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…

Seagate Drive Crisis FAQ

In case you are unaware of the news, below is a brief, followed by my FAQ’s http://www.betanews.com/article/Seagate_confronts_an_overflow_of_bricked_hard_drives/1232564973 The scope of the problem is so massive, with so many users complaining in so many places online and attributing any drive failure to this problem, that it’s difficult to determine what exactly happened. But it appears that the majority of those posting originally had a 1 TB drive using SD15, which with no warning became not detectable…

Managing Mac’s in Your Windows Network

There are two EXCELLENT articles from Microsoft’s December 2008 Technet Magazine on how to manage Macs. These articles are excellent because they are relatively brief, include useful screen shots and seem to encaptulate about 80% of what has taken me 3 years to learn! Managing Macs in Your Windows Environment http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd228984.aspx Interacting with Windows from a Mac Environment http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd228988.aspx

Auto Industry Bailouts Have Bad Track Record

I grew up in Ontario just a short distance from GM, Ford and Chrysler factories so I have an irrational love of the auto industry. I drive a Pontiac and am just dieing to by a Chevy Volt. Suffice it to say, I am NOT an anti-domestic car guy. However, I also have a Commerce degree and understand the free market. Neither the US or Canadian government should give the auto industry ANY money. These…