Reducing IT footprint, 15 PCs at a time

What’s better than a classroom full of PCs?  How about 1 PC per classroom?  As backwards as this may sound, it’s exactly the promise of the recently announced Windows MultiPoint Server 2010.  The simple goal of this solution is to reduce the cost of providing a rich Windows PC experience by allowing many users to…

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Better Power Management in the Enterprise

The System Center team asked me to come and chat about Power Management and what we’re doing in Windows and across Microsoft to make it better. If you can ignore the bad hair day I was having, then it makes for an interesting discussion.  You can find Part 2 of the discussion here.    

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Tales of PC Insomnia

[note: An update on a couple of the issues mentioned here can be found in my follow-up post here.]  Sleep is a wonderful thing.  Particularly if it saves you energy.  Of course I’m talking about PC sleep (although I suppose it applies to your own sleep as well).  If you’re using Windows XP, chances are your…

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E-Readers – better for the environment than paper books?

A co-worker recently sent a message to our team asking whether an Amazon.com Kindle would be better for the environment than books.  Of course, with anything related to technology (and me), the answer is, it depends. My short answer was that if you buy a lot of NEW books, then a Kindle is most likely…

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Disposing of Dead Batteries? Not so fast…

[It’s been a long while since my last post – it’s good to be back!] I replaced some alkaline batteries in my son’s “activity seat” the other day.  As am I allergic to waste, I habitually test the batteries I replace to see if they really are dead.  As I’ve noticed before, in this case…

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The Rise of AV Power and Green TV

  When I first moved to the United States from England some fourteen years ago, my TV and movie viewing experience consisted of a 21" standard definition TV (with cable!), a VCR and, if I could be bothered to turn it on, a stereo amplifier that was connected to the TV.  How times have changed. …

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