eWEEK Labs in Review: Thanksgiving Grab Bag

The past two weeks have been busy ones here at eWEEK Labs, with reviews, analysis and commentary on topics ranging from virtualization to fixed-mobile convergence, with an IT gadget roundup thrown in for good measure. Cameron led the virtualization charge with a review and slideshow of VMware's Workstation

The past two weeks have been busy ones here at eWEEK Labs, with reviews, analysis and commentary on topics ranging from virtualization to fixed-mobile convergence, with an IT gadget roundup thrown in for good measure.TurkETron.jpg

Cameron led the virtualization charge with a review and slideshow of VMware's Workstation 6.5 (which once again earned an eWEEK Labs Analyst's Choice nod), followed by a feature on cross-platform tools for managing virtual infrastructure:

Finally, Cameron weighed in with a bit of commentary on the state of IT in these (now officially) recessionary times.

Along similar lines, Jim wrote about planning for cutbacks in your IT organization. On a lighter note, Jim reviewed a pair of emerging tech Web products, including a brain-transplantable Web browser, and a new take on bringing presentations online.

For my part, I wrote about the speculation regarding Microsoft and Webkit, which, while rather flimsy, point toward what would be a promising new direction for the Redmond giant. I also called out traditional anti-virus products, the value of which I question when compared to proper system lockdown strategies.

Finally, I reviewed the flashy new touch screen BlackBerry Storm (and prepared a slideshow). I found that the device, for now, at least, falls a bit short of its iPhone slaying-mandate.

From Andrew, we ran a major feature on fixed mobile convergence--where cellular and landline phone systems merge to conserve your (relatively) pricey talk time minutes.

Also, Andrew took Google's new voice-enabled iPhone app for a spin, and prepared a slideshow to document journey.

Matt Sarrel reviewed (complete with illustrations) HP's ProLiant DL185 G5 storage server, and also reviewed MetaGeek's Wi-Spy DBx, with a slideshow to match.

Finally, over at Channel Insider, Frank Ohlhorst offered up a little bit of everything with a product analysis four-pack:

If you have a burning IT question that only eWEEK Labs can answer, drop me or another Labs analyst a line, or have your say in the comments section below. Have a great weekend, everyone.