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Snow Leopard Server

Snow Leopard Server includes major updates to some of the OS's core components and is now fully 64-bit. Ease of use, plus simple and affordable licensing make OS X a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, although we had problems with one or two features.

January 4, 2010 by

Windows 7: Good enough to pay for?

I finally installed the Windows 7 release candidate that the folks from Microsoft were kind enough to pass on a couple weeks ago at the Intel Classmate Ecosystem Summit. I could have installed it on my Mac, but I already have Vista running with Boot Camp with a fair amount of Windows software that I didn't want to reinstall (or couldn't for lack of install media).

June 27, 2009 by

Mossberg laments lack of bargain Mac in his Fall Guide

Walt Mossberg just posted his fall guide called "Shopping for Basics and Saving Money on Your Next PC" with a focus on tight budgets in tough economic times. Although Mossberg consistently recommends Macs, he can't sidestep the price gap between Macs and Windows boxes this go around:I consider the Mac operating system, Leopard, to be faster, easier and more stable than Windows XP or Windows Vista.

October 30, 2008 by

First impressions of the Dell Inspiron Mini 12

Dell has released its second Intel Atom-based laptop, the Inspiron Mini 12. Because it carries the Mini moniker and uses Atom, the Mini 12 is widely referred to as a netbook even though it blurs the lines with conventional laptops with its 12-inch display and Windows Vista Home Edition.

October 27, 2008 by

OS X versus Vista, RAM division

Now that I have a recent-vintage MacBook for testing, I'm finally able to make some head-to-head comparisons between OS X and Vista. Because this system has a mere 1GB of RAM, I was curious to get a sense of how thrifty OS X Leopard is when it comes to memory usage. Vista gets a bad rap for demanding huge amounts of resources. Is that reputation fair or accurate? I put both systems to the test so I could see for myself. The results were surprising.

October 24, 2008 by

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500

Lenovo has continued the ThinkPad tradition of no-nonsense business laptops with the SL500, which provides good value and is powered by the Intel Centrino 2 architecture, and comes loaded with Windows Vista Business.

October 1, 2008 by

Intel stays behind the curve ... again

Intel’s decision to continue using Windows XP instead of migrating to Windows Vista is being spun as a stunning rebuke to Microsoft and a rejection of Windows Vista. Except that there’s nothing new here. The same thing happened in 2002, when Windows XP was shiny and new. Corporations like Intel are always slow to roll out new Windows versions. Add in a slowing economy and a new Windows version due to arrive next year and you have all the ingredients an IT department needs to skip a version. So why is this a surprise to anyone?

June 25, 2008 by

News to know: Seesmic and Twhirl; Vista patches en route; XP; Classmate 2

Notable headlines:Ryan Stewart: AIR Twitter client Twhirl gets bought by Seesmic Dennis Howlett: Seesmic, Twhirl, Newsgang: whereto for RSS? TechmemeEIC podcast: SAP, Intel, Dell, XP and GoogleLarry Dignan: Microsoft readies Vista, Windows Server 2008 critical patchesApple patches 11 QuickTime flawsNate McFeters: Adobe claims to have known of Flash issue prior to CanSecWest '08, patch is on the way"How do I?

April 3, 2008 by

Apple's Leopard hacked in 30 seconds

Apple's Leopard has been hacked within 30 seconds using a flaw in Safari, with rival OSes Ubuntu and Vista so far remaining impenetrable in the CanSecWest PWN to OWN competition.

March 27, 2008 by

Apple patches cross-site scripting vulnerabilities

Apple on Tuesday patched code execution and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities on Tiger, Leopard, Vista and XP in a Safari update that included 13 patches.Apple historically has delivered patches along with new feature or software updates.

March 18, 2008 by

Intel's Atom burns Microsoft, brings back memories

Even if you don't approve of violence in the media, it is impossible not to admire the finesse with which Intel is twisting the knife inside Vista's vital organs. Not content with forcing Microsoft to downgrade the Vista Capable sticker requirement so that it included Intel's outdated 915 chip – and excluded Vista capability – Intel is now gleefully pumping XP full of monkey glands and sending it cakes full of files, ahead of its planned execution in June.

March 10, 2008 by

Wintel Vista conspiracy screws customers: Another win for Apple

The latest PC market scandal - that Microsoft, Intel and some PC makers knew that the "Vista Capable" logo certification program was a lie and that some chipsets for popular machines couldn't support the new Aero interface stuff - must be music in the executive suites down in Cupertino. The story provides more evidence to PC users that there's a good reason to join the switcher movement to the Mac.

February 29, 2008 by

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