Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The SmallBizWindows 2008 Awards

2008 was one of those years when there seemed to be innovative products everywhere.

Resultantly, we are compelled to laud those products that moved us.

Announcing the SmallBizWindows Annual Product Awards 2008.

Read the entire post

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas to All

A Very Merry Christmas to all.

Best Wishes.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

HP Magic Giveaway: 25 hours left to win on AbsoluteVista.com

The final countdown has begun…

Unless you have been in suspended animation for the past few weeks, you know about the HP Magic Giveaway.

What you may not know is that the contest here ends at 11.59 PM Pacific on December 14, 2008. We are still accepting...(read more)

Friday, December 12, 2008

Corporate YouTube? I don’t think so!

Sometimes, it really does feel like we are living in Bizzaro World !

Then again, it has been a bizzaro week, hasn’t it?

  • Starting with that loon Blagojevich totally outing himself as a real crazoid,
  • Then John Thain of Merrill Lynch showing that he has started...(read more)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The HP Magic Giveaway Entry Rules

  1. Register on this forum. You may post an introductory message. However that is not necessary.
  2. Describe yourself and what you would like to do in a private email to HPMagic2008@AbsoluteVista.com. (You don’t want your masterpiece duplicated now, do you?)
  3. In the spirit of this Giveaway, I would like to know what or how you intend to create HP Magic for someone this Christmas.
  4. Let me know if this is a collaboration, where the team shares the spoils.
  5. Create the WOW! Entry.
  6. Send your entry to HPMagic2008@AbsoluteVista.com
  7. If your entry is too large to email, contact me, and I will create a SkyDrive solution specifically for your entry.
  8. You can submit as many entries as you want.
  9. If you have any questions, post publicly to the forum.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The HP Magic Giveaway by AbsoluteVista

The HP Magic Giveaway is the event of this Christmas Season*: a giving of a massive amount of computing hardware and software HP and Microsoft to single person for both personal use, and for giving it forward to other deserving people or organizations.

Read on

*I use Christmas to describe this season for several reasons. However, it is your season, whatever your faith or beliefs are.

The HP Magic Giveaway by AbsoluteVista & SmallBizWindows

We are giving away four systems, a Media Center Extender, and a bunch of software.

Check here for details.

HP Magic Giveaway Winners List

I will attempt to maintain a list of the winners of the HP Magic Giveaway here.

So far, Windows Connected, Bleeping Computer, Gear Live, Morningside Mom, Thoughts on Poetics & Tech, & BostonPocketPC have announced winners.

Congratulations to all of them.

What makes this even more amazing are some of the remarkable and magical things some of the winners are doing with the gifts. Please follow the hyperlinks to read these stories.

On deck are Neowin, Media Blab, HackCollege, The Gadgeteer, Gotta Be Mobile, and I Started Something.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The HP Magic Giveaway – 1st Winner announced

Grinler over at BleepingComputer.com has just announced the first – and may I say ‘lucky’ – winner in the global HP Magic Giveaway.

The winner is Bryan6376 on his website. His post announcing the winner is here . Next up for winner announcements: Josh...(read more)

Monday, November 24, 2008

The HP Magic Giveaway

It is happening very soon…

A few seconds ago, HP announced the HP Magic Giveaway , where 50 bloggers around the world are being asked to play a role in creating some magic for some lucky people this Christmas season.

I am privileged to have been invited...(read more)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The SmallBizWindows Epson WorkForce 600 Review

I have steered away from inkjet printers quite a while, indeed, the last several years, due to their lack of speed, and high cost of supplies, substituting dye-sub printers for personal photo printing.

It was a surprise when I was informed by Courtney...(read more)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

4 weeks with Windows 7 Milestone 3

On October 26, 2008, I had the opportunity of being part of an exclusive group selected by Microsoft to participate in a Windows 7 Reviewer’s Workshop prior to the public debut of the Windows 7 beta by Steven Sinofsky on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, at the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC2008) in Los Angeles, California. (Read on)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dear Windows Marketing Team: I apologize!

For months now, I have excoriated you, both publicly, privately, and in backchannels.

Every time I read incorrect statements from supposed media hacks, I cursed you out!

Every time I read more phony assertions in the bloggorhea that sometimes consumes...(read more)

Is Vikram Pandit in over his head?

While I was kinda fixated on Jerry ‘Pollyanna’ Yang and his wanton destruction of billions in shareholder equity * , Viki has been flying under the radar.

While Vikram, unlike Jerr, is actually trying to do something, I cannot help this sinking feeling...(read more)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Why I won’t be using Windows Live Cashback ever again!

Decided to give Cashback a try, and they FAILED!

Trip this:

  • Created an account (a while back)
  • I went to Cashback
  • Logged in Did a search
  • Went to the best priced store there – Abacus24-7.com
  • Made a purchase – 4 dual-socket, and 12 dual-socket HDMI wall...(read more)

The SmallBizWindows.com Interview with Chris Aarons & Geoff Nelson of BuzzCorps

Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Chief Yahoo! speaks, and Redmond isn’t listening

Sometime earlier this year, Steve Ballmer, on behalf of Microsoft, made an offer for Yahoo! that was beyond generous.

We all know how that went: the Yahooligans went ballistic, thinking their little piece of the pie was worth more than was offered. After...(read more)

    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    The AbsoluteVista.com HP Color LaserJet CM6040f Review

    I have been testing the HP Color LaserJet CM6040f at our Northern Colorado MedikLabs for over nine weeks.

    Based on the review we have awarded it the SmallBizVista.com Superstar Award, denoting impressive performance.

    At Logikworx, our recommended departmental...(read more)

    Monday, November 03, 2008

    NetworkWorld: Subscription renewal made easy

    I renewed my subscription to NetworkWorld magazine, the print and digital edition easily.

    How easy was it?

    Confirm an identifier I entered when I first subscribed, and clicked submit.

    That was all. No more re-entering all the information I had entered...(read more)

    Lewis Hamilton is the 2008 FIA Formula One Champion

    Yesterday, at the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile Driver’s Championship.

    Mad, mad props to you, Lewis.

    Not since the retirement of Michael Schumacher have I been this...(read more)

      Sunday, November 02, 2008

      Monday, October 27, 2008

      PDC2008 Day 1 Keynote: Ray Ozzie

      A few moments ago, Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, announced Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud-based service foundation, which powers the Azure Services Platform, which is the moniker for Microsoft’s variation on SaaS offerings. Called...(read more)

      Sunday, October 26, 2008

      PDC2008: Attendee Reception

      Held at the rooftop of one of LA’s newest ‘beautiful people’ hangouts, this was a kinda odd event for me, as my two most favorite bloggers on Terra, Terri Stratton and Mike Reyes, were not in attendance due to previous plans.

      However, it was good seeing...(read more)

      Saturday, October 25, 2008

      PDC2008

      I am in Los Angeles for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008, aka PDC2008.

      This promises to be a ‘ very big deal’ , as several new technologies will be announced, showcased, and demo-ed here.

      Most importantly, Windows 7, will be shown...(read more)

      Tuesday, October 21, 2008

      BuzzCorps wins 2008 Wommie!

      Congratulations!

      To Chris Aarons, Geoff Nelson and , Nick White on winning this august award.

      I have just heard that BuzzCorps, that innovative Social Media marketing firm, has won the 2008 Wommie Award from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association....(read more)

      Friday, October 17, 2008

      Highly recommended: Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009

      What a difference a year makes!

      In January of this year – at the 2008 International CES in Las Vegas, I had the privilege of being a guest of BuzzCorps at a Social Media dinner co-sponsored by Symantec.

      Dining with us that night was Rhonda Shantz, Senior...(read more)

      Thursday, October 16, 2008

      Why do you call it customer service, Dell?

      For real!

      My friend Stephanie has a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. (Purchased last year before I knew her, else, it would have been an HP – believe that!)

      Anyhoo, unfortunately for Stephanie, she inadvertently clicked on a particularly nasty piece of malware...(read more)

      Wednesday, October 15, 2008

      The AbsoluteVista.com HP xw8600 Review

      The Hewlett-Packard xw8600 Personal Workstation is the first ever recipient of The SmallBizVista.com Absolute Best Award.

      Why?

      The HP xw8600 is the best workstation on the market today.

      Period.

      This workstation embodies the very best of the massive amount...(read more)

      Friday, October 10, 2008

      iBrick lawsuit to go on

      Where were the adults at #1, Infinite Loop when the incredibly boneheaded decision to brick unlocked iPhones were made?

      Where were they?

      In my post here , I laughed it off, calling it malware. In a subsequent post here , I warned IT managers not to take...(read more)

      Hey Jerry, how about that $31 per share offer?

      Kinda looks real good right now, eh?

      When the cash portion was about 22 a share, or the blue sky scenario of $34 per in cash, you turned it down. ...(read more)

      Monday, September 29, 2008

      Making Friends 101: Annoy Mega-Telco

      There is nothing more in telling about an arriviste company than when they suddenly try to bite off more than they can chew.

      Case in point is Google.

      If this report in ComputerWorld in correct, and I have no reason to doubt that magazine, then Google...(read more)

      Sunday, September 28, 2008

      US Court of Appeals: What $1.5 billion, Alcatel-Lucent?

      Aka, go away.

      On Thursday, September 25, 2008, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., confirmed what I called back in August of 2007, namely, there isn’t any $1.52 billion payday for Alcatel...(read more)

      How buggy is Firefox 3?

      I have about had it with Firefox 3.

      Yes, I do use it as browser #2.

      For goodness sakes, the incessant shutdowns, the page errors, sheeez!

      I’m back

      Light posting for the past several weeks due to being sick and completing a major migration at the day job.

      I’ll be retro-posting on issues on my mind during that time.

      Tuesday, September 09, 2008

      A Zero-G flight

      Mauricio Freitas, Editor-in-Chief of Geekzone, New Zealand’s most trafficked tech (and, probably most trafficked overall) website, has been invited to Lost Wages for a Zero-G flight either this weekend or next week.

      A Zero-G flight!

      There is a lot of truth to the rumor that I am jealous.

      For I have had those kinds of aspirations for nearly 3 decades!

      Have fun in Las Vegas, M!

      Monday, September 08, 2008

      Intel releases new, faster CPUs

      Nice. And fast too.

      “The quad-core Intel Xeon Processor 5400 Series consists of the new X5492, X5470, and L5430 processors, the fastest of which claims a clock speed of 3.4 GHz”

      Now look at the graphic below: I have been zooming along with a dual-socket...(read more)

      Friday, September 05, 2008

      HP xw4600 Personal Workstation Giveaway Winner

      adacosta (Andre da Costa) has been selected as the winner of the HP xw4600 Personal Workstation Giveaway by AbsoluteVista.com.

      Congratulations, adacosta!

      Wednesday, September 03, 2008

      Trio of goodies released by Microsoft

      The Microsoft SharePoint Administrator’s Toolkit v2.0, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 (eval) have been released into the wild by Microsoft.

      At LogikLabs, we use the MDOP, and are...(read more)

      Linux & The Phalanx2 rootkit: it’s our fault?

      According to a yum-yum on Cnet, it is a problem with people, not the code.

      Say what now?

      Describing Phalanx2 as "a self-injecting kernel rootkit designed for the Linux 2.6 branch that hides files, processes and sockets and includes tools for sniffing...(read more)

      Friday, August 29, 2008

      Going OTG for the next few days

      With my familia , I will be going off-the grid for the next few days. I’m packed for sightseeing: ...(read more)

      Thursday, August 28, 2008

      Ubuntu and kernel security: another one bites the dust

      It is getting harder and harder to do the Christian thing.

      You know, turn the other cheek, and look away.

      For years, we have heard the derogatory buzzwords chanted by the freetards (thanks, Real Dan Lyons) at Microsoft Windows: bloatware, insecure, porous. I, and...(read more)

      Tiger Woods & EA: Response Marketing at its best!

      One of the best things to do when faced with either a relentless competitor or admiring fans, is to create a timely and effective response marketing campaign to either countermand the wrongful perception, or in the case of admiring fans, move the needle...(read more)

      Tuesday, August 26, 2008

      Google drops Bluetooth and other features from Android

      O Oh!

      I guess it isn’t a cakewalk to produce an OS, any OS, after all, is it?

      When those arrivistes from 1600 Amphitheater Parkway in Mountain View announced their all-encompassing mobile phone OS sometime in the past year, the mainstream media harlots went agog...(read more)

      Monday, August 25, 2008

      Notebooks.com is giving away 4 laptops!

      I have just been informed by Xavier Lanier, the Supremo over at Notebooks.com that he is giving away four lappers.

      Yes, that is not a typo! ….(read more)

      Sunday, August 24, 2008

      The AbsoluteVista.com HP Touchsmart IQ506 Review

      In January of 2007, HP announced, and shipped the first generation of TouchSmart PCs.

      Positioned squarely at the entertainment and lifestyle spaces; it was far reaching in its potential, and probably just slightly ahead of its time.

      The IQ506 represents...(read more)

      SyncToy 2.0 released!

      One of the best PowerToys out there has been SyncToy, formerly in version 1,4

      Now, SyncToy v2.0 has been released....(read more)

      Windows Small Business Server 2008 RTMs!

      How cool is this?

      According to Dean Paron, Group Program Manager for SBS 2008, the following are what to expect from SBS 2008...(read more)

      Apple pays ringers to stand in line for iPhone

      I am so NOT surprised!

      That is a revelation I had thought about for a while. ...(read more)

      Red RHAT says servers hacked

      They were?

      Weren’t they Linux systems? ...(read more)

      Tuesday, August 19, 2008

      More on Taiwan’s antitrust craziness

      In comments to my post, Taiwan starts orbiting the silly galaxy, reader ‘adacosta’ feels it is a sovereignty issue, while reader ‘Michael Turton’ starts back down that tired line of Windows Vista is bad.

      Since I spent quite a few minutes on my reply,...(read more)

      Monday, August 18, 2008

      Taiwan starts orbiting the silly galaxy

      Just when you think it is safe to go outside comes the news of another formerly sensible country entering the silly constellation.

      This time it is Taiwan!

      In news straight out of Mad magazine, the powers that be at that manufacturing powerhouse have decided...(read more)

      Open XML wins again

      What did the ISO and the IEC say to the anti-OOXML crowd?

      “Go away, losers.”

      (read more)

      Previous/Related

    • OOXML: rumors, innuendos, and outright lies!; April 14, 2008
    • Some good news on the OOXML front; March 14, 2008
    • Open Office XML wins some, loses some; August 30, 2007
    • Hurray for Ecma TC46; July 1, 2007
    • ODF loses traction; June 13, 2007
    • OLPC gets real...; November 1, 2007
    • Massachusetts makes the right decision; August 2, 2007
    • Trouble in ODF City!; October 30, 2007
    • StarOffice 8; October 21, 2007
    • A review of pretenders to the Office throne; October 15, 2007
    • OOXML Dawn in Massachusetts, August 2, 2007
    • Microsoft Office and the Small Business; June 13, 2007
    • ODF format loses traction; June 12, 2007
    • XPS Essentials Pack; May 25, 2007
    • The Office-less office?; May 22, 2007
    • The XPS document format; May 1, 2007
    • Open XML is on ISO fast track; March 12, 2007
    • Microsoft calls out Blue; February 15, 2007
    • Open XML, your new document standard; December 8, 2006
    • Breaking news: Apple not worried about Zune!; October 16, 2006
    • Microsoft XML schemas proposed as standards; November 21, 2005
    • Mass Govt moves to OpenDocument – III; November 28, 2005
    • Mass Govt moves to OpenDocument – II; September 1, 2005
    • Mass Govt moves to OpenDocument; September 1, 2005

    • Gmail, O Gmail, where art thou?

      When a lot of pundits gather together wherever they gather together at, watch out!

      Yeah, watch out for the nonsense they would issue forth from their respective pieholes as they anoint the next ‘new thing’. Case in point is Gmail.

      By now, I sure you have...(read more)

      Friday, August 15, 2008

      Intel now resides in Bizzaro World!

      aka Stupidity reigns supreme in Centrinoland

      Has the world gone mad?

      In September of 2006, Apple shipped iTunes with the RavMonE virus. When they were found out by resolute security researchers, they issued that most stupid of corporate communications...(read more)

      Wednesday, August 13, 2008

      The VMware ESX/ESXi fiasco

      The Recipe: Take your flagship product. Improve it . Insert secret ‘time bomb’ code into it. Release gold version of said product with the stupid code intact. Have users unable to use their systems when the date activates the shut down code. Is this how...(read more)

      Monday, August 11, 2008

      DreamColor here, DreamColor there, DreamColor everywhere!

      DreamColor LP2480zx On June 10, 2008 in Berlin, Germany, HP publicly announced the DreamColor display – blogged about here . A technological tour de force, the DreamColor LP2480ZX set new standards of visual clarity and stunning visuals, all for a suggested...(read more)

      HP innovates with new Mobile Workstations

      The EliteBook 8730w, 8530w, & 8530p Mobile Workstations For the past several weeks, I have been enjoying the use – for my reviews –of HP’s latest and greatest in the personal workstation space. I started with The incredibly affordable HP xw4600 personal...(read more)