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excel 2013 to the rescue…
My wife had a spreadsheet with lots of references and complexity that she was working with for hours. She saved the file in Excel 2007 and something went wrong – she was unable to open or use the file in Excel 2007. She downloaded the original and spent hours working on a second copy. ...
4 Oct 2013
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...
26 Feb 2013
windows 8 and bing tip - searching the windows store from anywhere
So you took the plunge and you are running Windows 8. This could be on a brand new computer, a system you upgraded or on one of the great new form factors that become tablets or detach or have touch screens. Chances are that you'll still have access to computers that aren't running Windows 8. This could...
26 Dec 2012
8 things about windows 8: advanced search
I had someone ask today about advanced searches in Windows 8 and I can honestly say I hadn’t tried one yet. Here is an example of what I would consider a simple search: I know I have a file on my computer with “W7” in the title. Press Windows Key + F and type in W7 but what if I can...
23 Jul 2012
office 2013 tip: outlook 2013 notifications on windows 8
A few days ago I posted about using Metro applications. The more time you spend in Windows 8 and in particular the Metro interface it becomes important that even applications that run on the desktop (or desktop mode) need to be able to grab your attention with their notifications (the notification...
18 Jul 2012
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 in desktop applications today. My primary...
13 Jul 2012
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 files and moving the desk). The solution...
10 Jul 2012
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 I use to logon to the computer, but it also supports...
6 Jul 2012
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 to broadcast your slide show. there is a public powerpoint...
16 Feb 2012
top ten april fools pranks at home, around town and on the web
yesterday was april fools day (or the beginning of my wife's birthday month) and the pranks were flying online. here are 10 of my favorite this year. 0. my wife woke up to say there was snow on the ground - she forgot i had already been outside to take out the trash #fail. later that morning it snowed...
2 Apr 2011
learning the dvorak keyboard
there are a lot of things we take for granted in a full version of an operating system. i’ve been interested in learning the dvorak keyboard for years, but only recently have i been spending time learning it. imagine the increased security of typing in passwords where even if someone remembered...
28 Mar 2011
25 apps for christmas–winzip
if i think back to some of the first apps i’ve used in windows (besides paint which should appear on this list somewhere), winzip has to be among them. in early versions of windows, this wasn’t even an option. in later versions, winzip still provided additional features (like passwords, self...
21 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–microsoft tag and word lens
in the first month of this blog (back in april 2008) i blogged about ice cube. it’s now two and a half years later and i’m blogging about diddy. he’s #9 on klout’s twitter influence list (the top 20 is interesting – included below) and microsoft is working with him to promote microsoft tag...
17 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–shazam
imagine you are in your car, at a restaurant or a store and a song comes on that you really like but you don’t know the artist or song title (you make an educated guess with what sounds like the chorus, but certain songs/artists might use this as the title/might be hard to understand what they are saying...
5 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–foxitsoftware
with software there is a leader (or creator) and then there are alternatives. sometimes these alternatives improve upon an original, sometimes they simplify a program that has become large and occasionally they consolidate multiple programs or features into one installation. probably my favorite...
4 Dec 2010
25 apps for christmas–apps to create apps
for the last 30 years i have been using a computer and the one common thread among all those computers? applications that made it useful. many of these applications were “off the shelf” meaning i or someone i lived with paid for the application. but an important part – especially of...
2 Dec 2010
internet explorer 9 beta–drag and drop
check this one out – when you’ve got multiple tabs in internet explorer 9, you can drag a tab into it’s own window. three tabs open in internet explorer 9 beta just drag a tab like the it crowd and it’s in a separate window by itself!
16 Sep 2010
windows 7 wednesdays – 60 tips in 60 minutes part 3
another wednesday and this week i’m in seattle but it’s time for my third set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april. 21. multi monitor support (and windows key + p) no matter which way you set them up, windows 7 has great support for running a desktop or laptop from multiple...
25 Mar 2010
office 2010 tips and tricks thursdays – use two versions of excel (and start saving disk space)
i haven’t used office 2003 for a while, but this evening i installed it for a demo environment on windows 7. then i installed office 2010 click-to-run (a virtualized second copy of office built upon the same application virtualization technology we use in app-v) on the same computer (i’ve been...
12 Feb 2010
windows 7 wednesday tip: change in wireless access security
i just got back from a trip to phoenix to visit family (more on that later) and had a very short but useful windows 7 todo list while i was there. my cousins’ computers weren’t connecting to the home wireless setup and exhibited the following behavior shown below trying to connect to my mifi device...
20 Jan 2010
windows 7 wednesday tip: taskbar preview from the keyboard
taskbar preview from the keyboard – windows key + t most people love the taskbar preview of multiple windows or documents in windows 7, but did you know you can access it from your keyboard? press and hold down the Windows key and then the t key to highlight the thumbnail previews – press t again...
6 Jan 2010
windows 7 wednesday tips (7 for the end of 2009)
here’s another installment of my public windows 7 wednesday tips. we’ve been providing weekly tips internally for 18 weeks and many of those same tips will be reproduced here (as well as new ones). here are 7 tips to ring in the new year: #1 use internet explorer 8’s inprivate browsing mode...
30 Dec 2009
boot from vhd on windows xp – the tuturial part 1
ok as promised – here’s my step by step guide with screen shots. thanks to garry martin for a great post on mark wilson’s blog detailing this. these posts will be a little bit backwards because this first one assumes you have already created or obtained a vhd of windows 7 enterprise or ultimate...
25 Nov 2009
did you know: vertical window maximize tip
in windows 7, if you have a window (like the explorer window shown below) and you move your mouse right above the title bar (so the mouse pointer changes to the double arrows shown), you can double click to vertically maximize the current window. figure 1: getting ready to maximize a window figure...
13 Jul 2009
tip for windows vista
in windows 7 beta there is a boot to vhd feature which allows you to start a vhd and may avoid the old school option of dual boot. however with windows vista there are a couple great things with dual boot. 1) if you dual boot windows vista with an earlier operating system, when you are in windows...
26 Jan 2009
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