Highlights of Windows XP SP3

March 20, 2008
Change/FeatureDetails Impact/Benefit Revised Network Stack"Black Hole" router detection; WAP2 Wi-Fi security support; NAP (Network Access Protection) supportImproved performance; works with newer wireless security standards; policy-based protection of network against unhealthy PCs Internet Explorer 7.0Latest version of Microsoft’s Web browser Tabbed browsing; phishing filter; better standards compliance Windows
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Highlights of Windows Vista SP1

March 20, 2008
Change/FeatureDetails Impact/Benefit Compatibility ImprovementsExpanded driver database on Windows Update; improved battery life for notebooksMore devices should work out of the box; mobile users will get more time between charges Performance ImprovementsLocal and Network file copy operations have been retooled; better time estimation and faster time to completion for long transfers Less frustration while waiti
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Test Center Tracker: Smart phones, safe VMs and the future of Open Source

March 19, 2008
The beauty and the beast. The personal gadgets battle seems to be polarized around the joust between Blackberry and iPhone, while other illustrious players may have lost ground before even starting to be popular, Tom Yager suggests in Ahead of the Curve. Which one should you choose? Well, it depends on where your priorities are. In many ways, comparing these two phones is like making a choice between form and fu
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Test Center Tracker: Web services tied and tested

March 18, 2008
Free mashups: Built on an Apache Axis2-based application server, the WSO2 Mashup Server (in its 1.0 debut) lets you stitch together Web services, Atom, RSS, HTML, and other data sources, and share them with your inner or outer circle. Mashup Server is completely, 100 percent, absolutely free and open source, with support available from the company starting at $2,000 per server per year. Steven Nunez has the revi
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Test Center Tracker: Windows XP TKO's Vista in 10 rounds

March 17, 2008
Here at Save Windows XP campaign headquarters, we're not all anti-Vista. Some of us, notably Test Center Chief Scientist Tom Yager, have begun to see the light. For Tom, if you like Windows Server 2008 you'll want Vista too, because only Vista takes advantage of some nice WS08 features. This about-face from Tom's originally lukewarm reception of Vista was sparked by his quality time with the head-spinning new Se
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Clocking Vista and XP performance: About OfficeBench

March 17, 2008
The OfficeBench test script executes a range of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer tasks under any version of Windows and any version of Microsoft Office
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SMB IT on the road

March 13, 2008
One of the things I've noticed about small businesses is that we're on the move almost all the time. Whether we're making sales presentations, doing on-site work, or heading out to meet with vendors or clients, a lot of us are traveling. The hard part is continuing to do business while we travel. Fortunately, the tools are getting better, and the understanding that "the office" is wherever we are (not
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Test Center Tracker: Escape from reality?

March 12, 2008
Don't you wish sometimes you had a magic wand to free your memory, and perhaps the world, from things like the idiotic behavior of a sleazy politician caught in a scandal? You know who I am referring to, don't you? Well I have that magic wand. Perhaps it will work only for a few minutes, but enjoy this short vacation in today's Test Center daily pick. Let the iPhone games beginOr so we hope. Tom Yager gives a qu
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Test Center Tracker: Windows improvements, iPhone app dev, and network security

March 10, 2008
Longhorn top 10 - Though not as amusing as anything you'll see on "Letterman," Sean McCown and Tom Yager's top 10 list of improvements to Windows Server 2008 provides a useful overview of the key features that earned the server high marks in our recent review. Review: RedSeal delivers the big security picture - Securing your IT assets is a seemingly never-ending task. Figuring out just where to begin can be indu
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Top 10 improvements in Windows Server 2008

March 10, 2008
1. Windows Hyper-V hypervisor-based, hardware-accelerated server virtualization supports 64-bit guests, VM snapshots, VM relocation, access to offline disk images, and reservation of physical peripherals and CPU cores for exclusive use by specific guest OS instances. 2. Network Access Protection enforces health and remote access policies to keep noncompliant and unauthorized clients off the internal and external
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