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By Mike Himowitz and Mike Himowitz,Sun Columnist | January 25, 2007
I don't know anyone who plans to line up outside a computer store at 12:01 Tuesday morning to get a copy of Windows Vista. That's when Microsoft begins selling consumers the first major revision of its flagship operating system in five years. There's a good reason for the lack of enthusiasm. Vista is safer and slicker than its predecessor, but not a must-have upgrade. Most of its improvements are incremental, and Windows XP is a solid performer. Unless you're an uber-geek who doesn't mind gambling with his PC, installing Vista isn't worth the peril of replacing a perfectly workable operating system - certainly not the first week it's released.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | December 6, 1998
MOSSVILLE, La. -- From her front porch, Robin Thibodeaux looks 100 yards east to a huge Condea Vista Co. chemical plant. She turns west to face a tiny Calcasieu Parish neighborhood of 593 people that is fast disappearing. It is the only neighborhood she has known.Twelve of the 15 families on Second Avenue have taken a buyout and left. Most were Thibodeaux kin. Her brother, sister, two aunts, the neighbor who lost a young child to cancer -- all moved to other parts of Louisiana. Next door sit the pilings on which her father's house stood until, two days before, he accepted about $60,000 from Condea Vista, loaded his house on a flatbed truck and moved it to a lot 10 miles north.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2004
About 90 visitors meandered among the buildings of the Carroll County Farm Museum one sunny morning last week. From there, they boarded tour buses that drove them through downtown Westminster while a guide pointed out landmarks and related local lore. The buses headed northwest through rolling hills and farms to Taneytown for a stop at a posh inn housed in a restored antebellum mansion and later a picnic lunch at Taneytown Memorial Park. Then came Carroll Vista, the final stop and the reason for the three-hour odyssey.
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October 27, 1993
FIRE* Mount Airy: Mount Airy assisted Frederick County when a smoke detector was activated at a house on Catoctin Vista Drive at 12:36 a.m. Tuesday. Units were out for five minutes.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | January 5, 1999
Nearly three months after a reactor explosion that injured five of its workers, Condea Vista resumed production at its South Baltimore plant late yesterday.Condea Vista, which makes a key ingredient in household cleaners, received the state's permission to start up the plant after signing a consent decree Dec. 24 with the Maryland Department of the Environment.In the decree, the chemical manufacturer admitted to illegally discharging visible emissions, failing to take reasonable precautions to prevent the accident and creating a public nuisance.
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May 21, 2005
On April 17, 2005, in Vista, CA, JAMES R. METCALF, 84. Son of the late Violet Metcalf and Regina Metcalf. Survived by wife Mazie Metcalf, sister Regine Holsinger and her husband Robert, nieces and nephews. Born in Baltimore, moved to Hagerstown with father and step-mother Josephine Metcalf. Served South Pacific during WWII. Moved to San Diego in 1951. Burial service in San Diego on April 25. Request donations to Tri-City Hospice, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056, who treated Jim with compassion.
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By Bill Husted and Bill Husted,Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 21, 2007
I tried to download some updates from Microsoft for Windows XP and received a message that said my Windows XP has been stolen and a counterfeit Windows is now on my computer. I have been having some problems since this happened. Is this a ploy just to sell me a new copy or has someone really stolen my Windows XP? - Jean Pender I don't think anyone stole your Windows. I do think the copy of Windows you have was counterfeit from the beginning. The checking done online is a relatively new system created by Microsoft to detect counterfeit software.
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By San Jose Mercury News | February 8, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Microsoft's Windows Vista may be getting all the buzz, but it's not the only operating system update that will hit store shelves this year. This spring, Apple Inc. plans to release Leopard, the fifth revision of its rival Mac OS X software. As with previous updates, Leopard will add new features to the operating system, most notably a backup program called Time Machine, which puts a 3-D interface on the process of searching through archived files. The new features could prove important for Apple.
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By The Seattle Times | September 21, 2006
SEATTLE -- Microsoft's newest keyboards are acting more like remote controls. Models unveiled last week are an inch thick and boast backlit keys for ease of use in a darkened room; a button that launches Windows Media Center for movies, music and other content; media controls; and a wireless connection that works from 30 feet away. "We think more people are going to entertain using this thing in their living room for media experience," said Matt Barlow, marketing and business-development director of Microsoft Corp.
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