SOLID-STATE DRIVES

A few days ago I said that there hadn’t been any profound changes in computer hardware for a while. That’s true, but there’s a change on the horizon that might affect things deeply, beginning late in 2009. Solid state hard drives are on the verge of becoming viable...

WINDOWS 7 – BACKGROUND

Windows 7 is coming. It’s been almost eight years since Windows XP was released, and we’ve spent more than 2 1/2 years with Vista already. New details are appearing daily about Windows 7 – its development status, availability, pricing, versions, promotions, and much...

BEHIND THE SCENES: DATA CENTERS

I love occasional glimpses behind the scenes. In The Wizard of Oz, I would have been Toto, pulling back the curtain to figure out what was running the big head. The New York Times gives us a fascinating look at the data centers powering the online services that drive...

WINDOWS XP MEMORY UPGRADES

There are a lot of 3-5 year old Windows XP computers out there. They are due for a replacement; the time to do that will be after October 22, when Windows 7 will be on the market. Many of you are finding that your Windows XP computers are insufferably slow. You can...

MICROSOFT UPDATE CATALOG

It happens all the time. I stumble on something basic online that I’ve never seen or heard of before, even though I read about Windows technology for 16 or 17 hours every day to avoid working. Apparently Microsoft has had the “Microsoft Update Catalog” since 2007 as a...