What is a “experience-targeted cloud OS” anyway???

According to Dell’s Doug Anston, his group is researching an “experience-targeted cloud OS” like Google Chrome OS for their line of products.  Go for it Doug, I would expect you to.  He also goes on to say “alternative operating systems continue to evolve, flourish and prosper”. I really don’t know what his definition of flourish and…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta Now Available!

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available in the near future. Are you thinking about deploying these new operating systems? Get a head start with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 Beta. Over 680,000 Microsoft customers and partners including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Continental Airlines, and Banque de Luxembourg have already downloaded and…


Want to do a Windows 7 Loadfest? Contact me today !!!

If you are in Austin, San Antonio, Houston or Louisiana and want to do a Windows 7 Loadfest at your user group meeting, please contact me for scheduling the event.  I’ll bring a stack of Windows 7 RC disks and we’ll go through the process of installing the operating system on the machines you bring. …


What is the best developer laptop on the planet, and why?

I’ve been discussing various aspects of the developer world with Andrew Kass lately and as you know I am not short on opinion.  So I thought I would ask you a couple of questions.  I know a lot of you are either developers, used to be developers, or know and have to deal with developers. …

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What happened to OneCare?

OneCare subscribers currently enjoy the benefits of always-on virus, spyware and malware protection, centralized backup to keep personal information safe, and management features to keep PC’s optimized and running smoothly. But a majority of consumers around the world do not have up-to-date antivirus, antispyware and antimalware protection. In hopes of getting more consumers protected, this…

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UCLA group discovers massive prime number with Windows XP

LOS ANGELES – Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13-million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize. The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm….

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Springboard Series – Windows Vista Performance

WARNING – this is a progressive download video.  It is not streamed.  Therefore the entire 400MB video is downloaded and played if you click the big START button above.  What’d you expect for 60 minutes of video? If you want to download the video and play it offline, right mouse click the following URL and…

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Halo Wars – still planning to ship

In case you haven’t heard, Ensemble Studios is shutting down after they ship Halo Wars.  This is a sad development for gamers everywhere but I guess it underscores the dominance of the special purpose gaming consoles over the desktop computer and gaming machine of the home.  Is this the beginning of the end for powerful…

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Cool Windows vs Walls Wallpapers

See http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2008/09/18/life-without-walls-wallpapers-for-your-pc.aspx for some cool wallpapers to cover your desktop.  Seems a bit ironic to me. 

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I am not the target audience

It always amazes me at the “diversity” of opinion on all matters inside and outside my company.  As you might imagine, not only do we scrutinize what our competitors are up to, but we are world class at criticizing ourselves.  The new ad campaign is no exception.  I started to see people write, “I don’t…