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  • September 26, 2018 26 Sep'18

    IT pros see security win with Microsoft Managed Desktop

    Microsoft's Managed Desktop service extends physical device management into the cloud era, with managed security updates and a monthly subscription fee.

  • September 16, 2015 16 Sep'15

    Bogus/Unneeded Driver Count Mounting Up on Win10

    OK, I'll admit it: I don't know if Windows Update, DriverUpdate, DriverAgent, or something else is involved, but I'm seeing the number of outdated and/or unneeded (duplicated) drivers mount up in ...

  • May 20, 2015 20 May'15

    Flaky Synaptics Touchpad Driver Occasions Interesting Encounters

    I'm using a Dell Venue 11 Pro 7139 as one of my two primary Windows 10 test machines at the moment, and it has become a recent focus for some interesting driver issues. Late last week, MS unleashed ...

  • May 08, 2015 08 May'15

    With SP4 a'comin', please give us a clamshell keyboard dock

    In the wake of recent MS conferences like Build 2015 and Ignite, the pundits and prognosticators seem surprisingly unanimous with two short-term predictions. First, Windows 10 seems bound for ...

  • April 03, 2015 03 Apr'15

    USB 3.1 Type-C Comes Closer to Your Desktop

    "Why," you may be thinking as you read the title of this blog post, "would I care about a high-speed interface on my desktop when it's most likely to show up first and foremost on notebooks and ...

  • March 06, 2015 06 Mar'15

    Removing Phantom Printers from Client PCs

    I went to print a phone card for my wife this morning, and wound up lost for a while in the "Hall of Mirrors" section of the Windows OS. In this case, I knew I needed to print to the Dell color ...

  • November 21, 2014 21 Nov'14

    Intel's Driver Update Utility Gets a Makeover

    When I rebuilt my production PC at the beginning of November, I came face-to-face with a new incarnation of Intel's Driver Update Utility aka DUU. Now out in version 2.0, the tool no longer depends ...

  • July 25, 2014 25 Jul'14

    USB 3.0 for SATA Drive Repair

    A recent post over on Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows just reminded me about an essential item in any Windows admin's repair and recovery toolkit -- namely a USB 3.0 to SATA adapter or drive ...

  • June 19, 2013 19 Jun'13

    USB 3.0 Makes a Big Difference

    When I bought two Lenovo notebooks last year -- a T520 and an X220 Tablet -- one of my regrets was that I had to buy immediately and couldn't wait for the USB 3.0 versions of those models to become ...

  • April 24, 2013 24 Apr'13

    Myfaves 3: Fast, Cheap Bluetooth 4.0 Dongles

    I've only got one desktop PC with a built-in Bluetooth interface: it comes with the Asus P8Z68-V PRO Gen3 motherboard that serves as the basis for my Windows 8 desktop test machine (which also ...

  • February 25, 2013 25 Feb'13

    Teeny-Tiny USB Drives Offer Neat, Compact Storage Options for Laptops and Tablets

    Whoa! Talk about major miniaturization: I stumbled across some reviews of the new SANDisk Cruzer Fit USB drives last week, and was immediately struck by their amazing utility for extending storage ...

  • October 24, 2012 24 Oct'12

    Great article on USB Troubleshooting

    Sandro Villinger and I have crossed paths many times in the past few years, originally thanks to writing for the same website: Tom's Hardware (originally a German-based PC enthusiast site, now a ...

  • September 21, 2012 21 Sep'12

    MS Introduces New "Comfort Sculpt" Keyboard for Win8

    Along with its new Windows 8 OS, MS has been introducing various new items of hardware to help users make best (or at least, better) use of this new runtime environment. In past months we've seen a ...

  • June 10, 2011 10 Jun'11

    Why Does the BIOS Default to Disable USB Keyboards?

    As I fired up one of my test machines yesterday after replacing a defective motherboard and Windows started to boot, I thought I might actually have gotten away with something grand and glorious. ...

  • January 10, 2011 10 Jan'11

    Hooray: USB-to-IDE/SATA Converter is a Cheap, Effective Hardware Item

    Last spring, my sister announced to me that she'd purchased her son a Dell Latitude C610 notebook on eBay for around $200. "Did I do the right thing?" she asked. "I don't know," I said, "let's see ...

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