spacefiddle writes "Computerworld has an interesting article about a presentation in Vegas:
The presentation was called "Windows Is Collapsing: How What Comes Next Will Improve." The admittedly sensational title and subject matter provided an analysis of what went wrong with Vista, and what they feel Microsoft can and must do to correct issues.
Calling the situation "untenable" and describing Windows as "collapsing," a pair of Gartner analysts this week said Microsoft must make radical changes to the operating system or risk becoming a has-been.
As an interesting tangent to this, there's also an article from a few days prior about Ubuntu replacing Windows for a school's library kiosks, getting good performance out of older hardware. The latter article has a number of glowing quotes about Ubuntu and FOSS in general, such as:
We've been batting the idea around for weeks now. Are these isolated, over-hyped events, or is this the beginning of a lasting trend? I, for one, welcome our new FOSS overlords..."
Stefyn said he was "pleasantly surprised" to discover that the Kubuntu desktops ran some applications faster with Linux than when they ran on Windows. An additional benefit of Windows' departure from student library terminals saw the students cease "hacking the setup to install and play games or trash the operating system".
spacefiddle writes "So here's an an article on philly.com about someone who recovered their stolen goods by essentially shouting "stop thief!" on the internet... and providing surveillance footage of one of the alleged perps... plus this is the best bit:
"A few days later, Comcast co-workers surprised McPherson with a new Xbox. When he logged on to its Internet connection, he was immediately contacted several times, via the unit's instant voice-message system, by a guy who identified himself as the thief who'd taken the original Xbox. He wanted McPherson to buy it back from him."
I'm very conflicted about this one, and i think the article does a decent job of raising the various sides of the issue (at least briefly...). There's the apparent initial apathy of the police, the spookiness of the thieves contacting him, the ease with which he inspired a crowd to mob up on his behalf, the posting of criminal evidence to the world at large, and lots more goodies."