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March 31, 2008

Hello, Gorgeous! Meet the Laptop You'll Use in 2015

We'll still carry laptop computers with us seven years from now, but they might look significantly different. We talked to several leading hardware designers to see what they're up to, and their laptops' innovations and capabilities will surprise and delight you.

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Windows XP — Going, Going, Gone?

You may be able to run XP for as long as you want, but before too long you may not be able to buy a legitimate copy of XP to run. If you want to continue using XP, what problems will you face? If you buy a PC with Vista installed and decide you want XP instead, what are your options?

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Hands on: Making Leopard Servers Simple

Here's an in-depth look at Mac OS X Server's new simplified setup and management interface, the ways it works well and where it's not as effective.

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FAQ: How to Dump Vista SP1

If you've upgraded your copy of Windows Vista using Service Pack 1 and want to undo what you did, here's how.

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Tales From The Crypt: Our First Computers

Computerworld editors share stories of their first PCs, including some classics and some real clunkers. Then we turn the tables and ask readers for their early-PC tales.

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Opinion: A New Type of Bluetooth Security

Security capabilities built into Bluetooth are good but not great. Columnist Craig Mathias suggests a new way to use Bluetooth to significantly improve mobile security.

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The N.Y. International Auto Show: Hi-Tech Under the Hood

Car or toy? Sometimes it's hard to tell — but these sure are some sweet rides.

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Workplace Rampage

Some diehards would rather computers had never made their way into the office. When these newfangled machines don't behave as their users think they should, tempers can flare — much to the amusement of innocent bystanders.

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Blogs

Microsoft Misleads With 'Get green, Stay Green' Marketing

Microsoft has launched a 'Get green, Stay green' marketing program that couldn't be further from the truth, blogs Preston Gralla.

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Do UMPCs Mean a Reprieve for XP?

The approaching forced retirement of Windows XP is a hot topic. But developments in ultra-mobile computing make David DeJean wonder if Microsoft is going to be able to kill off XP.

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Gartner Flip Flops on iPhone in the Enterprise

Gartner Group reverses its previous position about why enterprises should stay far away from the iPhone. Seth Weintraub explains.

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March 24, 2008

Review: Four 24-in. LCDs Widen Your View

Wide desktop displays aren't just for artists anymore — everyone can benefit.

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What the New XP and Vista Service Packs Mean to Windows Server 2008 Admins

Here's how the newest client and server operating systems play nicely together — and why you should care.

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Becoming a Green Road Warrior

Business travel requires a lot of energy, but we give you 17 ways you can get your job done efficiently and with less damage to the earth.

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Blog: Five Reasons Why the H-1B Visa Cap Will Increase

Patrick Thibodeau says it's not a matter of if, but when, the pro-visa forces succeed. Here's why — and here's what almost 200 online visitors have had to say about it.

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A Storage Technology That Breaks Moore's Law

Nanochip's technology applies to USB drives, solid-state disk drives and even enterprise servers, and will be available in around two years.

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Get Ready for These Six Game-Changing Technologies

Mobile broadband in laptops and wireless USB are among those with far-ranging possibilities.

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March 17, 2008

IT's Top 5 Training Mistakes

When rollouts go wrong, it's tempting to blame the end user. However, sometimes the fault lies elsewhere.

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PowerShell Tips and Tricks

Microsoft's shell and scripting language is a classy, robust and powerful way to take control of your Windows OS.

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Battle of the Featherweight Notebooks

How does the Everex CloudBook stack up against the AsusEee?

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10 Broken Technology Ideas — And How to Fix Them

These concepts sound good, but don't work out so well in practice.

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Web 2.0: The Skills Behind the Buzzword

Columnist Katherine Spencer Lee examines the question: What does Web 2.0 mean for your IT career?

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March 10, 2008

Facebook vs. LinkedIn: Which is Better for Business?

We came up with six familiar business scenarios and asked two of our writers to solve them: one by using Facebook, and one by using LinkedIn. Sometimes it was clear which service could do the job better, but sometimes it was difficult, or impossible, to choose a winner.

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Is Thinner Better? The ThinkPad X300 Challenges The MacBook Air

Review: Lenovo's newly introduced ThinkPad X300 may not be quite as thin as Apple's MacBook Air, but it offers more features at a lower price.

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Elgan: Was Windows XP Microsoft's Last Good OS?

With its long series of problems with Windows Vista, Columnist Mike Elgan says, Microsoft needs to come up with an OS that actually works. He offers seven ideas for what the company can do to save its OS business.

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Review: 7 Secure USB Drives

We looked at everything from a drive built to military specifications to one that even hides your Web searches. Picking the winner of the bunch was easy.

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Secrets of Rock Star Programmers

In this excerpt from a new book of interviews with highly successful software developers, Rod Johnson explains his discovery that Java is better than C++ and lists some character attributes of great programmers.

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Money's Tight? ROI to the Rescue

How some IT shops are putting good old ROI to use on projects that do more than just improve the bottom line.

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Measuring ROI: Four Metrics

We demonstrate the most popular methods for comparing project costs and returns.

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March 3, 2008

Virtualization Shakes up Backup Strategy

Three popular approaches combine pieces of traditional and well-understood enterprise backup with some pieces that are unique to the virtualized world. Which one's right for you?

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Windows XP SP3: The Improvements Are Under the Hood

When Windows XP Service Pack 3 is finally released, it will be worth the trouble, Preston Gralla reports.

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Six Free BlackBerry Downloads You Don't Want to Miss

Here are six top-notch free BlackBerry applications that can improve the lives of mobile BlackBerry users.

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Security Policy 101: Basic Mistakes

Anton Chuvakin spotlights five fundamental errors in security policy planning and implementation that trip up more businesses than you'd expect.

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Mike Elgan: Will the FAA Ban Laptop Batteries?

Laptop batteries explode. It's only a matter of time before it happens in-flight. Then what?

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