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  • 8 things about windows 8: multiple keyboards, themes and microsoft accounts

    Tablets are a fairly personal device – almost like your phone, but as many of us with a wife and/or kids know, what’s “mine” is sometimes shared with others.  The personal computers (especially the family all in one desktop) in our home are often...
  • 8 things about windows 8: the mouse and the corners of your screen

    One of my all time favorite Dilbert cartoons appeared on December 29, 1996 .  It started with “Dogbert’s Tech Support” and a call asking for assistance because a user had reached the edge of their mousepad (the advice includes rebooting without your...
  • 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...
  • web therapy season 2 and the movie ted

    I watched the very first episode of Web Therapy on Showtime, but hadn't kept up with it. Last weekend when I watched the Season 2 premiere I noticed that Fiona Wallice was using Skype on her Mac to communicate with her patients (her new "modality" is...
  • 8 things about windows 8: mail, calendar and messaging apps

    Most of my machines are now touch.  I have 2 Acers, 1 Samsung, 1 Lenovo a Sony all in one all featuring touch screens.  In Windows 8 there is a great new Mail app specifically designed for touch.  It integrates with the Microsoft Account...
  • 8 things about windows 8: microsoft account integration

    Windows 8 brings some obvious and not so obvious changes.  One that I can’t wait for is the Microsoft Account Integration.  Imagine all of your personal devices now connected easily with one another using a single account.  Imagine being...
  • 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...
  • windows 8 release preview loadfests in chicago and oak brook, il!

    Next Thursday (June 21st) at the Chicago Windows User Group June meeting, we will be hosting our Windows 8 Release Preview loadfest. This is the last milestone before the RTM (Release To Manufacturing) of the product. The event will be at both the Aon...
  • The Lover Speaks

    In 1988 I met my future wife, Eva.  That summer I left for DeKalb and made her a mix tape (that apparently was really meaningful beyond the hours I put into hand writing the track lists and getting the right tracks to fill up a 90 minute cassette...
  • bing desktop

    Yesterday I read about Bing desktop and wanted to try it.  It brings the Bing home page picture to your computer every day and gives you a search box on your taskbar/desktop Windows Key + H by default brings up search Very cool and we’ll see what...
  • free upgrade for skydrive to 25 gigabytes!

    I’ve been using SkyDrive for a long time.  Microsoft will begin to charge for more than 7 gb (I am currently using about 300 mb), but if you log into your account, you can request the 25 gb for free!  This might not be important today, but the...
  • uefi–custom picture and sound on asus laptops

    How cool is a custom boot screen and startup sound for your laptop?  Leave it to Asus – now I have a picture and sound file of my choice when I turn on my laptop.  I had noticed in the UEFI settings (that you could have a startup picture and...
  • april fools 2012

    April fools is one of my favorite days – it was my full time day at the Information Management Group, which is where some of the best office April Fools Jokes were played.  This year 4/1 is today – a Sunday.  So I decided to separate my prank...
  • troubleshooting hardware and mouse without borders

    Sometimes it takes a while for me to try something at home.  I finally was able to troubleshoot an issue with Windows 7 on a desktop.  The video once I installed Windows 7 64 bit was blank.  I had a suspicion that the all in one thought...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • truly amazing day

    4 installations later and windows 8 is running on many of the touch devices i have at my disposal. so far i have loaded the windows 8 consumer preview on a lenovo x220t, samsung series 7 slate, acer 1420p (the 2009 pdc tablet) and a dell duo convertible...
  • consumer preview of windows 8 available wednesday!

    there are certain dates that stick with you. birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates. the first geek date i have committed to memory is august 24th, 1995. the second geek date i have memorized is easy to remember because it's also my birthday...
  • powerpoint 2010 - broadcast a presentation

    i have begun to broadcast my powerpoint presentations using the powerpoint 2010 feature and will give a quick tutorial in this blog post.  from the office 2010 backstage view (which you access from the file menu) under save and send you can setup...
  • brian regan is coming to town!!!

    i have only been waiting 20 years for this - brian regan, my favorite comedian, is performing in dekalb, il on april 29th! we have seen brian regan so many times in so many comedy clubs and theaters i have lost count. we used to go to see brian multiple...
  • windows photo viewer vs windows fax and scan

    i got a question today that i'm hoping is answered by using a built in windows 7 program that isn't the default for a particular file type. windows 7 includes both a photo viewer and a fax and scan program. i'm going to be doing some investigation into...
  • ces 2012

    i spent a couple days at ces this week and it was a bittersweet visit with microsoft not planning a booth or keynote next year.  i visited the microsoft booth in the main hall and although it was very cool i could compare almost everything there...
  • 10 years ago…

    i was running windows xp (and had been since before it was released) and when i read ed bott’s post about browser usage , i couldn’t help but think about what i was running 10 years earlier in early 1992… i started at the company...
  • sun city computer club presentation

    this morning i presented at the largest computer club i am involved with (over 900 members and probably 200 at the meeting). we spoke about windows live essentials and windows live writer. i posted the beginning of this post, and thought before the end...
  • 6 years ago today...

    i began my journey at microsoft. i was really excited and couldn't think of a better fit than the job and the company i was about to start at for me and my career. there were a few things that happened that i found amusing. that first day i received my...