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  • Bing! First Impressions – Part 2

    This is the second part of my ongoing review of Microsoft’s new “decision engine,” Bing . Read Part 1 here . Reading the Bing Commentary In researching my opinions on Bing News vs Google News, I caught some interesting headlines on Google News about Bing . Two of them could not have been more different...
  • Bing! First Impressions – Part 1

    This is Part 1 of my review of Bing. Read Part 2 here . When it comes to search engines, I’ve always used Google. I think their results have been unsurpassed in the last decade, which is why they are the “market leader.” I have been heavily resistant to using Microsoft-branded search engines, because...
  • Review: Microsoft 2.0 by Mary Jo Foley

    Few people have covered Microsoft longer and more consistently than Mary Jo Foley (besides maybe Ed Bott). A couple of weeks ago, MJ sent me a copy of her new book Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era (PS, thanks for the mention in the Acknowledgements, MJ), and I...
  • Review: Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC

    Reviewer's Disclaimer: This device was loaned to me as a review machine. I did not purchase it on my own. Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC . It's my first time experiencing a UMPC first-hand, and overall it was a fun experience. You can see photos of my...
  • Review: Microsoft Zune - Halo 3 Special Edition

    DISCLAIMER: This review was not solicited by Microsoft, the equipment was purchased with my own money. Recently, my girlfriend Nicole surprised me with a rather unexpected birthday present: a brand new Special Edition Halo Zune . I had never experienced a Zune before, so I was really excited to try it...
  • Review: Verizon Wireless USB720 Broadband Modem

    NOTE: This review was not solicited by anyone; the device was purchased with my own money. A while back, I decided to purchase the Samsung i730 cell phone, in the hopes that I'd be able to use it's tethering ability to get on the Internet with my laptop. Little did I know that the i730 had a problem...
  • Review: Invirtus Enterprise VM Converter

    NOTE: This review was of my own volition and not solicited in any way by Invirtus or anyone else. A little while back, I was asked to jump in and write the closing chapter of a book on IIS7. Unfortunately, there was not as much information on the subjects I was supposed to cover as I needed, so my contribution...
  • Review: Linksys Wireless-N Gigabit Gaming Router

    With all the work I have been doing with Windows Home Server lately, I needed a faster solution for my wired and wireless Internet access at my home office. My Linksys Wireless-G Router has been a workhorse for the last few years, but every computer in my house has a Gigabit Ethernet port, and my workhorse...
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