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Using the Windows 7 User Interface
Dec 3, 2009
This chapter provides an introduction to the Windows 7 user interface to help previous Windows users up to speed quickly with all the changes.
"The Best Programming Advice I Ever Got" with Rand Morimoto
Feb 19, 2013
Rand Morimoto, Microsoft MVP and president of Convergent Computing, writes about the importance of learning PowerShell, even if you're comfortable with using GUIs.
(Remote) Controlling Your Windows XP PC
Jul 15, 2005
Kulvir Bhogal shows you how to get to the next level of laziness with a low-cost remote control solution for Windows XP and Winamp.
10 Things I Hate About (U)NIX
Nov 4, 2005
UNIX was a terrific workhorse for its time, but eventually the old nag needs to be put out to pasture. David Chisnall argues that it's time to retire UNIX in favor of modern systems with a lot more horsepower.
10 Things I Hate About U(NIX) Revisited: Readers Speak
Mar 17, 2006
After receiving several comments to his November 2005 article on hating UNIX, David Chisnall offers his responses and further insight on his continuing disdain for UNIX.
5 Easy Steps to Using Virtualization Technology
Apr 4, 2008
Virtualization tools make it possible for anyone to accommodate Linux machines inside the Windows desktop.
A Basic Tour of FreeBSD
Feb 7, 2003
Unleash the power behind FreeBSD by tackling its command line interface and learning to perform some basic operations.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Windows Security
Aug 13, 2010
J. Peter Bruzzese provides insight into some examples of security enhancements in Windows you might (or might not) be aware of.
A Brief History of Microsoft Windows
Aug 3, 2009
Michael Miller is your tour guide for 25 years of Windows: from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7.
A Cocoa Application: Views
Apr 14, 2006
This chapter introduces Interface Builder, a tool no less important to Cocoa development than Xcode itself. IB is used as a straightforward tool for laying out windows and views. You'll see how to set the many options for automatic sizing of embedded views and how to use Interface Builder's own simulation mode to verify that your layout and sizing choices work.
A Complete Deployment Image
Dec 13, 2000
Windows 2000 deployment expert Jeffrey Ferris shows you how to combine a computer-naming script with NETSET.EXE and a network configuration script to completely deploy a Windows 2000 Professional workstation using a disk-imaging utility and SYSPREP.
A Few Active Directory Basics
Jul 24, 2000
Active Directory is one of the most talked-about new features of Windows 2000. There are a number of new issues to consider when planning deployment of this new directory services architecture, and there are even more new terms to learn.
A File as Seen from WMI
Oct 26, 2001
In this article, Matthew Lavy gives a simple taste of the world of WMI by showing how you can use it to investigate and manipulate a file in an NTFS filesystem.
A First Look at Kubuntu-Jaunty (v9.04)
Jul 8, 2009
Are you looking for a stable, customizable, modern OS with a small footprint? A. Lizard thinks that Kubuntu-Jaunty just might be the distribution you are looking for.
A General Kernel Call Interface
Jul 30, 2001
In this excerpt from Undocumented Windows 2000 Secrets: A Programmer's Cookbook, Windows programming expert Sven Schreiber discusses kernel-mode functions.
A guide to securing your home computer system with a Linux firewall
Nov 6, 2000
Secure your home computer or network with a 24-7 connection by installing a Linux firewall. Part one of this three part series gets you started doing just that.
A Guided Tour of the Common Information Model Repository
Jan 10, 2003
This sample chapter examines the classes and associations that hold the elements of most interest to users of WMI.
A Half-Way Step to Apple’s Source Code: An Interview with David Chisnall
Jun 5, 2009
Longtime InformIT contributor David Chisnall talks Cocoa, GNUstep, and the Étoilé project with Linda Leung.
A History of Operating Systems
Jan 18, 2002
In this excerpt from his book, Modern Operating Systems, Andrew Tanenbaum briefly looks at a few of the highlights of the evolution of Operating Systems.
A Linux Firewall for Your Home
Apr 1, 2001
Secure your home computer or network with a 24-7 connection by installing a Linux firewall. Part one of this three part series gets you started doing just that.

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