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Windows Vista and Office 2007 News and Tips

Here are some news items, tips, and tweaks for Windows Vista.

Windows Vista services that can be disabled One of the most effective ways to secure a Windows Vista workstation is to turn off the unnecessary services. This reference sheet lists all of the Windows Vista services, describes each one’s function, says whether you can safely disable it, and outlines what will happen if you do. The list assumes the machine is running Windows Vista Ultimate (some of the services that are listed won’t be available in other versions of Vista) in a corporate network environment and that the company is not using smart cards.

100 things you should know about Microsoft Office 2007 Don’t have time to sit down and read an exhaustive description of Office 2007′s most significant new features? Take a spin through this collection of “10 things” lists, which provide a concise and targeted view of the biggest changes, surprises, and enhancements in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

Shopping for Windows Vista software and drivers We’re just now approaching the five-month mark since Windows Vista was officially released. So it’s at this point that you would expect to find an abundance of software and device drivers on the market that are specifically designed for Windows Vista. Here’s a guide to finding some of those products. A great site to check for Windows Vista drivers is RadarSync.

10 key enhancements in Excel 2007 Given the learning hurdle that comes with an entirely revamped (albeit improved) user interface, Excel 2007 must offer significant enhancements to encourage you to upgrade. Herewith, my top 10. You can download all ten as a PDF here.

Here are the latest news items concerning Windows Vista from Google.

Here are the latest news items about Office 2007 from Google.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - June 26, 2007 at 6:37 pm

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WOW Addons and Vista

Have seen quite a few searches by people having problems running World of Warcraft while running under Windows Vista, so I am dedicating a post just for that. They mostly concern running world of warcraft mods and addons.

From all that I have read, if WOW is installed in your program files folder, it can cause problems with Windows Vista because of some caching that can mess it up. For best results, install WOW outside of your program files folder. Also, make sure the addons are still enabled in the Blizzard UI by clicking on the addons button.

It should not matter what your OS is, this should have no affect on your addons or other WOW mods, unless you have had to re-install them. As you may have noticed using Windows XP, when you use the Windows zip program, the default behavior is to expand the files into a folder of the same name. So, if you are extracting a folder called CT Raid, it will actually extract it into another folder called CT Raid. So, if WOW is looking inside the CT Raid folder, it will only see another folder called CT Raid, it will not see any of the required files. So, this could be part of the problem users are having. When installing addons, it would probably be best to extract the zip files into My Documents and then copy over the actual folder with the programs to the addons folder, thus avoiding any of the extra folders.

There are also some issues posted on the WOW Forums concerning Windows Vista:

Vista may do a few things that are out of the ordinary when you installed it in the C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files (x86) folders – it may either not apply your settings or it won’t delete them properly.

* Resetting settings or settings that does not apply properly – Vista may deny you write access from the World of Warcraft folder if it is installed in the Program Files folder. You can remedy this by either right-clicking the game and selecting “Run as administrator” or to move it outside of the Program Files folder.

* Settings and mods that won’t stay deleted – If you installed the game in the Program Files folder, Vista may redirect the game to look in another set of folders: c:\Users\\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\World of Warcraft\
It will save all of your custom configurations there instead of the C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft folder. You can delete your settings by going to the folder above or moving the game outside of the World of Warcraft folder. Source: Windows Vista from the WOW Forums

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - June 18, 2007 at 3:09 pm

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Todays Tech 5/24/2007

Here are some of the latest technology stories floating around the internet today.

Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs Initial word was that the Dell PCs would go on sale this weekend. A representative for Wal-Mart on Thursday morning said that the PCs are slated to be in stores on June 10, with two models each offered in a bundle priced below $700. Details on the PCs were not provided. Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart Canada stores will carry different models.

Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they’ve purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM (digital rights management) technologies are too restrictive.

This is crazy. I can’t believe I just posted a story that said users MAY get the right to copy their OWN property. The movie and music industries suck and they are killing it all by themselves.

Flexible, full-color OLED On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world?s first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology. OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony researchers developed new technology for forming organic TFT on a plastic substrate, enabling them to create a thin, lightweight and flexible full-color display.

Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04 Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook. These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today. Starting price for the E520n desktop and the E1505n notebook is $599; the XPS 410n starts at $849.

Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find? Some “script kiddie” tricks still work after all: Take the first 8 digits of a standard 16-digit credit card number. Search for them on Google in “nnnn nnnn” form. Since the 8-digit prefix of a given card number is often shared with many other cards, about 1/4 of credit card numbers in my random test, turned up pages that included other credit card numbers, and about 1 in 10 turned up a “treasure trove” of card numbers that were exposed through someone’s sloppily written Web app.

DOG (Distrust/Disdain of Google) moves in Me? Google is too secretive. Too unwilling to engage. Too aloof. Oh, and Eric Schmidt, Google?s CEO, has lost touch with how normal people think (if these quotes are correct, and that?s a big ?if?). If they are correct I think it?s evidence that he?s been hanging around too many advertising execs lately. Their goal is to put impulses into your mind so you take certain actions (like buy Diet Coke instead of Diet Pepsi). Believe it or not advertising execs talk like that. So, when Eric is reported to have said, during a visit to Britain this week: ?The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask the question such as ?What shall I do tomorrow?? and ?What job shall I take??? we all get a little freaked out. We don?t want Google to know that much about us.

Windows XP SP3 in the Works – Microsoft Confirms They have confirmed service pack 3, but the date on that article is wrong, according to Microsoft the release date will be 1st half of 2008, whatever that means.

Cyber Crooks Hijack Activities of Large Web-Hosting Firm Brian Krebs talks about IPOWER Inc, on of the hosting companies that was recently featured by Stopbadware.org as one of the largest hosting companies that are currently silently installing malicious software, as detailed here, Exposing Hosting Companies with Malicious Websites. Brian says organized crime is responsible and IPOWER says it was one compromised server run by another company.

Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test If you want to evaluate the ?evil? quotient of any company?s strategy/behavior, consider how you?d feel about it if it were Microsoft in the driver seat.

Vista no panacea for PC sales Although Microsoft has characterized itself as happy with Vista adoption so far?and Bill Gates said last week at WinHEC that Microsoft had shipped 40 million copies?the release of the new operating system has not resulted in a significant bump in PC sales.

Skype Worm Variant Targets Other Instant Messaging Clients Yesterday, I discovered what appears to be a new collection of “Skype Worm” infection binaries in circulation – it uses the tried and tested methods employed by similar infections over the past few months, with the ultimate payload being the Stration Worm. Aside from that, there’s another little surprise waiting but we’ll get to that shortly…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 24, 2007 at 5:14 pm

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Windows Vista News and Info

Here are three great articles from TechRepublic about features in Windows Vista.

What’s new in Vista Group Policy? Windows Vista offers 800 new Group Policy settings, some are added features and others that enhance control over features carried over from Windows XP. Here is a detailed look at some of Vista’s more interesting Group Policy additions: access to removable media, power management, and User Account Control policies.

Restoring files with Vista’s Restore Files wizard All versions of Windows Vista come with the Back Up Files wizard that is designed to make it easy for you to back up all of your data. The Restore Files wizard is also designed to make it very easy for you to restore files from your backups. This article will show you how to use the Restore Files wizard by walking you through a restore operation.

Get more out of the Favorite Links feature Windows Vista is packed with new features designed to make everyday file management tasks easy, in this edition of the Windows Vista Report, they take a look at the Favorite Links file management feature in detail and show you how get more out of this handy feature.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 21, 2007 at 3:53 pm

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How To Get Ready to Upgrade from XP to Vista

Microsoft has posted a nice little summary to get you ready to upgrade your Windows XP machines to Windows Vista. It talks about backing up all of your files, as you should be doing anyway, of course you have to be at Service Pack 2 level, you need to verify the upgrade status of your computer, make sure your programs will still work and that you have enough hard drive space on your NTFS file system.

Verify the upgrade status of the Windows XP-based computer
To determine whether you can upgrade the edition of Windows XP on the computer to Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradepaths.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradepaths.mspx)
Additionally, you can use the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to help determine which edition of Windows Vista you can install. For more information about the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspx (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspx)
If you cannot upgrade the version of Windows XP to Windows Vista, perform a custom installation. (This kind of installation is also known as a clean installation.) When you perform a custom installation, you cannot migrate the Windows XP settings to Windows Vista. For more information about how to perform a custom installation of Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
933178 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933178/) How to install Windows Vista Source: How to prepare to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista

Some of the other KB articles you may have to visit:

308422 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422/) How to use the Backup utility that is included in Windows XP to back up files and folders

322389 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/) How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

933178 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933178/) How to install Windows Vista

931359 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931359/) How to determine whether there are program-compatibility issues before you install Windows Vista

306542 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306542/) How to use the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in Windows XP

314097 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314097/) How to use Convert.exe to convert a partition to the NTFS file system

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 18, 2007 at 6:28 pm

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Todays Tech News

Again, too much stuff to really comment on, so here are the highlights.

Aero and battery life First off, the Aero theme drives the GPU harder and therefore uses more power. But in the big picture, it’s really not that much more, the display on most laptops will consume somewhere between 15-25% of your power when you are running on battery. Nevertheless, in our testing we’ve seen that turning on Aero consumes only about 1-4% more of battery life. In terms of making your battery last longer, turning off Aero will not go very far while at the same time costing you some of the cool features that make Windows Vista fun to use, such as Flip 3D, taskbar previews, window transparency and so on.

Microsoft Details Patent Breaches Microsoft has given the most detailed description to date of the number of open-source computer programs it says infringe on its patents, but the company says it still prefers licensing deals with open-source developers, software distributors and users instead of taking legal action against them.

Facing the full horror of Windows Vista So far, Transit has been using Vista Business full-time for a fortnight. And so far, we’ve found nothing that works better than in Windows XP, dozens of things that are annoyingly different without being a functional improvement, and several things that work at best intermittently and at worst not at all. On the whole, we wish we’d never moved. Sounds like a bunch of whiners to me, I mean, come on, after one day they are ready to go back? Sounds like someone wanted some website traffic.

Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant Microsoft is making a new push in hardware manufacturing by building a factory in China to produce its Zune media player. The factory will produce a second iteration of the Zune, which has so far failed to impress.

Microsoft building a Zune factory The fact that you all voted the Zune Worst Gadget of the Year in the recent Engadget Awards doesn’t seem to be causing any hand-wringing in Redmond, as Microsoft confirmed today that they’re building a dedicated Zune factory in China with an unnamed partner to crank out the oft-rumored next-gen Zune. Probably because there are so many Apple guys on Engadget?

WinHEC 2007 has begun Uncle Bill went on stage 30 minutes ago to begin this year?s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. For those who aren?t familiar, this is the place to see the some of the coolest new hardware coming to the Windows ecosystem. If you must see the news as it happens, then go and grab the hot and tasty WinHEC Keynote stream.

Twitter Cloning: Tiny Blogs Bloom Everywhere Over the past few months, a flood of clones has appeared, imitating and repurposing the micro-blogging concept popularized by the San Francisco-based social networking start-up. People generally use Twitter to post short status updates telling their friends via SMS what they’re doing right this minute.

Sneak peek at Windows Live Folders Microsoft’s new Windows Live Folders feature still isn’t ready for public release, but the system showed up online briefly, giving folks a chance to see what the Redmond-based software company has planned for the future in online storage.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 15, 2007 at 6:17 pm

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Windows Longhorn Server and Vista Service Pack 1

Interesting post about Microsoft backing off on their statements that they are releasing Windows Longhorn Server and Windows Vista SP1 at the same time. In November of last year, Bob Muglia, a senior vice president for server and tools at Microsoft, said that Windows Server Longhorn and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 would ship “simultaneously.” This would make lots of sense because it is one source code base for both products. But, when asked, Microsoft has backed away from this statement.

Windows Server is the nucleus of Microsoft’s enterprise strategy, around which all other products?even Windows client?revolve. Longhorn’s eventual release, which Microsoft claims will be later this year, will likely set off major software upgrades, including Office 2007 and Windows Vista.

The release date of either or both products is important to Microsoft and its customers. There is a huge opportunity for Microsoft if the Big Bang theory proves to be true. If there is a delay in the offing, Microsoft wouldn’t want to say. Businesses testing for Vista deployments might forestall the process.

Then there is the enormous impact on other products. Many IT organizations will choose to take one bitter pill, coordinated Exchange Server 2007, Longhorn Server, Office 2007 and Vista deployments around the same time, rather than many pills over time. Hence, the Big Bang, and all contingent on answering the question “When?” Source: Microsoft’s ‘Big Bang’ Is When?

Now they say it is too early to really give a release date for Vista’s service pack 1, etc, etc, I figure, if it is going to be later than that, they won’t tell until the last moment anyway, they don’t want those shops that are testing Windows Vista to stop what they are doing. I never really did agree with doing a bunch of critical apps all at once, they only upside is you aren’t constantly updating everyone’s computer with software rollouts of the new stuff, but it just seems crazy to do Exchange, the Domain servers, the clients at the same time, sounds like you are asking for trouble.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 27, 2007 at 3:38 am

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PC Games on the Rebound and GRAW and GRAW2

It’s not all about consoles anymore. PC Games are making a comeback, personally, I’ve always liked the PC games better, for the most part, games like Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 and Gears of War are definitely better on the consoles, like the Xbox 360, but games like Age of Empires, Civilization, etc are much better on the PC. A nice write-up in the Nytimes, PC Games, Once Down, Show Signs of Rebound, that talks about one of the most popular PC games of all time, World of Warcraft, and how it is helping bring a surge in PC Games sales again.

Not so long ago, PC titles were the mainstay of video gaming, but they have slumped in recent years, overshadowed by a new generation of game consoles. Now they are showing signs of a comeback.

Most prominent has been the strength of one of the most popular video games ever for PCs, World of Warcraft, a role-playing online adventure game that now has more than eight million subscribers.

But retail sales of other titles are on the rebound as well. PC manufacturers and chipmakers are promoting the game-playing prowess of ever more powerful computers. And Microsoft has inaugurated a program aimed at making PC gaming more attractive, incorporating console-like features and easier online play.

Another thing that is helping is better online play, like with WOW, and Microsoft is integrating PC gaming into Xbox Live, calling it Games for Windows – Live. Under Windows Vista, Vista evaluates the computer and gives it a system score that they can use to look at video games in the store to see if it will run well on their computer or not, to help ease the frustration of being a brand new game only to realize it will not run well or at all or their computer. They are also allowing games to use their controllers that come with their consoles, using a simple $20 adapter, so you can use your Xbox 360 controllers to play a PC game, something I have been wanting to try out. So, the barrier to playing PC games has really fallen, helping spur PC game sales.

I just added over 100 Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Videos, as well as a bunch of the original Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, or GRAW2 and GRAW as they are sometimes referred to. Some are listed below. More after the jump.


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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 24, 2007 at 4:13 pm

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Tech, Google, XP, and Microsoft in China

Here are a bunch of tech stories for today.

Dell brings back XP on home systems Amid significant customer demand, the computer maker said on Thursday that it has returned to offering the older Windows version as an option on some of its consumer PCs.

How Security Companies Sucker Us With Lemons More than a year ago, I wrote about the increasing risks of data loss because more and more data fits in smaller and smaller packages. Today I use a 4-GB USB memory stick for backup while I am traveling. I like the convenience, but if I lose the tiny thing I risk all my data.

Vista, IE7 help Microsoft boost search market share In a rare bit of good news for Microsoft on the search front, web metrics firm comScore reported that for the month of March, Microsoft’s search engines saw their first market share increase in nearly a year. Microsoft’s search market share jumped 0.4 percentage points from February to March, giving it 10.9 percent of the total market.

April ’07 Back Compat Update April showers have yielded us a Back Compat update The latest backwards compatibility update is now available over Xbox Live (or will be very soon.) This free update brings the complete list of original Xbox games that you can play on your Xbox 360 to over 300.

Back to basics So we’re renaming Froogle as Google Product Search. We’re taking the opportunity to refocus the user experience on providing the most comprehensive, relevant results in a clean, simple, easy-to-use UI. Who cares.

Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Latest Ubuntu released, I may as well download this one and try it.

Google Video powering some pirate sites Google, already being sued for copyright infringement on its YouTube service, may have another copyright tempest brewing on its older Google Video site. The site hosts numerous full-length movies which are now being exploited by “guerilla” video sites; in essence, Google is one part of the engine that powers video piracy.

MySpace News Launches Thursday On Thursday morning MySpace will launch its much rumored news property at news.myspace.com. Expect the site to go live and a press release to be issued around 7 am EST.

Microsoft aims to reach next billion PC users Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is using a speech in Beijing to unveil a new low-cost bundle of Office and Windows, one of several new initiatives aimed at getting PCs into the hands of more people in emerging markets. Especially considering they have only sold 244 copies of Vista in China.

Widgetsphere: New Playground For Marketers If you’re in the online marketing game and are not yet hip to widgets, listen up. Two emerging Web 2.0 technology firms focused in this space have a message for you. Those companies are Widgetbox and ClearSpring, both of which presented in a session on Tuesday afternoon at Web 2.0 Expo that was billed as “Using Widget Syndication for Online Marketing and Measurement”.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 19, 2007 at 6:22 pm

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Add Readyboost Devices to Your Windows Vista Installation

I’ve posted about Windows Readyboost before, the new feature in Windows Vista that allows you to use USB flash memory to speed up disk reads and writes, while there are motherboards already coming out with this flash memory built in, I bet lots of people are tired of a USB drive hanging off of their PC. Here are a couple devices that you can add to your desktop computer that will allow you to add the flash memory without having to have your USB drive hanging out of the front of your computer. From Channel 10:

You’ve probably seen by now that Windows Vista can be kicked up a notch by using a USB drive to help extend memory and cut the amount of time it takes for your computer to come back from sleep mode. But who wants a USB drive hanging off of their computer and taking up a precious external USB slot? New options are starting to show up to solve this. You may recall the ASUS motherboard that I mentioned in February that comes with Readyboost memory already on the board. Source: ReadyBoost Inside

The devices they are talking about are pretty cool, Innodisk’s Readyboost memory plugs into the USB pin connectors on your motherboard, and save that precious USB port for something else.

Currently there is a large offer of Ready Boost drives but one that will surely get anyone?s attention are InnoDisk’s new internal drives. Instead of taking up one precious USB port, the drives in question will simply connect to the motherboard’s USB pin connectors.

InnoDisk’s Ready Boost Memory comes in 2GB and 4GB flavors and although the are not the fastest drives out there with their 3MB/s for 512KB random read/write and 5MB/s for 4KB, price tags are set to be very attractive – $15 for the 2GB drive. Source: InnoDisk releases internal Ready Boost flash drives

The USB Header Adapter also plugs into one of the USB headers on the motherboard, and you can just plug your thumb drive into it, so if you already have a drive you can use, you can simply buy this header adapter for only $9 dollars and be ready to go.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - April 15, 2007 at 2:45 pm

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