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  • September 12, 2014 12 Sep'14

    Interesting Experience with MS Malicious Software Removal Tool

    Earlier this week, Update Tuesday occurred, bringing with it anywhere from one to two dozen updates (more for machines with MS Office installed, less for those without). As is my usual practice, I ...

  • September 10, 2014 10 Sep'14

    New Intel Graphics Drivers Can Boost Performance

    I ran across an interesting story on Neowin this morning. Entitled "New Intel drivers give up to 30% performance boost for Surface Pro 3," it actually covers more than just the latest Microsoft ...

  • September 08, 2014 08 Sep'14

    IT preps for life as Windows 7 mainstream support ends

    Should IT pros stay with Windows 7 or leave now that mainstream support ends in January 2015? It might depend on which Windows OS you trust the most.

  • September 08, 2014 08 Sep'14

    At IFA Berlin, Intel Takes Wraps Off Core M "Broadwell" Specs

    The IFA took place in Berlin, Germany last week, where Intel took the opportunity to share a lot more information about its latest upcoming family of mobile processors. (IFA is German, and stands ...

  • September 05, 2014 05 Sep'14

    Secunia PSI, CSI, and Windows 8.1

    In the ongoing battle to increase system stability on my production PC, I've found a new point of interest and attack in the Reliability Monitor log for my primary production PC -- namely, Secunia ...

  • September 03, 2014 03 Sep'14

    Rollup Redux: MS Re-releases KB 2975719 on September 2

    In the wake of a series of botched Windows Updates that started on August 12 (our first "Update Tuesday" if you like the new nomenclature, or our most recent "Patch Tuesday" if you prefer the old), ...

  • September 01, 2014 01 Sep'14

    Azure Site Recovery Offers Private Cloud Replication/Recovery

    With the introduction of Windows Server 2012 R2 in October 2013, Microsoft first introduced what it called "extended replication" for Hyper-V. This facility permits any Hyper-V VM to be directed to ...

  • August 29, 2014 29 Aug'14

    MS Pushes New OOB Update to Replace Withdrawn KB2982791

    On August 18, I blogged about the withdrawal of a series of updates originally released on August 12 -- most notably, KB2982791. At that time, MS recommended that IT admins at least consider ...

  • August 27, 2014 27 Aug'14

    Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner?

    One of the sites I scan regularly for fodder for this very blog is MajorGeeks.com (MG), a well-curated site of mostly free (some shareware) Windows tools and utilities. I've been a devoted and ...

  • August 25, 2014 25 Aug'14

    Look Out Windows, Here Comes China

    The news sites are abuzz with word from the official Chinese Xinhua News Agency yesterday (August 24) that Chinese engineers are crafting their own home-grown operating system for desktop PCs and ...

  • August 22, 2014 22 Aug'14

    Two-year PC replacement saves cost, raises productivity

    IT pros debate whether companies should replace PCs every two years instead of following conventional wisdom of three to four years. In today's world, one size doesn't fit all, and a two-year cycle may work in some cases.

  • August 22, 2014 22 Aug'14

    Chronic OneDrive/SkyDrive Problems Widespread

    OK, I confess: I don't always look at the Windows Reliability Monitor as often as I should. But when I did recently, I discovered an issue on my primary production Windows 8.1 desktop that further ...

  • August 20, 2014 20 Aug'14

    MS Recommends Uninstalling Any of 4 Recent Updates

    When MS pushed the August updates just over a week ago, they clearly did not expect the kinds of problems that have emerged in the wake of their release. In a revised version of security bulletin ...

  • August 20, 2014 20 Aug'14

    Internet Explorer 8 end of life calls for updates now

    Microsoft is ending security and technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer running on Windows 7 PCs by Jan. 12, 2016. Web apps still running past the Internet Explorer 8 end of life deadline face compromising legacy data.

  • August 18, 2014 18 Aug'14

    MS Quietly Extends Hotfixes for All Current IE Versions After Recent Security Update

    I didn't actually experience any problems myself -- at least, not that I noticed -- after last week's Update Tuesday brought a round of security updates for all current versions of the Internet ...

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