June 3rd, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Chrome iconIn a move that could — and maybe should — have happened years ago, Google has finally released native 64-bit Windows builds into the Chrome release channel. While not yet available to stable or beta channel users, those wishing to take full advantage of their 64-bit processors can do so with the release of Google Chrome 37 Dev and Google Chrome Canary 37.

The 64-bit builds — according to Google — hit the spot with its three “core principles”: speed, security and stability.

In releasing these builds, Google notes that the majority of users running Windows 7 or later are now using the 64-bit versions of Windows, a decade or so after AMD and Intel first started the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing with their first 64-bit processors.

Read the full article @ BetaNews.com.

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March 16th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

The latest on OCLC’s Connexion Client support fro x64 platforms. (emphasis added)

http://www.library.ubc.ca/wilu2008/images/oclc.jpgFrom: AUTOCAT [mailto:AUTOCAT@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU] On Behalf Of Whitehair,David
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2010 5:25 PM
To: AUTOCAT@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Subject: [ACAT] Connexion client, new release, 64 bit support

Hi everyone. Sorry for the duplication, but since this topic has come up a few times, I thought I’d send this to a few lists. OCLC is pleased to let you know that we will be releasing a new version of the Windows-based Connexion client sometime over the next year. We don’t have the schedule worked out yet, but since several of you have asked about, we did want to go ahead and let you know that one has been scheduled.

We do expect the next release to be compatible with 64 bit versions of Windows. We know that this is important to many of you. 

We will supply more details in the coming months. We haven’t yet worked out all of the changes, the schedule, etc., but we will keep you informed.

Thanks, David

FYI: OCLC’s current “solution” for running Connexion Client on a x64 system is to install a x32 system in a virtual machine. (This is something I’ve actually done; blog post forthcoming.)

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January 23rd, 2009 by Michael Sauers

Virtualpc2007 Turns out that despite the fact that at home I’ve got an x64 quad-core PC with 6GB of RAM I can’t install the Windows 7 beta via Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 because I’ve got Windows Vista Home Premium and Virtual PC won’t run on anything less than Vista Business. 🙁

However, I do have Vista Business at the office and I was able to successfully get Windows 7 Beta running via this method.

Windows 7 beta running in Vista via VirtualPC 2007

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September 2nd, 2008 by Michael Sauers

Gateway® DX4710-UB301AAs some of you may have read on FriendFeed and Twitter, after six years, I finally replaced my aging home desktop computer. The old one ran Windows XP at 2.0GHz with 1GB of RAM. The new computer (shown right) runs Windows Vista 64-bit with a 2.66GHz Quad-core processor and 6.144GB of RAM. I’ve nicknamed it "The Beast". (Full specs can be found on the Gateway site.)

First, some background.

Whenever someone asks me, "Should I get a new computer?" I ask them "Well, does your current computer do what you need it to do without an undue burden on you?" In other words, does it work without going too slow, or needing regular (daily) reboots? If the answer is yes, then it isn’t time for a new computer. If no, then it is.

Readers, it’s been that time for me for about a year now.

I knew that this computer was never going to be upgradable to Vista. I looked into doubling the RAM (which is generally a stop-gap measure at best) and found that the old Gateway used some sort of obscure RAM and that all my slots were full so upping it to 2GB was going to cost me something in the neighborhood of $300. That wasn’t going to fly.

So, I’ve been looking. I’ve been trolling the NewEgg and TigerDirect flyers and RSS feeds and figured that I’d be purchasing a bare-bones kit (case, power supply, CPU, RAM) then customizing it with a graphics card, hard drive, and OS. This was looking to cost me about $900 for something in the neighborhood of a dual-core 3GHZ with 3GB of RAM.

Then, this past Thursday, Gateway sent me an e-mail.

The e-mail listed a deal on a laptop and The Beast via Office Depot. I posted a message to FriendFeed and Twitter to get opinions and most were "go for it". The one from @stephenk was memorable: "Do you really need a Ferrari to go to the corner store for milk?"

The simple answer is of course no, but I’m glad I got the Ferrari. (I ended up driving 50 miles out to LaVista, NE to pick it up at the store so I’d have it to set up over the weekend.)

I’m not a serious gamer (as can be shown by the fact that The Beast doesn’t contain the greatest graphics card in the world,) but I have been known to encode DVD video. Did I "need" 6GB or RAM and a quad-core processor, probably not. But for this price, I’m glad I didn’t pass it up.

Here’s an example from the weekend:

At one point I had Firefox, Outlook open, BitTorrent downloading and seeding some video, a bunch of background software running in the system tray, I was burning a DVD-ROM, AND streaming a tv show up the the livingroom over the network.  All at the same time, and yet was still using only about .45 of the CPUs and .40 of the available RAM.

That’s what I need my computer to be able to do and it did so with enough headroom to be able to handle anything else I could think of throwing at it. Oh, and did I mention that it boots in about 30 seconds?

As for the 64-bit version of Vista, I was hesitant but Paul Thurrott over on the Windows Weekly podcast says that it’s ready for prime-time and the 64-bit hardware drivers are no longer a problem. So, how’s that working for me? Just fine.

I did have to hunt through the Dell Web site for a 64-bit driver for my Dell 1100 laser printer but once I found that, it printer works as it should.

The only continuing problem is with my Ultra USB hard drive enclosure. Which, most unfortunately, contains my music. So far The Beast refuses to recognize this USB device even though it works fine on the old computer. I contacted Ultra and they insist that it should work just fine in Vista 64-bit, it’s a Windows problem, and I should contact Microsoft. I’m thinking I’ll just replace the enclosure with a different brand. Right now that decision is coming down to wether I’d rather spend time with Microsoft technical support or just shell out $30 for a replacement.

So, yes, I’m glad that I bought the Ferrari. Sometimes a little overkill is worth not having to walk to the store.

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