• Windows HPC Server runs at 68.5 teraflops, can almost run Vista

    A Windows HPC Server installation is ranked as the 23rd fastest supercomputer in the world according to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The machine, which has over 9,472 nodes, hit 68.5 teraflops in trials. Similarly, computer scientists at Umea University in northern Sweden, also working with the beta version of Windows HPC Server 2008 on their supercluster, achieved… Read More

  • Gates sends angry e-mail, sounds just like a customer

    The Seattle P-I has tracked down an old e-mail from 2003 that Bill Gates sent out to members of the Windows Usability team. The pages-long e-mail message chronicles Gates’ attempt to download Windows Movie Maker. Here are some especially tantalizing tidbits, with the full e-mail message to be found after the jump. “I tried scoping to Media stuff. Still no moviemaker. I typed in movie. Read More

  • Tiny XP: Everything you want, you got it

    Tiny XP [Warning: Porn ads] is a stripped down yet simultaneously beefed up version of XP that includes almost all the drivers necessary to run on almost any hardware as well as a number of registry hacks that ensure that the install won’t bog things down. Is it legal? No, but it’s basically a sysadmin’s godsend. It even includes a tiny copy of Linux for boot-time… Read More

  • Windows 7 development overseen by Dept. of Justice

    Since about 2002, the Department of Justice has had a special “Technical Committee” overseeing the development of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The committee’s main job was to monitor the implementation of the Microsoft-owned middleware products that get (or used to get) installed by default on new computers like Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN… Read More

  • Origami Experience 2.0 let loose for UMPC owners

    If any of you UMPC owners out there want to load Origami Experience 2.0 now is your chance. It’s available now as a free download. A few included features are Picture Password, Weather, RSS, e-mail, calendar items and a sprinkling of media and Web goodies. It’s recommended that your UMPC have the following specs to run smoothly. Minimum 100 MB of available hard disk space
    Minimum 1… Read More

  • Breaking: Apple to launch iChat for Windows on Monday!?

    Follow me here. There’s a lot of discussion on Digg and other blogs (Hi, Ryan!) saying that these photos of the iPhone 2 are fake, and the part about a Windows XP or Vista requirement is proof. But look again: The Windows stuff is a footnote. And what’s it a footnote to? Look at the images above. It’s talking about iChat, and says “Now available for iPhone —… Read More

  • Getting around Windows XP’s June 30th cutoff date

    InfoWorld has a somewhat long-ish article about how to beat the drop-dead date for Windows XP sales, which Microsoft has set as June 30th of this year. That’s in less than a month! What to do?! Well, here are a couple of options. First, June 30th is the last date that Windows XP can be sold. However, retailers and manufacturers can still sell copies of XP to the public and/or load copies… Read More

  • Walter S. Mossberg tells us whether or not Macs last longer than Windows PCs

    In this week’s Mossberg’s Mailbox, Walter S. Mossberg answers a few questions you may or may not have wanted to ask about computers. The most notable of the three is the question regarding whether or not Macs last longer than Windows PCs. It’s a pretty dumb question if you stop to think about it. We all know the main difference between PCs and Macs is the OS and not hardware. Read More

  • Microsoft makes its push into netbook territory official

    Like the episode of The Office where Michael shows up uninvited to Jim’s barbeque, Microsoft has shown up at the netbook party, thrown its coat to the Temp, and grabbed the Karaoke microphone. A recent press release says the following. “Customers and partners have made it clear to us that they want Windows on their netbooks and nettops,” said Steven Guggenheimer, corporate… Read More

  • MS impressed by Leopard search, still won't add WinFS to Windows 7, I cry

    Windows 7 is coming out in 2009. It is supposed to be amazing, which multi-touch, surfaces, and small parasites that with eat dead skin from your back while you sleep. It sounds great. What won’t it have? WinFS. WinFS was supposed to me Microsoft’s super fast file system that enabled amazing search on your desktop. When Apple launched Leopard, however, WinFS was still a glimmer… Read More

  • CinemaNow now on Windows Media Center

    Want to watch 3,400 movies on Windows Media Center? Well, you now can. CinemaNow is now a direct plug-in to WMC, allowing you to download and play first-run titles like Juno (you go girl!). Pay-per-view titles costs $2.99-3.99 while download-to-own costs $9.99-$19.99. You should be able to add the new feature in the WMC dashboard. Read More

  • Nature or nuture: XO Laptops will now run Windows

    The XO Laptop (or the OLPC, whatever you want to call it) will now run Windows, giving children around the world the opportunity to dislike Microsoft as much as we do. I think we alluded to the sort of problems they’ll have in last week’s Sweater Friends. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte said the use of Windows “enhances [its] ability” to “transform… Read More

  • Windows XP's SP3 causing more problems with some AMD-based computers

    This is getting silly on Microsoft’s part. Those SP3 updates we’ve been talking about for Windows XP might do some more harm than good. Some users have reported that the update causes their computers to endlessly reboot, something a few updates for Windows 95 did over a decade ago. Intel users appear to be in the clear, the problem affects computers with AMD chipsets primarily. Read More

  • VMWare Fusion 2.0 Beta 1 available now

    My hangover is killing any enthusiasm I have today and hindering my ability to form complete sentences, so you’ll have to bear with me. If you’re into Mac virtualization then you already know what VMWare does. As the headline suggests, Fusion Beta 1 is now out. You can find all the details here. Here are some of the more important changes. 1. When it launches, VMware Fusion 2.0… Read More

  • Uh-ohs! SP3 crippling HP AMD machines

    Looks like there is a limited problem with SP3 causing endless reboots among HP computers with AMD processors (also possible: mobo issue). They’re working on it as we speak, and the root of the problem appears to be a power management driver that is only capable of causing trouble in this exact situation. It’s like the appendix: no apparent function except to blow up and kill… Read More

  • Problems with XP SP3 and your AMD-based computer?

    A fellow Minnesotan named Jesper Johansson (I think that name MIGHT by Scandinavian) has a great article about how to fix a problem that seems to be plaguing AMD-based computers after upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 3. If you find that your computer either doesn’t boot or constantly reboots after you’ve upgraded to SP3, try the following; Read More

  • SP3 "checked build" available in ISO form, hope you like 500 meg downloads!

    The Windows Update version is supposed to be about 70mb, but is anyone really in that much of a hurry? This is the slow-cooked chef’s special version as opposed to the pan-sear for the consumers over at Windows Update. You know you like that slow cooked flavor of Service Pack stewed in its own juices. Man, I’m making myself hungry. What are you waiting for? Get downloading! Windows… Read More

  • Automatic XP and Vista updates temporarily stopped

    Apparently the service packs for Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems aren’t playing nicely with another one of Microsoft’s products; Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System. The incompatibility is a big enough problem that the automatic updates for Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 have been shut down for a… Read More

  • Hackers hack Windows Web servers like it's also their job

    A flaw in MS’s IIS is allowing hackers to install malicious code on website visitor’s machines. The exploit, VML MS07-004, allows for SEO poisoning and can serve up data via Javascript and send browsers to other websites. Interestingly enough they’ve used the exploit to infect the United Nations main page, dumping SEO noise into the HTML and potentially sending users to a… Read More

  • Ballmer hints at extended Windows XP shelf life

    Will Microsoft extend the life of Windows XP after all? Steve Ballmer told reporters today that “If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter,” according to the Associated Press. He conceded that most of the customers who are still buying XP are IT departments but said that “most people who buy PCs today buy them with Vista. That’s the statistical… Read More