Windows Weekly 146

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Windows Weekly
Episode 146


  • Windows 7 Success
    • Over 90 million units sold so far. (60m at end of 2009)
    • Microsoft expects to sell over 300 million in 2010.
    • What competition?
  • Microsoft wants to make PCs safer online
    • Why is this controversial?
    • Calls for an Internet tax and comparisons to national health care
  • Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program on the way
    • Starts sometime this month (as early as Friday)
    • Buy any version of Office 2007 at retail, get the equivalent Office 2010 version free
  • Google fatigue
    • Enough already
    • Microsoft rode to fame and fortune over decades, amassing as many enemies as it did fans.
    • But Google has ridden to its own fortune much more quickly and for much more dubious reasons. And now the company is busy buying its way into every conceivable market on earth, all stomping all over privacy and intellectual property rights.
    • We're reaching a weird area here.
    • Think of it this way: "Do no evil" is a lot like saying "this is a great time, eh?" at a party. When you're having a great time, you don't need to say it. When you're not being evil, it should be obvious. Is Google evil? And do they need to be stopped before it's too late?
  • Apple vs. Google
    • Speaking of Google fatigue
    • Apple launches proxy attack on Google Android by suing HTC for violating 20 patents
    • My bet: Many of those patents will be proven invalid due to prior art
    • So why is Apple suing? And why not sue Google directly? Or Microsoft?

Windows 7 Feature of the Week: BitLocker To Go

  • Microsoft brings full drive encryption to removable USB devices [1]
    • Unfortunately: Only in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise

Windows 7 Tip of the Week: Access Computer Management All-in-one utility

  • This one has been around since NT, but many users don't know about it
  • Windows 7 has an all-in-one management console called Computer Management that combines Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups, Performance Monitor, Device Manager, Disk Management, IIS (if installed), Services, and WMI Control into a single UI. There are a number of ways to launch it.
  • Thanks to Johnny Frederiksen.

Tip of the Week

  • Fix PDF Thumbnails and Previews in Windows 7 x64
    • Yep, they're broken. This fixes them. [2]
  • Thanks to Jim Clarke

Software Pick of the Week

  • Turbo Risk 2.0 - It's a computer version of the classic board game Risk. What sets this version apart is that it has an IDE for developing your own AI players. Therefore there is a great diversity of AI players to play against.

Notable Quotes

  • "Windows 7 is pretty un-annoying"
    • -- Leo @ 4min42sec
  • "Windows 7...Perfection embodied"
    • -- Leo @ 4min53sec
  • "I for one, welcome our new Google overlords"
    • -- Leo @ 49mins53sec

Significant Products

  • Link URL and optional brief description




Audible pick of the week: The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman (UNABRIDGED)
Narrated by Charles Stransky



Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
  • Notes:
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