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10 Best IT Products Of 2006

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the i-do-so-love-a-top-ten-list dept.

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digihome writes "CRN.com chooses the ten best new products of 2006, including the best development tools, server, notebook and storage device. Some of the choices may surprise you ... such as their choice for operating system of the year." From the article: "With Windows Vista, Microsoft has refreshed the user desktop experience. While debate rages over whether the five-year wait was worth it, the truth is Vista is pretty much the only game in town. One may question whether Vista should be bestowed with Product of the Year recognition in the operating system category. But the product unquestionably brings new features and capabilities to solution providers that in turn promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users."

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Impressive! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17301892)

But the product unquestionably brings new features and capabilities to solution providers that in turn promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users.

Wow! It must be really cool if it does that!

Re:Impressive! (5, Insightful)

polar red (215081) | more than 7 years ago | (#17301950)

It's when you read sentences like those, that you are sure the article is written by some marketing departement, and not by a technology specialist.

Re:Impressive! (1, Insightful)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302028)

that and terms like 'revenue stream' and 'value added'.

yeesh.

Re:Impressive! (0, Offtopic)

carpltunl (604615) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302210)

Or some acronomic tendency...

Like your sig.

Re:Impressive! (3, Insightful)

rudeboy1 (516023) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302458)

I don't mean to nitpick, but did you note the magazine? It's whole subject matter revolves around VARs. That's Value Added Reseller

Re:Impressive! (1)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303286)

yes, i did. yes, i know. yes, you're being pedantic.

Re:Impressive! (1, Insightful)

evilmousse (798341) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302930)

Did you notice the relevance of your own sigline: "Attack the message, not the messenger."?

Re:Impressive! (2)

HoldenCaulfield (25660) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303110)

Umm . . . considering that the site is aimed at "VARs and technology integrators," I'd say the wording is totally appropriate. As stated in the Wikipedia article on VARs [wikipedia.org] , these people are making money by offering services. For their audience, the idea that "the product unquestionably brings new features and capabilities to solution providers that in turn promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users" is one of the key measures of a good product . . . their audience is looking to make money, and diversifying revenue streams is something that most are probably interested in . . .

Re:Impressive! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302170)

But the product unquestionably brings new features and capabilities to solution providers that in turn promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users.
*head explodes*

Re:Impressive! (5, Insightful)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302492)

in turn promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users.

Yeah, I figure they mean this kind of dialogue:
End User: Hi. I'm having a problem with $PRODUCT

Tech Support: Hi. We need your credit card number. Tech Support is $45/hour.


Re:Impressive! (3, Insightful)

gwayne (306174) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302654)

In other words, it's a popup window that says "Your computer is infected with spyware. Click here to buy our spyware remover!"

Re:Impressive! (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302814)

The key part is "new revenue generation dialogues with end uses."

"Buy it."
"Why? We don't need it."
"Buy it or else."
"Okay."

Re:Impressive! (5, Funny)

jbrader (697703) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303074)

"Buy it."

"Why? We don't need it."

"sudo buy it"

"ok"

With apologies to xkcd

Re:Impressive! (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303260)

But Windows doesn't have sudo. Vista has some kind of similar authentication, doesn't it? Oh, but it was annoying so we turned it off.

Re:Impressive! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302970)

But Vista isn't officially launched until January 30, 2007

That's not THIS year!

I'm waiting for (1)

Mipoti Gusundar (1028156) | more than 7 years ago | (#17301908)

I for one am hopping for the top ten list of top tenm lists. I'm checking every minutes!

A frosty pistmas to all!

No! No! No! They got it all wrong (5, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#17301910)

Tiger was released LAST year so it shouldn't be considered a winner for this year....oh wait, that ISN'T Tiger? Well I'll be damned....

10 Best VAR Profit Makers For 2007 (4, Insightful)

ReidMaynard (161608) | more than 7 years ago | (#17301922)

Thank You

Hate these lists. (2, Interesting)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#17301926)

Generally, I hate these lists. The usual response is, "But X isn't on it." Well, first thing on the list was a schnazzy little tool that I started using this year. Fantastic, awesome, Stylus Studio 2007. Rock on.

Re:Hate these lists. (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302052)

The big problem with this list is that it's mislabeled as the "10 Best IT Products of 2006," when it should be labeled "Ad Copy for the 10 IT Products whose sales force managed to sweet talk the analysts who wrote this thing enough to be included."

I've read enough trade magazines to recognize that the blurbs on all of these products come pretty much verbatim from the sales office of the respective companies.

This article is purely for VARs. None of the blurbs are anything close to actual reviews. Having worked for a company whose product looked cool but had major problems under the hood (due to feature creep and unrealistic deadlines primarily), but still managed to get great reviews from "analysts," I can tell you it's distressingly easy to get publications like this to give glowing reviews, even if what you're offering is either broken or primarily vapor.

Re:Hate these lists. (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302224)

Some of these products are pretty strange anyway. I couldn't imagine anyone buying one of these. Basically most of the things solve problems that no one cares about.

Re:Hate these lists. (2, Insightful)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302290)

Basically most of the things solve problems that no one cares about.

You are clearly not a manager.

Re:Hate these lists. (3, Insightful)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302158)

I will never fully trust a gui to develop another gui.

Re:Hate these lists. (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302330)

I will never fully trust a machine tool to fabricate another machine tool.

(In other words...huh?)

Re:Hate these lists. (1)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302534)

But, you should always trust a tool to be a tool.

I love Stylus Studio because it takes the bother out of XSLT design, and lets me focus on what I get paid for.

Re:Hate these lists. (2)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302746)

Especially on Slashdot.

Re:Hate these lists. (1)

hamburger lady (218108) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302736)

only a ninja can kill another ninja.

Re:Hate these lists. (3, Funny)

Moofie (22272) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303034)

Pirates can TOTALLY take out ninjas because CANNONS!

BWAHAHAHA!!! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17301964)

OMG, it's like a million voices of anti-MS zealots all cried out at once, and were suddenly silenced.

And... not just ONE "Best of Breed" product for MS... but TWO!! Exchange 2007 wins "Best Application".

Also note the amazing lack of Open Source products on that list. Looks like you guys have to turn up the anti-MS FUD machine... people are starting to tune you out...

CRN drives sales! (4, Interesting)

mangu (126918) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302260)

Also note the amazing lack of Open Source products on that list


Amazing? Why should the lack of Open Source products in a site whose mission is to "drive sales by empowering VARs and technology integrators with the vital news and technology information they need to generate demand and grow revenue" [crn.com] be amazing?


Open Source is "Best of Breed" when it comes to generate advantages for the users, not to "drive sales".

Did you guys NOT look at the Networking Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302320)

NETWORKING HARDWARE
Server Partners File Engine

Based on Linux and Samba.

Re:CRN drives sales! (4, Interesting)

aegl (1041528) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302502)

"Also note the amazing lack of Open Source products on that list"

Two of the products on the list run Linux ... isn't that open source?

Re:BWAHAHAHA!!! (1)

Damastus the WizLiz (935648) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302416)

I wont even waste mod points on this comment. I think it speaks for it self as a highlight of fanboy trolling.

2006? (5, Insightful)

onedobb (868860) | more than 7 years ago | (#17301986)

So a product that will be released in 2007 is the product of the year in 2006? Now I'd defend Microsoft to a point, but this is absolute bullshit. Vista should not win this at all. It's not even released to the mass market yet.

Re:2006? (2, Informative)

polar red (215081) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302022)

well, ... technically the version on the list is already shipped. This means they could put the consumer version on the list NEXT year...

Re:2006? (2, Interesting)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302072)

I have to agree with that.

I've disliked the betas of Vista, and hate the marketing. But, I generally like MS. My personal thought is that Vista will be tepid, like Windows ME. I'm sticking with my XP Media Center, and won't upgrade my hardware for awhile, maybe the next OS will have something that will make me want to upgrade.

That said, to have a product on the list that is not even in public use is a little bit of a stretch.

Re:2006? (0, Troll)

benzapp (464105) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302142)

What a ridiculous troll. I love how you attempt to conceal your trollish ways with the quick cover of "But I generally like MS".

Please, oh scheming troll, tell us how Vista will be like Windows ME!

Re:2006? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302334)

tell us how Vista will be like Windows ME!

What did MS Windows ME provide that motivated people to migrate from MS Windows 98?

What does MS Windows Vista provide that will motivate people to migrate from MS Windows XP?

I'm guessing the list of reasons will be pretty similar, barring the underlying changes that most users won't appreciate. Vista won't provide me anything right now over XP much like ME didn't provide me anything over 98. In fact, I'm guessing Vista will create more headaches because of software developers, game vendors in particular, not properly writing their code to run under regular user accounts.

Jim

Re:2006? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302404)

Ah, but he is smarter then that, he never says that Vista will be like ME but simply that he thinks that vista will be like ME.

Re:2006? (2, Informative)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302448)

Would you care to check my post history first and see that I generally trash the people that trash talk MS?

But then, I generally militate against knee-jerk, and the jerks they are attached to, on either side of that childish argument. Welcome to the list.

I wonder... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302044)

I wonder how much Microsoft paid those guys to make Windows Vista one of the best IT products of the year?

Oh the cynicism...

Top 10... (5, Informative)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302046)

Nice, they put them on ten pages...filled with wonderful ads and other Christmas goodies.

Anyways, here's the top ten, Karma Whore, Beeeeatch!

WEB DEVELOPMENT TOOL
DataDirect Technologies Stylus Studio 2007

SECURITY SOFTWARE
Astaro Security Gateway

NETWORKING HARDWARE
Server Partners File Engine

STORAGE
Intel SS4000-E

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT TOOL
Compuware DevPartner 8.0

IMAGING
Minolta Magicolor 7450

NOTEBOOK
Hewlett-Packard Compaq NC6400

APPLICATION SOFTWARE
Microsoft Exchange 2007

OPERATING SYSTEM
Microsoft Vista Enterprise Edition

SERVER
SuperServer 5015M-MR

Re:Top 10... (2, Funny)

hey! (33014) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302430)

Ah, I see. They're from the Captain Louis Renault school of trade mag journalism.

Unbelievable! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17303058)

I don't know you, but I work in a IT company (we develop industrial control stuff) and haven't seen any of those!!! Not even one!
humm....

... and prices (3, Informative)

Browzer (17971) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303132)


WEB DEVELOPMENT TOOL
DataDirect Technologies Stylus Studio 2007
"Stylus Studio 2007 XML Enterprise Suite is priced at $795. Oak Park, Calif.-based DataDirect offers average margins between 10 percent and 35 percent. Seasonal spifs also are offered."

SECURITY SOFTWARE
Astaro Security Gateway
"Pricing is based on active users and concurrent connections. Configurations for as few as 10 users to unlimited users and connections are available. Suggested pricing for a sample configuration allowing 250 active users and 512,000 connections, including subscriptions and one year of maintenance, is $11,885."

NETWORKING HARDWARE
Server Partners File Engine
"Prices start at $235 per month for a unit containing two mirrored 120-Gbyte hard drives. The monthly fee covers installation, integration, monitoring and maintenance. Updates are performed automatically as needed. Configurations with larger capacities are available at a higher price. A built-in double-layer DVD burner lets users put up to 18 Gbytes of backup files on removable media from an easy-to-use push-button interface. To prevent user tampering, no mouse, keyboard or monitor come with the appliance."

STORAGE
Intel SS4000-E
"The SS4000-E is available as a barebones unit with no hard drives for $550. That's a beautiful thing for system builders that want to configure it themselves. It's also available preconfigured with four 500-Gbyte hard drives for $2,000."

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT TOOL
Compuware DevPartner 8.0
???

IMAGING
Minolta Magicolor 7450
~$2.5K - Froogle

NOTEBOOK
Hewlett-Packard Compaq NC6400
"Solution providers have a dizzying array of options for configuring a unique notebook for their customers. Specifically, the basic nc6400 (en362UT) starts at $1,199 and comes with an Intel T550 processor, 512 Mbytes of RAM and a 60-Gbyte hard disk. Meanwhile, the higher-end model nc6400 (RA264AT) retails for $1,549 and comes with an Intel T2400 processor, 1 Gbyte of RAM and a 60-Gbyte hard disk. All models feature a three-year warranty and weigh as little as 5 pounds."

APPLICATION SOFTWARE
Microsoft Exchange 2007
"Pricing for server licenses and standard Client Access Licenses is the same as Exchange 2003, but Exchange 2007 introduces the Enterprise Client Access License, which includes Software Assurance. The price for Exchange Enterprise is $3,999 and the Client Access License is $67, which includes calendaring, mobile device access and basic antispam."

OPERATING SYSTEM
Microsoft Vista Enterprise Edition
???

SERVER
SuperServer 5015M-MR
"The SuperServer 5015M-MR has an expansion slot that supports PCI and PCI-X cards, and it supports PCI-Express x8 cards using an optional riser board. It only has one 3.5-inch hard drive bay but will accept up to 8 Gbytes of memory. The server is optimized for and sized right for security appliances such as firewalls and VPNs. Supermicro sells this server as a barebones white-box unit for only $600, and fully configured units are available from distributors. A typical configuration would contain a 3.2GHz dual-core Pentium D processor, 4 Gbytes of memory and a 300-Gbyte SATA hard drive, all for less than $1,500."

If I cared (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302054)

the truth is Vista is pretty much the only game in town

If I still cared I'd throw a fit at that comment. Instead I'll happily continue to use Ubuntu on my laptop and OSX on my Desktop. Vista who?

Re:If I cared (4, Funny)

PingSpike (947548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302856)

That sentence was a typo...it should have read "..the only game in town willing to pay for a spot on our shitty list."

Re:If I cared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302858)

How is Ubuntu on the laptop? Does the sleep/hibernate settings work well?

I'm asking as I have the opposite configuration - Ubuntu on the desktop and OSX on the laptop.

Re:If I cared (1)

Junta (36770) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303330)

sleep works great on my R50, except with edgy they botched the radeonfb D2 sleep mode stuff, had to migrate the patch from dapper, which did it right. Of course, they don't load radeonfb by default, so my laptop without my effort would have used 5W instead of 500mW in sleep... But if not using radeon, I bet it'd be great without sweating it.

Can't speak to hibernate, I never need to hibernate and I use a dm-crypt swap partition, so I suspect I wouldn't be able to do it if I wanted too.

Vista security? (2, Insightful)

b3x (586838) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302068)

Is prompting you for approval every time you run an app really considered innovative security?

Re:Vista security? (1)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302198)

Innovative? Well, it "improves" on security by introducing something new (incessant prompting), so I suppose you could call it that in the loosest sense of the word.
Now, intelligent? That's a whole different matter. And my above definition certainly didn't answer just *how* innovative that change was.

Re:Vista security? (2, Insightful)

Damastus the WizLiz (935648) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302612)

Incessant prompting is not new to security. All you have to do is run a software firewall to see that effect.

Re:Vista security? (1)

Apocalypse111 (597674) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302802)

New to security? No. New to a Windows product, where the norm had been simply running everything with full access and a devil-may-care attitude? Yes. Smart? Still no.

The List (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302078)

Web Dev Tool: DataDirect Technologies Stylus Studio 2007
Security Software: Astaro Security Gateway
Network Hardware: Server Partners File Engine
Storage: Intel SS4000-E
Dev Tool: Compuware DevPartner 8.0
Imaging: Minolta Magicolor 7450
Notebook: Hewlett-Packard Compaq NC6400
Software: Exchange 2007
OS: Vista
Server: SuperServer 5015M-MR

Security... (1)

theGil (1010409) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302088)

Microsoft has put security first with Vista and has incorporated several technologies to protect the core OS from exploits.

Just give us a few months and we'll see about that...

the truth is Vista is pretty much the only game in (1)

TheDoctorWho (858166) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302104)

the truth is Vista is pretty much the only game in town - so very very true

linux, apple, LOL!!!

Re:the truth is Vista is pretty much the only game (1)

kev000 (1041720) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302526)

Yeah, Vista is a very refreshing OS... to people that have been locked into Windows XP for over 5 years. /agree It's the only game in town... to those who have been locked into Windows Me. In reality, Apple needs to be thanked for making the necessary innovations for Vista to win.
*********
Refreshing to the masses, but no innovation over Linux or Mac OS, just a replication.

OS of the year indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302110)

But it's not 1995 anymore!

BTW: Products 2, 3, and 4 on the list use Linux.

Well, duh. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302114)

This is a VAR mag, i.e. for resellers.

Every "best product" description includes suggested pricing, margin and contact details.

Of course in that respect Vista is THE product for 2007.

Tag: fix, sham, rip-off, Florida, Diebold, Florida (0, Offtopic)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302154)

Clearly a swiz. I mean, the Hurd isn't on there!

Poor choice on server (1)

larien (5608) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302156)

I personally wouldn't trust a server with a single hard drive - it's asking for trouble...

Re:Poor choice on server (1)

GrueMaster (579195) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303016)

Not necessarily. It's actually cheaper to strap one of these to a raid array in a separate rack case than to build a raid array into it. Also makes it easier to manage. Besides, rack file storage is migrating to iSCSI and iSATA, where the network storage systems are sending SCSI and SATA data through gigabit ethernet. I can easily see one or two of these small units in a rack full of iSCSI drives, running a large scale database. The internal drive holds the OS, and can be easily backed up to an external unit with ghost or partimage. Simplicity at work. The only think I'd be concerned with is the processor. Using a proc based on the P4 core technology doubles the heat output, and the Core 2's are readily available (currently playing with a Core 2 Extreme here).

Does this remind anyone else... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302162)

...of a high school book report? FTA:
"That simplicity continues through to wireless networking capability, which allows users to quickly and securely join both public and private wireless networks with click-and-play simplicity."

Consider the source (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302176)

CRN = Computer Reseller News. Of course they're going to love Vista!-- rolling out Vista will be a boon to computer resellers everywhere, because few businesses are going to bother upgrading the vast majority of their existing machines, they're going to replace them with hardware beefy enough to run Vista with most of its bells and whistles.

This is hardly an award given for technical merit. Vista represents a full trough for all the revenue-hungry pigs to crowd around.

Re:Consider the source (2, Interesting)

RobertCorsaro (903911) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302374)

I can't wait to buy all those non-Vista compatible machines for cheap!! If people really do adopt, it will be great fun for me. Cluster anyone?

Re:Consider the source (1)

WED Fan (911325) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302716)

Hell yeah!

I hadn't thought of that angle. I've been wanting a good rig for a new media server.

Re:Consider the source (1)

jmorris42 (1458) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303396)

> I can't wait to buy all those non-Vista compatible machines for cheap!!

Good thought. Guess I should probably carry by butt to Dallas next year and hit 1st Saturday for some bargains. I remember when corporate america was tossing all of their perfectly good CRTs because they had to buy crappy 1st generation LCD panels to keep up appearances. Lots of good deals for about a year.

Re:Consider the source (3, Interesting)

rudeboy1 (516023) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302876)

Post non-AC next time. Believe it or not, you have something valid to say.

    I would be willing to lay down money, matter of fact, I might, if they're taking bets on such a thing in Vegas, that Apple is just waiting for the not-quite-as-technical-as /. public gets a hold of Vista and cries out a collective WTF. I would be sitting on the king of all ad campaigns. This, to me, seems like the first time MS has shown it's underbelly, and Apple is sitting in a strong enough position to grab a MUCH larger market share, (maybe not majority, but a lot closer) if they are smart about it. Something to the effect of "here is what sucks about Vista. We have addressed all that with the latest OSX. Come buy a Mac... You'll find that after you've spent $500 on Vista, you're no longer saving money buying a PC over a Mac." But, you know, with some parketing pizzaz. Get that Justin kid back on camera and drive the point home like your life depended on it.

My opinion? Screw em both. SUSE strikes me as OSX without the pricetag. That's what I'll be sticking to. I'll be keeping XP around to run WoW. That's pretty much my OS lineup for the next 5 years...

Re:Consider the source (4, Interesting)

Omnifarious (11933) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303170)

Yes that was my thought after reading a few of the blurbs. The thing I was most amused by though is the percentage of their top-ten products that are basically special purpose Linux boxes. Which OS is really making more money for VARs? :-)

CRN Mission Statement (4, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302196)

From their Media Kit page: [crn.com]

Mission Statement

CRN drives sales by empowering VARs and technology integrators with the vital news and technology information they need to generate demand and grow revenue. CRN is the newspaper of record for the channel. For 24 years, VARs, Solution Providers, technology integrators and IT consultants have turned to CRN first each week for immediate and actionable information.


This has nothing to do with "best of breed" or anything like that. It's purely about MAXIMIZING REVENUE by doing as little as possible.

Re:CRN Mission Statement (1)

Marcus Erroneous (11660) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303032)

Absolutely! It's all about the Benjamins for this article, as evidenced by the Mission Statement. My favorite part of the article is "promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users." This isn't about helping or empowering the end user, this article is about items that will help you, the Value Added Resaler, to make money. These products are their picks to help you do that. And, having played with Vista some already, it will surely help generate revenue opportunities for this articles target audience.
Our point of view, looking for a stable OS that is secure and empowers the end user is antithical to these people and this article. I'm looking to set up the OS and move on, not keep coming back. But, there are plenty of bad IT shops out there doing small business support and this will enable them to fasten themselves firmly to their customers, like a tick on a hound. For them, this is the best OS. For us, it's a shame. Then again, if you insist on running a MS OS, call them to help you with it. If you really want to set it up and just use it, we'll put a *nix distro on for you.

Vista? (4, Insightful)

sasserstyl (973208) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302200)

Any such list that includes Windows Vista as the "Best Operating System" loses all credibility.

I have been running Vista for a few weeks now and it is nothing more than an incremental improvement on Windows XP/Server 2k3.

Given the resources of Microsoft, the worldwide importance of the OS and the time taken for development, Vista is a disgrace.

Re:Vista? (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302842)

Hey, don't forget Exchange as best app!

This Article Smells of Bad Cheese (5, Insightful)

twifosp (532320) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302212)

With advertisements becomming harder and harder to shove down people's throats, CRN has a solution for you. Clevery disguised as a top 10 list, we will include your product, written by your own marketing department, for a nominal fee. Be sure to include plenty of buzzwords and acronyms about how it will transform your life, but try not to include any real technical information on why this product is the best!

-- Jeff P. Realname

Re:This Article Smells of Bad Cheese (2, Insightful)

brxndxn (461473) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302266)

You got it exactly right..

CRN should be reported to whoever that government agency was that was investigating viral marketing. The 'Top 10 IT products' seem to be little more than advertisements.

wow what a spammy website (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302232)


Adblock Plus blocked 44 out of 90 objects on each page (not including referrer links or sponsor links!)

so >50% of each page is adverts and then the "article" (if i can call it that) is spread over 10 pages, i guess there is no dignity on that site

adding content must be so inconvenient them, at what point does a site go from providing a quality service to becoming a spam linkfarm ?

thank goodness for adblock and a hostsfile, good example of how to piss off a visitor

Re:wow what a spammy website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17303174)

Mozilla went nuts when I was looking at those pages, wouldn't respond, disk churnin' like crazy, calmed down nicely after closing those windows. Nasty...

Re:wow what a spammy website (1)

HoldenCaulfield (25660) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303180)

How do you go from 44/90 being greater than 50%?

Re:wow what a spammy website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17303388)

"44 out of 90"
"so >50% of each page"

You may want to relearn your maths...

Vista is the product of the decade (3, Insightful)

hypermanng (155858) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302236)

I mean, in the sense that they've been mucking about with it for at least that long. Isn't it Cairo, finally arrived? Something like that, anyway.

Of course, it won't really be all there until next year, so perhaps they're being premature in including it on the list. Also, it will indisputably be the product of the year next year in terms of money.

One almost wonders if it made the list this year so they can omit it from next year, when other OSes might embarrass it. Not to name any names.

intel iMac and MacBook (1)

boxlight (928484) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302252)

What, are you kidding me? The intel iMac and MacBook are far and away the best new products of the year.

Re:intel iMac and MacBook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17302582)

You mean laptops? What's so special? We've had those for years.

God Damnit Zonk.!!! (2, Informative)

ColdCoffee (664886) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302318)

I want my 5 minutes back!!! Sheesh.

Vista promises (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302408)

"new revenue generation dialogues with end users."

Ahhh yes, increased support calls and service contracts. Exactly why an IT admin would lovingly bestow such wonderful products upon those he is paid to help.

Worthless link bait. (4, Insightful)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302472)

This is thinly disguised link-bait from a site I've never heard of. Is there any special reason that it was deemed /. worthy, apart from the fact that their inclusion of Vista will incite a vicious troll war? To make things even worse, each of the 10 "winners" appears on a separate page to pump up ad impressions.

On the Notebook (4, Insightful)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302522)

I actually own the workstation edition of this laptop (the model from last year, nw8240). I think that while the specs (at that time) were top notch and could not be beat in a smaller package, the build quality of the computer is kind of bad. The casing is quite easy to break and is easier to look "beat up." The screen is also questionable, as mine had dead pixels and "yellow" spots after less than six months of use. The service department of my school replaced that computer's motherboard two times in the last year alone, and I am not one to put my computers through the rough.

Why aren't any of IBM/Lenovo's Thinkpad offerings on that list? I see that computer used more often than the high-end HP's in business anyway, which is well deserved because they are rock solid and last a really long time. I had their 760L from 10 years ago working until 2 years ago when someone took the computer and smashed it to the floor. And even after that it still worked! The same went for my Thinkpad 600.

If my computer's internals hadn't been replaced, the thing would have been gone in less than six months, which is unacceptable to me.

Color Laserjets, Compaq/HP, Exchange, Vista... (1)

jimstapleton (999106) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302568)

and no-names...

That sums up what they listed there, and it's pretty sad, when, of the stuff I do recognize, Vista is in the lead.

Laserjets? Sorry, waxjet offset has been out for longer, and looks better. You can get one from Xerox for $500 less and it will out perform what they have.

HP/Compaq? *cringe*, Never again. Those are some of the buggiest computers I've seen, and the tech support is second only to Apple in terms of bad experiences for me.

Oh Supermicro is on there, too, I gues they are OK, though I prefer Tyan myself... I've had better experiences there, but that's hit or miss.

Still, I guess I can't expect much better from a company that pumps out meanignless marketting gibberish throughout most of it's articles, and technobabble that only shows they don't quite understand that of which they speak.

They didn't have an OS category last year (5, Interesting)

SwedishPenguin (1035756) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302642)

or the year before that.
So it seems to me that this new "best operating system" category was tailor-made for Vista. Add to that the fact that Vista is being named product of the year for a year where it's been available for companies for less than a month, hardly enough time for companies to migrate, and it looks to me like a marketing puff piece written, or funded, by Microsoft.

Re:They didn't have an OS category last year (1)

n8k99 (888757) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303004)

Even before reading the article (ok, I quit when I saw that they put it on ten pages) I wanted to know who paid for the advertisement not that I expected to catch Kaiser Sozee in the act or anything.

Nice favico, CRN. (1)

Glytch (4881) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302792)

It doesn't look a thing like CNN's, nosirree.

Vista screenshot (1)

zlogic (892404) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302822)

A bit offtopic, but still...
The screenshot of Vista in TFA is not the final build and not even RC1 but rather some older beta. The "About system" dialog has the old XP-like icon instead of Vista's Windows Orb. And that dialog's side has an XP-like background.
The article's author clearly hasn't used Vista and probably downloaded the first screenshot of Vista from Google Images. I guess other stuff is reviewed and tested a lot better :-)

Given the magazine's intentions... (1)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302866)

Wouldnt this list be the be the 10 IT products best to avoid? Vista's on there(the "only game in town"), HP's on there(enough said), and the rest are mostly revenue generating devices that come in a box.

This article was FUD... (2, Informative)

huckda (398277) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302894)

nothing there was glamorous or would likely make any REAL IT person's top 50 list let alone top 10.
IT shouldn't give a damn about a .NET programming IDE for example...
and Vista...you can bet your sweet @$$ IT folk are NOT putting that in their top 10 list!

Operating System of the Year (1)

E++99 (880734) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302912)

OPERATING SYSTEM
Microsoft Vista Enterprise Edition

*Feels a sudden disturbance in the force. As if a million slashdotters cried out it horror, and then their frickin heads exploded.*

this is one really disturbing organization... (4, Interesting)

owlnation (858981) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302936)

This CMP lot are part of the United Business Media Group [unitedbusinessmedia.com] . This is a very well connected little organization. The Directors' biographies read like a who's who of British Industry. Fingers into AOL, fingers into banks and big insurance companies, fingers into major Indian outsourcing companies etc etc etc.

Of course their reviews may be neutral and may uphold journalistic principles.

Adjust your tinfoil hats to maximum shield strength folks this publication looks like the Illuminati UK Branch IT Monthly.

Stylus Studio (1)

oprig (701429) | more than 7 years ago | (#17302962)

"all calls are answered within 24 hours"

I've been on the phone with Dell tech support waiting for a rep, but never for up to 24 hours.

Biggest Croc (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17303256)

> With Windows Vista, Microsoft has refreshed the user desktop experience. While debate rages over whether the five-year wait was worth it, the truth is Vista is pretty much the only game in town. One may question whether Vista should be bestowed with Product of the Year recognition in the operating system category. But the product unquestionably brings new features and capabilities to solution providers that in turn promise new revenue generation dialogues with end users.

That is the biggest croc. This is shilling pure and simple. Either that or those CRN people are dumber than doughnuts.

Minolta!? (1)

nFriedly (628261) | more than 7 years ago | (#17303332)

I quit reading the article after the printer page because they picked a Minolta Magicolor. Those things have got to be the worst printers ever. To quote a coworker "Minoltas are shittier than lexmarks.. yea."
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