What if you could run all your Windows programs inside OS X? It's very handy if you're making "the switch," or just want flexibility. Watch the video on CNET TV to see how it's done. Then read on for the details in print.
I've previously showed you how to run Windows on your Mac in Boot Camp. What we have here today is slightly different. It's called virtualization. Virtualization software actually pretends to be a computer and, in this case, it runs the whole Windows operating system as a program in OS X.… Read more
Safety issues related to cell phone radiation are still up for debate. But for consumers concerned about radiation emitted from their cell phones, CNET has put together a guide to radiation levels of individual phones. Mobile phone reviewer Kent German talks with podcast host Jennifer Guevin in the studio about which phones top the list.
The sixth version of the D: All Things Digital conference will begin Tuesday night with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer onstage. The two legends of Microsoft will offer the first public peek at Windows 7, although Ballmer told me they would only show a little bit of the user interface.
It will be a very early "positioning" peek given that Windows 7 isn't due until the beginning of 2010. As CNET News.com's Ina Fried reported from her interview with Window chief Steven Sinofsky, Windows 7 is not a new kernel. Ballmer said that doing too … Read more
After reading through an interview Ina Fried, a colleague of mine over at CNET News.com, conducted with Microsoft's Windows chief, Steve Sinofsky, I was deeply disturbed by what I found.
Instead of a company that admits culpability for a product -- Windows Vista -- that has heretofore created a generally unacceptable user experience with UAC issues, driver problems, and much more, Microsoft's chief went out of his way to discount Vista's problems and generally provide little detail about the future of Microsoft.
How many times must we listen to a Microsoft executive wax poetic about things we just don't care about in an attempt to gloss over the company's many issues before we realize that it's only hurting itself?
I'm not going to sit here and say that every company should be admitting its failures for every problem with products, but can't Microsoft finally admit that Vista is a major blunder that has cost the company far too much? Can't Microsoft finally open its mouth just once and tell us what we should really expect for the future and promise us a new operating system that won't commit the same mistakes Vista has committed?
Can't Microsoft stop playing the PR game and, for once, tell it like it is?… Read more
For those who want the full interview with Windows engineering head Steven Sinofsky, I've posted a nearly complete transcript. For those who want the abridged version, along with some quick analysis, keep reading.
So what exactly did Steven Sinofsky reveal about Windows 7. I'd boil it down to three things:
Despite what Bill Gates said in Miami, Windows 7 is timed to come out by the end of January 2010, not "in the next year or so." Here's what Sinofsky, Windows engineering head, had to say on the matter.
"The timing of … Read more
REDMOND, Wash.--Since taking over the Windows development reins from Jim Allchin, Steven Sinofsky has chosen to fall almost completely off the public radar.
It's not that he hasn't been busy getting Vista Service Pack 1 out the door and starting work on Windows 7. It's just that Sinofsky doesn't want to talk about products until they are well along in their development. Last year, Sinofsky penned a blog to his Windows unit co-workers, explaining his public silence and urging them to follow his lead.
"I know many folks think that this type of corporate '… Read more
Last week, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization announced its new XO-2 laptop design, which will likely replace the XO-1 design I've written about before on this blog. There are images of the XO-2 on the OLPC wiki and a video clip from the announcement on Joanna Stern's blog for Laptop magazine.
The new design uses two touch-screen LCDs flanking a central hinge. This approach allows the unit to be used as a book with facing pages (shown here), as a conventional laptop using a virtual keyboard on the lower display, or as a single system shared … Read more
As a user of Open Office, I can attest that it's formatting of Word documents is far from perfect, and, there is no way to know how good a formatting job it is doing on any particular document. To get perfect rendering, I also use the free Office viewers that Microsoft provides for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can download them at … Read more