False starts in race to future of DVDs

Posted in: Hardware

Is all of this Blu-ray Disc versus HD DVD bickering much ado about nothing? Many column inches and much screen space have been filled with discussions of a "war" between two rival next-generation DVD formats. On one hand, it's understandable: the opposing camps are manned by the world's leading technology companies and the biggest names in film and television: Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Dell, Intel, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM and many more.

HOW TO: improve the performance of Vista Media Center

Posted in: Resouce Guides

I've been running Vista Media Center (VMC) on two machines for a while now, and so far I have to say that the experience has been pretty good, but not all smooth sailing....

Microsoft Eschews Patch, Gives Exploit Code for IIS 5.0 Bug

Posted in: Network Administration

Saying that an Internet Information Server exploit is due to a feature, not a flaw, Microsoft has published exploit code for the flaw but no workaround or patch....

Windows 7 "top feature request list" leaked to the public

Posted in: News

With Windows still managing to find its way to over 95 percent of the desktop computers sold each year, it's not surprising that one can find plenty of people interested in giving their feedback about what future versions of Windows should be able to do. A few years ago, before Windows Vista had even shipped, Microsoft sent out a wish list form asking people what features they would like to see in the next version of Windows, currently code-named Windows 7. The top wished-for features in this list were recently leaked to the public and have popped up at various sites (e.g., Neowin). While anonymous sources at Microsoft tell us that they bear no relationship to the actual feature set Microsoft is currently writing for Windows 7, the list does provide interesting insight into what the Windows-using public most wants from Windows.

Performance Options can slow down Windows XP

Posted in: Tech Tips

Windows XP includes many functional improvements and visual features that do not directly add to or improve the functionality of the product. Examples of these features include the shadow behind the mouse cursor and menus, animated windows, and others....

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