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Need Cross-Platform Device Note Taking App?
Then look no further than Evernote. I had heard about this app for awhile and even had it languishing on my iPhone never to be used. Then I started to look in to it as I tried to find something that would let me merge notes from my Mac and my Windows virtual machines. Not only is it cross-platform, but you can synchronize all of your notes over the internet between desktops, laptops and mobile devices. It is much more than a note taking app, with the ability to make web clippings and translate the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 5, 2009 4:20 PM

Windows 7 Remote Admin Tools Released
The RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) have been released in beta form for the first beta of Windows 7. These tools allow for remote administration of your Windows Servers and services (think old adminpak.msi) from your Windows 7 workstation. I applaud the Windows 7 (or Windows Server) teams for getting these out quickly. We had to wait forever to get them for Windows Vista. Tip o’ the hat to Keith’s blog ......

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 10:03 AM

Windows Vista SP2 CPP Available
Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is now available to Microsoft TechNet subscribers through the download website. This is the Customer Preview Program (CPP) which will roll to general availability tomorrow. Technorati Tags: Vista SP2,Windows Vista SP2,Windows Server 2008 SP2,TechNet,Microsoft ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 3, 2008 4:16 PM

IE8 Beta 1 Available
Released shortly after today's MIX '08 Keynote, a more standards-friendly IE8 beta 1 is now available for download. Features include: Activities - contextual services that provide quick access to external services from any web page. Webslices - take "slices" of a web site offline or bookmark. Choice of layout engine CSS 2.1 compliance HTML improvements Improved namespace support Platform performance improvements Developer tools Improved Phishing filters Domain highlighting Technorati Tags: Internet ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 4:03 PM

Wither Still No Native ADUC for Windows Vista SP1
So with the release of Windows Server 2008 I was really looking forward to some post or announcement from Microsoft with regards to the availability of native Active Directory management tools that can be installed on Windows Vista SP1 without any mods, kludges or scripts. You know, they just work out of the box. Like the good ‘ol days when you copied adminpak.msi from Windows Server 2003 over to Windows XP. Now that I am running Windows Server 2008 as a workstation I don't necessarily have to worry ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 3:54 PM

Windows Server 2008 as a Workstation Part III
Mary Jo Foley has an article on bringing back creating Windows Workstation 2008 (Part I) and proposing the idea that in the past there was a “server” version of NT4 and Windows 2000 and a “workstation” version that was the same product with limits on concurrent usage when running IIS, etc. She says that since Windows Server 2008 is the best version of Windows Server ever by a wide margin, why not capitalize on that an offer a “workstation” version. Some people, especially in the consulting field ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 12:46 PM

Hallelujah! Shell RunAs for Windows Vista
One of the missing things from Windows Vista that most perplexed me (or frustrated the monkey cr*p out of me) was the lack of the RunAs shell extension. Following proper administrative best practices, I don't log in to my laptop with domain administrative privileges, I have a separate account for that. Running something like ADUC was never easy, and UAC in Vista often got in the way. If you turned it off, you could not get prompted to run an application under a different set of credentials. You could ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 10:34 AM

RDP to /Console After Vista SP1
Having trouble making that connection to the console session via RDP? If you have applied SP1 to your Windows Vista installation the switch has changed! Instead of "mstsc /console" it is now "mstsc /admin." Go figure. Personally, I would just add a "console" checkbox as one of the options in the expanded connect configuration on the client. Why do you have to go and be all mysterious Microsoft? Technorati Tags: RDP,Terminal Services,Console Session,/console,Windows Vista,Vista SP1 ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:03 AM

Spread the "Love"
Phishing attacks are nothing new and you can usually spot them in your email with half of your brain tied behind your back. You've seen them - bad grammar, syntax and spelling. The obvious links to knock-off URLs. The pleas from Nigerian-Kings-in-hiding. Today in my GMail I received a note from Hallmark that I was the recipient of a e-card. Now, Valentines Day was a week ago so this seemed suspicious, but my mother is not above sending these cute little e-cards every once in a while so I took a look. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:45 AM

SyncToy Beta 2 Released
Microsoft's most awesome power toy for keeping many a file synchronized with your USB drive or laptop has been updated. SyncToy Beta 2 has been released and is full of all kinds of updated goodness. The UI remains largely the same, but it looks like a lot of our feedback has been incorporated in to the new edition. If you are upgrading be sure to read the warning during the install. Make sure you have freshly sync'd beforehand. Dynamic Drive Letter Assignment: Drive letter reassignment will now be ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 24, 2007 4:50 PM

Windows Vista SP1 Released to Beta Testers

Nick has the details on the Windows Vista SP1 Beta release. I am downloading it now and will provide details as NDA permits.

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:27 PM

Dude I Feel Your Pain ...
Jeff, I feel ya. And this was after the installation of the performance and reliability patches that were recently released. Truly mileage may vary ......

Posted On Friday, August 24, 2007 10:35 AM

Harry Potter Sidebar Gadget for Vista

J.K Rowling's website has released a sidebar gadget for Windows Vista that delivers bits of news and counts down to the release of the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Posted On Monday, July 9, 2007 3:21 PM

Windows Vista Pre-Built VHD Available

Download the Windows Vista pre-configured virtual hard drive and get a head start on testing applications on Windows Vista.

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:40 PM

Dell Confirms Tablet PC's
Dell has announced on it's Direct 2 Dell website that it will be releasing a Latitude Tablet PC in the second half of 2007. It will be using "leadership technology" and be optimized for the education, healthcare and corporate Tablet PC markets. It does look nice and thin and I cannot wait to start getting reports on this puppy once reviewable units start hitting the street. Technorati tags: Dell, Tablet PC, Latitude ......

Posted On Monday, May 21, 2007 1:48 PM

User Switches From Mac OS X to Windows Vista
Here is an interesting story: someone switched from Mac OS X to Windows Vista and reports a faster, more pleasurable experience. Quote: "I didn’t expect it to be like this, I didn’t want Vista to be this good - I was expecting to boot back into OS X and living happily ever after, but damn, this is one fast, slick and nice operating system. If you are a Mac user try it yourself, install boot camp and Vista and it will feel like you just added another CPU and doubled your RAM - I can’t see any evidence ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 1:21 PM

River of Mail?
In the world of RSS and newsreaders there is a war of preferences going around over how people prefer to read their feeds. Categorized by feed, type of feed, or as a “river of news.” In other words first in, first displayed, in a long list and you simply scan top-to-bottom. I have tried both and IMO both have merit. River of news lets you see everything in an instant, and I find it useful for quickly locating important event. Then I read the “normal” stuff later on. When I am ready to consume all ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 10:58 AM

Adding Exchange Tabs to ADUC in Vista
There has been a hack and an official KB on how to run ADUC under Vista. And while not perfect, it is functional. No one I know can understand Microsoft's logic for not having this solved prior to shipping Vista. If you also want to enable the Exchange extensions in ADUC there is one more step. After you do the things mentioned here, copy these three DLL's from a Windows 2003 Server (c:\%systemroot%\system32): netui0.dll netui1.dll netui2.dll Then re-register regsvr32 \windows\system32\maildsmx.... ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 10:44 AM

Unique Windows Vista Wallpapers
Hamad Darwish, a photographer, was comissioned by the Windows Vista team to take a series of photographs of which some would be used as wallpapers in the new OS. Long Zheng introduced him via some blog posts. In the interview Hamad mentioned releasing the entire set of photographs to the public. The shots are simply amazing. Here is the link to his site and the photos. He also has a Flickr page. Long's original blog post ......

Posted On Monday, February 26, 2007 8:42 AM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 RC Released
You can download it from: https://connect.microsoft.c... Important changes from the previous version: PXE Boot Keyboard and performance issues on laptops fixed Virtual Networking on wireless adapters enabled Fixed to include installing Vista off of physical DVDs Technorati tags: Virtual PC 2007, virtualization ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 10:05 AM

MS KB Article: Install AdminPak.msi on Windows Vista
There is now an official Microsoft KB article that details the steps for installing the Windows Server 2003 Admin Pak (adminpak.msi) on Windows Vista. del.icio.us tags: Windows Vista, Adminpak.msi, ADUC, Windows Server 2003, 930056 ......

Posted On Friday, December 29, 2006 2:36 PM

Zune on Vista Part Duex
Even though the support wizards at Zune told me it wasn't compatible, I had a hunch it had more to do with me trying to install the previous version of ZuneSetup (the one that wasn't Windows Vista compatible) than the version of Vista I was using. Sure enough, in the comments and through my own confirmation I found this to be false. I re-imaged my laptop with a fresh install of Windows Vista Enterprise and ZuneSetup 1.2.5511.0 installed like a champ. My only complaint now is that I cannot authenticate ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 2:06 PM

Outlook Gadgets for the Vista Sidebar
I was hoping this would come sooner than later! Microsoft has started to release gadgets for the Windows Vista sidebar! I am happy about this for three reasons: They work well They interoperate well and They look good! Outlook was also a logical choice for some of the first gadgets. PIM information naturally lends itself to a "dashboard" interface for easy reference. Calendar info Task Info ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 5, 2006 10:47 AM

Download Remote Desktop Connection 6.0
Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP (KB925876) Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) provides a way to use any new Terminal Services features introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server Code Name “Longhorn” from a computer running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 2:26 PM

Partitioning Drives in Windows Vista
I have been running Windows Vista RTM since it was released to MSDN a little under a week ago. So far, it has been bliss. Nothing major, or even close to major has made me want to switch back to XP. I have had to make some adjustments, but most have been the fault of those who have not made their software compatible (cough Zune) or who have compatible version coming out shortly. But I digress . . . I filled up my 20 GB C: partition pretty quickly once I migrated all of my data over. And there sat ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 1:12 PM

WTF Windows Vista and Zune ?!?
So a lot of us ran out to Circuit City, Target, CompUSA, etc. to get our hands on Microsoft’s latest portable media offering – the super-hyped Zune. Zune has been in production, publicly, for at least the past 8 months. Even longer behind the scenes I am sure. At the same time Microsoft has also been feverishly developing and testing in preparation for release the latest incarnation of its desktop operating system – Windows Vista. Common sense would tell you that somewhere in that time span someone ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 12:21 PM

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Virtual PC Image
Another virtual hard disk (.vhd) image from Microsoft which contains the following: A VPC hard disk image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2, IE6 and the IE7 Readiness Toolkit. Personally I love this new approach and hope Microsoft keeps on going! I had to do some research and testing on ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode) yesterday and the canned Windows Server 2003 R2 image was the perfect pre-made environment in which to do this! Zero prep time was needed since I had already downloaded ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 7:13 AM

Windows Vista Released to Manufacturing
From Paul Donnelly, part of the Microsoft Vista Product Team to Windows Vista beta testers: I'm excited to announce that we have completed final testing and this morning declared build 6000.16386 as Microsoft Windows Vista. The feedback and collective voice of this community has helped shaped this version of Windows like no other. We would like to extend our thanks to all of you for your help is building the highest quality, most secure, most reliable version of Windows yet! Update: http://windowsvistablog.com... ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 12:57 PM

Fix: Virtual PC Does Not Recognize Wireless NIC With a Vista OS Host
Brian, who runs the excellent Blogcast Repository, recently shared with me how he could not use a host computer's wireless NIC with a guest OS when running Virtual PC when Windows Vista is the host OS. I even tried it on my laptop and sure enough, no luck. It just doesn't appear as an option under settings > network. After doing some digging in the readme that came with Virtual PC 2007 I stumbled upon: Virtual PC fails to open the network services driver after an upgrade of Windows Vista. It didn't ......

Posted On Thursday, October 12, 2006 11:51 AM

Windows Live One Care Now Vista Compatible
Everyone out there that has been using and beta testing both Windows Live One Care and Windows Vista rejoice! One Care is now Vista (build 5500 or later, RC1 recommended) compatible. Version 1.5 has all the goods and the details can be found here. Technorati tags: Windows Live, One Care, Vista, Windows Live One Care ......

Posted On Monday, October 9, 2006 1:03 PM

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista RC2
Windows Vista RC2 (build 5744-16384) has been released to Technical Beta testers.

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 12:30 PM

Vista Beta Testers: Where Are You?
The Windows Vista Team Blog has a post up detailing an email sent to testers by Paul Donnelly wherein he mapped beta tester locations in MapPoint. There are some really great views that show the concentrations of testers in typical places like North America and Europe. However, in drilling down you see some funny things: In the US, North and South Dakota are woefully under represented. Why is that always the case? Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is not all that much better off. There are more testers in ......

Posted On Monday, September 25, 2006 12:30 PM

Microsoft Launches Windows Vista Tips n Tricks Website
Microsoft has launched a new Windows Vista Tips and Tricks site. Aimed at the non-technical end user, this site will provide useful information as well as webcasts delivering information to prepare interested users for Windows Vista. Information is power ...

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 9:47 AM

Windows Vista Build rc1
Here's a screenshot of Windows Vista rc1 running on my Dell D620. Everything is working very well despite a few bugs. IE7 continues to give me some minor fits I cannot explain: 1. I cannot change my homepage and make it stick. 2. I cannot add URL's to the trusted sites zone or the intranet zone. On other fronts: 1. I have to launch the sidebar manually - although some think this is a good thing. 2. Expanding my monitor still is with its problems - the behavior isn't consistent. On the up side: 1. ......

Posted On Monday, September 11, 2006 1:27 PM

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista RC1
Windows Vista RC1 (RC1 v5600-16384) was released to technical beta testers yesterday. It will also be in wide public release soon through the Microsoft website and in the mail from various other testing programs. tags: WindowsVista, Vista, RC1 Update: More information here ......

Posted On Saturday, September 2, 2006 8:43 AM

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Documentation
I was very glad to read a post today from James O'Neill's blog on Virtual PC 2007. Coincidentally enough, I had just loaded Virtual PC 2004 on Windows Vista build 5536 and was wondering to myself if a new version was ever going to see the light of day. Well fear not! While there is no news on the beta or a release date (other than the "2007" moniker) there is documentation. This gives me hope! Improvements are: · Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 10:58 AM

Looking for Some Vista Anti-Virus?
Looking for some Vista compliant AV to run while you test out the latest OS? Most testers had been using the Avast product - and it supposedly doesn't work under the latest build. I cannot get McAfee's Enterprise 8.5i to work either. You are then left with three choices of note: Norton Anti-virus has an enterprise beta version (if you can get a copy) Trend Micro has a version of PC-Cillin And the below link to Computer Associates EZ trust (free for one year) trial Link to Computer Associates Product ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 2:17 PM

Running Windows Vista Build 5536
I installed Windows Vista build 5536 on Friday and I have been blown away. I know everyone's experience, like mileage, varies. However - having installed all the previous builds this is the first one that has me thinking they may make their projected ship date. Here is a report after kicking the tires for four days: The speed is very nice. I have not yet had an instance of Vista just "taking a break" and spinning its wheels for a couple of minutes. Everything I have thrown at it has executed crisply ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 8:23 AM

Microsoft Releases New Vista Build
Technical beta testers have just been given access to Pre-RC1 build 5536.16385 Windows Vista on Microsoft Connect. Downloading from the Asian and European mirrors nets you the best performance ...

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 7:33 PM

Pre-order Windows Vista RC1 Evaluation Kit
Microsoft has put up a website where you can pre-order copies of Vista RC1 for evaluation. There is a $9.95 charge for shipping and handling. Register for your copy of the Windows Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Evaluation and Resource Kit With the Windows Vista RC1 Kit, you will not only get the refreshed versions of the same great experiences you had with the Windows Vista Beta 2 Evaluation and Resource Kit, you will also get some new features, tools and resources to evaluate including: Software ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:22 AM

August TechNet in Columbus, Ohio
Come and see the always excellent Matt Hester in Columbus, Ohio on August 24th at the AMC Easton Town Centre 30. He will be presenting on Windows Vista, Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007. I have seen Matt present several times and he never fails to entertain and present some very in-depth and informational subject matter. And he's an Ohio State fan. He's not perfect however - he likes the Cleveland Browns - a team that cannot buy a center ... see all the details here ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:48 AM

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