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Prestwood IT Newsletter Sep 2009 Issue - Windows Edition


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  September 2009 - Windows Edition (244 of 4,779 subscribers receive this group's content.) Year 11 Issue 9  
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General Coding Concepts topic:
Is Native Code Irrelevant?
by Wes Peterson

With Microsoft heavily evangelizing .NET, and Sun continuing to improve Java, many a developer and customer are torn between targeting native machine code or a just-in-time compiler.

Here we take a quick look at that particular state of the union...

Windows Users topic (classic post):
Speed Up Your Windows Computer for FREE
by Mike Prestwood

If your computer was fast but is now slow, you can use techniques such as adware removers, defrag, and others to bring your PC back to life! You can also add hardware to speed up your computer (RAM, SATA HD, better video card, etc.).

psSendMail DLL topic:
v1.1 Documentation
by Wes Peterson
v1.1 of psSendMail will soon be replaced by v2.

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Microsoft Office topic (classic post):
Microsoft Embraces Open Document Format?
by Wes Peterson

To read some of the blogs and press releases out there, one might think that Microsoftt has embraced ODF as it's native file format. While that would be cool, it isn't the case, and cause for celebration is premature.

 Monthly Windows Lesson
Windows Vista Topic:
Definition of the Month: Windows Virtualization
The act of isolating or unbinding one computing resource from another. Windows virtualization adds virtualization services to the core Windows operating system at a fundamental level.
Windows Users Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Primo PDF

Convert to PDF from any application by simply 'printing' to the PrimoPDF printer - it couldn't be easier! Within minutes, you can create high-quality PDFs by converting from Word, Excel, and virtually any other printable file type.

  • Completely FREE PDF Converter - not just a trial version.
  • Print to PDF from virtually any Windows application.
  • Create PDF output optmized for print, screen, ebook, or prepress.
  • No annoying pop-up ads, no registration requirement - no catch!
  • High-quality, easy to use PDF creator for all users.
  • New! Ability to merge PDF files upon conversion.
  • New! Now supports Windows Vista.

This is the PDF creating tool we use here at Prestwood software!

Windows Vista Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Ultimate List of Free Windows Vista Software from Microsoft

Free software from Microsoft?  For Vista?

You bet. Check this link for many titles.

For similar XP offerings, see the link below.

Windows Vista Topic:
Question: How do I enable Offline Files in Windows Vista?


In Vista Professional and above, Offline Files is now a Control Panel applet. Go to your control panel, open the Offline Files applet and click the Enable Offline Files button. Offline Files is NOT available in Vista Home Edition nor is it availble in Windows XP Home Edition.

In Windows XP, Offline Files is part of the Folder Options. To enable Offline Files in XP:

  1. Click Start, and thin click My Computer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options
  3. Click the Offline Files tab.
  4. Select the Enable Offline Files check box, and then clock OK.
Windows Vista Topic:
Tip of the Month

If you want to make your application data available to multiple users on a Windows Vista PC you can place the data in a subfolder of the Public folder.  Vista does not virtualize this folder and it is available to all users on a PC.  You can also set the permissions on the files or folders you want to share to allow all users full permissions.

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