Posts Tagged ‘operating system’

PickMeApp: Deploy Installed Software on Other PCs without Reinstallation

Monday, September 16th, 2013

If this actually works as well as it sounds like it works, it sure would make it easier to migrate from one computer to another … aside from the caution about adware.

If you ever had to switch computer systems, say from a PC running Windows XP to a shiny new one running Windows 8, you may have encountered the situation that you had no way to get your installed applications from the old PC to the new one easily.


Firefox OS Coming to South America, Eastern Europe First

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Hopefully, this means that by the time the new Firefox OS is released in the US, Mozilla will have had plenty of time to work all of the bugs out …

Mozilla has been working on Firefox OS, a project that was formerly know as Boot2Gecko, for quite some time. Back in July 2012 the company announced the name change and first partnerships with manufacturers and mobile phone companies.


Windows 8: Difference Between Power Down and Reboot

Monday, October 29th, 2012

It turns out that there’s a huge difference between the way that a Windows 7 PC powers down, and the way that a Windows 8 PC powers down …

When you power down a PC running Windows 7, the operating system gets loaded fully again on the next start of the system. The same is true when you reboot the PC. On Windows 8, things are different which can lead to a problem that I have been facing lately. When you select to power down a machine running Windows 8, part of the operating system gets saved to the disk so that it can be loaded again on the next start.


Windows 8 is Not Intuitive to Use, At Least for Now

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Here’s yet another less-than-complimentary article about Windows 8 … this seems to be a rising trend.

Have you ever watched someone with little computing experience use a computer? If you ever worked tech support or are the go-to guy when tech issues come up, you probably know what I’m talking about. Their way of using a computer is often fundamentally different from ours.


The State of Windows 7 Two Years After Release

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

It’s pretty amazing that even after all of these years, XP is still giving Windows 7 a run for its money …

Back in October 2009 Microsoft released the long awaited and highly acclaimed Windows 7 operating system. Unlike Windows Vista, the operating system’s immediate predecessor, Windows 7 managed to do what where Vista failed: Snag away market share from Windows XP. Depending on which statistics you look at Windows 7 is installed on 39% (Statcounter), 42% (W3CSchools) or 32% (Net Market Share) of all computer systems. In comparison the same companies see Windows Vista at 11%, 5% and 9%, and Windows XP at 40%, 36% and 50% respectively.


What I Don’t Like About Windows 8

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Hopefully, by the time that Windows 8 is released commercially, they’ll have sorted out some of these issues with Metro …

In 5 Things I Love About Windows 8 I listed five features of Microsoft’s upcoming operating system that I really like. If you read that article you may have noticed that those features are all “desktop” related. They do not have anything to do with the new Metro UI of Windows 8, and that is for a reason.


New Windows Explorer Will Ship with Windows 8

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

This worries me; I’ve always been pretty happy with Explorer, just the way it is, and lately it seems like the more Microsoft “improves” stuff, the less effective it becomes …

Microsoft is currently pushing out new announcements like crazy on the Building Windows 8 blog. We for instance know that the company will improve file management features like copying in the new operating system. Today another major change was revealed in a very detailed post on the blog.


Windows 8 Gets Improved File Management Features

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This makes me nervous. Every time Microsoft says it’s going to fix something, they usually just end up taking away functionality and dumbing it down.

The default Windows file management tool Windows Explorer is in dire need of an overhaul. This includes – in my humble opinion – the interface but also the capabilities of the software. Microsoft recently made the announcement that the company will improve the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.


Windows 8 Release is Coming Closer

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

So I guess this means that a marketable version of Windows 8 might be ready in about a year?

Remember how Microsoft marketed the Windows 7 operating system back in 2008 before it was available on retail channels? Right, with a series of blog posts aimed at developers and end users a like, then the beta release followed by the release candidate and RTM version.


Mozilla to Enter the Tablet OS race

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

This is definitely an interesting development …

Mozilla have announced that they’re the latest contender for the tablet operating system crown, and have begun work on their own operating system for mobile devices and tablets.  The OS will be based on Google’s Android operating system but will have much of the code freshly written.