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  • Fon simplifies community Wi-Fi access

    Fon Technology hopes to make it easier for users to connect to its network of hotspots with Wi-Fi-enabled phones by offering them software from Spotigo.

  • Vista code is better, not perfect: Microsoft

    Over the past few years, Microsoft has aggressively sought to change the image that its products have poor security. The company says that Windows Vista, which has been released to manufacturing, will be its most secure operating system to date, representing a top-down change in how its programmers develop code with security in mind.

  • XenSource embraces Windows

    XenSource, the company that manages the development of the Xen hypervisor and sells subscription and support services for it, was preparing last week to announce that the open source virtualisation technology can now run virtual machines.

  • ACC rolls out $130 million pilot claims system

    The Accident Compensation Corporation will roll out a pilot of its new $130 million claims management system at its Wellington branch and contact centre this month. A nationwide roll out is planned for February and March.

  • Hackers spread Windows exploit via web host

    Attackers are exploiting the zero-day VML vulnerability on Windows-based machines by targeting a separate hole in cpanel, an application that’s popular with web hosting services.

  • Double plus good

    Microsoft is denying speculation that it plans to cripple copies of Windows XP for users who refuse to install its controversial antipiracy tool, Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).

  • WGA no longer phoning home every day

    Responding to pressure from irked Windows users, Microsoft has released an updated version of its anti-piracy program that changes the frequency with which the program checks for pirated or counterfeit copies of its client operating system.

  • Opening the way for Windows on the Mac

    On April 4, a date chosen because April Fools’ Day fell on a Saturday, Apple released a freely downloadable beta utility called Boot Camp. The product has one astonishing, if not bizarre, purpose: to give Intel-based Macs the capability to boot and run Windows XP. It doesn’t surprise me that Windows runs on Macs — that was inevitable. Also, by the time Boot Camp was released, open sourcers were within two or three device drivers of achieving that goal without Apple’s help. Indeed, the stout-hearted crew at set up a cash kitty to reward those who solved the problem of Macs’ inability to boot Windows.

  • IT to Apple: boot me up for A-grade support

    Apple Computer’s Boot Camp beta is pregnant with possibilities for IT. Some are good — very good, in fact. But it all comes down to how Apple will ultimately define its support of Windows.

  • Bridging the web-Windows divide

    At Microsoft’s PDC (Professional Developers Conference) a decade ago, the company took the first steps towards a union of Windows and the web. Adam Bosworth showed off the technologies we now call AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), while J Allard demonstrated Active Server Pages. Hakon Lie, now Opera’s CTO, talked about a proposed standard called CSS, and the tools division rolled out a suite of components that would make internet protocols available to Win32 programmers and Office scripters.

  • Six Vistas — an IT nightmare?

    Microsoft has detailed how its forthcoming Vista OS will appear, and the six-pronged view is raising the concern of enterprise IT managers. When it is released later this year, Vista will have six core editions: four aimed at consumers and two designed for the enterprise.