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CES 2012: Windows 8 Demo;

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So here it goes; Earlier, we discussed about the expected layout of windows 8 here; Now microsoft has released the Win8 in public and talked about its new operating system in CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

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Run Windows and Android Simultaneously

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Although this is a video of a Nokia N800, which isn’t even a smartphone, VMWare’s MVP hypervisor virtual machine is enabling it to run both Windows and Android simultaneously. The virtual machine runs in the background of the native OS and allows a user to install different OSes as applications, then run them at the same time, if desired.

According to VMWare, the MVP is headed for smartphones sometime in the near future. The challenge they may face is the fact that they must partner with smartphone manufacturers and persuade them to install hypervisor on their handsets in order for MVP to work. It’s difficult to imagine handset manufacturers wanting to open their device to multiple OSes, but then again, it could expand market appeal without adding much cost, if any. Would you want a handset enabled to run several OSes?

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Resource Monitor :: Windows 7

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If you’re a hi tec power user or a gamer, chances are you have mucked around with resource monitors to get a peak at your system’s innerworkings. The Resource Monitor embedded in Windows 7 displays real-time information about all of the processes running on your system.

Vista’s “Resource View” is a cut down (way down) version of what Windows 7 will offer. One problem with Vista’s version is that it is not customizable. Even if you try to make a custom view and save it, all of your column spacings and arrangements are lost when you open it again (unless there is a trick I never discovered). A lack of customizability makes the Vista GUI practically useless for serious resource monitoring, not to mention the lack of detail and process control. Everything you wanted but didn’t get from Vista’s resource monitor is realized in Windows 7’s Resource Monitor. The improvement is drastic, comparable to the difference between Windows Task Manager and Sysinternals’ Process Explorer

The Overview Tab

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The picture above, shows the Overview tab, which looks similar to Vista’s Resource View. However, this time it’s customizable and you can save your customized views. But the most useful improvement is the addition of filtering: If you want to view only the data related to selected processes, you can filter the detailed results. When you select a process, it becomes the filter, so that the rest of the information displayed is only for that process (can be multiple processes). The graphs also reflect the filter by adding an orange line that represents the resources used by the selected processe(s).

Resource Monitor now gives you process control features like Process Explorer. Right click and the context menu gives you the option to “End Process”, “End Process Tree”, “Suspend Process”, “Analyze Wait Chain”, or “Search Online”. Analyze wait chain might be especially useful in debugging unresponsive windows.

CPU Tab

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Most process monitors clump MS services into single processes with the name “svchost.exe”. So, when you find svchost.exe churning some CPU cycles, you cannot see whether the culprit is upnphost, WebClient, or one of the other 10+ services represented by svchost.exe (LocalService). Now you can.

The Services table and chart in the CPU tab of Resource Monitor lets you see what each individual service is doing. Selecting a process shows you only the services associated with it. Right click on a service and the context menu gives you options to stop, start, restart, or search online. What’s more, the Handles & Modules tables show the files, registry keys, events, and directories used by the selected process.

The detail and control available in the CPU tab is certainly a high point of this program. However, if MS had a forum with a “Wishlist” or “Features Request” thread (ha! imagine that), I would request the following functions that are missing from the context menu: “Unregister dll”, “Close Handle”, “Open location in Explorer”, or even “Properties”. Fortunately detailed info and controls like these are provided by Nirsoft’s freeware monitors RegDllView (for dll’s) and OpenedFilesView (for opened files).

Network Tab

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I am not very knowledgable about networking, so I will mostly let the screenshot of the Network Tab speak for itself. I will point out, however, that the amount of detail in the Network tab is greater than that in Sysinternals’ TCPView and Nirsoft’s CurrPorts. But, surprisingly, the “Close Connection” function offered in these free utilities is not found in Resource Monitor.

Conclusion

There is also a Memory tab and a Disk tab, but these don’t appear to offer anything noteworthy.  In all, Windows 7’s Resource Monitor is much bigger and better than the Vista version and task manager in window XP.  Its unified GUI incorporates a variety of views and functions that resemble some of the utilities offered for free by Sysinternals and Nirsoft.  Unfortunately, it is only available within the Windows 7 OS.  If you have already dived into  Win7, give it’s Resource Monitor a try (just type “resource” in the Start menu search box).
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Sticky Notes :: Windows 7

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One of my favorites in the new Operating System. In Windows 7, there are sticky notes that are native to the operating system. You can use them to set notes and reminders for yourself, to write a to-do list or jot down anything else that you’d use a pad of paper for. Just open Sticky Notes by tapping the Start button . In the search box, type Sticky Notes, and then tap Sticky Notes in the list of results. To create additional notes, click the New Note button. You can also open a new note by pressing Ctrl+N.

To create a Sticky Note, click Start→All Programs→Accessories→Sticky Notes.
Windows opens a new blank note on the desktop, positioning the cursor at the beginning of the note.

Type the text of the note.

You can also format the note text if you want. Just select the desired text and then press the appropriate shortcut key: Ctrl+B for bold text, Ctrl+I for italics, and Ctrl+U for underlining.

You’ll notice that the text automatically wraps to a new line, and if your text doesn’t fit on the note, Windows automatically expands the height of the note to accommodate the length of your note.

When you finish entering the note text, simply click somewhere on the desktop outside the sticky note itself.  Alternatively, you can click the New Note button (the one with the plus sign) to start a new sticky note. The note you create will stay on the desktop. If you use sticky notes, you’ll want to get acquainted with the Sticky Notes Quick Launch button on the taskbar. Click it once to temporarily hide all the sticky notes on your desktop. To bring all of your sticky notes back to the desktop or to the top of the windows on the desktop, click it again.

To color-code a sticky note, right-click the note and then click the color you want. Your choices here are Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, White, or Yellow.
To delete a note that you no longer need, click its Delete button in the upper-right corner. The first time you delete a note, Windows asks you to confirm the deletion. If you don’t want to see this alert again, select the Don’t Display This Message Again check box before you click Yes.

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