Upgrading to the latest hot, new technology has always included an element of risk.
But combining a trio of cutting-edge gadgets — Blu-ray, a USB 3.0 hard drive, and a streaming-media box — can transform your PC into the ultimate Windows Media Center machine, painlessly.
Microsoft’s TechNet site, dubbed “Resources for IT Professionals,” is a rich repository of high-level geek talk plus tips for enterprise-class IT personnel.
But don’t let that reputation put you off — TechNet is also a gold mine of excellent tips and tricks for individual Windows users as well.
There’s no shortage of services offering file sharing, synching, and collaboration through the Internet.
But one service stands out from the rest. Dropbox is one of those simple applications that, once installed, quickly become an indispensable part of your computing process.
Promising explosive transfer rates — up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 — USB 3.0 is making its appearance in new PCs, external hard drives, and other devices.
With these new USB 3.0–compatible products rolling out and the standard set, there are just two barriers to its widespread deployment: lack of support in PC chipsets and in the Windows OS.
Windows users might dismiss Apple’s new ultra-light, ultra-sleek iPad as just another frivolous toy for Mac heads.
But add remote-computing software and services, and the iPad’s combination of light weight and nicely sized screen makes Apple’s pad a dandy Windows terminal.
Office 2010 marked Microsoft’s aggressive entrance into the cloud-computing arena, and Sky Drive is a key component of the company’s move to online services.
Part of the new Windows Live service, SkyDrive offers generous — and free — online data storage and simple collaboration. But there are other cloud-based services that provide more features and better options.
Over time, your home or office WiFi has probably lost some of the zip it had when you first set it up.
Interference from surrounding WiFi networks is one of the most-common causes of degrading wireless performance, but there are relatively simple steps you can take to get back that missing bandwidth.
Even though 64-bit PCs have been available for seven years, the promise of 64-bit computing has been delayed by a dearth of 64-bit software.
The situation is improving — slowly — but many major PC applications remain 32-bit affairs.
Some of Windows 7’s best new features aren’t so easy to find.
These include a problem recorder to aid tech support, a list of the programs affected by a System Restore, more precise power adjustments for notebooks and netbooks, and keyboard shortcuts that open system resources.
Windows Mobile version 7 is scheduled to ship in 2010, and the buzz about the major new version is overshadowing Microsoft’s less-notable 6.5 upgrade, which arrives on Oct. 6.
Despite some nice interface changes and new applications, Windows Mobile 6.5 will continue to trail the smart-phone competition, although some IT types will like the close ties Redmond’s smart-phone OS has to Exchange Server.