Windows 7's XP Mode is CYA at its best

Quite a bit has been written about Microsoft's decision to create an add-on for Windows 7 to address one of Vista's most serious shortcomings - application compatibility. Dubbed XP Mode (XPM), this new feature will create a virtual...

04/28/09

Don't worry, Microsoft. 2009 won't be the year of the Linux desktop... nor will 2010, 2011, etc.

Since the turn of the decade or so, it's been regularly reported that every year will be the year during which Linux finally breaks out of its box and gains a major foothold at the desktop level. It hasn't happened yet. I don't...

04/22/09

Microsoft will/won't provide a public beta for Office 2010

Over the past couple of days, Microsoft has indicated that they will and will not be providing a public beta for the upcoming Office 2010 suite.  Is this an example of a misinformed public relations person at Microsoft spouting...

04/16/09

Is a Microsoft/Yahoo deal back on?

The Internets are running wild with rumors that some kind of deal between Microsoft and Yahoo appears to be back in the cards.  It doesn’t appear this time around that we’ll end up with a combined “Microhoo” or “Yahcrosoft” but that...

04/14/09

The economy takes its toll on Microsoft’s Live Labs group

In another sign that the current economic environment is taking its toll on everyone, including behemoth corporations, Microsoft has made a major structural change to its Live Labs group by moving about half of the Live staff into...

04/13/09

Microsoft on Windows 7: They did it right this time

>p>Although Windows 7 isn't released yet, I expect it to be a much larger success than Windows Vista.  I even expect it to be as solid and popular as the venerable Windows XP.  When it comes to their handling of the development...

04/10/09

Windows XP support ends next week; Windows 7 to allow downgrade to Windows XP; what?

In what appears to be a serious contradiction, Microsoft has declared that the company will allow Windows 7 customers to downgrade from Windows 7 to either Windows Vista or, surprisingly, Windows XP.  While it's a little unusual to...

04/08/09

Go green by conserving power with the System Tamer

As a CIO, I get a ton of sales calls from vendors promising massive savings if I “just give them the opportunity.”  In most cases, that’s as far as a vendor gets unless he has a really, really compelling story.  A few weeks ago, I...

03/15/09

Hate Microsoft Outlook Mail? Try Windows Live Mail instead.

I'll start by saying that I'm an Outlook-lover... at work.  When it comes to using Outlook on a non-Exchange environment, I've learned how to be very, very frustrated.  Between constantly corrupted PST files and a mass of other...

03/09/09

Macs rarely belong in the enterprise

For years, fans have told us that Macs are easier to use, result in less tech support, are more stable and have fewer virus issues than their Windows counterparts.  As such, some people believe, Macs should be the logical first...

02/19/09

A cloud computing primer

In the marketing world, new phrases are constantly created to sell products and services.  Sometimes, the word or phrases are clear and concise and other times, as is the case with cloud computing, the phrase may be concise, but it...

02/13/09

9 ways to go green and save green

Going green is all the rage for a lot of reasons.  Although some of this green talk is hype, a lot of it is the real deal.  There are a number of things that you can do in your business to easily and cheaply jump on the green...

02/07/09

Completely skip Vista and move to Windows 7

Hundreds, if not thousands, of articles have been written describing how poorly Windows Vista fits in the enterprise space.  After Forrester recently reported that Vista's business penetration is still in the single digits at 9%, we...

02/03/09

How to balance work and life

If you've been in the technology field for any length of time, you've probably learned that the jobs in the field aren't exactly of the nine to five variety.  These positions can consume you and take over your life, leaving little...

01/25/09

How to download the entire Microsoft TechNet library and take it on the road

Next week, I’m heading to a land far, far away to do some consulting work having to do with a specific Microsoft product.  While I am versed in the product, I still have much to learn and didn’t want to waste my time on the plane; I...

01/18/09

How to save money by converting your old desktops into terminals

As organizations continue to struggle with the down economy, “doing more with less” is a phrase becoming more and more common in the halls of IT.  IT managers continue to look for ways to reduce expenditures while maintaining...

01/11/09

How to switch to the Mac without losing your Windows lifeline

The ads are everywhere these days – switch to the Mac for a safer, more stable computing experience.  Many people have taken the plunge; some people have done so due to Vista frustrations while others have done so based on...

12/27/08

How to ease the transition to Office 2007

Although it's a very good product, there is continuing user resistance when it comes to making the move to Microsoft Office 2007. Office 2007's brand new interface, a radical departure from previous versions, introduces serious user...

12/18/08

How to use CD & DVD image files without burning discs

With the exception of the use of flash-based removable drives, the days of portable storage in the enterprise are numbered. Sure, there are still plenty of CD- and DVD-based products in use out there. Most CIOs jettisoned the...

12/11/08

How to conceptualize physical vs. virtual servers

Recently, as I was perusing the latest postings to one of the many listservs to which I'm subscribed, I came across a comment that I found interesting.  In it, the poster – a database administrator – was asking a question...

12/01/08

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