After years of anticipation, Windows 10 has finally arrived. Although Microsoft will undoubtedly be spending the next several weeks ironing out the kinks of its new operating system, the reaction from users and critics alike has been largely positive, proving that Windows 10 is a huge step up over the ill-fated Windows 8.
Windows is no longer the dominant force it was in the 1990s but it’s still by far the most widely used desktop operating system in the world, and that’s not nothing. To celebrate the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday, MicrosoftTraining.Net has put together a terrific infographic that shows us Windows’ long evolution over the past 30 years. More →
Microsoft spent a massive amount of time and resources trying to create a platform that would suit desktop computers and mobile devices perfectly. With Windows 8, it ended up failing pretty colossally on both counts. Windows 10 will see Microsoft try to dial back the crazy new features in an effort to calm the storm brought about by Windows 8, but there are probably still people out there who are looking for a solid mobile experience in the Windows environment.
Richard Stallman, known for his instrumental role in the creation of Linux, has written an opinion piece arguing that nearly any operating system you might use today can be considered malware, and that goes for popular mobile platforms as well as desktop operating systems. More →
The number of tools that nefarious hackers have at their disposal these days is positively frightening. Attacks seem to be growing more complex and more dangerous by the day, and we constantly see new stories emerge that cause us to rethink our own security practices. But as we are reminded constantly, it doesn’t always take complex machinery or even any real coding know-how to steal things using technology — in fact, people were recently caught using an iPod nano and a piece of plastic to steal cash from ATMs.
Now, it looks like anyone can spy on others in the vicinity with a new gadget that is cheap, relatively easy to build, and looks just like a normal cell phone charger. More →
Windows PC owners who also happen to own an iPad may have wondered whether they’d be able to use the tablet as a second display for their main computing machine. Starting today, there’s an iOS app for that, one that Mac users might already be familiar with, and one that’s now available for 40% off its regular price to celebrate the new milestone. More →
Windows 10 has gotten technology journalists and bloggers incredibly excited about the future of Windows, but now it’s time to take a look at Windows’ past. The odds are fairly good that even if you’re old enough to remember using it first hand, you’ve probably forgotten all about Windows 1.01 at this point. Windows 3.0 is likely a distant memory as well, and despite the fact that it was such a huge update at the time, even Windows 95 may be long forgotten.
Now, however, you can relive the past right in your web browser. More →
The procedure for shutting down a Windows computer varies depending on which version of the operating system you use. Regardless of OS version, however, one thing is true across the board: Shutting machines down is more complicated than it should be, and it takes longer than it should take.
Holding down the power button is a quicker option, but believe it or not, there’s actually a secret trick that will shut your system down even faster. More →
Nadella’s Microsoft is more exciting than ever, with impressive Windows 10 features even some other software solutions specifically tailored for rival operating systems. On top of that, Microsoft is making more of its own hardware, including the Xbox One, Surface tablets and Windows Phones. What could Microsoft add to make things even more exciting? An open source version of Windows. More →
There’s a hilarious story coming out of Germany which relays how a slow Windows software update ended up relegating a German basketball team to a lower tiered league.
A quick backdrop: It’s common across some European sports leagues to move under-performing teams to lower tiered divisions. As a quick analogy, it’d be akin to the New York Knicks being demoted to the NBA D-league for having the worst record in the NBA.
That said, here’s what recently went down in the German ProB basketball league.
I can’t tell you how old I feel right now. I can remember it like it was yesterday though, carrying a crate of drum and bass records down the hall in my college dorm and practicing on my friend’s turntables. Actual vinyl records on actual Technics 1200 decks. People would funnel in and out of the room, some to hang out and enjoy the music, others to complain about having to study for exams.
It was a great time, and now people can experience the same thing without having to dump $1,500, $2,000 or even more on a rig. No, these days it only costs $250 to be a DJ. More →