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  • July 02, 2014 02 Jul'14

    MS Rethinking Windows Store "Upgrades?"

    Over the past few months, I've blogged repeatedly about issues related to installing (or rather, failing to install) the Windows 8.1 Update 1 for Windows 8.1. Windows experts such as Woody Leonhard ...

  • June 30, 2014 30 Jun'14

    Google Ups Cloud Storage Ante

    Last week, I reported that OneDrive raised the ceiling on free storage, and that Google Drive was one of two other free providers (Copy.com is the other) to match their 15 GB storage allotment. I ...

  • June 27, 2014 27 Jun'14

    Windows 8.1 Update 2 Coming Soon: No Big Changes Afoot

    Those who follow the Windows OS rumor mill have learned over the past few years that when Russian "leaker" WZOR offers up information -- an identity carefully enough shrouded that nobody's sure ...

  • June 25, 2014 25 Jun'14

    More OneDrive News: More FREE Storage, More Mobile Support

    Seems like there's a lot happening with OneDrive lately. Above and beyond the features added or changed in the wake of June's Patch Tuesday (here's my blog on that stuff), MS has just announced ...

  • June 23, 2014 23 Jun'14

    Bring Libraries Back to File Explorer in Windows 8.1

    I was looking at some screen caps in a utility from Sergey Tkachenko over at WinAero.com (for a nice little utility called This PC Tweaker) when I suddenly realized that the Libraries icon and ...

  • June 20, 2014 20 Jun'14

    You Always Pay Extra for the Last Step Up: Why Is That?

    I've been shopping around for a new laptop lately. There are lots of interesting choices out there, but I've noticed something very interesting about pricing. Let me illustrate: 1. MS Surface Pro 3 ...

  • June 18, 2014 18 Jun'14

    Making the Most of SSD Performance in Windows 8

    Although Windows 8 versions do a much better job of accommodating and adjusting to solid state drives (SSDs) used for system/boot and other purposes as compared to earlier Windows versions, there ...

  • June 16, 2014 16 Jun'14

    The REAL Import of Mobile Computing

    Though this post wanders a little bit off topic -- it actually comes from an app built for iOS and the iPhone -- I just had to write about it because it underscores so much of the real value of ...

  • June 13, 2014 13 Jun'14

    Interesting Hiccup Upon Installing New Intel RST

    I'm a great fan of various web sites that track and announce new software and device drives. Two of my particular favorites include MajorGeeks and Station Drivers. While visiting the former this ...

  • June 12, 2014 12 Jun'14

    OneDrive Gets a Makeover Amidst Latest Windows Updates

    Patch Tuesday has come and gone and along with it, my Windows 8.1 machines have picked up 20-26 new updates depending on what they've got installed (more MS applications generally mean more patches ...

  • June 09, 2014 09 Jun'14

    Rufus Makes Short Work of ISO-based Updates

    In the past few weeks, I've been involved in some BIOS updates and also with upgrading the firmware on a number of SSDs from makers including Samsung, Intel, OCZ, and Plextor. On a couple of ...

  • June 06, 2014 06 Jun'14

    Windows 8.1 Update: Ready or Not, the Deadline Is at Hand!

    Next Tuesday, June 10, is not only Patch Tuesday for the month, but also represents the point in time by which those running Windows 8.1 who get their updates from Microsoft Update or Windows ...

  • June 04, 2014 04 Jun'14

    The "Version Gap" For Windows Gets Interesting

    Every now and then, it's a good idea to run a reality check against Microsoft's relentless drive to bring all parties into the Windows 8 fold ASAP. Netmarketshare's latest "Desktop Share by ...

  • June 02, 2014 02 Jun'14

    Thin Tablets and the "Gunslinger Syndrome"

    I'm reading some reports from CompuTex 2014 right now with a degree of bemusement. Among the slew of new product announcements typical of this event, there's news from Asus about a new convertible ...

  • May 26, 2014 26 May'14

    Windows with Bing IS for Real

    A few months back, I posted a whimsical post right here entitled "Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?" (March 3, 2014). It not only reported on rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 which turned ...

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