Windows Enterprise Desktop:

November, 2011


November 30, 2011  4:35 PM

Windows Hardware Troubleshooting, Part 876.32

Posted by: Ed Tittel
checking recent hardware changes restores WiMax module to working order, interesting adventures navigating Dell's tech support offerings, mysterious WiMax outage on Dell M11X solved

I'm the reasonably proud owner of a Dell M11X (Alienware) mini-laptop with an i7 26xx processor, 8 GB RAM, and an OCZ Agility 3 SSD. It runs fast enough for me, and has enough horsepower to do everything I ask of it with aplomb, including some occasionally heavy-duty protocol trace capture and...

November 28, 2011  9:46 PM

Prowess SmartDeploy Helps Ease Heterogeneous OS Situations

Posted by: Ed Tittel
SmartDeploy solves hardware driver issues, SmartDeploy works well with heterogeneous hardware OSes and applications

In my previous blog "The Changing Face of OS Migration: Windows 7 and Beyond" I ruminated on the state of Windows desktop deployments in modern...

November 21, 2011  3:27 PM

The Changing Face of OS migration: Windows 7 and Beyond

Posted by: Ed Tittel
look for increasing desktop heterogeneity in the enterprise, wholesale OS migration and redeployment is fading from the scene

Last week I had the pleasure of talking to Aaron Suzuki, the co-founder and CEO of Prowess, a Seattle-and Salt Lake City-based software company best known for its SmartDeploy product...

November 18, 2011  2:56 PM

Extending worthwhile PC use beyond the in-house lifecycle

Posted by: Ed Tittel
donate used computers and components for a second life after the business lifecycle ends, The Helios Project repurposes used computers for disadvantaged youth

When PCs reach their end-of-life point within many organizations, the question then arises about what to do with them to achieve their responsible disposal or redisposition. In developing a lifecycle course for HP a few years back, based on HP's in-house lifecycle expert Bruce Michelson's excellent...

November 16, 2011  3:31 PM

A quiet, out-of-band MS Security Update: More Fraudulent Certificates

Posted by: Ed Tittel
another hurry-up Windows Update released 11/11/11, KB2641690 issued for weak or fraudulent security certificates

Remember the recent hoopla this summer about fraudulent master-level (intermediate authority) digital certificates showing up in the wild? Well, Microsoft quietly released another out-of-band security update last Friday (11/11/2011) under the heading of

November 14, 2011  3:07 PM

When Windows Turns Second-Class Citizen

Posted by: Ed Tittel
in the Apple world Windows always comes in second, learning a new environment means accepting ignorance

In August, I agreed to help out a good friend--namely Chris Minnick of Minnick Web Services--by tech editing his forthcoming book WebKit For Dummies. Little did I know what profound effects this decision would have on...

November 11, 2011  2:00 PM

Interesting Post on Windows 8 “Power-Smarts”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Building Windows 8 blog post on Windows 8 power smarts, try out the powercfg utility in Windows 7

As is most of the rest of the Windows-aware world, I've been following the various posts on the Building Windows 8 blog with great interest and regular attention. In fact, checking in on this blog has become part of my regular "keeping up with Windows" routine, and routinely serves as...

November 7, 2011  4:05 PM

Unsung “Best Mobile Technology Buy:” iPod Touch

Posted by: Ed Tittel
iPod Touch with iOS5 is a very capable Wi-Fi mobile platform, the iPod Touch with iOS 5 does everything the iPhone can except make calls or do 3G WLAN

OK, so I finally broke down a couple of weeks ago, and jumped onto the smartphone bandwagon. On October 26, my Verizon iPhone 4S showed up at the door, two days earlier than the promised delivery date. No sooner had this techno-toy registered on my household than my 7-year-old son Gregory...

November 4, 2011  4:10 PM

Check Out Nitro PDF Pro 7 for an Affordable, Simpler Acrobat Alternative

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Nitro PDF Pro 7 offers great features at a terrific price, Nitro PDF Pro version 7 ships

I've long been a fan of Nitro's excellent PDF products, which are invariably faster, cheaper, and more secure than Adobe's PDF offerings. On Wednesday, they announced their latest Nitro PDF software (mine...

November 2, 2011  8:54 PM

Windows 7 vis-a-vis Windows XP

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Ed Bott has a different take on the Win XP-Win7 crossover, Net Market Share shows different crossover point for Win XP - Win7 than StatCounter

On October 19, I wrote a post here entitled "Win 7, XP Reach Crossover Point." In reading over Ed Bott's recent blog on the same subject entitled "


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