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December, 2010


December 30, 2010  3:50 PM

Holiday Diversion 4: Microsoft Research Goodies



Posted by: Ed Tittel
AutoCollage, Microsoft Research goodies, PhotoSynth, Team Crossword, WorldWide Telescope

Check out this TechNet blog: "Microsoft Research – free holiday booty." It profiles and depicts five very cool, free tools you can download and play with from Microsoft...

December 29, 2010  10:45 PM

Holiday Diversion 3: It Beats “The dog ate my homework!” Stone Cold



Posted by: Ed Tittel
data destruction and recovery

In keeping with my wont to look for and report on the lighter side of IT during that fallow period between Christmas and New Year's here's a terrific slide show from eWeek.com. Entitled "


December 29, 2010  8:34 PM

More Details on Windows 7 Troubleshooters



Posted by: Ed Tittel
complete list of Win7 troubleshooters, search for IE solution finds lots of Win7 troubleshooters, Windows 7 troubleshooters

In researching a vexing IE problem on one of my Windows 7 desktops, I stumbled across a treasure trove of troubleshooting tools that are readily available to all Windows 7 users and admins. I had never run across many of these, and am glad to have a new place to turn when trouble pops up and is in...


December 29, 2010  7:46 PM

Is the Windows 7 Tablet Frenzy Justified?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
do corporations really need oodles of tablet PCs?, is tablet momentum limited to consumers rather than corporations?, what's the "killer corporate app" that demands a tablet PC?

Wow! I just scanned through the Windows 7 news reports on Google, and found myself inundated with information, plans, and announcements related to Windows 7 on tablet PCs. Topics covered under this general heading include everything from rumors and reports of planned changes to the Win7 OS itself...


December 20, 2010  6:35 PM

A Windows 8 Prescription in Two Parts



Posted by: Ed Tittel
a great prescription for Windows 8 from Paul Thurrott, make Windows 8 platform independent and virtualize legacy components to keep Windows on top of the OS heap

Those who read my blog regularly know that Paul Thurrot and his SuperSite for Windows often provide grist for this particular mill. Today I'd like to point at two of his recent and stellar efforts in exploring how Microsoft can improve on...


December 17, 2010  8:42 PM

Patch Tuesday Follow-up



Posted by: Ed Tittel
December 2010 Microsoft Security Bulletins, follow-up on December 2010 security and other updates, inspecting the raft of updates for December 2010

OK, now I've been through the update cycle on all of my Windows 7 PC (all 8 of them), and have seen anywhere from 11 to 15 updates ger processed on each one (another item for Silverlight popped up later in the day, after the first batch came out). Here's the deal on the 17 security bulletins and...


December 16, 2010  4:55 PM

App-DNA offers fascinating Windows App analysis tools



Posted by: Ed Tittel
App-DNA AppTitude offers detailed application compatibility analyses, AppTitude helps control cost and timelines for Windows migration projects, AppTitude uses formal and exhaustive analysis to nail down all migration issues

In a fascinating phone call with Samit Patel of App-DNA.com last Monday (12/13/2010) I learned more about that company's Windows applications analysis technology called AppTitude, specifically in light of ongoing, planned, and upcoming enterprise-class migrations from older Windows desktop versions...


December 14, 2010  3:03 PM

Big Batch of Security Updates for Final Patch Tuesday of 2010



Posted by: Ed Tittel
17 security updates scheduled for December 2010 Patch Tuesday, MS December 2010 Security Bulletin advance notification, Record year for total MS security updates (106) along with a record month (17) in December 2010

Holy Moly! I just took a quick look at the Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for December 2010 (this is a temporary placeholder for the actual security bulletin, which will be released at...


December 10, 2010  6:11 PM

Search for the latest Wi-Fi driver leads straight down the rabbit hole



Posted by: Ed Tittel
down the rabbit hole with HP support, simple driver search spawns support adventure, where o where can my Intel Wi-Fi driver be?

When Alice heads off to Wonderland, she does so by falling down a rabbit hole, and experiencing a sequence of dizzying and terrifying transitions from top to bottom. I had a similar experience this morning, as I tried to find a newer Wi-Fi driver for the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN interface...


December 8, 2010  2:47 PM

Holiday 2010 Diversion #1: ARS Technica HTPC Guide



Posted by: Ed Tittel
ARS Technica offers December 2010 HTPC Guide, great source of up-to-the-minute HTPC info at ARS Technica, if you're thinking of HTPC for Xmas 2010 check out the ARS HTPC Guide: December 2010

For those of you who don't already know, I've got a bit of an HTPC Jones (that's "Home Theater PC" BTW). I've written a book with audio-video-PC guru and SilentPC.com site operator Mike Chin (

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