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  • Blog Post: Windows Code-Name Mojave

    In honor of the Blue Monster (and keeping true to the reason I started this blog), I want to talk about Windows Mojave today.  You might not know what that is.  I didn't.  I read about it online .  What is it?  Is it the latest version of Microsoft Windows (code named Windows...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 7 -- Shadow Copies)

    Did you know there's a time machine included with every copy of Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, and Ultimate?  It is not, unfortunately, the DeLorean from Back to the Future .  Of course, you don't need to be going 88 miles per hour to use it, nor does it require plutonium and a flux capacitor...
  • Blog Post: You Might Have Heard the News Somewhere Else....

    but here, you get links!  :) Microsoft announced recently that the next version of the popular Windows Client OS (CodeNamed Windows 7) will be called.....  wait for it.....  Windows 7!  The OS itself is still a ways off, but news of what is going to be in it is already being released...
  • Blog Post: What Happens in Vegas.... Gets Blogged About!

    I'm sitting on an airplane as I type this. An airplane bound for Vegas. We're headed out for a team meeting. Imagine that many geeks all in one place. Then, imagine the place is Las Vegas. :) It really is nice to get together with all my co-workers, since I rarely see more than a handful of them the...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 6 -- CompletePC Backup)

    In past versions of Windows, backing up your computer could be a chore.  Deciding which files to backup, then finding a good way to back them up often meant third party applications.  In Windows Vista, however, backing up your PC is a snap!  But before we get too far into the improvements...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 3 -- Volume Mixer)

    I am the first to admit -- all of the items in this series are not stand-alone reasons to upgrade to Vista.  It is, for instance, hard for me to imagine some business setting where the volume mixer would be the be-all and end-all solution that has so much business value that Vista is deployed without...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista -- Interrupted -- CodeName Mojave

    We interrupt this blogpost to bring you a breaking announcement... I started this whole series with a post about Windows Codename Mojave.   I interrupted my "Why Vista" series to let you know that Microsoft has launched a Mojave site .  You can find out more about the experiment there...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 4 -- Snipping Tool)

    Last week, I started a series of posts outlining the great new features in Vista as a list of reasons you might want to upgrade.  Today brings us another great new feature included with Windows Vista -- one I use all the time in the creation of these blog posts.  It's called the Snipping Tool...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 10 -- Instant Search) AND "Where've you been, Dan?"

    You may have noticed I haven't made a posting here for a couple days. You, like many others, were probably sitting on the edge of your seat salivating for the next "Why Vista?" post only to be denied not once, but twice! What in the world was I thinking??? Have I become so lazy I can't even manage a...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 9 -- ReadyBoost)

    It's tough to talk about ReadyBoost without some working knowledge of how the operating system deals with memory. That's why I am going to talk about it a bit. Basically, the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory -- usually referred to as simply, "memory") your computer has dictates how many things your...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 1 -- UAC)

    Today begins the first in a series of posts about the value in upgrading to Windows Vista.  I've decided to start out with a tough one, too.  I'm going to write about one of the most oft-maligned features in Windows Vista -- User Account Control (UAC).  Don't know what that is?  You...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 5 -- Preview Pane)

      This feature is so ingrained into my daily behavior now that I almost forgot about it.  I've been running Vista almost exclusively since fall of 2006 (beta).  Because of that, I'm having to rethink what is new (since it isn't really new to me anymore).  It used to be that I was...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 2 -- Windows Meeting Space)

    Chances are, you've never heard of Windows Meeting Space.  It doesn't get a lot of attention.  In fact, in the best traditions of keeping cool new features quiet, we've been so quiet about this one that most people don't even know it is there!  (Which must mean it is pretty good, right...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 11 -- The Last and Final Chapter)

    "The Last and Final Chapter" -- that sounds ominous, doesn't it?  Maybe "Windows Vista and the Deathly Hallows" would've been better, but I think a cease and desist letter would be in the mail tomorrow.  ;)  At any rate, it's been a busy, busy time for me.  We...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista? (Volume 8 -- Windows Media Center)

    I spent the weekend trying to think up some great business value scenarios for using Windows Media Center.  The truth is, I couldn't come up with many, though I did manage a couple: News -- you can watch headline news stories from NBC Nightly News (online, without a TV tuner) With a TV tuner and...
  • Blog Post: My Portland Event (again)

    One of the other discussions which occurred at my Portland event was around Vista.  As always, there were some lovers and some haters.  I started the discussion and then let the audience go at it.  And, as usual, I was impressed by the different experiences people had to discuss. ...