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Windows 7 vs Snow Leopard: What that upgrade really costs

Windows 7 vs Snow Leopard: What that upgrade really costs Ed Bott: In one of its "I'm a Mac" ads, Apple lampoons the complexity of Windows with a dizzying display of fine print. Maybe Microsoft needs to take the same treatment with Apple's much-publicized $29 upgrade offer for Snow Leopard. The price sounds great until you look at the fine print. I did, and discovered that most Mac owners don't qualify.

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My experience with Dell's Namastechnical Support

My experience with Dell's Namastechnical Support Jason Perlow: Despite my dislike for all things outsourced, my first experience with Dell's call center in India was a largely positive one. How would you rate your call center experience with various PC and equipment manufacturers?

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Bartz to Yahoo shareholders: Change is coming; We're not Google

Bartz to Yahoo shareholders: Change is coming; We're not Google Sam Diaz: Before questions, Bartz addressed the one big question that continues to surface: a deal with Microsoft on the search business. The official Bartz-esque answer: "If we ever have a deal with Microsoft, it will be announced publicly. Until we do, there's nothing to say."

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At this rate, Microsoft won't need Yahoo at all
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Netbook or notebook? Confusion reigns at 12 inches

Netbook or notebook? Confusion reigns at 12 inches John Morris: In the world according to Wintel, the distinction would be fairly clear. But PC makers refuse to stick to the script, leaving consumers confused about the difference between a netbook and a notebook. In the 12-inch category, things are getting more muddled every day.

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Living with a netbook: The performance penalty
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New Acer Aspire laptops start at $480
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Who is attacking Solid Oak, whose code was stolen for Green Dam?

Who is attacking Solid Oak, whose code was stolen for Green Dam? Richard Koman: Green Dam, the child-protection software that China wants all PC makers to install, even contains an encrypted file that turns out to be a list of Cybersitter serial numbers. Plus, Solid Oak Software appears to be under attack.

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China throttles Google, U.S. ratchets up trade war over Green Dam
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ZDNet Readers' Choice: Top 25 free, lightweight apps

ZDNet Readers' Choice: Top 25 free, lightweight apps Andrew Nusca: In February, I asked ZDNet readers for the free, lightweight applications they simply can't live without. After tallying the suggestions in the comments and via e-mail -- and there were an awful lot of good suggestions, believe me -- here are the 25 most popular.

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Steve Jobs nearly died and lied about it

Dana Blankenhorn: For daring to steal fire from the Gods, it is said, Prometheus was chained to a rock and sentenced to having his liver pecked out by birds. Apple CEO Steve Jobs can relate.

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WWDC 2009: Apple unveils iPhone 3G S

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WWDC 2009: Apple highlights Snow Leopard features

WWDC 2009: Apple highlights Snow Leopard features At Apple's WWDC in San Francisco, the company's SVP of Mac OS engineering, Craig Federighi, demos the Snow Leopard version of the operating system. For current Leopard users, the new OS--due in September--will be upgradable for $29.

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WWDC 2009: New 15-inch MacBook Pro revealed

WWDC 2009: New 15-inch MacBook Pro revealed At Apple's WWDC in San Francisco, Apple's vice president of product marketing, Philip Schiller, shows off the company's latest MacBook Pro. The new notebook has a 3.06GHz processor, a unibody architecture, and a built-in lithium polymer battery. Schiller adds that customers shouldn't need to change battery in a notebook at all in five years.

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