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Free Windows 7 won’t last forever

Just a reminder that you only have until August 15 to download the free release candidate version. Also, life is going to start getting annoying for those still using the Windows 7 beta.

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Free Windows 7 won’t last forever

Yahoo Releases a New Toolbar (P.S. It’s Broken)

A few days ago, Yahoo! released a new version of their browser toolbar and this time, they’ve made it available for Firefox users, too, albeit in a beta format. There’s only one problem with the software (besides the fact that toolbars in and of themselves are incredibly passé): it doesn’t work on Windows 7.

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Yahoo Releases a New Toolbar (P.S. It’s Broken)

Windows 7 Features on a Vista or XP System

Windows 7 features like ISO image burning, Windows Search, and the great new Windows 7 Calculator are a big part of the new OS. Here’s how you can get them–or features just as good–on your current Vista or XP system.

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Windows 7 Features on a Vista or XP System

Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011

Just hours after a noted research analyst criticized M|cr0s0ft’s plans to limit sales of Windows XP PCs, the company said it would extend the aged operating system’s lifespan in the post-Windows 7 world to as late as April 2011.

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Friday, June 19th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011

Solid State Drives Tested With TRIM Support

Vigile writes “Despite the rising excitement over SSDs, some of it has been tempered by performance degradation issues. The promised land is supposed to be the mighty TRIM command — a way for the OS to indicate to the SSD a range of blocks that are no longer needed because of deleted files. Apparently Windows 7 will implement TRIM of some kind but for now you can use a proprietary TRIM tool on a few select SSDs using Indilinx controllers. A new article at PC Perspective evaluates performance on a pair of Indilinx drives as well as the TRIM utility and its efficacy.”

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Solid State Drives Tested With TRIM Support

Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

snydeq writes “Enterprise licensing for Windows 7 could cause major headaches and add more cost to the Windows 7 migration effort, InfoWorld reports. Under the proposed license, businesses that purchase PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed within six months of the Oct. 23 launch date will be able to downgrade those systems to XP, and later upgrade back to Windows 7 when ready to migrate users. PCs bought after April 22, 2010, however, can only be downgraded to Vista — no help for XP-based organizations, which would be wise to wait 12 to 18 months before adopting Windows 7, so that they can test hardware and software compatibility and ensure their vendors’ Windows 7 support meets their needs. XP shops that chose not to install Vista will have to either rush their migration process or spend extra to enroll in M|cr0s0ft’s Software Assurance program, which allows them to install any OS version — for about per year per PC.”

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Windows 7 Licensing a "Disaster" For XP Shops

Windows 7 may have limited XP downgrade rights

Key analyst says M|cr0s0ft plans to only allow those who buy Windows 7 machines during its first six months of life to go back to XP. A headache for businesses?

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Windows 7 may have limited XP downgrade rights

NVIDIA Launches Five New Mobile GPUs

Engadget is reporting that NVIDIA has released five new mobile GPUs to fill some imagined gap in the 200M series lineup. These new chips supposedly double the performance and halve the power consumption of the older chips, but still no word on why they think we need eight different GPU options. “The cards are SLI, HybridPower, CUDA, Windows 7 and DirectX 10.1 compatible, and all support PhysX other than the low-end G210M. Of course, with integrated graphics like the 9400M starting to obviate discrete graphics in the mid range — even including Apple’s latest low-end 15-inch MacBook Pro — we’re not sure what we’ll do with eight different GPU options, but we suppose NVIDIA’s yet-to-be-announced price sheet for these cards will make it all clear in time.”

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on NVIDIA Launches Five New Mobile GPUs

Apple Pounds Palm, Sets Sights on Redmond


Apple is making an impressively strong statement that it can survive Steve Jobs’ departure. While I still don’t think it has the magic that Steve Jobs brings to the table in terms of execution, it is actually doing better at the moment than when he was there and active. Palm just took a major shot at its base and missed, and Apple is going after it with blood in its eyes. In addition, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last week, the company took aim at Windows 7.

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Monday, June 15th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Apple Pounds Palm, Sets Sights on Redmond

Microsoft’s Browser Unbundling Puzzles Europe

M|cr0s0ft’s plan to dump Internet Explorer (IE) from Windows 7 for the European market is a move to discredit antitrust regulators by tying its proposal to a failed enforcement effort from 2005, a noted antitrust expert said today. M|cr0s0ft Windows internet explorer legal”It’s sort of a puckish thing to do, when you think about it,” said William

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Sunday, June 14th, 2009 Uncategorized Comments Off on Microsoft’s Browser Unbundling Puzzles Europe