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Windows 7 and Apple BootCamp.

Monday, November 30th, 2009

So far, Apple does not ‘officially’ support Windows 7 on BootCamp.  Their site released a statement on October 22, 2009 and it has not been updated.  Apple states:

Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year. This support will require a software update to Boot Camp.

With that being said, most Mac users are able to install Windows 7 on BootCamp without any issues.  Here are a few links to forums that discuss this and installation help.

Forum on Macrumors.com

Forum post on Apple.com

Google’s New Web Browser: Chrome

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
The Google Chrome browser in action

The Google Chrome browser in action

This afternoon Google introduced a new Web browser called Chrome. They describe it as “a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.” (more…)

The Google Email Uploader

Thursday, July 17th, 2008
The Gmail Uploader

The Gmail Uploader

So you haven’t switched to Gmail yet? We recommend Google’s excellent online email services to everyone. It’s free! But maybe you’ve got years of messages and addresses in your desktop e-mail program (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc.) and switching sounds like too much hassle.

Well Google’s new Email Uploader is the answer. The Google Email Uploader is an easy-to-use program that lets you forward e-mail messages and contacts to your Gmail account. Now you have no excuse, go sign up for Gmail right now! (Currently this application only works with Windows XP and Vista)

Free Online Image Editors

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

We normally recommend the desktop application Picasa (free download) for managing all of your photos, but a number of new online photo editors are becoming available that are very powerful, easy to use, and free. These can be handy for quick image editing on the go, and can even work with the images that you already have online. Here are two services that I am impressed with:

Piknic

The Picnik sign-up screen

The Picnik sign-up screen

It’s easy to sign up and get started, and there’s even some demo photos to play with before you get an account. Once you sign in, you can import photos from your PC, or even from several online photo services like Picasa Web Albums and Flickr. (more…)

Eee PC : The Next Big Thing?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008
The Eee PC easily fits in your hand.

The Eee PC easily fits in your hand.

Over the years I’ve played around with all types of PDA’s (Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, etc.) and laptops, trying to find something that is portable, convenient and useful. Oh, yeah, and affordable. My wife only lets me spend a certain amount on this stuff.

Like most people, I want convenient access to information on the go. I want to access e-mail, contacts, notes, internet access, along with some decent word processing and maybe some multimedia and games if I get bored. (more…)

Windows Software: Frequently Asked Questions

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Q: What’s the difference between the Home and Pro versions of Windows XP?

A: Basically, Windows XP Home is Windows XP Pro with only a few features left off, mostly features designed for use in a corporate environment.

For instance, XP Home cannot connect to a corporate domain or support multiple processors (dual core CPUs are fine though). Windows XP Home also has simplified networking options, but still has all the important networking, sharing, firewall, and routing functions that Pro has.

Simply put, if you don’t need to connect to a corporate network, then you don’t need XP Pro.

Q: What will happen to any data that is already on my hard drive?

A: Installing Windows XP OEM will replace the operating system on the target drive (well, technically only the partition, but most PCs only have one drive and one partition). So you will want to back up your data first.

Also, you may want to consider using the Windows XP Upgrade version to migrate from an older operating system. But be warned: if your old operating system has problems, like spyware or viruses, then you could lose your data if the upgrade fails.

Q: Does Windows XP include MS Word or Excel?

A: No. No version of Windows includes or has ever included Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher, or any other part of Microsoft Office, which is a separate product which just happens to be made by the same company and is often bundled together by PC manufacturers.

Q: How does Windows XP activation work?

A: First, a Windows XP license is only meant to be used on 1 (one) computer. How do they enforce this? Well, your installation key is tied to the unique set of hardware in your system. Therefore you could reinstall XP on your system and reactivate over the internet with no trouble.

You’d only have trouble activating if you tried installing on a different PC or if you significantly change the hardware in your system. In that case you would have to call the activation 800 number and explain that you have done a system upgrade and need to reactivate. We’ve done this countless times on systems we’ve upgraded for customers and it generally only takes about 5 minutes.

Q: What is OEM Windows software?

OEM versions of Windows are designed to be sold to system builders and computer enthusiasts, so they have minimal packaging and they only allow you to perform a full install, not an upgrade of your current operating system. Once installed though, you have the same version Windows as with the more expensive retail package.

Microsoft doesn’t offer phone support for OEM software, but you are eligible for the same updates and patches as with retail Windows.

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