Monday, April 30, 2007

The Supremes sing for Microsoft

In a near unanimous ruling today the US Supreme Court ruled that Microsoft did not owe the (Original) Evil Empire any ducats for foreign infringement of AT&T's patents.

Nice.

Actually, not nice.

AT&T will now take it out on unsuspecting customers by making that utterly clueless department laughingly called 'Customer Service' crank up their total uselessness several notches.

Windows Vista 90-day Vulnerability Report

Just look at the chart below.

Funny though, I keep hearing of the unbreakable nature of the other OSs listed on the chart.

In this report here, Jeff Jones, a director in the security group at Microsoft, lists reported and corrected vulns for six (6) operating systems at the 90-day window.

The results seem surprising, until you see the chart.

Then it blows you away, revealing that there must be some truth to the current belief that the ubiquity of Windows makes it a prime target for malware and breaches and not the other way around.

Jeff is also allowing a download of his full report.

Silverlight DreamScenes

Live from MIX07, Microsoft Silverlight DreamScenes!

The Windows Experience has all the information, and download links here.

Ahead of the public release too! Sweet!

Thanks, Brandon.

Note: Windows Vista Ultimate is required to enjoy DreamScenes.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

OLPC now at $175

Don't look now, but the Wanker PC is now going to cost 75% more than originally stated.

Yes, not a typo. 75% more.

How did we get here?

When you have Ivory Tower-types making decisions best left to those in the real world, sh*t happens.

Coming up with a totally new paradigm to re-colonize the 3rd World instead of helping them compete in today's world.

They were able to get a few governments, including my ancestral country, Nigeria, and believe it or not, Brazil, to fall for the crap that this was the way.

How, in the real world, and in electronics, do you get a 75% cost overrun?

However, according, to the head monkey for OLPC, costs should drop 25% after the first year.

Is that so, Nick?

From $175.00 to $131?

Or to 75% of $140. Which, at $105, is still $5.00 more than you sold the project to those poor schlubs in those 3rd World countries.

Or is it to $75?

My prior posts here, here, here, and here.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Bora Bora, Tahiti mugs

My mug collection just grew with 2 mugs and a shot glass from Bora Bora.

Thanks Taiwo!

OpenVMS II

Paul Anderson was kind enough to comment on my post on OpenVMS here.

He raised a couple of points I feel I need to respond to:

Do you not realize that OpenVMS is more reliable, more secure and has a lower cost of ownership than any other operating system?

In what way, Paul?

And compared to what?

When was that TCO study made? Is it still valid today?

Why should this "dolt", as you call him, want to retrain and move to a UNIX solution when customers such as himself are perfectly happy with OpenVMS?

Errrr, because the OS is dead? Shouldn't that be a valid reason for pulling the ripcord and punching out?

As he grays, and hits the retirement wall, who are you going to call?

Is OpenVMS still being taught in schools? Where will you find replacement droids to take his place?

I called him a dolt feeding at the iron rice bowl exactly because of that.

This is the ultimate in hardware/software lock-in! Apart from IBM, I don't see any other manufacturer designing for such a scenario.

Are you kidding me?

OK, lets see go down the list:

  • Hardware obsolete? Check.
  • Software obsolete? Check.
  • Admins/sysops obsolete? Check.
  • Data held hostage? Check.

Don’t bring the mainframe argument here. IBM still develops mainframe stuff today.

Meanwhile, remind me, where is Digital Equipment Corporation?

Oh, okay. So you have the brainchild of a now-defunct company purchased by another defunct company, with the resultant effect that the brainchild is now the bastard stepchild, twice-removed, of a current relevant company.

It has been sixteen years or thereabouts that VMS was ported to Alpha. And almost a decade since the death knell started for OpenVMS. The same VMS/OpenVMS which, if memory serves me correctly, has already been given two reprieves at the gallows.

Moreover, all this time, this moron didn't know that there was going to be a day when he couldn't feed at that trough anymore?

If he, and I'm assuming here that he has been at it for a while, so far hadn't drawn up migration plans for moving data from OpenVMS to a more modern OS, then he's an imbecile.

Actually, he isn't.

His superiors are.

For allowing their enterprise to be held prisoner by an outdated OS and the adherents who worship it.

My position here is simple: no matter how powerful and secure an OS is, if there isn't anyone to run it, or if the manufacturer no longer supports it, or if the OS is no longer being taught to n00bs, then it is useless.

Period.

$4.93 billion profit? I sneeze at you!

The gall of Microsoft!

Trying to schneider us by unveiling this sorta weak earnings report.

Revenues of $14.4 billion? Pfui!

Operating income of $6.59 billion? So?

Net income: $4.93 billion? Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Net cash flow of $7.29 billion? Booooring!

Returned $7.72 billion to shareholders? Why not?

Look at the FY numbers, real and projected - FY ends June 30, and see if it moves you:

Revenue $56.5-$57.5, operating income from $22.0-$22.5, all in the billions.

So what?

The revenue/income ratio is only 34.34%, OK? You guys were only able to get income of 34 cents on the dollar? That is just weak!

For reference, we will examine the results of that current media darling, AAPL.

For their 2QFY2007, the loops at 1, Infinite loop reported the following:

Sales of $5.26 billion, with net earnings of $770 million. Or a revenue to income ratio of 14.63%. Sweet, eh?

And Microsoft is giddy with their results?

For goodness sakes, Redmond! Shake yourselves!

All Apple has to do is drive quarterly revenue to $33.664 billion in order to get the same $4.93 billion profit you have.

Or have net income of $1.80 billion in order to match your revenue/income ratio of 34.24%.

For this Liddell, Turner, Ballmer, and Bill G. are happy?

Pfft, please!

I guess that analyst prognosticator was right: you guys are barely hanging on.

*All amounts in US dollars.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Amiga

When do we get to say, "Nyet"?

When is enough, you know, enough?

Minding my own business reading the news online, I come across the news that Amiga, Inc, is planning to deliver two systems this year.

Intrigued, I read further, and find out that the systems are will be powered by a PowerPC chip.

PowerPC chip?

Even AAPL jumped off that boat.

That's not all.

Trip this quote from the 'software partner' of Amiga Inc.:

"I have been working on these designs with Amiga for almost 12 months and have been able to create two new designs that will fully support the needs and desires of today's Amiga user, while opening the doors for new users, said Adam Kowalczyk, president of ACK Software Controls, Inc., in a statement.

I had to check the website again to see that someone wasn't yankin' me!

Today's Amiga user?

Are we living in a time warp or some other reality distortion field?

WTF?

Some droid is still tooling around in an Amiga rig in 2K7?

This is taking nostalgia waaaay too far!

Also, there are enough users out there that these guys can create an updated Amiga OS, and make coins selling it to them?

I don't know what is scarier: the fact that there are enough users out there for these yum-yums to create a new Amiga, or that the Amiga thinks there are 'new users' out there!

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Longhorn Server Beta 3 released

While I'm pleased at this development, I can't help but think the release date might slip.

This is a a public beta so all can enjoy.

Downloading as we speak.

Original link from Windows-Now.com

Google brand surpasses Microsoft

Errr, so did AOL.

Before the merger with TW.

Cue song from DC La Rue, Cathedrals, "Where are they now"?

Inquiring minds might want to know!

Code Project Vista Gadgets Winners

Nick White has just posted about some of the winners of the Code Project Windows Vista gadgets competition.

I especially like the Soapbox Video gadget and the runner-up Virtual Earth slideshow gadget.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

OpenVMS

OpenVMS?

Are you freakin' kiddin'?

In this Computerworld.com article, Dave Harrold, a lead systems administrator for a health care provider that he asked not be named is fretting about the end-of-(vendor) life of the OpenVMS operating system.

The company has four AlphaServers with 32 processors each that support Cerner Corp.’s Millennium medical applications.

Harrold said Cerner would like his company to move to HP-UX, Hewlett-Packard’s version of Unix, running on Itanium-based servers.

But he noted that he and other IT staffers aren’t familiar with HP-UX and that moving to it would require a database upgrade from Oracle 9i to Oracle 10g.

For any migration to a different platform, “there isn’t a seamless path,” Harrold said.

Just how many things are wrong with this dolt's statement. Not to mention his company's position on preserving a dead system architecture.

Harry, AlphaServers and Alpha processors are D-I-D, DEAD, you moron!

You and IT staffers are not familiar with HP-UX? That is what schools are for, you freak!

I cannot imagine why everyone at his company starting from old Harry above shouldn't be summarily fired for dereliction of duty, and drawing a paycheck.

The CEO head monkey in that zoo should also be banned from heading a company with a payroll greater than one!

DEC's VMS was ported to Alpha back in 1991, for goodness sakes, dum-dum!

Also hasn't it been like ten years since Compaq purchased DEC?

This idiot and his crew have been feeding at the iron rice bowl of VMS for quite a while.

And you wonder why healthcare costs are so high?

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

In praise of Intel's PR department

If there ever was an award to be given for the best PR in this (the IT) business, it has got to be given to TASS the crew at Intel's PR department.

For several days, even weeks, now, Intel has been on a PR offensive.

A very stealthy PR offensive!

The beauty of this offensive is that the cattle media being led around by their virtual nose-rings have no clue that they are being used in such a subdulous manner.

And a pretty effective PR offensive if you tabulate the inordinate amount of ink devoted not just to the anointing of Penryn, but also to the travails of AMD.

In fact, it is to the latter that this praise-post is directed.

What prompted it?

Reading somewhere in the blogosphere about the impending demise of AMD.

Totally reminiscent of absurd articles in that late, unlamented CCCP/CPSU party organ, Pravda, this kind of crazy-talk disguised as ‘research’ is just the sort of crap one used to hear about in that fishwrap.

This time though, the dumbkopf who wrote the ‘research paper’ has outed himself as an apparatchik of the Zampolit in that PR department.

Is it just me, or isn’t this a total rehash of the same rumors a few years ago, before the release of the Opteron? (And we know what happened subsequently!)

Which was also a total rehash of the same rumors a decade before that during the epic math coprocessor wars? (And we also know what happened subsequently!)

Methinks history is about to repeat itself here, and there is foreboding in Santa Clara.

However, in closing, I must press upon AMD the need to come out firing on all barrels not just at the intro of Barcelona, but to direct fusillade upon fusillade of cogent, coherent information on the public in order to correct this FUD blogorhea.

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Monday, April 23, 2007

Am I the Luckiest man Alive?

In the past year or two, I have

  1. Been selected to share $millions looted by dead African dictators,
  2. Been selected to share $millions from corrupt Russian oil companies looted by imprisoned oligarchs,
  3. Been selected by a dying Sheikh to receive his $millions upon his death from a wasting disease,
  4. Been selected by Tatiana  and several other East Bloc 'beauties' as the object of their desires,
  5. Won the National Lottery in Spain,
  6. Won the National Lottery in the UK, and
  7. Been selected as one of the winners of the Olympic Games $1 Ticket Promotion.

Yep, just li'l old me.

All without entering into any contest!

However, as lazy as I am, I have never gotten around to claiming my winnings/awards, or striking up online relationships with the East Block shiksas.

Today though, I received another award, one that I am seriously considering:

THE BMW AUTOMOBILE COMPANY.
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom.

The Board of Directors, members of staff and the International
Awareness Promotion Department of the BMW Automobile Company, wishes to congratulate you on your success as one of our TEN(10) STAR PRIZE WINNER in this year's BMW Automobile International Awareness Promotion (IAP) held on Saturday 21IST  April, 2007,in London.

This makes you the proud owner of a brand new BMW 5 Series, M Sport Saloon car and a cash prize of £850,000.00 GBP (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British pounds).

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.) from a database of over a million email addresses from the world wide web.To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact our BMW Claims Manager through the contact details as stated below:

Mr. Steve George,
BMW Claims Manager.
E-mail:
bmwclaimsoffice@comcast.net
Phone: +44 701 112 8491
Contact him, with your ticket number: 5647600545188, Serial number: BMWP/556543450906 and Reference Number
BMW:2551256003/23. You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information along with your reply:

Claims Requirements:
1. Names in full: -----------------------------------
2. Address: -----------------------------------------
3. Sex: ---------------------------------------------
4. Age: ---------------------------------------------
5. Occupation: --------------------------------------
6. Phone: -------------------------------------------
7. Country of Residence: ----------------------------

Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the transfer/claim by Winner.

Yours faithfully,
MRS IDEANER BLATTS.
Online coordinator for Bmw Automobile Company.

Can you believe the balls of these fu*kers?

In particular, appreciate the nanotube-reinforced heavy-metal gonads on these fraudsters when they state that "Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the
public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the
transfer/claim by Winner
"!!!

Sadly, a sucker will fall for this!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Photo experience in Live Spaces improves

From the Microsoft Photography blog.

Apple plugs 25 (more) vulns in OS X

Isn't this like the 5th patchfest in the last 4 months?

Secure and reliable my a$$!

MIX07 buzzcasts already available

10 pre-event buzzcasts (love that word, no mention of the stuff from 1 Infinite Loop) for MIX07 are already available on Channel 9.

Going through them makes me want to go there even more!

Penn selects Windows Live @ Edu

What a great choice!

In my SmallBizVista.com Editorial here, I stated that Windows Live Hotmail was the best web mail service out there.

The powers that be at The University of Pennsylvania think so too.

The Ivy League school today selected Windows Live @ Edu as the messaging platform for students at the SAS and Wharton.

Nice move.

Original link from Omar Shahine.

Turn down the noise!

I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but....

Is there a correlation between the forthcoming introduction of AMD's Barcelona and the current surfeit of information from Intel about the MCM dual-dual-core Pentium Core 2 Extreme and future CPUs and technologies?

Do they sense a coming correction in the quad-core space?

I do.

And I think they do as well.

As a result, they are - correctly, IMO - doing what any marketing company faced with an innovative competitor does: shift the marketing gears into damage-control overdrive.

(Their new favorite pal, AAPL does it all the time. So much so that the cattle there have branded Stevie as The Returned!)

I cannot read industry news or blog without hearing about a new ‘revelation’ from Santa Clara. I cannot open any industry fishwrap or glossy without tripping over a new 'scoop' on Penryn.

Homie, please!

OK?

The fear is palpable, and cracks are starting to show.

Tone down this unprecedented (dis)information campaign.

Turn off the noise!

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

When is 1 million NOT a significant number?

When Intel is trying to schneider us, that's when!

According to this MarketWatch.com report, Intel is looking to ship a million quad-core CPUs in Q1 of 2007.

Impressive.... until Robert McLaws breaks it down.

"That means that 0.4% of the chips in the market will be quad-core. Now, I'm not saying that a million chips in six months is pocket change... that's over 160,000 a month... but since when was capturing 0.4% of the market anything to put out a press release about?"

If you remember, Robert also debunked the exorbitant cost' of Windows Vista here.

Thanks, Robert.

I guess when they actually get to 1%, their CEO would be hangin' from the rafters at Spago!

School Lockdown in Small Town America

I live in rural, OK, semi-rural, America where you can leave the front door unlocked.

Supposedly!

I don't!

Ever!

Life is somewhat idyllic, I only have to commute to LA as needed, and the air is always fresh and nice.

Until today.

Getting out of a meeting, I see a missed call from my older son's school.

Thinking that he has schneidered them into keeping him awake so I will have to pick him up at noon - ending my business day, I call the school back.

I'm out of town, I start to say, but I am interrupted by the following words:

"We are on lockdown," I am told.

Are you fu*kin' kiddin' me?

In this 2-horse town?

After calming down, I ask if  he can be picked up. I am told we can, but there are three police cruisers at the school, of which one is from the California Highway Patrol.

Furthermore, the threat is not against his school specifically, but a general one for the two adjourning counties.

To say I am stunned is like a freakin' understatement.

The news channels detail that a suicidal meth-head loser with an AK47 made threats to his padre in church, and on his MySpace page, and that is what has the community rattled.

Just WTF is going on in America today?

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Trying out Community Server

I've been blogging using Blogger externally for the past few.

Which is a great departure from our internal use of MOSS 2007, and Microsoft technologies.

I wanted to use an ASP.NET program, and looking to evaluate Community Server and DotNetNuke.

Robert McLaws of Windows-Now.com - the same brain behind the old Longhorn Blogs -  recommended Community Server.

I have been trying to vet CS with webserf over the past few weeks, and I tell you, the older one gets, the harder it takes to learn sh*t.

I'm still on it, but I need a script to transfer my blog posts from Blogger, using their service - not FTP - to CS

Harghhhhhhh!!!

Office 2007 Accounting import wizard

Microsoft has released an upgrade to Office Accounting 2007 that allows for import of Quickbooks transactions into Office Accounting.

Makes you wonder why it wasn't in the shipping package in the first place!

I mean, if you want to take market share from an entrenched leader, it makes sense to include migration tools, doesn't it?

Thanks, Kevin Beares

Mondo props to Kevin Beares, Windows Home Server Community Lead at Microsoft, for holding everyone in the beta to our contractual obligations and exposing that idiot who leaked the build to the yum-yum at that attention-grabbing website*.

Being in the beta program is a privilege, and getting access to early builds is a special privilege.

Why that moron would do it is beyond me.

I hope he (it?) is barred from every Microsoft beta going forward.

*It is the policy of this blog never to post links to a$$wipes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

SharePoint powers HawaiianAir.com

Boy, I wish this info had been out last week, it would have saved me an hour's work persuading a client's board.

Just last week I spent some time with a client discussing Microsoft Office SharePoint Services, hereinafter called SharePoint or MOSS, and the discussion quickly turned to scalability.

Now, this post in the Sharepoint Products and Technologies blog, tells of how HawaiianAir.com is powered by MOSS.

BTW, I closed the deal!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Linux Desktop

Again?

You've just got to pity those poor folks who got together and anointed Linux as the Second Coming!

Again and again, those clowns have, "Waited like those who watch for the morning,"* longer than those waiting for Godot.

Unfortunately, a lot of glossies in the IT space seem to have forgotten that it is not about their personal tastes, but about what

  1. What the customer wants, and
  2. What is best for the customer.

As a result, they are finding a hard time remaining relevant in this Internet age, where information is really, truly is at your fingertips**. In fact the landscape is littered with the debris of formerly-relevant tomes, most recently the late, lamented InfoWorld.

Yet editors, and writers, totally bereft of new ideas to help their readership, continue to spew forth crap about the advent of Linux, now in its umpteenth year.

The latest idiocy is at CRN, and CRN.com, where an inordinate and totally disproportionate amount of ink is devoted to Linux, the latest of which is an article I read last weekend asking, "Linux Desktop: Boom or Bust? "

Hope springs eternal?

Are you freakin' kiddin' me?

What a bunch of yum-yums!

Actually egging VARs to schneider clients into drinking the (poisoned, IMO) Linux Kool-Aid!!!

A reader of CRN for nearly two decades, I would be definitely saddened by the demise of such a glossy, since this is leading VARs down the proverbial primrose path.

Incidentally, CRN has just undergone a restructuring, slimming down from the tabloid-sized huge read of days ago to a quarto-sized half-pint.

You think they would have learned a lesson.

*Psalm 130, The Holy Bible, KJV.

** Bill Gates.

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Chris Aarons creates BuzzCorps.com

Chris Aarons is leaving AMD to create Buzz Corps.

Bookmark it.

Immediately!

Michael J. Reyes, of The Hardware Geeks, informed me of Chris initially, and Chris confirmed it is a telephone call, and an email.

I had it to say, but Mike beat me to it with his announcement of Chris leaving AMD to hang out his own shingle.

Chris Aarons is a Master at engaging people at all levels in our industry – believe me, if he can get to the propeller-heads in IT, can you imagine what he can do in other fields – without being overbearing.

There really isn’t a lot more that I can add to it except to say that I know that it would be a great, and immediate success.

I look forward to seeing his name in the lights, and I know I am not alone in wishing him the very best.

Which is what he deserves.

Bonne Chance!

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Presenting....Silverlight!

WPF/E has now been christened 'Silverlight', a new technology for creating 'Rich Interactive Applications'.

Announced by Microsoft today at the NAB confab in Las Vegas, Silverlight, which is more than just Flash, will do, actually, I'll let Darryl K Taft break it down:

Silverlight is based on the .Net Framework and enables developers and designers to use their existing skills to deliver media experiences and RIAs—which Microsoft refers to as "rich interactive applications" as opposed to "rich Internet applications"—for the Web with role-specific tools: Expression Studio for designers and Visual Studio for developers.

More in his article here.

As usual, Mary Jo Foley has some thoughts, and Robert McLaws chimes in too.

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The HP tx1000 Review

I have been reviewing the new HP tx1000 Tablet PC.

I reviewed the HP tx1000 in three phases: as an entertainment Tablet PC, as a mobile information worker’s replacement laptop, and as a Tablet PC replacement for the Acer C100 Tablet PCs that are currently placed at client healthcare providers’ offices that are at the end of their operational life.

Unboxing and looks

In the box was the tx1000, a remote control, an additional battery, and two sets of stereo earbud-style headphones.

The sleek, black tx1000 is a very welcome departure in design from the normally utilitarian looks of Tablet PCs and notebooks, apart from the Ferrari series of notebooks from Acer.

This unit has quite a few little design elements that speak to the desirability of the unit. The touchpad, for instance, is of an entirely new design, and the most comfortable I have ever used. It also comes with an integrated fingerprint reader, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, dual microphones built into the lid, and dual headphone jacks, for the included headphones. The stylus has a lanyard for securing it to the system. Going further along with the entertainment theme, the tx1000’s stereo speakers are located on the lid, allowing the user the full benefit of the speakers even when the unit is in slate mode. A dual-layer LightScribe 8X DVD drive completes the package. An added vig is the remote control.

The system also has a plethora of I/O ports, from three (3) USB ports, Ethernet, modem, external monitor, S-Video, ExpressCard, and a 5-in-1 memory card reader.

Configuration & Performance

Configuration

The tx1000 has both 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in. In fact, it has a very nifty switch built into the system that allows you to enable/disable wireless connectivity on the fly!

This system came with a 60-day trial of Microsoft Office 2003 Student & Teacher (why?) and Microsoft Works (again, why?). A 6-day Norton Internet Security 2006 package was also in the box (why, why, why???).

I promptly discarded the Norton, AOL, Works, and Office 2003 software, RealRhapsody.

I then installed the Logikworx Standard Desktop Suite 2007.

Performance

The tx1000 is based on the speedy dual-core AMD Turion TL-60 CPU running at 2.0 GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 with 128MB.

This system has a Performance Index of 3.0 and more than that, feels pretty fast, for a compact Tablet PC.

Testing

Suitability to task 1: Default configuration (almost) aka Entertainment Tablet PC

As an entertainment PC, the tx1000, out-of-the box (OOB), has a range of multimedia software included, such as Muvee AutoProducer DVD edition, and Sonic Digital Media Plus.

The system just rocked. The IR remote control allowed me to make the most of it and the speakers were quite loud, even in a crowded airport. Using the headphone was another plus, as I was able to get two test subjects (John-III & Trevor) to quietly watch Callou, Bob the Builder, and other content quietly…..

Suitability to task 2: Mobile Information Worker’s Tablet PC

In this test, I tested the suitability of the tx1000 to the task of being the primary workstation of a mobile information worker, such as insurance agents, real estate agents/brokers, or a drug manufacturer’s representative.

I completely wiped the system and performed a clean install of Windows Vista Business and the Logikworx Standard Business Desktop 2007*……

Suitability to task 3: Healthcare Provider’s Tablet PC

I made the tx1000 into a dual-boot system by installing both Windows XP and Windows Vista™, since some of the target PM software required Windows XP. In the Vista™ partition, I tested the tx1000 using the two most common PM and electronic medical records (EMR) software suites among our clients in both a direct install, and running in a Windows XP Virtual machine…… (Please see notes below for information on Windows XP on the tx1000)

Conclusion

HP has a winner here.

In the tx1000, HP has a Tablet PC with an impressive feature list and at a price point that is easily palatable to most users, small businesses, and enterprises. It is compact, powerful, relatively-inexpensive, and durable enough to be used daily.

Apart from the relatively short orientation for the passive display, I found it to be a very capable machine. In fact, compared to our reference Toshiba Tecra M7, which cost over $1,000 USD more than the tx1000 in a virtually similar configuration, the tx1000 more than held its own.

It is in this vein that we are awarding it the SmallBizVista.com Preferred award, and making it the recommended Tablet PC for all our customers.

In closing, I would like to thank HP, and AMD for the opportunity to I got to review this desirable unit. My only negative feeling about is the fact that the tx1000 has to go back. Sob, sob……

The full SmallBizVista.com tx1000 review is here.

*The Logikworx Standard Business Desktop 2007 consists of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, Microsoft Office OneNote, Microsoft Windows Defender, Microsoft Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft Expression Web Designer, Paint.NET, Spybot Search & Destroy, v1.4, ahead Nero v7.8, Microsoft Tablet PC PowerToys, and InterVideo WinDVD v8.

The HP tx1000 is a Windows Vista-only system and is available with either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows Vista ONLY.

My installation of Windows XP was for demonstration purposes ONLY.

Windows XP is an unsupported configuration for the HP tx1000.

If you downgrade to Windows XP, you will do so at your own risk, and your system may either cease to function, or lose functionality.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) will NOT support you or your system in this configuration.

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

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Has Microsoft conceded?

In the past year or so, every time Microsoft has gone against GOOG, it has lost.

  • In public perception of nimbleness and innovation? Lost!

    For example, though Windows Live Hotmail remains the most well thought out web mail client out there, as well as the most popular, Microsoft has virtually ceded the crown of innovation to Gmail due to a combination of the following:

  1. A staleness of the Hotmail UI. Until recently, there hadn't been any refresh of the basic UI in Hotmail.
  2. Restricting Hotmail usefulness. To promote MSN Premium, IMO, Microsoft started restricting the usefulness of Hotmail, denying users features such as POP access, aging the emails, limiting mailbox sizes, etc.
  3. Branding stupidity. HoTMaiL, the most important brand in email services, was changed to Live Mail. Begging the question, why? Even now, Microsoft should have done the synergistic thing by branding the new, actually in beta, Windows Live Mail Desktop as the Hotmail Desktop Client, building on the virtual ubiquity of the Hotmail brand. Are they?
  4. Marketing. When was the last time you saw an ads for any of the Windows Live properties? Yet the Windows Live team continues to turn out some of the most incredibly innovative stuff out there.
  5. Lack of evangelism. Adjunct to, and supplementing marketing should be broader evangelism of Microsoft's products. Am I advocating the creation of a fanboi cadre, yes, I am.

Even now, in product nomenclature and advertising, Microsoft seems to have fallen into the IBM-style rut of middle-aged companies, content to reel off specs and WIIFMs instead of aspirational marketing.

Apart from Vista marketing, including the amazing Vanishing Point game, and the initial Zune ads, the perception of Microsoft seems to be that of a follower, rather than innovator.

  • In contractual agreements with top-tier media companies? Lost!!

    All around us and in especially recently, it has been either Yahoo! or Google winning contractual agreements with companies while Microsoft loses out. Constantly!

  • In purchases of companies with a business plan? Lost!!! And losing!!!

    Looking at purchases of companies recently, I don't see a lot of movement when companies are purchased, especially in the not-so-nascent yet extremely important 'search' space.

Which leads me to ask:

Just WTF is going on with the M&A team at Microsoft?

Can't be lack of cash, can it?

I sincerely hope that this is not a case of the NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome.

Now Google gets to purchase DoubleClick.

For goodness sakes, this would have been a very good time to buttonhole Google. and expose it as the one-trick pony it is.

Prior to now, Google was essentially limited to serving ads based on properties across Google's networks. Now it can broaden that base both with advertisers and eyeballs.

Where is Microsoft in all this?

MIA

While I can't profess to know what transpires in the M&A and strategy groups in Redmond, I believe a fire needs to be lit under them in order to re-energize MSFT, the company and the stock.

Sometimes, a potentially adverse decision/purchase has to be made in order to thwart the ambitions of your foe.

Come on, Microsoft! © 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Steve, please try Microsoft Dynamics, OK?

Newsflash: Apple delays OS X 'Leopard' till later in 2007 as a result of bodies sent to work on iBrick.

Apple, Inc.
1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, California

Dear Steve,

I heard today that you have delayed the release of Leopard until October because your drones are working on the iBrick iPhone.

Now, pundits are using this as an opportunity to pile on.

Forsooth, some writers are even comparing you to those philistines in Redmond.

Like you, I am upset.

However, I have the perfect solution for you: Microsoft Dynamics.

The Microsoft Dynamics suite of enterprise resource planning products would have eased, indeed, allowed you to avoid this mess entirely.

While it is out of the space we work in, if you give me a call, I will be glad to connect you with someone at Microsoft Business Solutions who would make ERP problems at Apple, Inc. a thing of the past.

Sincerely,

John Obeto.

________________________________________________

I mean, can you imagine the package on this guy? He must have balls made of Ununoctium (atomic number 118) or some other heavier, yet-undiscovered element!

Check out the past misdeeds:

  1. iTunes ships with virus: “We blame Microsoft for not making Windows more hardy against viruses…..”
  2. iTunes incompatible with Vista™: “Windows Vista’s release crept up on us so suddenly, we were not able to develop for it on time” or some drivel like that, despite 100 million sold.

And now this?

I really don’t blame him. When you think of the number of media harlots who make a living feeding at the teats of the nonsense machine that is the Steve Jobs Show,you then get a sense of why he comes up with sh*t like this.

If only Microsoft talked down to users like this, the money I could make……..

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Don't smoke the Penryn pipe!

Contrary to all the noise being generated by Intel about that die-shrink MCM known as 'Penryn', I am convinced that waiting for Barcelona is still the best bet for enterprises wanting to upgrade their server hardware this year.

Since Barcelona follows the usual AMD dev strategy, it will have the usual lead in scalability, and flexibility, power and thermal displacement that we have come to expect from Opteron. Furthermore, it will have cooling intelligence built into the CPU.

The only reason Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Extreme is being mentioned now is because Santa Clara was able to bring its economics of scale to bear on manufacturing to produce the MCM that is Core Extreme/Penryn.

As for all that talk about Nehalem.

What Nehalem?

In 2008?

I have no doubt that when Barcelona drops, all talk of Nehalem would evaporate, as its performance would send poor Nehalem back to the drawing board, a la Pentium 5 and Itanic.

While I shall be poring through recently-acquired information, press releases, published information, and rumors/facts in the blogosphere over the next few days, be rest assured I will have more on this next week.

© 2007, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Monday, April 02, 2007

Microsoft further enables Enterprise customers

In a very welcome move today, Microsoft is further easing the migration concerns of enterprise customers by throwing them a major league bone by giving them the right to install Vista on diskless PCs, and the availability of the Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop.

Using Vista Enterprise edition in conjunction with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack would allow customers to secure PCs, centralize applications, and increase productivity while decreasing deployment costs

While available only to Software Assurance customers using Windows Vista Enterprise, these two new ways broaden the customer's ability to license and deploy the operating system. 

  1. The license right to use Windows Vista on diskless PCs, which is simply a PC that runs Windows but does not store Windows or data locally because it does not have a hard drive
  2. The availability of a subscription license called Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktops (VECD) which allows customers to use Windows in virtual machines centralized on server hardware. VECD enables customers to deploy and run Windows Vista Enterprise in virtual machines on server hardware. It provides a Windows experience that is centrally executed in the datacenter and delivered out to either PCs or thin clients.


Using VECD with PCs provides a flexible combination of local and remote computing including mobility and off-line usage. Using VECD with thin clients lets customers who are always connected use minimum footprint devices.

Both options provide a complete Windows experience for end users connected to the corporate network, typically delivered over Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) – a multi-channel protocol that allows a user to connect to a computer running Microsoft Terminal Services. It also allows IT administrators to centrally manage, provision and store Windows images. Of the two options, we think using VECD with PCs is often a better choice for most customers because it still allows local and offline use of productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office, while providing centralization for line of business applications.

The official release is here.