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I am Technical Editor of the [url=http://www.crn.com]CRN Test Center[/url], a kind of computer-centric "Consumer Reports" for retailers and VARs ([url=http://crn.com]www.crn.com[/url]). I bought my first computer in 1980, an Atari 800.…

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Microsoft this week acquired [url=http://www.teamprise.com/]Teamprise[/url], a division of [url=http://www.sourcegear.com/]SourceGear[/url] that built tools to give developers access to Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server from systems running Linux, Mac OS X and Unix.SourceGear's flagship [url=http://www.sourcegear.com/sos/]SourceOffSite[/url] provides remote access to Visual SouceSafe, Microsoft's version control system. Teamprise comes in [url=http://www.teamprise.com/products/download/]three forms[/url]. The …

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Companies using IBM's Rational and Tivoli product will breathe easier today, thanks to new, integrated versions of nine tools that the company says will facilitate communication and closer collaboration between software development and support teams in the enterprise. What's more, prices will remain where they are, and the updates are …

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With all this talk about cheaper laptops for the third world, it’s easy to miss how inexpensive memory has become for us members of the first. I once prophesized to a colleague that by the end of this decade, a terabyte hard drive would be available for less than US$100. …

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Apple has done it again. This time with [URL= http://www.sproutcore.com/]SproutCore[/URL], a JavaScript framework that simplifies development of native-looking Web-based applications without the need for Flash or any other specialized runtime. Apple has reportedly contributed loads of resources to the project, which was originally developed by [URL= http://www.sproutit.com/]SproutIt[/URL] creator Charles Jolley. …

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Firefox can finally orient itself, at least in terms of iPhones and MacBooks. Mozilla's latest browser, [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Firefox_3.6_for_developers]Firefox 3.6 beta 1[/url], can now talk to accelerometers such as those in many Apple devices, thanks to [url=https://developer.mozilla.org/Special:Search?search=accelerometer&type=fulltext&go=Search]orientation event objects[/url] introduced in the new Gecko 1.9.2 presentation engine at the browser's core. Also …

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If you're not yet among the percentage of the population people using Mozilla's Firefox browser, which by [url=http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp]one count[/url] stands at 47.5 percent, perhaps the anniversary of its launch will give you cause. Yesterday was Firefox's fifth birthday, and its market share with co-leader Internet Explorer by [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers]many counts[/url] continues …

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Ok everyone the object of this game is to simply - answer the post above without saying "yes", "no", or "sometimes" or any variation of them. For example: Do you like rock music? Wrong Answer: "yes or yep, yeah, etc. Correct Answer: "I love rock music, i think it is …

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GUIdancer 3.2, the latest version of flagship automated GUI testing tool from Bredex, now "officially" supports Windows 7 and Vista, and includes additional enhancements to its library of pre-built test actions. It began shipping on Nov. 3. Before you decide that US$5785 is too much to pay for an automated …

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Most of the reports out yesterday about the release of [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/ie8]Internet Explorer 8[/URL]Beta 2 focused on its so-calledInPrivate Browsing, which leaves no trace of the Web sites you visit and protects anonymity. And while that's certainly useful, developers are likely to be more interested in its improvements in DOM and …

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Craigslist hosts classified ads of all kinds, including lengthy lists of [url=http://newyork.craigslist.org/sof/]developer's jobs in New York[/url] and the [url=http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sof/]San Francisco Bay area[/url]. But another type of job listing was in the spotlight today, and it's nice to know there's at least [i]one[/i] person out there who's thinking clearly. A judge …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]19382[/ATTACH]If you happen to be in the market for an all-in-one Windows PC, the Compaq 6000 Pro from Hewlett Packard is worth of serious consideration. This well-equipped, dual-core workstation performed well in benchmarks and our hands-on tests, and its integrated graphics circuitry drove a highly demanding single-shooter game smoothly, pegging …

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[ATTACH=right]19321[/ATTACH]If you're serious about developing Android apps, there's only one platform to build and test them on, and that's the Samsung Nexus S. Why? Because first and foremost, the Nexus S runs pure Android. Not only is Samsung's Nexus S, released in December, one of the most beautiful phones on …

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Wouldn't it be nice if you could track Gmail messages about specific features and bugs from within your defect tracking system? You can if you're using the open-source SugarCRM, thanks to a team of Italian developers that today launched [url=http://www.sugarforge.org/projects/dolcegmail/]DolceGmail[/url]. The new plug-in for Firefox links Google's browser-based e-mail system …

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Dear Steve Ballmer, I believe it's time to give up development of a mobile operating system. With all due respect to the multi-billion dollar empire you're entrusted with running, the simple truth is that Microsoft is quite bad at developing user interfaces that are friendly and intuitive. Windows 7 is …

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If you're a whiz at Web design and have time to enter a contest, you could be one of three finalists to have your team flown to the [url=http://live.visitmix.com/]MIX10 conference[/url] Las Vegas, where you'll collect your US$50,000. The winner also goes to New York City to attend the annual [url=http://www.webbyawards.com/]Webby …

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That's right, free. And if it's free, it's for me. Software promoter MacHeist is my new best friend, and for the next five days is giving away [url=http://www.macheist.com/]nanoBundle[/url], a package of six Mac OS X applications including the highly-rated Twitterrific, which normally sells for US$15. In all, $154 worth of …

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One might have titled this story "Beware of government bearing gifts." We should be exceedingly wary whenever law makers begin dabbling with something that's been working exceedingly well for decades. Today that thing is the Internet, perhaps the least-regulated industry in the U.S. today. This week the U.S. Federal Communications …

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Developers Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin, Vladimir Vukićević and Michael Wu this week unveiled what they're calling a pre-alpha version of the Fennec browser, better known as Firefox for Google's Android mobile operating system. You can [url=http://bit.ly/fennec-android]download the code[/url], which as of last week had been tested only on Motorola Droid …

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What's Apple up to now? Yesterday it became public that the company had acquired [url=http://siri.com/]Siri[/url], whose sole purpose in life appears to be to make [url=http://siri.com/about/]Siri[/url], a free iPhone app that helps you find things and make plans. To [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpjpVAB06O4&feature=player_embedded]watch Siri in action[/url], it does look pretty useful. But why …

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Hewlett-Packard today [url=http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2010/100426xa.html]announced[/url] updates to [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11-127-24^1185_4000_100&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN]Service Test Management 10.5[/url] and [url=https://h10078.www1.hp.com/cda/hpms/display/main/hpms_content.jsp?zn=bto&cp=1-11-127-24^1352_4000_100__]Functional Testing 10.0[/url]--its quality assurance tools for software testers--that the company says are now better equipped to help development teams find defects earlier and cover code for Adobe Flex/Flash, Ajax, Microsoft Silverlight and other rich client technologies. New in Functional …

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Apple today announced that it will begin shipping iPhones for CDMA networks, such as those offered by Verizon and Sprint, ending a three-year monopoly in the U.S. held by AT&T since iPhone's inception. Once the phones becomes available later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. that don't wish to …

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Nvidia yesterday began shipping the [url=http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_480_us.html]GeForce GTX 480[/url], with double the number of processor cores previously available at 512. The card is intended to to permit smooth playback and editing of 2D or 3D content, including animation, games and videos. The GTX 480 supports Microsoft DirectX 11, Direct3D and [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physx]PhysX[/url], …

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As the world awaits for the release of Apple's Next Big Thing, developers are putting the finishing touches on applications to be ready for iPad's April 3 ship date. And Apple is getting ready too. The company yesterday began accepting submissions for iPad App Store, its online application outlet for …

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What has proven to be alien to Apple and Microsoft may be just right for Android. Search giant Google this week announced that it is working with Sony, Intel and computer accessory maker Logitech on technology to bring Web searches and applications to the television. Efforts by Google's predecessors--Apple TV …

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Are you a certified function point specialist or play one on TV? Then the Counting Practices Manual version 4.3 might be for you. Unveiled today by the [url=http://www.ifpug.org/]International Function Point Users Group[/url] (better known as IFPUG), the $100 CD contains the latest "body of knowledge used by function point analysts …

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With all the coverage of last week's Windows 7 launch, it was easy to overlook news of the forthcoming release of SharePoint Server 2010, the next edition of Redmond's collaboration platform. A public beta is expected next month, which according a speech given by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer last week …

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Yesterday was Microsoft's big day. Windows 7 was released. Did you go buy your copy already? Are you waiting? Whether you have or haven't doesn't really matter but I'm going to give you my five reasons why you [B]should[/B] switch to Windows 7 and five more why you [B]shouldn't[/B]. Both …

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Less than a year after launching its high performance computing strategy, Microsoft finds its [URL= http://www.microsoft.com/hpc/] HPC Server 2008[/URL] near the top of the heap. The Windows Server 2008 derivative placed 23rd on a list of the 500 top-performing supercomputers in the world, as measured by the [URL= http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/] National …

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Last week Toshiba unveiled a series of server-class hard drives that can store as much as 600GB in a 2.5-inch form factor. They're the first products to result from its acquisition of Fujitsu's hard drive business early last year. Set to begin shipping in April, the new [url=http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=StorageSolutions/EnterpriseHardDrives/MBF2600RC]MFB series[/url] of …

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Plagued by duplicate files that clog up your system? Quantum, a company once known mainly for hard drives, yesterday unveiled a new version of its [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StorNext_File_System]StorNext File System[/url] that it says optimizes storage efficiency by implementing automatic data deduplication. It's part of StorNext 4.0, Quantum's high-performance sharing and data management …

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