XP Service Pack Serviced by Ex-Microsoftie
XP SP3 has wreaked a fair bit of havoc on a small number of machines. Apparently,
some HP (and some other AMD) machines can't
when SP3 is installed.
Looks like an ex-Microsoft employee still has a soft spot for end users and
a fix that can be installed before the service pack, eliminating the incessant
boots. Our hats should all be tipped in Jesper Johansson's direction.
Vista Security P&#!!-ing Contest
Feel free to file this under the "Duh!" category. Security company
PC Tools spent last week arguing that Vista
isn't all that secure and that third-party tools are needed for safe computing.
Of course, there are some systems where you can more or less get away with
no add-on virus/malware protection. Of the four Macs I've bought and paid for
(then promptly gave away to my children), none have ever had security software.
Linux is the same.
But Microsoft has never said that Vista fits in that category. For gosh sakes,
isn't Redmond trying to sell us all Forefront or OneCare?
Microsoft responded to PC Tool's attacks by claiming the Vista security really
isn't as bad as PC Tools made out. Like in any good p&#!!-ing contest, PC
shot back, claiming that Vista security really is as bad as PC Tools
Children, children, let's try to behave, shall we?
The Coolest USB Drive Ever
USB drives are clearly cool, and clearly getting cheap. My dad wears one around
his neck with all his important files. He knows the files are safe and, as long
as he can commandeer a PC, he can use them.
MokaFive is taking that concept one
step further: Put your files, yours apps and your OS on one honking thumb
drive. This way, your full environment is always with you.
If this catches on, MokaFive execs see a day when inexpensive PCs are nearly
everywhere -- your hotel room, lobbies, wherever. All you do is plug in the
drive and that plain, old, vanilla PC turns into your own personal computing
All Wet Aberdeen Misses Virtualization
Research house Aberdeen Group just released its list of the "Top
100 Most Influential Technology Vendors for 2008."
I scrolled through the list, nodding my head as I read that Microsoft was No.
1 and IBM, Cisco and HP all made the top 10. I was surprised, though, that Oracle
was No. 2, two full places ahead of IBM. Huh? And Google not in the top 10?
Hey, I think Google is overrated, but come on!
After reading all 100 names, something wasn't right. There was no VMware. So
I read the list again. Still couldn't find it. I went through it two more times.
Still, it was nowhere to be found. Servigistics (they do service management)
is on the list, but not VMware?
Maybe I'll send the folks at Aberdeen a big box of napkins to wipe all the
egg off their faces.
Record Reader Feedback!
We may have a record here. On Thursday, I wrote about XP heading to the Third
World on artificially
restricted PCs as Microsoft pushes the industrial/developed world aggressively
Within hours, my inbox was flooded. Well over 30 responses poured in. Below
are as many letters as we could squeeze into one newsletter -- check out tomorrow's
for the rest.
is now officially part of the One Laptop Per Child program, right alongside
Mailbag: Microsoft Keeping a Tight
Rein on XP, More
week, Doug wrote about Microsoft's attempt to limit the capabilities on
low-end computers that will run XP past its official retirement. Does this leave
developing countries with third-rate technology? Here are some of your thoughts:
I think the problem of the computers being third-rate depends on how
locked-down the systems are. If they can be upgraded by the user (memory and
processor), then it will be a good way for anybody to get a cheap PC and XP
and upgrade the hardware.
The low-end XP computer would probably provide a more "enhanced user
experience" than one of our pokey top-of-the-line Vista machines.
Speaking of Vista, readers took the announcement of XP's impending retirement
as a change to air their complaints about the new OS:
Microsoft still has to deal with organizations like mine that will NOT
move to Vista without a guarantee of more manageability. We have recently
bought licenses for XP and intend to install it on any new PCs that are purchased.
I work for a school district; maybe Ballmer can explain to the tax payers
in this district why we should spend perhaps millions to re-invent our very
large network to accommodate his OS.
Let's face it. MS and the HW vendors want us to move and spend more money.
Vista does not provide any value except for MS shareholders, thus the big
push back saying don't move to Vista. Why should we, except to spend money
for whatever reason. I've read hundreds of articles and fought with Vista
for 12 months, and I can't find a single positive note.
This is a good PR position for MS (warm and fuzzy), but the fundamental problem
still exists. The MAMS created a mess with Vista and there really is no going
back for MS as it has spent too much money and time building an Edsel (remember
Ford's big new car?). Except Ford was smart enough to move on.
Microsoft is falling apart at the seams. All the signs are there. I think
it needs to reevaluate a large number of things, and plan to gracefully level
out as a still-profitable company before it really screw things up. The Vista
thing reminds me of the "Coke Classic" thing, and I hope that Microsoft
comes to its senses soon.
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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.