The Windows Secrets crew is taking our annual summer break for the next two weeks. Time to go out and smell the pine trees.
We’ll be back with Fred, Woody, and the rest of the gang starting September 9, bringing you the latest in Windows and PC secrets.
Microsoft has done a reasonably good job of making the Windows XP-to-Win7 upgrade process as painless as possible.
But as with most operating system changes, it’s the legacy drivers for audio and video that cause the most problems.
When I say it’s time to move on, I’m not talking to the millions of PC users who continue to use Windows XP and refuse, for now, to upgrade to Windows 7.
No, I’m talking to those procrastinators who cling to Windows XP SP2 in spite of Microsoft’s July 13 support cutoff date.
It’s unlikely that Linux will ever be on every desktop PC, but there’s a growing and dedicated corps of PC users that find it far more than a curiosity.
Linux use ranges from simple desktop terminals to super computers, and advocates point to its flexibility and open-source coding as just some of the reasons it makes a superior development platform.
We like to give loyal Windows Secrets subscribers a little something extra when we can.
This month, every subscriber can download a two-chapter excerpt of the new book Hacking Exposed Wireless, Second Edition by Johnny Cache, Joshua Wright, and Vincent Liu.
One week ago, we launched a new thumbs-up rating system in the Windows Secrets Lounge as a way for Lounge members to highlight particularly useful posts.
Seven days later, the thumbs-up scores are starting to roll in. Over 90 posts have received a thumbs-up so far, with more coming daily.
By now, you’d be hard-pressed to find even a novice PC user who doesn’t know that bad things come through browsers and Internet links in e-mail.
It’s amazing that in a battle as old as the Internet, we still don’t have clearly defined strategies for protecting our PCs from all forms of malicious attacks.
We’ve all had those instances when a file is no longer needed but the application that created it won’t let it go.
This usually happens when the application thinks it’s still working on the file, but in some cases the link is not so obvious.
Strange things happen on PCs that make them seem possessed — but Lounge member Tom Riding’s machine is channeling odd radio signals all on its own.
In a thread titled “IE8 Win7 automatically connects to radio station,” Tom describes how the radio signals emanate from his PC even with Internet Explorer closed and when the PC is not in use.
Serious digital photographers spend an inordinate amount of time working with their photo-editing application — usually Photoshop, if they can afford it.
For those who can’t (or for whom Photoshop is just too complicated), there is endless debate about what’s second-best.