The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

Windows 7


April 24, 2011  7:54 PM

Windows 7 sells 350 Million Copies in 18 Months



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Internet Explorer, licensing, Market Share, OS, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP

Yet, its nowhere close to Windows XP overall penetration of the global operating systems market (54%). Windows 7, in contrast, is flourishing both at home and at work. Microsoft cites an IDC estimate that 90 percent of corporations are currently in the process of migrating to Windows 7, and...

March 19, 2011  4:39 PM

How to Disable Windows 7 Automatic Update Restart



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Automatic Updates, Computer Policy, disable Windows 7 automatic update restart, gpupdate, Group Policy, microsoft, no restart, User Policy, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

How often have you sat down at your computer and your logged off? What happened you say to yourself? You log back in and Windows kindly mentions to you that it had restarted because of Windows updates. Well what if you had a bunch of stuff open? Yeah Windows doesn't care, it just reboots. Well I am...


February 15, 2011  1:55 AM

Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Capacitive Multi-touch technology, Convertable, DDR3, Dell Insprion Duo, Intel, Intel Atom Dual Core N550, Intel NM10 Express, touch screen, Wi-Fi, Windows 7

The Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet, basically its a tablet that converts into a netbook with all the bells and whistles, including touch capabilities!

“Dell is changing the shape of computing, with products that usher in new experiences and allow people to stay connected to each other and...


January 3, 2011  1:08 AM

VMware Workstation 7.1.3



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Linux, maintenance release, microsoft, Resolved Issues, Ubuntu, vmware, VMware Workstation 7.1.3, Windows, Windows 7

VMware Workstation v7.1.3 is a maintenance release that resolves some known issues. Its isn't a major release so unless you are having issues with the application, there isn't a need to upgrade yet. When launching previous versions of VMware Workstation you will get a notice stating that this...


December 20, 2010  8:34 PM

Microsoft Releases Security Essentials 2



Posted by: Nathan Simon
heuristics, inspect traffic, major release, Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0, MSE 2, Pulse, Windows 7, Windows Firewall Integration, Windows XP

Microsoft released v.2 of their antivirus application, unannounced, not sure why. Maybe it wasn't a major release to them, but when you change the primary number, from 1 to 2, I would consider that a major release! I first learned about it off my iPhone via


December 2, 2010  1:35 PM

IPv4 Addresses to run out in weeks



Posted by: Nathan Simon
address blocks, Cisco, Cisco Press, IANA, ICANN, internet addresses, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, IP, IPv4, IPv6, microsoft, Windows 7

What? Is this true? Will we actually have to start learning IPv6? Well that is definitely what its starting to look like. Based on the below information there are only 7 blocks left.

Yesterday, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA, part of ICANN), allocated two blocks of 16.8...


November 5, 2010  12:07 PM

Windows Memory Management and Process Explorer



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Developer's Conference, Process Explorer, Server 2008, sysinternals, Task Manager, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

You think you know Task Manager, but do you really understand what is going on with all those numbers and columns? Over at Sysinternals Live you can watch Mark in an on-demand 2010 Professional Developer's Conference. Check it out


October 27, 2010  12:45 PM

Download Speed in the IE9 Download Manager



Posted by: Nathan Simon
ie 9 download manager, IE9, ie9 download speed, Internet Explorer 9, microsoft, Windows 7, Windows Vista

Here is a short but sweet one, a lot of people have been asking me, "How to check the actual download speed of downloads using Internet Explorer 9". I myself love watching download speeds, the more numbers flying around the better, kind of like instant gratification. Anyways onto the answer, just...


October 21, 2010  5:29 PM

Image Resizer 2.1.1 Release



Posted by: Nathan Simon
64-bit, Image Resizer, image resizing, microsoft, resize image, right-click image resize, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Hey eveyone, there is a new release of Image Resizer, v2.1.1 If you guys do not know what this is, its a clone of the Windows XP Power Toy, right click on a picture and resize, its that easy. Release Notes This is a clone of the Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP -- a PowerToy that allows...


October 13, 2010  2:36 AM

VMware Converter 4.3



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Hyper-V R1, Hyper-V R2, IPv6, new version, Server 2008 R2, VCB, vCenter, vmware, VMware Converter 4.3, VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3, vsphere, Windows 7

VMware Converter was released Aug 20th 2010. There are some new features and functions, yet there are some discontinued features. See below. What's New The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 includes the following new functionality:  •Support for VMware vSphere 4.1 as...


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