One Year – Update

It was one year ago that I last put an article up on Useful Windows, that is a year too long. I did end up building a new computer which will be a huge help soon.  It has an Intel Core i7 4790K 4GHz processor and 16 GB of ram.  I am having some issues with the SSD in there but I may have that figured out.  The job I started over a year ago has kept me very busy, but I am starting to have some more free time.  I am also looking to move Useful Windows to its fourth new home. Times have changed and I want to write about them, and maybe help a few people out in the process.

Here is to a year where Useful Windows gets some love.

Comming soon to Useful Windows September 2014

Hello readers, I just wanted to give everyone an update and share a few things I am working on for Useful Windows.  First in about 15 days there will be a Technical Preview of the next version of Windows (Threshold/Windows 9) I will be writing a lot of articles about it so stay tuned for that information.  Second I recently moved and went through my stuff and found my wife’s old HP Netbook.  I plan to update my articles I wrote about it years ago since Windows XP is no longer receiving any security updates and a few new articles about it.  If you have a HP Netbook you might want to check those articles out.  I am also working on trying to get an old Toshiba Tablet PC running to write about as well, may test with Windows 8.1.  I am also trying to get the Asus EP 121 tablet again to test, but we will see on that.  All in all a lot of things going on.  I also recently got Windows 7 installed and running on an 800 MHz Pentium III!  Expect some articles about that.  I hope you enjoy and I will see you all soon.

Welcome to Useful Windows’ New Home

Some of you that visit my site more often may have noticed that we were offline through part of late December and early January.  The site became too taxing on the server it was located on and while I made improvements to it I was still not happy with the speed.  After talking with a friend of mine he convinced to move to his new host.  He will be specializing in WordPress and has a lot to offer that will make Useful Windows even better while getting feedback from me so his other users can be better served.  I do want to thank my old host Arvixe they were great but we have outgrown them.  I will post details on my new host soon so others can check them out if they are interested.  It sounds like he will be making his host a powerful yet easy to use solution if you need a website for just about any need.

I am looking forward to the future and hope you all as always find something useful here.

Back up and running, Update on the Useful Windows Blog

Hello world, it is good to be back.  I had a small issue with my host, then I got to changing things and brought my whole site down.  We learn from such problems though and we are back.  Here are a few updates

So I have used a Microsoft Surface RT as my daily machine and I love it.  I now have a copy of Windows XP Professional X64 Edition on my desktop and hope to have some articles up soon about it.  I have worked with Client Side Hyper-V in Windows 8.X and will be sharing some tips there.  Finally there is a Facebook Like box on the side bar so you can now follow us on Facebook and get notifications when new articles are up.

But that is not all, I am working on some big updates and hopefully will be delivering a lot more content much faster to you all.

So please take a look and as always thanks for reading!

What I Use *Updated for January 2015*

I always thought it was awesome that Paul Thurrott of www.thurrott.com had a page showing what he used as far as tech goes.  It is just very transparent and gives the reader an insight into the tech that the author uses daily.  I knew I had to put one together as well (that and I had people asking me)

As of January 2015 here are the electronic devices and services I use and suggest.  I will state that I am not employed by any of the companies listed below and that these things were not given to me by these companies either, rather I have purchased them.  I do not use counterfeit software.

Computers And Tablets

1. A HP Pavilion G4-1125DX laptop. It has 4 GB of DDR3 Ram, and AMD Phenom II P650 running at 2.6 GHz, 14″ LED display, and a 500 Gb Hard drive.  This is my main machine I use day-to-day and it is getting old.

2. An Acer Aspire M5 Z09 M5-481PT-6644 Ultrabook.  It has a 3rd Gen. (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5 3337U running at 1.8 Ghz with 6 GB of DDR3 Ram, a 500 GB 5400 RPM hard drive with a 20 GB SSD for app and speed performance.  There is also a 14″ LED touchscreen (1366 X 768 resolution) and even a DVD burner.  This machine also has a backlit keyboard.

3. A home-built machine with a 1st Gen. Intel Core i5 661 running at 3.33 Ghz with 4 Gb of  DDR3 ram, a 160Gb Western Digital hard drive Sata II 7200 RPM.

4. A Compaq laptop, Compaq Presario CQ60 (CQ60-615DX)  It has 2 Gb of ram with an Intel Celeron 900 running at 2.2 Ghz and a 250 Gb hard drive Running at 7200 RPM. This laptop was a sweet deal for the price.

5. An E-Machines  ET1831-03 with 4 Gb or ram an Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 running at 2.6 Ghz a 750 Gb hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Graphic Card.  We use this computer for Flight Simulator and other games.

6. I have a Microsoft Surface RT 32GB. This is a great tablet for general computer use but I would suggest the newer Surface 2.  If you need to have a more standard Windows experience go with the Surface Pro 3.

Printers

I have a HP LaserJet 4050 for every day printing and a HP Color LaserJet 2250.

Phone

Out here in the Southwest, Verizon has some of the best service and we currently have them however due to increasing costs I am looking into T-Mobile.  On Verizon I have a black Nokia Lumia Icon (Lumia 930 outside the US) which is a fast phone with a beautiful camera, and my wife has the HTC One M8 for Windows which is a great phone with a nice feel in your hand.

Internet / Web Hosting

I have Cox high-speed internet.  Cox is expensive for what you get but for now they are the best internet.  Their customer service is so bad though I have thought about leaving them many times.

I am currently hosted through a friend of mine.  I am helping him with a few things.

TV

I have a 32in Samsung LED LCD tv that will do 1080P and a 25in Samsung LCD tv that will do 1080p.

Entertainment

I have a Xbox 360 Elite with a Kinect and my favorite games on there have to be Guitar Hero and Rock Band. I also love playing Halo with friends.

I also have a Nintendo Wii and my favorite games on there are Mario Kart Wii, Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles, and Game Party.

Software

I have Windows XP Pro X64, Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit in a quad-boot configuration on the home-built machine. The HP Pavilion G4 runs Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit.  Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit is installed on the Compaq and e-Machines

I use Windows Live Mail, and the Metro Mail app in Windows 8.1 for my personal mail on my computer.

For antivirus I use Microsoft Security Essentials for Free antivirus solutions and Norton Antivirus or Kaspersky Antivirus for paid solutions,  Only get regular Norton Antivirus, don’t bother for Internet Security or Norton 360.

For testing operating systems I use Windows Virtual PC, Hyper-V, VM Ware Player, and Virtual Box, all are free to use.

I was subscribed to Microsoft Tech Net Standard however since Microsoft is retiring it I am not currently sure what I will do next.

Contact the Author

If you would like to contact me you can at [email protected]  I will respond to all questions about the blog there or if you find something wrong please e-mail me and tell me.  Also if you are looking for someone to write computer related material like this blog feel free to contact me at the address above, I would be interested in talking.  I am also looking for people or companies that would like to advertise on Useful Windows or sponsor the blog or videos.  I am also willing to do reviews of products please contact me if you have any questions.

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About Useful Windows And The Author

This blog is to share news, reviews, tips, and programs that make Windows awesome and more user-friendly. It is for the casual computer user and for the person that wants to do more with their operating system. I started the blog in 2009 at the request of a friend.  It started as a WordPress.com blog and in 2011 I moved the blog to its own server.  In the beginning of 2014 I have moved to our second host because we were taxing our old host.

I am Bryan Moore. I have been a computer technician for over ten years, and have used every version of Windows from 3.0 through 10.  I have also used every version of Office from 97 to 2013. I now live in Phoenix, Arizona and have lived in the Phoenix metro area for over 30 years.

I take requests for subjects to write about just send me a message and if something is found to not be correct let me know and I will make the correction. You can contact me on the contact page.  I want this blog to be a great place for information. I will cover other topics in the technology realm but it will mostly be focused on Microsoft.  I hope you enjoy reading.

I am also willing to do guest blogging or appear on podcasts to talk about technology.  I am also looking for sponsors so I can devote more time to Useful Windows.  Please contact me through the contact page.  Thank You.