Stories by Tom Yager

CES - Broadband fever spikes at CES

It would be easy to mistake the Consumer Electronics Show for one big party, with the booze, the pasted smiles, and 130,000 people milling about. But in reality, it's the Antwerp of technology. More than any gathering outside the White House, your fu...

Ahead of the Curve: The database beyond SQL

You needn't be a DBA to understand that all knowledge in a company or organization lives in, or at least passes through, a database manager. The DBMS sees all, knows all, and at any point in time, is the most authoritative source not only for data, b...

Ahead of the Curve: 'Better together' rings true

From the viewpoint of skeptics, SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft's whole "better together" campaign are clever levers for strong-armed upgrades and whole-catalog purchases. It's clear that Microsoft is targeting Unix competitors with an enterprise portf...

Ahead of the Curve: The database beyond SQL

You needn't be a DBA to understand that all knowledge in a company or organization lives in, or at least passes through, a database manager. The DBMS sees all, knows all, and at any point in time, is the most authoritative source not only for data, b...

Ahead of the Curve: Innovation beats mediocrity

Innovation rules. I was stoned in '04 (I mean, stones were thrown at me) for saying that. But in '05, AMD, Apple, RIM, Nokia, and a few others illustrated my case ably. That's why I frequently chose to write about those companies and their products.

Ahead of the Curve: Handicapping Macworld Expo

The media's tendency to portray Steve Jobs as Apple's sole visionary and strategist is woefully short-sighted. Nonetheless, on the eve of another Macworld Conference & Expo, the only thing on people's minds is what Steve Jobs will say on stage this t...

Ahead of the Curve: 'Net TV may create gated Web

Within the next two weeks, I'll be getting in deep with the Mac and PC technology that will take us into the next decade of Internet with every TV. This time, I'm certain it'll catch. Intel's Viiv Internet media hub initiative isn't just a brand, but...

Blame Visual Studio .Net

I dreamed that Microsoft put me in charge of development for its 64-bit enterprise server applications, the Exchange and SQL Server, and so on, all of which travel collectively as Windows Server System. I was asked to find out why some elements of WS...

Curtain raised on Visual Studio 2005

In terms of stability and functionality, Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 is a marked improvement over the preview released in May. I found that Beta 1 resolved most of the interactive operational glitches I experienced in my earlier look at the...

Preview: Visual Studio 2005

Let's settle this up front. Microsoft has let its developers down. During the past few years, the company has left a trail of broken promises: a .Net-centered operating system; a broad stack of managed, .Net-based server applications; effortless targ...

BizTalk Server brings everybody in

Microsoft Corp.'s BizTalk server introduced the concepts of business process automation, management, and orchestration to many IT organizations. With the release of BizTalk Server 2004, Microsoft delivers the benefits of leading-edge business process...

Tools will make or break the platform

I'm quite particular, even protective, about my development tools. Microsoft's Visual Studio 6 is the only integrated development environment that came out of the box matching the way I think and work. I bonded with VS6 so well that I used it to code...

Windows .NET Server

Upgrading an operating system is never as simple as popping in a CD-ROM and twiddling your thumbs through an automated install. Every OS change requires planning, retraining, and sometimes changes to client systems and custom applications. To make th...

Visualizing .Net

Microsoft recently began shipping the retail edition of its new top-end development product, Visual Studio .Net Enterprise Architect. This massive bundle unites the Visual Studio .Net IDE (integrated development environment) with Visio-based modeling...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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