Posts tagged "microsoft"

Windows 7 Backup

Using Windows 7 Backup. Multiple videos explaining the process.

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Posted by Rob Truman - June 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

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Office Live vs Google Docs

Office Live is Microsoft’s new cloud based document system goes one better than Google Docs

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Posted by Rob Truman - June 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

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Whose Driving?

PrintersThe biggest and most overlooked problem with PC’s today is the proprietary printer driver.

Installing a printer is one of the most difficult tasks there is when it comes to personal computing.  This is all because that all printer manufactures insist on their own bloat-ware called a ‘Print Driver.

You would think that after all the years computers and printers have been around, there would have been a push to standardize printer drivers.  From everyone I have spoken with, installing a printer is one if not the worst experience when updating or installing a new operating system.

Just recently I upgraded my laptop to Windows 7 Professional.  I have a one year old HP LaserJet P006.  This is not a color or multi-function do everything printer, it only does one thing: Print!  I came to find out that HP decided not to create drivers for Windows 7 for this printer and the Vista drivers didnt work.  After much searching I finally found a Universal Driver that allowed me to use this printer.  I then went to install my other printer which is an HP Ink Jet Multi-function, and much older of a printer.  Well to my surprise, HP did have this driver for Windows 7…162MB download.

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Posted by Rob Truman - December 5, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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SkyDrive Usable?

SDElogoSkyDrive and its 25GB of storage is getting more usable thanks to ‘Skydrive Explorer’.

I came across this really impressive application the other day and it really gets Windows Live SkyDrive one step closer to becoming a great online tool.  One of the problems with Skydrive in the past is there has been no easy way to incorporate it and easily get your files uploaded.

Skydrive Explorer (http://skydriveexplorer.com) has come up with a solution that is easy to install and use. Here is the review from their site:

SkyDrive Explorer is a free, easy-to-use, but very powerful extension for Windows Explorer. With SkyDrive Explorer you can make any every-day operations with your documents from Microsoft Live SkyDrive™ service using Windows Explorer, as if they were on your computer.

Moreover you don’t need to install and configure any additional programs or ActiveX components. SkyDrive Explorer will organize the interaction with the online storage itself.

Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer

In short when you install this application it will create a virtual folder in your Windows Explorer…

When you first set this up you will be required to provide your Windows Live username and password.  After that you will be able to use this like any local drive with a few exceptions which I will cover shortly.

Follow are the listed features for the product:

  • View the structure and contents of folders in SkyDrive™;
  • View files information (type, size, creation date in GMT format);
  • Create new root folders and subfolders;
  • Copy files into the storage;
  • Delete files and folders;
  • Copy files from the storage to the computer;
  • Copy folders and subfolders from the storage to the computer keeping their structure;
  • Use Drag & Drop for files operations;
  • Rename files and folders;
  • Create links to SkyDrive™ folders on your computer.

So whats missing?

I sent the developers a note telling them what a great product I thought this was, and what I thought would be cool in their next release.  The only thing that I think they have left out is the ability to use applications like Microsoft SyncToy to sync folders and files to your SkyDrive.  Currently SyncToy does not recognize the virtual folder so you must drag and drop your files.  If this one functionality could be incorporated this would be a really smoking tool.

SkyDrive Explorer is still in Beta and I have great hopes for it in the months to come.  It is by far one of the best tools I have come across. If you decide to use it, please consider making a donation as we need this kind on innovation in our lives.

Posted by Rob Truman - November 3, 2009 at 9:28 am

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Syncing Gmail and Outlook

 

Google and OutlookThis is question that I have seen asked time and time again. Infact it was again asked of me on Mahalo.com which Im a member of; so I decided to do some research.

Q. Outlook and Google Contacts: I have about 1000 contacts between these two products. About 500 of them are duplicates.

 

A. I assume you want to clean this up so the contacts in outlook and google are the same? There is no free automated way to do this in Outlook 2003, Im not sure on 2007. The following article is a pretty good way to accomplish this:

http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/2700/outlook_how_to_delete_duplicated_contacts/

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Posted by Rob Truman - September 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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Dumping Your Email Client

Making your email client go away.  As we move closer and closer to a real cloud computing world, getting rid of your email client becomes more of a viable solution.

Up until recently I have been a long time Microsoft Outlook user. I have also tried just about every email client known to techkind.  One of the biggest issues I always had was keeping my laptop email sycned to my desktop email and both of them synced to my Blackberry.

After much research I finally made the move to Gmail.


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Posted by Rob Truman - July 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

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