Office 2010 Starter and Office WebApps are Two FREE Versions of Office (Word and Excel)

In addition to several new features like the Social Media pane in Outlook and the use of the fantastic new “Ribbon” on all programs, Office 2010 brought us two completely new versions which are completely free! Office 2010 Starter Edition – FREE: Starter includes only Word and Excel and they have some advanced features removed which I doubt 99.99% of users would notice.  It also has a small panel on the bottom right which contains…

Windows 7 Versions / Editions Compared

Win 7 comes in many different flavours but in North America there are only 5. Quick Notes: If you are using Windows 7 Starter, about the only things you will find annoying is the inability to change wallpapers and that lack of Aero (the glass like window frames in 7) Ultimate and Enterprise are the same product however Windows 7 Enterprise is a corporate license only SKU which allows the user to access some additional software…

How to Disable Windows 7 ‘ Aero Snap ‘ Feature

Aero is the name for the Windows 7  interface (GUI) and Snap is the feature which resizes windows when you drag them to the edge of a screen.  Personally I like most of the AERO SNAP features but I don’t like the one that kicks in when you drag a Window to the left or right edge of the screen.  However, without a registry entry there is no way to turn off only a part…

Windows Phone 7 Can Connect to Multiple Exchange Email Accounts!

This is huge! Here are the words directly from Microsoft: All Windows Phone 7 devices can connect and add multiple Exchange profiles with full ActiveSync capabilities for push email, contacts, tasks and notes sync. Policies are applied via the Exchange management console to impose pin lockout as well as Admin and User initiated remote wipe capabilities. You can connect 2010 Office hub to your externally published SharePoint sites in order to enable collaboration and sync…

How to Clean / Remove and Recover from a Virus From Your PC

This is the complete virus cleaning guide.  There are many ways to clean a virus from your computer and I will list them in from the easiest to the most complex.  Contrary to commonly held beliefs, there are MANY nasty virus’ for Apple Mac’s, iPhones, Linux and Unix, however this document is only intended to be used by Windows machines. By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, Feb 10, 2010 NOTICE: This information is…

What’s the real purpose behind Apple’s patent request: parental control or censorship?

By: John C. Dvorak  10.13.2010 Apple’s Anti-Sexting Patent Is Misleading …This patent is not about sexting it’s about political speech. Apple wants its phone in Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, and other parts of the world where political dissent is a crime. Over the years, it has become apparent that the mobile phone is a tool for revolutionaries. This was proven with the Iranian “Green” riots of 2009, but began with a series of riots all…

Firefox 4 beta loses to IE9 beta in Browser Speed & Efficiency Tests

…The news for the naysayers. . . is very bad indeed. IE9 absolutely flattened FF4 on my own DFScale battery, with a speed score of 6.590 versus 3.539. Maybe IE9 isn’t the best performer in every test, but it’s not because Microsoft is too focused on test numbers… …If you consider the general performance of the old Firefox version 3.0.19 (stable) as scoring a 1.000 in all categories (my new index browser), then by comparison, IE9…

Optimize BIOS Settings Explained

TomsHardware.com October 11, 2005 CPU Level 1 Cache: Enabled. CPU Level 2 Cache: Enabled. Quick Power On Self Test: Enabled. This will skip the repetitive memory count that occurs when you turn on your PC; chances are that if you really do have bad memory, this basic test won’t catch it anyway. First, Second, or Third Boot Device: Set your boot order, and disable any boot device here that you do not want to boot…

Windows XP is DEAD… THANK GOD!

Microsoft notified it’s corporate partners last week that the system integrator portal used to downgrade Windows 7 Pro / Ultimate to Windows XP Pro will be taken down after Friday, October 22nd. This means that Source Code will no longer be able to provide downgrade keys as a courtesy to it’s customers after that date. Also, systems will no longer be able to be built with Windows XP Pro installed on them. Microsoft has guaranteed…

Screen Misalignment

Another easy, fast but annoying  IT Gag.  THIS GAG REQUIRES THE USER TO HAVE TWO SCREENS.  If you user has only one, this will not work.  Most people, even techs, do not remember that every version of Windows since Win95 supports a minimum of 9 screens.  The idea was that you should be able to build a 3×3 screen video wall… and you can if you have enough video cards and monitors.  To make a…

Screen Shot Desktop

This is a simple IT Gag which I have never seen anyone else do before.  I like to think I invented it!  I can assure you that it is easy, fast, and really obnoxious. Take a PRINT SCREEN of you buddies desktop Save it as a .JPG Set that .JPG as the wallpaper.  The victim will not likely notice this for some time, which makes it all the better.  This will drive him nuts as he tries…

Blue Screen Of Death

This practical joke is always a winner and we have twist on it to make your friends nuts.   Just run either of the below on your friends machine and see if they lose their mind. OPTION 1: TYPICAL BSoD SCREEN SAVER You can downloaded the Blue Screen Of Death BSoD Screen Saver from me or directly from the Microsoft SysInternal page HERE.   In case you are wondering why Microsoft produced this… they didn’t… SysInterals produced it and then Microsoft bought…