Windows Enterprise Desktop:

October, 2010


October 25, 2010  2:14 PM

Why my ISP sometimes drives me crazy

Posted by: Ed Tittel
how ISPs turn performance issues around on their customers, what Time-Warner says causes Internet delays, when one LAN using another LAN for Internet access

My ISP is Time Warner Cable/Road Runner, to whom I pay about $50 a month for so-called “Turbo Internet” service (which advertises download speed of 15.0 Mbps and a Turbo with PowerBoost mode that can take those speeds up to 30 Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 3.0 Mbps). Most of the time, I’m...

October 22, 2010  5:12 PM

Windows 7 Birthday Presents…For You!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
let Windows 7 give you a birthday present, look for Windows 7 birthday specials, Windows 7 birthday offers product savings

In my blog yesterday ("Happy First Birthday Windows 7") I observed the one-year anniversary of Windows 7's General Availability release. This morning, I'm starting to see...

October 22, 2010  4:59 PM

Happy First Birthday, Windows 7

Posted by: Ed Tittel

Today it's been exactly one year since Windows 7 was released to the general public — what Microsoft calls "General Availability" or GA. It's been a busy hectic year for the latest Windows OS, and it looks like Microsoft is finally starting to back itself out of the hole that it dug for itself...

October 15, 2010  7:54 PM

Windows 7 Family Pack Sales Now Underway

Posted by: Ed Tittel
3-pack of Win7 Home Premium lists for $149, MS Win7 Family pack discount only for a limited time, Windows 7 Family Pack now available

Right now for $149.99 (or $145 at Amazon, if you'd care to bargain hunt) you can pick up a 3-license upgrade pack for Windows 7 Home User. This...

October 13, 2010  2:34 PM

Biggest Patch Tuesday Ever: October, 2010

Posted by: Ed Tittel
16 updates in latest Patch Tuesday, 9 of 13 OS-related October 2010 patches affect Win7, biggest Patch Tuesday ever for October 2010

Gadzooks! I almost fell out of my chair yesterday, when I checked Windows Update just after lunch, as is my usual wont on Patch Tuesdays. There were no less than seventeen (17!!) updates waiting for me to download onto my production machine, and as I worked my way through my notebook (I'm currently...

October 11, 2010  1:33 PM

Selling/surplusing PCs? Replace and crush the hard disks!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
destruction is the only secure method for hard disk disposal, don't leave used media in surplused or sold PCs, risk of exposure costs much more than replacing used hard disks

I've been working on revising a couple of books lately — namely, the CISSP Study Guide (going into a 5th edition) and Computer Forensics JumpStart (for a 2nd edition; both books for Sybex/Wiley) — and in that context found this

October 8, 2010  6:35 PM

Great Audio from PC to Sound System via ZZcoustics

Posted by: Ed Tittel
great audio from your PC, hot blazing stereo sound from PC or player headphone jack, notebook, or portable player from ZZcoustics

Back in 2005, I had the privelege and the pleasure to work with Mike Chin (the guru behind and Matt Wright (a PC video maven who writes for sites like and on a book entitled

October 7, 2010  3:30 PM

Post Windows 7 Upgrade Clean-up

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Post in-place upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 clean-up, reclaim 1-5 GB of disk space after upgrading to Windows 7, safe to delete temp Windows 7 upgrade folders

As I was looking over the boot/system disk for my Dell D620 laptop this morning, I discovered a directory named $Windows.~Q that contained nearly 3 GB of data. Recognizing the leading $ (dollar) sign as a technique that Windows uses to hide shares and directories from casual display and access, I...

October 4, 2010  10:15 AM

Another Cool Boot-time trimming technique

Posted by: Ed Tittel
46% improvement in Windows 7 boot-up by turning off unused drivers, Soluto can take a page from the SysInternals drivers tab, SysInternals Autoruns helps optimize Windows 7 boot

I've been a big fan of the SysInternals stuff since the mid-90s, so it was with some interest that I noticed a recent update to their "ultimate Windows start-up management tool" Autoruns.exe on September 29,...


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