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  • Blog Post: 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 Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: shell:documentslibrary

    having the windows explorer shortcut on the taskbar in windows 7 is really helpful, but most of the time when i’m opening it for work i wish i was in my documents library.  if you are like me, this week’s tip should be very interesting to you. right click on the explorer icon and then right click...
  • Blog Post: 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 .  now onto the tutorial and screen shots. my...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: eye-fi geo

    for my birthday i wanted to get a couple items that i could use with existing equipment.  i’ve already shown my media center setups (the two 22” monitors are new) but now i’ll share the other purchase – an eye-fi geo 2 gb sd memory card.  although it’s only available at the apple store, this...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip – desktops.exe

    mark russinovich and bryce cogswell published desktops v1.0 just over a year ago.  i recently tested it on a non production windows 7 computer (my trusty netbook) and it worked well with a couple interesting exceptions: 1) the virtual desktops didn’t have the full aero effects (thumbnails were previewed...
  • Blog Post: tenure

    there is only one teacher i can think of that i had and that my kids had in dekalb. mrs. north was my reading tutor one summer in middle school and she has had both sam and audrey in music class. many people i know have been doing something similar for many years but have changed employers frequently...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 5

    t-2 weeks until my presentation at the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il on 60 tips in 60 minutes.  i’ve got 2 more posts to get to 60, so here’s numbers 41-50. 41. anytime upgrade in windows 7 starter edition (shipping on netbooks), home premium or professional, you can use a feature...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: audio troubleshooting

    windows 7 is so good it even solves problems the average user might not know how to fix.  case in point – my laptop won’t record sounds from the built in microphone (not that big a deal until your company starts using your laptop as your phone!  now it’s really important!) no sound when recording...
  • Blog Post: winsat.exe update–disk performance

    about a month ago i shared a tip about running winsat from the command line.  here’s some more detail and results from various systems i have available. figure 1: this is from a traditional laptop hard drive figure 2:  this is from a computer running an intel solid state hard drive figure 3...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tips – 60 tips in 60 minutes (pt 2)

    it’s wednesday and here’s my second set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april. 11. xp mode (allows you to run internet explorer 6 on windows 7) one of my favorite geek features is virtualized operating systems (past, present or future) – here’s a way just to run the application...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tips – 60 tips in 60 minutes

    i’m working on a demo in april of 60 tips in 60 minutes . i’ve already come up with the 60 tips and decided posting the tips here would be great practice. hopefully you have already seen the 7 second demo commercials (if not – they are available here ), so if someone can show a tip in 7 seconds, i’ve...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 and office 2010 must have utilities – part 1

    windows 7 must have utility #1: it’s thursday and i’ve decided to combine my windows 7 and office 2010 tip into must have utility suggestions.  so here they are – for windows 7 (and even previous versions of the operating system) an iso mounting utility.  windows 7 includes built in iso burning...
  • Blog Post: did you know: you can shrink a hard drive from the command line (and in the windows vista/7 setup program?)

    friday i posted information about dynamically shrinking a partition from your windows vista or windows 7 installation (making room for another operating system) but what if you are already running windows xp and would like to take advantage of this feature?  you can, but before the step by step...
  • Blog Post: did you know - boot from vhd (the step by step guide)

    so you’ve got windows 7 running, but what about windows server 2008 r2?  it’s 64 bit only and if you’re like me you’ve got interest but won’t be running it daily (i spent some time actually running windows server 2008 with the desktop experience on – it looked exactly like windows vista). ...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 4

    31. task manager improvements the new task manager in windows 7 is great.  from the description of processes (what’s fpmagent.exe you might ask in the past?  no more with the description column!) to the go to service(s) feature when you highlight a process (in this example svchost.exe running...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesday tip: running windows live messenger in windows vista compatibility mode

    thanks to windows weekly and paul thurrott for this tip – you may have noticed that the windows live essentials version of messenger runs on your taskbar with an integrated notification on windows 7 instead of over in the notification area.  well, there is a way to change that. windows live messenger...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays

    i just discovered a blur feature in powerpoint 2010 that makes it pretty easy to mess with someone in a presentation. 1) start with a title slide and then save the title slide as a JPG 2) next import the JPG into PowerPoint 2010 3) under artistic effects blur the picture 4) then choose to animate with...
  • Blog Post: 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 computer to allow remote desktop connections in control...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone: multiple computers

    between work and home i’ve got enough computers that i often lose track of what computer has what software on it (or even more importantly, what computer has what document, pictures, videos or music on it) and making certain it’s available from whatever computer i happen to be working on or using at...
  • Blog Post: 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 keys) and sure enough a taskbar option comes through...
  • Blog Post: boot from vhd – tutorial part 2

    a week ago i posted the instructions on how to boot windows 7 from a vhd on a windows xp system, but did not go into details of how to obtain or create the windows 7 vhd to boot from – part 2 is a post to cover this. your first decision is how much work you want to do – you can download a pre configured...
  • Blog Post: office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays (on a friday)

    today i’m going to share my office live story and a link to a bunch of office content.  christian maulsby gave a great presentation at cwug (chicago windows user group) last night on office live and how he uses it professionally.  great session christian!  my story starts a couple years...
  • Blog Post: windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 6

    t-1 week until my presentation at the ahma hardlines technology forum in schaumburg, il on 60 tips in 60 minutes.  this is my last post to get to all 60 and i’m cheating a little bit by providing a tip that will push me well over providing only 60!  here’s 51-60: 51. direct access i’ve already...
  • Blog Post: did you know: dynamically shrinking a hard drive partition

    i’ve been running windows vista for over 3 1/2 years now (before it was even released publicly) and windows 7 for almost a year.  most of the it professionals, consultants and trainers i speak to feel pretty comfortable and knowledgeable with microsoft operating systems and many have also begun...
  • Blog Post: daskeyboard revue and dvorak mod on an acer 1420p

    i’ve been using my daskeyboard for a couple days and if you miss the feel of an old school electric typewriter, you’ll really enjoy this mechanical keyboard.  today at lunch i modded (slang for modified) my keyboard on my acer 1420p.  this little tablet has gotten a lot more use than i ever...