Monday, November 16, 2009

I’m in Los Angeles for Microsoft PDC 2009

I am in the beauuuutiful City of Angels, Los Angeles, California for the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, or PDC2009.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Browser OEMs complain louder to the EU

I simply cannot grokk these browser yobs. Really cannot.

First off, Opera whines to the desmids at the EU Directorate for Quashing American Inventiveness about Windows 7 shipping with an included browser.

As usual, they are granted an audience by those numbskulls who immediately try to harm Microsoft.

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  • Common sense.

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The SmallBizWindows Verbatim InSight Portable Hard Drive Review

In the past year, Verbatim has gone on a tear, solidifying their hold on several market segments, and moving boldly into new ones.

A market segment that Verbatim obviously views as important is the portable hard drive space.

The Verbatim InSight 500 GB portable hard drive is one innovation the company has brought to market recently.

This is a nicely styled, fast, and extremely quiet portable hard drive. It came in a well-padded retail box, with a USB-to-mini-USB cable – the drive has a mini-USB interface, and a quick start guide. Nero BackItUp soft was pre-installed on the hard drive.

Apart from the very sleek styling, the InSight has an always-on LCD display that gives you notification of the drive name and remaining free space on the drive – whether the drive is powered or not.

Backups, backups, Backups!

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Resources used

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • HP z400 Personal Workstation
  • HP z800 Personal Workstation
  • HP IQ518 TouchSmart PC
  • HP ProLiant M110 G5

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The SmallBizWindows Epson WorkForce 610 Review

About a year ago, we reviewed the Epson WorkForce 600 MFC printer and deemed it business ready.

A few months ago, we were given the opportunity to review the latest iteration of that printer, and accepted.

The new Epson WorkForce 610 printer is virtually the same as the old 600, but for better and faster connections to networks.

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Resources used

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • HP tx2 TouchSmart Tablet PC
  • HP z800 Personal Workstation
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5
  • Toshiba Tecra M7

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

HP delivers key pieces of Converged Infrastructure vision

Over the past year, we have heard of HP’s Converged Infrastructure vision.

Today, HP has opened the kimono just a little bit wider, and laid some cards on the table for all to see.

What is HP Converged Infrastructure?
HP Converged Infrastructure calls for the end-to-end virtualization of resources in the data center and unification under common management. With HP Virtual Resource Pools, modular standards-based technology assets can be quickly assigned or repurposed to support any workload or application need from enterprise, to cloud and high performance computing applications.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

iPhone bug keeps Safari humming, and your costs running up…

…well, only if you’re not on the AT&T not-always-3G network in the US!

AppleSpot, of Estonia, has discovered a bug in the iPhone Safari that could keep Safari running in the background if you open a motion-jpeg file, and then close iPhone Safari…read more

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OSX.Loosemaque: malware just for OS X

Say what you may about the open source types, but they generally come across as intelligent types. Misguided, yes; but intelligent, nonetheless.

Contrast that with the herd that is known somewhat affectionately as Macaholics.

With their incredibly insular view of the world at large, they seem to live as much as possible to the ideals espoused by those I’m a PC, You’re a Mac ads…(read more) 

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Monday, November 02, 2009

China has a lunar mission planned for 2020?

And where are we?

The fact that they have a lunar mission on the books is galling enough.

The fact that we do not, is beyond the pale.

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MySQL founder’s seller’s remorse

What is it with these smart people selling out for a lot of moola, pulling the ripcord and ejecting when the new owners of their respective ‘babies’ start ignoring them, then whining about how they would like to buy their ‘baby’ back? The Skype babies come to mind….

Also check out MySQL.

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Shiny new thing: HP StorageWorks Data Vault x510

At The Orbiting O’Odua today, I received a new HP StorageWorks Data Vault x510 for review.

Running the Windows Home Server Operating system, but optimized for business, the Data Vault x510 represents the second WHS-based device being reviewed here at the O’Odua. The other device is an Acer Aspire A340 Windows Home Server. The Aspire A340 is a home device.

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The SmallBizWindows HP Mini 1000 MIe Windows 7 Review

Netbooks are all the rage nowadays. They are cheap, accessible, and seemingly everywhere

However, until the release of Windows 7, most of these devices have come with Windows XP based on the heavy resource requirements if Windows Vista™.

Well, now there is Windows 7.

In January 2009, I received an HP Mini 1000 Mie Edition for review as part of a social media program run by Ivy Worldwide (formerly known as BuzzCorps).

This was the least-powered version of the  Mini 1000 series. It was equipped with a 1 GHz  Intel Atom processor, integrated graphics, 1 GB of RAM, and a 16 GB SSD (solid state disk). The unit came with a customized Ubuntu Linux.

To be fair, I decided to give Linux a go. I used Ubuntu for a few weeks until driver issues forced me to return to the Light. Of Windows, that is…(read more)

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The SmallBizWindows MotionDSP vReveal Review

One of the guilty pleasures most of us enjoy nowadays is that of being armature photographers, armed  with our cellphone cameras, looking for the next doofus who would make our production the next viral hit on the Internet.

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Torrents contain malware? Who knew?

Psst! Would you like some malware with that illegal torrent download?

Microsoft researchers, in analyzing data, have found out that illegal downloads from torrents have become a particularly effective malware distribution channel

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Office 2010 public beta due this month

The Microsoft Office Team has sent out notifications about the close of the Office 2010 Technical Preview, and its transition into a public beta.

From the notice:

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Microsoft Office Accounting bites the dust

Who didn’t see this coming?

If you’ve ever tried to use Office Accounting, you would have seen the end nearing fast.

Why did it fail?

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Microsoft Security Essentials voted best (free) antivirus software

AV-Comparatives has looked into the current crop of free antivirus programs, and crowned Microsoft’s new Security Essentials the best of the lot.

That is pretty remarkable for a product that is new, and from a company generally regarded by stalwarts in that sector as a abecedarian.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Rampant shark-jumping by Apple Fanbois

Quick question: what version of Windows would you position against the just-announced Apple Leopard Server?

If you answered Microsoft Windows Home Server, you would be right.

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Connectify turns a Windows 7 device into a hotspot

Apparently, an undocumented feature in Windows 7, the software router, is the ability to turn the wi-fi functionality of your system into a hotspot.

Since Microsoft didn’t develop it further, an enterprising company called Nomadio had taken a further step, and created an end user app for it.

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The SmallBizWindows Epson WorkForce 310 Printer Review

absolutevistaaward2 While it is very good to have a crazy-big, wicked-fast color laser printer such as the HP Color LaserJet CP6015 or the award winning CM6040f, most smaller businesses would only have the resources for a desktop multifunction device (MFC), also known as all-in-ones (AIO).

For those smaller companies or needs, Epson has the WorkForce line of MFCs. At AbsolutelyWindows, we have three of these devices in our review inventory: the WorkForce 310, WorkForce 600, and WorkForce 610 all-in-ones.

We are reviewing the WorkForce 310 here.

The Epson WorkForce 310 is a small MFC created for businesses. Part of the WorkForce line, the 310 is, in Epson terminology, a 4-in-1 printer, giving the user print, copy, scan, and fax functionality.

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Resources used in this review:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Small Business
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview
  • HP Compaq C700 Notebook Computer
  • HP tx2 TouchSmart Tablet PC
  • Toshiba Tecra M7, MedikLabs
  • HP ProLiant ML110 G5
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5

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Microsoft USB/DVD Download Tool

With netbooks everywhere, potential upgraders have found out that their path to Windows 7 bliss is blocked by the lack of an optical drive.

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The SmallBizWindows Verbatim 250 GB Premier Edition Hard Drive Review

absolutevistaaward2 In this day and age, backups, of any kind, are a must. With the advent of Windows 7 into our computing lives, backups are even more important.

Based on that, I decided to ask for, and I received three portable hard drives from Verbatim for review here at AbsolutelyWindows: a 250 GB Verbatim Premier Edition portable hard drive, a 500 GB Verbatim InSight portable hard drive, and a 1 TB Verbatim Quad-interface Professional hard drive. We are reviewing the 250 GB Premier Edition Portable Hard Drive here.

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Resources used in this review:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, x64
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview, x64
  • Microsoft SyncToy v2.0, x64
  • HP tx2 Tablet PC
  • HP dv2 Notebook computer
  • HP z400 Personal Workstation
  • HP z800 Personal Workstation
  • Toshiba Tecra M7, MedikLabs
  • HP ProLiant ML110 G5
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5, MedikLabs

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

NASA Ares I-X users in a new stage in space transportation

389936main_launch-1With NASA about to sunset all Space Shuttle missions, the ‘replacement’ for the Shuttle, the Ares rocket took to the skies yesterday in a planned launch.

While I for one, is not pleased with the replacement of a manned vehicle with a rocket – manned or unmanned, I am pleased that NASA is showing some signs of life.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Microsoft gifts the World the Outlook .pst format

Why?

Seriously though, this is ‘A Good Thing’ as there should be more interoperability between the myriad numbers of email clients out there.

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Boeing jilts Seattle for $170 million

240px-Boeing-Logo.svgThis was a surprise!

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Xerox innovates with printed circuits

xlogoXerox is one of those companies that continually confounds me.

They are very innovative and creative, yet as a company, they take falling asleep at the wheel to be some sort of sacred mantra when it comes to corporate strategy*.

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Joe Davidson Designs makes me look good

Joe Davidson Designs, of Ontario, Canada, is the designer of all logos, artwork, and other graphics used by Logikworx, and all associated and affiliated companies.

Joe is very good at what he does, and goes beyond the task by constantly refining the designs, sometimes for weeks after the ‘final’ product was delivered. (I know, that part costs money, re-doing the documents.)

A few friends had asked about the new AbsolutelyWindows, SmallBizWindows, and Logikworx logos, so I asked the normally shy Joe to provide a bio.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The SmallBizWindows HP Color LaserJet CP6015 Review

black_stretch_logo For the past several months, we have had an HP Color LaserJet CP6015, both in CP6015dn  and CP6015xh versions for review here at SmallBizWindows.

As with the award-winning HP CM6040f MFC, the CP6015 is one big, heavy machine, weighing in at approximately 285lbs just by itself (without the booklet maker accessory).

Based on its capabilities (and girth), I decided to conduct the review at MedikLabs, a fully-functioning pediatric practice in Northern Colorado.

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Resources used in this review:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Small Business
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview
  • HP Compaq C700 Notebook Computer
  • HP tx2 TouchSmart Tablet PC
  • Toshiba Tecra M7, MedikLabs
  • HP ProLiant ML110 G5
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G5

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Microsoft cancels ‘The Family Guy’ ad placement deal

Microsoft is a rarity these days.

Not just as a hugely successful and profitable software company, but as a company that employs some of the most brilliant people on Terra; from the actual foot soldiers (the Microserfs) to the wonks at Microsoft Research.

Unfortunately, this penchant for hiring brainiacs seemingly does not extend to their marketing types…(read more)

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

How I designed Windows 7, Part Deux

In my last post, I listed my Microsoft Wish List for 2008.

Earlier today, I was sent a private message about a blog I posted back in July 2008 titled, 10 Steps to a Successful Windows 7.

Re-reading the article, I realized my contribution was greater than I thought!

From the article:…(read more)

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

I, John Obeto, designed Windows 7!

You did what?

I was the one who designed Windows 7!

I listed 23 things I wanted Microsoft to accomplish in order to make Windows Vista a success…(read more)

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows 7 Launched Today!

Earlier on today, Microsoft released Windows 7 into general availability*.

I was at the Windows 7 Launch Party in New York City**, and it was a departure from the past Windows launch because of the palpable confidence of Microserfs.

Led by the always effusive Steve Ballmer, Microsoft wowed the crowd…(read more)

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

How to Kill a Brand 101: the Microsoft Sidekick Fiasco

For a company that prides itself on doing the right thing at the right time – witness their seeming acquiescence for over three years, to the totally inaccurate I’m a PC, I’m a Mac  ads from Apple, Microsoft sure fubar’d this incident.

What went wrong?

For the past week, I have watched and listened as absolutely no Microsoft C-level executive stepped up to the plate, and owned the meltdown, on behalf of Microsoft, the company…(read more)

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Forgive me but why all the love for Zune HD?

I mean, it this the best that Microsoft could do in this space?

Forgive me but why all the love for Zune HD?

In a vacuum, the decision to release Zune HD would have been brilliant.

However, it is very disconcerting to see people going gaga over this device IMO, shamelessly.

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Do numbskulls sometimes run Microsoft?

Last week, I advised a friend to switch to Microsoft Online Services from Office Live, due to my concerns about data security and retention.

She agreed.

However, this tech-savvy woman ran into issues with migrating her current Hotmail-based emails to Exchange online.

Unable to reach me over the weekend, she contacted Microsoft Online Services for assistance.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Microsoft at Best Buy: more whining.

According to this article, Microsoft is ‘indoctrinating’ Best Buy droids with the Windows 7 message.

A little backgrounder: a finance ‘reporter’ from AOHELL goes into Best Buy looking to purchase a Linux Netbook.

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Russia’s FAS drops antitrust action against Microsoft

When prosecutorial overreach is corrected, it is always a beautiful thing.

Case in point is the dropping, on September 7, of antitrust action related to Windows XP by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, FAS.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Ladies, Gentlemen: please patch your new Snow Leopard install

Absolutely secure’; complete security; a ‘bulletproof operating system’; ‘no need for malware’.

Remember those trite platitudes from the “You’re a PC, I’m a Mac” ads?

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Run Curt, run!

Am I the only one wishing that Curt Schilling would go ahead and really run for the open Senate seat in Massachusetts?

Curt, baby, run!

Please!

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Previously
Can Curt shut up?

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Policeman shoots fire chief in court over tickets

Let me repeat that:

A cop shoots a fire fire chief in a courtroom over tickets

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Yesterday’s Gmail outage: how prepared were you?

One of the little lessons lost in yesterday’s Gmail meltdown, was that as nice, and as trendy as the digerati make Gmail out to be; you know the ‘Next Big Thing’, Gmail is so NOT ready for Prime Time!

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

40 percent growth for netbooks? Enter Google Chrome OS

By any metric, a 40% year-over-year growth rate is impressive.

For the netbook market, that number has enabled it to zoom to 22% market share in a very short period of time.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC Giveaway

Last month, we introduced the HP TouchSmart dx9000 giveaway to a lucky winner who develops a great business-ready application. This baby is up for grabs—it could be all yours! All you need to do create a touch app that businesses can use.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Swiss government listens in on VOIP

Not content to be the bankers for the world’s dictators, and other bad people, the Swiss government has added VOIP snooping to their list of tasks.

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Diskeeper invents new defragmentation scheme

If the claims in this Computerworld story are true, Diskeeper is poised to deliver some serious $$$ to stakeholders!

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Snow Leopard: upgrade pricing done right!

While is is not like me to give props to the loops at #1, Infinite Loop, in Cupertino, I have to give them mungo props for having an impressive connection to their consumers.

Take the upgrade price for the recently-released Mac OS X, known as Snow Leper: $30 USD.

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Windows 7 Sins?

Really!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

OS X has, em, malware?

Just caught this tidbit on the blogosphere: that OS X 10.6 (Snow Leper) will come with anti-malware software out of the box!

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Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – free ebook

Microsoft Press is offering all the eBook above completely free.

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Another open source vendor joins the continuum

So, come to find out that despite the bleating of the open source types, some companies are being realistic, and kissing Microsoft’s ring signing protection agreements with Microsoft.

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SCO really is Lazarus!!!

Do you remember in the old, campy horror flicks, where the hero/heroine uses a sharpened silver implement, usually of the improvised type, to continually stab the evil zombie fiend, while insanely chanting, die, die, die?

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Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook – this is BIG!

When Microsoft announced an alliance with Nokia two weeks ago today, I was left, well, completely underwhelmed.

To me, what was necessary, was for Microsoft and Nokia to form an alliance centered around operating systems.

Since it was Nokia, I assumed, and wanted such an OS alliance to be centered around cellular telephones.

I was shortsighted.

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Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard to ship on Friday

For the first time in a very long time, I am torn between performing a cursory look at the forthcoming Apple Mac OS X v10.6, aka ‘Snow Leper’, and performing an in-depth review.

I have sent out an email to all business owner clients to gauge their interest in such a review.

Let’s see how it goes….

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

4 ways to make HP Gabble more relevant

HP Gabble is an intriguing concept: video calls anywhere, using HP transportation and technology.

However, the implementation is less than optimal.

Four modifications to Gabble should mitigate that. (read more)

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The Redbox onslaught: was Blockbuster asleep?

The current flap initiated by the movie studios over Redbox has me wondering where Blockbuster the sleeping giant is, and when it would awaken.

Can someone tell me why Blockbuster didn’t see this? (read more)

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Monday, August 17, 2009

iPhone GPS app for $100? Hello, anybody home?

One of the greatest shows out there for a long time, was The Twilight Zone. Crazy stuff happening that you could sorta explain, and mostly couldn’t.

Fast forward to today, and you have TomTom selling an iPhone GPS application for $100….(read more)

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The SmallBizWindows HP z400 Personal Workstation Review

Last year, HP led all comers in ISA workstations with their xw8600 personal workstation, one of which was reviewed by yours truly.

We were so impressed by the xw8600 that we gave it the very first SmallBizWindows Absolute Best Award, with it going on to win the Product of the Year Award 2008 from our editorial board.

In March this year, HP dropped another bombshell: they weren’t sitting still, and they announced, and shipped the new HP Z-series workstations, a very worthy replacement for the xw-series…(read more)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stardock & Windows Customizations

One of the most intrepid companies out there in the Windows space is Stardock, with the impressive range of customization products that allow for personalization of Windows to the nth degree…(read more)

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Microsoft & Nokia, sitting in a tree….

Earlier today, Microsoft and Nokia informed the Earth of their latest agreement, one that allows for the development and delivery of Microsoft’s Office Mobile to Nokia’s line of smartphones.

In a vacuum, it would be giddy news…(read more)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Verbatim moves in, starts redefining the USB Flash drive space

For a long while now, the USB flash drive space has been commoditized, with lackluster, piecemeal improvements in the sector.

No more…(read more)

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The 787, Boeing, and hubris

Last year, flush with profits, Boeing executives decided to completely lose their minds, and, rather than negotiate with its unions, the dolts decided to allow a strike.

Whomever came up with that adage, “If you ever want to hear God laugh, make a plan” is a bonafide genius...(Read more)

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Go Google all the way? Nyet!!

I hear that Google has been advertizing that people disconnect from their current productivity applications, and catch the (Google) Wave.

Erh, I don’t think so…(read more)

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Windows 7 RTM migrations are on!

Since August 6, Microsoft has allowed downloads of Windows 7 RTM to IT professionals and invited beta testers, through the MSDN, TechNet, and Microsoft Connect portals…(read more)

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Verbatim 1TB quad-interface portable hard drive.

I have received a Verbatim Quad-Interface Portable Hard Drive in the Orbiting O’Odua.

eSATA II, USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and FireWire 800, this drive aims to do it all.

We are up to tasking it, what with our Windows 7 migrations taking place.

More to come.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Infra Dig: Apple to Microsoft: Our feelings are hurt!

While I was not privy to the phone call fielded by Kevin Turner, I’m going to assume it took place as follows (the Apple side of the conversation only):

Hello Microsoft,

We would like you to pull your ‘Laptop Hunter’ ads because, well, they are hurting our feelings.

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This article previously appeared in the July 2009 issue of The Interlocutor.

The Kindle Kerfuffle: Just rent a book?

One of the more distressing issues raised by the total recall of those books by Amazon.com was not the fact that they could do what they did – anyone who thought that purchasing wirelessly, and requiring a sync ever so often, was without a ‘red destruct button’, is a blithering idiot - but the fact that every book you purchased from them was rented…..(read more)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Innovation: HP Tech Forum & Expo 2009

As befits an $118 billion plus company, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, or HP, holds a Technology Forum every year, this year in beautiful Las Vegas Nevada.

I had the privilege of being invited as a member of the Social Media to this year’s event….(read more)

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This article previously appeared in the July 2009 issue of The Interlocutor.

Microsoft Windows 7 has RTM’d

The developers signed off on it, Steve Sinofsky likes it, Ballmer is doing cartwheels, and Bill Gates must be pleased.

Ladies and gentlemen, the best ever versions of the Microsoft Windows client, known as Microsoft Windows 7…(read more)

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Innovation: Symantec’s Norton Security Team

Prior to the release of Norton Internet Security 2009 in September of last year, and the subsequent release of the Norton 360 Suite, Symantec’s Norton products had such a reputation for bloat, resource hungriness, and being a general factor in system disorder, that most IT professionals had stopped recommending them for their consumer and SMB clients….(read more)

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This article previously appeared in the July 2009 issue of The Interlocutor.

Does Innovation Matter?

One of the most distressing things about the banking– and Wall Street-induced financial meltdown of the past year has been the perception that companies can reduce manpower indiscriminately, and automagically get themselves back to readiness for the forthcoming upturn.

That is a really crazy notion….(Read more)

The SmallBizWindows Verbatim Bluetooth Mouse Review

As notebook/laptops/netbooks get smaller, the usability of the trackpad goes down. Furthermore, some actions are just not as easily performed using a trackpad, for example playing Spider Solitaire. As a result, there has been a very good market in notebook mice, as evidenced by the sheer numbers of devices out there….(Read more)

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Chrome OS? O oh, early success of Bing has Google running scared!!!

Being me is not easy!

In my blog post here, Bing: Be Afraid Google. Be very Afraid, I went against the grain and declared that the nonsensical and trite platitudes being mouthed by the Googlians was nothing more than fear.

In it, I posted one cool nugget: Google until now, has been able to distract Microsoft from coming after their cash cow, web search.

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*Battlefield Earth: you know the saying: It only took a billion monkeys thumping away at a billion typewriters a billion years to come up with that drivel. Which describes Microsoft’s web search strategy before Bing™.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

AbsoluteWindows is giving away an HP dx9000 TouchSmart PC

In conjunction with two other sites, AbsoluteWindows will be giving away a brand new HP dx9000, the TouchSmart of business PCs.

What do you have to do to get this baby?…(read more)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Ivy Worldwide wins the HP Circle Award!

Right off the bat, Ivy Worldwide is already garnering kudos!

The HP Circle award is an award created by HP to celebrate marketing and design excellence at the company.

Guess who won in 2009?

Ivy Worldwide, formerly known as BuzzCorps. (read more)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Et tu, Mark Sanford?

Now, we find out that where Mark ‘the righteous’ Sanford was: committing adultery!

Wow!

St. Mark violated one of the Top 10? (read more)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

OpenSauce World walks the talk

Gotta give these yobs props for this.

In one of the online fishwraps, I just read the OpenSauce World (yeah, intentional misspelling; then again that’s what I think of them,), the event formerly known as LinuxWorld, is going, well, the open source way, by giving away entry to the event for free to ‘qualified’ professionals…(read on)

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The SmallBizWindows HP ScanJet 7000 Review

Prior to the start of MedikLabs, my only interaction with scanners were of the personal desktop kind, since I left all the heavy lifting to the pros at FedEx Kinko’s or their peers.

However, the healthcare industry, as constituted in these United States in the year of our Lord 2009, has NEVER heard of conservation. Resultantly, that entire industry generates a ton of paper. Worst of all, the crazy amount of paper create d is only reduced by a smidgen if an electronic medical records software suite, or EMR, is used!

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Tech Data will NOT carry Linux netbooks

Sanity reigns supreme in technology distribution!

This Computerworld article will have those freaks all a twitter…(read on)

Ivy Worldwide’s $2500 Logo Design Contest ends Friday

We are down to the final days of the Ivy Worldwide Logo Design Contest.

The prize?

$2500 USD.

Details at www.ivyworldwide.com

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

It’s a Windows netbook world after all!

“You will not be able to download any distro, freetard.
You will not be able to use plug-n-play, just turn on the system, and get it to work.
You will not be able to lose yourself in movies streamed from Netflix, and skip,
Skip out for Jolt, or any other energy drink during downloading from torrents.
Because the Linux revolution will not be televised”

With the greatest respect to Gil Scott-Heron*.

Sometimes, it is hard to be humble!

In the nascent days of this market, spurred on by the research and development by Nicky and his crew at the OLPC, this subcategory of the laptop space in PCs was seen by the savior by the freetards. (read more)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Send less spam or unsubscribe me?

A certain store chain* specializing in boudoir outfits hit is on the nail with their customer-forward thinking when you hit the unsubscribe key: ask if you want to unsubscribe completely, or reduce their spam to one spam piece per week.

While not optimal...(read more)

Android harlots: Android to surpass iPhone

Will this nonsense ever stop?

Now you have some dimwits proclaiming the ascent of Android….over the iPhone!

Wha???

For goodness sakes, it would NEVER happen!

Even if you look past the desirability of the iPhone*, how do you get past the Linux underpinnings...(read more)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ivy Worldwide

BuzzCorps is changing to Ivy Worldwide, reflecting an expanded mission, and new capabilities to be added to their offerings.

However, to start, Ivy Worldwide needs a new logo.

To get your creative juices flowing, the pot is primed with $2500 for the winner...(read more)

Bing!

Today, Microsoft unveiled Bing, it’s new search service.

I am looking forward to testing the service against Google and other search engines for relevance....(read more)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Microsoft limits netbook sizes: no story here!

Sometimes, you gotta wonder!

Over this past weekend, the blogosphere has been all a-twitter, pun intended, about a leaked* Microsoft document limiting the sizes of systems shipping with Windows 7. (read more)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Excellent choice: General Charles F Bolden, Jr, USMC, (Rtd)

In what is IMHO, the best pick yet by this administration, President Obama picked retired US Marine Corps General and 4-mission Shuttle astronaut, Charles F. Bolden, Jr. to lead NASA. (read on)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Linux lovers only deploy 20%

Even I cannot make this stuff up!

For all the braying of the Linuxhead sheep about the advent of Linux, (read on)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Intel Antitrust Saga Part II: The EU Cash & IP Grab

One of the unheralded fallout from the IMO illegal EU hobbling of Microsoft, is the requirement that Microsoft publicly release, for IMO, a mere pittance, communications and other protocols to, ostensibly the world, but to EU companies in particular. (Read on)

SCO Trustee wants Chapter 7 for it

I just knew this was going to end badly! (read on)

The Intel Antitrust Saga Part1: Intel is a monopoly?

Who knew?

(Read on)

Windows 7 Little Things: ‘Aero Glass’

One of the little tricks I used in the Windows Vista Era, was manually activating ‘Aero Glass’ on lowly systems, due to the heavy GPU power requirements of that OS. (Read on)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro Giveaway by AbsoluteWindows

Well, it’s your turn to win a brand, spanking new AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro coupled with a $100 AT&T Gift Card.

What do you have to do to win this?

Just send me an email at matrixpro@absolutevista.com....(read more)

The SmallBizWindows HP Compaq dc7900 Review

I have been using the HP Compaq dc7900 Ultra-Slim Desktop PC for the past three months as part of a long-term review.

This is one nice PC.

Unboxing
The dc7900 came in a fairly largish box, which was surprising until I opened it, and remembered that it...(read more)

Monday, May 04, 2009

2 Weeks with Windows 7 Release Candidate

I have been using Windows 7 Release Candidate, or RC, for the past two weeks, both in x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions.

This release is an upgrade for me, since I have been using Windows 7 as my primary operating system since PDC2008, last October...(read more)

Monday, April 20, 2009

In Jim Goldman’s Bizzaro World, a PC costs $1500!

“I pity the fool”, used to be a phrase spat out in derision by the fictional character Sergeant Bosco Albert ‘B.A.’ Baracus on the 1980’s TV show, The A-Team.

In these current days, the fools in question are those who take the opinions of ignorant and...(read more)

O Oh, here comes the Javinal, again!

First it was Sun.

Then Sun and IBM.

Now, it is ORCL and Sun!

Larry Ellison, my favorite Hedonist, is out there waxing prophetic about the prospects for Solaris
and Java.

Then it hit me: Larry Ellison. Network Computer. Java.

The horror!


The Java Terminal...(read more)

Friday, April 17, 2009

0% Financing for SMBs? Dial me in!

Zero Percent!

Just got a memo that HP is offering 0% financing to small and medium businesses for, get this: Workstations, notebooks, desktops, servers, storage, printers, monitors, etc. the entire shebang!

Talk about standing out in these troubled times...(read more)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Los Angeles Lakers 2009 Round 1 Schedule

...(read more)

AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro Giveaway

26 sites around the world will be giving away the Pantech Matrix Pro, a Windows Mobile v6.1 smartphone.

Furthermore, you get $100, in the form of an AT&T gift card, to get your Matrix Pro experience going.

Tools for Thought kicked off the contest...(read more)

Google Health, anyone? FAIL!

Imagine this scenario: You faithfully have your personal medical data entered into, or imported into Google Health.

Something (medical) happens, and you depend on that data to see you through to good health.

Meanwhile, due to some automagic translation...(read more)

Monday, April 13, 2009

HP Tech Day 2009: CradlePoint PHS300 saves the day!

Recently, I was in Houston, Texas, for the 2009 HP Tech Day for the HP ProLiant G6 Servers.

Most of the event took place in a super-secure conference room on the HP facility, and guess what?

The wired network was for HP employees only!

I know, I know...(read more)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The SmallBizWindows Pantech Matrix Pro Review

The Pantech Matrix Pro is a dual-keyboard, dual-slider smartphone running Microsoft Windows Mobile v6.1 Standard.

This is truly a world phone, with quad-band GSM, and tri-band UMTS radios.

I have been using the phone as my primary phone for the past six...(read more)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

GM & Segway

Sometimes, the truth is waaaay stranger than fiction.

Really stranger than fiction!

Case in point is the news about GM and Segway coming together to create a new vehicle, currently nicknamed P.U.M.A., picture below.

I will wait while guffaws subside....(read more)

HP ProLiant G6 Servers Unleashed

Last week, HP released eleven, yes, eleven new ProLiant servers, targeting all sizes of businesses from the small business to the enterprise.

This range of servers are comprised of tower, rackmount, and blade servers. I had the good fortune to be part...(read more)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

HP ProLiant G6 Servers

Just got back from Houston (Texas), where I was part of HP’s ProLiant G6 Servers Tech Day events, and participated in the HP Web Jam for the ProLiant G6 earlier today .

My head is chuck full of information that I will start to divulge here, and in The...(read more)

Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

HP ProLiant Web Jam: The new G6

I will be at this virtual event along with a global selection of bloggers giving you a deep dive on the latest HP ProLiant Servers, the G6 servers.

Read On

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Up for Review: Epson Artisan 800

This SMB multifunction/all-in-one (AIO) device is now at the Orbiting O’Odua and ensconced safely in my home office there.

Read on

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Special Preview: Monsters vs. Aliens

For the past few days I have been in my old stomping grounds of Los Angeles – to be correct, in Beverly Hills.

One of the experiences I enjoyed was a visit to the DreamWorks Animation Studios facility in Glendale, California, where the visit culminated in a special sneak preview of the new DreamWorks Animation 3D film release, Monsters vs. Aliens at the double-private Directors’ Screening Room there....(read more)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

HP ProLiant ML110 Gen 5

HP Small Business Servers Review Series, Review #1…(read on)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Up for review: HP dc7900 Business Desktop & L1945w Display

The HP Compaq dc7900 Business Desktop is a small form factor desktop that I have been told is the best desktop out there for a home office, among its other uses.

….read on

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The SmallBizWindows CradlePoint Routers Reviews

In my preview here, I announced the CradlePoint MBR1000 WWAN router.

Well, the MBR1000 was joined by the CTR500 and PHS300 mobile routers.

These three devices have performed beyond admirably….(read on)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Internet Explorer 8: Back at #1

Ever hear that fable about the tortoise and the hare? Cutting a long story short, the moral of the fable is, always find out what kind of a race you are in. if it is a marathon, don’t bring your sprinting shoes.

What does that have to do with Windows Internet Explorer, version 8 (IE8)?

Just that Internet Explorer, in this release, retakes the mantle of best browser in the world, bar none!…

(read on)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

2 Weeks with the Pantech Matrix Pro

The Pantech Matrix Pro is a dual keyboard, dual slider smartphone running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard software. I have had a unit for the past few weeks.

The device is compact, comes in an attractive gunmetal blue case, and seems sturdy. (Then...(read more)

IBM & Sun?

JAVA & IBM?

Are you kidding me?

The flower child ...(read more)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The SmallBizWindows HP Color LaserJet CP3525dn Review

We have been testing the HP Color LaserJet CP3525dn at our Northern Colorado RealtorLabs for the past several weeks.

The HP Color LaserJet CP3525dn 
The HP Color LaserJet CP3525dn is a duplexing, 30 ppm….(read more)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Windows Mobile, ActiveSync, Microsoft Outlook: why the lock-in?

One of the divisions at Microsoft that continues to underwhelm me is the Windows Mobile team.

Forget, for a second, the fact that they sell over 20 million licenses yearly….(read on)

Monday, March 09, 2009

The Orbiting O’Odua: J&T’s Room

Have you seen the new ‘Rookie’ series of Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” ads? Especially the one with the 4-yr old girl?

I have. And I would like my kids to be that savvy.

With that in mind, for the boy’s room at the Orbiting O’odua, John and Trevor get to use...(read more)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

The SmallBizWindows Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S80 Review

For the past several weeks, I have been reviewing the Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S80 sheet feed scanner.

While we all strive for the paperless office, the reality of it is that the current inventory of documents has to be digitized, or at least scanned, into the respective e-document repositories of their owners…(Read more)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Windows Vista SP2 RCs

The Release Candidate of Microsoft Windows Vista, Service Pack 2, is now in public release.

This has got to be the smoothest beta ever of an existing product.

The current RC is rock solid, contains so many improvements over 6001 that in a vacuum, it should...(read more)

How we review at SmallBizWindows (and AbsoluteWindows)

At SmallBizWindows, we get quite a few products sent to us for review.

We also solicit for products that catch our eyes and fancy – as described in the PR blurb, or by word of mouth.

Based on the product, it is either reviewed personally at the Orbiting...(read more)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Open Source Open Letter to President Obama?

Shouldn’t it read,

“Freetards try to schneider the new President?”

And shouted from all the rooftops!

I mean, when will this madness stop?

What if you gave a party and no one came? Then you offered the food and drinks, in descending order, to the caterers...(read more)

Announcing the CradlePoint MBR1000 Router.

When you live in ‘the big city’, aka, urban areas, or mainstream America, all the talk of rural America’s travails with broadband seems very alien, almost like the attention paid to exobiologists announcing the discovery of something on a trinary star...(read more)

The SmallBizWindows Verbatim TuneBoard Keyboard Review

Innovating in these troubled times.

I have been reviewing the Verbatim TuneBoard multimedia keyboard for the past several weeks.

Dovetailing into my consumer series of reviews, the TuneBoard seemed perfect, a nice way to cut the clutter on the desktop...(read more)

Monday, March 02, 2009

Most US airlines trialing airborne Wi-Fi

In January, I blogged about American Airlines and their trials of airborne Wi-Fi on their domestic routes.

Over the past few weeks, and leading up to a story in today’s fishwrap, it seems that every US airline is doing the same.

Hopefully, their trials...(read more)

The Orbiting O’Odua: Baby’s Nursery

Since Kylie Emma is only three months old, she probably has no need for a system right now.*

However, Disney’s Baby Einstein series is something she seems to relish listening to. As a result, she has scored a TV and DVD player. Close...(read more)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Orbiting O’Odua: The Game Plan

As I look at the task before me, I realize that a game plan, such as I would architect for a small business is required for this undertaking.

However, since I expect the equipment to be swapped in and out as necessary, my plans have to be very fluid as...(read more)

Monday, February 23, 2009

The New Orbiting O’Odua

A few weeks ago, my new home, aka The Orbiting O’Odua , version 2009, came online.

While musing with some of my friends who are at the vanguard of Social Media, I remarked that it might be a good idea to make it a ‘demo home’ for electronics and total...(read more)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Intel files suit against Nvidia

Déjà vu all over again…..

….shades of Intel’s cruel behavior against AMD.

For the younglings too, ahem, young to remember:

In the nascent days of personal computing, this is how the original Intel vs AMD started.

It is the same series of moves from their...(read more)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pantech Matrix Pro

Sometimes, Christmas does come early!

Looking at the specs for the newly-announced Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone, three things I want/need in a phone stand out:

i) A large screen,

ii) A QWERTY keypad for composing stuff, and

iii) A numeric keypad for...(read more)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

Hope it is/will be a good one for you and yours.

I will be giving the free copy of ...(read more)

The HP Mini MIe: 1st Impressions

I am writing this post on the Mini Mi Edition.

It is a tribute to HP that this system behaves, in many respects, like the Windows XP-based Mini 1000.

The first attention grabber is the size and sleek looks of the device. While the Mini 1000 was business...(read more)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Up for Review: CradlePoint MBR1000 Mobile Broadband Router

I have just received a CradlePoint MBR1000 Mobile Broadband Router for a review.

This is an intriguing device that gives you routing capabilities with your 3G modem/device.

As someone desperately in need of speedy broadband connectivity in The Floating...(read more)

Up for Review: HP Color LaserJet CP3525dn

I am in possession of the CP3525dn, and I cannot wait to unbox that baby tomorrow....(read more)

Up for Review: Epson WorkForce Pro GT-S80 Scanner

A zillion pages per minute scanned? You betcha! ...(read more)

UP for Review: Verbatim TuneBoard Keyboard

Verbatim has produced a keyboard with multiple speakers, and a claim to a better bass output....(read more)

Up for Review: Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Mouse

I have never used a Bluetooth mouse before, so this will be a new sensation...(read more)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Give (PRODUCT)RED this St. Valentine’s Day

One of the limited editions of Windows Vista™, is the (PRODUCT) RED Windows Vista Ultimate Edition.

As you search for a lasting gift for you loved one/ones this Valentine’s Day, why not give the Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED ?

This is an INC(RED...(read more)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Korea to get 1 Gbps broadband by 2012

I read this story while I was OTG, and I tell you, I have not stopped cussing that horse’s ass that chairs the (US) FCC since then!

While that simian tries to enact stupid laws that get us nowhere, and has thoroughly flubbed the analog-to-digital transition...(read more)

Sheeez!

Verbatim 8x LightScribe DVD DL

One of the most annoying things about authoring and delivering DVDs is the lack of speed when it comes to DVD DL (dual layer, 8.5GB) disks.

While it’s smaller sibling ran at 16x or greater speeds, it was beyond annoying to have to default to 2.4x in order...(read more)

HP Small Business Servers Review Series

Over the next few (several?) months, I will be reviewing the HP’s entire series of small business servers.

I will use a real-world business for each review scenario, and report on the performance and ROI each server brings to small and medium businesses...(read more)

Pinnacle Studio 12 named Product of The Year 2008

And Best Introductory Video Editing Software by Videomaker magazine.

In May of 2008, I reviewed the Pinnacle Systems Studio 11, product, and shortly after that declared it to be a lasting member of the Logikworx Business Desktop suite of productivity...(read more)

The SmallBizWindows Able Planet NC200 Review

Actually, the Able Planet NC200 Foldable Active Noise-Canceling Headphones Review.

Do not let the long-winded name fool you; this is one serious business device.

Last year, I reviewed the flagship Able Planet Clear Harmony NC1000CH headphones, and declared...(read more)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Opera’s CTO speaks about IE and his product’s lack of traction

Mary Jo Foley is at it again!

In an interview with the appropriately-named CTO, Mary Jo got some really candid answers from the yum-yum about what should be done to level the playing field in the browser space.

And, by opening his pinhole, Hakon Lie shows...(read more)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

IBM may face mainframe antitrust investigation in Europe?

I mean, could this day get any better?

Last week, Doofustina Prime , also known as EU Competition Comish Nelly Kr’oes, declared stupidly again that Internet Explorer was in violation of EU antitrust laws. I groaned, saying to myself, “Here we go again...(read more)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

SmallBizWindows CES Roundup: HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC

At the 2009 International CES, HP unveiled their dx9000 touch-enabled PC.

The HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC
Essentially a TouchSmart for the business market, this PC again vaults HP to the vanguard in innovation in the PC space, this time, in the business...(read more)