Enterprise application management

  • November 06, 2013 06 Nov'13

    Interesting UEFI Learning Adventure with Win8

    In getting several (5) systems up and running on Windows 8 and 8.1 recently, I've had the chance to learn a great deal more recently about the way that UEFI systems work and behave, particularly ...

  • November 04, 2013 04 Nov'13

    No Jumping SIDs with "Refresh Your PC"

    I learned an interesting if somewhat painful and time-consuming lesson this weekend -- namely, the Windows 8.x "Refresh your PC" mechanism will not permit you to restore a backup from Win8.x one ...

  • November 01, 2013 01 Nov'13

    Surprisingly Strong Jump in Windows 8.1 Usage in First Month Post-Release

    Numerous outlets are reporting about Windows 8.1 usage figures online, generally based on NetMarketShare numbers (see "Windows 8.1 Market Share on Desktop" for an illustration). Baldly stated, ...

  • October 28, 2013 28 Oct'13

    Thurrott Previews the Surface Docking Station

    The much-awaited and anticipated Surface Docking Station from Microsoft gets a once-over in a recent piece from Paul Thurrot. The piece is entitled "Surface Docking Station: First Impressions and ...

  • October 28, 2013 28 Oct'13

    How Microsoft is like a Weeble

    Microsoft is like a Weeble. The company wobbles time after time but it doesn't fall down. This ability for Microsoft to bounce back up after wobbling on shaky ground this past fiscal year came to a ...

  • October 23, 2013 23 Oct'13

    Hey! Hey! My Reliability Monitor Is Back

    When I installed the Soluto startup and runtime monitoring and reporting tools on my production machine a while back, soon afterward I discovered that the Windows Reliability Monitor had quit ...

  • October 21, 2013 21 Oct'13

    Interesting Post-Win8.1 GA IE Shenanigans and Other Complaints

    I've upgraded three machines to the Windows 8.1 GA release now, including my primary production machine (I reported on an in-place upgrade on this machine from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 8 on October ...

  • October 18, 2013 18 Oct'13

    Win8.1 Rollup Installs Quickly, Easily

    Having deliberately installed the Windows 8.1 RTM version on my primary Windows 8 test machine recently, I was naturally eager to jump all over the promised "Update Rollup" yesterday when it ...

  • October 18, 2013 18 Oct'13

    IT administrators gain more control with Windows 8.1

    Microsoft has made good on its promise to release its software at a faster cadence with the release of Windows 8.1 today with some features that may grab the attention of IT. This means you can now ...

  • October 16, 2013 16 Oct'13

    Leaving XP Behind, Climbing onto Windows 7, Just as 8.1 Looms Large

    I volunteer at my son's school, where one of my gigs involves assisting with a Wednesday morning programming class on Microsoft's SmallBasic, and another one has me helping out with a way-cool ...

  • October 14, 2013 14 Oct'13

    Mechanics of the Upcoming Win8.1 Upgrade

    I found a fascinating article on this weekend. If you can get past its enormous title "Windows 8.1 'GA Rollup A' update will finalize the Windows 8.1 code, comes with fixes" there's ...

  • October 11, 2013 11 Oct'13

    One Week In, Windows 8 Upgrade Shows No Gotchas

    One week ago today, I reported on an upgrade install on my production PC from Windows 7 SP1 to the current version of Windows 8, as an experiment in anticipation of the GA release for Windows 8.1 ...

  • October 09, 2013 09 Oct'13

    Microsoft plays catch up yet again; this time, with Office for iPad

    Alas…Microsoft is playing catch up yet again. This time the industry buzz is about exiting CEO Steve Ballmer's keynote comments at this week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in which he finally ...

  • October 09, 2013 09 Oct'13

    OMG We're Up to a Full Decade of Patch Tuesdays!

    When I read Larry Seltzer's Zero Day blog post yesterday -- which appeared on a Patch Tuesday morning, by no coincidence whatsoever I'm sure -- I was both amazed and amused to realize that it has ...

  • October 07, 2013 07 Oct'13

    Interesting Poll Shows the Supreme Power of Self-Selection

    The first thing one should always ask when reviewing any kind of poll result is "Who's in the survey population?" I was forcibly -- and humorously -- reminded of this essential basis for analysis ...