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  • 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...
  • 8 things about windows 8: living in metro

    I’ve been running Windows 8 for well over 6 months as my production operating system, but the funny thing is you wouldn’t normally notice unless you asked “where’s the Windows logo in the lower left hand corner?” and that is because I spend a lot of time...
  • 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...