July 14th, 2009
I’ve been spending a lot of time with Windows 7 lately, and my latest Windows 7 Feature Focus article, on Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate/Enterprise XP Mode, is now up at Maximumpc.com.
If you need to run non-3D Windows XP applications and don’t want to worry about tinkering with them for Windows 7, take a close look at XP Mode.
Even if you think you know what XP Mode can do for you and how it works, be sure to check it out. It cuts through the misinformation and helps you deal with some of the trickier features of this new virtualization environment.
July 4th, 2008
If you’ve reached this blog via my guest post at The Dawn Patrol, welcome! Many thanks to Ms. Eden for allowing me to speak to her readers. While you’re here,Â I hope you’ll find usefulÂ informationÂ to help keep your computer running smoothly.
This blog is primarily about my full-time work as a technology writer and consultant. I do most of my day-to-day blogging at Maximum PC’s newly-remodeled website, and also blog from time to time at Amazon.com (where my current and older books are available for purchase) and my publisher’s developer-oriented website, InformIT.com.
To get a taste of what I think about topics that are more important in the long run than the latest computer or photography gizmo, see the Beyond Technology – Thoughts on Ultimate Issues (God, Life, Right and Wrong)Â section of this website.
Have a wonderful 4th of July – and beyond.
April 19th, 2008
My “how-to” article on how to use the cool new vLite utility to create a lean, mean, customized, full-auto-install Vista SP1 installation can be found in the May 2008Â issue of Maximum PC, now on newsstands. Enjoy!
Get a taste of what vLite can do from my original blog posting, which inspired the article.
February 15th, 2008
Thanks to the fine men and women of the Southwest Indiana PC Users Group, I’ll be talking about using styles and templates to make your documents easier to edit and better looking. Whether you use MS Word, OpenOffice, or WordPerfect to write your letters, grants, reports, or shopping lists, you’ll want to attend the meeting. Guests are welcome, and memberships are encouraged!
See you this Sunday, February 17, at 2PM at
Evansville Central Library’s Browning Events Room B
I’ll be signing copies of my latest book, Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed: an Insider’s Guide to Supercharging Windows Vista, and I’ll have copies of this book and others available at attractive prices. I hope to see you there!
February 2nd, 2008
The creator of nLite, which can be used to customize and shrink a Windows XP installation image, is at it again. This time, Vista gets the treatment with the new vLite utility. I take it for a spin here.
One user reported it was the only way he could install the 64-bit version of Vista to his nVidia 680i-based system. It’s an impressive utility!
January 16th, 2008
The home networking chapter from my book Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed: an Insider’s Guide to Supercharging Windows VistaÂ is now available online.
Windows Vista’s networking features are among the biggest changes compared to Windows XP, and this chapter will help you understand how to master new features like the Network Center, network mapping, setup and management of wireless networks, helping Windows XP and Windows Vista coexist on a single network, and network troubleshooting. Whether you’re already using Windows Vista or planning to take a look at it this year, it’s a must-read.
November 12th, 2007
I’ve been working hard on a couple of new Windows projects lately:
- Â some chapters for the upcomingÂ Second Edition of Upgrading and Repairing Microsoft Windows
- My forthcoming bookÂ Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center
And, in addition to those, I’ve also been covering the Windows beat at Maximum PC’s website. If you haven’t dropped by lately, here’s what you haven’t seen yet:
- Learn how to protect yourself from Windows Vista’s activation problems
- Find out what reviewers think about Windows Vista’s backup, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Movie Maker HD utilities
- Discover why your Windows XP system downloaded the performance-robbing Windows Desktop Search, and how to banish it – for good.
- Find out how to protect your Windows XP system from the Mailto URI threat in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.
- Learn how to become an unofficial beta tester of Windows Vista SP1 by making a few simple changes to your system.
- And, on the brighter side, find out how the Atari 2600 VCS (now 30 years old!) inspired today’s booming console and PC gaming industry.
Discover how Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo Gallery work together to make Windows Vista the most compelling multimedia platform for Windows yet. Get Mark’s new book Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed: an Insider’s Guide to Supercharging Windows Vista. It’s available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, BooksaMillion, and other fine bookstores.
September 28th, 2007
I’ll be speaking to the Greater Evansville Territory Information Technologists (GETIT) group on Wednesday, October 3 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM:
Windows Vista: Hardware Hog or Multimedia Maven?
Browning Events Room B
Evansville Vanderburgh Central Library
- Why Windows Vista needs more powerful hardware than previous Windows versions
- How Windows Vista makes digital photography, music, and video easier to manage and more fun
- The benefits of other new features included in Microsoft’s latest operating system.
If you’ve never seen Windows Vista in action before, it’s the perfect opportunity to see how it works, what makes it different, and how it’s better than previous Windows versions. You don’t need to be an IT “propellorhead” to drop in, and attendance is free. Bring lunch, or stop in the newly reopened library cafe and pick up a meal.
I’ll have copies of my new book Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed: An Insider’s Guide to Supercharging Windows Vista and other recent books available at special prices, and I’ll be signing books too.
I’ve been using Windows Vista daily for over a year and writing about it and other Windows topics for Maximum PC’s website, so I’m ready to answer your questions. I hope to see you there!
For more information about GETIT and Owensboro’s sister organization, GOTIT, see the GETIT page at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library website.
September 23rd, 2007
In several of my recent articles at the Maximum PC website, I’ve put on my investigative journalism cap to find out what’s behind the headlines of some major stories:
- Learn more about how Skype’s VoIP system works – and why it stopped working in August.
- Discover how Sony created yet anotherÂ potential entry point for malware in the driver software for its USB memory stick/fingerprint reader
- Find out the disadvantages of the new Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 – and how to get around them
- Explore the reasons why Monster.com’s security breach revealsÂ that today’s phishers want to make it ‘personal’ – and thus,Â harder to stop
For more no holds barred analysis, see what I think about the new and improved features in Microsoft Windows Vista, and how to use them better, in myÂ book Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed: an Insider’s Guide to Supercharging Windows Vista. It’s now available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, BooksaMillion, and other fine bookstores.
September 13th, 2007
See me discuss my new book, Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed, on Evansville’s Fox TV affiliate, WTVW Channel 7, on Monday, September 17, at 7:24AM. For cable TV users, tune into Channel 8 on Insight, WOW (formerly Sigecom), and Time Warner services.
Set your TiVos, Replay TVs, DVRs, and Windows Media Center devices on ‘Record.’ My WMC box is ready!