Posts Tagged ‘windows 7’

Where are the “I’m a mac vs PC” ads?

Posted: April 3, 2010 by datechguy in tech
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Speaking of Windows 7 have you noticed something missing from your TV screens?

That’s right the I’m a mac, I’m a PC ads have virtually disappeared. I haven’t seen one since the first week of windows seven, the “trust me” ad.

It has been half a year and windows 7 has apparently been exactly what Microsoft claimed it would be, a solid operating system on a good computer that can be purchased for almost $1,000 less than a comparable Mac.

This seems to have been lost in all the Ipad, Iphone business lately, but it is VERY significant.

Is this Microsoft’s Domino’s Pizza moment? If so I would highly recommend keeping that extra grand in your pocket and get the Windows 7 machine instead of that Mac.

Sticky Notes Error on Windows 7

Posted: April 3, 2010 by datechguy in tech
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If you aren’t familiar with the “Sticky Notes” program you ought to be, basically it is a small app that allows you to create post-it type notes that can be placed on your desktop. These can be used as reminders for all kinds of things, VERY useful.

After my last windows update My Sticky notes program decided to stop functioning. As everything else was working one doesn’t want to be constantly undoing updates since you might end up creating security holes.

My first step was a simple uninstall/reinstall. This failed to solve the problem meaning that the update didn’t overwrite any file within the Sticky notes program, this suggested that the issue might be with a system file the program used

Lucky for us the old XP SFC function (System File Checker) carries over to windows 7. This is a function that can repair and re-write damaged system files. It can be accessed as follows

Go to Command Prompt (enter command prompt in the search box to access it)

On the Command line enter the following “SFC /SCANNOW”

This will begin the scan of system files. I would strongly recommend not playing with anything while the scan takes place. It will take some time but it will repair any system files it finds off. One advantage of Windows 7 is you will likely not need system CD’s for this function to work. In XP it often called for the install disks during the scan.

When it is complete you you should have your sticky notes working once again. You may have to change the icon back, but the program will work.

Yet another ad that can’t attack Windows 7

Posted: November 7, 2009 by datechguy in tech
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The newest Mac vs PC ad is out mentioning Windows seven and it has something in common with the first one…

…it can’t find anything bad to say about Windows 7. It plays the fear card but nary a word about the actual windows 7 operating system. And about that great customer service

If I’m Apple I’m afraid but not too afraid after all Microsoft needs them that’s why they invested 150 million in them. Microsoft does have anti-trust issues and if Mac dies those issues surface.

It doesn’t deal with Windows 7. It doesn’t critique the OS or anything about it. It simply points to the past and pretends that each windows OS was a failure. Some undoubtedly were (Windows MEss) but Apple can’t find actual snark to use about 7 itself.

Beyond anything else this shows that Apple is actually worried about Windows 7 and is the single best endorsement of the product that I can think of.

In honor of this inability lets put up something classic on the other side:

Slight language warning but it’s fun.