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  • Windows Tip: OneNote OCR

    Posted October 29, 2007 - 1:48 pm

    documents like the kind you typically find on a site like The Smoking Gun.

  • Leopard hacked to run on PCs

    Posted October 29, 2007 - 1:20 pm

    The cat and mouse game between hackers and Apple takes another move, with news that Apple's new Leopard operating system has already been successfully installed on Windows PCs.
  • Review: Leopard is an upgrade that roars

    Posted October 26, 2007 - 12:44 pm

    As with every OS X update since version 10.1, there's no single feature in Leopard that will force Mac users to upgrade immediately. Instead, it's the sheer deluge of new features that's likely to persuade most active Mac users to upgrade, especially since this is the longest gap between OS X upgrades -- two and a half years -- since the product was introduced. Sure, some items on Apple's list of 300 features might seem inconsequential, but if even a handful of them hit you where you live, that will be more than enough motivation for you to upgrade.
  • Apple's Leopard pounces on Tokyo

    Posted October 26, 2007 - 9:29 am

    The update to Apple's Mac OS X operating system, called Leopard, went on sale at the Apple Store in Tokyo on Friday evening, part of a global launch that will unfold around the world over the next 24 hours.
  • Inside Leopard: Spotlight

    Posted October 25, 2007 - 10:04 am

    Mac users upgrading to Leopard will find a different Spotlight waiting for them. OS X 10.5 refines the search technology in several significant - and welcome - ways. This revamped Spotlight can conduct phrase searches that actually produce useful results; it also supports a new feature in Leopard called Quick Look.
  • Microsoft, Turbolinux to push single sign-on

    Posted October 23, 2007 - 9:50 am

    Microsoft and Turbolinux, a Tokyo-based Linux distributor, will work on a single sign-on system for mixed Windows/Linux networks, they said Tuesday.
  • Firefox updates for Leopard

    Posted October 19, 2007 - 12:19 pm

    The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox, introducing support for Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' in the release.
  • Microsoft shows shaved-down kernel for next Windows OS

    Posted October 19, 2007 - 9:43 am

    The core code for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows OS is undergoing a rewrite to make it slimmer for use in a wide range of future products, including Windows 7, the OS that will succeed Vista.
  • Windows Tip: Fixing Group Policy Gobbledygook

    Posted October 12, 2007 - 1:18 pm

    A reader posed this question: "When I opened my Default Domain Policy in Group Policy Object Editor, some of the nodes under Administrative Templates were in different languages -- German, Italian, Arabic, and some stuff that didn't even display and ended up as a series of "open square" characters. Do you know how to reverse this so that the outcome will be english only?" Here's one solution.
  • Windows Tip: Enumerating local admin group membership

    Posted October 12, 2007 - 11:55 am

    Here's one way to list any local administrator accounts on a remote machine
  • Canonical chases deal to ship Ubuntu server OS

    Posted October 9, 2007 - 12:16 pm

    Canonical Ltd., the company that supports Ubuntu Linux, is trying to work out a deal with hardware vendors such as Dell Inc. to make Ubuntu available preinstalled on servers.
  • Unix Tip: Scanning your messages file for warnings: Take two

    Posted October 9, 2007 - 11:22 am

    Jared Still, Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist and author of "Perl for Oracle DBAs" rewrites the look4warnings script and illustrates how elegantly Perl can be used to extract and summarize the contents of log files.
  • Windows Tip: Running scripts using alternate credentials

    Posted October 5, 2007 - 11:48 am

    On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, you can run a program using different credentials than those of the currently logged-on user. Administrators often use this Secondary Logon feature to increase the security of their workstations by running as an ordinary domain user for most purposes such as browsing the Web and checking email. Then, when you need to open an administrative tool like dsa.msc, you either open a command prompt and use runas mmc.exe to launch the .msc file or you right-click on the .msc file itself and select Run As from the shortcut menu. But what if you want to run a VBScript script using alternate credentials? You can use the runas command from a command prompt, but unfortunately right-clicking on a .vbs file doesn't bring up a Run As option in the shortcut menu. It sure would be nice if you could add this menu option, but how? Well, where there's a script, there's a way.
  • Microsoft to patch Windows, Word next week

    Posted October 4, 2007 - 9:13 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will release critical patches for its Windows and Word software next Tuesday as part of its monthly release of security patches.
  • Tiny Linux hits the streets

    Posted October 3, 2007 - 1:30 pm

    A very small Linux operating system, known as Puppy Linux, has had a "major upgrade" after version 3.0 hit the streets this week.
  • Windows Tip: Web filter blocks unwanted sites

    Posted October 1, 2007 - 12:39 pm

    Peer tip about a tool that blocks unwanted sites
  • Windows Tip: Pushing out Group Policy changes across a domain

    Posted September 28, 2007 - 5:27 pm

    Peer tip about making group policy changes remotely
  • Microsoft gives OEMs five more months to install XP

    Posted September 28, 2007 - 9:47 am

    Microsoft Corp. is extending the time it will allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and retail outlets to sell PCs with Windows XP as customers continue to balk on upgrading to Windows Vista.
  • Microsoft blogger accidentally leaks Office Mobile upgrade

    Posted September 28, 2007 - 9:34 am

    A Microsoft Corp. employee on Thursday accidentally blogged about an upgrade to Office Mobile that shouldn't be available for another couple of weeks.
  • Microsoft's stealth updates stymie XP repairs

    Posted September 27, 2007 - 11:32 am

    The contentious stealth update that Microsoft delivered to customers this summer blocks 80 patches and fixes from installing after Windows XP is restored using its "repair" feature, researchers said Thursday.
  • Microsoft delivers Vista Ultimate add-on, delays others

    Posted September 25, 2007 - 5:52 pm

    Just days after users and bloggers raised Cain about Microsoft missing a deadline to deliver add-ons that it promised Windows Vista users, the company announced Tuesday that it is shipping one program but delaying 19 language packs for another month.
  • Microsoft releases SP1 beta to limited group

    Posted September 24, 2007 - 8:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp. released the beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to a private group of testers, taking one step closer to the anticipated official launch in the first quarter of next year.
  • Intel project aims to boost power efficiency in Linux

    Posted September 20, 2007 - 3:07 pm

    Intel Corp. plans to announce an open-source project called LessWatts.org, which aims to improve the power efficiency of the Linux operating system and applications.
  • Blog Insights: Windows update update

    Posted September 17, 2007 - 1:23 pm

    Did you catch the recent brouhaha last week over a so-called "stealth" Windows update, which apparently occurred without giving users the option of denying or delaying it? Here's a summary of what was being posted around the web.
  • Windows Tip: When the Clipboard Dies

    Posted September 14, 2007 - 11:43 am

    Windows Terminal Services is generally a solid platform to use in enterprise environments but occasionally during a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) session I've had my clipboard go all wonky. What happens is I've got multiple applications open and I'm cutting and pasting text from one program to another and suddenly I can't copy anything new to the clipboard. I can still paste, but I can't copy. This seems especially prone to happen when I'm copy/pasting between an application running locally on my desktop and an RDP session with the Terminal server.

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