Stories by Preston Gralla

  • Desktop Linux: Why you shouldn’t care

    Recently, website analytics company, Net Applications, came out with figures that showed the percentage of “client devices” used to surf the Web that were running Linux crossed the 1 per cent level for the first time ever – 1.02 per cent in April, to be exact.

  • Desktop Linux: why you shouldn't care

    Recently, the Web site analytics company Net Applications came out with figures that showed that in April, the percentage of "client devices" used to surf the Web that were running Linux crossed the 1% level for the first time ever -- 1.02%, to be exact. The firm enthusiastically noted that "Linux has reached

  • RevoluTV brings the world's TV to your PC

    If you're not satisfied with the TV available through your cable or satellite provider -- or if you're looking for alternative channels around the world -- give the free RevoluTV a try. This free program lets you tune into TV channels around the world for news, entertainment, sports and more. The channels are all broadcast via the Web, so you don't need a TV tuner or any other special hardware.

  • Microsoft layoffs: Netbooks sales are killing us

    Overlooked in the Microsoft announcement about its layoffs of 5,000 people over the next 18 months is this startling revelation: The company's revenue decline is due, in large part, to the growth in the sales of netbooks.

  • Which is best for netbooks: Windows 7 or Linux?

    Microsoft is clearly positioning Windows 7 as Linux-killer for netbooks. Can it succeed? I've spent considerable time with both Windows 7 and Linux, and here are my conclusions about which operating system is better for netbooks.

  • Hate Microsoft Outlook? How to fix top annoyances

    Microsoft Outlook is a nearly ubiquitous presence in PC computing -- and, seemingly, a universally reviled one. Outlook has countless features, ranging from e-mail gathering to calendaring, contact tracking, to-do list creation and more -- yet its tendency toward bloat, sluggishness and unreliability can make it maddening to use.

  • Windows 7 beta shows off task bar, UI goodies

    The just-released Beta 1 version of Windows 7 is a solid, fast-performing, stable operating system that appears to be just about fully baked and ready for prime time. It is much further along than Windows Vista was during its initial beta phase, and it appears to be feature-complete. Based on the stability and speed of this beta, don't be surprised if Microsoft Corp. releases Windows 7 before 2010 rolls around.

  • Windows 7: The Linux killer

    Microsoft has long been worried about Linux competition in the server market. When it came to ordinary PCs and laptops, however, it knew it had little to fear.

  • Vista SP2 beta: Nothing obviously new has been added

    If you install the beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) expecting to see visible changes to your version of Vista, you'll be sorely disappointed. At least in this initial beta, all the changes are under the hood, and even they are far from earth-shaking.