To see out 2011 properly, I thought it'd be best to take a look back at the Enterprise Windows columns that continue to draw in readers. These are both fan favorites and my personal favorites.
1. "How to fix 5 persistent Windows irritations"
This was a fun one to write because I actually fixed my wife's computer in the process. She was having a problem getting a network connection each day, and I knew it would take me a minute to figure out why. But I never took the time until finally I fixed the wireless connection by deselecting the "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" option. That did the trick. It made for a fun story, and I included it as a cartoon (shown at left) in my new book "Conversational Geek (in 7 Days!)."
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2. "Eight free Windows 7 tools you gotta try" and "5 more free tools for Windows 7 you have to try"
I love writing about Windows 7. Did you know that my first column for InfoWorld was about Windows Vista? (It was "Save XP? Why bother?") If you check it out, you'll see that the comments are gone -- lost when InfoWorld changed its commenting tool. I'm glad because some IT admins needed their mouths washed out with soap! I didn't know if I was thick-skinned enough to be a journalist who says nice things about Microsoft. From those comments, it seemed that liking something Microsoft did might get me beat up. But with Windows 7, I don't get four-letter words hurled my way, and I'm hoping Windows 8 can maintain the positive momentum.