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

Novell: Free SLES while the fire is hot

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.

October 17, 2008 by


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