Chris Clay Clay

I have been a systems administrator of both Windows and Linux systems for over 17 years, in educational institutions, enterprises, and consumer environments. Throughout the years running Linux and Windows side by side, I have seen Linux countless times surpass Windows in performance, reliability, cost savings, and more recently user experience. The power of Linux and open source software is one that cannot be ignored by businesses or individuals, and has been making waves in the world of proprietary software and Microsoft. From multiple frustrations of using Microsoft products and seeing open source products excel over them, I have drawn an interest in writing more about my adventures in both, and doing research about the two with their vast differences. Today I administer and consult for both Linux and Windows, but prefer Linux on systems that I personally use. I run Linux on the desktop and have migrated family and friends as well from Windows to Linux with astounding results. The blog documents my observations along the way.

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Downloading genuine software

Downloading genuine software

Recently during a verbal conversation I was asked what can be done about helping a Windows 7 computer that is slowing down to a crawl. At the time the computer in question wasn't around so I mentioned to download, install, and run Malwarebytes to check for any potential spyware/malware on the system.

published September 13, 2011 by

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Fragmentation within the NTFS filesystem

Fragmentation within the NTFS filesystem

Recently while troubleshooting an issue on a Windows 7 PC, I noticed a number of events in the Application Log labelled "Defrag". Sparking my curiosity, I looked further and discovered that there was approximately one entry per day in the log.

published August 31, 2011 by

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Gone with Windows 7 : RunAs for Explorer

Gone with Windows 7 : RunAs for Explorer

One of the most useful support tools for Windows XP that we've used over the years, is the ability to run Windows Explorer as an administrator account, while having a restricted user logged in. This allows an administrator to perform Explorer-related tasks while leaving the end user logged in.

published August 29, 2011 by

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More Windows 7 corruption and repair woes

More Windows 7 corruption and repair woes

Recently, we've been seeing a noticeable increase with Windows 7 and "repair mode" which is launched automatically at boot time. During this latest increase, Windows 7 will launch the automatic repair, which when the user attempts to allow it to repair, ends up failing and results in a boot loop where the repair mode comes up and Windows cannot boot into the regular shell any longer.

published August 24, 2011 by

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What "free" means with Open Source software

What "free" means with Open Source software

A lot of the times when discussing GNU/Linux and it being "free", many people think that this means it costs nothing. While it is true that GNU/Linux costs nothing, the word "free" mainly means that GNU/Linux is free as in your freedom to use it, study it, crack it open, change it for your needs, copy it, and you will not be controlled by a single entity on how you use the software.

published August 3, 2011 by

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No apologies for Microsoft Windows

No apologies for Microsoft Windows

Recently I've had some discussion with colleagues about Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux in comparison to each other. Generally, I've found that most people agree that Mac OS X is more stable than Windows, and those that are familiar with Linux feel that it too is more stable than Windows.

published July 22, 2011 by

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Windows 7 user data saved with Linux

Windows 7 user data saved with Linux

Just today I had the pleasure of helping another user recover their data when the Microsoft tools failed. The recommended method to recover Windows is to boot to the recovery tools partition, by pressing F8 and select "Repair my computer" option.

published July 20, 2011 by

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Keeping things simple in IT

Keeping things simple in IT

Over the years, it seems that things in IT are becoming overly complex. Not just because of the natural progression of IT in general, but from extra bloat and nonsense that is being added on top of it all.

published June 30, 2011 by

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