InformIT :: Mark Edward Soperhttp://www.informit.com/authors/authorblog_rss.aspx?a=3e6588f7-c8ef-4462-aa9a-27d14a35da43The latest blogs from Mark Edward Soper on InformITen-usBlog :: Windows 7 Feature Focus: Cutting Through the Myths About XP Modehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Windows-7-Feature-Focus-Cutting-Through-the-Myths-About-XP-Mode&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Windows-7-Feature-Focus-Cutting-Through-the-Myths-About-XP-Mode&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Windows 7's XP Mode (aka Virtual Windows XP) is one of the most misunderstood options available for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. Go beyond the myths and get the FAQs you need to find out if XP Mode is right for you.</p>Tue, 14 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Windows-7-Feature-Focus-Cutting-Through-the-Myths-About-XP-Mode&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Windows-7-Feature-Focus-Cutting-Through-the-Myths-About-XP-Mode&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Apple Sends Windows Users on a Safari into Dangerous Territoryhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Apple-Sends-Windows-Users-on-a-Safari-into-Dangerous-Territory&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Apple-Sends-Windows-Users-on-a-Safari-into-Dangerous-Territory&WT.rss_ev=a<p>A lot of Windows users have installed Apple's Safari browser since Apple began pushing it to users this spring. Here's why it's time to put it aside - at least for now.</p>Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Apple-Sends-Windows-Users-on-a-Safari-into-Dangerous-Territory&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Apple-Sends-Windows-Users-on-a-Safari-into-Dangerous-Territory&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Want to Stop Network Attacks? The Solution Starts with Youhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Want-to-Stop-Network-Attacks-The-Solution-Starts-with-You&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Want-to-Stop-Network-Attacks-The-Solution-Starts-with-You&WT.rss_ev=a<p>The decisions you make about the software you install, the wireless networks you use, and the people you trust can either create a secure home or office network or hang out the &quot;this network is unprotected&quot; sign for data and privacy thieves.</p>Tue, 27 May 2008 17:17:22 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Want-to-Stop-Network-Attacks-The-Solution-Starts-with-You&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Want-to-Stop-Network-Attacks-The-Solution-Starts-with-You&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: If Windows Update's Broken, It's Not the End of the World for XP SP2 Usershttp://www.informit.com/blogs/If-Windows-Updates-Broken-Its-Not-the-End-of-the-World-for-XP-SP2-Users&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=If-Windows-Updates-Broken-Its-Not-the-End-of-the-World-for-XP-SP2-Users&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Microsoft's advice to encourage individual users to get Windows XP SP3 via Windows Update is useful - but only if Windows Update is working properly. Learn how to avoid wasting time and update XP systems painlessly.</p>Fri, 09 May 2008 18:02:39 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/If-Windows-Updates-Broken-Its-Not-the-End-of-the-World-for-XP-SP2-Users&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=If-Windows-Updates-Broken-Its-Not-the-End-of-the-World-for-XP-SP2-Users&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Vista SP1 Now Available for All Supported Languageshttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Vista-SP1-Now-Available-for-All-Supported-Languages&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Vista-SP1-Now-Available-for-All-Supported-Languages&WT.rss_ev=a<p>It's been four long weeks since Microsoft released Vista SP1 for the &quot;fortunate five&quot; languages (US English, French, German, Japanese, and Traditional Spanish). Now, everyone else can get updated.</p>Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:32:27 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Vista-SP1-Now-Available-for-All-Supported-Languages&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Vista-SP1-Now-Available-for-All-Supported-Languages&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Vista SP1 Finally Available - Choose Your Favorite Download Methodhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Vista-SP1-Finally-Available--Choose-Your-Favorite-Download-Method&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Vista-SP1-Finally-Available--Choose-Your-Favorite-Download-Method&WT.rss_ev=a<p>It's been six long weeks since Microsoft locked in Vista SP1, but it's now available for download. Here's how to choose the right method for your situation.</p>Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:36:21 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Vista-SP1-Finally-Available--Choose-Your-Favorite-Download-Method&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Vista-SP1-Finally-Available--Choose-Your-Favorite-Download-Method&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: FireWire Ports Are Big Security Holes for Windows Usershttp://www.informit.com/blogs/FireWire-Ports-Are-Big-Security-Holes-for-Windows-Users&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=FireWire-Ports-Are-Big-Security-Holes-for-Windows-Users&WT.rss_ev=a<p>A security consultant from the other 'land down under' has released a tool that makes FireWire (IEEE-1394) ports on your Windows PC a big security risk. Here's how the attack works - and how to stop it, too.</p>Tue, 11 Mar 2008 20:37:45 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/FireWire-Ports-Are-Big-Security-Holes-for-Windows-Users&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=FireWire-Ports-Are-Big-Security-Holes-for-Windows-Users&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Before You Install Windows XP SP3 RC2...http://www.informit.com/blogs/Before-You-Install-Windows-XP-SP3-RC2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Before-You-Install-Windows-XP-SP3-RC2&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Don't want to wait until the final release of Windows XP SP3? RC2 is now available in full downloadable versions, but some users are having problems. Find out the solutions before you start evaluating RC2.</p>Mon, 03 Mar 2008 10:47:28 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Before-You-Install-Windows-XP-SP3-RC2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Before-You-Install-Windows-XP-SP3-RC2&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Only a "Dirty Dozen" Apps Don't Get Along with Vista SP1 http://www.informit.com/blogs/Only-a-Dirty-Dozen-Apps-Dont-Get-Along-with-Vista-SP1-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Only-a-Dirty-Dozen-Apps-Dont-Get-Along-with-Vista-SP1-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Worried about whether your apps can handle the coming SP1 upgrade to Vista? Relax. The official&nbsp;list of affected programs is short, and there are fixes for most already.</p>Mon, 25 Feb 2008 15:39:17 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Only-a-Dirty-Dozen-Apps-Dont-Get-Along-with-Vista-SP1-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Only-a-Dirty-Dozen-Apps-Dont-Get-Along-with-Vista-SP1-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Windows XP SP3 RC Refresh 2 Now Availablehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Windows-XP-SP3-RC-Refresh-2-Now-Available&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Windows-XP-SP3-RC-Refresh-2-Now-Available&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Want to take the latest refresh of XP SP3 RC for a spin? It's now available via Windows Update. Here's how to get it.</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2008 09:28:06 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Windows-XP-SP3-RC-Refresh-2-Now-Available&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Windows-XP-SP3-RC-Refresh-2-Now-Available&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Use Firefox? Use Extensions? Stop Big Security Risks Now!http://www.informit.com/blogs/Use-Firefox-Use-Extensions-Stop-Big-Security-Risks-Now&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Use-Firefox-Use-Extensions-Stop-Big-Security-Risks-Now&WT.rss_ev=a<p>If you have even one of over 600 addons (extensions) for Firefox installed, you are vulnerable to JavaScript exploits that can expose your browser's configuration, what you've been doing online, and more.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:19:06 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Use-Firefox-Use-Extensions-Stop-Big-Security-Risks-Now&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Use-Firefox-Use-Extensions-Stop-Big-Security-Risks-Now&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 30: Don't Wait for Windows Updatehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-30-Dont-Wait-for-Windows-Update&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-30-Dont-Wait-for-Windows-Update&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Although Windows Update showers your system with updates, you may have to wait for the updates you need most. Why wait? Learn how to find and get the updates you need - now.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2008 09:45:02 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-30-Dont-Wait-for-Windows-Update&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-30-Dont-Wait-for-Windows-Update&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 29: Saying Goodbye to Legacy Hardwarehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-29-Saying-Goodbye-to-Legacy-Hardware&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-29-Saying-Goodbye-to-Legacy-Hardware&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Still have CRTs, parallel-port printers, PS/2 mice and keyboards, and USB 1.1 stuff cluttering up your office? Here's some advice to help you decide when it's time to part with the old and make way for the new.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:01:33 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-29-Saying-Goodbye-to-Legacy-Hardware&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-29-Saying-Goodbye-to-Legacy-Hardware&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 28: Malware Troubles? Get a Second Opinion!http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-28-Malware-Troubles-Get-a-Second-Opinion&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-28-Malware-Troubles-Get-a-Second-Opinion&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Even if you're armed with an up-to-date antivirus program, you might still run into malware baddies you can't detect or&nbsp;remove. As long as you can still get online, though, you can use an increasing number of free tools to find and, in most cases, remove threats.&nbsp; Here's where to find them - and how they work.<br /> </p>Wed, 23 Jan 2008 15:42:21 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-28-Malware-Troubles-Get-a-Second-Opinion&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-28-Malware-Troubles-Get-a-Second-Opinion&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 27: Supercharging Windows Control Panel Accesshttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-27-Supercharging-Windows-Control-Panel-Access&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-27-Supercharging-Windows-Control-Panel-Access&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you use Windows XP or Windows Vista, learn how to make your favorite Control Panel features easier to find and faster to use.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2008 00:51:01 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-27-Supercharging-Windows-Control-Panel-Access&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-27-Supercharging-Windows-Control-Panel-Access&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 26: Choosing the Right-Sized Flash Memory Cards for Your Camerahttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-26-Choosing-the-Right-Sized-Flash-Memory-Cards-for-Your&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-26-Choosing-the-Right-Sized-Flash-Memory-Cards-for-Your&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you're a casual snapshooter or a professional photographer, you'll probably be in the market for flash memory cards sooner or later. Learn how to choose wisely from a deluge of sizes and models.</p>Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:08:49 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-26-Choosing-the-Right-Sized-Flash-Memory-Cards-for-Your&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-26-Choosing-the-Right-Sized-Flash-Memory-Cards-for-Your&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 25: Add Windows Live Photo Galleryhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-25-Add-Windows-Live-Photo-Gallery&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-25-Add-Windows-Live-Photo-Gallery&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you're a casual snapshooter or a serious photographer, Windows Live Photo Gallery's a worthwhile upgrade for both Windows XP and Windows Vista users.<br /> </p>Fri, 11 Jan 2008 23:44:33 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-25-Add-Windows-Live-Photo-Gallery&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-25-Add-Windows-Live-Photo-Gallery&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 24: Why Every Digital Photographer Needs a Card Readerhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-24-Why-Every-Digital-Photographer-Needs-a-Card-Reader&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-24-Why-Every-Digital-Photographer-Needs-a-Card-Reader&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you're a casual snapshooter or an aspiring professional, your digital camera has better things to do than double as a picture transfer device. Discover your best options.<br /> </p>Thu, 10 Jan 2008 23:18:37 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-24-Why-Every-Digital-Photographer-Needs-a-Card-Reader&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-24-Why-Every-Digital-Photographer-Needs-a-Card-Reader&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 22: How to Choose the Perfect Mousehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-22-How-to-Choose-the-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-22-How-to-Choose-the-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Need a new mouse? Don't worry about categories like &quot;desktop&quot; and &quot;portable&quot; - instead, find out what features are really the most important.</p>Wed, 09 Jan 2008 18:09:29 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-22-How-to-Choose-the-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-22-How-to-Choose-the-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 23: Smarter Page Viewing and Printing with IE7http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-23-Smarter-Page-Viewing-and-Printing-with-IE7&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-23-Smarter-Page-Viewing-and-Printing-with-IE7&WT.rss_ev=a<p>If you're not using the page zooming and print previewing features in Internet Explorer 7, you're missing out on two of the best reasons to use IE7. Find out how these new features boost productivity and make better use of today's widescreen displays.<br /> </p>Tue, 08 Jan 2008 22:22:40 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-23-Smarter-Page-Viewing-and-Printing-with-IE7&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-23-Smarter-Page-Viewing-and-Printing-with-IE7&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 21: Grab the Web Your Way, Part 2http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-21-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-21-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-2&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Can't find your favorite web pages anymore? Learn how to track them down, even if it takes a 'trip through time.' </p>Sat, 05 Jan 2008 00:01:28 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-21-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-21-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-2&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 20: Grab the Web Your Way, Part 1 http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-20-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-1-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-20-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-1-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>All too often, web pages are here today and gone tomorrow. Learn how to save your favorite pages before they disappear.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:07:14 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-20-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-1-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-20-Grab-the-Web-Your-Way-Part-1-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 19: The Time's Ripe to Take eSATA for a Spinhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-19-The-Times-Ripe-to-Take-eSATA-for-a-Spin&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-19-The-Times-Ripe-to-Take-eSATA-for-a-Spin&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Looking for a faster way to back up your desktop and mobile PCs? Want to exploit those extra SATA host adapters on your motherboard? Follow these tips to make moving to eSATA a painless process.</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2008 22:19:20 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-19-The-Times-Ripe-to-Take-eSATA-for-a-Spin&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-19-The-Times-Ripe-to-Take-eSATA-for-a-Spin&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 18: Mapping Your Windows XP Boxes on Your Windows Vista Networkhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-18-Mapping-Your-Windows-XP-Boxes-on-Your-Windows-Vista-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-18-Mapping-Your-Windows-XP-Boxes-on-Your-Windows-Vista-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Help your Windows Vista network to accurately display your Windows XP systems with a simple-to-install download.</p>Sat, 29 Dec 2007 01:30:22 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-18-Mapping-Your-Windows-XP-Boxes-on-Your-Windows-Vista-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-18-Mapping-Your-Windows-XP-Boxes-on-Your-Windows-Vista-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 17: Before Going to 802.11n Wireless Networking, Check the Fine Printhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-17-Before-Going-to-80211n-Wireless-Networking-Check-the&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-17-Before-Going-to-80211n-Wireless-Networking-Check-the&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Users who want the 'latest, greatest' wireless network are flocking to 802.11n hardware, but disappointment can await if you don't check specifications and performance carefully.<br /> </p>Fri, 28 Dec 2007 00:08:26 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-17-Before-Going-to-80211n-Wireless-Networking-Check-the&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-17-Before-Going-to-80211n-Wireless-Networking-Check-the&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 16: Painless Software Testing the Virtual Wayhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-16-Painless-Software-Testing-the-Virtual-Way&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-16-Painless-Software-Testing-the-Virtual-Way&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Looking for a safe way to experiment with a release candidate or new application? Virtualize it! Here's how to get started.<br /> </p>Fri, 21 Dec 2007 18:59:02 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-16-Painless-Software-Testing-the-Virtual-Way&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-16-Painless-Software-Testing-the-Virtual-Way&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 15: Easy Laptop Expansion Via Docks and Port Replicatorshttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-15-Easy-Laptop-Expansion-Via-Docks-and-Port-Replicators&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-15-Easy-Laptop-Expansion-Via-Docks-and-Port-Replicators&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you're searching for more USB ports, digital audio, better video output, or an easy way to connect to all your office gizmos with a single connection, your laptop's expansion port or extra USB port makes it easy.<br /> </p>Thu, 20 Dec 2007 22:53:55 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-15-Easy-Laptop-Expansion-Via-Docks-and-Port-Replicators&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-15-Easy-Laptop-Expansion-Via-Docks-and-Port-Replicators&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 14: Before You Update, Run System Restorehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-14-Before-You-Update-Run-System-Restore30-Hardware-and-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-14-Before-You-Update-Run-System-Restore30-Hardware-and-&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Some Windows Update 'updates' are turning out to be toxic for some PCs. Learn how to protect yourself from software screwups with System Restore.<br /> </p>Thu, 20 Dec 2007 11:20:53 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-14-Before-You-Update-Run-System-Restore30-Hardware-and-&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-14-Before-You-Update-Run-System-Restore30-Hardware-and-&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 13: 4 Ways to Feed Your Motherboard's Memory Appetite Righthttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-13-4-Ways-to-Feed-Your-Motherboards-Memory-Appetite-Rig&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-13-4-Ways-to-Feed-Your-Motherboards-Memory-Appetite-Rig&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you run Windows XP, Windows Vista, MacOS, or Linux, memory (RAM) maximizes your system performance. Follow our four rules to get the most for your money.</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2007 23:40:42 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-13-4-Ways-to-Feed-Your-Motherboards-Memory-Appetite-Rig&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-13-4-Ways-to-Feed-Your-Motherboards-Memory-Appetite-Rig&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Windows and Hardware Tips in 30 Days: Create Strong Wireless Network Keys with Windows XP SP2http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Create-Strong-Wireless-Network-Keys-with-Windows-XP-SP2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Create-Strong-Wireless-Network-Keys-with-Windows-XP-SP2&WT.rss_ev=a<p >Need to secure your wireless network? Windows XP SP2 makes it easy to create strong WEP or WPA keys for any Wi-Fi network.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2007 23:14:44 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Create-Strong-Wireless-Network-Keys-with-Windows-XP-SP2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Create-Strong-Wireless-Network-Keys-with-Windows-XP-SP2&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 11: Thinking Widescreen Display? Check Your Video Card Support Firsthttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-11-Thinking-Widescreen-Display-Check-Your-Video-Card-Su&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-11-Thinking-Widescreen-Display-Check-Your-Video-Card-Su&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Widescreen displays are all the rage, but some onboard video and graphics cards aren't up to the task of supporting some sizes. Here's how to make sure you get full benefit from your new display.<br /> </p>Sat, 15 Dec 2007 00:39:16 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-11-Thinking-Widescreen-Display-Check-Your-Video-Card-Su&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-11-Thinking-Widescreen-Display-Check-Your-Video-Card-Su&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 10: Build a Slipstream Windows XP Install CDhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-10-Build-a-Slipstream-Windows-XP-Install-CD&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-10-Build-a-Slipstream-Windows-XP-Install-CD&WT.rss_ev=a<p>If your Windows XP installation was originally performed with a pre-SP1 version, you could be in for a world of hurt if you ever need to perform a repair install. Find out why a slipstream Windows XP install CD's an inexpensive insurance policy against disaster.<br /> </p>Thu, 13 Dec 2007 23:19:56 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-10-Build-a-Slipstream-Windows-XP-Install-CD&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-10-Build-a-Slipstream-Windows-XP-Install-CD&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 9: Solving a USB Port Shortagehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-9-Solving-a-USB-Port-Shortage&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-9-Solving-a-USB-Port-Shortage&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Short of USB ports? Discover the best ways to add more ports without sacrificing performance or compatibility.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2007 00:09:48 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-9-Solving-a-USB-Port-Shortage&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-9-Solving-a-USB-Port-Shortage&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Find an Easier Alternative to Command-Line Windows Repairs with Dial-a-Fixhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Find-an-Easier-Alternative-to-Command-Line-Windows-Repairs-with-Dial-a-Fix&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Find-an-Easier-Alternative-to-Command-Line-Windows-Repairs-with-Dial-a-Fix&WT.rss_ev=a<p>You can fix a lot of Windows problems &ndash; <em>if</em> you understand command-line utilities like NET,&nbsp;SC, and REGSVR32. Now, even if you're command-line-challenged, you can fix problems with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003&nbsp;(and older versions, too) with Dial-a-Fix.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2007 19:22:26 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Find-an-Easier-Alternative-to-Command-Line-Windows-Repairs-with-Dial-a-Fix&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Find-an-Easier-Alternative-to-Command-Line-Windows-Repairs-with-Dial-a-Fix&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 7: Processor Upgrades Are a Numbers Game ? Part 2http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-7-Processor-Upgrades-Are-a-Numbers-Game-Part-2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-7-Processor-Upgrades-Are-a-Numbers-Game-Part-2&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Once you determine the essential facts about the processor, motherboard, and BIOS version in your computer, you can decide whether a processor upgrade is worthwhile, and which one you should install. </p>Mon, 10 Dec 2007 18:05:53 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-7-Processor-Upgrades-Are-a-Numbers-Game-Part-2&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-7-Processor-Upgrades-Are-a-Numbers-Game-Part-2&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 6: Customizing Folder Views in Windows Vistahttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-6-Customizing-Folder-Views-in-Windows-Vista&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-6-Customizing-Folder-Views-in-Windows-Vista&WT.rss_ev=a<p >Whether you use Windows XP, Windows Vista or a legacy Windows version, customizing your folder views helps you find the information you want with less effort and helps you can navigate through your system faster. This article discusses folder customizations in Windows Vista. For Windows XP, see <a href="http://www.informit.com/blogs/blog.aspx?uk=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-4-Customize-Your-Folder-Views-Part-1">Tip 4</a>.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2007 00:01:09 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-6-Customizing-Folder-Views-in-Windows-Vista&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-6-Customizing-Folder-Views-in-Windows-Vista&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip 5: Thinking Processor Upgrade? It's a Numbers Game ? Part 1http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-5-Thinking-Processor-Upgrade-Its-a-Numbers-Game-Part-1&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-5-Thinking-Processor-Upgrade-Its-a-Numbers-Game-Part-1&WT.rss_ev=a<p >Back in the day, processor upgrades were fairly simple: find a faster processor in the same CPU family, flip a few motherboard configuration switches after installing the new processor, and you were ready to roll. Today, with processor families containing a bewildering array of options, selecting a processor upgrade is trickier than ever. Here's how to do it &quot;by the numbers.&quot;</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2007 00:53:45 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-5-Thinking-Processor-Upgrade-Its-a-Numbers-Game-Part-1&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-5-Thinking-Processor-Upgrade-Its-a-Numbers-Game-Part-1&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Windows and Hardware Tips in 30 Days Tip 4: Customize Your Folder Views ? Part 1http://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-4-Customize-Your-Folder-Views-Part-1&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-4-Customize-Your-Folder-Views-Part-1&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Whether you use Windows XP, Windows Vista or a legacy Windows version, customizing your folder views helps you find the information you want with less effort and helps you can navigate through your system faster. This article discusses folder customizations in Windows XP, and a future article discusses folder customization in Windows Vista.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2007 23:12:49 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-4-Customize-Your-Folder-Views-Part-1&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-4-Customize-Your-Folder-Views-Part-1&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Windows and Hardware Tips in 30 Days Tip 3: Thinking Notebook Memory Upgrade? Think Biggerhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-3-Thinking-Notebook-Memory-Upgrade-Think-Bigger&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-3-Thinking-Notebook-Memory-Upgrade-Think-Bigger&WT.rss_ev=a<p >The once-huge performance differential between notebook and desktop computers has shrunk to near-vanishing, but one thing remains a constant: most&nbsp;notebooks need more onboard memory than desktops. Find out why, and what to do about it.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2007 11:20:14 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-3-Thinking-Notebook-Memory-Upgrade-Think-Bigger&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Windows-and-Hardware-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-3-Thinking-Notebook-Memory-Upgrade-Think-Bigger&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days Tip #2: Avoid Inconvenient Windows Reboots ? Put Yourself in Charge of Windows Update http://www.informit.com/blogs/0-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-2-Avoid-Inconvenient-Windows-Reboots-Put-Yourself-in-Char&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=0-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-2-Avoid-Inconvenient-Windows-Reboots-Put-Yourself-in-Char&WT.rss_ev=a<p>It's easy to forget how easy Windows Update makes keeping your system up to date when it reboots your system, knocking it offline so you can't access it remotely or run backup. Learn how to control how Windows Update works - so it works for you.<br /> </p>Thu, 29 Nov 2007 16:30:33 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/0-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-2-Avoid-Inconvenient-Windows-Reboots-Put-Yourself-in-Char&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=0-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days-Tip-2-Avoid-Inconvenient-Windows-Reboots-Put-Yourself-in-Char&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: 30 Hardware and Windows Tips in 30 Days - Tip #1: How and Why to Upgrade Your DVD Recorder's Firmwarehttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days--Tip-1-How-and-Why-to-Upgrade-Your-DVD-Recorders-Firmware&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days--Tip-1-How-and-Why-to-Upgrade-Your-DVD-Recorders-Firmware&WT.rss_ev=a<p>As a longtime contributor to books in both the <strong>Upgrading and Repairing</strong> and <strong>Special Edition Using Windows</strong> series, I've developed a great deal of expertise in both the hardware and operating system sides of computing. Over the next six weeks, I'll be sharing the best and most useful tips I've developed for current hardware, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.</p>Mon, 26 Nov 2007 17:28:12 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days--Tip-1-How-and-Why-to-Upgrade-Your-DVD-Recorders-Firmware&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=30-Hardware-and-Windows-Tips-in-30-Days--Tip-1-How-and-Why-to-Upgrade-Your-DVD-Recorders-Firmware&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Time for Microsoft to Take a Hard Look at Windows Update - and What They're Using It Forhttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Time-for-Microsoft-to-Take-a-Hard-Look-at-Windows-Update--and-What-Theyre-Using-It-For&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Time-for-Microsoft-to-Take-a-Hard-Look-at-Windows-Update--and-What-Theyre-Using-It-For&WT.rss_ev=a<p>Windows Update makes it simple to determine whether a system has the latest updates. But all is not well in Windows Updateland: several recent problems for Windows XP&nbsp;users can be traced back to how Windows Update works - and how Microsoft uses it</p>Thu, 25 Oct 2007 15:59:12 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Time-for-Microsoft-to-Take-a-Hard-Look-at-Windows-Update--and-What-Theyre-Using-It-For&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Time-for-Microsoft-to-Take-a-Hard-Look-at-Windows-Update--and-What-Theyre-Using-It-For&WT.rss_ev=aBlog :: Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance Since 1983http://www.informit.com/blogs/Pushing-Back-the-Frontiers-of-Ignorance-Since-1983&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Pushing-Back-the-Frontiers-of-Ignorance-Since-1983&WT.rss_ev=a<p>My name is Mark Edward Soper, and I'm your&nbsp;blog host&nbsp;this session. Let's start out with some AQ (I'm omitting the 'F' because I don't know how frequently these questions have been asked).</p>Tue, 09 Oct 2007 22:39:04 GMThttp://www.informit.com/blogs/Pushing-Back-the-Frontiers-of-Ignorance-Since-1983&WT.rss_f=AuthorBlog&WT.rss_a=Pushing-Back-the-Frontiers-of-Ignorance-Since-1983&WT.rss_ev=a