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  • Microsoft, RIM, Oracle release critical patches

    Microsoft kept things to a minimum with its first set of security updates for 2009, but corporate system administrators who were expecting a quiet week got something else altogether, thanks to Oracle and Research In Motion.

  • Microsoft's current woes are like IBM's of old

    Gartner says Windows is "collapsing". Well, sure. Strictly speaking, Windows itself isn't in a state of collapse — Windows XP is still useful to a huge population of customers. But for Vista and the Windows franchise as a whole, things do not look good.

  • More Mac sense and nonsense

    Commenters on my Enterprise Mac blog have been begging for an update to my column "Mac sense and nonsense", in which I chronicled the early experiences of a friend who agreed to switch from Windows — her OS for her entire computer-using life — to the Mac. Updates on her progress are among those things I keep meaning to do, but 2007 has been a year of one top priority after another, all strung together. Now, in a cab to LaGuardia Airport, I’m blissfully unable to browse, and that gives me a chance to reflect on some of what I’ve observed as my friend makes the migration.

  • IT managers confident of DST precautions

    New Zealand organisations appear to be taking daylight savings time (DST) changes in their stride, reporting they are not overly concerned about potential impacts on IT systems.

  • Survey finds Windows losing ground with developers

    Microsoft’s Windows platform is losing traction as a target for application developers in North America but still is the dominant platform, according to Evans Data survey results released last week.

  • Users divided on merits of Windows and open source

    For corporate environments, how viable an alternative to Microsoft is Linux and other open source software? I’m not qualified to answer that question, but as the issues around Microsoft’s copy protection, licensing and software quality mount, it’s one that more and more people are asking. The answers they reach, however, seem to be split pretty evenly on both sides of my concern.

  • Windows user daunted and dazzled by Mac

    A couple of columns ago, I introduced you to a friend and lifelong professional Windows user who agreed to let me observe and document her trial run at switching to the Mac. I set her up with a can’t-lose bargain: She would swap her desktop Windows PC for a Core 2 Duo MacBook running OS X Tiger but retain her PC as a Parallels Desktop virtual machine. To switch or not to switch is entirely her decision to make; I’m just watching.

  • Security is vital no matter what the OS

    I’m a public supporter of Microsoft Windows, but I also use, respect, and support other operating systems. I’ve been an AS/400 administrator for nearly 20 years. I thought the AS/400 would be long gone by now, but what it does, it does well. I use several flavors of Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD. I even do a little hacking and defence teaching using Sun Solaris.