Friday, July 29, 2011

How to quickly connect to a remote desktop

You probably know that, to connect to a remote desktop server (such as a Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate computer with remote desktop services enabled), you can follow this process:
    1. Click Start | All Programs | Accessories | Remote Desktop Connection or click Start and type "remote desktop" in the Search box
    2. Type the name or IP address of the computer to which you want to connect in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box.

But what if you don't remember the name or IP of the remote computer? Well, if it's on your local area network, you can do this:
    1. In Windows Explorer, in the left pane, scroll down to the Network node and click on it.
    2. In the list of computers in the right pane, find the one to which you want to connect.
    3. Right click its name and select "Connect with Remote Desktop Connection."

New Lenovo IdeaPad P1 runs Windows 7

Everybody's coming out with tablets, but most of them seem to be running non-Windows operating systems: HP's webOS, Blackberry's proprietary OS, or most often Android. We are starting to see more Windows 7 tablets trickle in, though, in fact Microsoft's market share in tablets rose from a little over 1 percent to almost 5 percent over the past year. Still small, but significantly improved. One of the most recent announcements is Lenovo's IdeaPad P1, which is similar to their Android-based K1 model but runs Windows 7. Find out more about it, click here.

Will your current computer run Windows 8?

One of the most frequent complaints I hear about Microsoft operating systems is that "every time they come out with a new OS, I have to buy a new computer to run it." That certainly proved true for most folks who moved from XP to Vista, or XP to Windows 7. However, Microsoft appears to have been listening. Windows 7 runs well on systems that came with Vista (better than Vista, in some cases) and now Microsoft has promised that Windows 8 will run on any Windows 7 computer, with an equal or better experience. Have we finally reached a point where we can break the cycle of dumping perfectly good hardware just because we want to upgrade the OS?