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The Case for Laptops over Desktops

You can’t do what I do for a living and not like to tinker. One of many reasons I’m a Windows Insider MVP is because I’ve never been able to stop myself from messing around with Windows. That really means “messing around on PCs running Windows.” Right now, at my house I’ve got nine PCs,

20H1 Runs Solid and Steady

Could the happy stars have finally lined up over Redmond? Windows 10 Insider releases are steady, stable and trouble-free right now. Same goes for the 1903 production version. What gives?

Digging into POWERCFG

Everybody knows the POWERCFG command can handle hibernation or sleep/wake states. It can also do a whole lot more, including controlling Power Options settings.

Toolkit item: FileZilla

Once upon a time, it was nearly impossible to work on websites without using FTP. This is no longer true, but when you need Internet file transfer capability, the free, Open Source program FileZilla is the way to go.

Win10 Provokes Strong Q3 2019 PC Sales Growth

Here’s an interesting and bright bit of recent news about PC sales. Analyst firm Canalys reports a jump in global PC sales growth for Q3 2019. In fact, their numbers show an increase of 4.7% for that quarter, a rate not seen since Q1 2012 when growth hit 5.4%. For the record, that translates to

Clean Out Stale RDP Connections

Poking around on the Remote Desktop Connection app on my production PC, I notice some stale entries. I show how to clean them up with some careful registry edits.

Ruminating on New PC Setup

Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered

Two views of a dual-screen device at the Oct. 2 Surface event in NYC.

Windows 10X: Another Try at Compact Windows 10

Big doings at the Surface event in NYC on October 2 included yet another attempt at a compact, touch-mostly/only version of Windows 10. Think back to Windows R/T and Windows S (multiple iterations). Now, take a look at this Windows Insider Program blog post. It’s entitled “Introducing Windows X: enabling dual-screen PCs in 2020.” The

USB-C HDD Disappoints Vis-a-vis USB3

When I compare benchmarks and Macrium Reflect backup times for the same 2.5″ HDD in USB-C and USB 3.0 enclosures, I’m stunned to observe the USB 3.0 results are better than those for USB-C. Must be the hardware!

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