Jason Perlow

Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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Microsoft: Litigate on FAT, and you'll be the next Unisys

Remember "Burn All GIFs" from 1999? In 2009, the Open Source mantra of choice could very easily turn into "Destroy all FATs"If you've been following the news in the Linux community, you've probably heard that Microsoft is currently in a lawsuit with Dutch GPS maker TomTom over what is believed to be a refusal on TomTom's part to cross-license long file name support in Microsoft's FAT32 technology.

March 5, 2009 by

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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Mouse for that Mainframe

At the SHARE conference in Austin, Texas, the Birmingham, Alabama-based Mantissa Corporation unveiled z/VOS, a hypervisor that enables Windows desktops and servers to be virtualized on IBM mainframes.I don't generally like to blog about IBM technology on Tech Broiler because as an IBM employee, much of what I say could be considered a conflict of interest -- so I try to stick with topics that are general to the industry and have broad appeal.

March 5, 2009 by

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Kindlenomics Zero: When e-Texts have no entry cost

Amazon's release of the Kindle for iPhone application today had me thinking about the economics of e-Texts again. Back in November of last year, I ran the numbers on how much money you could save by using electronic versions of books versus dead-tree equivalents, using two usage scenarios -- one for College and Graduate students that need to purchase textbooks, and the other for the average Joe who reads a certain amount of books per year.

March 4, 2009 by

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VMWare's filesystem clustering cracked open

Late last week, an important plate in VMWare's proprietary battle armor was cracked open when Fluid Operations, the company behind the eCloudmanager storage virtualization product open-sourced on the community Google Code site their clean room implementation of VMFS, the clustered locking file system used by VMWare's ESX Server hypervisor product.

March 2, 2009 by

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