By Mike Himowitz and Mike Himowitz,Sun Columnist | February 1, 2007
Microsoft's release of Vista, the latest and greatest version of the Windows operating system, captured the big headlines. But Vista obscured this week's real technology news - a new technique for making microprocessors that will have far more impact on our lives in the long run. To get your head around this, you have to learn to love the word "nano" - a Greco-technical term that means one-billionth of something. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, which is - well, really small. So tiny that the word "nanotechnology" refers to the science of building electronic circuits or mechanical devices at the molecular or atomic level.
By Cox News Service | January 30, 2007
NEW YORK -- Aiming to "wow" millions of computer users, Microsoft Corp. launched its Vista operating system for consumers yesterday with a series of flashy Manhattan events and midnight sales at stores around the world. Two months after arriving for business customers, the first major Windows upgrade in more than five years promises consumers a slicker 3-D look, improved security and search tools, and a host of multimedia and entertainment features. While promoted by Microsoft executives as an enormous step forward, many reviewers have been more reserved, calling Vista better than the current XP system and full of subtle improvements, but not a revolutionary advance.
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.
By Mike Himowitz and Mike Himowitz,Sun Columnist | December 7, 2006
If Christmas were six weeks later this year, my annual how-to-buy-a-computer column would be a lot easier to write. That's because every PC on the shelves right now uses a version of Microsoft Windows that will be gone by Jan. 30, when Microsoft releases Vista - the latest update to its flagship operating system. Normally, I'd advise readers to wait till the new version of Windows comes out. But 'tis the season, and some shoppers need a PC right now. Still others think this is a great time to pick up a bargain computer as retailers sell off their inventory of perfectly good machines running Windows XP or Media Center Edition - both of which are debugged and reliable.
By Mike Himowitz and Mike Himowitz,Sun Columnist | November 9, 2006
Normally, I don't start writing about holiday PC buying until we toss out the last Thanksgiving leftovers. But this is the strangest computer shopping season I can recall. The reason: Virtually every PC on store shelves through the holidays will be a leftover. There's nothing wrong with leftovers from the table; some stews and soups are actually better the second time around. But we're talking about computers here, so the comparison is a bit more complicated. Why is this a season of leftovers?
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC | November 8, 2006
If African-Americans don't buy artworks by African-American artists, who will? A decade ago, that question prompted a group of black collectors in Washington to join together to share their knowledge and experience. They wanted to create a forum where they could discuss African-American art, make group visits to artists' studios and find ways to support local artists, dealers and visual arts programs. The fruits of their efforts are on display this month in Holding Our Own, a lovely exhibition of African-American artworks owned by members of the Collectors Club of Washington at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi.
By SAM SESSA | October 12, 2006
Artists from Canada and the United States entered about 300 works in the Art Gallery of Fells Point's annual North American Miniature Art Exhibition. The paintings, sculptures and mixed-media pieces are 6 inches by 8 inches or smaller. This year, Baltimore resident Mary Cover's Vista (above) won Best in Show. The exhibition runs through Oct. 29 at the Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames St. There is a reception 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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.
By James Dannenberg and James Dannenberg,[Special to the Sun ] | September 10, 2006
KAILUA, OAHU, HAWAII // Taking the rise, I am struck by the scene unfolding to my right: the Pacific Ocean -- today flat and aquamarine a mile to the sheltering reef -- seems welded without a seam to the morning sky. It glistens in sunlight as it washes onto the sand, which stretches in turn more than two miles in a graceful palm-fringed arc from Kailua Beach Park to the crocodilian promontory of the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, now peaceful, but the target...
By THE BOSTON GLOBE | July 18, 2006
Steve Ballmer, 50, chief executive of software colossus Microsoft Corp. since 2000, faces his toughest challenge yet as chairman and co-founder Bill Gates phases out of day-to-day management over the next two years. The change is coming as Microsoft struggles to beat back competition from free, advertising-supported software delivered over the Internet by rivals such as Google Inc. A graduate of Harvard University, where he lived down the hall from fellow sophomore (and later dropout) Gates, Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980.
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