Is it a Hardware Problem or a Software Problem?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Last night I was working with an older HP laptop and things hit the fan very quickly. I discovered I couldn’t write a file to disk and before I knew it the system had thrown up to a black screen and needed the power cut to reboot. I immediately realized that there was a serious [...]

Windows XP Unable to Login After Cleaning Out Rogue Antivirus

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This article may come in handy if you are out there battling the latest rogue du jour. Occasionally I have been through a cleaning process for these rogues and got to a point where the scanner had run and cleaned things out (whether it was malwarebytes antimalware or superantispyware.) It was time to reboot and [...]

Linux Market Share Growing Faster than Apple! | Linux adoption rate beats iPhone

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I had to find a twist like that headline above reading this article. Net Applications does a monthly survey across sites that receive 160 million visitors to gauge the “market share” of operating systems and web browsers. According to the November numbers, Microsoft Windows has no fallen below 90% market share, Mac is up to [...]

Out of Cycle Windows Update – Patch Today

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Yesterday news broke of an out of cycle security patch for Windows. The bulletin is available from Microsoft. Apparently the vulnerability was in the Windows Server service (XP, 2003, 2000, 2008, Vista ALL affected though regardless of server/workstation/client/desktop/etc…). The RPC handling (remote procedure call) is the achilles heel this time around. It sounds as though [...]

Adobe Reader 8.1 has Encountered an Error and Needs to Close

Monday, May 12th, 2008

So, the adobe reader version 8.1 should be a straightforward install. On one particular XP system it wasn’t and from what I can tell, there are several that have run into the same problem. The installer seems to work well enough, but when I try to launch the application I just see the windows error [...]

What Should you Look for in a New Computer?

Monday, March 10th, 2008

This is one of the questions that I deal with at least weekly. Here’s where I usually start answering… First you have to ask yourself what you want to do with a computer. If your goal is email and internet access, most ANYTHING sold new today is much more than sufficient to the task. It [...]

Print spool problem after windows update

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

It’s been a while since I’ve had an “on-topic” post here, but as you might imagine quite a bit has been going on. I had this peculiar problem reported to me in the last week about print spool issues with certain models of printers following the official windows update day.    Send article as PDF [...]

Custom livecd’s, virtualbox, seamlessrdp and sata dvd burners…

Monday, September 24th, 2007

I thought this writeup was interesting on the idea of using a web interface to customize a livecd. I’ve built a couple livecd’s (that I still use) for tech support, but I’m always thinking of one more tool that I’d like to have. After looking through their wizard it seems a bit limited in the [...]

Free Windows addons and utilities

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

I’ve spent much of my time the last few years looking at windows support from the linux side of the fence. Certainly linux boot disks and the like are among the most useful utilities that I’ve used. However, I am reminded from time to time that there is a good share of freely available utilities [...]

Extended support for XP Home and Media center

Monday, January 29th, 2007

I want to make a note of this here… Microsoft has announced that XP Home and Media center editions will get extended support on par with that of XP Pro. Essentially this means security updates for these versions of the OS should be available until 2014. Previously support for XP Home was to have ended [...]

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