Creating A System Image With Windows 7

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Consider the following, you have just purchased that new computer and spent hours installing all of your software and now you have everything to your taste. I am not sure about you, but I hate setting up a new computer and once I have everything I want in place the first step I take is to create a system image. This is an important step should you ever find yourself wanting to perform a fresh installation of Windows in the future. A system image is essentially a snapshot of your computer at a given point in time. Be sure that you have plenty of blank disc on hand and time to finish this process. The time required depends upon how much software you install before starting the image process. Here is Microsoft’s definition of a system image: A system image is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image includes the drives required for Windows to run. It also includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard disk or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a …

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Conserve Energy and Save Money With Microsoft Hohm

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Conservation has been a buzzword for several years, now, as our world’s resources are in greater demand than ever. At almost every turn, you can hear how and why we should cut down or find different ways of doing things. I am not yelling global warming nor am I here to argue for or against it (it is all a hoax). Rather my point is saving money and who doesn’t like saving money. Microsoft has stepped up to the plate with Hohm which is a product the directly looks to compete with Google’s PowerMeter. To get started go here and signup or sign in if you have a current Windows Live ID. Once you have activated your account the following screen is presented. As you complete your profile Hohm tells you just how efficient your home or apartment is and makes suggestions. As I started entering my data it clearly became evident where I could start saving money and making less of an impact to the environment. Another interesting aspect is for those that have been considering upgrading their home this application provides a number of resources related to rebates and offers you may be entitled to either at the …

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Use Twitter To Start Getting Paid

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Twitter is a wonderful micro-blogging platform and many start-up companies and turning to Twitter as a way to advertise. I will admit that advertisements have been both good and bad in my opinion and it comes down to using common sense when you decide to travel down this road. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make additional or even strive for a primary income from technologies that you use on a daily basis, but use common sense. I cannot tell you how many Twitter accounts that I followed only to be overwhelmed by the high volume of sponsored tweets. Once this trend sets in I promptly unfollow and never revisit. I do not believe there is a hard fast rule when it comes to sponsored tweets, but I can state from my perspective 2-4 per day is plenty. Should you decided to pursue the idea of advertising within the realm of Twitter be sure to do your homework on the companies that you partner with. I have seen a number that seem a little dubious for my taste and for the most part I have settled into two distinct companies and I never used the same company for any …

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How To Decompile A Java Class Inside A JAR File

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Today I am stepping outside what I consider my comfort zone when in comes to programming languages and I will be talking about Java. To tell the truth it has been a number of years since I have even looked at code, but recently I am working with a vendor that does not directly support Microsoft .NET and they were nice enough to provide a JAR that contained the classes for clients that do work with Java. Now the hurdle I faced was to be able to peek at the class files in a manner that they were readable by the human eye. Before I proceed any further take a moment to understand what a JAR file is in the event you are not sure. In computing software, a JAR file (or Java Archive) aggregates many files into one. Software developers generally use .jar files to distribute Java applications or libraries, in the form of classes and associated metadata and resources (text, images, etc.) JAR files build on the ZIP file format. Computer users can create or extract JAR files using the jar command that comes with a JDK. (via WikiPedia) There probably are a number of ways to extract …

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Microsoft Desktop Player Provides A Method Of Learning

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If you live in the world of Information Technology I am sure that you have painfully came to the conclusion that learning is a never ending activity. In fact over the last decade technology has progressed so rapidly that I find it difficult to stay on top of learning activities. All one has to do is look at the history or Microsoft .NET and the progression of the framework. In a period of eight years .NET software engineers has seen a progression of the framework to that latest release of 4.0 which most likely will be discussed in detail at the Visual Studio 2010 Global Launch in Las Vegas, Nevada later this month. Now if Microsoft or any of it’s partners want to throw me any swag please feel free to do so since I am unable to attend the launch event. Version Version Number Release Date Visual Studio 1.0 1.0.3705.0 2002-02-13 Visual Studio .NET 1.1 1.1.4322.573 2003-04-24 Visual Studio .NET 2003 2.0 2.0.50727.42 2005-11-07 Visual Studio 2005 3.0 3.0.4506.30 2006-11-06 3.5 3.5.21022.8 2007-11-19 Visual Studio 2008 4 RC 4.0.30128.1 2010-02-10 Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft provides a high number of training opportunities both free and at cost recently I ran …

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