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  • Vista Perceptions Not Matching Reality?

    Lloyd Ketchum from Liberating Technologies (a Microsoft partner) continues a debate that has been quietly gaining momentum the last couple weeks. In his words : What in H.E. Double-Hockey-Sticks are people doing that has caused so many to have so much trouble running Windows Vista? ... I just can't believe...
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  • Dell + Vista + (PRODUCT) RED = Fighting AIDS in Africa

    Microsoft was going to wait until Davos to announce this, but C|NET (as usual) doesn't have much respect for embargoes. At any rate, Dell has partnered with Microsoft to offer special editions of their respective products for (PRODUCT) RED, which helps fight AIDS in Africa. Microsoft has created a new...
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  • Fix Windows Vista Help and Support

    If you have been getting the dreaded "Internet Explorer cannot download / from help" error message when attempting to open Help and Support in Windows Vista, try this fix. It re-associates the .xml file type with its default settings. Once you've merged this into the registry, re-launch Help and Support...
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  • Vista & Office 2007 Preview Handlers

    One of the cooler Vista features that I've started using more often is the File Preview in Windows Explorer. Being a developer, most of the files I work with are code files of one form or another. I didn't think there was any reason to use the File Preview feature... until I came across a couple of Preview...
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  • The Long-Term Impact of User Account Control

    TechNet Magazine has a great article this month about UAC . UAC was not deliberately designed to be the most annoying feature in the history of Windows. Rather, this set of technologies was designed to set us on a path where users do not need to expose their systems to potentially malicious code as frequently...
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  • Microsoft Takes the Lid Off Vista Media Center Extenders

    From the "holy crap, what the hell took so long?" files, Microsoft has *finally* released details on the "v2" Windows Vista Media Center Extenders . Seriously guys, it only took 8 months after Vista's release to get something out there... no rush or anything. Anyways, Linksys, D-Link, and Niveus will...
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  • Internet TV, V2 Extenders Coming to Windows Vista Media Center

    Josh of WindowsConnected fame points out a monster Media Center-related press release today. In it, we find out that Media Centers with quad-CableCARD tuners are coming, as well as the V2 Extenders (finally!). But the big news comes in the following paragraph: The number of content providers delivering...
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  • Acer Gets It Wrong About Windows Vista

    When asked about Windows Vista by Financial Times Deuchland, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci had this to say : "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista," the head of the world's fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday. "Never before had a new...
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  • Windows Vista Six-Month Vulnerability Report

    Jeff Jones from Microsoft keeps hope alive that my Windows Vista system won't be hacked by viruses exploiting new bugs. He just released his Six-Month Vulnerability Report , covering all of the major OSes. He finds that Vista is still the most secure OS to date . Normally, I would talk about this more...
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  • AMD & Vista: The First 100 Days

    Several weeks ago, I posted a letter from AMD Executive VP Henri Richard (pronounced En-re Ri-shard) to the employees at AMD, regarding their internal adoption of Windows Vista. Today, he gave bloggers an exclusive video conference call about said adoption, and other AMD-related topics. Ironically, today...
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