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  • Are You A Geek? Take This Test

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Here's a tip on avoiding "click frustration" when removing USB flash drives--and a simple test you can perform to tell whether you're a geek or not.
  • End Office and Windows annoyances

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:34 pm

    What do Outlook, Office, and Windows have in common--other than they're from Microsoft? They can sure be annoying. This week I've got a handful of tips for dealing with some of the hassle--like weird attachments, messy e-mail quotes, confounding file formats, and lost Windows passwords.
  • Shameful Admissions: I Kind Of Like The New Microsoft "I'm A PC" Ads

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 10:14 am

    Am I a pawn of Microsoft's crack advertising team? Should I just turn in all my Apple products and apologize to Steve Jobs now?
  • Troubleshooting Messages Stuck in Outbox

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 7:03 am

    Are your Outlook messages getting stuck in your Outbox? Here's what might be wrong.
  • With Windows 7, is Microsoft echoing its Vista mistakes?

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    It seems that Microsoft learned little from the Longhorn/Vista launch and is setting out down the same road with Windows 7.
  • Peru to be first with new OLPC laptop with Windows

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 9:22 am

    The government of Peru will run the first ever trial of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association's low-cost XO laptop running on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, putting the nation at the heart of a software controversy.
  • Users Tell Stories at ITEC Minneapolis

    Posted September 15, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    Thanks to Minneapolis for ordering nice weather for me, and for some attendees who were free with their comments and hard-won lessons. The more sharing between attendees in these shows, the more everyone learns.
  • Simplifying User Profiles

    Posted September 14, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    How to simplify your user profile so you can find things easier.
  • Ten fixes for Vista's worst features

    Posted September 12, 2008 - 2:06 pm

    The developers at Microsoft had some great ideas while designing Vista, but poor implementation turned many of those great concepts into lousy, annoying features. Here are ten of Vista's most irritating flops, along with quick fixes and workarounds.
  • iTunes 8 takes down Vista with 'Blue Screen of Death'

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Apple's latest version of iTunes crashes Windows Vista when an iPod or iPhone is connected to the PC, scores of users have reported on Apple's support forum.
  • Why can't I open Vista's cookies folder?

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    If you click Start, type cookies, and press ENTER, Vista tries to do what XP did: Take you to your Cookies folder, located at C:\Users\your logon\cookies. Except that the Cookies folder isn't there. What is there is a pointer that tells Vista where the real cookies folder can be found.
  • Get Leopard and Windows to play nice

    Posted September 10, 2008 - 10:56 am

    Although Leopard and Windows typically play well together, understanding some of the nuances for getting a new Mac to talk with your existing PCs -- or getting the best experience running Windows on that new Mac -- can sometimes be a little challenging. Here's are some tips for getting the best of both worlds.
  • Microsoft patches focus on Windows desktop

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 3:17 pm

    Microsoft has released four sets of security updates for its products, fixing critical flaws in the Windows desktop.
  • When Windows Update won't update

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 10:03 am

    When Windows Update gets a bee under its bonnet and simply refuses to work, the problem rarely goes away on its own and the exact cause isn't always easy to diagnose and fix. Here are some solutions to a very specific, very common, Windows XP specific Windows Update problem.
  • Converting Event Log Files

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 3:40 pm

    Three ways to convert older EVT event logs into the newer EVTX format.
  • HP to do it right by doing it itself?

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Or: What happens when you suddenly realize that your business depends on somebody else's.
  • Microsoft to release four critical patches

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    The patches to be released next Tuesday include fixes for a vulnerability that allows remote code execution in Windows Media Player 11 and for a vulnerability that allows remote code execution in various versions of the Windows OS and related products. The two other patches will address remote code execution in Windows Media Encoder 9 and in Office and Office OneNote 2007.
  • Twelve unnecessary Vista features to disable

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 11:24 am

    Vista packs a lot of code--more than any version of Windows ever--and some of it is just plain unnecessary. You can regain some PC performance by removing the 12 Vista features listed here. Some are shiny baubles that slow down graphics performance, while others are optional utilities that hog memory when they shouldn't. A few can actually be quite useful, though they play a major role in bogging down your PC.
  • Blogs useful for integrators

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 6:22 pm

    Normally, I don’t spend time reading blogs. If I read all those that I’d find useful, I’d never get anything done. Nevertheless, there’s some good stuff out there.
  • Performance improvement integral to Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8

    Posted August 28, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Fixing performance issues that have plagued previous versions of its Windows client OS and Internet Explorer (IE) browser are key development goals for the next versions of those products, Microsoft has revealed in company blogs.
  • Microsoft warns of IE8 lock-in with XP SP3

    Posted August 28, 2008 - 12:58 pm

    Microsoft Corp. yesterday warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they won't be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) under some circumstances.
  • Recording All Activity on a Server

    Posted August 27, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Ever wanted to record everything anyone does while logged on to your server? Here's a product that can help you do just that.
  • Microsoft tweaks anti-piracy check for Windows XP

    Posted August 26, 2008 - 8:21 pm

    Microsoft has updated software that verifies whether a copy of Windows is genuine in its Windows XP Professional edition, making it similar to the notification in Windows Vista and thus more persistently visible to users.
  • Researcher warns of Vista vulnerabilities

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    A New Zealand security researcher is exploring several scenarios in which Windows Vista could be attacked and warns more protection is needed for users.
  • Vista may still have its day

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    What do we know about Vista? That home users hate it, businesses are uninstalling it, and still it will be more popular at the end of this year than Windows XP was at a similar juncture -- with 28% of the PC operating system installed base worldwide, vs. 22% for XP at the end of 2003.
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