Tech Strategy Trends:

September, 2009


September 26, 2009  11:30 PM

Virtual Roundtable: Windows 7 Application Compatibility- Virtualization

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This past week Microsoft's Springboard Series hosted another live virtual roundtable presentation. The sessions, hosted by Mark Russinovich, provide IT pros with an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts- including Microsoft internal resources, Microsoft MVP's, and customers. This...

September 23, 2009  11:22 PM

Decison Time: Upgrade the OS or the Whole PC?

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October 22 is right around the corner- which means Windows 7 will be officially unleashed on the general public. Unlike its much-maligned predecessor, Windows Vista, Windows 7 has garnered virtually universal praise. If you are still hanging on (with a 'from my cold, dead hands' python-style...


September 22, 2009  10:27 PM

Rumor of Microsoft ‘Courier’ Booklet Device

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I know what I'm asking Santa for this Christmas! The Microsoft Courier is little more than a vague rumor- like the Apple tablet that the world is waiting so...


September 22, 2009  10:15 PM

System Restore With a View

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I am a fan of System Restore. You know when you call tech support and they ask silly questions like 'are you sure the device is plugged in?' or 'have you rebooted it?'? Well- 'have you restored your...


September 20, 2009  8:52 PM

Making Use of the Windows Key

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Apple has the Apple Key. So, at some point way back when Microsoft decided that they needed to follow suit and include a Windows Key on the PC keyboards. The problem was that they never seemed to really figure out *why* they needed a Windows Key (aside from emulating features from...


September 19, 2009  10:03 PM

Windows 7 HomeGroups Simplify Home Networking

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Networking home computers and sharing resources like files and printers has been possible in some way, shape, or form pretty much since Windows has existed. Microsoft has made great progress with Windows XP and Windows Vista, but for many users home networking is still part skill, and part blind...


September 15, 2009  7:11 PM

Windows 7 Libraries

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At first glance, Libraries may seem like Microsoft just arbitrarily decided to rename Folders in Windows 7. Once you understand Libraries though you will see how much more powerful they are than Folders and how they will make your life easier. A Folder is a container. It holds files. A Library...


September 13, 2009  10:37 PM

Managing Passwords with Credential Manager

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Passwords. Users have a lot of them. Surveys have said that the average user has to maintain between 6 and 8 sets of username/password credentials. I think that seems quite low. I have my Windows password. I have passwords for 2 different banks. I have passwords for various creditors and...


September 6, 2009  10:50 PM

Simplified Device Management with Device Stage

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I remember way back (I mean WAY BACK) in the early Windows days, like Windows 3.1 running on DOS 5.0, what a joy it was to deal with hardware devices. Adding hardware required an understanding of arcane, dark magic known as IRQ's and DMA's and conflicts between devices had to be resolved manually...


September 1, 2009  10:45 PM

Optimize Windows 7 with MDOP

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As enterprises begin to examine deploying Windows 7 there are a variety of challenges IT administrators may face. Microsoft provides a variety of tools to help make deployment and management as smooth as possible such as MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) You can learn how to use MDOP...


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