Vista and Parallels: Pony Up

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Microsoft’s latest licensing salvo on Vista means you pay more for the same experience.
As a part of Vista’s new licensing procedures, Microsoft has announced that only Vista Business and Ultimate will be legally permitted to be installed in a virtual machine. Parallels is a virtual machine. This means that in order to have a legal install of Vista on Parallels, you must have either Business or Ultimate.
Of course, there is nothing stopping you from installing Vista Home or Premium in Parallels, Windows Genuine Advantage and Activation will not block Home versions of Vista from being installed in Windows. Microsoft has only stated their interpretation of the license… we won’t be able to analyze the license itself until it is released.
Windows has in the past made sketchy details about licensing, opening OEMs to legal threats of being forced to refund the cost of Windows, should a user chose to install Linux on their system. And while Microsoft ex-post-facto can chose to say whatever they wish about the license… it may not be legally binding.
In short, you won’t get in any trouble legally for installing Vista Home (Basic or Premium) in Parallels, but Microsoft says you shouldn’t. Considering Parallels only takes advantage of the full feature set of Home Basic, it appears that while Microsoft says no, the actual answer is yes, you can.
Contributed by: Christopher Price – www.pcsintel.com

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Apple and Microsoft: Planting Software Seeds

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How the two tech giants watched each other for ideas to copy and failures to avoid. Busts the “Myth of Expensive Macs” and the “Apple could have been Microsoft Myth”. Plus the $10,000 computers of 1990, and how both provide value with integrated products.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why the World Went Windows

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How Microsoft combined savvy marketing, fortunate events, and fraudulent marketing to take the tech world by storm, displace terminals and Unix workstations, challenge the Macintosh, and build an empire.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Nokia’s Aeon Concept Phone

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Mobile Phone

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Nokia has released images of Aeon, a concept phone that combines two touch-sensitive panels mounted on a fuel-cell power pack.

Each of the panels are capable of being used independently. The touch-screen
displays man that all ‘buttons’ are virtual, so in one situation one panel could operate as the display, the other as the keypad. In another the roles could be reversed. Or each display could serve both functions.

Devices like this are all part of Nokia’s vision of ‘wearable technology’. Users could wear the lightweight panels as a badge, or connected to a wrist-strap.

Nokia are also keen to establish a new wireless standard. Wibree
is basically an upgraded bluetooth which would allow the Aeon to be a
‘thin-client’, farming out processing and storage tasks to static
servers.

brett jordan’s blog: Nokia’s concept phone

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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro fan control application

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

smcFanControl.jpgLast Monday I reported that it was possible to adjust the speed of the MacBook Pro’s fans via the command line. The hack involves modifying the plist files in AppleBlower.ktext and AppleFan.ktext. Editing the speed values for both fans allows you to speed them up to make your machine run cooler.
The problem is that many people don’t like to use the command line and feel more comfortable with a graphical application. Enter Hendrik Holtmann’s smcFanControl, a GUI application that lets you control your MacBook’s fan speeds manually to make it run cooler.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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