5 10 2009

I was touting the benefits of the relatively new exFAT filesystem from Microsoft.  After testing, I have come to the recommendation that you AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!!  You WILL LOSE DATA!

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Colemak Keyboard Layout

28 09 2009

I’ve been experimenting with the Colemak keyboard layout the last few weeks or so.  I like it very much.  I do have some comments to share:

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Alternate Keyboard Layouts

3 09 2009

The standard keyboard layout of your computer is called QWERTY. It was invented in the early 1870s to SLOW down your typing – because of the key jamming associated mechanical keyboards of that era.  Unfortunately, modern society has been cursed with this layout.  Are there some better layouts? Yes.

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Free Windows 7 Trial

2 09 2009

Microsoft is offering a free Windows 7 trial version.  There are some catches – like a 90-day expiration .. you’ll need to read all of the caveats for yourself.  You can download it here.

Windows XP Will Live Forever

10 08 2009

Finally someone is saying what I’ve been thinking about – Windows XP will never die.

  • XP is “good enough”.
  • Vista stinks.
  • Windows 7 is ok – but not worth upgrading to.

The only way people will use Windows 7 is because it’s preloaded on a new PC.  I think Microsoft “screwed the pooch” by making a Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade practically impossible for the average user — (backup, reformat, reinstall).

Easy Envelope Printing

1 06 2009

I hate envelope printing.  It takes 5 minutes to get MS Word started, type in what I needed, dig up envelopes, then insert them properly into the laser printer, etc.  I also double-check addresses at usps.com.  Is there a simpler way?  Yes.  Web Envelopes is a great web app that gets it done in no time flat.  It validates your addresses, then prints an envelope with barcodes.  Worried about privacy?  It doesn’t print a return address.

Windows 7 Compared

22 05 2009

CNet has this great article comparing Windows XP, Vista and 7 (the upcoming Vista replacement).  Essentially, Windows 7’s hardware requirements are same as Vista (circa 2007), making Windows 7 compatible with more machines out there.  However, rumors are circulating that pricing of Windows 7 will be higher than Vista.  If anything, Windows 7 should be priced the same or lower than Vista – perhaps as low as XP.  If Microsoft doesn’t get the pricing right, it threatens to derail the product.  If anything, Microsoft needs to encourage people to dump XP and it can’t do that if pricing is poor.  I personally believe that people with XP machines will NOT upgrade to 7 at all.  Only corporate types may upgrade to 7 – IF the price is right.

exFAT File System

13 05 2009

There’s a new filesystem – exFAT.  It’s the successor of FAT16 and FAT32.

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Installing WinXP with no WGA

8 05 2009

In case you’re trying to install Windows XP without that annoying WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) feature, here are some tips to do it right:

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Windows 7 Prep

6 05 2009

If you want to be sure your PC runs Windows 7 well, I have a few tips for you:

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