Dino Londis

Dino Londis is an application management engineer at a Manhattan law firm. He's a member of a team responsible for securing and maintaining the desktop. Before this, he worked as a network administrator, tier three support engineer, and helpdesk technician, all in the curious world of law firms. Dino also writes a consumerization column for BYTE.

Is Microsoft Finally Listening to Customers?

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I have been using Windows 8.1 for the past several weeks and against the advice from pundits — and even Microsoft — I installed it on my production PC, an Acer Aspire One laptop. The Start button has returned as advertised, but it’s mostly cosmetic. You swipe down to the left to bring up the Start screen just like you did with Windows 8, it would seem to serve no purpose other than to reassure old-Windows customers. But there’s more… continue…

Three MOOC Classes for Windows Desktop

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Massive Open Online Classes – popularly known as MOOCs – are growing in scope. That’s a good thing for people who are looking for mostly free ways to enhance their knowledge on topics from general business to narrow technologies. While some charge a fee, most don’t. We’re all busy, but it’s nice to have educational options which only require an investment in time. Here are three free MOOCs IT professionals may want to consider. Operating Systems [Saylor.org] For those of… continue…

The Beginning of the End of Security Theater

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You often hear airport TSA checkpoints described as “security theater” because despite their imposing presence and processes, passengers still sneak contraband onto commercial flights. In IT, we see similar performances – and results. For us, security theater has manifested itself as the deployment of layers of technology like antivirus, Web filters, password policies, encryption, multi-factor authentication and on and on. When a breach and data loss does occur, IT does not hold itself liable because of all the measures that… continue…

What Microsoft Should Improve with Windows Blue/8.1

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By now you’ve heard that Microsoft plans to release significant changes to Windows in time for Christmas. Without giving specifics Tami Reller, the head of marketing and finance for the Windows business, told the Financial Times that ‘key aspects’ of how the software is used will be changed.” The update is codenamed Windows Blue and according to Tami Reller, it’s a significant upgrade but falls short of a full release, so it will be free to customers who have already purchased Windows… continue…

Microsoft Plans a Hollow Start Button for Windows 8

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Microsoft will restore the Start button to Windows 8, though it won’t lead to a Start menu as previous versions did. Instead, the button, which will look like Windows 7’s version, will take users to the Windows 8 Start screen, according to the Verge. At ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley says the button supposedly wasn’t originally part of the Windows build, but is indeed looking more likely. Here’s the thing: A Start button that doesn’t include a menu is disingenuous. It… continue…

Here’s Why IT Shouldn’t Write Off Windows 8

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Back in October I speculated that the enterprise will have to support Windows 8 whether it wants to or not. If anything, the plain old consumerization of IT will force technology departments to integrate it into employee preferences with corporate solutions. At the time, there wasn’t a clear consensus on the what value Windows 8 would add to the enterprise and no one had yet seen the Microsoft Surface Pro, but now things are a lot different. Many of us… continue…

How Windows XP Boots Take Years Off Your Life

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Windows XP boots slowly. When it was released in 2001 by Microsoft, customers were demanding stability, not a speedy start-up. Besides, speed was relative and XP booted about as fast as WinNT or Windows Me. But now XP is a dinosaur and the iPad’s instant-on recalibrated expectations about how fast a computer should be ready to use after you turn it on. Depending on the number of applications set to launch, XP can take two, three or even five minutes to… continue…

Windows 8 is Schizophrenic for a Reason

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All of Microsoft’s ruckus about its brand spanking new Windows 8 hides a basic truth: This is really two distinct operating systems sharing the same computer, and it’s most obvious during boot. A month ago, I upgraded an Asus Eee PC running Windows 7 Starter to Windows 8. When it boots I see the new Windows Logo, the login screen and then, for a split second, my old Windows 7 desktop and background before the Windows 8 background lays on… continue…

IT Will Adopt Windows 8, Like It or Not

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We don’t know yet if Windows 8 will be one to skip, but Microsoft’s release history leads me to believe it will be. Since Windows 98, every successful OS released by the company was followed by a dud. But Microsoft has bet big on 8 by completely revamping the UI and building hardware to support it. By all accounts it Windows 8 runs most everything that 7 runs in both 32 and 64 bit applications. It improves performance in side-by-side benchmarks with its predecessor, improves… continue…

VooMote Zapper App Means to Tame TV Remote Creep

The VooMote Zapper is yet another attempt to simplify the home entertainment experience. How many remotes do you have? Tell us in the comments below.  Like BlinQ and NeoTV Remote, VooMote Zapper allows you to shelve the remotes and program one — just one — to your liking. (I was able to strip out most of the buttons that I never use.) If your remote isn’t in the VooMote database of compatible devices, you can teach them how to work together. After… continue…