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Apple's Macs make life easier for IBM - Fortune
IBM started allowing employees to use Macs. So far they need 1 help desk person per 5,375 Mac users (they don't say the ratio for Windows users, but perhaps 1 per 70 users?).
apple  windows  personal_net 
october 2015 by mcherm
Why is Windows lying about what root certificates it trusts? · HA
Windows (and internet explorer) has a list of root certs it trusts. But it also trusts OTHER root certs that are not made visible.
windows  security  internet  via:HackerNews 
august 2015 by mcherm
ESET Antivirus
An (expensive) Windows antivirus program that was recommended on reddit.
windows  antivirus 
july 2015 by mcherm
PowerCram: Add "Open with Notepad++" to the Context Menu for All Files in Windows 7
How to make any program accessible from a right-click menu in Windows.
windows  useful 
march 2015 by mcherm
Driver Signing - ReactOS
They have a cert for signing drivers in Windows and they'll use it to sign drivers of open source projects if they conform to some strict good-behavior rules.
opensource  windows  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
Windows security
How to break into Windows 7 (and some about earlier versions.
hacking  windows  useful  via:reddit 
february 2015 by mcherm
Oracle VM VirtualBox
A good, free, virtual machine product for Windows.
useful  windows  virtualization 
january 2015 by mcherm
Windows 8 — Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users
Some serious usability problems with Windows-8, described with some specificity.
ui  usability  hci  windows 
january 2013 by mcherm
Fix problems with programs that can't be installed or uninstalled
This tool from Microsoft helped me when I couldn't install/uninstall some stuff on Windows.
microsoft  windows  useful  utility 
september 2012 by mcherm
No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8 | Ars Technica
Microsoft is so jealous of Apple's appstore stranglehold on iPhone software that they're ensuring software on Windows 8 must be sold in their appstore unless it is developed with expensive development tools.
teaching  programming  microsoft  windows  opensource  appstore  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2012 by mcherm
UNLOCKER 1.9.1 by Cedrick 'Nitch' Collomb
A tool for windows that tells you what program has a file locked.
useful  windows  utility  via:ScottHanselman 
december 2011 by mcherm
Microsoft Sweeper Boot Disk
Get the disk here that I need to try to recover my PC.
windows  useful  virus 
december 2011 by mcherm
Gow - The lightweight alternative to Cygwin - GitHub
A smaller alternative to cygwin to get unix commands on Windows.
windows  unix  tools  useful  via:HackerNews 
december 2011 by mcherm
Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once
A website that will automate the installation of standard free windows tools onto a windows system. Vetted and trusted by the reddit community.
useful  via:reddit  windows  opensource 
july 2011 by mcherm
Classic Shell - CodeProject
A tool that made the start menu on Windows 7 work in a way that I found more useful.
windows  useful 
march 2011 by mcherm
Sysinternals Forums - Process Explorer "Help" problem - Page 1
Solution to making Process Explorer help work right (in Windows).
windows  fixes 
december 2009 by mcherm
The Machine SID Duplication Myth: Mark's Blog
Interesting story: for years, everyone has carefully worked to change the SID (some internal ID thingy) on Windows when installing a mirror to multiple machines. Suddenly, someone realized that it had never been necessary.
via:slashdot  security  windows  stories 
november 2009 by mcherm
Firefox to Microsoft: GTFO : programming
(I noticed this before the article.) First, Microsoft wrote a Firefox extension, one that has full system access and can run arbitrary code. Then they had Window Update auto-install it on all copies of Firefox without consulting the user. Oh, and it had a bug such that you couldn't disable it. Then it had a big security hole. Firefox responded by adding it to the list of known exploitative plugins and presented a dialog for disabling it.
via:reddit  Microsoft  security  firefox  browsers  windows 
october 2009 by mcherm
Running Python Code in Windows Batch File Trick | HalOtis Marketing
How to do a #! trick in windows. Neat thing. Instead of doing this, just register the .py extension to the python executable.
windows  python 
august 2009 by mcherm
Piriform - Recuva
Tool for recovering deleted files.
utility  windows  freeware  useful 
august 2009 by mcherm
Thinking about Windows Build numbers: Larry Osterman's WebLog
Of all the stupid things to waste time on! Apparently they make an effort to have "clean" build numbers by incrementing them up to a "nice" number right before a release.
Microsoft  versioncontrol  windows 
july 2009 by mcherm
Fabulous Adventures In Coding : “Out Of Memory” Does Not Refer to Physical Memory
Memory is best thought of as being a large chunk of file space. RAM is just an intelligent caching mechanism. "Out of memory errors" are not due to running out of memory, just running out of contiguous pointers to refer to that memory.
memory  windows  via:EricLippert  EricLippert 
june 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft may be Firefox's worst vulnerability | IT Security |
Microsoft installs vulnerability into Firefox as part of a .Net framework upgrade, and does so without informing anyone and in a fashion that makes it quite difficult to uninstall.
security  Microsoft  windows  firefox  evil 
june 2009 by mcherm
Free Antivirus for Windows - Open source GPL virus scanner
A free and open antivirus tool for windows which came with some level of recommendation.
virus  security  windows  opensource  todo 
may 2009 by mcherm
ColorPic, The Desktop ColorPicker Software
A free windows tool which magnifies and allows you to pick colors off of the screen.
useful  windows  color  webdevelopment  free 
march 2009 by mcherm
Larry Osterman's WebLog : Why do people think that a server SKU works well as a general purpose operating system?
So there really ARE differences (in tuning) between a server OS and a desktop OS. In this case, the priority given to background tasks vs the priority given to "foreground" tasks.
windows  via:LarryOsterman  LarryOsterman  audio 
january 2009 by mcherm
Chrome antics: did Google reverse-engineer Windows?
Very interesting speculation into whether Google did reverse engineering on Windows to find some of the APIs they had to call to build Chrome. Such reverse engineering is explicitly prohibited by Microsoft's EULA for Windows. Google's Chrome, by the way, has a similar prohibition on reverse engineering (curious, for a product with open source code!).
google  chrome  Microsoft  EULA  law  ip-law  reverseengineering  windows  programming  security  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer :: the How-To Geek
How to restore files from a windows system after it has crashed, using a Linux live CD.
windows  linux  backup  via:digg 
september 2008 by mcherm
An inside look at Apple’s sneaky iTunes 8 upgrade | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report |
It can be dangerous to trust even updates from well-known companies. In this case, Apple's iTunes update installs new (and buggy) drivers to Windows, but gives no indication that it intends to do so.
security  apple  windows  via:reddit 
september 2008 by mcherm
no substance. all eloquence.
HP is trying to build a cool new user interface to distinguish their PC line. The author suggests they should build on Linux instead, to have REAL control over the UI.
linux  windows  HP  via:slashdot 
september 2008 by mcherm
Why doesn’t Windows support amplification of audio samples? : Larry Osterman's WebLog
Some comments on how Windows handles audio: why can you turn sound down but not up?
audio  windows 
august 2008 by mcherm
Read at Work
It looks just like a Windows desktop displaying some "work-like-stuff". But really, it's presenting fiction.
onlinebooks  CaliAndJody  windows  funny 
july 2008 by mcherm
Fixing the Vista PR Disaster with More Marketing
Is lack of agile development the source of the problems with Vista? At any rate, more marketing isn't the solution.
vista  Microsoft  windows  agile  BruceEckel 
july 2008 by mcherm
Getting a Windows Refund in California Small Claims Court
Getting a windows refund in small claims court.
law  linux  windows 
may 2008 by mcherm
Frontpage - ReactOS Website
An open source clone of Windows. Not quite ready for "beta" they say, but it actually works and you can run things on it.
opensource  Microsoft  windows  operatingsystem 
april 2008 by mcherm
Coding Horror: Choosing Anti-Anti-Virus Software
Analysis of the performance impact of various antivirus software.
windows  security  virus  performance  antivirus 
april 2008 by mcherm
Windows XP: Going, going ... gone?
Windows XP will soon no longer be offered. And this while people are still reluctant to switch to Vista.
windows  Microsoft  personal_net 
march 2008 by mcherm
How to Disable that Blasted Restart Now Message from Windows Update - Asymptomatic
When windows starts telling you to reboot because of an update (like every 5 minutes), this is how to stop it.
february 2008 by mcherm
Application to keep a copy-paste buffer with more than one entry. Use Ctrl-Shift-V to access.
utility  windows  software  useful 
january 2008 by mcherm
Windows® XP - Search Problems - Containing Text
How to fix the search capabilities of Windows XP.
Frankly, it's unbelievable that it's NECESSARY to fix searching through text files. Even _I_ could have built THAT!
january 2008 by mcherm
avast! antivirus software - computer virus, worm and Trojan protection by ALWIL Software
Antivirus software that receives good reviews and offers a free version for personal use.
useful  security  virus  software  windows 
november 2007 by mcherm
Cowboy Programming » Speeding up slow Vista
Some notes on how to make Vista not excruciatingly slow.
vista  windows  personal_net 
october 2007 by mcherm
Gathering 'Storm' Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets
Article describing a truly scary botnet that is gathering (substantial!) power, but not doing anything (yet).
via:BruceSchneier  security  virus  software  spam  windows  botnet  scary 
october 2007 by mcherm
Microsoft Updates Windows Without User Permission, Apologizes -- Windows -- InformationWeek
Microsoft does stealth updates. This is unfair and unsafe. Schneier points out that it's also insecure (what if a hacker figures out how to trigger this message?).
security  windows  Microsoft  privacy 
september 2007 by mcherm
Cubic: A Most Coincidental Event!
Suggested explanation for a big Microsoft goof. Includes mention of how Microsoft pushes out secret patches to the OS without notifying anyone.
windows  Microsoft  blogentry  security  via:boingboing 
august 2007 by mcherm
Windows XP File Assocation Fixes
How to fix file associations in Windows XP if you mess them up.
january 2007 by mcherm
Folder Options on Windows XP
Note I found useful when I was having problems with opening folders in Windows (double-click opened a new window).
january 2007 by mcherm
Shows disk usage graphically, for Windows
Software to show disk usage. It USED to be free and older versions are still available, but the latest versions have a cost associated with them.
useful  windows  software  disk  filesystem 
january 2007 by mcherm
Realtime Soft UltraMon
Software for enhancing how Windows works with multiple monitors.
useful  windows  utility 
december 2006 by mcherm
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