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.

Latest Posts

The XO-2 is going Embedded RISC? So will everyone else!

Yesterday,  OLPC project founder Nicholas Negroponte indicated that their next generation XO-2 will almost certainly eschew it's current x86-based design and move towards one that is based on the ARM, the most common embedded RISC architecture in the world. It's used in over a billion cell phones and smartphones, including the iPhone and the BlackBerry, and is licensed for use in embedded CPUs produced by Texas Instruments, Marvell, Broadcom, nVidia, Samsung, and FreeScale, among others.

March 13, 2009 by


Boxee for Windows Alpha

Boxee, the popular multimedia center application for Apple TV, Mac OS X and Linux now has released an Alpha for Windows. Currently, you need to receive an invite in order to test it, but the application shows a great deal of promise and should garner a much larger audience once the application is available for wide beta test.

March 11, 2009 by


Puget Systems: Independent PC Building is Very Much Alive

My post from Monday about the imminent collapse of the system builder ecosystem and the death of homebrew rattled more than a few feathers, including the folks over at Puget Systems, who's $16,000 PC became the object of my ire when one of their PR people shot it across my bow as an item of interest for the blog.This blog and ZDNet as a whole has had a tradition of allowing vendors the right to an editorial response to anything that is published.

March 11, 2009 by


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


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


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