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  • The Vista follies: Windows' tortured 2008

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    As 2008 draws to a close, Vista has returned to being a quiet failure as the world waits for Windows 7.
  • Windows 7: The Linux killer

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:31 pm

    Microsoft is finally taking Linux seriously as a desktop operating system, and it has designed Windows 7 to kill it.
  • Microsoft's '08 Mistakes: The Software Giant's Three Errors

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Even though Microsoft's finances are stable and its eyes are on the future, the company executed poorly in some major areas in 2008. Here are three Microsoft stumbles from the past year that will put more pressure on the company to survive and thrive in 2009.
  • Vista OOBE Part 4: Summary

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    Now that I've gotten the networking issue under control, if not exactly fixed (I still have to disable and enable the network connection a couple of times after every reboot), let me wrap up my initial experiences with Vista. Bottom line for me: little or no improvement over XP for my use.
  • Windows XP: The Microsoft OS That Just Won't Die

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die.
  • Windows tip: Re-using domain controller names

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    You have five domain controllers named SEA-DC1 thru SEA-DC5. The physical hardware for SEA-DC3 is getting kind of old, so you do the following:
  • Windows tip: Tracking changes to active directory

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Do you have trouble sleeping at night, worrying that one of your admins or delegated users might change some aspect of your Active Directory environment?
  • Windows tip: Running virtual machines from a compressed host drive

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Is it a good idea -- or a bad one -- to compress the drive on a host system used for running virtual machines?
  • Running Hyper-V on a Laptop

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Some tips for running Hyper-V on a laptop for doing virtual machine demos.
  • Microsoft to handle managing three operating systems in '09

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Microsoft's tricky balancing act in 2009 will be to phase out Windows XP while boosting demand for Windows Vista and building anticipation for Windows 7.
  • Find Your Windows Product ID

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Learn how to find that 20-digit number that tells Microsoft you bought Windows.
  • Vista OOBE Part 2: the horror, the horror

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    First, a correction: HP includes the Vista system disks in a special partition and expects you to make your own recovery disks. I still think people deserve a real disk, but I doubt I'll get anywhere with that. I'll leave that battle until after I fix the sound and networking problems with this system.
  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • Vista OOBE Part 1

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    I just unboxed and turned on my new (refurbished) HP 6560T PC running Vista Home Premium. Yes, I finally slowed down enough to let the Microsoft Vista steamroller catch me.
  • Another Microsoft bug revealed on huge patch day

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Along with its biggest patch release in five years, Microsoft warned on Tuesday of another potentially dangerous vulnerability in its software.
  • Review

    Windows Vista SP2: Second time's the charm

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:49 pm

    Good news, Vista users: Microsoft finally seems to be getting a handle on the Windows code base. First we learned that Windows 7 would not introduce any new performance hits. Now, preliminary testing shows that Vista is actually getting faster, courtesy of the upcoming Service Pack 2.
  • Vista SP2 Beta: More Efficient, But Not By Much

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:46 pm

    While toiling around with Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta, I took a look at a couple areas where Microsoft emphasizes better efficiency: The Service Pack Cleanup tool and a more efficient Sidebar. In my hands-on experience, I found improvements to be slight to the point of being almost unnoticeable.
  • Dell: We're not charging more for XP downgrades

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Dell Tuesday denied that it has boosted the price of what it charges customers for "downgrading" to Windows XP from Vista when they purchase new desktops and laptops in the company's popular Inspiron consumer line.
  • Microsoft issues mammoth security update

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp. today patched 28 vulnerabilities, nearly all of them marked "critical," in the biggest update since it switched to a regular monthly update schedule more than five years ago.
  • Vista SP2 beta: Nothing obviously new has been added

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 2:38 pm

    If you install the beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) expecting to see visible changes to your version of Vista, you'll be sorely disappointed. At least in this initial beta, all the changes are under the hood, and even they are far from earth-shaking.
  • Microsoft market share slip puts pressure on Windows 7, IE8

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 11:09 am

    The month of December has already been unkind to Microsoft: Windows and IE saw significant market share drops reported on back-to-back days and industry experts say these market share decreases will likely continue. So the pressure is on for Windows 7 and IE 8.
  • Dell triples charge to downgrade PCs to XP to $150

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 10:52 am

    More than five months after it stopped selling its popular Inspiron line of consumer desktop and laptop PCs with Windows XP , Dell Inc. is offering the systems with the aging operating system for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista.
  • Come See Me In Portland

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    I told you about my appearance at the first ITEC show of the season, so let me balance it out telling you about the last show this year. I'll be giving the keynote speech next Wednesday morning, December 10th, at the ITEC Portland conference. The pre-speech music starts at 8:45 AM, and the fun starts at 9:15 AM. Come see the (free) speech at the (free) conference. Admission? Free!
  • Microsoft slaps Vista SP2 beta on Windows Update

    Posted December 5, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    As expected, Microsoft launched the first public beta of Windows Vista SP2 late Thursday, making it available for download from both its Web site and through its update mechanism.
  • Microsoft slates 8 bug updates for last 2008 Patch Tuesday

    Posted December 4, 2008 - 5:58 pm

    Microsoft will deliver eight security updates next week, six of them marked "critical," to plug holes in Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and other products.
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