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MS Had A “Bob”?

bobhWell, Bob’s on the loose, following its introduction at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Should that matter for business users of PCs? Should you care about Bob? Maybe even put Bob on a test machine, to see what the shouting’s all about?

No, yes, and absolutely.

You can’t actually buy Bob yet, of course. Microsoft’s new “social interface” GUI for Windows PCs won’t be released until the end of March. But there are a lot of beta copies floating around, and given the growing importance of Microsoft’s Consumer Division, Bob’s home, you can bet that this is going to be one of the most widely publicized products of the year.

So whether you have a copy yet or not, you’ll be answering questions about Bob every day. Which makes this an issue worth discussing

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Forget Paying for Expensive Data Recovery Ever Again

By reading this page it’s probably safe to assume you’re in a bit of a pickle. When someone finds the need to look for data recovery services, it usually means something unfortunate has happened to their data.

Be smart when choosing a data recovery provider.

Be smart when choosing a data recovery provider.

If you’ve been looking around for a while now, you’ll have noticed that there’s a wide range of possibilities for data recovery. Most of them are expensive, some are affordable, and others are almost unbelievably cheap.

But be warned, venturing into the world of data recovery unprepared is asking for trouble. Do your research and try to find out why each company is charging what it does. If you put in the time now, you may be able to find a deal that’s actually what it claims to be: cheap data recovery.

Unfortunately, failing …

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Early Quality Control Problems Were Major Issues For PC And Auto Manufacturers

ibmscCompaq finds its stocks contaminated with faulty power supplies. Disney gets eaten alive by crashing “Lion King” CD ROMs. Intel makes Pentiums that can’t handle division. IBM short circuits with defective ThinkPad power adapters. H&R Block and Intuit stir a taxpayers’ revolt. It almost sounds like deja vu–to the days when poor quality sent U.S. automakers skidding out of control. The PC industry continues to cruise, but the recent spate of product flaws raises a crucial issue: Is the pressure to pump ou t more, faster, cheaper forcing vendors to fall beneath their own wheels by breaking the speed limits on quality?

No one is saying poor quality is about to besmirch the PC industry to the extent that it tainted Detroit. “Most of these companies are more focused on quality than in the past,” says Roy Bauer, …

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Samsung Did Well To Diversify Early

smsdWith memory chips accounting for more than 50 percent of Samsung Electronics’ profits last year, its masters in Seoul, South Korea, have decided it’s too dependent upon the highly cyclical DRAM business. So McDonald’s one-trick pony is racing into new lines of business and new technologies that will have a major impact on the U.S. market. By this summer, Samsung’s trickle of flat-panel displays will become a flood. Flash memory products will appear–in volume–later this year. The company expects to se ll nearly $1 billion worth of specialty memory chips, including SRAMs and EDO RAMs, in 1995. And last month’s agreement to make a $377 million investment in AST will change the PC market in the United States and Asia (see Close Up, right).

It’s not just Samsung Electronics that’s going through a transformation. The company’s parent, the $54 billion …

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