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  • Blog Post: 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 took me a long time to create and get exactly right...
  • Blog Post: sony vaio cw – available with fresh start

    this is what i’ve been waiting for – an oem that provides windows 7 without all the trialware that if you didn’t order you probably don’t want.  this morning i was checking out the sony vaio cw (which looks like a great notebook) and noticed besides configuration options like blu-ray, 8 gb ram and...
  • Blog Post: full operating system vs mobile operating system

    3:50 pm it’s been less than 24 hours since i memorized the dvorak keyboard and i’m no speed demon as this post will attest to… 3:54 pm but what the four minutes of trying to remember where the colon is on the dvorak layout (it’s where the shift + z should be!), another powerful reason for a full operating...
  • Blog Post: musical floppies at students involved with technology 2013 conference

    Scott Belluzzi and Sasha Ebrahimi presented at Students Involved with Technology along with my kids, nieces and my daughter’s best friend.  Students Involved with Technology is a yearly conference with presentations by students for students 3rd – 12th grade.  My son began presenting two years...
  • Blog Post: 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. i also created a windows to go installation and...
  • Blog Post: virtual installations of windows 7 won't count, but my first one was successful!

    on my way to 700 installations of windows 7, i've decided i won't include virtual installations using virtual pc, virtual server/hyper-v or other virtualization products (it doesn't seem fair to count them). i will however be counting reinstallations and installations on the same hardware. yesterday...
  • Blog Post: 320 gb of goodness...

    just added a 320 gb hard drive to my original macbook pro. this is the second upgrade i've made to it.  the first when windows vista rtm'ed, was to upgrade the memory from 512 mb to 1 gb.  the only reason for the upgrade was that the ati card can "borrow" memory to provide better graphics performance...
  • Blog Post: another windows 7 installation and demo prep

    i think i win the geekiest airline passenger award this past week - i brought three laptops with me to redmond for the mct summit. 1 running windows 7 enterprise, 1 running windows home premium and 1 running windows server 2008 and hyper-v. so i get out here and realize: 1) i forgot my power supply...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas - fitbit

    last january i picked up a fitbit from the 1st microsoft store in scottsdale, arizona and any list of apps wouldn't be complete without mentioning this (and it's hardware + device software + web application) since it's something i've used pretty regularly. 1) start with or without the hardware. you...
  • 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: usb 3.0 performance

    wow! last week i purchased an asus n73s notebook with sound from bang & olufsen and liked it so much i got my son an asus n53. at the top of the feature list was the blu ray player, but having usb 3.0 bootable port in a laptop for windows 8 performance improvements is night and day. i also got 2...
  • 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: the windows 8 logo

    Last week at an event with Intel, we featured the Fujitsu Q702 which I assumed was preproduction because the new Windows 8 logo was featured on it. I was informed that it is a production unit today with Windows 7! Check it out here on Microsoft's OEM Newsroom site and here on Fujitsu's site. There's...
  • Blog Post: liquidating some computer hardware for the new year...

    my first official act of the new year is to begin to thin down the hardware that is accumulating at our home. i've got a lot of used equipment and put the first listing on ebay today - a 13" black macbook. it runs windows 7 (which was the main reason i purchased it) as well as the mac operating system...
  • Blog Post: summer hardware, software and dogfood

    it seems not a month goes by at microsoft where you aren’t testing something or submitting feedback on software.  if you enjoy living between what is here and what’s next, microsoft is a really fun place to work.  it’s obviously not the only company that is introducing new hardware, software...
  • Blog Post: 8 things about windows 8: hardware and microsoft

    Microsoft is marking it’s 30 years in hardware with the announcement of mice and keyboards designed for Windows 8.  Check out that announcement here .  The touch mouse will also have updated device software for Windows 8.  Besides Xbox, keyboard and mice, we’re also releasing the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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 ford sync , microsoft tag and then some of the...
  • Blog Post: 25 apps for christmas–eye fi

    i’ve been using an eye-fi sd card in a digital camera for over a year now (so why is this on a list of the 25 apps for christmas?) – i actually switched to a newer digital camera and still love the fact that the pictures wirelessly transmit to the eye-fi service and down to my computer using the eye...
  • Blog Post: 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 sound, but there was not a place to define these...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: 57 + 2 = 59 installations of windows 7

    i've installed windows 7 on dell, lenovo and hp computers and today i just completed the installation on two new dell latitude e4300s. desktops and laptops, tablets and notebooks, haven't installed it on a netbook just yet, but that can't be too far away. i will install it on my older toshiba notebook...
  • Blog Post: to netbook or not to netbook - that is the question

    this evening i was looking at the various options - around $300-350 for netbooks. netbooks are interesting because they can run either windows xp, windows vista or windows 7 beta and they are larger than my current phone to make typing and using them easier. still lightweight and extremely portable ...