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September 29, 2014  7:50 AM

Could MS Be Getting “Ready to Rumble?”

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

OK, so maybe I've been reading too much science fiction lately, and perhaps I'm seeing patterns where they don't exist. But please: ponder these data points and tell me if you can't agree that Microsoft appears more poised than it has for a long, long time to break out of its corner of the market...

September 26, 2014  9:54 AM

Free Forensics Tool Clones Raw Drive Data

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows utility

DataNumen is a Hong Kong based software company that specializes in data recovery technologies. For an outfit I'd never come across before, I was interested to observe a who's-who list of flagship customers for their software on the company's "

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September 24, 2014  10:14 AM

Piriform Speccy Worth a Look

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Toolbox, Windows 8.1, Windows utility

In trolling over some of the Windows 8 Forums looking for "interesting" Windows 8 problems, I ran across numerous references to another nice tool from the folks at Piriform (about whose

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September 22, 2014  10:14 AM

Ouch! “Zombie OS” Still Outweighs Win8 on the Desktop

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

Looking at the desktop operating system market share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com this morning, I couldn't help but observe that Microsoft's "zombie OS" -- by which I of course mean Windows XP, now nearly half a year out of ongoing support status -- still outnumbers installations of Windows...


September 19, 2014  9:10 AM

Enough Already: Time for a New Win8.1 Build

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
troubleshoot, Windows 8.1, Windows Hardware

Take a look at this recent graph from Reliability Monitor: it's today's output from my production PC and it shows a dismal reliability graph, with Internet Explorer leading the way into the cellar of late. Because I run enough other Windows 8.1 PCs, I know the problem is somewhere on this...


September 17, 2014  10:12 AM

Ack! Emergency WinReBuild Goes Surprisingly Smoothly

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Clean install, Windows 8.1, Windows installation

I'm not sure exactly what happened to my son's Dell XPS2720 All-in-One PC last week, but following the application of the Update Tuesday patches and fixes, the machine started flaking out big-time. The most obvious symptom was a set of recurring errors reporting a damaged or corrupt file named

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September 15, 2014  10:20 AM

Grab the Latest Sysinternals Suite (FREE)

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows Sysinternals, Windows tools

For those not already in the know, Sysinternals is the name of a former company that's now part of Microsoft that's long been a source for some of the very best Windows monitoring, management, and troubleshooting tools around. The brainchild of Microsoft Fellow Mark Russinovitch (whose praises I've...


September 10, 2014  10:03 AM

New Intel Graphics Drivers Can Boost Performance

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Display drivers, Windows 8.1

I ran across an interesting story on Neowin this morning. Entitled "New Intel drivers give up to 30%...

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September 8, 2014  9:28 AM

At IFA Berlin, Intel Takes Wraps Off Core M “Broadwell” Specs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1, Windows Tablets

The IFA took place in Berlin, Germany last week, where Intel took the opportunity to share a lot more information about its latest upcoming family of mobile processors. (IFA is German, and stands for "Internationale Funkaustellung" which, literally translated, means "International Broadcast...


September 5, 2014  10:41 AM

Secunia PSI, CSI, and Windows 8.1

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 8.1

In the ongoing battle to increase system stability on my production PC, I've found a new point of interest and attack in the Reliability Monitor log for my primary production PC -- namely,

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