Espectr0 writes: We are an insurance company with about 600 client machines dispersed in 20 cities in our country. Our server infrastructure is mostly centralized on one city, with servers running Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2008 Server. We just want to migrate Active Directory from 2003 to 2008. Not everyone of our clients are using DHCP, which we want to force with group policy with this migration. Our clients are 80% windows xp pro sp3, with the rest being windows 7 pro. So far we have found this link and this one. Any good tips?
Espectr0 writes: We are moving our current main insurance automobile claims office to a new location, and the board said to not spare any costs in tech. The office will be big enough to handle lots of customers with their insurance automobile claims and also hold the complete branch of automobile of the company. We will acquire the qmatic system to handle customer support, all in one PC's for the front and have a modern conference room. What kind of technology are slashdot users familiar with in such type of environment? What would you recommend?
Espectr0 writes: "The BBC is carrying an article that mentions that the European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour.
Microsoft must now pay 899 million euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it took part in monopolistic practices. The ruling said that Microsoft was guilty of not providing vital information to rival software makers.
EU regulators said the firm was the first to break an EU antitrust ruling."
Espectr0 writes: "CNN is running a story saying that Yahoo Inc.'s board plans to reject Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion offer to acquire the Web giant. Yahoo's board determined that the $31 per share offer "massively undervalues" Yahoo, and that it also doesn't account for the risk that a deal could be blocked by regulators."
Espectr0 writes: "An artitle shows that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) offered to buy Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) for $44.6 billion, a move designed to pick up a struggling rival as both companies are fighting in the online-advertising world with Google Inc. (GOOG). The offer, $31 a share in cash and stock, is a 62% premium to Thursday's closing price of $19.18. Yahoo shares jumped to $29.70 in recent premarket trading. Microsoft closed at $32.60 and dipped to $31.95 in the premarket recently. The proposal, presented in a letter to Yahoo's board of directors from Ballmer, is subject to the negotiation of a definitive agreement between the two companies. Microsoft is saying a deal could close in the second half of the year."
Espectr0 writes: "CNN has a story where Comcast's Chief Executive Brian Roberts told The Associated Press in a preview of his speech at the Consumer Electronics show on Tuesday, that they are expected to demonstrate a technology that delivers up to 160 megabits of data per second: It will allow him to download a high-definition copy of "Batman Begins" in four minutes. The technology, DOCSIS 3.0, will start rolling out this year."
Espectr0 writes: A Venezuelan professor along with his team have set a new record for the longest WiFi link. Using commodity hardware, they established a connection between a PC in El Águila, Venezuela, and one in Platillón Mountain, a distance of about 237 miles. The previous record was 193 miles. Slides (PDF) are available.
Espectr0 writes: "Apple has upgraded their line of MacBook Pro's. This revision includes a decent amount of ram (2 GB), LED backlit displays, 2.2 or 2.4 Ghz processors, 8x double-layer SuperDrive and NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT video cards. Apple recently addressed Greenpiece's concerns regarding its environmental policy by unveiling a clear strategy which mentioned a planed switch to the LED-backlit displays technology starting this year. Lastly, the battery is supposed to last 6 hours."
Espectr0 writes: "On May 9, 2007, Red Hat announced the public release of a set of high-quality fonts under the trademark LIBERATION at the Red Hat Summit. There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans), Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New, Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono). The press release covers the details."
Espectr0 writes: "Crack group PARADOX has cracked Windows Vista. It works by exploiting a 'feature' that allows bigger OEM's like ASUS to include their own version of Vista that doesn't require activation.
Also, crack crack group Pantheon has included an OEM Emulation Driver, that virtually allows any kind of board to run this version."
Espectr0 writes: "Sun has officially released Java SE 6. With a development cycle of over two years, and frequent releases to the public, the release is the first one after Sun's commitment to release the complete Java SE (language, compiler and libraries) in the first half of 2007.
Java 6 is focused on the desktop users this time, with a range of features, including double buffering , performance tweaks and desktop integration."
Espectr0 writes: "Microsoft just released version 7 of its web browser six years after their last version. New features include a new UI, tab browsing, fit-to-page printing, RSS feeds support, integrated search with multiple providers, improved security and lots of CSS fixes."
Espectr0 writes: "According to an article over at Wall Street Journal Online, Google Inc. is in talks to acquire popular video-sharing site YouTube Inc. for roughly $1.6 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The discussions are still at a sensitive stage and could well break off, this person says. YouTube commanded 46% of visits to U.S. online video sites in August, according to market research firm Hitwise. That compared to a 23% share for the video activities of News Corp.'s MySpace social-networking site, and 10% for Google Video."
Espectr0 writes: "Knowing a handful of programming languages is seen by many as a harbor in a job market storm, solid skills that will be marketable as long as the languages are. By picking the brains of Web developers and IT recruiters, eWEEK selected 10 programming languages that are a bonus for developers to add to their resumes. Even better, they're great jumping-off points, with loads of job opportunities for younger recruits. What does the slashdot community think?"