Last week, in a widely anticipated move, Microsoft officially started tolling the bells for Windows Live’s demise. While the current Windows Live apps will be available for the foreseeable future, they’re now orphans — soon to be replaced by new Windows 8 Metro apps.Read More
The first two installments of this series showed how to pin just about anything to the Start menu. They also showed how to work with (and against!) the Frequently Used Programs list and the All Programs menu. In this final installment, you’ll learn how to change the right side of the Start menu — plus I’ll toss in a few extra, surprising tidbits.Read More
In my Feb. 23 Windows Secrets Top Story, I took you through the intricacies of pinning apps, folders, and files into Windows 7’s start menu. In Part II, I show you how to change the Start Menu’s frequently used programs list and also modify the essential All Programs menu.Read More
In following Windows 8’s somewhat painful road to fruition, I’ve found a lot of things to lambaste.
But one new feature — Storage Spaces — might by itself justify the jump to Win8. It’s a killer application.Read More
Searching in Windows used to be a frustrating, error-prone exercise in which you depended on slow, space-hog programs to bring you dubious results. In Windows 7, search has improved enormously. But there are tricks that make it work even better — some of which are applicable to earlier versions of Windows, too.Read More
In spite of Microsoft’s built-in advantage — outside of Europe, every new copy of Windows comes with Internet Explorer set as the default browser — IE’s market share continues to fall.
I’ll show you what’s happening and offer some explanations. I’ll also leave you with a few recommendations that may surprise you.Read More
If this were a Jeopardy clue, the answer would be: What is cloud computing? No matter how you define it, this much-ballyhooed technology/service still has many problems — several of which were painfully in evidence this week.
If you’re considering moving some or all of your operations to the Cloud, be acutely aware of the ongoing, manifest difficulties.Read More
For years, Rustock stood as the largest generator of spam on the Internet: Symantec’s MessageLabs estimates the Rustock botnet pumped out 14 billion pieces of spam per day in March.
On March 16, a coordinated legal attack on Rustock, driven by Microsoft, cut the bot off at the knees. The total amount of spam worldwide dropped by one-third. But the pressure on the botnet isn’t off yet.Read More
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
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