I love seeking solutions for people. That’s kind of what got me started in this whole Internet thing, way back in about 1996. I also enjoy answering questions when I can, especially from our sister community over at PC PitStop! Mike is a CAD designer, and is wondering if his XP software will install and run on Windows 7.
Starting Monday Feb. 24th 2009, updates are available for those lucky souls using Windows 7 Beta. The updates can be found by going to Start/All Programs/Windows Updates, as they are not being announced or installed via Automatic Updates. It must be done manually.
Reports that the updates donâ€™t change anything and are only a â€œpseudo-refreshâ€ seemed somewhat inaccurate. â€Starting February 24, we will be releasing up to 5 test updates to PCs running the Windows 7 Beta (Build 7000) via Windows Update. These updates allow us to test and verify our ability to deliver and manage the updating of Windows 7. We typically verify servicing scenarios during a betaâ€, said Brandon LeBlanc. Instead of the â€œup to 5â€ announced updates, I was presented with 35 suggested updates which downloaded and installed in approximately 25 minutes.
It’s the year 2000 and I’m sitting at my brand new computer desk, on my brand new swivel chair, and I’m starting to explore my very first computer. It’s an HP and it has cool jungle sounds coming from it. It’s going to be the best, fastest, most exciting computer in the world. It’s loaded with cool programs (or so I thought) and it’s magical.
It seems like every time Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, they feel compelled to drastically change the user interface. For an experienced user, this is like rearranging the furniture in a room and turning off the lights to see how many times you can stumble and stub your toes.
Commentary: Playing With Fire
Vista Readiness Center Update
Research: Portable Usage With and Without Batteries
Windows Tip: Open Multiple Programs Simultaneously
Windows Tip: Can You Ever Have Enough Hard Drive Space?
Research: Wireless Networking Survey Results
Survey: Portable Computer Safety
By Robert P. Lipschutz
Adware vendors, in their quest to infiltrate computers everywhere, benefit from confusion, a lack of user knowledge, and the realities of human nature. However, by using a combination of defensive strategies, you can lower the impact of adware on your computer. If you wish to enjoy the benefits of “free” Internet software, the primary carrier of adware, diligence is key.
VOIP is the future of telephony, and Skype is the cost leader. They appear to be on a significant growth spurt. This analysis was done by looking at which PC’s had Skype installed in Add/Remove Programs.
Gator claims that it’s easy to remove their applications:
“All GAIN supported applications are easily removable via the application’s uninstaller and or the Windows Add/Remove Programs Control Panel. A few minutes after all GAIN applications have been uninstalled, the GAIN software is designed to self uninstall.” –Gator support response
PC Pitstop collects and analyzes information about running programs during our full system tune-up process. This lets us spot emerging trends in new viruses and spyware, and it also helps us to identify benign-but-unneeded programs that many systems are running.