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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...
22 Feb 2014
25 apps for christmas–kinect games
games on the xbox have always been “apps” that i use, but this christmas kinect games like joyride, dance central and even the included kinect adventures have provided hours of entertainment for family and friends. the controller free play was really cool and even how it works with zune video amazed...
24 Dec 2010
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...
13 Jan 2010
aka.ms and a squirrel's nest
Today I was setting up a couple URL with the Microsoft Social Experience Platform (SXP) shortening service, aka.ms and in one search on Bing found out that my Microsoft alias, drey , is what you call a squirrel's nest. Instead of typing in blogs.technet.com/drey, I shortened it to aka.ms/drey . This...
24 Sep 2012
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...
18 Feb 2010
troubleshooting: windows slates, warpia wireless adapter and kensington usb port replicator with vga
part 1: yesterday a few microsoft folks were meeting with a customer and we were running into issues with a windows slate and projection. the video would display but anytime video was played, the signal would disappear. if you have any thoughts on what to troubleshoot feel free to post. ...
23 Jun 2011
favorite windows 8 feature
I’m using Windows 8 on many different devices, but have a couple still running Windows 7 for one reason or another (main family computer has 3d and Media Center – haven’t upgraded it yet). Here’s one thing I miss when I’m not in Windows 8 – multiple taskbars on multiple monitors. In Windows...
16 Nov 2012
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 the Windows 8 start screen, “Switch To <appname>”...
29 Mar 2012
sunday posts for everyone: bit.ly
the old wisdom used to be don’t click on anything that you don’t recognize and only follow links from someone you know, but lately with so many of our methods of communications being shortened (twitter, texting, mobile phones, netbooks, etc.) there is definitely a new set of confusing looking links around...
3 May 2010
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...
23 Dec 2009
another install fest (thursday), top windows 7 utilities and 3 more installations today (friday)
thursday my counterpart dan orum led our second install fest, i did an internal tips and tricks session and then dan presented at the chicago windows user group on the top windows 7 utilities. we'll post the top utilities at our cwug site - cwug.groups.live.com . today i got up bright and early for a...
18 Sep 2009
25 apps for christmas–paint
i guess there was room for it after all – microsoft paint has always been an application i come back to for one reason of another. on touch screen/tablet computers, it allows you to write your name as well as draw pictures. it’s always allowed me to capture screen shots (using print screen...
23 Dec 2010
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...
8 Apr 2010
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...
28 Jan 2010
windows rt tip: surface for windows rt recovery key
Read an interesting article (and fortunately I haven't had need for this yet) on the recovery key location in SkyDrive. http://windows.microsoft.com/recoverykey or http://skydrive.com/recoverykey are links that will redirect you to the location in Skydrive where the Surface for Windows RT is stored....
12 Dec 2012
25 apps for christmas–songsmith and ribbon hero
my daughter used to make up songs all the time (she still sings a lot but now it’s usually something she’s heard before) and that’s when i first discovered songsmith from microsoft research . this is a program that can create a musical soundtrack to whatever you sing. it’s very fun and there...
10 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–windows live mesh 2011
ever since live mesh was shown to employees in 2008 by ray ozzie i have been a huge fan. this christmas there is a released version for both windows and the mac os . i’ll add some screen shots shortly, but this is one application i’ve become especially found of using because it’s not just...
6 Dec 2010
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...
18 Mar 2010
sit conference 2011
i can’t believe we’re only a month away from the students involved with technology conference! i attended last year with my son sam. sam will be presenting again this year – on office 2010, 2011 and the office web applications. http://www.sitconference.org/ i also just received information...
12 Jan 2011
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 to that slide? You can with Smart Art and...
17 Jul 2012
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...
10 Mar 2010
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...
4 Mar 2010
mike verta was kind enough to remind me of a classic mechanical keyboard that can be ordered with no inscriptions on the keys. i just ordered the das keyboard ultimate model silent which will help in learning the dvorak layout (no reason to look down anymore!) i can’t wait to check it out...
30 Mar 2011
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 for the mac and the web versions of office from...
25 Dec 2010
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! Screenshot (1) Screenshot (2) etc. ...
9 Aug 2012
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