How I Came to Get a PC and Not a Mac

          

News Commentary. Microsoft’s “Laptop Hunters” commercials have generated lots of Mac vs. Windows PC debate. Surely there can’t be enough, so I’d like to generate even more. Quite unexpectedly, I’m a PC. I don’t buy new computers very often, and for a long time I slightly favored Macs over Windows PCs. So no one perhaps is more surprised than me that my now four-month old laptop is a Sony and not an Apple. Continue reading

Pwn2Own contest winner: Macs are safer than Windows

    

Charlie Miller, the security expert who won both this and last year’s CanSecWest Pwn2Own security contests by exploiting Macs running Safari, repeated in an interview that he’d recommend Macs to typical users as a safer alternative to Windows PCs.

Following both Pwn2Own contests, numerous sensationalist headlines played up the idea that a Mac had been “cracked in seconds,” conspicuously neglecting to mention what Miller called “the many days doing research and writing the exploit before the day of the competition,” enabling him to discover the bugs and develop a way to successfully exploit them on the first try at the event. Continue reading

Do we need a unified Linux front?

The U.S. Constitution makes a point of guarding against tyranny through a series of checks and balances. The software market, it turns out, is no different.

Or, rather, it could turn out to be that way. Windows has stood alone for more than a decade as the dominant operating system for personal computers, and it had a growing lock on the server too. But then Linux happened, and Apple’s Mac OS X is increasingly spoiling the Windows party (though some recent data suggests that Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” marketing may have actually paid off).

Linux provides an effective check on Microsoft’s ambitions to own the operating-system market. The question then becomes: how many Linux distributions is optimal for keeping Microsoft honest?

Paul Rubens at ServerWatch makes a compelling argument that one Linux is better than many for the purpose of keeping Windows in check, and the clear candidate to take that mantle is Red Hat, not Novell’s Suse Linux. He explains:

Some might say SLES (Suse Linux Enterprise Server) is the obvious candidate in that it’s backed by Novell, and with other strings to its bow, Novell should be better able to withstand any price wars or other financial problems a Linux champion might encounter. But there’s a problem with this argument. Over the years, Novell has comprehensively had its (rear) whipped by Microsoft. What it comes down to is this: Microsoft is a winner while Novell is a perennial loser.

But it gets worse. Novell, as we all know, is in Microsoft’s back pocket when it comes to SLES. The Redmond giant subsidizes SLES by buying support coupons off Novell (it’s committed to up to $340 million worth so far), which it uses to get Microsoft customers who are interested in Linux to spurn Red Hat.

Novell, in other words, is not a good counterbalance to Microsoft, because it’s somewhat dependent on Microsoft. The VAR Guy rightly suggests that a strong showing by Novell’s Suse Linux is critical to ensuring that Red Hat doesn’t become Redmond, but this point is mitigated by Novell’s affiliation with Microsoft.

Red Hat, however, has not actively taken the fight to Microsoft, and it needs to expand its solution footprint in order to effectively compete with Microsoft. Microsoft is much more than an operating-system company. Red Hat has started to build out its portfolio with JBoss, but more is needed.

Once Red Hat lives up to its brand and expands its range of offerings, we’ll have a real competitor to Microsoft, rather than the Unix-and-BEA-replacement company that Red Hat largely is today. As for keeping Red Hat honest, I suspect that Canonical’s Ubuntu will play that role, rather than Novell. Novell needs to shed its too-close affiliation with Microsoft in order to effectively counterbalance Microsoft and Red Hat.

The “We’re Linux” Video Contest

If you’ve been alive and aware of mass media over the last twelve months, you’ve probably seen television commercials from Apple and Microsoft touting their operating system. From Apple’s ubiquitous “I’m a Mac” to Jerry Seinfeld to Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” retort, operating system commercials have been flooding the airways. Except one OS has been notably absent – Linux.

While the Linux Foundation would love to spend millions promoting Linux on TV, it’s simply not our style (or in our budget). Even more importantly, Linux isn’t a top-down, commercially controlled operating system. It’s a grassroots product of mass collaboration. That’s why we’re sponsoring a community contest to create a Linux video that showcases just what Linux means to those who use it, and hopefully inspires many to try it.

The winner will receive a free trip to Tokyo, Japan to participate in the Linux Foundation Japan Linux Symposium in October 2009. The winning video will also be unveiled at the Linux Foundation’s Collaboration Summit in San Francisco on April 8, 2009.

Click here to vote

Nvidia将在本月底正式发布nForce 980a SLI(MCP82XE)芯片组

VR-Zone报导:本月晚些时候,Nvidia将正式宣布MCP82 XE芯片组,它的官方名称将是nForce 980a SLI。MCP82 XE内核与以前的MCP72XE(nForce 780a SLI)基本相同,只是前者加入了对AMD支持DDR2/DDR3内存的最新AM3接口处理器的支持。

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以下是MCP82芯片组的主要功能特性:

*支持PCIE2.0规范,并支持HT3.0版本总线规范;
*支持三路/四路SLI显卡互联技术,支持混合SLI;
*具备12个USB2.0端口;
*具备6个SATA 3Gb/s接口;
*集成千兆以太网功能,集成高音质声卡功能。

MCP82 XE打开内置显卡时TDP功耗为20W,开启混合SLI功能后的功耗为22W,待机模式则功耗9W.

华硕施崇棠:Windows 7不会有效刺激PC销量

                  

据中国台湾媒体报道,很多PC厂商和主板厂商认为,Windows 7并不会在很大程度上刺激PC销量,因此也不可能从中受益.
本周一,有市场观察家预计,受Windows 7的推动,2010年全球PC出货量将增长10%以上.而今年,全球PC出货量预计将下滑5%.

但台湾地区的PC厂商和主板厂商却并不这样认为.首先,Windows 7的硬件需求并不是很高,因此不足以推动市场更新换代.其次,在当前低迷的经济形势下,企业和个人均削减了预算.

因此,价格是用户购买新PC时所考虑的惟一核心因素.华硕董事长施崇棠和总裁沈振来(Jerry Shen)均认为,Windows 7不会在很大程度上刺激PC市场更新换代.

当前, Windows 7尚处在测试版阶段,RC有望在未来1-2个月内发布,而正式版预计于圣诞购物旺季前上市.

北美PC游戏销量排行榜(3.1-3.7)

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NPD组织今天公布2009年3月1日至2009年3月7日一周北美PC游戏销量排行,本周排名是新上榜RTS游戏《帝国全面战争》,同期这款游戏英国销量排行榜也是排名第一,可见这款游戏是多么值得玩家购买。排名第二位还是暴雪的MMORPG《魔兽世界:巫妖王之怒》,大陆上线日期依旧未定,还处于审批阶段中。在本周中的RTS《红色警戒3》再次上升到第8位,也许是受着《红色警戒3:起义时刻》发售而带动的。

本周EA占据着4款游戏排名,Activision Blizzard依靠着《魔兽世界》占据着3款游戏的排名。

1.《帝国全面战争》(Empire: Total War) – Creative Assembly
2.《魔兽世界:巫妖王之怒》(World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King) – Activision Blizzard
3.《战锤在线:决战世纪》(Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning) – Electronic Arts
4.《模拟人生2 双豪华版》(The Sims 2 Double Deluxe)- EA
5.《战锤40K:战争黎明2》(Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War II) – Relic/THQ
6.《模拟人生嘉年华》(The Sims Carnival: Bumper Blast) – EA
7.《帝国全面战争 特别版》(Empire: Total War – Special Forces Edition) – Creative Assembly
8.《命令与征服:红色警戒3 总理版》(Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Premier Edition) – EA LA
9.《魔兽世界:典藏版》(World Of Warcraft: Battle Chest)- Activision Blizzard
10.《魔兽世界》(World Of Warcraft)- Activision Blizzard

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