Shadow7789 writes: "Over a month ago, we were briefed about a secret Microsoft technology that we were told would be announced alongside the Windows 7 Release Candidate and would ship in final form simultaneously with the final version of Windows 7. This technology, dubbed Windows XP Mode (XPM, formerly Virtual Windows XP or Virtual XP, VXP), dramatically changes the compatibility story for Windows 7." Does this bode poorly for Windows 7 compatibility or is Microsoft admitting the mistake they made with Vista's?
Shadow7789 writes: I am getting a SSD-based netbook in the near future, and the first thing I want to do when I get it is to reformat it with Linux. This is going to be my first experience with an SSD as my primary drive, and I have some concerns about its performance and longevity. What kind of tweaks can I make to ensure I get the most performance and longevity out of my drive? Is there a particular filesystem that is best? What about swap? Cache? Any other tweaks that I can make to ensure that my SSD is being best utilized?
Shadow7789 writes: I am taking a class next fall on intellectual property, and recently it got me thinking about DRM and the state of Fair Use on computers. I know all us Slashdot readers love to blame the recording, movie, and TV companies for all our woes, and there is certainly a large part of truth to that. However isn't the real problem not that the media companies demand DRM which has a ring of logic behind it, but that there are competing and conflicting varieties of DRM? If everyone could just agree on one form of DRM and every device was compatible, would it not be just as good as no DRM if you could still use the media on all your devices? I know there are a lot of assumptions and this is probably impossible, but let's assume a perfect world.
Shadow7789 writes: I have been in the market for a new computer for the past few weeks and I know that I want to run Linux on it. However, every time I look at Dell's (for example) computers that are preloaded with Linux, one question that always pops into my head is "Why should I buy a PC preloaded with Linux?". They are more expensive after all, and its not hard to just reformat the PC with Linux. I hate paying the Microsoft Tax as any other user, but if paying that "tax" allows companies to bundle products that I will never use with my PC to reduce my price why wouldn't I just buy a Windows loaded PC and reformat?
Shadow7789 writes: In many other developed nations, the concept of the "Internet on the Go" has taken a much larger foothold than it has in the United States. Go to Japan or South Korea, and it seems like few pages do not have mobile counterparts, but come to the United States and many notable sites (Slashdot included) do not have any mobile formatted pages available. Should website developers be taking larger strides to ensuring that their content is available to mobile clients, or is the effort not worth the rewards?
Shadow7789 writes: After months of complaints by customers, claiming poor video performance on a plethora of recent devices (which were advertised as multimedia devices), HTC has decided to announce that it will not be providing fixes for the affected devices, instead claiming that the "overall value of its devices based on their combination of functionality and connectivity exceeds their ability to play or render high-resolution video."
Shadow7789 writes: It seems there are some problems over at Gmail HQ today. It seems that IMAP support has been randomly disabling and enabling itself on my account today. I have been periodically checking the Google Blog today and scanning through their press releases today, but I can't seem to find anything to hint at a cause of what I am experiencing. Fortunately, Web UI still works, but it is annoying when my desktop client and mobile device stop syncing my email. Worth mentioning is that when I access the Web UI while my IMAP is out, the option has mysteriously disappeared from the settings. Has anyone else experienced these difficulties, or does anyone know what is going on? Maybe we are getting some sought after IMAP improvements.
Shadow7789 writes: No surprise here, but to complete its humiliation, PC Magazine has named Windows Vista the most disappointing product of 2007. From the article: 'Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?...No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there's something deeply wrong with the universe.'
Shadow7789 writes: The Inquirer published an editorial today that suggests a new spin on Linux's alleged infringements on Microsoft's patents. Instead of infringements in code, The Inquirer claims that Microsoft's claims stem from similarities between GNOME and KDE with the Windows GUI. While it is doubtful that anyone will ever truly know Microsoft's motives, this is certainly an interesting theory, and it does raise questions about the level of innovation in the various Linux GUIs.