Product Reviews: Windows XP

Written by Richard Lowe

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Better device support - You will find that Windows XP supports more types of devices than ever before straight out ofrepparttar box. CD/RW, DVD, USB and many others simply just work.

Onrepparttar 133573 downside, though, arerepparttar 133574 following:

Older programs and games - While Windows XP does make a strong effort to be compatible withrepparttar 133575 older operating systems, you will probably find that many games and other programs simply no longer work.

Older hardware - You may have difficulties if you attempt to install windows XP on older hardware or use older equipment. Windows XP does need much more power (CPU, disk and memory) than repparttar 133576 earlier Windows operating systems. In fact, don't believerepparttar 133577 promotional materials about minimum configurations - get plenty of memory, a fast CPU and as much disk as you can afford.

To sum it all up in a simple paragraph, Windows XP seems to work almost perfectly out ofrepparttar 133578 box. It is stable and performs well given plenty of hardware. And that'srepparttar 133579 way a home operating system should work.

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The Future of Electronic Publishing

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Moreover,repparttar advertising-subsidized free content Web site has died together with Web advertising. Geocities - a community of free hosted, ad-supported, Web sites purchased by Yahoo! - is now selectively shutting down Web sites (when they exceed a certain level of traffic) to convince their owners to revert to a monthly hosting fee model. With Lycos in trouble in Europe, Tripod may well follow suit shortly. Earlier this year, Microsoft has shut down ListBot (a host of discussion lists). Suite101 has stopped paying its editors (content authors) effective January 15th. fired hundreds of category editors. Withrepparttar 133572 ugly demise of Themestream, WebSeed isrepparttar 133573 only content aggregator which tries to buckrepparttar 133574 trend by relying (partly) on advertising revenue.

Paradoxically, e-publishing's main hope may lie with its ostensible adversary:repparttar 133575 library. Unbelievably, e-publishers actually tried to limitrepparttar 133576 access of library patrons to e-books (i.e.,repparttar 133577 lending of e-books to multiple patrons). But, libraries are not only repositories of knowledge and community centres. They are also dominant promoters of new knowledge technologies. They are alreadyrepparttar 133578 largest buyers of e-books. Together with schools and other educational institutions, libraries can serve as decisive socialization agents and introduce generations of pupils, students, and readers torepparttar 133579 possibilities and riches of e-publishing. Government use of e-books (e.g., byrepparttar 133580 military) may haverepparttar 133581 same beneficial effect.

As standards converge (Adobe's Portable Document Format and Microsoft's MS Reader LIT format are likely to berepparttar 133582 winners), as hardware improves and becomes ubiquitous (within multi-purpose devices or as standalone higher quality units), as content becomes more attractive (already many new titles are published in both print and electronic formats), as more versatile information taxonomies (likerepparttar 133583 Digital Object Identifier) are introduced, asrepparttar 133584 Internet becomes more gender-neutral, polyglot, and cosmopolitan - e-publishing is likely to recover and flourish.

This renaissance will probably be aided byrepparttar 133585 gradual decline of print magazines and by a strengthening movement for free open source scholarly publishing. The publishing of periodical content and academic research (including, gradually, peer reviewed research) may be already shifting torepparttar 133586 Web. Non-fiction and textbooks will follow. Alternative models of pricing are already in evidence (author pays to publish, author pays to obtain peer review, publisher pays to publish, buy a physical product and gain access to enhanced online content, and so on). Web site rating agencies will help to discriminate betweenrepparttar 133587 credible andrepparttar 133588 in-credible. Publishing is moving - albeit kicking and screaming - online.

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