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Updated 8:40AM - After going to “Windows Help and Support” in the start menu, I searched for Activate and the second choice was “Activate this computer”.  Using the phone... By George Ou | December 23, 2007, 4:38am PST If you’ve ever wondered why contrast ratios claims of LCD monitors can swing so wildly from product to product, here’s the explanation: There are “dynamic contrast ratios”... By George Ou | December 19, 2007, 8:54pm PST The 50W no-compromise dual-core commodity desktop PC is now a reality!I have some great news for the green computing world.  The 50W no-compromise ...
holders and individuals to impose limitations on the usage of digital content and devices. The term is used to describe any technology that inhibits uses of digital content not desired or intended by the content provider. The term does not generally refer to other forms of copy protection which can be circumvented without modifying the file or device, such as serial numbers or keyfiles . It can also refer to restrictions associated with specific instances of digital works or devices. Digital rights management is used by companies such as Sony , Apple Inc. , Microsoft , AOL and the BBC . The use of digital rights management is ...
No, Enterprise Software Doesn't *Have* To Suck - Movable Type
Every so often, we get some great feedback from our community that's thought-provoking and challenges our assumptions in a good way. And then sometimes, we get blog posts from otherwise-clueful folks who've, well, missed the mark. Fortunately, people with a lot of talent are usually pretty good at taking criticism, and that's certainly true of Khoi Vinh , design director for and author of the popular Subtraction blog, and Jason Fried , a principal of 37Signals and one of the key voices of their Signal vs. Noise blog. The conversation got started in earnest last week -- Khoi posted " If It Looks ... market research, surveys and trends
Enterprise Software Too Boring: Oh do come along… « SmoothSpan Blog
(no pun intended, but it probably is a reasonable pun given Scoble’s predilection to Twitter).  This time its about how Enterprise Software is just not sexy.  I didn’t mind Scoble’s post too much.  In his characteristic way, Robert is not critical, he is quizzical.  But after reading through a raft of posts that picked up on this bogus meme, I became more annoyed.  All I can say to many of these writers is, “Oh please, do come along and get over it.”  For the most part, Enterprise Software is not sexy because most of these folks writing about its lack of sex appeal have no idea what it does.  ... market research, surveys and trends


Daring Fireball Linked List: October 2007
Jon Whipple’s comprehensive comparison of DrawIt, Acorn, and Pixelmator. This is one of the best “let’s compare and contrast a few apps in the same category” reviews I’ve seen in a long time. Python on Leopard   ★ Christopher Lenz: “As I haven’t seen anyone writing much about the state of Python development on Mac OS X Leopard, here’s a quick rundown.” ( Via Simon Willison .) Java 5 on Leopard   ★ Adrian Sutton: The rumors of Java 5 being horribly broken beyond all usability on Leopard are, quite frankly, bullshit. It’s faster, has better ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Usability In The News
There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. -- C. A. R. Hoare   (via "Design" means different things to different people ... "When the term design is used it can mean many things, depending on who you are and which conversation you are having. Rarely do people stop to compare 'mental maps' and clarify which type of design they are talking about! I believe ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
How AT&T made Steve Jobs look bad...again
when he lost his Wi-Fi connection during his keynote presentation as he tried to download files to demo the difference in screen quality between an iPhone 3GS and the new iPhone 4. The download failed, and his demo crashed on the new iPhone 4 because he couldn't maintain a solid Wi-Fi connection. Help a brother out with some bandwidth. (Credit: James Martin/CNET) Certainly not the optimal time for a demo to fail, but at least now Jobs knows how iPhone users feel every day, as we suffer with AT&T's poor cellular network performance. And it should be pointed out that device tethering between attendees' laptops and ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Full text: Allard's goodbye e-mail to Microsoft employees
J Allard, the Microsoft visionary who lead such projects as Xbox and Zune, is leaving the company after 19 years. As part of a management shake-up in the Entertainment and Devices Division, Allard will stick around for a small advisory role with CEO Steve Ballmer. But Allard says he's off to "explore new territory." And this territory, he asserts, is in neither Cupertino nor Mountain View. Here's the full text of an e-mail Allard sent to all Microsoft employees on Tuesday: From: J Allard Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:56 AM Subject: Decide. Change. Reinvent. Decide. My first job out of college 19 years ago was ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Enterprise On-Demand
UX in the Enterprise. ... -from David S. Platt's book, Why Software Sucks. .... David S. Platt, Why Software Sucks…And What You Can Do About It ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Evaluating a Fire Inspection/Permit Software Program for the ...
York City Selects for Enterprise-Wide Records Management System, 1999). The technology team likes knowing that the software can handle large ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Open Software Development: Organizational Culture in A Virtual
GNUe is designed to collect Enterprise software in one location on the web. The plans ...... neilt: but dia sucks, you are right ...
Every CMS I try out soon shows it's true colours as a pile of junk ...
I tried Drupal and discovered it a coders hell and I tried XOOPS and found it an SEO hell. They are missing things like standards (web standards and coding). What I generally want a CMS to do is manage users, authentication and maybe comments and articles. After that I want to be able to hook into the core via an API and use those basics for the flavour of the site I want to bring. I don't need developer bad attitude (naming no names this time) or "hard coded oddness" just some sort of adherence to some standards (at this stage any standards will do). I ended up creating the Orbit42 base class (link: ...
Slashdot | Why is OSS Commercial Software So Expensive?
"Our startup honestly wanted to use OSS products. We do not want to spend time for any OSS bug fixing so our main requirement was -official support for all OSS products-. We thought were prepared to pay the price for OSS products, but then we got a price sticker shock. Now behold: QT is $3300 per seat. We have dropped the development and rewrote everything to C# (MSVS 2005 is ~$700). Embedded Linux from a reputable RT vendor is $25,000 per 5 seats per year. We needed only 3 seats. We had to buy 5 nevertheless. The support was bad. We will go for VxWorks or WinCE in our next product. Red Hat Linux WS is $299. An OEM version ...