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Comment You're forgetting SBS (Score 1) 225

Of course the numbers are inflated by MS! A Sharepoint license comes automatically with SBS and Enterprise versions of 2003 and 2008. I have plenty of customers who are running SBS, and very few of them are actually utilizing the Sharepoint license that they have, nor are they utilizing the Exchange license that comes with it either. In MS's defense, Sharepoint is actually really cool for what it does, but it has a fairly limited target market.

Comment Fun to watch (Score 1) 293

This could just be a perfect storm. Vista has been a new version of ME, such that Microsoft is scrambling to get Windows 7 out into the wild and restore faith to the consumer, yet at the same time the economy is tanking, so no one can afford to upgrade, yet everyone wants all the cool tools. Looks like Microsoft's only hope is to ease up on piracy prosecutions until the economy gets better, otherwise, people may move to Linux just to get the cool features and not break the bank. Ha!! I can't wait to watch this one unfold over the next 6 months or so.

Comment Video Recording (Score 1) 606

No one seems to be talking about the 300lb gorilla in the room, but video recording is a DEAL BREAKER. I have continued to use my blackjack for the past few years and refused to upgrade simply because the iPhone doesn't do video recording without jailbreaking. I got really excited when the G1 came out and... damn, no video recording. WTF?!?!?! How can these guys make these phones that are so close to being great and leave off such an obvious feature. I will wait with baited breath to see if Apple finally wakes up on this one, and if not, I will soon be the proud owner of a Storm, since RIM is the only company that seems to get it when it comes to mobile devices.

Comment Re:Next stop: Red Light Camera Systems (Score 2, Interesting) 520

I was starting to wonder if anyone was smart enough to realize the correlation between this case and other criminal convictions based on electronically generated evidence. Red Light Camera Systems are a travesty and cause more problems than they fix, but they make a lot of money for the governments and are therefore used. I am excited by this ruling because it sets precedence that can be used to destroy these cameras and actually make the government start convicting people based on real offences and not made up ones!!!!!

Comment Re:Aircraft Plexi Repair to the rescue! (Score 1) 554

I agree with n76lima, I worked on F-16's in the Air Force and "acquired" a micro-mesh kit when I had a damaged CD that I thought was beyond salvation. We used it for scratches in the canopies, but I figured it should work for CDs too. I have found NOTHING that works near as well as it does. The "sandpaper" is super-fine grit and runs all the way down to talcum powder as a final abrasive. If you have some patience, move slow, and work it until it is smooth, you will never be able to tell that the CD was scratched unless you look at it. It will leave some swirls, but the CD player won't care about those. Also, as a previous poster said, if you can see pinholes of light through the aluminum coating on top, you're f**ked!

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sabre307 writes: "Working as an IT Administrator for a small company means that I have to be the swiss army knife of technology, from programming to network administration to web master. Unfortunately, it means that quite often I get thrown into situations that I'm not really well versed in. Recently my boss approached me about Search Engine Optimization. Apparently he has been approached by a company that claims to specialize in this. I've taken a look at the company, and I'm not very impressed by them, but it has opened the door and now my boss wants me to do something to bring up our page ranking in search engines. I figured that the collective brains of /. could offer up some advice on how to handle it. First, do you have any ideas on things that could be done easily internally to improve our ranking? Second, are SEO companies worth the expense? Third, if they are worth the expense, how do you tell the wheat from the chaff or does anyone have any recommendations?"

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