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  • windows rt tip - how to recreate a recovery partition

    ADVANCED TIP FOR THE TECHNICALLY INCLINED: Assuming you didn't jump right in like me and delete your recovery partition on a Windows RT device (haven't tested this on an OEM Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro machine - yet here's the official guidance - http...
  • students involved with technology 2014

    January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show. Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show...I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the...
  • use the powerpoint 2010 action feature to touch enable your next presentation

    In PowerPoint 2010 there is a Hyperlink and Action feature that allow you to navigate to a certain slide when a word (hyperlink) or area/section (action) is touched by the presenter (on a touch screen) or clicked with a mouse.  I have found this...
  • 8 things about windows 8: advanced search

    I had someone ask today about advanced searches in Windows 8 and I can honestly say I hadn’t tried one yet.  Here is an example of what I would consider a simple search:  I know I have a file on my computer with “W7” in the title.  Press...
  • sam - my first personal beta tester

    when sam (my son) was 3 he was running windows xp in beta with a simple web game i had created for him (webpages with shapes, colors, letters and numbers - hyperlinks below the correct answer and a sound file to ask a question ("find the 6, sam"). it...
  • windows rt tip: regain an extra 3.5 gb of space

    WARNING: This is an advanced tip for users that understand the ramifications of deleting a recovery partition. If you have problems in the future and did not back up your recovery files, you will likely need to visit a Microsoft Store. I'm going to do...
  • 8 things about windows 8: windows key + prt sc

    I discovered this one by accident (thought I was pressing ALT + Print Screen) - in Windows 8 the Windows key + Print Screen takes a screen shot of the entire screen and creates a sequentially named file in the Pictures Library under a Screenshots folder...
  • powerpoint 2013 tip: using smart art and actions to touch enable your next presentation

    We have a great deck showcasing 8 things about Windows 8, but like many PowerPoint decks, it is designed to be given in a certain order.  Wouldn’t it be great if someone asks you about slide 3 – how Windows 8 connects you to the cloud to jump right...
  • paint desktop version registry key

    typically there is version information displayed in the lower right hand corner of windows in pre release versions, but there is a quick way to display the desktop version information on your computer by changing a registry key. windows 7 service pack...
  • lorem ipsum and another microsoft word trick discovered

    I love my job – Friday I was introduced to the term Lorem Ipsum and not knowing what it meant I typed it into Bing. And then after reading a bit about it on Wikipedia – I discovered another Microsoft Word trick!  This is good enough to share with...
  • upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8

    I’ve just finished my second upgrade to Windows 8 and I’m very impressed with how well the Consumer Preview checks for compatibility, has you uninstall anything that will cause problems and then either migrates your apps, data and settings...
  • did you know: show windows stacked, cascaded or side by side

    someone asked me if there were ways to vertically maximize more than two windows using aero snap (snap one window to the left hand side of the screen and a second to the right hand side dragging the windows or using the windows key + left and right arrow...
  • 25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune

    no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office.  i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac.  the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011...
  • february post

    i haven’t had a formal post in almost a month, so this one has some information that’s been accumulating in my head or other places on the internet.  on february 11th i presented the keynote at sit (students involved with technology) .  i showed...
  • how many blog posts in the last 6 years?

    365

  • office 2013 tip: touch mode for windows 8 tablets

    The Office Ribbon is a huge improvement, but on a touch screen what if these options are a little too close together? In Office 2013, there is a touch mode to give you a little extra real estate for you finger. from the customer quick access toolbar...
  • windows vista and windows 7 – shrink and expand partitions on the fly

    first – even though you can use these procedures on a running, active windows vista or windows 7 operating system, if you care about your data, back it up – somewhere else – please!  critical personal data i synchronize it using windows live mesh...
  • windows 7 wednesday – remote desktop to another windows 7 desktop or laptop

    ever want to connect to another computer running windows 7?  i’ve got a desktop at home running 8 gb of ram, so i configured remote desktop services to allow connections from a work laptop. the first thing i had to do was configure my new desktop...
  • applocker on windows 7 professional

    a question came up today at one of the it pro windows 7 sessions today about applocker - whether you can setup an applocker policy on windows 7 professional. here's the answer - straight from the windows 7 professional help for applocker (you can setup...
  • boot from vhd – setup windows 7 64 bit from 32 bit

    boot from vhd is a great new feature of windows 7 enterprise.  it allows you to start an operating system configured in vhd file.  i have been using this to run 64 bit builds of windows 7 on a system that is natively running the 32 bit version...
  • before the lenovo horizon...

    I received the go ahead to purchase a "techie" gift from my wife this holiday, but decided a family techie gift might be just what we needed. This was before Lenovo's Horizon announcement , so we have the IdeaCenter A720 and a custom coffee table made...
  • office 2013 tip: outlook 2013 notifications on windows 8

    A few days ago I posted about using Metro applications.  The more time you spend in Windows 8 and in particular the Metro interface it becomes important that even applications that run on the desktop (or desktop mode) need to be able to grab your...
  • windows virtual pc and xp mode - publishing internet explorer 6 on windows 7

    hopefully you've installed the windows 7 release candidate by now (and if you haven't download and install it) - so the next thing you'll want to take a look at is how your applications and utilities will perform under the latest operating system. if...
  • boot from vhd on windows xp – the tuturial part 1

    ok as promised – here’s my step by step guide with screen shots.  thanks to garry martin for a great post on mark wilson’s blog detailing this.  these posts will be a little bit backwards because this first one assumes you have already created...
  • windows 8 speech recognition

    I’ve been a big fan of Windows Speech Recognition and it definitely adds a new dimension to Windows 8 with or without touch. The Consumer Preview is out and I decided to give speech recognition a spin. You can say “Start” to display...