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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Platform Death Match! 1990-1995: Apple vs. Microsoft in the Enterprise

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Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 04:09
Category: Opinion

“Why Apple Will Change TV” compared how Apple is poised for success in areas where Microsoft is currently failing. But circumstances are subject to change!
Just over a decade ago, Apple began facing serious legacy problems with its platform, with many parallels to today’s Microsoft. Examining Apple’s dramatic fall provides a series of notable platform lessons that no company should ignore.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Secret Failures of Microsoft

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Date: Wednesday, October 11th, 2006, 00:00
Category: Opinion

The big corporations partering with Microsoft suggest that the company knows what it’s doing, but real the secret is that Microsoft hasn’t ever earned significant profits in the consumer hardware business. Here’s why DRM is the least of the Zune’s worries!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why Microsoft Can’t Compete With iTunes

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Date: Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

Secret answers that expose a series of myths about Microsoft’s ability to own new markets, how it uses its monopoly in the PC industry, and why its monopoly position won’t be of any help in fixing the company’s broken retial consumer electronics strategies.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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iTV Interactive: The Apple Game Console?

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

Unlike the passive entertainment of TV, interactive content involves users. There’s nothing entirely new, just a wide open markets for Apple to target with the iTV: games and entertainment, e-learning, Gutenberg text and hyperlinked PDF eBooks, live web clippings in Dashboard Widgets… What’s next for TV!
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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How Apple’s Original Content Will Change Entertainment

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Steve Jobs has connections in music, movies, and TV – how long before Apple begins commissioning original programming? Here’s a look at the music, movie and TV business, and why Apple’s involvement in each is far larger than the mainstream media seems to understand.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Where is Apple Going?

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Opinion

As a computer company, the path seems pretty straightforward. Apple has transitioned to Intel processors and Leopard will take running Windows on a Mac out of beta. Market share is rising, price points are great for most machines and performance is where it needs to be. Also, the product line looks great.
Portables
MacBooks are probably the biggest hit Apple has had since the original iMac. The MacBook Pro is due for a new Core 2 Duo processor and should be through with initial teething problems by then. The iMac and mini are great consumer machines and the Mac Pro has moved to Intel along with the Xserves. What’s not to like?
iPods in Transition
The second generation iPod nano is by far the best music player Apple has ever produced. It’s smaller than the original nano, but with the superior industrial design of the iPod mini. There is something so appealing about this design. It’s cleaner than the split stainless and plastic casing of the original iPods with a durable anodized finish. The iPod shuffle also benefits from this aluminization.
I broke with Jason when he panned the original iPod shuffle. I liked the concept and thought the product was neat and clean. The new Shuffle with integral clip and aluminum finish is gorgeous. Maybe O’Grady was right about the original. Suffice it to say, that the second-generation shuffle is near perfect now.
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(Contributed by Bob Snow)

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Apple iTV Promises Alternative Content

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Date: Friday, October 6th, 2006, 00:56
Category: Opinion

Apple’s iTV promises the delivery of shared content created by individuals: independent, amateur, and academic. Alternative content is huge, even if, like personal content, there’s not usually a direct business model to support it. What’s next for TV and podcasting:
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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