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+ - Windows 8.1 demoed, this time with the Start icon->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Computex 2013 Microsoft today demonstrated Windows 8.1 for the first time in public and showed off at least 60 compatible devices — including Haswell-powered gadgets

Windows vice-president Antoine Leblond took the Computex crowd through a whistlestop tour of all the major new functionality in the OS formerly known as Windows Blue

“With Windows 8.1 we bring new management capabilities and great advancements in security and mobility. It [has been] made better through customer feedback,” said Windows chief finance and marketing officer Tami Reller.

The free upgrade is due to arrive later this year


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+ - IBM to spend record $1.5 billn on security in 2008

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "IBM has announced a major security initiative encompassing products, services, and research to help businesses manage risk and keep information safe. To support the initiative, IBM said it plans to spend US$1.5 billion on security-related projects in 2008.

IBM believes that the siloed approach to information security has failed and plans to recalibrate its compliance and security offerings to help companies manage risk through a unified strategic approach across what it calls the five domains of information technology security: Information Security, Threat and Vulnerability, Application Security, Identity and Access Management, and Physical Security."

Comment: Re:Dvorak is a Goofball Gasbag (Score 1) 711

by sempf (#15259795) Attached to: John Dvorak's Eight Signs MS is Dead in the Water
I have done a ton of work with Office 12 and users, and the curve isn't as bad as you think, I swear. It looks like it will be, but I was really impressed with how fast everyone got the ribbon bar.

Seriously, though, the fact that he overlooked the OpenDocument blows me away. You can now construct an Office document on the server that can be read by several different software suites - including Microsoft - with out invoking a black box. Might ... just ... change ... everything.


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Journal: Finally set up a blog

Journal by sempf

I finally set up some blog software and started a blog, including previous ramblings from blogs long past. The url is:

So people can go there to see what I am up to.


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Journal: Lisp in .NET and Grokker

Journal by sempf

I discovered today that there is a complete Common Lisp compiler in the .NET samples included with Visual Studio .NET 2003. The source files are at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\SDK\v1.1\Tool Developers Guide\Samples\clisp, and have a makefile in the directory - the sources are provided.

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Journal: New PC

Journal by sempf

Fred began building my new development workstation today. I'm hoping it will being a new level of geekdom to my frail existance. It is a P4 2.8 with hyperthreading, 1 gig of ram and an 80 gig mirrored drive. The Asus P4P800 motherboard supports RAID 0 and 1 natively, along with IEEE1394 and 8 usb ports.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann