Other posts related to windows-7

 | October 26, 2011 10:27 pm

As difficult as it can be to secure individual computers, making sure that a network is secure is even more challenging. This is because, instead of working with a single machine, you have an entire network of devices to worry about. It’s a classic case of, “if the security of one is threatened, we’re all threatened.”

Luckily, there are several tools that can be used to “harden” individual computers, thereby making the network as a whole more secure. This series of videos will explore a few of those, including the Windows Server Security Configuration Wizard, the Role of Security Templates, and some of the Linux/Unix Security best practices.

This first video kicks things off by looking at the Windows Server 2008 Security Configuration Wizard and shows how to configure a simple firewall setting.

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 | August 10, 2010 5:47 pm

ThunderbirdI’m a software whore.  I love to play with new programs and experiment with new features.  I think it’s exciting and interesting to try new stuff.

However, there is also a side-effect of my little liaisons.  Because I’m not faithful to any one program, I have very little loyalty to either operating systems or applications.  If there is something new and shiny, I’m going to play with it.

It also means that I get frustrated with limitations.  Because I move between different programs so frequently, there’s little incentive for me to stay with one over another; unless, that is, it works really well.

This is the reason that, about a year ago, I decided to move from Thunderbird (my email client at the time) to Evolution (an alternative that comes with the Gnome desktop).  At the time, I was frustrated with how Thunderbird handled schedules and calendars.

Local calendaring was more or less acceptable, but it was really hard to work with remote services such as Microsoft Exchange or Google Calendar.  The support could (at best) be called “experimental”.  Task and appointments didn’t update reliably, and it would only worked when you had a connection to the internet.  The net effect was that your calendar in Thunderbird wasn’t really able to talk to your cell phone.

Now, for some people, this might not be a big deal.  For me, however, it was an enormous problem and I simply could not find a workaround.  So, I left Thunderbird behind and decided to use Evolution instead.

For the past year, I’ve been very happy with Evolution.  After it’s been configured to have a unified inbox, Evolution is imminently useable.  It handles calendars, tasks, contacts and email; all the things that a collaboration program is supposed to do.  It might not have all of the bells and whistles of other clients like Thunderbird, Mail.app (Mac OS X) or Microsoft Outlook, but it works well and I’ve had few complaints.

Until the past few weeks, that is.

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 | July 7, 2010 5:15 pm

Windows-Live-WriterMicrosoft just released the latest version of Windows Live Writer to beta testing; and as it’s been more than 18 months since the last upgrade, people have been waiting with baited breath.  Last week, I finally found time to download and play with the new version; and, in general, I like what I see.  Right out of the box, you’ll notice a number of improvements, including:

  • a new ribbon interface, which unifies the user experience with Office 2010 and other Windows applications
  • support for new blog platforms
  • new image effects
  • a more organized and attractive appearance

But even though many of the changes are positive, others are not.  In some instances, the changes negatively impact the program and feel like a step backward.  And  this is an absolute shame, since Windows Live Writer is the best way for a novice computer user to create a personal website.

Because the program is still in beta (and I sincerely hope that the Live Writer design team is seeking feedback from the user community) I thought I would post a short critique of the program from a “design perspective.”  What follows are a collection of fussy thoughts related to item position, order and control redundancy.

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 | July 2, 2010 3:24 pm

Since it was first released a year ago, I’ve been mostly happy with Windows 7.  It’s stable, fast, and generally better than any version of Windows before it.  And what’s more amazing is that I don’t really have any qualifications.  Since installing the beta version, Windows 7 has Just Worked.

Or at least, that’s what I thought.  About a week ago, I had my first major malfunction with Microsoft’s latest operating system, and it was a doosy.  In fact, you might just say that my computer staged an all-out rebellion.  It was unexpected, bloody, and most annoying; and it could happen to you.

Here’s what happened, and more importantly, how I fixed it.


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