Game Over… Soon.

Microsoft announced this week that they are going to shut down the servers that support on-line games for Windows 7, XP, and ME.  These include: Internet Backgammon (Windows XP, ME, 7) Internet Checkers (Windows XP, ME, 7) Internet Spades (Windows XP, ME, 7) Internet Hearts (Windows XP, ME) Internet Reversi (Windows XP, ME) MSN Go… Continue reading Game Over… Soon.

Still on XP? There should be a reason…

For the past year or so I have been counting down (on Twitter) the days left until the #EndOfDaysXP… as of the date of this article it stands at 591 days.  Some of my followers think it is silly, others thank me for it.  Some want to know why it matters, and there are a… Continue reading Still on XP? There should be a reason…

Missing the Obvious: A great reason to ask for expert opinions.

I received the following e-mail from a colleague, and was glad to answer her questions.  However the most important question of all is her last one… “Have I missed any other issues that I should be looking at before beginning this migration?'”  I am so glad she asked that, because none of us are experts… Continue reading Missing the Obvious: A great reason to ask for expert opinions.

The Student Has Become The Master!

Monday evening I attended the monthly user group meeting of the Wellington Waterloo IT Pro User Group (http://www.wwitpro.com/) in Kitchener, Ontario.  The topic for the evening was called Windows 7 Deployment as presented by Sean Kearney (yes, THE Sean Kearney, a.k.a. The Energized Tech, a.k.a. (the former) Friday Funny Guy!) from SWMI Consulting Group and… Continue reading The Student Has Become The Master!

Creating a Bootable USB Key

It seems that some of my articles got chopped during the move to WordPress.  Doh!  Here are the simple instructions to create a bootable USB key: Open a Command Prompt session with Administrator privileges. Run the Disk Partition utility (diskpart.exe) Type List Disk to see a list of drives on your computer.  Determine which is… Continue reading Creating a Bootable USB Key

Mitch Visits One Police Plaza

A couple of weeks ago one attendee was a detective with the NYPD, and he offered to take me behind the scenes at One Police Plaza so that I could take a look at a few of the units that use information technology (IT) for a lot more than just paperwork and filing. I had… Continue reading Mitch Visits One Police Plaza