watch called “10 Things I Warned Microsoft About Windows Vista” wherein he details some of the advice he gave to Microsoft executives back when Vista was in development. Some of the points are moot now that Vista’s been released like “Vista will miss the big PC upgrade cycle, call Vista Basic ‘Windows Basic’… Read More

  • Vista SP1 available tomorrow

    Vista SP1 available tomorrow

    Apparently tomorrow’s the big day. The first service pack for Windows Vista will be available for manual download on the Windows Update and Microsoft Downloads sites. It’ll also be pushed out as an automatic update on April 18th for those users who can stand another month of random crashes, slow system performance, and the inability to reliably connect to secure networks. Read More

  • StreamSmart will (supposedly) stream satellite radio to several devices

    Meet StreamSmart. Hard info is a little, shall we say, non-existant, but the teaser video (and Orbitcast) suggest that it’s a service that will stream satellite radio to all sorts of portables devices and platforms. There’s iPhone, WiMo, OSX, Windows, Linux, Xbox 360 and others. In visiting its Web site, you’re greeted with a little “Don’t Panic” alien jpg… Read More

  • Asus says XPEee will outsell regular Eee

    Asus says XPEee will outsell regular Eee

    Take a look around the cubicles at Asustek headquarters and you’ll see nary a March Madness bracket worksheet in sight. No, the good folks at Asus are making a much bigger, bolder bet. A bet that will shock and amaze all who dare to entertain the thought of — wait for it — an Eee loaded with XP outselling an Eee loaded with Linux. Dun-dun-DUUUUN!!! And with that, I’ve… Read More

  • Vista: Cheaper = Better?

    Vista: Cheaper = Better?


    Microsoft is lowering the price of Vista for all you good people out there. Ultimate drops to $219 from $299 and Home Premium drops to $129 from $159, leading analyst to gasp and gape in awe. Why is Microsoft doing this? Are they madmen, so drunk on their own power that they will turn down a twenty spot just because they can? No. Apparently Home Premium and Ultimate were “new… Read More

  • Update to Windows Server includes virtualization

    [photopress:windows_server_2008_bundle.jpg,full,left]Windows is getting the virtualization treatment with Server 2008, which was released today. In the past, to run virtual version of Windows on a server, you’d have to use software like that made by VMware, but by building it into the operating system, Microsoft has struck a blow against other virtualization companies. The new version… Read More

  • MacBook Air doesn't run Windows Vista as fast as you'd like it to

    [photopress:MACBOOKVISTA.jpg,full,center] The MacBook Air runs Windows Vista slightly slower than other ultraportable laptops. PC World benchmarked Apple’s tiny laptop and got a score of 61. To put those numbers in perspective, the Lenovo ThinkPad X61 got an 86, which amounts to a 5 percent “actual” speed difference, says PC World. So not only is the Air not the most… Read More

  • Microsoft supports Boot Camp Windows installations?

    Microsoft supports Boot Camp Windows installations?

    I’m just gonna throw this rumor out there but let’s keep our pants on for at least the rest of the afternoon (not that this is a huge deal, but it is a little interesting). According to a guy who knows a guy who works at Microsoft as a support technician, Microsoft now provides support for versions of Vista that have been installed on Macs. Read More

  • Vista SP1 RTM starts today, downloadable mid-March

    Vista SP1 RTM starts today, downloadable mid-March

    Okay, over on the Microsoft Vista Blog they’ve announced that Vista with Service Pack 1 is now in the release-to-manufacturing stage, so in the not-too-distant future we’ll see new computers coming out with Vista SP1 preloaded. Wonderful. So what about the rest of us? We’ll get ours in the middle of March. Read More

  • Vista SP1 on February 15th?

    Vista SP1 on February 15th?

    Okay, grains of salt and all that good stuff but I came across an article on Neowin.net that linked to a DigiTimes article about the supply and demand of DRAM in 2008, wherein a spokesperson for a Taiwanese company called Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories made a passing comment about the “launch of an updated version of Microsoft Vista on February 15″ and how it might help… Read More

  • Windows 7 to replace Vista by next year already?

    Windows 7 to replace Vista by next year already?

    Windows 7 is apparently going to be released by mid-2009, just about the time that Vista gets all the bugs worked out and people get used to using it. Wonderful. As a disclaimer, I use Windows Vista on a Sony VAIO notebook so I’m not cutting down Vista for the sake of cutting down Vista. I use it every day and I’m not happy with it. There’s reportedly already an early… Read More

  • Vista SP1 Release Candidate gets updated

    Vista SP1 Release Candidate gets updated

    Another version of Vista’s Service Pack 1 is available today and, although it’s not the actual finished service pack, it apparently fixes “a number of bugs that testers encountered in previous prerelease versions of SP1.” It’s called “SP1 RC Refresh” and to get it to work, you’ll have to uninstall any previous service pack release candidates and… Read More

  • Media Center to get DVD streaming

    Media Center to get DVD streaming

    The folks at TGB sat down with Jessica Zahn of Microsoft at CES and got the nod that DVD streaming is coming. There’s no official time line as to when it will come to a media center near you, but rest assured it won’t be limited to high end setups. I don’t pay too much attention to media center, but I know many of you do so look for this to be unlocked in the Fiji… Read More

  • Next Windows version to have 'iPhone blowing away' touch features

    Better than this? Ha! When was the last time you were “blown away” by anything Windows did? With the next version Windows (code-named “7,” aka the one after Vista), you may be blown away by its touch features? Wait, “touch features,” sorta like the iPhone? Yes, apparently. A Microsoft blogger let it slip yesterday that the next version of Windows will… Read More

  • Rumor: Eee PC to officially support Windows next year, with 3.8 Million unit sales target?

    Rumor: Eee PC to officially support Windows next year, with 3.8 Million unit sales target?

    Asus thinks it’s going to sell 3.8 Million Eee PCs next year. While that’s a grand notion, it might actually have some substance. According to an anonymous leak, Asus is in talks with Microsoft on adding official Windows support to the sub-sub-laptops, and Intel wants in on the action as well. But even with the “help” of Windows, is 3.8 Million a likely number? No. A… Read More