"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K8 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began today's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website or you can listen do us live as we stream the show across the web.
Here a few of the topics discussed on today's show...
Installing Windows Update Without an Internet Connection
A caller this morning wanted some clarification on using a restore CD to take his machine back to the way it was originally configured. Of course one of the items mentioned was that he would have to do a Windows Update to make sure he has the latest OS patches, Service Packs, etc. The topic of installing all of the updates WITHOUT being connected to the web came up and Computers 2K8 co-host Spencer did some digging. He came across and tested on the air the Offline Updater program from Heise Security. Though I haven't tried using it, Spencer was quite impressed with the user interface, number of OSs supported, and the basic experience of using the software.
On February 21st, Microsoft launched its Windows Live SkyDrive "hard drive in the sky" password-protected, online consumer storage service. It's a service designed for people to store files, pictures, and other files. It provides 5GB of free storage. More information is available here.
Microsoft Offers Free Developer Tools to Students
Microsoft's DreamSpark program gives students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools for FREE. This includes Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition, Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, Microsoft Expression Studio, and the XNA 2.0 Game Studio. The program is currently available in 11 countries with additional countries to be added in the future. Looks like a sweet deal to me.
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