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February 3, 2009 09:56 PM PST

windows7.gif Windows 7 is going to have a number of flavors, sorta like Vista except maybe less so. Why can't they have one version and let IT admins just make their own install image for Enterprise? The explanation has a lot of corporate speak that doesn't really say anything:

"Windows 7 Enterprise edition offers advanced data protection, lower cost compliance and IT tools to streamline PC management and help save costs, while enabling access to information from anywhere for business users."

So, uh, why wouldn't all users want those things? Apple takes great pleasure in pointing out that they don't do this, that you get all the features they have in one version, but of course you have to buy Mac hardware to run it (ahem).

Anyone planning on installing W7? If I end up buying a PC, I'll likely go with W7 Ultimate (why miss out on Visual Notepad Extreme or whatever?). I just need to convince myself I actually need a PC.
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2nd Favorite Windows Feature

Windows

February 18, 2008 08:51 PM PST

My top windows feature is well known to be remote desktop and has been since XP came out. For this spot there is no competition. The number two spot however has changed from time to time. This week I'd have to say the position goes to System Restore. System Restore has saved my bacon more times than I can count. This week equals count + 1. When in the course of extreme machine hacking, you break something big time, it's nice to know you can just roll back to the last known good configuration. Sometimes I wish my life had a feature like that.


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Sun and Microsoft sitting in a tree...

Windows

September 12, 2007 10:46 PM PST

Ok so by now this should not be new to anyone. Sun is now a MS gold partner and will be selling Windows server on their x86 line. Some more info here. The end of the article is worth the effort. They have a list of McNealy's top ten quotes on Microsoft. It's all very funny. Especially when you consider that if the tables were turned and Sun was on top they would no doubt be even more evil. We'd all be running proprietary Solaris on a proprietary SPARC architecture paying through the nose to run CDE. I'd take Gates over McNealy any day as my evil dictator of choice.


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XP, 2G of Ram and Hibernate

Windows

February 23, 2007 09:04 AM PST

I'm a big fan of Window's hibernate feature. I don't power off my computers I hibernate them. They shutdown quickly and they boot back up quickly - and bring me right back to where I left off. And unlike standby mode (sleep mode to you Mac users), I can leave my computer in this state for days, weeks, months... you get the idea.

Since I upgraded my Laptop to 2G ram (in prep for Vista) however, hibernate has been, well, pretty unreliable. Many times I try to hibernate it either wigs out and drops to standby or gives me an "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete this API" error. I though maybe it was something wrong with my Laptop configuration. But I saw the same thing on my desktop when I upgraded it to 2G. Turns out it is a 'known' bug in XP. Well, 'known' isn't the word I would use. I certainly didn't know about it. Anyhow the fix can be found on microsoft's download site here.


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