Lenovo ThinkPad W520 - mini review

High end portable workstations are a special class of computer.  The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 belongs to that class and in many ways sets the bar.  As a daily user of a ThinkPad W510, I was certainly interested in seeing and testing the new W520 to see what improvements were made. Keep in mind I don’t…

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Converting a ThinkPad T410s Optimus from Physical -> Native Boot from VHD

Like a lot of other folks, I’ll be attending the MVP Summit.  I contemplated which laptop to take.  I have a number of options but unfortunately the machine I want to take is my personal ThinkPad T410s.  It’s slightly over three pounds, has a powerful dual core i5 processor, lots of memory, a fast SSD…

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Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to the Lenovo ThinkPad T410

A friend of mine was having some issues with his R2 install.  He was trying to get the Ethernet and wireless drivers to work on the Lenovo ThinkPad T410.  The T410 and W510 are pretty similar so I dropped a test hard drive into my T410 and ran some tests. First things first.  Make sure…

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Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on a ThinkPad W510

Next week is the general availability date for Windows Server 2008 SP1.  It just so happens the 2/22 GA date is also National Margarita Day here in the US. I figured I’d better get this written and posted ahead of time.  Just in case someone wants me to judge a contest or something.  Grin. For…

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Driving Four Dell LCD panels with a single Lenovo ThinkPad T410s Optimus laptop and dock

About three weeks ago a Lenovo coupon came out for 15% off ThinkPad laptops. This combined with our stacked EPP discount put the latest ThinkPad T410s in my target price range. In addition to that discount, you can now order this machine with the Intel second generation SSD instead of the Samsung SSD drives previously…

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Springboard Virtual Roundtable – Migrating from IE6 on XP to Windows 7 and IE8

Deploying Windows® 7, but still running Web applications based on Internet Explorer 6? Join us live at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, September 30, 2010 for a virtual, interactive roundtable discussion on migration strategies, standards, and support for organizations moving from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8. As organizations deploy Windows 7, many…

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Office 2010 Tools and Guides for IT Professionals

Since Office 2010 went gold a few weeks ago, I’ve been watching for key resources I thought you should be aware of.  Now that we’ve officially launched, time to get down to business. The very first thing you should do if you haven’t already, is download the bits from the TechNet subscriber download area.  You’ll…

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Clear 4G+ CMU-300 and Clear Spot WIFI Hotspot Review

Last summer I started looking at 4G devices when Windows 7 released.  However, at that time the software and drivers weren’t stable so my experience wasn’t very good.  That has all changed now. Both Sprint and Clear have solid 4G offerings on the market now.  I wrote about the Sprint U301 experience last month. I…

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