Dear Meg Whitman… Some unsolicited advice on HP’s PC future: HP can still make PCs that make an engineer’s pulse quicken. The question is whether they have the soul left to do it—or more properly, whether the board of HP still has a pulse.
Die, VPN! We’re all “telecommuters” now—and IT must adjust: Thanks to ubiquitous broadband and high-quality smartphones and laptops, even office workers who don’t “telecommute” have become “telecommuters.” IT departments must embrace working outside the office walls—and they can start by killing most VPNs.
Dennis Ritchie: the giant whose shoulders we stand on: Dennis Ritchie, who died this week at the age of 70, created the C programming language—and with it, open systems and the world of modern computing.
Hands-on: Chrome Remote Desktop Beta free and easy to use, no speed demon: Google has unveiled a remote desktop service allowing connections between any two systems running the Chrome browser, regardless of operating system. As usual with Google, there’s a big emphasis on the “beta” tag in the Chrome Remote Desktop BETA, but it works pretty well for an early version of a product.
Skype’s future under Microsoft: integration everywhere?: Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype is likely to be finalized soon, but no one knows quite how the two companies will integrate. Here are some ideas.
Ubuntu will power HP’s new cloud service : HP’s cloud service, launched recently in a private beta, will use Ubuntu as the primary host and guest operating system.
Bulldozer design compromises offer mixed bag for desktop use: AMD’s latest desktop hardware, dubbed the FX series, throws tons of hardware at the problem of keeping up with Intel. Unfortunately, its strengths are highly workload dependent, and power consumption is much higher than the competition.
Researchers hack crypto on RFID smart cards used for keyless entry and transit pass: While the manufacturer is working to move customers to new technology, there are over 3 billion Mifare DESfire cards in circulation. And some of them may still be in use at government agencies for access to sensitive facilities and data.