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5 Ways to Work Efficiently in Excel

You’d love to get that promotion, or maybe you’re in search of that elusive raise.
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Security Challenges in 2012

Technology is always changing and adapting.
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One-liner to go from Windows Server Standard to Enterprise

I know it has been documented elsewhere, but this is so simple it bears repeating. If you have Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition and you need it upgraded to Enterprise Edition you can update it simply by using the following command from the server's command prompt:

Dism /online /Set-Edition:ServerEnterprise /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx

Obviously, you need a valid Product Key for the Enterprise Edition. When the command completes, let the server reboot. You will observer the upgrading taking place as the server starts back up and within a few minutes you will have your same server configuration on an enhanced platform.

Why upgrade to Enterprise? There are many reasons, but the ones that stand out for me include:

  • The ability to use more than 32GB of RAM

  • Getting licensed for 4+1 vs. 1+1 if you use Enterprise as a Hyper-V virtual host. This means that with the one Enterprise Edition license, you can have up to four virtual servers installed on that single host as part of the deal. With Standard Edition you are only licensed for one virtual machine within the host's license.

  • Enterprise Edition allows clustering of servers

So there you have it. No need to flatten and reload, or burn a DVD and run setup, then apply patches all over again. Two minutes and it is done!

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A Look at the History of the Computer

What would existence be like with no computer? It’s difficult to imagine but it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have them. Now a number of us carry multiple computers, i.e.
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The Growth of the Connected Car

More and more cars are appearing that permit people to be connected to the Internet from the front seat via Wi-Fi or 3G networks.  The Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, and Audi A6 are all instances of this. With these connections people will be able to stream videos, get up-to-the-minute traffic information, in addition to speak their text messages. These things all sound terrific, and we generally welcome technological advancements with open arms but this make us ask the question: Is full connectivity in a moving vehicle a good thing
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