Windows Vista Advanced Tips, Tricks & Facts

by Ian Matthews Written April 10, 2007 Last Update Feb 22, 2008  The purpose of this article is to provide a 15 minute guide to Windows Vista’s advanced features and functions.  There is a lot to learn so we also have three other articles you may want to read: Vista Must Have Addon’s Vista Standard User Facts & Tips Windows Vista User Access Control Explained How to SlipStream SP1 into Vista RTM?: Ya, you can’t. …

Demystifying User Access Control in Windows Vista

by Ian Matthews Update April 1, 2007 WHAT IS USER ACCESS CONTROL (UAC)? User Access Control is likely the most controversial new feature in Windows Vista.  In addition to beta testing Vista since Beta 1, I have attended several MS sponsored webinars, read Microsoft white papers and asked MS staffers many direct questions.  The purpose of this article is to distill the information into a brief. Since the Windows NT days, Microsoft has (correctly) told…

MICROSOFT RELEASES VISTA 2006 BETA 1 (FORMERLY “LONGHORN”)

Update August 31 2005 by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technolgies Inc Here are the quick facts and screen shots of Windows Vista. RELEASE DATES: Beta 1 was released in August to MSDN and TECHNET subscribers. Beta 2 is should be released in January 2006 to anyone is wants it. Beta 3, RC1, RC2, and Gold should be released in quick succession through spring and summer 2006. Release to Manufacturing is expected in the…

How to Create a Bootable Windows CD after Slip Streaming a Service Pack

written by Ian Matthews June 3, 2005 There are many articles which reference slip streaming and many of them provide the basic instruction.  However, most of them do not tell you how to make the resulting Windows + SP CD bootable; the process below will: copy the entire Windows CD to a folder on your PC (i.e. c:\origdisk )   extract the contents of the service pack to a different folder (i.e. c:\spack (see below…

Comparison on External Device Connection Standards: USB, FW and eSATA

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 14, 2010   If you are like me you probably have to go looking for the exact specifications for external connectors like USB and Firewire every few months.  For some reason, I have been unable to find a simple table that contains the core information for each product and version… so I did the research and made one:       USB 1.1 USB 2 HiSpeed USB USB 3 Firewire1…

How to Control Skype in a Corporate Setting

Prepared by Ian Matthews – June 4, 2010 As usual these instructions and notes are written mainly for me as a cook book to use at various clients. There is no warranty or guarantee express or implied in these notes so be careful.  If you are a professional network administrator you know that you need to check and often control the software that in your environment.  Skype, while common for personal use is seldom used in…

30 Minutes of Search Engine Optimization

By Ian Matthews November 16, 2008, updated August 28, 2010 I am regularly asked by clients how to optimize their web site.  The first thing to know is that, with few exceptions, Google is the only engine you need to optimize for.  Today, all of the other engines will follow their lead.  Below are some of the critical search engine optimization “rules”. The first rule of Search Engine Optimization is that you cannot be indexed/ranked…

How to Make a USB Drive Bootable in 5 Minutes

Prepared by Ian Matthews April 23 2007 – Updated July 1 2007 There are many ways to make external devices bootable. USB/Flash/Pen/Thumb/Memory Sticks and even real external hard drives are now commonly used as boot devices.  The process detailed below can be understood and successfully completed by anyone with basic knowledge of DOS disk commands. The most famous and easiest to use USB boot software is a free Hewlet Packard tool but the most we…

How to Evaluate and Buy a Firewall

By Ian Matthews January 31, 2006 If you have ever been responsible for purchasing a firewall you know it can be quite intimidating.  There are lots of buzzwords and lots of fast talking salesmen.  This document is intended to provide a simple grid for you to evaluate competing products.  For home users, almost anything will do but for small and medium business more critical evaluation is required prior to purchase and that is the real…

What is VoIP, Skype, Vonage, SIP Phones

By Ian Matthews, July 2005 Click HERE for an explanation of current e911 issues. Click HERE for an biased but still valid comparison of Skype and a New Service called Gizmo. Voice over IP (generally through internet) has been in popular use since the late 1990’s.  Using a computer to call another computer and transmit voice and video was the first iteration and was in use until about 2001.  I remember frequently talking and watching…

Email Problems with McAfee 8 Enterprise

Prepared by Ian Matthews May 24, 2005 After dealing with several odd problems that have been caused by the seriously enhanced security provided by McAfee version 8 I thought I should document the solution. Problem 1: Can not send email from servers Backup Software called Vital Vault Problem 2: Can not email information from forms on FPSE2002 extended IIS6 server Problem 3: Can not send email from a CRM product called GoldMine Problem 4: Can…

Briefing Paper on New Privacy Legislation in Canada

Prepared by Ian Matthews August 2003 Most companies have a general awareness of new Canadian privacy legislation but lack detailed information they can use to develop a compliance strategy.  The purpose of this paper is to highlight some of the key items in the legislation so that companies can start developing that plan. Federal legislation called Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) becomes applicable to all Canadian corporations on January 1, 2004.  The…

What is RAID 10, 0, 1, 5 and 6?

This document is reprinted from “Intel:Build a Real Server” section of a Microsoft “How To Technology Fair” handout dated Aug 2000. Updated by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technologies on August 28 2010 to include RAID 6. We also have a very simple explanation of SAN, NAS, DAS, iSCSI, FiberChannel updated in November 2016 Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. The term was coined in 1988…

Onward to Windows 8, Windows 4.0/95 Turns 15 Today

August 24th, 2010, 15:32 GMT| By Marius Oiaga …15 years after an immensely successful platform was launched, the Redmond company now owns the fastest selling operating system in history. Windows 7 licenses are being sold at a rate of more than 7 copies per second, with 175 million copies of the OS pushed to customers worldwide since the October 22nd, 2009 launch. “Being here at Microsoft for the Windows 95 launch back in 1995 was…