Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 2 (Tweaking the box)

As described in Part 1 of this series, Windows 7 has built-in optimizations for Solid State Disks (SSDs). To this purpose, Windows 7 will check random reads speeds of your disks, to determine whether the system is equipped with such a disk. These optimizations include disabling defragmentation on the SSD, and, when the disk is … Continue reading "Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 2 (Tweaking the box)"

Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 1 (To clone Windows or reinstall?)

I’ve seen a couple of people stuffing their Windows 7 laptops with Solid State Disks (SSDs). I upgraded my Windows 7 demo laptop with an Intel X25-M G2 SSD (80GB) and this much improved performance, especially for virtualization purposes. A traditional Hard Disk Drive’s internals are platters. A read/write head on a boom looms over … Continue reading "Windows 7 and SSDs, Part 1 (To clone Windows or reinstall?)"

Windows 7 TechNet Forums opened

Got a Live ID? Join the conversation on Windows 7! The Microsoft TechNet Forums are an online location where you can ask questions on a variety of Microsoft products. It’s a place to find answers from many of the Microsoft Program Managers, Microsoft support guys, Microsoft developers, Microsoft evangelists, Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft enthusiasts. A … Continue reading "Windows 7 TechNet Forums opened"

Building the Flaming Dog Lanfestival environment

One of the fun things I get to do is co-organizing the Flaming Dog Lanfestival, where my main responsibility is to design, build and manage the networking infrastructure. About the Flaming Dog Lanfestival Last year Michiel de Jongh and I organized the Flaming Dog Lanfestival for the first time. This event is sponsored by OGD, … Continue reading "Building the Flaming Dog Lanfestival environment"