I received the following image via email today from Microsoft, entitled “Bing it On”.
Now, had they said that double the number of users get their search results delivered via Bing, I would believe it. This because, having years of experience administering Windows systems, I know that Bing is the default search provider in pretty much every Windows platform still running. I can imagine that there are lots of non-techie people who changing their search defaults never even occurs to, just like it probably has never occurred to most people to exchange their factory headlights for aftermarket HID lights.… Continue reading
So I have this idea. Maybe its’ a good one and maybe it’s a bad one, but it’s mine so I’m sticking with it.
My idea is that tech companies today have the wrong idea about things. We’ve seen, since the 90′s the rise of one-trick-pony companies that form around one single product and then spend years of their lives trying to make that product a success.
Most of these guys fail.
My idea is that those that fail, and even those that succeed, both have the wrong idea. Quite frankly the only difference I see between… Continue reading
Did you know that you could control Windows Update from the command line? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. I’d estimate that 98% of certified Microsoft professionals have no idea about this.
“Why is this important”, you ask? because if you can do it at the command line you can script it, and if you can script it you can deploy it.
Here’s the deal:
The command for controlling Windows update is, “WUAUCLT.exe”. Used by it self it doesn’t do much, but when you combine it with the command line switches listed below, it becomes a very powerful utility indeed.… Continue reading
Tablet PC’s are all the rage nowadays. You might think that the Apple iPad started this trent, but not so. Some companies to produce of the predecessors to the iPad include (although some never made it beyond trials):
The Tablet PC has almost attained market acceptance several times since the 1980′s, however many problems, including battery life and cost, have thwarted widespread adoption at every turn.
The device that actually turned this dynamic around is not, strictly speaking, a Tablet PC at all. Amazon’s Kindle device, credited as the first comercially successful e-reader by… Continue reading
So you have an Active Directory domain and you, for some reason, want to reset everyone’s password to a default value?
This is easier said than done, and only requires one simple command chain. Here you go:
1) Make sure that you are running this on a Domain Controller, or on a computer with the Remote Server Administration Tools installed, and are logged in with a domain admin account.
2) Open a command prompt
3) Type the following:
dsquery user -limit 999 | dsmod user -pwd thenewpassword
And that’s it. This works on every edition of Microsoft’s Windows Server line,… Continue reading
DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)
gr8_phk writes “As reported over at Phoronix, the Direct X 11 API now has an open source implementation on top of Gallium3d which should ease porting of games to Linux with or without Wine. While still in its infancy, you can see where this is heading. All this while Microsoft hasn’t offered DX11 for their own aging WindowsXP. Could it be that Linux may soon support this Microsoft API better than Microsoft itself?”
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Microsoft‘s Chief Exec For Latin America Says ‘Open’ Means ‘Incompetent’
An anonymous reader writes “The President of Microsoft Latin America, in criticizing the Brazilian government for its support of open source software, claimed that declaring something open is how you ‘mask incompetence.’ That seems especially funny coming from Microsoft, who has used ‘closed’ to mask incompetence for years. I thought ‘open’ meant that people could find and fix (or ignore) incompetence, whereas closed meant you were stuck with the incompetence.”
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