Windows 7 – Lesser Known Interesting Features

These are taken from “77 Windows 7 Tips” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.10.77windows.aspx 6. Shift to and from Explorer and CommandPrompt. The classic Windows power toy Open Command Prompt Here is now an integral part of Windows 7 Explorer. Hold down the shift key then right-click a folder to add this option to the property menu. While you’re in a command prompt, if you want to open an Explorer window with the focus of the window on the current…

Hacker: Windows More Secure Than Mac OS X

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/hack-windows-security-snow-leopard,8704.html#xtor=RSS-181 …”Snow Leopard’s more secure than Leopard, but it’s not as secure as Vista or Windows 7,” he said. “When Apple has both [in place], that’s when I’ll stop complaining about Apple’s security.”… …It is of the opinion of Charlie Miller, a well known Mac security guru, that even Snow Leopard, the latest version of Mac OS X, isn’t as safe as Windows…

In 1992 There Were Only 50 Web Sites… Now That Was A Growth Industry

I recently tried to find an snippet from the MS Internet Explorer 3.0 (from Win95C) that stated there were only 150 web sites in 1993. However, the help file I was looking for was a link to a web site which is now gone and http://www.archive.org/ has nothing for it. After a an hour or so of searching I found another source which says the same thing: The first graphical Interface for the Internet was…

Microsoft drops 3-app limit from Windows 7 Starter Edition

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/05/29/microsoft-drops-3-app-limit-from-windows-7-starter-edition?icid=sphere_blogsmith_inpage_downloadsquad by Brad Linder The team of Microsoft developers working on Windows 7 have written a blog post spelling out exactly what features will and will not be available in Windows 7 Starter Edition. And the company has decided to drop one of the most talked-about restrictions: the ability to run just three applications at once. You’ll now be able to run as many programs as your computer’s limited RAM will allow… Microsoft has been…

Windows 7: Whats New From Beta to RC to RTM Video

Click the following link for an excellent 10 minute brief on Windows 7 changes http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/dd758778.aspx?ITPID=tnflash Also, MS has produced a small (and very incomplete) set of pages explaining some of the enhancements in 7. What’s New in AppLocker What’s New in Biometrics What’s New in Certificates What’s New in Deployment Tools What’s New in Group Policy What’s New in Handwriting Recognition What’s New in Networking What’s New in Service Accounts What’s New in Smart Cards…

Inernet Explorer 8 vs Firefox 3

http://www.pcworld.ca/news/column/0df87502c0a8000601144f665dfd90a3/pg1.htm … The Speed-Test Results By and large, we found that Internet Explorer 8 performed well, and beat out Firefox 3.0.7 in the majority of our time trials.However, IE 8’s performance advantage is relatively negligible. In most of our testing, IE 8’s advantage was half a second or less. One notable exception, however, was in loading the English-language Wikipedia home page, where IE 8 beat out Firefox by an average of one second (IE 8…

Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 8 Shortcut Keys

WINDOWS 7 KEYBOARD SHORTCUT KEYS http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2009/04/07/windows-7-shortcut-keys.aspx Win+UP Arrow Maximize the current window Win+Down Arrow If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it Win+Up Maximize Window Win+Down Minimize Window Win+Left Snap Window to left Win+Right Snap Window to right Win+Shift+Left Jump to left monitor Win+Shift+Right Jump to right monitor Win+Home Minimize / Restore all other windows Win+T Focus the first taskbar entry, similar to ALT +TAB Win+Shift+T Same…

Windows 7 Versions – Basic is Banished From North America

Microsoft just announced that Release Candidate 1 of Windows 7 will be available on May 5th 2009 and recently they released the version information. Below is a summary. They renamed Business back to Professional… what is the point! These meaninless changes do nothing but confuse consumers (corporate included). Also, trying to sell 7 Starter Edition on Netbooks is a crazy bad idea for two reasons: Contrary to the convensional wisdom, many many Netbooks are sold…

Windows 7 Beta to 7 RC to 7 RTM Upgrade Process

More than a few sites and blogs have posted whiney comments about how difficult the pre-release Windows 7 upgrade process is. Two comments: nonsense; for anyone with any technical skill, the process is simple Microsoft should do what they are doing… spending time getting “real world” upgrade processes in place (i.e. Vista to 7 or XP to 7). While a <> Here is the 30 minute process: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/04/07/delivering-a-quality-upgrade-experience.aspx Download the ISO as you did previously…

Chevy Volt Comes To Canada in August 2011

http://gm-volt.com/2009/04/05/chevy-volt-will-be-launched-in-canada-in-july-2011/ It has been long known that the Volt would begin its North American launch in November 2010. GM continues to report confidence in being able to achieve that deadline. Previous interviews have suggested the Volt would be rolled out throughout North America more or less at the same time. However, without giving much detail it was just disclosed by Volt vehicle line director Tony Posawatz that the the Volt would be “rolled out 9…

Confiker Virus: Explaination & Removal Tools

If you watched the news on Sunday (60 Minutes, CBC National, CTV National, Calgary Harold…) you saw scary stories relating to the CONFIKER virus. This virus is set to “talk” to its owner on Wednesday and while no one knows if its owner is still around or if anything will happen, something could happen. Almost all virus alerts are either meaningless or inaccurate and even real virus’ seldom pose a notable problem for Canadians. However,…

Auto Bailouts are Wrong

This is a great response to GM’s Prez from a gutsy supplier that obviously put principle before money and politics. Well worth the read. Better yet, Snopes says this letter is not a hoax. Dear Employees & Suppliers, Congress and the current Administration will soon determine whether to provide immediate support to the domestic auto industry to help it through one of the most difficult economic times in our nation’s history. Your elected officials must…

No Public Beta 2 for Windows 7

http://www.tcmagazine.com/comments.php?id=24319&catid=3 Microsoft announced on its Engineering Windows 7 blog today that the next version of Windows 7 would not be a beta, but a near-final version of the OS, a release candidate (RC). In the blog post Microsoft points out that it considers the rolling out of new operating systems a part of the “PC ecosystem” in which the final stages of a Windows OS are developed in partnership with OEMs, manufacturers, potential customers, so…