Part of the reason people buy Macs is because of Apple's attention to style. Whether it's bondi blue, smooth white, glossy black, or brushed metal, Mac hardware is as much about functionality as it is the overall aesthetic. Of course, attention to aesthetics doesn't stop at Apple hardware. Mac OS X and most Mac software shares the same smooth lines and beveled edges of the hardware surrounding it. The application icons in the Dock are bright and slick, and the open and close buttons on documents and applications are like pieces of candy. Anyone who has turned … Read more
Let's hope it wins. I've been critical of Google in the past, but one thing is clear: Google is an innovative company that builds useful things. Google continues to push the envelope on what we can do with our computers and with our phones. Look around and count how many truly innovative companies there are among the big software and telco companies. Not many.
In fact, Google may be the first of the next generation of software companies.… Read more
If you've ever tried tracking down a process in Windows Task Manager, you know it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Process Explorer makes the job a lot easier. This freeware utility displays running processes in an intuitive tree format that includes not only process names, but also program icons and other data, such as description, image, and processor time.
It also can identify the process for a given application window or look up a process name in Google--a handy way to spot spyware. Additional features offer detailed information on performance, DLLs, threads, handles, TCP/IP … Read more
Security Process Explorer is a freeware replacement for the Windows native Task Manager. It comes with some very useful functions, but the simplistic layout doesn't adapt well when displaying deeper investigations into the relationships between different processes.
It offers many of the same functions that other process-managing programs offer. You can explore the connections between different processes, block processes, end them, and view in-depth information about a particular process. You can even search on the Web for a particular process, but unlike other programs, Security Process Explorer takes you to a proprietary page to learn more.
There's nothing … Read more
Hook 'em while they're young and impressionable.
Such is the general idea behind a contest Google announced Wednesday designed to get students who haven't yet begun college or university interested in open-source programming. Contest tasks will focus not just on programming, but also on documentation, research, outreach, quality assurance, training, translation, and user interface work, Google said.
Various open-source organizations, including the Apache Software Foundation, GNOME, Joomla, and Mono, are providing the tasks. "We hope that students who participate will be long-term contributors to these and other open source projects in the future," Google said in … Read more
If you haven't heard of Zingspot.com yet, you soon might.
Zingspot is likely related to Zing Systems, a company that Dell acquired in August. Zingspot.com is described in the document filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as "an online consumer portal for digital entertainment content acquisition and distribution." Being a hardware maker, it would make more sense to expect Dell to make a device rather … Read more
There would have to be something seriously wrong with us if we willingly discussed infections--digital or other. But virus protection is something we all need, and what better way to protect ourselves than to use the scariest-sounding anti-virus software on the planet?
BullGuard Internet Security 8 launched recently, and immediately appealed to us as it combines anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, spam filter, online backup and technical support. That's almost everything you could ever need from a digital prophylactic--for 44.95 pounds a year (about $93).
Old-school file sharers should remember BullGuard: It was built into the Kazaa P2P client to … Read more
It has been five years since Tim wrote this impressive piece entitled "The Strange Case of the Disappearing Open Source Vendors." Tim notes how the open-source market bubbled over in 1999 (Red Hat and VA Linux skyrocketed in their IPOs) and then crashed later, leaving a wasteland with few open-source vendors.
This, declared Tim, was a sign of open source's strength, not its weakness:
In many of its recent attacks, Microsoft has argued that open source is bad for business, but you have to ask, "Whose business? Theirs, or yours?" The answer to that question is very different if you're an end user rather than a software vendor....… Read more
You start out paying $50 (free shipping!), then get back a $30 Visa debit card as part of Rebate #1. To qualify for Rebate #2, a $20 Visa debit card, all you need is proof of ownership of just about any semi-related utility: "A stand-alone, retail (boxed or downloaded) version of any Norton or … Read more
ZDNet has a great article on the "Top 10 Reasons to Avoid IT Salespeople." But really it's a treatise on how to avoid them. The article doesn't mention the easiest way to turn the tables on proprietary salespeople: buy open source.
Open source gives customers real information about a vendor's technology - what it can actually do, and not what some salesperson is hoping it will do:
Mindless optimism - The biggest complaint that Dorian Spackman has about IT salespeople is the constant hyperbole about products, prices and performance. As IT director of Group Up, a media-distribution firm, Spackman regularly meets with new suppliers working with internet technologies - and is heartily sick of trying to work out what he can and can't believe.… Read more