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July, 2010

July 30, 2010  4:28 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials Gets a New Beta Version

Posted by: Ed Tittel
free protection for all Windows PCs, new Security Essentials beta offers improved functionality, Security Essentials beta download now available, Security Essentials offers basic

Last week (I'm still playing catch-up from my vacation from 7/18 to 7/28, sorry) Microsoft announced the availability of a new beta version of its Microsoft Security Essentials package. Described as a "

July 29, 2010  4:10 PM

Vulnerability in Windows Shell could allow remote code execution

Posted by: Ed Tittel
opening shortcut icons can also open a can of worms in modern Windows versions, scary Windows shell vulnerability

Thanks to Paul Thurrot's SuperSite for turning me on to a serious Windows vulnerability related to the same shell shared by "... all...

July 28, 2010  2:04 PM

Jabbering Onboard NIC Leads to D-Link Tech Support Issues

Posted by: Ed Tittel
D-Link tech support advises hardware replacement to fix driver problems!, debugging D-Link driver install issues, faulty NIC crashes Windows network, Marvell Control Program stymies D-Link NIC installer

"One step forward and three steps back" must've been the guiding force for my first day back from vacation yesterday, where I struggled both mightily and frantically to get my working life back on the rails after a blissful 6 days of vacation bracketed by a full day of travel to and from the lovely...

July 27, 2010  2:51 PM

64-bit approaches parity with 32-bit versions for Windows 7

Posted by: Ed Tittel
and 7, comparing 32- vs. 64-bit Windows versions for XP, growing popularity of 64-bit desktop OSes, Vista, Windows 7 hits near-parity between 32- and 64-bit versions

Here's an interesting table from CNET that reports on the 64-bit installed Windows base vis-v-vis 32-bit versions by OS for Windows 7, Vista, and XP: [caption id="attachment_952" align="aligncenter" width="516"...

July 27, 2010  2:35 PM

Windows 7 Sales Spike Higher to 10 Copies Per Second

Posted by: Ed Tittel
are enterprise organizations ready to adopt Windows 7, no signs of loss of Windows 7 momentum so far, Windows 7 sales jump to 10 per second

Just over a month ago, I cited reports that Microsoft's run rates for Windows 7 sales worked out to 7 copies per second in my blog "Windows 7 Posts 150M...

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July 22, 2010  1:45 PM

Take a challenge, take the family

Posted by: Ed Tittel
ensuring all family members enjoy vacation, making the most of vacation, managing a shared experience, working family dynamics

OK, so I'm on vacation this week and I'm learning how not to be at work most of the time, and how to be relaxing and enjoying my family and my freedom instead. To some extent, this is a challenge all by itself because I'm so used to hunkering down by myself in my office, immersed in a world that's...

July 20, 2010  2:42 PM

The Benefits of an Occasional Recharge

Posted by: Ed Tittel

Work. Work. Work. Go all day, deal with the rest of life as busy schedules permit, catch a few Zs, then get up and do it all over again. That's the typical rhythm of life for most of us working stiffs, most of the time. Every now and then, though, it's a good idea to make a break from the dull...

July 15, 2010  3:23 PM

Windows 7 SP1 Beta Released Yesterday

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MS releases Win7 SP1 beta, MS releases Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta, Windows 7 SP1 beta now available

The TechNet Evaluation Center released the combined Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta package yesterday. Check out this warning that advises end users to steer clear: [caption...

July 14, 2010  9:57 PM

Microsoft July Security Bulletins/Updates and Zero-Day Exploit Collide

Posted by: Ed Tittel
3 critical remote execution updates for July 2010 from Microsoft, July 2010 Patch Tuesday, MS releases 4 updates for Patch Tuesday July 2010

Yesterday was the second Tuesday in July aka "Patch Tuesday" so it also witnessed the release of the scheduled updates for the month and an accompanying Security Bulletin. Today, the Help and Support...

July 13, 2010  5:40 PM

Windows 7 Momentum Called Into Question

Posted by: Ed Tittel
enterprise Windows 7 adoptions still modest, Microsoft may not meet its Windows 7 sales projections, Windows 7 enterprise momentum called into doubt

Hey! I just read a fascinating ditty in Jason Hiner's recent Between the Lines blog for ZDNet; it's entitled "74% of work PCs still run XP, and they're 4.4 years old."...

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