Author Archives: Woody Leonhard
64-bit computing is now mainstream, but the world’s most commonly used browser, Internet Explorer, didn’t get the memo.
You now have a 64-bit system and are running a 64-bit OS, but that doesn’t mean you want to run 64-bit IE 9. Here’s why.Read More
Although the consequences aren’t as dire as it sounds, the Internet ran out of IP addresses (roughly analogous to telephone numbers) last month.
While the Web won’t come crashing down anytime soon, you’re going to be affected by the new numbering scheme — and some details may catch you unawares.Read More
One of the most pernicious forms of malware ever written, ZeuS has taken a more sinister turn, despite a highly publicized, worldwide series of arrests — and the self-announced retirement of its creator.
ZeuS is not just a bit of malicious code; using multilevel marketing and quick-change attack strategies, it’s a malware system and possibly the most pervasive threat on the Net.Read More
With Windows 7 Service Pack 1 generally available, Win7 users need to know what SP1 brings — and doesn’t bring — to the game.
In short, this service pack adds surprisingly little to Windows 7. You’ll want to install it — eventually.Read More
Microsoft posted the Internet Explorer 9 release candidate last week, and it’s well worth a look.
With Firefox 4 very close to launch and Google Chrome in a perpetual update cycle, lots of new browser goodies are on the horizon — and surprisingly, IE 9 contains a few of these morsels.Read More
“I’m from Microsoft and I’m here to help.” At least, that’s what reader MP thought he heard when he answered the phone. It wasn’t.
Con artists all over the world are bilking big bucks out of unsuspecting Microsoft customers — including savvy Windows users.Read More
When you’re the designated alpha geek for your family, friends — and maybe the office, too — you know certain duties come with the territory.
One of those duties is setting up new PCs. Here’s my quick-and-easy checklist of tasks to do it right.Read More
The usual year-end dearth of technology news seems to bring out poorly considered stories — even from well-known sites.
Case in point: I ran across an article — published by a site that should know better — extolling the virtues of “software’s auto-update era,” most notably Microsoft’s automatic patch-update system. And I couldn’t more strongly disagree.Read More
Last week, somebody broke into Gawker.com and stole 1.3 million account names, e-mail addresses, and passwords — and then posted all the booty on the Internet.
Your online security might not be at the top of your mind this time of year, but most likely you’re doing more Internet shopping. In light of the Gawker break-in, take a few minutes to assess your passwords.Read More
Microsoft has effectively driven a nail into Windows Home Server’s coffin and alienated WHS fans (including me!) with word that the next version of WHS will lose important functionality.
Be of good cheer. What Microsoft has torn asunder, you can join again with a minimum of fuss and surprisingly little capital.Read More