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Aug 29, 2009

WinToFlash Turns Your Windows Installation DVD into a USB-based Installer [Downloads]

WinToFlash Turns Your Windows Installation DVD into a USB-based Installer [Downloads]


Windows: Want to turn your Windows installation DVD into an installation flash drive? WinToFlash can do that and more.

WinToFlash can transfer Windows XP, Vista, and 7 onto a flash drive as well as Server 2003 and 2008. WinToFlash can also transfer Windows Preinstallation Environments to flash drive.

The process is simple and mostly obvious. You tell WinToFlash where the installation files you want to transfer are located and either let the transfer wizard take care of things, or specify settings like what kind of format the flash drive will undergo. In our test using a USB 2.0 generic flash drive it took about 12 minutes to turn a Windows 7 installation DVD into a USB-based installer.

WinToFlash is freeware, Windows only.

Aug 27, 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2 Only Supports 64bit

Looks like Microsoft has stepped into the 21st century. The latest version of Windows Sever 2008 R2 is set to only support 64bit architecture.

I just wonder how long they are going to support the original version of Server 2008 that will also run on the 32bit processors in shops that can't afford (or just don't want to do) the upgrade.

Aug 24, 2009

Tech Support Cheat Sheet

I think the big problem is the box about "Google". Most people are so intimidated by "Googling something" that they refuse and would rather have their hand held. The rest have no idea how to read the results of a Google search. Let's face it, there is an art to "Googling" something and the even more difficult part of reading the results.

Tech Support Cheat Sheet

Aug 20, 2009

Vulnerability in Pidgin, patch!, (Thu, Aug 20th)

I've recently moved back to iChat but I'll certainly be patching, just in case.

Vulnerability in Pidgin, patch!, (Thu, Aug 20th): "Time for your daily patch.
CORE security technologies published a vulnerability in libpurple ...(more)..."

Aug 19, 2009

Five favorite Entourage tips

I found #4 particularly helpful. I've always wondered how to work with the database for Entourage.

Five favorite Entourage tipsReady to stop doing things the slow way in Microsoft Entourage? Joe Kissell shows his five favorite ways to boost your productivity in this popular e-mail program.