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.
The open source revolution
My thoughts on why businesses and individuals need to start thinking about switching away from proprietary (and high maintenance) software like Windows, and look at open source and free software instead like GNU/Linux. All articles are based on real world and everyday experiences with Windows and GNU/Linux, for both business and personal use.
After administering Linux and Windows for over 17 years in multiple environments, my focus of this blog is to document my adventures in both operating systems to compare the two against each other. Past and present experiences have shown me that Linux can replace Windows and succeed in a vast variety of environments. Linux has proven itself many times over in the datacentre and is more than capable for the desktop.
In Fedora Linux 14, the default photo manager and digital camera application is Shotwell. I tried using it, I really tried, but I ended up giving up because it was not easy to use in my opinion.
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.
I usually write about various issues in Windows, because there are so many and so frequent. Hardly do I run across major issues with Linux.
There's been some talk recently regarding fixing Windows problems by using Linux, when Windows utilities fail to work properly. Today I ran into yet another one.
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.
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.
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.
Recently I was reminded yet again of why I purposely avoid Microsoft products altogether. I wrote a while ago about migrating a relative from Windows 2000 to Fedora Linux 14.
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.