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Submission + - Microsoft Adds Virtual XP Mode to Windows 7 (tidbits.com)

suraj.sun writes: Technology, dubbed Windows XP Mode (XPM, formerly Virtual XP), dramatically changes the compatibility story for Windows 7 and, we believe, has serious implications for Windows development going forward.

XP Mode consists of the Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site. (That is, it will not be included in the box with Windows 7, but is considered an out-of-band update, like Windows Live Essentials.)

XPM works much like today's Virtual PC products, but with one important exception: As with the enterprise-based MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization) product, XPM does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop. Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the host (Windows 7) OS as well. (With shortcuts placed in the Start Menu.)

For Windows 7 specifically, XPM is a huge convenience, especially for Microsoft's corporate customers, who can of course control XPM behavior via standard Microsoft administration and management technologies like Active Directory (AD) and Group Policy (GP).

TidBITS : http://db.tidbits.com/article/10241

Paul Thurrott's WinSuperSite : http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/04/24/secret-no-more-revealing-virtual-windows-xp-for-windows-7.aspx

Robotics

Submission + - Teens help Clovis police; build a robot camera (fresnobee.com)

Degrees writes: "From the Fresno Bee: Clovis police needed a camera to spy on SWAT scenes, and two high school students looking for a senior project were able to build just the thing. Brannon Vidmar, 18, and his friend Dennis Ngo, 17, built a remote-controlled device capable of seeing inside a home with a closed-circuit camera. One student's grandfather gave seed money for the project and Pelco offered camera equipment and expertise. The project cost between $25,000 and $30,000, money that Clovis taxpayers did not have to pay. The SWAT camera project is similar to a robot and trailer that Clovis police built in 2004 for disabling explosives."

Feed Engadget: Raritan intros smart card-reading KVM switch system (engadget.com)

Filed under: Desktops, Peripherals

The days of casually interfacing with uber-secure servers without unduly amounts of red tape holding you back could be coming to an end, especially if you work at a government or financial institution that has a contract with Raritan. The latest paranoia-curing gizmo to escape its labs is the Paragon II KVM Smart Card Reader solution for a KVM switch, which supports the US Federal HSPD-12 standard and aims to "enhance an organization's security approach" by requiring smart cards to be inserted before access is granted to machines via KVM. More specifically, the all-in-one solution "does not store or cache card data, requires re-authentication when changing targets, and allows access of servers by only one user at a time." So much for snoopin' on your lunch break, eh?

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Portables (Apple)

Submission + - New Meebo webapp for iPhone

anoopdotk writes: Meebo announcing- "Today, we're happy to report that we've taken the "pre-Alpha" tag off ... meebo is ready and available (and hopefully, much improved) on the iPhone. Just like normal meebo, there's no download required; you get chat history for all your buddies and their buddy icons, and your IM accounts are all in one place"

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