CompUSA used to be my favorite brick and mortar place to buy computers. But when they closed half of their stores in 2007, the company switched gears and moved to an Internet-sales model.
Irreverent, unapologetically arrogant and uncensored, IT Professional Services industry veteran Jason Perlow muses on a cornucopia of topics on all matters of Information Technology.
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.
My "Free Enterprise OSes" post got a lot of attention and a lot of positive feedback, particularly from those who are now actually considering using some of these in order to reduce license costs.Still, while I am glad people are now considering these OSes as real enterprise computing solutions, a nagging feeling remains along the lines of the Cookie Monster's famous platinum hit, "One of these things is not like the other.
In Part 1, I discussed the four Free Linux distributions that are best position to provide extended support and ample functionality to an end user through a protracted recession, as well as having the characteristic "safeness" or "stability" factor in terms of being able to weather the economic storm -- i.e.
Times are tough. You're a computer geek and you need to feed your PC with the latest and greatest applications.
Let's face it, the last few years have been a challenge for just about anyone's tolerance of stress and has made even the most "stable" of us question our own emotional and mental health.
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.
I recently received a promotional email from a large Internet-based retailer that shall for the moment remain nameless (cough! Amaz-ahem!
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.
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.
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.