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

Forget the damn Linux netbooks. Can Windows replace Windows?

My esteemed ZDNet colleague Ed Bott, God bless him, wrote a very insightful piece in which he discusses Taiwanese PC mainboard and component manufacturer  MSI’s challenges of selling Linux-based versions of their netbook, the Wind U90. Apparently, according to MSI, Linux-based versions of their netbook are returned at a rate of four to one compared to Windows-based versions of the same model.

October 7, 2008 by


I'm Cookoo about Cucku Backup

I recently discovered this great application, Cucku Backup at the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular party a few weeks ago. Cucku differs from other network-based personal backup solutions such as Carbonite  or Iron Mountain SOHO in that the software is free and leverages existing peer-to peer technology from the Skype VOIP network.

October 3, 2008 by


I... B... Wha?

The following is a true story, and happened to me today.I'm on a business trip visiting Richmond, Virginia --  which for those of you kids reading this piece, is the state capital, has a population of over 200,000, and is home to a number of large corporations.

September 30, 2008 by


Should our President be computer literate?

Normally I don't like to talk about my political and socio-economic opinions, particularly because as a matter of experience once people discover my true leanings, they sometimes find my completely unrelated opinions on technology, food, or whatever it else we have in common to be less valid. It's stupid that people tend to behave this way but it's the harsh reality that is human nature, which is the tendency to latch on to personality traits or ideas as a way to "box" people.

September 28, 2008 by


Android: It's not about Sex, Excitement, or Cool

This week, Google and T-Mobile launched the G1 "Dream", the first of the Android devices to hit the market. The initial reaction by some of my colleagues and industry peers was whether or not it had enough sex appeal,  excitement or the coolness factor to be able to compete with the iPhone.

September 25, 2008 by


Taking a Bott beating

My colleague Ed Bott, who writes the Windows column for ZDNet, takes issue with the problem solving approach that I used when I went about migrating my friend Christine's old PC over to Vista. From the nature of the talkbacks to that original post, I would say a number of you do as well.

September 23, 2008 by


One Month with Windows Vista

One month and still going strong. I guess. One month ago, I pledged that I would try Windows Vista on my new PC for a month before deciding whether I would keep it or revert back to Windows XP as my primary desktop OS.

September 22, 2008 by


The New Adventures of Christine's Old PC

Windows XP virtualized within Vista SP1 using VMWare Player. Some of you may be aware that I have another identity besides professional technologist and tech/computer industry blogger -- I'm also passionate about restaurants, cooking, and eating (albeit with a healthier focus these days) on my other blog, Off The Broiler.

September 21, 2008 by