Archive for August 2006

IE7 Release Candidate 1 Is Available

August 24, 2006

Microsoft has just released Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). If a previous version of Internet Explorer 7 is already installed, installing the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 will automatically remove the previous version. After the previous version is removed, Setup will automatically restart your computer and then begin installing the new version. This will probably be the last release before the launch which means you need to report any bugs that you find. Enjoy!

Download Internet Explorer 7 RC1 for XP SP2
Download Internet Explorer 7 RC1 for Server 2003 SP1
Download Internet Explorer 7 RC1 for Windows x64


Microsoft Corrects Vista Release Info

August 19, 2006

According to the article from Windows IT Pro, Microsoft asked for this correction to the article on the release of Windows Vista: “In Tuesday’s WinInfo, I reported that Microsoft still planned to release Windows Vista to manufacturing by the end of October. While this is correct, the company asked me to inform readers that it has never publicly promised it will finalized Vista in October. Instead, Microsoft has publicly pledged only to ship Windows Vista to its volume license customers in November 2006 and to consumers in January 2007. Those plans, too, have not changed.”

Windows Continues To Dominate

August 15, 2006

According to, Microsoft Windows continues to dominate the operating system market with a 96.97% share.  Windows XP currently leads with market share with 86.8%.  Below is a breakdown of the marketshare:

1. Windows XP – 86.80 percent
2. Windows 2000 – 6.09 percent
3. Windows 98 – 2.68 percent
4. Macintosh/ Macintosh Power PC – 2.47 percent
5. Windows Me – 1.09 percent
6. Linux – 0.36 percent
7. Windows NT – 0.24 percent

Windows Vista RC1 To Be Released in September

August 15, 2006

According to Paul Thurrott from Windows IT Pro, Microsoft plans to release Vista Release Candidate 1 (RC1) around Sept. 7, 2006.  When RC1 is released, those who have Vista Beta 2 installed and activated will be able to download RC1 and install it.  Microsoft also plans to re-open their Customer Preview Program to allow individuals to register and download RC1.  This is great news and will give people a chance to preview the next version of Windows.  Originally the release date for RC1 was supposed to be today.  To see the short article from Windows IT Pro, click here.  The article adds that Microsoft is planning an October 2006 release of Windows Vista.

Dell Recalls 4.1 Million Laptop Batteries

August 15, 2006

Dell announced that they are recalling 4.1 million laptops that were sold from April 2004 to July 18, 2006.  The recall affects certain Inspiron, Precesion, and Latitude laptops.  This recall comes in the wake of several reports of batteries catching fire and destroying the laptops.  These batteries were made by Sony.  For more details on the recall including which models are affected, click here

Windows Live Writer

August 14, 2006

Are you considering creating your own blog?  Do you want to be able to write the blog offline and to be posted when you are done?  If so, Microsoft has created a new software program called “Windows Live Writer, which allows you to create blog posts offline and post them to your blog.  You can create your own account via Windows Live Spaces or connect to an existing blog on the web.  I am writing this posting about Windows Live Writer using the program.  It seems to be a fairly easy and straightforward program to use to post blogs.  It has a similar look to Microsoft Word but with a simpler interface.  To download the Windows Live Writer, click here.  For more information, click here.

Laptop Security

August 11, 2006

I’m sure you recently have read about 2 laptops that were stolen from the Veterans’ Administration and laptops stolen from other companies.  Additionally, I’m sure you read about the recent scare of terrorists wanting to take over planes that was stopped in England and England is banning laptops as carry-ons among other items.  What does all of this mean?  You need to add some sort of security to your laptop to protect your data.  The first and easiest way is to backup your data.  Another way is to leave your laptop behind and store your data on a CD, DVD, or USB Flash drive and carry these to your destination when traveling.  A third security measure, might be to add tracking software for your laptop.  Two recent programs have come to my attention in this regard.  The first is called LoJack for Laptops and is made by Absolute Software and costs $49.99 a year.  For more information about this product click here.  The other tracking software that came to my attention is CyberAngel Security Software by CyberAngel Security Systems.  This will cost you $59.95 a year or $149.90 for the life of your computer.  For more information about this product click here.  The bottom line is that you need to protect not only your data, but the laptop itself.