three more installations of windows 7 – brings me to seven systems tested.

i did some additional testing on three dell desktop systems with the pre beta windows 7 build – fast extraction of the wim from dvd (i’ll need to time it, but i believe the extraction was around 10 minutes) and setup on systems with 4 gb of ram.  all these builds have been using either…

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usb 3.0 performance

wow!  last week i purchased an asus n73s notebook with sound from bang & olufsen and liked it so much i got my son an asus n53.  at the top of the feature list was the blu ray player, but having usb 3.0 bootable port in a laptop for windows 8 performance improvements is night and day.  i…

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lorem ipsum and another microsoft word trick discovered

I love my job – Friday I was introduced to the term Lorem Ipsum and not knowing what it meant I typed it into Bing. And then after reading a bit about it on Wikipedia – I discovered another Microsoft Word trick!  This is good enough to share with friends on Facebook, so I decide…

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daskeyboard!

mike verta was kind enough to remind me of a classic mechanical keyboard that can be ordered with no inscriptions on the keys.  i just ordered the das keyboard ultimate model silent which will help in learning the dvorak layout (no reason to look down anymore!)   i can’t wait to check it out and…

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windows 7 wednesday tip – winsat.exe

in windows 7 you have a performance information and tools in control panel that can rate the various subsystems in your computer.  the program that runs these assessments is winsat.exe.  it’s a command line utility so you can actually run individual assessments yourself.  for example i just ran winsat disk on my laptop with a…

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growing up

when i was really young, i watched sesame street, the electric company and zoom on wttw (pbs) during the week and every weekend started with the superfriends and saturday morning cartoons.  as i grew older, there was a lot of wfld and whatever channel 44 was called.  then the brady bunch, happy days and the…

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25 apps for christmas – client virtualization

before joining microsoft i was a technical trainer and part of that job was dealing with the constant “what if” questions that would come up in a microsoft course (“what if you created or deleted an object from two windows 2000 active directory domain controllers at exactly the same time?” – a personal favorite).  sometimes…

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the case of the two iexplore.exe processes

i recently noticed that anytime i open internet explorer, i have two iexplore.exe processes on windows vista.  in trying to troubleshoot this, i reinstalled a test system and was reminded in internet explorer 7 and protected mode we introduced a secondary process called ieuser.exe that “sandboxes” internet explorer from the current user security context.  since…

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powerpoint not required

two years ago this month i joined dekalb area toastmasters.  for the past year i have served as our club’s president.  today i was able to recreate my “icebreaker” speech the way i would have two years ago if a projector were available.  the title of the speech was “powerpoint not required”.  i started out…

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windows vista and windows 7 – shrink and expand partitions on the fly

first – even though you can use these procedures on a running, active windows vista or windows 7 operating system, if you care about your data, back it up – somewhere else – please!  critical personal data i synchronize it using windows live mesh.  now onto the tutorial and screen shots. my windows 7 partition…

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