Slimming Down Office Documents

Being a consultant means that I always have to write bucket-loads of documentation, and the documents tend to be rather long and include plenty of images.  Writing a 50 page document is not uncommon, not because I like to waffle (believe me, I don’t), but mostly because I need to include step-by-step instructions for something,…

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Converting Windows Error Codes To Something More Friendly

I can never remember how to do this, so I always end up looking it up.  Therefore, I am posting it here partly for me as a reference, but also in case anyone else finds it useful   Sometime the error codes that are returned by Microsoft Windows are accompanied by a rather cryptic message,…

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Ooops, that’s not right…

I have been asked twice this week if this is possible and if so how to do it, so I guess either the information is not readily available on the Internet, or the two people who asked me just couldn’t be bothered to look it up…!   I’m sure you’ve seen the below screen appear…

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Wallpapering your Windows 7 computer

As some of you may know, certain countries have personalisation packs for Windows 7 that are activated on during the installation of the operating system, depending on the regional settings you first set.  So, if you tell Windows 7 setup that you are in the United Kingdom, one of the wallpapers that will be available…

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Anti-Virus Software, That’s Free!

I am probably the last Microsoft blogger to actually get round to writing something about this… but hey, I have been busy! Microsoft recently released to the public their free anti-virus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).  I had been trialling the beta versions for a few months on a Windows 7 computer and I was…

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Best Practices for Windows 7 Migrations Using Microsoft Application Virtualization

There is a webcast this month that should be of interest to anyone interested in using application virtualisation, particularly if you are migrating to Windows 7.  The date of the webcast is Monday the 26th of October 2009 at 12pm, but be aware that the time zone is GMT-5.  To join the event, just click…

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Putting iexplore.exe on a diet

I have gotten very used, very quickly, to the excellent tabbed browsing feature that was introduced with Internet Explorer 7.  This feature was tweaked a fair bit for Internet Explorer 8, but the most noticeable change is that now each tab opens in a separate memory process; this really is great because if the content…

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Benchmarking Windows 7

A very common request that clients make when starting a Windows deployment project is that we must reliably and accurately demonstrate that Windows Vista or Windows 7 is worth upgrading to from Windows XP, especially if the purchase of new hardware is not part of the project; often, and logically, clients will try to re-use…

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Application Compatibility List for Windows 7

A very common misconception that I am hearing regarding Windows 7 is that Microsoft has removed all of the problems that Windows Vista had caused with application compatibility.  While it is true that certain features of Windows 7 have been improved/tweaked, such as User Access Control (UAC), there will still be many applications that worked…

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Greater Internet Dickwad Theory

I stumbled across the below picture the other day and I think that it is so true that it is worth linking to here   I have always said that it is amusing how big people’s egos (I was going to put something else here, but I censored it) can grow when they are cowering…

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