Yesterday's revelation that Microsoft would be watering down Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) in Windows Vista SP1 came as a bit of a surprise to me. Why, if WGA has been so successful in the prevention of piracy, and why if the mechanism caused so little collateral damage (both points Microsoft has been adamant about throughout) now backpedal and water down WGA?
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From the "would you believe your eyes" files. According to tests carried out by PC World, the fastest Windows Vista notebook of 2007 is the MacBook Pro.
There been a fair bit of chat the past day or so about whether Apple is secretly planning to add Windows application support directly to the Mac OS. Could Apple allow Windows apps to run natively? Would it be in Apple's interests to do so?
Microsoft's announcement that Windows Vista SP1 will disable/disarm/remove the kill switch from the OS comes as good news to those who have been bitten by the WGA bug.
Samsung has announced plans to mass produce GDDR 5 memory for graphics cards, which will be faster and more energy efficient that current memory.
According to researchers at Dreamlabs Technologies, the 27MHz wireless technology used to connect wireless keyboards to PCs is vulnerable to attack. Surprise, surprise!
I was quite enthusiastic about ReadyBoost during the run up to RTM, but I have to admit that I can count the number of times that I've actually used it on the fingers of one hand. Do you use it?
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The other day Ed Bott posted five secrets to faster Windows starts. It's a good listing, but Ed misses what I think is the ultimate tip for achieving a faster, more reliable Windows installation. What is this marvelous tip? Read on ...
Remember that "Redmond, start your photocopiers" jibe back when Tiger was released? Are Vista and Leopard all the proof we need that the photocopiers have been running flat out both at Redmond and Cupertino?