December 2007 (#145)

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| # New Use for Old Hardware: Network RAID Backup, by Edgar Howell
| # Linux on an ARM based Single Board Computer, by Maxin B. John
| # Generating Postscript graphs using PyX, by Maxin B. John
| # Review: User Interface Design for Mere Mortals, by Kat Tanaka Okopnik
| # HelpDex, by Shane Collinge

[Sarcasm] 'Vista Is For Dummies' Lands on Retail Shelves

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| The long awaited "Vista Is For Dummies" book has hit retail shelves with
| resounding enthusiasm from consumers. A perfectly timed book created to help
| frustrated Windows Vista users break free from their latest Microsoft
| nightmare. The book highlights in full color illustration why the world was
| not ready for Vista and provides a lengthy, complicated dummies guide for
| downgrading to Windows XP. But wait! There's more!


Lenovo offers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP

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| My colleague Stian just sent me this interesting link regarding my
| experiences with Windows Vista. Since I assume the link will NOT have the
| visual appearence it has right now for very many more hours (days) I've
| created a screenshot of how it looked when I went into the site. *

Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
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| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.

Windows Vista kicked out of Olympics PCs

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| Microsoft's latest version of Windows is too risky to implement for the
| important computers managing the 2008 Olympic summer games in Beijing, said
| the event's computer supplier and sponsor Lenovo.

Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday. *
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.

Don't downgrade to Vista

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| Microsoft is using the catchphrase "The 'Wow' starts now" to market
| Vista, their new operating system. There is, however, nothing
| awe-inspiring about this software.