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7 For 7: 7 Useful Gadgets for Windows 7

August 9, 2010 |

Next up in our 7 for 7 series  is a spotlight on some really useful Desktop Gadgets that you can download free for Windows 7. If you are not too familiar with Desktop Gadgets, they are basically widgets, or small programs that run in the background that you can keep on your desktop. I use a variety of gadgets to monitor information, get updates from social networks, and keep up to date on news. Below are 7 gadgets I found that I can see being very useful.

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Microsoft Open Business Licensing Guide

May 28, 2010 |

Microsoft Open Business Licensing

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Microsoft Open Business Licensing allows businesses to purchase Microsoft products at discount prices with a minimum of just five licenses. One of the benefits of Open Business compared to Open Volume is that you don’t need such a large up-front volume commitment, but you still get the savings and convenience of the licensing program. After your initial order with SoftwareMedia you can purchase additional licenses within the program with no minimum quantity, as long as you are within your two year term.
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A Visual Studio 2010 Edition Comparison for the Multiple-Edition Afflicted

May 3, 2010 |

Multiple-Edition Distinction for User to Specificate Affliction, or MEDUSA as it’s often referred (at least, at my desk anyway), is a serious affliction affecting many software users across the globe. With software companies throwing ambiguous words like Premium, Ultimate, Master, Basic, Starter, and Professional into their titles, we consumers have absolutely no idea what the difference between these versions actually is, other than syllable count.

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The Socialization of Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Other Social Media at Work

February 25, 2010 |

A couple of eye-brow raising stats came out recently. The Society for New Communications Research released a study regarding journalists and their use of social media. It’s no shock that the study revealed the “use of social media tools by journalists is surging, growing in double-digit percentages in some cases.” But, as ZDNet points out… there’s interesting insight to how many of the 341 journalists surveyed are not taking advantage of social media sites.

More on social media in journalism + social media usage at work stats >>

Backup Software Showdown: CA ARCserve vs. Symantec Backup Exec

January 29, 2010 |

 

At a lost for which backup software to use? CA’s ARCserve Backup and Symantec’s Backup Exec have been top contenders when it comes to company backup software. But, according to an independent study conducted by Productive Corp., ARCserve “clearly” surpasses Backup Exec’s features and technology.

The two products were compared in “9 categories to help you uncover the right solution for your data backup needs.” Productive points out that although “these two data backup and storage products are relatively similar in function,” the differences in features are made evident in the product comparison. These features include the nine categories: “ease of install,” “ease of use,” “scalability,” “performance,” “cost,” “data security,” “supported systems,” “customer service,” and “extra value.” The review also concludes ARCserve being a better return on investment product.

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Windows 7 Upgrade Eligibility and Paths

October 29, 2009 |

With the release of Windows 7, there are many different options to upgrade. In typical Microsoft fashion, there is some complexity to upgrading to Windows 7. This blog will explain the difference between “upgrade eligibility” and “upgrade paths”, and let you know your options based on which version you are currently running.

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Microsoft Product Key Location Help

May 12, 2009 | | 2 Comments

Here at SoftwareMedia, our customer service department seems to get asked a lot of similar questions. One of the frequently encountered problems is the location of product keys on Microsoft boxed and OEM products. For whatever reason, Microsoft decided to make this vital piece of information hard to find for consumers. We are here to help. Read More

Benefits of Flow Charts

April 17, 2009 |

A flow chart is a chart that represents an algorithm or process, and is typically used to describe the detailed logic of a business process or rule. A flow chart can provide a reference for those involved in a project or procedure and can be effective in explaining processes to new employees. When errors occur, flowcharts can be referenced to see what went wrong. Flow charts also help highlight and remove unnecessary steps in a process. By showing processes visually rather than just explaining, people seem to understand better and make fewer mistakes. Other common benefits of flow charting include enhanced quality and proper documentation.

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Amazing HD Windows Vista Desktop Backgrounds

April 14, 2009 |

I just ran across a website containing hundreds of free, amazing HD desktop backgrounds for Windows Vista (or any other operating system). Wallpaper Abyss features all kinds of tweaks and themes for Windows Vista, but I really like their HD desktop background images. They feature a new, high-res wallpaper image every single day, so your desktop will always be fresh.

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How To Install Windows XP – Clean Install Walkthrough

April 13, 2009 |

The following is a quick guide of how to install Windows XP:

Prior to installation, it is a good idea to back up all of your personal files using an external hard drive or a second partition of you main hard drive. A clean installation of Windows XP will completely erase all of your personal files and settings. If you have any questions about moving your files and settings prior to installation, see this file transfer guide from Microsoft. Read More

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