workshifting

i came across this blog called workshifting and have found a number of the posts thought provoking.  the first time i found it i wasn’t certain what workshifting was (they list “anywhere is my office” and “what we used to call telecommuting” as explanations) but liked the concept of this website (especially since i fall squarely into…

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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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best netbook so far

i’ve become a big fan of netbooks lately.  they are light and inexpensive and some come with reasonable hard drives (160 gb in many models) but up until recently i’ve had three complaints – 1) windows xp home 2) limited ram and 3) resolution.  both of these were recently fixed with the gateway lt series…

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did you know: installing the zune 3.0 software without a zune?

almost a year ago we had a portable media session at cwug (chicago windows user group) which was a lot of fun.  we had people bring their archos media players, ipods, psps and zunes.  when we talked about the zune, one of the questions was do you need the hardware device to use the software…

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pre-order a copy of windows 7 upgrade for as little as $49.99 today!

it’s a great friday – today you can reserve your production copy of the windows 7 upgrade for as little as $49.99!  the professional version upgrade is only $99.99.  not certain which version you’re interested in?  check out the pricing and capabilities here.  i have been using windows vista home premium for over three years…

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did you know: dynamically shrinking a hard drive partition

i’ve been running windows vista for over 3 1/2 years now (before it was even released publicly) and windows 7 for almost a year.  most of the it professionals, consultants and trainers i speak to feel pretty comfortable and knowledgeable with microsoft operating systems and many have also begun testing windows 7, but almost no…

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the case of the 2 iexplore.exe processes

in my previous post i was troubleshooting internet explorer and why i had two processes everytime i open the browser.  what i had forgotten is that i upgraded to internet explorer 8 and that we now use two iexplore.exe processes that runs at different integrity levels and then open pages and/or tabs in other iexplore.exe…

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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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how green is your pc?

microsoft has made a program available from verdiem called edison.  this free tool is available for windows xp and windows vista – check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/environment/edison.aspx 

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dan - checkered shirt, edward - white shirt, tie

my first day at microsoft (october 31st, 2005) i started with a couple other people.  that’s the day i met edward – we started as windows client technical specialists.  we went through a lot together starting at microsoft – we both hold the record of the shortest time with a manager – 1 day (our…

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