Windows Enterprise Desktop:

March, 2011

March 30, 2011  2:04 PM

Interesting hunt for drive wipe utility

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Active@ KillDisk makes a decent free drive wipe utility, good free drive wipe utility, tips for proper drive disposal

I've recently finished work on a forthcoming book about phishing attacks entitled Cyberheist, and have also updated my CISSP Study Guide and Computer Forensics JumpStart titles in the past three months. If there's one...

March 28, 2011  1:30 PM

Another interesting update lesson thanks to Secunia PSI

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Easy workaround for Silverlight update failure: uninstall old version then install new one, Latest Silverlight Security Update Hangs "The Dragon"

With six or seven computers around my office at any given time, in various states of (dis)repair, I find myself devoting at least three or four hours a week to system checkups, diagnoses, updates, and repairs or upgrades. When something like Windows 7 SP1 comes along that number hits a temporary...

March 25, 2011  2:39 PM

Firefox 4 Downloads Dwarf IE 9′s

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Firefox 4 downloads blow IE 9 completely away, Firefox 4 first-day tally double IE 9's take (4.7M vs 2.35M)

Holy moly! Firefox 4 hit the streets on Tuesday, March 22, and quickly blew away IE 9 download numbers from the previous week. By the end of the first day, the count topped 4.7 million (ahead of IE 9's 2.35 million in its first 24 hours, as tallied in this

March 23, 2011  2:54 PM

IE9 Sets New Download Record

Posted by: Ed Tittel
IE9 launches at SXSW with interesting video, IE9 sets download record for first 24 hours

As of March 16, Ryan Gavin at Microsoft reported that IE9 more than 2.35 Million downloads of IE occurred in the first 24 hours following its release on Monday...

March 17, 2011  3:52 PM

Secunia Supplies Continuing Reminders of the Interesting State of Software Security

Posted by: Ed Tittel
analysis, and learning, keeping up with patches and fixes requires occasional thought, Secunia's automated updates don't always work for various good reasons

I run Secunia PSI on all of my networked PCs (which means "all my PCs," in fact). Every now and then, the program smacks me with forcible reminders of how interesting it can be for network admins to keep up with an ever-changing landscape of patches, fixes, and updates. [caption...

March 14, 2011  1:57 PM

Windows 7 and Restore Points

Posted by: Ed Tittel
change Windows 7 default restore point behavior, managing Windows 7 restore points, various ways to capture system state at a frequency and time of your choosing

In reading Michael Horowitz's "Defensive Computing" blog on ComputerWorld this morning (it's entitled "Windows 7 Restore: less trustworthy than XP?" I was reminded how things can go...

March 11, 2011  2:49 PM

Thin is In: MS Announces Windows Thin PC and More

Posted by: Ed Tittel
MS beefs up its app virtualization offerings and adds new Thin Client OS, Windows Thin PC lets legacy PCs be repurposed as Windows 7 thin clients

At yesterday's Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Customer Roundtable, the company soft-announced a beta date for Windows Thin PC (aka WinTPC) some time before the end of March, 2011. This is a locked down, small-footprint version of Windows 7 designed to permit existing PCs to serve as thin...

March 6, 2011  10:23 PM

8 Absolutely Free e-Books from MS Press

Posted by: Ed Tittel
check out these 8 free e-books from Microsoft Press, Microsoft offers reasonably useful and informative free e-book on Deploying Windows 7

Snipped from the MS Born to Learn blog for March 3, here's a screencap of all the free e-books currently available online from Microsoft Press. Yes, you read right:...

March 4, 2011  2:56 PM

After the (snow) storm, a flurry of hiring activity for February

Posted by: Ed Tittel
faint glimmers of hope in latest BLS Employment Situation, general IT hiring boost remains in the offing, NPR reports a radical surge in hiring for programming jobs

Finally! The latest Employment Situation Summary from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released this morning shows some welcome and long-overdue signs of improvement in hiring numbers. But although nonfarm employment...

March 4, 2011  2:39 PM

More Changes for WU Pending on 3/8/2011 Patch Tuesday

Posted by: Ed Tittel
More changes to Windows Update on the way, Pending Patch Tuesday changes to Windows Update may reflect post-SP1 issues addressed, Windows Update is going through more changes

Here's a tantalizing snippet referenced in the latest Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for March 2011. It's from KB article 894199...

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